Comic Review: Storm #1 by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez

Storm #1 | Marvel ComicsStorm #1 by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez

Affiliation: X-Men

Publisher: Marvel Comics (July 24, 2014)

Wendy’s Rating – 5 of 5 stars

The fact that this Storm solo series exists at all is enough for me to give it an automatic five stars the moment it was announced, but of course, I don’t want my long time favourite character to be poorly written. Thankfully, once I learned that Greg Pak would be writing the long awaited series, my doubts were removed, especially when he took to the internet to share #WhyILoveStorm with her many fans. Pak has a way of getting to the heart of a character. For me, there is no character that this could be more important to. Because, while Storm is an alpha mutant, powerful enough to wield Thor’s hammer, and worshipped as a goddess, Storm is and always has been Ororo Munroe first. She has never been defined solely by her powers, even though they are a reflection of her and her very moods. For me, the moments when I love Storm most are when she’s being utterly human. And Greg Pak gets that.

Storm has gone through many changes since her introduction in Giant Size X-Men #1 in 1975. She’s lived through her trials and tribulations and come out stronger each time, and she’s come a long, long way from the naïve young woman she once was. This Storm is angry and jaded. Perhaps even a little tired of her responsibilities as a leader of the X-Men and headmistress of the Jean Grey Academy for Gifted Students.

Ibanez’s art is sharp and expressive, which is so important to such a strongly character driven book. His lines sharpen and soften as needed with her changing moods, and he maintains a dynamic feel that really comes to life when Storm uses her formidable powers.

The issue opens with her saving villagers from a tsunami. In the aftermath, Henry McCoy, aka Beast, practically has to beg her to stand down when the military steps in and demands she leave. Back at the Jean Grey Academy, a surprisingly inept Henry asks her to deal with a troublesome student whose issues Storm has no patience for, especially when the student accuses Storm of “selling out.” The problem with Storm is that her emotions are intrinsically tied to her powers, so it’s not wise to make her angry, even if you might be right.

But the beauty of Storm is that she has always been such a self-aware character. She knows when she’s wrong and will do her penance. She’s not afraid or ashamed to apologize for her actions and make amends. And she knows when she needs to reset the dials and find and/or redefine herself again.

From the first issue, this promises to be an exploration of the woman as she does just that.

Plus Greg Pak promised me Forge. I am so here for this.


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