Sana Takeda first came to my attention when she drew a Nehzno story for X-Men Divided featuring Black Panther & Storm. I blogged about it here. Sana has the pages on his site here. I loved her fluid lines and the slick look she brings to costumes. My friend Ken Kneisel showed me these amazing fashion images from VOGUE NIPPON featuring Jean Grey, Storm and Rogue and I had to share them as well! They are so beautiful! Seriously, her dramatic representation of Jean Grey makes me miss the former Marvel Girl and wish she wasn’t dead.
Especially this image. Those eyes, those gestures, the jewelry, the skintight bodysuit. That’s a telepathic/telekinetic fashionista powerhouse right there, folks! If and when Jean does come back, let’s let Takeda draw her return and we’ll have a smokin’ (pun intended) Phoenix for sure! Oh, and more X-Men fashion shoots please! That’s the kind of crossover I can get behind!
Today’s Storm Sunday is short and sweet, folks. I simply had to share this gem of a drawing by Arthur Adams from 1991. Art uses Ororo’s cape to great effect, rippling it into butterfly wings while her hair rises to the sky in stylistic solidarity. Storm is all curves (as she should be when wearing this costume). The tiara is perfect. That is all.
In other Storm related comics reading, did anyone read the first issue of X-Men Forever? I found it rather good fun. I had forgotten how much I liked thought balloons. It’s a flashback to a different time/style of storytelling. I love the eight panel grids where every member is aboard the Blackbird and they are each reflecting about their motivations/actions. Many subplots are introduced this way and I am looking forward to seeing how Chris Claremont moves all of them forward. I have never found Fabian Cortez interesting but using him as a first issue adversary gives the reader an idea of what everyone’s powers and relationships are.
The only thing that stuck in my craw was Gambit’s last name. In the 616 Universe, Gambit is known as Remy LeBeau. In X-Men Forever, he’s listed as Remy Picard. Really? His last name is the same as a certain Starship Captain who just happens to look like the movie universe’s version of Professor X? It’s too much. However, that is a minor quibble as I really enjoyed the rest of the issue. It was nice to see Excalibur era Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler hanging out with the 90s X-Men again. Hells, it’s just nice to see Kitty Pryde again. It looks like Wolverine will not be a part of the story and if upcoming covers are to be believed, then Sabretooth will be a member instead. I’m interested in seeing how that plays out. Not much stuff about Storm in this issue to write about. There’s a moment in the battle where Cortez throws Rogue into Storm and their skins touch. Later, Storm wants to talk about it ad Rogue doesn’t. That’s it. Definitely going to check out issue #2.
In the pages of Black Panther this month, Storm makes a deal with Death (?) to save T’Challa from the spirit realm. That ought to go well. Riiiight.
Uncanny X-Men has a grotesque panel or two of Storm fighting alongside the X-Men in the Sisterhood arc. Seriously, it is painful to look upon.
I don’t have my stack of comics beside me right now, so I’m unsure if there’s some other comics I missed with Storm in them these last couple of weeks (Marvel Adventures Avengers, maybe?), but those are the ones that I recall. I sure do wish that Arthur Adams was drawing Storm monthly these days!
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.
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