To say the internet is ablaze with news of Storm’s upcoming solo-series would be an understatement at this point. Now thanks to Newsarama who have a small but insightful interview with writer Greg Pak about the series and what we can expect as fans of “the first lady” of the Black Superhero pantheon. Here a few tidbits with a link at the end to the whole thing. Thanks Newsarama!
Nrama: And who and what is she up against in the first arc of your new Storm series?
Pak: In a seemingly idyllic corner of the Caribbean, Storm takes on massive natural threats and uncovers even more deadly man-made dangers — while dealing with a shocking challenge in the heart of the school in Westchester.
We’re making a big statement about our hero and her world and setting up some pretty huge things with this first issue and I strongly encourage you to pre-order today with your local shop!
Caribbean you say? Hmm, as a Caribbean native that sounds good. Lord knows most writers pretend the Caribbean and it’s natives don’t exist. Milestone was the last publisher who truly represented with Masquerade who was supposed to be Haitian but later had that changed to Jamaica, The Puerto Rican Tech 9 and the Dominican Fade and Flashback. Good time sand good memories!
Nrama: Storm is best known as a member of the X-Men, but she had a whole life before Xavier recruited her and also during her X-Men tenure with Wakanda, the Fantastic Four, and elsewhere. Is she acting as an X-Men, a queen, a goddess, what?
Pak: Storm’s one of the X-Men’s most valuable assets and frequently their moral center. But she’s been a street thief, a goddess, a persecuted mutant, and a queen — she’s seen everything and through hard earned experience has learned to empathize with oppressed people everywhere, not just mutants. So we’re going to explore the kinds of crises that only Storm would notice, the kinds of challenges only she will rise to. And, of course, we’ll see what kinds of problems that may create for her and her fellow X-Men.
I like the sound of this and as fan Doctor Deadpool pointed out in our discussion on the series, we would very much like Storm to receive the kind of treatment in her series that Wonder Woman gets from DC Comics. She is a major player and quite honestly Marvel’s equivalent to DC’s Wonder woman. There is no other female character that marvel has with the instant recognizability and the emotional pull of Storm. Sorry She Hulk and Ms. Marvel Storm is Marvel’s most popular woman this side of Phoenix.
I’m curious though if she will have the same type of crusade Wonder Woman had back in the late 90’s which put her at odds with pretty much everyone from Batman to Superman. As the “goddess of peace” she got deeply involved in putting a stop to war in man’s world, often blurring the line between what should or shouldn’t be done in the name of peace. That type of ambiguity would be a nice spin on the classic Storm without much compromise to her general continuity. On the other hand as headmistress of the Jean Grey school she can only do so much in the public eye without losing her place at said school.
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