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Heroic Tarot: The Complete X-Men Tarot Series

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Greetings, dear reader! Welcome to my Heroic Tarot process featuring my award-winning X-Men cards!

The X-Men playing card deck is adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants.  I have created a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories.  The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation.  I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path.   This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numerological/feudal court energy contained therein.

I invite you to take a look at all of the cards featured and compare my comic-based interpretations with how they relate to traditional tarot definitions. Here they are in order:

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Bishop

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Greetings, dear reader! This post is the tenth in a series revealing my Heroic Tarot process featuring my award-winning X-Men cards.   Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Bishop!

The X-Men playing card deck is adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants.  I have created a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories.  The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation.  I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path.   This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numeralogical/feudal court energy contained therein.

If you would like an X-Men Tarot reading, I will be in San Francisco all of October!  My schedule is here, so let me know which date/time works for you!  I also give readings over the phone and via email!  Contact me for more information at stormantic(at)gmail(dot)com!

One of the interesting aspects of the X-Men cards that I use is that every character gets to be represented four times. For example, Bishop is all of the Tens.  The number Ten represents mastery, completion and tradition.  The cycle has come to an end and we can choose to relearn those lessons or evolve to the Court cards.  Either way, the wheel has turned and we can no longer cling to the old ways.

Note: I will be referring to each card by their traditional tarot names, although I will provide the equivalent playing card terms under each image.

Above artwork by Jim Lee.

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Storm Sunday: Olivier Coipel

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I was a bit surprised to realize that I have not dedicated a Storm Sunday to the amazing linework of Olivier Coipel, an omission that will be corrected today!  You’ve seen this variant cover of X-Men #1 (Volume 2)in all of its colored glory, now feast your eyes on the original pencils featuring Storm, Pixie, Wolverine, Emma Frost, Jubilee and Cyclops.  Coipel never fails to make Storm look like a supermodel!

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Storm Sunday: “No, Scott, I Am Terrified! But I Shall Cope.”

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“That’s the spirit.”

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Once upon a time, Marvel and DC Comics used to play well together (or at least well enough to produce some amazing comics).  One of the comics they made together showcased the X-Men and the Teen Titans in a crossover that made history!  The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans was written by X-scribe Chris Claremont, drawn by Walt Simonson (a page of his excellent linework is above) and inked by Terry Austin.  Both titles were in their prime, being very popular at the time due to their excellent scripting and artwork.  The parallels between the two teams was amazing!  Both teams had cool level-headed leaders (Cyclops and Robin), larger than life women with big hair (Storm and Starfire) and young naive members (Kitty Pryde and Changeling).  The story combined the best that both comic companies had to offer and the stakes were high for both teams.

The plot consisted of Darkseid resurrecting Dark Phoenix for his own nefarioys power-hungry purposes and the team-up between comicdom’s most popular heroes (well, at least at the time) is a milestone for the ages.  I love the panel between Storm and Cyclops in which Scott asks about Ororo’s claustrophobia.  I loved it so much I made it today’s subject heading.  The line speaks to me because I am seeing many people around me right now looking truly terrified (myself included) and yet, I see them working with their challenges as best as they can.  This is a time to anticipate challenge rather than avoid it.  It is a time for heroes and the universe is asking for nothing less than our best.  This page celebrates the nature of Storm being able to move ahead in a strenuous time and rise above her fears.  We can do no less.

Today we look at the original artwork of many artists, including Rick Leonardi, Leinil Francis Yu, Chris Bachalo, Salvador Larroca, Phil Jimenez, Sal Buscema and more!

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Storm Sunday Extra: Felipe Massafera

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Artist Felipe Massafera created this wonderful painting which features many classic X-Men heroes and villains.  Sharing center stage are Storm and Dark (!) Phoenix and just look at all of that hair!  I’m a bit baffled as to why Storm is wearing her classic costume while folks like Psylocke and Bishop are in their 90s era costumes.  And then there’s Phoenix in her red costume (which means she’s evil) instead of her green one (which means she’s good) just floating in the midst of the good guys.  It’s a bit jarring but every time I start to continuity nitpick, the sheer beauty of this artwork shuts me up my inner critic.

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Storm Sunday: Alan Davis, Part IV

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Today we look at a great selection of  X-Men artwork by the legendary Alan Davis.  Previously we have looked at his work here, here and here.

I recall finding Uncanny X-Men Annual #11 at a book trader (when it was new on the stands) and jumping up in glee at the image.  Alan Davis was already a favorite illustrator of mine and seeing Wolverine, Storm and Psylocke featured so prominently made me squeal.  I had a similar reaction a week ago when I discovered that the art for this Annual actually had separate pieces!  So cool to find this out years later.  Above, we witness our heroes fighting Horde, an alien warlord who made the X-Men travel to the Citadel of Light and Shadow where they had to fight against their hearts’ desires. However, this is not the complete cover.  The background artwork was drawn separately and is featured below.

