COMICS: ALL-NEW X-MEN Editor Nick Lowe Discusses Beast's Drastic New Look

Depending on just how much of a fan you were of "Cat Beast", the news that the iconic character has a new look either came as very good or very bad news for you today. Here, All-New X-Men editor Nick Lowe discusses the circumstances surrounding the redesign and a whole lot more.

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By Josh Wilding - 1/2/2013
As we reported earlier today (find it HERE if you missed it), iconic X-Men member Beast has been given a new look as the result of yet another mutation. While artists have portrayed the character in various ways over the years depending on their respective styles, his most popular appearance was changed to something far more feline by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely back in New X-Men (much to the distaste of many fans). Well, our friends over at Newsarama caught up with All-New X-Men editor Nick Lowe to discuss this drastic new look for the iconic character. Below are a few highlights, but you can find much more by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page!


On How The Decision To Alter Beast's Appearance Came To Be:

We would often get in big disagreements (by we, I mean me and most of the room) at editorial retreats about Cat Beast vs. Ape Beast. Also, the old design doesn’t look like an ape! Anyway, my resistance was against reverting to the older version because I thought that the more beastly looking works better for the actual character. But since this is a new, still beastly design and not just a furry guy with big hair, I was all in! But my passion on the subject does open me up to lots of ridicule. But that’s OK, I’m the youngest of three in my family so I’m used to that.


On Stuart Immonen's New Design:

[This] was Stuart’s first real design try and Beast and he pushed it very ape or gorilla, and that was great. Again, the design people call "Ape Beast" doesn’t really look like an ape, but I don’t want to confuse people so let’s call this one "Gorilla Beast"! As for changing him, it was something Brian wanted to do from day one. The only thing we didn’t have hammered out was exactly what he’d look like. That was where Stuart came in!


On Whether The End Of "Cat Beast" Is A Sign Marvel Are Moving On From Grant Morrison's New X-Men Legacy:

I see what people are saying here, but it’s definitely not conscious on my part at the very least. Also, I don’t really agree. Now that we’ve seen that Fantomex isn’t dead, I’ll point those people at the awesome new launch of Uncanny X-Force (January 23!) for more there. Emma Frost’s role as preeminent X-Man is still there. Even Cyclops’ role as certified badass is something that I thought had died down before Grant came on and I like to think we’ve kept that going. Quentin Quire in Wolverine and the X-Men! Like you said, story trumps all. After that it’s just creator interest, really.


Source: Newsarama
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toco89 - 1/2/2013, 4:16 PM
Brian Bendis seems to be running things creatively at marvel. I've read few interviews without his name popping up.
Jollem - 1/2/2013, 4:21 PM
@toco89 - dude, bmb has been one of the generals on the battlefield for the lead in creativity for years and years now
TheRationalOne - 1/2/2013, 4:32 PM
I like the new design. So F it.
RSDhillon - 1/2/2013, 4:33 PM
I liked all the Beast forms there have been.
Cat Beast was fine! How could anyone not like something from Whedon's run??
venom2019 - 1/2/2013, 4:33 PM
i all ways hated his cat version and i am very thankful its gone i'm digging his new look!
Growler - 1/2/2013, 4:44 PM
He's one of those characters who's been reinvented many times.
At least if he now has opposable thumbs he can at last learn to play the drums like he's always wanted to.
Hellsboy - 1/2/2013, 4:50 PM
Still say he looks more like a yeti ,but I like it kinda makes him look more savage
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 1/2/2013, 4:56 PM
DoubleDion - Re read what you typed and see if you can find the retarded part. He'll look different in every series so I could care less. Marvel NOW is as viable as any other marvel universe, you can continue to troll but it's still going to put out some great books. If you're not able to deal with vastly different writers and artists controlling characters, comics is not the source of entertainment you're looking for.
wearethewalkingdead9 - 1/2/2013, 4:58 PM
i say he looks like his Mutant X counterpart but more ape like than amphibian
Bandido - 1/2/2013, 5:08 PM
I think he looks pretty [frick]ing badass! I wonder if he is gonna look like this in New Avengers

Has anyone read the new issue? What did you think?
Wildaniel - 1/2/2013, 5:26 PM
IDK, I kinda like his new look.

Its not like they killed off and changed a character thats been around for 50 years, lol...

tazmaniak - 1/2/2013, 5:28 PM
@DexterMorgan75, he's talking about the Hank McCoy from the Mutant X universe. He was called Brute and he did have amphibian features/abilities.


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Jollem - 1/2/2013, 5:30 PM
spider-man will most likely not stay dead. this is comic books: kooky things happen from time to time
0bstreperous - 1/2/2013, 5:36 PM
@wildaniel is that real lol
beane2099 - 1/2/2013, 6:15 PM
I thought it was a good issue. Cat Beast and drug addict Magneto were the only things in Morrison's run I didn't like. So this is a welcome change. Not sure we needed 5 issues to get there, but hey, welcome to the present.
SoapDogg - 1/2/2013, 6:35 PM
@DexterMorgan75 @tazmaniak
Ooh! Burn backfire! Haha!
worldsbestcritic - 1/2/2013, 6:39 PM
Let's see, the X Men of the 90's, all the their books in the top ten in sales. 2000's a crappy Bryan Singer movie, Grant Morrison turning them into leather wearing drag queens, Bendis and Quesda hiring "trendy" artist...give me Marvel "back then" instead of "Now". nuff said
wearethewalkingdead9 - 1/2/2013, 6:45 PM
@tazmaniak- thanks for backing me up haha

@dextermorgan75, should have googled Hank McCoy (Mutant X). Madelyn Pryor turned him into the Brute and made him have the mind of a child.
CorndogBurglar - 1/2/2013, 7:06 PM
Im 31 years old and i've been reading comics since I could read at the age of 5. X-Men is what got me into comics. X-Men are the only characters i will consistently read forever, even when I dont like what is being done, because i'll always have a place for them.

