This is one of those titles that doesn’t seem to have any arcs, it just has a long, long, long story. In fact, if it wasn’t for Secret Wars, for which many Marvel titles screech to a catastrophic impact into, it would probably still be going.
I have mixed feelings about Storm as a character. She’s gone from one of my favorite X-Men to one that I really hated and back again, several times over. She’s gone from being a goddess to being a mohawked punk and I much prefer the former to the latter. In that, she’s got a lot in common with Cyclop. But do their solo books turn out the same? Do they have the same problems, now that they’ve got dedicated stories? Let’s find out.
Storm has been a thief and a tribal goddess, she’s been a hero and a wife, but all of that weighs heavily on her and she needs to get away from it all. She visits Africa, where she saves villagers from a tidal wave, only to be driven away by the anti-mutant government. She sees Yukio, who has become the head of four crime families, who doesn’t know Wolverine is dead and now needs Storm to play his part. She saves a senator from attack and gets blamed for almost crashing a plane, I don’t blame her for needing to get away from her duties as a superhero and a head mistress. But can she face her past and come away stronger?
As I said, Storm has been a great many things over the years, some good, some not so good. However, her solo book definitely falls into the “good” category. She faces a lot of different challenges and comes away stronger from each and that’s one thing I really admire about Storm most of the time, she is a solid female character, in control of herself, sure of her abilities and dedicated to helping everyone around her. As such, I think this entire series has done the character justice and I lay that at the feet of series writer Greg Pak, who has her down cold. Artists Victor Ibanez, Al Barrionuevo and Neil Edwards have also presented a gorgeous book, leaving me wanting more and that’s some of the highest praise I can give to a comic.
In the end, I think a lot of the tale has to do with Storm finding herself and becoming comfortable with herself, not as a product of her past, but as who she decides to be and she has to deal with a lot of her past, from her goddess childhood in Kenya, to losing Wolverine, to her hatred of Callisto, to the mistakes that were made in Utopia, and she comes to grips with all of it and comes out the other side of the maelstrom as a stronger, more self-assured person.
Of course, this ends as Secret Wars picks up, but I really hope that either the title reboots in the fall, or that this wonderful character becomes more prevalent in other X-books because I really enjoyed every page of this series. If you haven’t read it, do it. Now.