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Storm Sunday: “–This Time She Faces Storm!!”

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Artwork by Dave Cockrum & Sam Grainger (The Uncanny X-Men #96)

While I compose my recollections from last week’s amazing WonderCon weekend, I offer up these unrelated images of Storm for your perusal.  I was rereading the issue from which the above image is taken and remembering the fight between Storm and Polaris.  How come Ororo is able to defeat Lorna when her powers never stand a chance against Magneto?  Is it because Lorna is mind-controlled?  Is it the strength of Storm’s will?  Or does it just depend on the writer?  Don’t get me wrong, I want Storm to mop the floor with Polaris (who I also love very much), but something about it doesn’t make sense to me.  Your opinion?

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Artwork by Jo Chen (Girl Comics #3)

So far, I have only read issue #1 of Girl Comics, enjoyed what I read for the most part (the issue is worth it for Colleen Coover’s introduction alone) and am looking forward to more (if only to see if the contributions get better).  I think many of these writers and artists deserve more exposure and if they happen to lump them all together because they’re female then so be it.  Comic Book Resources has a review of the first issue.

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Artwork by Ig Guara & Norman Lee (Marvel Adventures Avengers #28)

Thor and Storm sitting on the top of a building, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.  Oh, how I wish!  This comic is part of the Marvel Adventures line and therefore means nothing in terms of regular Marvel Universe continuity.  Fortunately, that gives the writers license to explore different storylines for the characters that would not be possible in today’s 616 reality.  Thor and Storm?  Yes, please!  After you read the above page, think about the conceit that each character’s lightning is different temperatures.  It’s not something I’ve thought about before and for that reason alone I could almost  imagine a Thororo couple working.  It certainly seems more interesting to me considering how little has been done with Storm in the present Black Panther series (I choose to not cover the second issue of DoomWar because its depiction of Storm is disheartening and I find no joy in discussing it).  Truth be told, I miss the days when Storm was a free woman and the possibilities of her dating anyone could be explored.  The flirting with Nightcrawler, the chemistry with Wolverine, the randomness of Arkon, the despots who wanted her for their wife, and even the occasional blonde beach boy were welcome to me.  Now, however, those moments are no longer possible.  The unattainable goddess has been domesticated and her stories have lost a lot of their appeal.  Thank goodness for pages like the one above who are still exploring other character possibilities.

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  1. Justin

    Regarding Claremont’s Storm/Lorna fights in the 70s and 80s which was the only times they fought… Claremont really hated Lorna with a character with a passion back then and of course we know he loved and still loves Storm. In every way he tried to dismantle Lorna as character from what she was in the 60s. He diminished and then took away her power, he diminished and took away her personality, and then he had the Shi’ar, Malice, and the Shadow King take away her mind.

    Lorna’s fights against Storm should have been very interesting battles. Instead Claremont turned the battles into fanboy type one sided humiliations where Storm beats someone who controls electomagnetism by throwing electricity at her. I am not saying Claremont couldn’t have come up with some interesting logical ways for Storm to win a battle against Lorna, especially before she was trained by Magneto like by throwing her off balance with high winds and then super cold and other such attacks, but what he came up with to have Storm kick her ass were so laughable I can’t take the fights seriously.

    To show how laughably bias Claremont was against Polaris he had Sabertooth kick her ass easily and had her crying and wishing Alex was there to hold her.

    http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f132/jmc247/Silver%20Age%20and%20Claremont/UncannyX-Men219-13.jpg

    Claremont decided to completely warp Lorna as a character power and personality wise. This was the Lorna of 1968 below. She wasn’t just fearless and powerful she was quite ruthless back then.

    http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f132/jmc247/Silver%20Age%20and%20Claremont/Polariskiller2-2.jpg

    I honestly think Claremont had the wrongheaded view that Lorna as strong independent character was a threat to Storm, so instead of having them work as a team in the long course of his run like they did in Giant Sized X-men #1 he decided that Lorna as a character in terms of her 1960s personality and power couldn’t coexist with Storm and he went about taking her apart. Personally, I consider that the one of Claremont’s worst calls of his first run on the comics, because I suspect it was more based on emotion then it was a rational look at the two characters that yes had similaries, but many differences as well. He didn’t have to effectively destroy Lorna as a character during his run… Storm and Lorna could have coexisted as a characters and actually benefited from each other.

  2. Ingonyama

    I think it was because Polaris was mind-controlled at the time. Storm was fighting for reasons she truly believed in, while Lorna was (as she so often is) a puppet, dancing to the tune of someone else.

    That said, Polaris has always been described, power-wise, as “Magneto Lite,” a depiction that bothers me immensely.

    Don’t get me wrong, I feel Magneto is one of the most complex and fascinating characters in the history of comics, and I especially feel that way after reading the fabulous X-Men Classic story, “I, Magneto” by Claremont and Bolton, depicting his actual descent into villainy.

    What bothers me is that he’s shown with a truly massive range of abilities, things magnetism SHOULD NOT be able to do. (Wormholes? I loved seeing it in context, from a purely emotional perspective, but…WTF?!) And then along comes Lorna, and she’s just…not as good, somehow. She does things Magneto could never have dreamed (Krakoa, anyone?) and then they’re either forgotten or attributed to someone else (in Krakoa’s case, Deadly Genesis gave the credit to Jean Grey…at the time, MARVEL GIRL!).

    It smacks of sexism, even today. But then, that’s always been a lingering taste in the Marvel Universe, IMHO.

    I agree with you re: Storm’s sexual freedom. Whether it’s my preferred pairing of Ororo/Logan, having a civilized dinner and conversation with Dr. Doom, or her flirting with Davis Cameron, that element to her character helped flesh her out and make her more of a woman, and less of an “icon.” In the hands of anyone but Claremont, those would have been extremely sexist scenes (Wow, I use that word a lot today…), but his respect for Storm shows through in her dealings with all these men…even Logan lets her call the shots in their relationship.

    (BTW, I recently read an analysis of UXM Annial #11 that took the kiss between Ororo and Logan to interpret that they’ve had a “friends with benefits” relationship going for a while at that point. Thoughts?)

  3. Justin

    Power wise Magneto and Polaris on paper should have the same level of power because they both get their power by leaching off other energy sources mainly the Earth’s EM field when they are on Earth. But, its been shown they can absorb different kinds of energy as well… such as Storm’s lightening bolts boosting Magneto’s power.

    What is seperates them is skill level. They have in the past two decades given Magneto control over not just magnetism, but electromagnetism meaning he can minipuate the universe at a subatomic level these days. Lorna skill wise has been shown in the past decade to be about where early 90s Magneto was after spending 6 months Marvel time training with him.

    I was just thinking about something and I can’t recall one conversation Lorna and Storm have had over the years when Lorna wasn’t mind controlled. Storm showed in New X-Men 132 below she d0es keep up with current events with her. But, really now that I think about it there is alot of missed potental there.

    http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f132/jmc247/Genosha%20era/10-1.jpg

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