Storm by Eric Jerome Dickey
Collects Storm #1-6
Art by David Yardin & Lan Medina
Comic Book | Superheroes
Published by Marvel Comics
Released on January 16th, 2008
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The X-Men’s Storm is one of my favorite Marvel characters; probably in my top five. So, when I saw this collection at my local library, I definitely wanted to read it.
I had never heard of this series before, which isn’t that weird considering how many X-Men comics Marvel has come out with in the last fifty years. Storm is the story of Ororo Munroe growing up in Africa as a member of a band of thieves and orphans. She’s a master lockpick and is learning how to control her burgeoning powers.
One day, Storm steals a camera from a tourist at the prompting of her peers. In the process, her powers manifest as she gets away. However, the man she steals the camera from isn’t just any tourist; he’s on the lookout for a “Windwalker” such as Storm, and from then on tries to capture her at any cost.
At first glance, it’s a decent premise. However, that part of the story seems to be secondary to the main plot, which is Storm (Ororo) wanting to become a woman and losing her virginity to Black Panther (T’Challa). That’s one of the reasons I rated this collection two stars – we don’t need a comic book series focusing on that topic. Also, I found it very off-putting that Storm’s character was written in such a way that the only way she can truly feel like a woman is through sex.
Another issue I took with this series is that it isn’t canon. This collection proposes that the first time Ororo and T’Challa meet is when she’s a teenager and he rescues her from her would-be captors. In reality, however, (well, in Marvel’s Earth-616 reality), it’s actually Ororo that aids in rescuing T’Challa after he’s kidnapped. Their romance is canon, but it didn’t happen as written in Storm and, again, is it really necessary to make one of the main plots in this series about her losing her virginity just so that she can feel like more of a woman? No. The answer to that is no.
The art is fine, not a favorite of mine or anything spectacular. The cover art was a bit off-putting, but that’s a personal preference.
Storm is a wonderful and very complex character in Marvel’s universe, but this collection reduces her to being nothing more than a boy-obsessed normal teenager. Skip it and just read some classic X-Men.