Welcome to the X-Files , a new feature on my blog in which I discuss the many characters who were born with the X-gene and are called mutants. I'm quite fond of these folks as the X-men are my favorite superhero team and I've found myself relating to many of the characters on the team roster as well as those who are not. I originally wrote this for my personal blog but decided it would fit nicely here.
For this first entry, I begin with the mutant, goddess, thief, wind rider, former Queen of Wakanda, and a leader of the X-men, Ororo Munroe aka Storm.
She is my favorite female fictional character and my favorite Black female comic book character, Michonne withstanding. I was first introduced to Storm through the 90’s X-men Arcade game. Both Nightcrawler and her stood out to me and my curiosity led me to read the reprinted X-men Classic comics written by Chris Claremont at the local grocery store. Anytime my mom and I went to the store, I would hurry to the magazine rack and pick up a comic book or two and read them until it was time to check out and go home.
The 90’s X-men animated series, X-men Evolution, Uncanny X-men.net, and Wolverine and the X-men were also my guides that helped me to get to know the character even better.
Storm is one of the first black comic book characters making her debut in 1975 in the pages of Giant Size X-Men #1 nine years after Black Panther, three years after Luke Cage, and two years after Blade. Created by Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum, Storm was the first black female to play a major supporting role at Marvel or DC. Chris Claremount fleshed out Storm’s backstory and made her a major supporting character in well known X-Men stories such as God Loves, Man Kills and Dark Phoenix Saga. He’s also written the most publications featuring the character.
In years past, Storm hasn’t had an ongoing solo comic until now. Last year Storm's first ongoing solo series #1 debuted and fans loved it. It was canceled with the arrival of Marvel's crossover event Secret Wars.
Here are a few more facts about Storm:
- Her name Ororo means "Beauty" in Storm’s tribal language.
- Many of her ancestors were sorceresses and priestesses and for some unknown reason, since the dawn of Atlantis, this line of African women has been given the distinguishing features of white hair, blue eyes, and powerful magic potential.
- She is one of the most used X-Men. She has appeared in most of the comic books, all of the animated television series, nearly all of the video games, and of course all of the live action X-Men films where Halle Berry portrayed her. In the upcoming X-men: Apocalypse a younger version of the character will be played by Alexandra Shipp.
- For a time, Storm was an Avenger and helped defeat Norman Osborn.
- She is one of the most powerful mutants. Storm's mutant abilities are limited only by her willpower and the strength of her body. Some Sentinels have considered Storm an Omega-level mutant.
- Storm is an expert thief, and a skilled, cunning and gifted hand-to-hand fighter, trained by Achmed el-Gibar, Professor X, Wolverine and T'Challa, the Black Panther. Storm is an excellent marksman with handguns, and is proficient in the use of knives.
- Storm carries a set of lockpicks with which she has an extraordinary ability at picking locks. She also carries her ancestral ruby, which allows inter-dimensional transportation with the help of her lightning.
- Storm has been described as having one of the strongest wills among the X-Men, making her highly resistant to psychic attacks especially at the same time when she creates electrical fields around her. Telepaths have found it difficult to track her down and probe her thoughts.
Storm has had many looks throughout the years. Here’s a slideshow:
As I mentioned earlier in this article, Storm has been in a many important X-men story lines. Here are some story lines you ought to read:
Giant-Size X-Men #1, 1975, by Len Wein & Dave Cockrum.
-This is where Storm makes her debut and the X-men were never the same.
Lifedeath: A Love Story, 1984, by Chris Claremont & Barry Windsor-Smith
-“In the tragic aftermath of last issue's events, Storm is left powerless. Now she must attempt to come to terms with this reality in the presence of the man who is inadvertently responsible - Forge. Plus, sinister creatures plot and scheme from the shadows. See Uncanny X-Men #198 for the sequel to this story.”
X-men: The Asgardian Wars, 1990, by Chris Claremont, Paul Smith and Arthur Adams
-Storm is kidnapped by Loki and given the god of thunder’s powers.
Astonishing X-Men: Storm, 2008, by Eric Jerome Dickey and David Yardin
-A six-issue miniseries which tells the love of story of Storm and the Black Panther.
Uncanny X-Men #102, 1976, by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum
-In addition to other story lines, this comic reveals Storm’s origin.
X-treme X-Men Vol. 1 #1-46, 2001-2004 & 2012-2013, by Chris Claremont, Salvador Larroca, and Igor Kordey
-The book focuses on Storm who is the leader of this team and the adventures that she and her teammates go on.
Storm, solo series, 2014-2015, by Greg Pak with art by Victor Inanez,
-Written by Greg Pak with art by Victor Inanez, this series saw the wind rider go all over the globe to solve crimes, stop natural disasters, and do everything she can to save the world. Basically she went where she’s needed.
Below are a three great articles that discuss the character:
Maya Glick is in the midst of filming a Storm Fan Film! Check out the Kickstarter page (which was funded a few months back) as well as the Nerds of Color Hard NOC Life Google hangout -which also featured Marvel’s Storm writer Greg Pak and Black Girl Nerds creator Jamie Broadnaux below:
UPDATE: Glick’s fan film RAIN is completed and now available for viewing! It’s powerful and awesome! Watch it below:
Storm is an amazing character who has withstood the test of time. She is a strong character that we all can look up to literally and figuratively. I look forward to what the future will bring for her.