David Flores Harnesses the Infinite for Marvel's Legion
Marvel’s X-Man Legion first appeared in the comics in 1985 but he never really had his time in the spotlight, mostly because he’s a complicated character with a very dark story. A combination of hidden parentage, dissociative identity disorder, autism, and extremely destructive tendencies makes him a hard pill to swallow for the masses. But in 2017, audiences are much more open to the complexities of deeper storytelling and FX has recognized that trend, so Legion is now the main character in a new show. The marketing posters for ‘Legion’ feature imagery of a man with an explosive mind, a direct reflection of Legion’s inner life. FX invited muralist David Flores to interpret the original piece for an image that popped up in the wild all over the US.
David’s blocking style was perfectly suited for this project. His process of breaking images up into sections almost like color-by-numbers or a stained glass aesthetic concentrate his subjects into a strong, direct statement. Showing his portraits like this gives the viewer enough distance from the humanity of the subject for us to experience the story from an added distance. Legion’s own name is a reference to the Biblical book of Revelations, basically demanding David’s and his aesthetic proximity to stained glass. Revelations is all about a human connection to the infinite and the end, it's chaos, terror, sublimity. It is experiencing the unknown and the impossible. All of that is evident in David's work.
The painting was featured on walls in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco where fans could interact with augmented reality. Additionally, Marvel printed it up as a special edition poster that fans could pick up at dozens of comic book shops.