If you were asked to swear to protect a world that hates and fears you, would you do it? The X-Men, the renowned team of natural mutants referred to as Homo superior, defend themselves and mankind even as they continue to be misunderstood by those who live in ignorance, and therefore fear, of their abilities. The strength of character required by the X-Men to set aside their differences with non-mutants in order to protect them, as well as to set aside their differences with each other in order to band together, serves as a noble example. Uniting under a single banner, the X-Men are both diverse and close-knit, as embodied by the rich variety of colors incorporated naturally in the rhombohedral lattice crystal structure of the element bismuth. Orli says, “There are so many different powers and personalities and politics at play in the saga of the X-Men; the challenge was conceiving a design that would somehow capture that as well as the fact that those differences combine into a unified whole. I think the bismuth crystal, even though its molecular structure makes it a bit brittle, captures that in terms of its seamless incorporation of so many colors, shapes, and lines.”
As a bona fide comic book enthusiast, Orli celebrates the Marvel Comics multiverse, including the art and times of Stan Lee and his colleagues Jack Kirby, Len Wein, and Chris Claremont. Drawing inspiration from the flawed and conflicted heroes emerging and reemerging during the Silver and Bronze Ages, this collection capitalizes on the decisive colors, bold lines, and action-packed symbolic resonance of the genre.