Storm-Ororo Munroe

The X-men's Storm!

The X-men’s Storm!

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Len Wein and Dave Cockrum.

1st appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975)

Alias: Ororo Iqadi T’Challa née Munroe, Wind rider, Ororo Komo Wakandas, Queen Of Wakanda, Goddess Of The Plains, Queen Ororo,  Weather witch

Team Affiliations: X-men, Morlocks, Fantastic Four, Avengers

Legal Status: Diplomatic immunity due to status as Queen of Wakanda. Dual U.S./Wakandan citizenship

Height: 5’11              Weight: 127 lbs

Eyes: Blue                   Hair: White

Relatives: Ashake (ancestor, deceased), Mr. Munroe (paternal grandfather), Harriet Munroe (paternal grandmother), unidentified Kenyan maternal grandmother, David Munroe (father, deceased), N’dare Munroe (mother, deceased), Vivian Munroe (Aunt, deceased), Colonel Shetani (maternal uncle), David Evan Munroe Jr. (nephew),

T’Challa aka Black Panther (husband), Ramonda (mother in law), Shuri (sister-in-law), Hunter ( brother-in-law), S’yan (uncle in law), T’chaka (Father In law, deceased), Azzari (grandfather in law, deceased), T’shan (Cousin in law, deceased)

Alternate reality offspring: Panther/T’chaka , Azari,  Twari, T’chaka, unnamed son (Sons), Becka Munroe , Sh’ri, Torrent, Sky Panther, Medea, Kymera, Unnamed twins (daughters)

Skills and Abilities:  Storm is very proficient in unarmed combat due to life on the streets and further training from Wolverine, Yukio (both Samurai) and Professor Xavier. She is also trained in armed combat being proficient in the use of knives and guns.

Storm is also an exceptional thief able to pick any lock given time. As a thief she carries a set of lock picks at all times.

Storm is also an expert strategist whose use of skills and strategy allow her to defeat far superior enemies such as Crimson Commando and Callisto.

Powers: Storm has the ability to mold the earths weather patterns to her will. effects such as tornadoes, storms, hurricanes and hail are just a few of the things she can accomplish with her powers. By tapping into the weather patterns of earths she can channel the elements through her body as well. She can also view the world in terms of energy patterns and can sense disturbances in nature. Storm is also able to fly by having the air carry her. This control is dependent on her will and strength of her body. Due to her powers she is immune to temperature extremes.

Storm is also noted as having a very strong and indomitable will which when added to her ability to release electricity from her body gives her a measure of immunity to telepaths. They have also noted it’s hard to track and maintain contact with her mind. Her will and magical potential also allowed her to host eternity, a feat which has never been accomplished with the user surviving before.

Potential: Storm is descended from a line of Kenyan magic users and sorcerer supreme; most notably Ashake; who have blue eyes and white hair. As a result she has strong magical potential though it is undeveloped. In the Magic Arcana series she is marked as potentially powerful as the Scarlet Witch and Agatha Harkness in magic.

Biography

Early Years

Ororo is descended from an ancient and powerful line of African magic users who get their distinctive features (white hair and blue eyes) every five generations. It’s theorized that their origins lay in the Great Rift Valley, where the human race is said to have originated.

She was born to Princess N’dare of Kenya and American photojournalist David Munroe. They moved to America while N’dare was pregnant. Storm was born in upscale New York City but her family left due to racism. Settling in Egypt during the Suez Crisis. This is where her parents were killed and she was buried in the rubble with their dead bodies resulting in a life long Claustrophobia (Uncanny X-Men #102, December 1976). After this she became an orphan living on the streets and was taken in by Akmed el Gibar the greatest thief of Africa who taught her his skills. Here she meets Charles Xavier after robbing him. In a fight between himself and the shadow king she escapes. (Uncanny X-Men #117 (January 1979)

Years later while in Kenya she meets a young T’challa during his walkabout and the two fall in love but his duty cause him to leave her (Storm vol.2 #1-6). In the Serengeti her powers manifest and she is taken in by a witch Ainet who helps her control her powers and she is worshiped as a goddess of the African plains. She later meets the first crop of X-men in a battle with Deluge (X-men Hidden years #6 and #7)

Joining the X-men

Years later Professor X recruits her into his team and she forms a strong friendship with Jean Grey/Pheonix and her fellow new x-men alum Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler. She also plays the role of mentor and mother to Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat and reformed villain Rogue. Storm also took over leadership of the X-men in Cyclops absence (Uncanny X-men #139, November 1980). Adventures of the time included facing the evil space aliens the  Brood, being bitten by Dracula and gaining leadership of the X-men from Callisto in single combat (Uncanny X-Men #169-170, 1983) . A relationship between herself and mutant Forge also develops.

