Just a quick note. Last year we all watched Catwoman twist her spine into impressive new shapes previously unseen by man. But we’re in 2013 now, and it’s time to prove that men are just as capable of contorting themselves into extinction.


This is the variant cover for All-New X-Men #7, from Nick Bradshaw. Another incredibly talented artist, just like Guillem March all those months ago, who here struggles to manage composition and anatomy. Don’t even try to work out what’s going on with Wolverine’s spine here, you guys. It’s a law of its own.

It’s a lovely cover otherwise, though.


  1. I don’t really see the problem here. You can pivot your hips 90 degrees. Looks pretty plausible and dynamic to me. I’m not sure you know as much about anatomy as you think you do.

  2. Are you sure that Bradshaw isn’t deliberately quoting March here? That pose looks exactly the same as the one Catwoman was stuffed into.

  3. If he can show up in as many marvel tiles ah he does, like some mutant time lord, I guess he can do impossible posses too.

  4. I’m still waiting for a columnist to realize that Spider-Man, Nightwing, Deadpool and Nightcrawler have all been in far more ridiculously impossible poses than any allegedly sexist cover of recent years.

  5. Wow LT, you’re totally correct! All those shots of Nightcrawler strategically framed to show off his taut Teutonic buttocks and perky pecs in the same shot. And now that I think of it, I’m pretty sure one of those McFarlane Spider-Man covers featured his package, pecs, and butt all at the same time. In retrospect, that’s probably why I felt so dirty after buying multiple copies. As for Deadpool, he’s a little after my time. But oh boy, that Creeper! Dirty, dirty Ditko.

  6. Wolverine does a lot of yoga and pilates. ;) In a universe where adamantium laced skeletons and healing factors exist, a few implausible poses seem within the realm of suspending one’s disbelief. Stretch your imagination.

  7. I’ve always wondered how you coat a person’s skeleton with metal while it’s still inside the body, leaving the person alive at the end. Do you have to open every limb, peel off the scalp, full chest cavity spread, etc.? Or is there a way to pour it through the muscles and nerve endings and such without getting a mess all over everything? For that matter, since it’s the hardest metal known, wouldn’t it be really, really hot in molten form? Does he have metal on the inside of his skull? Are the three tiny bones in the ear covered with the stuff? If so, how does he keep his balance? While I’m at it, why don’t the people involved in this patent and market this amazing technology? how does Wolverine ever get on a commercial airlines? I wonder about things.

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