Having said that, i thought Beast's feline form was the best looking of them all. I will really miss it. This new form isnt bad looking, and i can live with it as long as he's still the same character in the end.

But the feline form gave his character more depth. He didnt know the meaning of it, and was struggling with the fact that he could possibly be devolving. Also, i just liked the look. It was fitting.

I'll miss you feline Beast.
silverdog - 1/2/2013, 7:31 PM
good... I always hated the thundercat look.
AUSSYACE - 1/2/2013, 7:50 PM
STOP SCREWING EVERYTHING UP IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE...

Zell9 - 1/2/2013, 9:26 PM
Maybe its just me but I think Beast looks a lot like Sasquatch from Alpha Flight.
Bloodwolf - 1/2/2013, 9:35 PM
@wearethewalkingdead9

i read mutant x when it came out and he turned himself in to brute by mistake while trying to cure himself again and he became thick the only person who could fix him was himself but he was then to thick to fix himself so i think maybe u should read the comic rather than trusting what shit people sometimes put on the internet man
astromerc - 1/2/2013, 9:47 PM
The feline form sucked once again I am sooo glad it is gone!Once again this ape look is far better.

THUNDERCATS NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
loki668 - 1/2/2013, 10:02 PM
At least now the freshman at the school aren't forced to change his litter box.

Lord Loki has spoken
Phlegmbot - 1/2/2013, 10:54 PM
@Wildaniel - Are you really angry at Marvel for that story?

Putting Ock in Pete's body and having him FINALLY learn the value of life after years of murdering is a great climax for Ock. And, obviously, Pete's brain is still in there. It'll be Ock for a while, then Ock'll probably start arguing w/himself a la the original Firestorm, then there'll be a high-stress situation, something Ock-Spidey can't handle, and Pete'll take over.

Or something. Either way, it's gotta happen by January 2015, so that in the 6 mos. leading up to Amazing Spidey 2, Pete's in place. ;]
Jefferys - 1/2/2013, 11:34 PM
I am adoring Beast's new look, though after five issues it seems a little strange to do it now, but what can you do? Some stories need an entire issue to explain. Those are usually the best ones.

Thank the holy lord of Comic Books, someone else is doesn't mind the story of Ock-Spidey! Phlegmbot, you're my hero.
GLprime2814 - 1/3/2013, 12:52 AM
Hey Bobo do a call.
Bobo: GROOOOOWOOOO!
Beast: MYYYY STAAARS AAAND GAAARTEEEERS!
I think there's a squach in these woods.
pepe - 1/3/2013, 1:34 AM
Lost the count... wich mutation is he on again? 4th, 5th?
marcvader1 - 1/3/2013, 2:45 AM
Yay, no more Cats Broadway reject look.
ComicbookPhysicist - 1/3/2013, 3:04 AM
I must say that in the final instance, the artist is more important than the form. For instance, Quitely's and Van Sciver's versions of the Cat Beast were perhaps not quite what I would like to see, but then again, the way artists like Silvestri and especially Cassaday have done the Cat Beast appears very satisfying to me.
jimoakley666 - 1/3/2013, 8:48 AM
He looks a lot like the concepts they came up with for him for the first X-Men movie.
GLprime2814 - 1/3/2013, 8:49 AM
They changed him for the exact same reason Peter Parker will be back in 6month , mostly everyone hated cat beast.
TheGreatone0207 - 1/3/2013, 9:08 AM
I prefer Jim Lee's 90's version
xstryker - 1/3/2013, 10:06 AM
Ehhh. I don't like it, but I didn't like Cat Beast at first either. Maybe in a decade we'll see dog beast, lol. Bendis needs to ditch the original 5, it's a cheap gimmick and I'm already tired of them.
logan71 - 1/3/2013, 11:57 AM
yep jim lee's was way better
riseofloganX36 - 1/3/2013, 12:17 PM
just bring it back to the 90s look GOD DAMIT!!!! And a ape is a gorilla,apes are chimps and gorillas there called great "APES" so beast dose look like an ape gorilla like. The size is there just give him hair on his head and he's not a cat.

Im glad i stoped collecting x-men comics cause the ultimate comics are shit and if this is what beast looks like in the normal x-men title then im glade i stoped collecting.

I collect marvel legends now.

UNTIL next time TRUE BELIEVERS!
bluehank61 - 1/3/2013, 12:45 PM
Being introduced to X-men with the fantastic 90s Saturday morning cartoon, I always liked the "ape" Beast look the best. Just his look was probably what made him my favorite character (off topic, did anyone think he sounded like Wilson from Home Improvement?)and the fact he was quoting Shakespeare of something while juggling you with his feet just put the icing on the cake.

Seeing Dark Beast and "cat" beast paired up in Endangered Species really emphasized how wicked the more simian Beast looks. I do miss it and would love to see this generation of Marvel artists take a crack at it.

All in all though I think this new look is a step in the right direction, and like someone else already said as long as they don't mess with Hank's character, his physical form is secondary.
Carloshll726 - 1/3/2013, 12:54 PM
This new Beast mutation is okay, I guess.

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