Storm (2014) #2 Review

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 STORM is on a mission to use her extraordinary powers for the betterment of not just mutantkind, but the entire world.

When wayward youth start disappearing from the streets of New York, Storm is reminded of her own past as a thief and decides to investigate.

But little does she suspect that the culprit behind the disappearances is one of her oldest foes: CALLISTO!

The Good

Cover- Highly evocative of the classic bout between Storm and Callisto as the later stalks the former, knife in hand as delicate blue lightning dances on Storm’s fingertips, bathing everything close by in an ethereal blue glow. I like it!

Story– After having lunch with Wolverine (who no longer has his healing factor) Storm investigates the disappearance of a young girl named Angie. This is prompted by flashbacks of her own time on the streets after her parents died. After doing some detective work she enters a sewer system where she faces off with Callisto.

Art- Victor Ibanez throws down this issue with even more dazzling art than the last. In the less hectic scenes his work really shines through. Storm and Wolverine in the restaurant together are rendered with care and detail. The action scenes were also handled with care and evoked epic showdowns in Storm’s life as her first bout with Callisto and facing Cyclops.

Characterization– This issue also showcased Storm’s skills outside of the typical leader/goddess/superhero niche. Detective, warrior and humanist all important components of her personality which have been neglected since she married T’challa back in 2007.  Greg Pak also manages to tie into the whole package Storm’s history with Claustrophobia, how it came about her empathy with those living on the streets because of her lived experience etc. The book feels like Storm.

Action– It was a brief skirmish but seeing Callisto and Storm square off filled this fanboy with nostalgia galore.

Unique- This book has a really different feel from just about everything else currently on my pull list. There is no world saving drama unfolding, no subterfuge, no long drawn out fights. Instead what we get is a day in the life of the mutant goddess Storm. Most books have these long soap opera ongoing tales; it’s a nice change of pace to have these small self contained stories. It feels like an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

The Bad

The art is not gonna be everyone’s cup of tea.

The lack of an overarching plot may put off newer readers since Bendis made it the new style of comics with Ultimate Spiderman.

I also thought the issue lacked emotion and seemed almost directionless.

 

The Ugly

This issue had decent characterization and art though it still, cool action sequences and an overall unique vibe! I give this issue a 3.5/5

stars- 3.5

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