STORM-BDAY (1)That’s right, dear reader!  Time waits for no mutant and I am yet again a year older come the morning of September 8th!  As you can see from this amazing flyer designed by the inimitable James Sime (with dazzling art from the illustrious Aaron Lopresti), the festivities are going to be grand!  In honor of my birthday, I am going to list a few things that make me happy, in no particular order or importance!  Longtime readers will notice a few things that I have previously touched upon in past posts, but I have tried to make it interesting for everyone, including me!  Let us begin!

BansheeBanshee & John Bolton!

Two great tastes that go great together!  Well, your mileage may vary, but I love Sean Cassidy and like his daughter, Siryn, I simply will NOT believe that he is dead.  Like all the X-Men who have died and come back, I am waiting for him to return.  And when we ask “Wait! Weren’t you dead?” He can say, “Yes, but I got better!” Just like Colossus, Jean Grey, Psylocke, et al.


Polaris & Steranko!

Lorna Dane, let me count the ways I love you!  1. You have green hair and that is so cool.  2.  You wear a skull on your chest for no apparent reason (starting a trend that Mystique would pick up much later).  3.  You control magnetism and are so much hotter than that old husk of a terrorist Magneto (and it doesn’t matter to me if you are his daughter or not).  4.  You get possessed a lot!  5.  This cover sold me.  End of story.

madman_ac_08Madman & Mike Allred!

I’m crazy about Madman! Well, maybe not Polaris crazy, but still.  I recently talked about my enthusiasm for the character and the series on Tim Young’s Deconstructing Comics podcast.

YNGAVNRUNWY_Left_colWiccan & Nico Minoru (Art by Jim Cheung)

One is a Young Avenger and the other is a Runaway.  One is gay and the other is Goth.  Both are spellcasters.  So they’re kind of like me divided into two people.  Why isn’t there a Marvel Team Up book featuring them?  Make it so, Marvel!  Better yet, let me write it!

absolute-promethea-v1Promethea & J. H. Williams III!

Promethea is penned majestically by the magical genius Alan Moore and illustrated by the incomparable J. H. Williams III and is my favorite comic of all time!  Fantasy, adventure, character study, magickal tome, experimental storytelling, heroic legacy, myth, muse and map of the subconscious all rolled into one!  This is the kind of work that brings light and inspiration into a oftentimes depressing and dark reality.  You are the divinity you are seeking!  You are the spark of life of inspiration for the world, your community– and most importantly– your self!  Promethea is proof of all of this!