Meet Andreas De Ruyter — a.k.a. “The Bull”: Four-hundred pounds of solid muscle, all of it aching for payback. Until now, bringing in the fabled Wind Rider was just business for the De Ruyter family and its crew of mercenaries. But after what Storm and T’Challa did to the Bull’s little brother, now it’s personal. The epic, untold love story between Marvel’s two pre-eminent Black super heroes — Storm and the Black Panther — is finally told, as only New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey can do it! Don’t miss out on this story, True Believer, as it builds to a July Event that will shake the entire Marvel Universe.
T’challa brings Ororo and Kenja back to Teacher and the two discuss the morality for teaching children to steal while admiring the unconscious Storm. When the village learns that he is the prince of Wakanda everyone rushes to meet him. Storm recovers in time to see the girls literally fawning over him. She however simply thanks him for the help and leaves. Out in the jungle she unearths her treasure; a box of items which reminds her of her deceased parents. T’challa and Storm form a friendship which earns the jealousy of Kenja.
Elsewhere the men that were beaten by T’challa call for reinforcements; a super powered hulk of a man who wants to catch the “wind rider”.
Mythology- It’s an interesting new spin on Storm’s origin as the people of Africa have the myth of the “Wind Rider” and her appearance and emergent powers she becomes a highly sought after commodity and the object of a crazy hunt which will now change the lives of all around her irrevocably!
Morality- T’challa and Teacher engage in an interesting discussion of what is right and wrong. T’challa the wealthy prince of Wakanda thinks Teacher is wrong for teaching the orphaned children of Africa how to survive and steal. But of course he views the world from a very different vantage point than these children or teacher himself. He has never wanted for anything he’s never known what it is to be hungry so really can’t contemplate or relate to what it is these children are going through. Teacher meanwhile understands the harsh realities of life and is doing what he thinks is right based on experience. Arguments can be made for both sides which is really what sells the exchange.
Rivalry- As the series goes on you can really understand why Kenja hates Ororo. Her own father wishes Ororo was his child and not her, Storm is far more skilled than she is despite not being African born, she’s more popular. It’s kind of hilarious on another level as Storm is the popular chick without even trying, she’s hated for inherent skills and beauty that she has no control over. Can’t wait to see where this goes.
Continuity– It was a nice touch by Dickey to include Storm’s hidden stash of sentiments it ties directly into X-Men #71 where after the mansion is robbed she was able to dig up and recover her hidden stash in the barn. Kudos!
Pace- This issue was not as exhilarating or exciting as the two before. There was no action to speak of and the story felt dragged out.
Not as gripping as earlier tales but still pretty good 3/5