Storm’s freedom is very important to her. She cannot abide being confined and will not tolerate any sort of mental domination. Where did this character trait come from? How did Storm become so spiritually strong? From where did her fears come? Like most traumas, it starts with family.
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That’s Alex Summers, aka Havok, exploding with energy on the cover to The Uncanny X-Men #270. He’s holding onto a ponytailed Storm who was de-aged to tween status at the time (Ah, comics). Havok’s powers are energy based and he has to be incrediby careful with how he uses them. When they first manifested, a special suit was constructed to help him metabolize the plasma bursts. He’s the youger brother of Scott Summers, known better as Cyclops, with whom he has a rather prickly relationship. Havok’s personal narrative has primarily revolved around making a name for himself out from under his brother’s shadow. Havok never wanted to be a superhero. He and longtime girlfriend Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, aka Magneto’s Daughter, just wanted to live their lives as archeologists. Alas, that was not their destiny. Perhaps in a parallel universe, readers can thrill to the pages of Marvel’s X-Cavators, featuring the archeological exploits of Alex Summers and Lorna Dane!
Once again, I am on an Art Adams kick and I hope you enjoy looking a the art of one of my favorite artists, dear reader! Above, we have a rather top heavy rendition of Storm in her classic Dave Cockrum costume, and below we have seven more amazing illustrations from the mutant master!
Now I am not usually one to celebrate the celluloid versions of Marvel’s mutants, yet I had to share this portrait by Bill Sienkiewicz with you, dear reader. The painterly style of Sienkiewicz really brings out the dynamic appeal of Jean Grey, Wolverine, Storm and Cyclops. I am loving the lightning overhead and the chiaroscuro effect it adds. Simply breathtaking.
Art Adams is one of my favorite artists and he certainly shaped my opinions about how certain Marvel mutants ought to be represented on the page. If you do a search for “Arthur Adams” on this blog you will come up with many posts celebrating his work. The fact that we’re on part seven of a series of posts featuring him ought to let you know how much we love his work here at stormantic. The above image of the poster he created featuring the 80s rosters of the X-Men and X-Factor is simply awe-inspiring. Click on the link to see more original art by a modern master.
Marvel recently sent out an Official Press Release about some pretty cool variant covers they have planned to celebrate their newest X-Men event:
Just in time for X-Men: First To Last, the next big X-epic from Chris Yost, Paco Medina & Dalibor Talajic, Marvel is proud to unveil new X-Men Evolutions variants! Brought to you by some of the best artists in the industry, get ready for a unique look at your favorite mutants and their iconic costume designs from every era! No fan can miss out on these great covers spotlighting the rich history of the X-Men while X-Men: First To Last gives fans a chance to relive the exciting action of Xavier’s first class and experience the thrill of Cyclops’ current team!
The amazing image of Storm through the years is by the underrated David Yardin! I am so glad that Marvel hired him to do this variant cover for The Mighty Thor #2. Now if they could get him to draw a Storm ongoing series, that would be a step in the right direction. I love the versions of Storm that Yardin chose to highlight. One subtlety I enjoy is how Ororo’s hands are channeling lightning in every version except for her mohawk self which represents her powerless period (though she started out with her powers when she debuted the ‘hawk). Storm’s is the best of the crop, in my not so humble opinion, but there were definitely some others that I enjoyed.
This amazing artwork, titled “Welcome to Wakanda,” was created by Christian Tomas as a going away present for Yours Truly. I was checking my Facebook account after WonderCon ended and saw this on my “wall” and was so moved. Receiving this gift was the best way to wrap up an already powerfully uplifting weekend. Thank you, Tomas for your creation! I love it very much!
Christian got the tiara perfectly, didn’t forget the ruby and gave the cape a fantastic billowing quality. His rendition of her hair is unique and we can see one of her lightning earrings within the whiteness. I also enjoy his use of light and shadow. This is a stellar piece of artwork and I am very grateful for such a creative gift!
This gorgeous Xenogenesis version of Storm was created by the DeviantArt creator 89g as inspired by the designs of Kaare Andrews. Ororo looks quite gaunt as if she were a supermodel punk rocker. This look hearkens back to Storm’s mohawk days in which she was a bit more unpredictable in behavior and attitude as a weather manipulator ought to be, in my humble opinion. I love the feather earrings and the hot pink background. I think 89g’s rendition does justice to Andrews’ Storm. Comics Alliance has a great article about the artwork of Andrews on Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis in which writer David Brothers appreciates Storm’s new look.
There was a time when I collected every toy, model, figurine or representation of Storm and I had a massive collection of our weather goddess. That time is no more and although I have not been recently inspired by any Storm related products to actually buy any of them, I found this model sheet for a 90s era Storm to be fascinating. Minimates are tiny little toys known for not having noses and really weak elbow and knee joints. At least, that is my take on them. I don’t think it particularly interesting to reduce a character to a simplistic block-headed existence, but there seems to be an audience for them. I do enjoy the planning it takes to make such a toy, however, and this model sheet breaks the figure down into all of its components. This particular Storm figure came in a two pack with the Black Panther and a review for them can be found here. You can see classic Storm and mohawk Storm here. What Storm toys or figures are your favorites? Include a link in your comments!