Earlier this week, Joe Harris revealed that former X-Men editor Jason Liebig suggested to artist Leinil F. Yu that Bishop: The Last X-Man's could use a more contemporary look.
Harris credited the redesign to Superman: Birthright and Indestructible Hulk artist Leinil - who describes his own work as "Dynamic Pseudo-Realism" - and claimed that the new-look Bishop had been specifically based on American rapper Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., a.k.a. Busta Rhymes. Here's what he said:
I need to do some more confirming on this… but I was just reminded that Bishop (being played now by Omar Sy in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past) first sported dreadlocks in our “Bishop: The Last X-Man” series way back.
I believe Leinil Yu did the redesign and remember him basing Bishop’s hair (a departure from the original El DeBarge-style Whilce [Portacio] had introduced the character with) on Busta Rhymes.
I am 99.9% sure this is what happened.
Once again… you’re welcome, America.
Leinil F. Yu even confirmed that version of events, but added that it was ultimately his editor's decision.
Bishop made frequent appearances in the X-Men animated series of the 1990s and will be portrayed by actor Omar Sy in Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
What do you think of Bishop's most current look? Are you enjoying the Busta Rhymes vibes? Let me know in the comment section below!
Don't forget - X-Men Days Of Future Past arrives in theaters May 23.