Storm (2014) #1 Review

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From street urchin in Cairo to the Queen of Wakanda to Headmistress of the Jean Grey School and everything in between – she is a hero with no equal. Her desire to make the world a better place is unmatched, even though that world that hates and fears her. On her mission to spread goodwill and embody Charles Xavier’s dream in her own way, she will stand alongside new faces and familiar friends – and come face to face with more than her share of enemies.

But you cannot stop her any more than you can defeat the wind. She is a force of nature. She is Storm! And the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake.

 

 

The Good

StoryStorm is stopping a tsunami Santo Marco. Tensions between Storm and the local militia mount when Beast tells her to stand down because of “political workings” behind the scenes. Storm returns to the school where a student calls her out for being a “sell out”. The words cut deep and Storm returns to Santo Marco to help the survivors. The Militia returns and Storm decimates them before taking the Mexican girl back home.

Cover– Simply stunning! Storm (2014) #1 has a beautifully rendered cover courtesy of interior artist Victor Ibanez. It has Storm standing with her back toward the reader as she glances back over her shoulder, eyes crackling with power, a streak of white lightning cuts the background in two, lightning dancing on her hair follicles with a light shade of blue at the top while the other half of the cover is a dark purple.

Duality-Throughout the story we saw glimmers of the Storm’s. The calm level headed thinker and the force of nature this was presented well from start to finish thanks to some good writing by Greg Pak.Storm2014#1 (5)

Art- Ibanez’s interior art has a nice cinematic feel to it which captures the strength, beauty and raw power of our titular hero.

Philosophical debate– The young Mexican mutant poses some deep questions to Storm. What “right” do the X-men have in drafting or in some cases forcibly abduct young children from their families and take them to their school where they are “indoctrinated” into the X-men’s ways of thinking and behaving. That is pretty damn deep! Especially when you consider Friere’s banking concept of education which assumes that “Knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider know nothing” (Pg. 72, Pedagogy of the oppressed, 30th anniversary ed. The more you think about that single quote you realize that the X-men and this school may be founded under the wrong premise altogether. Sure some of these mutants are being persecuted and need to be rescued but how much of a choice have they been given to remain enrolled? Some of these mutants have a natural affinity for their powers and don’t need the school…..are they given a choice? Then there are others like Marisol who find the school uninviting and unbearable. Some of them are better off at home. The second notion is that the X-men like most schools send students through the exact same process in hopes of creating people with very similar belief systems and ideologies. How many of the students of Xavier’s school have gone on to lead normal lives? They were indoctrinated like soldiers and they became an army. What if you want something else? Is this the place to be? These are just a few of the Philosophical debates brought up in this issue.

Celebrity– A good chunk of writers always seem to forget that Storm like Wonder Woman is a very publicly known hero who never shies away from the spotlight. Add to that her beauty, time as an African Queen/goddess, time as an Avenger, member of the Fantastic Four and leader of the most public renditions of the X-men she is an A class celebrity superhero. This issue treats her notoriety decently with the excitement surrounding her appearance each time marked with public spectacle.

Powers– Equally as impressive as the characterization of Storm was the subtle ways that her powers and emotions affect the atmosphere around her. Heating the air around Beast right before they get into it was a nice touch.

 

The Bad

Excitement– This issue was a bit submissive compared to other books currently out. That may put some off.

History– I enjoyed the mentions of her time as a Queen and all but I was expecting more involvement or mention of her family. It’s never a good thing when you have high expectations.

 

The Ugly

In many ways Storm (2014) #1 is exactly what I wanted from an ongoing series. It manages to capture the duality of Ororo Munroe/Storm. In one sense she’s the calm, collected, motherly headmistress of the Jean Grey institute expected to be responsible and in control. In another sense she’s truly a force of nature whose power is destructive and awe-inspiring. This opening shot sees her battling who she is, who she has become and her responsibilities as a humanitarian superhero vs. Politically correct headmistress. Storm (2014) #1 is a wonderful opening salvo from Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez!- 4/5

stars- 4 very good

 

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0 thoughts on “Storm (2014) #1 Review

  • July 24, 2014 at 8:09 am
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    Good point- who are the X-Men to essentially abduct mutants from their homes without as much as a by your leave???

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    • July 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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      Exactly
      The more I think about the more I feel that the world is right to fear them
      And if Storm is on side with this policy then it pretty much negates all the good and positive things about her .As it stands now , no matter what else she does , she is one of the leader ( perhaps the leader ) of an organization that steals children.
      I see two possibilities
      Either the writer is going to make some kind of point or intends to develop this point further or this is a really careless piece of story construction
      I hope this point is addressed or clarified .

