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If the X-Men existed in medieval times, would they be casted as demons or witches? Or perhaps some of them would be worshiped as magical beings? Would a leader emerge amongst them? Illustrator Nate Hallinan explored the idea, which resulted in ‘The Order of X’.

This is a personal fan-fiction variation on the X-Men. I thought it would be a fun exercise to do the X-Men in an alternate medieval/fantasy reality. Prejudice and discrimination were rampant in our history. Being a darker and less civilized time, fear and hatred ran deeper making it an interesting setting for the X-Men. The task to protect and defend the ‘gifted’ would be near insurmountable. I’ve created short background stories for each character and I will be posting those along with the final images.

Nate will be expanding his series of characters. Current illustrations are also available in print.

What do you think of his idea? Do you get the feeling like it’s a mashup between X-Men and Lord of the Rings?

  1. Jorge B
    September 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Now this is good concept art

  2. Nash J
    September 5, 2013 at 1:27 am

    The Wolverine is killing me. Kodos on the artwork Nate Hallinan.

  3. Ari
    August 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Dude, I just stumbled upon this and I wanted to say this is an interesting concept. I'm trying to imagine how the story will flow and how the other characters (Magneto, X-Force, X-Factor, etc.) will look like. I'd love to see this further expanded. :) :)

  4. Dan Falconer
    August 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Why would Wolverine need such thick armour?

  5. Obviously
    August 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Anyone with those kinds of fictional powers would be rulers of the world. There would be no stopping them.

  6. Dave Whitelock
    August 23, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Now sit down, here's the thing THE X MEN ARN'T REAL.

    i know shocking but as theymdon't/never existed they woulnt be cast as withes back in the day....sorry love and peace xx

  7. Mark Whitmill
    August 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    This looks like it would be an amazing comic... either in a short term or as a long term story. I would most definitely read this, and don't believe that this appears as a mash-up with the LOTR.

  8. Victoryoftheppl
    August 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I never wanted something so badly in my lifeeeee

  9. Tony
    August 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    All are fantastic, but would wolve' rune have metal claws? Bone I can see-did you explain if they were extensions of his body or external weapons?

  10. r
    August 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    lol

  11. Christopher H
    August 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    This is so cool! I love medieval, and xmen is amazing stuff!

  12. Brian
    August 21, 2013 at 3:31 am

    So you read 1602 by Neil Gaimon as well, congratulations.

  13. munind
    August 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    WOW A SHORT WOLVERINE! -.-

  14. Andrew Gould
    August 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Pet peeve - this is a fantasy world, not medieval.

    Sorry. Carry on.

    • cna
      August 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      I think you missed the point in his quote: "I thought it would be a fun exercise to do the X-Men in an alternate medieval/fantasy reality." So technically, you are right and wrong. There are definitely elements of both in there which sounded like his goal.

    • Andrew Gould
      August 20, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      Nope, there's nothing even remotely historical about any of them. It's all entirely a made-up fantasy. My pet peeve is people taking very good fantasy (or even bad fantasy, but this isn't that) and calling it "medieval" as though there is some relation to Earth's genuine history where there really is no such relation.

      Don't get me wrong - there's nothing wrong with fantasy. I'm wearing a Game of Thrones t-shirt as I type this. But it's not medieval.

      Again, sorry for being a nitpicky killjoy.

    • Dagda
      August 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      The article plainly states that this is an exercise in placing a fantasy concept into a medieval setting. The setting is medieval, likely full of historically accurate detail, the events surrounding the characters are fantasy. Much like the current version is set in a modern setting, on Earth, not fantasy setting on fantasy world in fantasy land. Are you being purposefully dense, or is it just part of your idiom?

    • Victoryoftheppl
      August 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      You must be a riot at parties.

    • Andrew Gould
      August 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      *sigh* Don't I know it.

  15. sam
    August 20, 2013 at 12:31 am

    You should check out marvel's 1602 trades
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_1602

  16. Jon Mercurio Knight
    August 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Super cool! I can't wait to see more!

  17. Soorabu
    August 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Ummmmm............ I guess you are oblivious of Marvel 1609

  18. Hodor
    August 19, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Dr... sorry, Lord X would have his own Hodor ;)

  19. Dustin
    August 18, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Well I thought this was a mod for Skyrim. Check everywhere for the link then I read the article.

  20. Austyn
    August 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Seems similar in overall concept to Marvel 1602. Though I do have to admit that these look a lot cooler.

  21. Nash J
    August 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    This is such a.cool concept

    • Jackson Chung
      August 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Exactly! I hope Nate comes up with more drawings. I'll definitely share them when he does.

    • Aaron
      August 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Cant wait to see Storm making things happen in that universe.

    • Jackson Chung
      August 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Added Storm.

  22. Gabriel
    August 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    How dare you make wolverine short! LOL

    • Jackson Chung
      August 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Someone has to be the dwarf! LOL

    • Bumferry H
      August 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

      To be fair Wolverine is supposed to be around 5 feet tall and more of an animal than the "my other half can't get enough of him" Hugh Jackman version in the movies. ;O)

    • McTigerlily
      August 19, 2013 at 1:34 am

      Wolverine IS short. :)

    • AddieCat
      August 20, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Wolverine is 5'3" in the comics, that's his official height. So if you want to say 'how dare you make Wolverine short' I suggest you take it up with Len Wein and John Romita, Sr. :)

    • 3RT
      August 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Wolverine has always been short... unless you only watch the movies.

    • Elizabeth Johansen
      August 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Wolverine being short is one thing, but this one is so pudgy, and with the armor he makes me think of Juggernaut.

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