Marvel Announces 2023 Class of STORMBREAKER Superstar Artists

In 2020, Marvel launched its first Stormbreakers, a new artist-centric program intended to spotlight the publisher’s next generation of up-and-coming artists, who are no different from the previous Young Guns program. Today, the publisher announced the 2023 class of Marvel’s Stormbreakers.

The creators of the new class, selected according to Marvel “for their style, their achievements and their groundbreaking work”, include Elena Casagrande (Black Widow), Nicholas Klein (Thor), Jan Bazaldua (Legion of X), Chris Allen (Miles Morales), Martin Coccolo (Dead Pool), Lucas Werneck (X-Men Immortals), CF Villa (X-Men), and Federico Vicentini (X Wolverine deaths).

Check out the Stormbreakers 2023 class bios below:


    • Elena Casagrande (Black Widow): At a very young age, Elena followed her passion for drawing and enrolled in the International School of Comics in Rome. While in college, she worked with IDW Publishing on comics like star trek and X Files. Now his work for Marvel includes drawing Spider-Man (marvel heartbreakersA chemical romance, Ultimate Spider-Man #157), Magik (variant cover New mutant #4), Fire-eater (Marvel Women) and Red Hulk (Pontoon). More recently, she was also the artist of the new Black Widow series, which won the 2021 Eisner Prize for Best New Series.
    • Nicholas Klein (Thor): Nic is a German comic artist who has worked on titles such as Captain America, Winter Soldier, and Dead Pool. For Image Comics, he co-created viking, dancer, and Drift. He is currently working on the new Thor Course.
    • Jan Bazaldua (Legion of X): Jan began her career as an assistant to Sixto Valencia, one of the most prominent comic artists in Mexico. For more than two decades, she has worked in almost every genre of Mexican comics, including action, comedy, horror, western, detective, romance and wrestling stories, drawing over 3,000 blankets. Jan brought his hyperkinetic art style to Spider-Man for a landmark run as young Miles Morales took on the all-new Sinister Six in Spider-Man #234-239. She restored her reputation with titles such as Mr. and Mrs. X and Lokiand his growing list of Marvel credits now includes X-Force, Winter Guard, and a trip to the distant Star Wars galaxy.
    • Chris Allen (Miles Morales): Chris got his start in Marvel Comics illustrating the connection to the movie Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Preludefollowed by Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp Prelude. The Texas-based artist has steadily built his reputation by making one-shots, including Heroes Reborn: American Knights and Spider-Man: Reptilian Rageas well as contribute to Voices of Marvel: Legacy. He then graduated for his first Marvel ongoing series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Elsewhere, Chris demonstrated his artistic palette, illustrating dark titles including tomb of horror, as well as the colorful adventures of iconic characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    • Martin Coccolo (Dead Pool): Born in Colonia, Uruguay, Martin developed an early interest in art and comics. After years as an art assistant, he decided to pursue a career in the comics industry. Starting with small independent publishers, he worked his way up which eventually led him to work for APE Entertainment’s “Helldorado”, work which earned him a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award. He then worked on IDW Magic: The Gathering series for many issues before being recruited by DC Entertainment. After many projects for various publishers, he started working for Marvel in 2021, and continues to do so to this day.
    • Lucas Werneck (X-Men Immortals): Lucas is a Brazilian cartoonist and illustrator. He started working in the comics industry in 2019 and has since worked for major publishers such as Marvel Comics, Boom Studios, and DC Comics. He has already worked on several titles such as Captain America, Magneto Trial, and The Fantastic Four, and currently working on Immortal X-Men.
    • FC Villa (X Men): CF is a concept artist and illustrator born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico with 12 years of experience in film, animation and more recently in the comics industry. As a consumer of 90s comics, he grew up under the influence of artists such as Humberto Ramos, Joe Madureira, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, as well as many European manga and masters of illustration. In 2018, his work at Marvel began with his first two miniseries, Tetanus and Starbreaker. He’s also been featured in various X-Men titles, and in 2021 ended his run on the Black cat series.
    • Federico Vicentini (X Wolverine Deaths): Italian artist Federico is a fast rising star, having proven his knack for sketching the slinging action with a pair of wall robots on amazing spider man and Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales. Federico illustrated the Falcon and Winter Soldier teaming up with a comic book series before turning to another high-profile Marvel character in X Wolverine Deaths, then the ongoing Wolverine title. Increasingly in demand, Federico contributed to Marvel’s heroes reborn event and left its mark on another Marvel epic, tackling the AX Avengers a shot.

First launching in 2020, MARVEL’S STORMBREAKERS is the next evolution of Marvel’s Young Guns program. Over the past 15 years, Marvel has selected and recognized 36 up-and-coming artists who have gone on to draw some of Marvel’s biggest events, iconic series and beyond, cementing their place as industry luminaries, including Steve McNiven , Jim Cheung, Sara Pichelli, Ryan Stegman, and more. MARVEL’S STORMBREAKERS continues the tradition established by Marvel’s Young Guns and today recognizes its alumni as Honorary Stormbreakers in addition to their work as Young Guns.

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