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Marrow by damnskippy Marrow by damnskippy
I was asked to contribute to the Marvel What If blog (formerly DC Fifty-Too); the idea was "What would you do if Marvel gave you free rein to do a comic starring one of their characters?" I chose Marrow, an obscure character from the X-Men: [link](comics)

This is the comic I'd make for her:
I picked Marrow to draw because I very briefly read X-Men in the late 90s, then stopped reading when I realized the stories would never come to a proper conclusion (it's important to me that stories have a beginning/middle/end). Marrow was a new member of the X-Men, and I liked her defiance to the rest of the team, as well as her strange look: the jutting bones and short hair (I always thought her green/blue costume was kinda ugly) was very different looking from the typical female X-Men, and as an awkward teenager who didn't feel terribly attractive, I identified with her.

I'm passionate about doing comics for younger readers, and I think superhero comics have really dropped the ball on that. I do outreach to schools and libraries, and I always find kids/teens who are really interested in comics, wildly enthusiastic about Bone, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach or Smile. I meet maybe one kid in 30 who reads a superhero comic. So my Marrow story would be for teens and maybe a little younger, with action and bravery, but also about a young mutant with alienation issues, someone who doesn't really fit into "normal" society.

My Marrow story (one with a beginning/middle/end), would start with her Morlock origins: she'd be a kid growing up in the sewer with a surrogate mutant family, knowing that she was very different from the world above. She'd chafe at being forced to stay in the sewer, where it was safer and she could be protected from the scorn of "normal" humans. But she'd start to explore the world above and, like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, would fight crime in the shadows. And then she'd probably run into some of the X-Men, and there'd be fun conflict between the groups.

Here's the Marvel What If blog: [link] Lots of good stuff there!
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Enderemperor Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I would love to read this.
BugleMan-Snow Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Great description, cool style, and I love the design! Definitely something I would be interested in reading. :)
Othergrunty Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Nice work. Also i agree on that green and blue costume. Somehow it just doesn't looks right. It seems like Joe MAD couldn't decide what ever it should be more of a street outfit or actual costume, since it's very simple (tank top, pants, boots) but still has the material and bright colors of a super hero/villain outfit.
lagriffoneuse Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
I OWN THE ORIGINAL ! So happy :)
EddiePerkins Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Marrow's always been one of my favorite X-Men characters. It's sad they could never really write her very well. But, yeah, I'm in the same boat. Read X-Men in the 90's then stopped when I realized nothing would ever be wrapped up. It was just a mess. Liked the characters but it was just a mess.
mikemaihack Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
love it! :D
Bug-Off Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She totally deserves her own spin off.
sashimidragon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Marrow definitely benefits from the Faith treatment. She looks like she can kick your ass, but also cute, which I love. I would totally dig that comic if you were ever able to make it. I also shy away from the never ending story comics. I do not like that feeling of knowing there really is no light at the end of the tunnel, and someone will always be in peril all the time. Not satisfying at all. That's why I love your stories. They are beautifully told.
nervousystem Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I like Marrow. Probably my second-favorite X-Man after Feral (also a Morlock escapee).

This is gorgeous, boss.
pennydrdful Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I'd love to read a Marrow comic by you! Marrow was a character with a lot of possibility and interesting conflict, at least until Marvel used alien technology to magically make her pretty. I'm still bitter about that.
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