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      • July 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm
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        But there is much more to the story and the character and the story than this one point.
        I will come come back in a bit and expand on my initial comments.

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  • July 24, 2014 at 9:26 am
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    Commenting the story
    Not bad at all
    I liked how ,as Storm saves the village from the tidal wave( in a rather complex and elegant fashion that causes her more than a little pain) she reflects how , when she was younger she would have used a more direct brute force approach and would would have been unmindful of the wider consequences . I really like how the character shows herself to be wiser and more thoughtful than before .
    I also liked how the people she saved were happy to see her and knew who she was .
    I wonder if , since they were Black ,like her , they would be be more likely to identify with her . I further wonder if it might have been different if the village she saved was in Northern Europe .
    I note how the situation in Santo Marco -Mutants are not allowed to exist – uncomfortably echos laws and attitudes in some countries in our own”real” world . I was impressed by that
    Regarding the situation with Marisol . I did not realize that the X Men were rounding up young mutants from all over the world and keeping them at the Jean Grey school . This policy has disturbing parallels to the way the Nazis collected Aryan children from the countries they conquered to be raised in state institutions or the residential school system created for aboriginal children in my own country
    I like your comments on that part of the story
    I note that this seems to a new policy .I recall that when Storm first returned to the Jean Grey school ( after T’challa so unceremoniously and abruptly ” kicked her to the curb”) she took part in an operation/adventure in which the team encountered a young mutant who opted to go into Gov’t service , rather than fallow along with the XMen . Storm was adamant that they respect his choice , reminding everyone that “We are are a School not an Army”. If my recollections are correct then things have really changed ( or the writer is unconcerned with the continuity) I will have to go back through my back issues to confirm all this , but I think I am accurate .
    I like that Marisol was shown to be strong enough to stand up to Storm (and speak Truth to power ). I like that Marisol shows herself to be politically aware and wanting to help her people
    I note that Storm seems to react violently to this this statement and apparently knocked the young lady down . I also note that when she realized that she was unconsciously making Henry sweat she was glad of that fact ( because she annoyed with him for not handling the situation) .
    To my mind even though she is behaving badly these reactions really humanize the character ( after all we have done things in haste or anger that we later regret, even though we enjoyed them at the time )
    I like really that Storm then( unconsciously) returned to Santo Marco and, ignoring Henry , helped with the clean up and restoration ( both by using her powers and by physically pitching in and getting her hands dirty) I thought this was great .I really very much like that now Storm was finally doing what was right and good and necessary rather than what was prudent and expedient To my mind this is how heroes should behave .
    And I really like what happens next when the “soldiers ” return to drive the villagers off their land so a powerful multi national can build a hotel there ( shades of Donald Trump)
    Storm stands up to them and takes down the commander without using her powers and drives off the soldiers ( actually corporate hirelings ) Again to my mind this just what she should be doing and how she ought to be acting
    And she redeems herself in Marisol’s eyes I liked that
    And when it is reported in the media , for once they get it right
    And I like how Storm then apologized to Marisol and took her back home .
    This time Marvel gave me a story about a fave character that I thought did justice to her and treated her with respect .This is a story I can repeatedly read and enjoy
    This story is welcome change /contrast to the shabby treatment that Marvel affords to my other fave character
    Finally I must confess that it stung to have her referred to as the former queen of Wakanda

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  • August 2, 2014 at 7:06 am
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    More comments
    Upon reflection
    I think this one is good first step
    Leaving aside the vexing question of the apparent “mutant residential school system” that Storm at least tacitly signs off on , and which I hope will be resolved eventually I like the way the story and the way the character is presented and portrayed( the way she acts).
    The story does take on political and human right and economic issues . I like that I would have liked the character to have said more about them . I hope she will do so as the her story progresses
    Possible Spoiler Alert
    From reading the Previews catalogs I see that Ororo will be covering some old ground in her upcoming adventures . In the next issue she deals with Callisto and the Morlocks and in fallowing issue she hooks up with Forge. Then she spends an issue mourning the ( hopefully permanent) passing of Wolverine
    So I dare to hope (however unrealistically ) that in the issue after that she will reach out to T’challa -or better yet he will reach out to her .
    We’ll see.

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  • August 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm
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    What’s up!

    Enjoyed reading Storm # 1 and I hope her character will be as complex as any other high profile hero in the universe. I know this is asking a lot from “some” of these fan boy writers but as a black woman who loves superheroes it’s time that we get Storm an on going series to explore her personality. Hopefully she will not be some mule or mammy. I need Storm to be sexual, fun and most of all dangerous. Fingers cross!

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    • August 12, 2014 at 3:14 am
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      I agree entirely.
      Like you I hope the writer does justice to the character
      And I don’t think that is asking a lot
      We’ll see.

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