Astonishing Xmen: Gifted (2009)
A growing trend in animated series made for online viewers is the motion comic. Motion comics might be considered the missing link between full motion animation and static images. Traditionally, the motion comic is created by taking panels from conventional print comics and expanding their appearance by taking out word balloons, adding sound effects and some movement. The quality of art and detailed motion vary from the somewhat archaic to the more artistic, depending on the creators. There have been a variety of motion comics created and the quality is becoming increasingly more fun to view; an excellent example of a motion comic can be seen in the Marvel motion comic series, Astonishing XMen: Gifted.
Gifted is a direct adaptation of the storyline from Marvel comics The Astonishing X-Men #1-6. The story introduces a number of new characters into the X-Men realm and revolves around the teams involvement surrounding a “mutant cure”. I don’t want to give too much away from the surprises in the plot so I will leave the synopsis of the story a mystery for you to discover by watching this great series of motion comics.
The true finesse in creating limited animation in characters and scenes brings a new sense of study to the artform of comics and animation that I find myself watching over and over again. A 3d feel to the foreground characters and background scenery is achieved by having elements rendered along varying focal planes to give it that simulated depth of field. The story holds well without the need for full animation and the vivid use of colors give characters and props a wide berth. This Marvel ani-comic is a perfect example of what a motion comic should look like. You can see the Gifted motion adventure from a variety of online media providers and if you become as big a fan as I am of this resurgence to a unique artform, you’ll start hunting the internet for more and more of these great stories.