I love to collect trading cards of my favorite super-heroes. They don’t take up as much room as comics and it’s interesting to see what kind of statistics are used each time. I enjoy seeing different takes on the characters by my favorite artists. The cards I am featuring today are from my personal collection and you can see the wear and tear I have put them through. I do believe that some things should be kept in pristine condition, but toys and trading cards are not among those things in my humble opinion. Join me today as I take a look at some of my favorite Storm-related cards from the early 90s. Above, Storm rides the lightning in her punk rock look complete with mohawk. This art looks to be by Jim Lee, but this was before Marvel started to credit their artists on their trading cards and I am not 100% certain.
I always thought that listing win percentages for comic book heroes was an exercise in futility. Whether or not a hero wins a fight is not relevant to their heroic nature. It is their struggle, their narrative journey, that matters. Reducing a character to their “wins” goes against the never-ending continuity of comic book heroes in the first place.
Storm had cropped hair for a very short time, and Art Adams captures it perfectly here. I do prefer Storm with long hair, as I think it works better visually with her powers, but this was a nice change for Ororo.
The new hairstyle does bring more attention to Storm’s eyes, however, and I like that her earrings make more of a statement this way. Regarding the power listings, I have never felt comfortable with concrete explanations of a characters abilities in this manner. I feel that it hampers the creativity of a writer and although a consistent portrayal is important, I would rather not have a number point system to represent my favorite character. Again, I think the story should give this kind of information.
Storm works the bodysuit with some large collars. I believe this image is by Rick Leonardi, but if someone knows differently let me know in the comments.
Did you know that Storm suffers from claustrophobia? Did you know that? Marvel has always hammered this fact about Ororo over and over again, although Storm has made a sort of peace with this aspect of her personality in the comics. It is very DC Comics of them to point out a characters weak point in this manner. It is a bit one note, but an important background fact, nonetheless.
Storm at this point in the X-Men narrative had been de-aged by Nanny and sported a super-cute ponytail. I loved this ragtag team of X-Men mostly because I love it when Jean Grey and Storm are on the same roster, I totally love Banshee, and having grizzled war veterans Wolverine and Forge are a cool bonus. I am not a fan of the Storm/Forge pairing and since Ororo was a child during this time, such a thing was not even a possibility (heh heh).
Magneto, blah blah blah. I am so over this old man’s ridiculous paradigm and really think that Magnus and Xavier should be long dead and gone by now. It is a shame that once a story becomes a franchise, the potential for growth ends and narrative stasis reigns. There is no reason that Magneto should be back on the current roster again. Life does work in cycles, but if a character continues to make the same decisions and does not learn from them then they lose their appeal. Their narrative power wanes and the reader is trapped with that character in a dead end story in which we never learn or evolve.
The Marauders are my favorite X-Men bad guy team because they are unrepentant killers. They take their work seriously and they hit hard and fast. This era of the X-Men was intense as the stakes were high and the team was changed by their encounter for a long time. This card is by Steve Lightle, one of my favorite artists in comics. His lines are smooth, but very character specific. His use of blacks are gorgeous as well.
Just check out these individual faces of good and bad guy alike. You can tell character ethnicity, expression and alignment immediately. I especially love his take on Storm and Rogue, but I think he captures the essences of all of the X-Men well. Thanks for joining me today for Storm Sunday!