When her outlook on life darkens and she befriends Yukio a roaming Samurai and friend of wolverine she changes her outward appearance to fit her new mindset. Around this time she saves Rogue from an experimental power neutralizing gun and ends up de-powered. She grows closer to Forge until finding out he was responsible for creating the gun. When Cyclops son is born she defeats him in single combat and takes leadership of the team from him (Uncanny X-men #201, 1986)

Storm leads the X-men during the  “mutant massacre” where the Morlocks are all but wiped out and most of the team severely injured, and during  “The fall of the mutants” , “Inferno” and briefly wields the power of Thor in the “Asguardian wars’.  She regains her power eventually but is reverted to an adolescent. She returns to life of a thief and befriends Gambit as they battle the shadow king. During the “X-tinction agenda” she is returned to her natural state. (Uncanny X-men 270-271, 1991)

She led the X-men’s gold team at this point and had her relationship with forge ends when he thought she would refuse his proposal. Her failure as leader of the Morlocks also came back to haunt her as Marrow and Gene Nation tried to remake the massacre by killing a human for every dead morlock on the anniversary of the “Morlock Massacre”. The only way to end the conflict and save those captured was by ripping her heart out (Uncanny X-men #325, 1996). After “Operation zero tolerance” she lead a reformed X-men team without the help of Xavier, or Cyclops which included fellow African Maggott and Cecelia Reyes a doctor. She also faced the shadow king again.

Marriage

Storm discovered the diaries of destiny and didn’t trust Xavier with them so she formed her own team and traveled the world to find all of them. After saving the world multiple times they returned to the mansion as the official police force for mutants. After HOM she rekindled her romance with T’challa (Black Panther [2005] #14) and the two wed (Black Panter [2005] #18).

Together they joined the Fantastic four briefly (Back Panther [2005] #26) and she later joined the Astonishing X-men (Astonishing X-men #25) when T’challa became a financial backer. She remained at her husband’s side and battled the shadow king again with the help of Bast (X-men Words Apart 1-4). During Doomwar she was captured by Doom and later rescued (Doomwar 1-4). After the devastating after effects T’challa has decided to take over protection of Hell’s Kitchen and she understands (Black Panther: Man Without Fear #. They were then living apart and she has returned to active duty as an X-man leaving Wakandan in the hands of her Sister in law Shuri.

Annulment and Beyond

Storm briefly joined the Avengers and went to Utopia with her fellow mutants. During Schism she was personally asked by Cyclops to remain on Utopia with him to keep him on the right path. Along with Magik, Psylocke, Emma Frost, Cyclops and Magneto they created the “Extinction Team” and saved the world numerous times.

During Avengers Vs X-men she sided with Cyclops and fought against the Avengers to save her race which caused even more tension between herself and her husband. When her teammates were corrupted by the Phoenix Wakanda was destroyed leading to her marriage being annulled though she joined the Avengers in ending the threat, though not before her mentor Charles Xavier was killed. (Avengers vs X-men 1-12)

In the aftermath of AVX she joins the Jean Grey School for the Gifted as headmistress and rekindles her romance with Wolverine. (Wolverine and The X-men #24) Storm has also joined Psyclocke to co-lead the Uncanny X-force (Uncanny X-force [2013] #1) and later creates an all female X-men team. To signify the change in her life she has returned to her Mohawk hairstyle and donned a new costume.

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Notable Alternate Reality Counterparts

All Mother

Queen of Asgard(Earth 904) On this world Storm never regained her powers and was given a hammer by Loki which enabled her to ascend the Asgardian throne. As all mother of the realm she lead Asgard into an age of peace and prosperity as herself and the mutants who remained in Asgard became the rulers of many of their kingdoms.

Bloodstorm

Bloodstorm (Earth 1298) In this world instead of recovering from being bitten by Dracula Storm died and was reborn as a vampire. She joined Alex Summers super team “The Six” where she fell in love with fellow Vampire Gambit. She maintained her 80′s style Mohawk in this world and was more feral.

Amazon

Amazon (Amalgam universe/Earth 9602) In this world combining the DC and Marvel universe Ororo washed up on Themyscria and was trained by the amazons while growing up with Diana princess of the Amazons. When it came time to send an emissary to man’s world she defeated Diana and became Wonder Woman of this world.

StormPheonix

StormPhoenix (Earth 9590) On this world Storm became host to the Phoenix force after her friends were all killed in a spacecraft. This event ad others caused her to take control of the world to ensure worldwide peace as she ended starvation, war and segregation.

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About Ryn Fraser

Caribbean born college teacher with a degree in Philosophy, founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for Wikipedia, Comicvine, Independent comics, IGN, Gamespot, and Islandstage.net. View all posts by Ryn Fraser

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