Ah, Forge, what did we ever see in you? Mutant with the power to invent anything (nicknamed “Maker”) so he’s super technologically advanced. He also has sorcerous abilities that are tied to his Cheyenne bloodline, but he hardly ever uses them due to a mishap in Vietnam (He conjured some demons but it cost the souls of his fellow soldiers which is why the Outback X-Men had to “die.”)
Currently, Forge is causing trouble in Astonishing X-Men where he may be behind some kind of inane tomfoolery, which given his past track record of making mutant power nullifiers for the government and mucking around with time machines is a logical progression of his personal narrative. I miss the days when he and Banshee were hanging out together and trying to find all of the X-Men who went through the Siege Perilous. That was a bromance I could get behind.
So, here’s Storm in all of her sex kitten finery, chewing on her sun glasses for Forge. I think I’m just going to pretend it’s Mystique pretending to be Storm and leave it at that.
Marc Silvestri brings the curves for Marvel’s Swimsuit Edition (Anyone know the year?). I love the crinkled hair and the parrot the most, but Silvestri’s Storm has always been a favorite of mine. He draws the eyebrows high and draws the double lines on the outside of the eyes that many artists forget to add.
I saved the ridiculous for last. Forget the controversy of Storm’s marriage to Black Panther! This Deviant guy Ghaur kidnaps seven of Marvel’s (then) superstar ladies to marry them off to Set, Egyptian god of (in the Marvel world) evil. From left to right, we have Jean Grey (Wearing her X-Factor costume), The Invisible Woman, Andromeda (her inclusion always puzzled me. She’s an Atlantean warrior who adventured with The Defenders just long enough to die with most of them when their series got cancelled, but she was kind of a cypher character and besides, the one leg pantsuit is so bad), She-Hulk (barefoot, of course), Storm, the Scarlet Witch and Dagger (of Cloak and…). Quite a crew, eh? Of course, no one gets really married to Set, but it seemed at the time that Marvel had chosen their favorite female heroes and these were it. I found the grouping to be odd. Where’s Monica Rambeau (Captain Marvel at the time)? They are a rather colorful bunch though. An alternate story in an issue of What If? explores this story if Set had won.