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Storm Sunday: Coipel, McLeod & Djurdjević

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This Storm Sunday we look at three awesome images by three awesome artists!  First up, we have Olivier Coipel (who also drew an amazing gatefold image for the House of M series).  This commission from this year’s Toronto convention is simply stunning!  Storm does look a lot younger than I am accustomed to seeing her portrayed and she is supermodel runway thin, but I think it all works.  Love the white highlights depicting lighting (lightning?).  I looked for a definitive website for this superstar artist, but didn’t come across anything substantial (even his Wikipedia entry needs massive updating).  I enjoyed his early work on Legion Lost and his most recent run on Thor.

Storm McLeod

Bob McLeod is no stranger to comics, having worked on a number of projects since the early 1970s.  I learned about him from his work on the New Mutants graphic novel and first three issues of the ongoing series.  His version of Storm (above) is classic curvy Ororo (a la John Byrne).

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Marko Djurdjević has been creating covers for Marvel for years after gaining recognition and notoriety for his redesigns of the X-Men.  Now he is known for creating definitive X-Men images like the giant poster above  (click on it for a much larger view).

In 2009, he published a book detailing his Marvel art.  Comic Should Be Good has some great examples of Djurdjević’s pencils and painted work.  Djurdjević has drawing videos on YouTube and his art DVD, Character Ideation, is now available as a download.  I love his Warlock redesign.

Storm Sunday: Action! (Random Musings of the Various Portrayals of Storm in Comics This Month)

Dear Reader, today’s Storm Sunday is composed of random images combined with a stream of consciousness narrative about Storm’s appearances in this month’s comics.   You’ve been warned.  Otherwise, enjoy!
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I remember Wizard Magazine having some poll on their website about which Marvel Legends action figure should be made first.  This one of classic Storm was in the running.  Anyone have any idea if this one won or at least placed high in the end results?  Has Hasbro created this figure yet?  I know, I could look it up, but frankly, I’m not ordering any more toys these days, even if they are of my namesake.  The days of my collecting every little licensed oddity of Marvel’s mutants are over.  However, if they were to remake the female figure molds without those ridiculous under the ribs piece I might think about it.  Besides, the cape doesn’t look so great like this and I’m not really into the face sculpt.  It’s rather generic.  And the worst aspect of these figures, IMHO, is the neck joint and it’s suspiciously hidden in this photo.  Good luck, Toyfare.  Hope it all works out for ya. 
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So in last week’s X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop, we learn that Storm is most likely Bishop’s grandmother.  I say most likely because there seems to be some room for interpretation due to the way the story is told through Bishop’s eyes and due to Larry Stroman’s art.  I know mutants are a special breed of human but a lot of time has passed here.  There’s an interesting discussion about Grandma Storm here and here.  I have to say I’m not too keen on the idea because I don’t want to know the future of Storm’s bloodline.  I want it to be a surprise.  I don’t want to jump ahead to the future and then wait years for regular continuity to fill in the blanks for me.  That takes away a lot of the excitement of what will happen next for Storm.  And, frankly, I don’t see why we have to create a direct correlation to the only African-American X-Men.  We don’t have enough as it is to make them all related like the convoluted Summers clan.  I like Bishop’s powers and I liked him as a mutant cop, but this whole baby-hunting obsession he suddenly has is really off-putting (not to mention so confusing thanks to that damned Summers family–I’m looking at you Cable).  This mini-series has the unenviable tasks of not only making Bishop’s story make some kind of linear sense, but also try to redeem him from his villainous role in Messiah CompleX.  Best of luck to Dwayne Swierczynski on that.  

What I’m really hating is the cover image of grandma Storm.  It seems like ever since Storm married Black Panther, there’s been this push to make her more maternal.  Are Ororo and T’Challa going to have children?  Do they need to have an heir for the Wakandan throne?  I dunno, but I don’t want to see ancient wizened Storm looking like that.  What, did Ariel Olivetti not have any reference of Nichelle Nichols?  IMHO, Uhura would’ve have been the obvious choice for a gracefully aged Ororo.   

bpan32Am I the only one that thinks that Storm and the Black Panther’s tenure as members of the Fantastic Four was too short-lived?  I loved Dwayne McDuffie’s writing for the title and would’ve have loved more adventures with Ororo, T’Challa, Ben and Johnny.  Above image by Billy Tan.

So, X-Men: Worlds Apart ended last week.  It was perhaps the best written Storm I’ve read in the last ten to fifteen years (I’m totally guestimating here, don’t hold me to that).  Why?  Because Storm was all of the things that she’s supposed to be, regardless of their seeming contradictions.  She used her powers in amazing ways, she was still a great fighter despite her reservations and doubts, and she demonstrated her strong independent spirit and boundless compassion.  I loved Nezhno as her sidekick and vote that we see more of their interaction in the future.  I’ll try to do a more further review at a later date, perhaps when it’s collected in trade.  If you can find the single issues now, go for it, it’s an amazing story that totally does service to the character.  It’s a shame Marvel didn’t have the cajones to put Storm’s name on the cover like it was solicited. 

civwarbdr0010011The image is from some Civil War or Marvel Universe Handbook something or other.  The lower “snapshot” represents Wakanda.  It’s like T’Challa said, “Hey guys, everyone who’s got an animal totem, let’s meet in front of the Panther God statue!  Or if you have a pimp suit, that’s okay too.”  Oh yeah, my wife’s gonna be there and I’m dressing her in something ridiculous!  Good times all around!”  *rolls eyes*  I guess it’s better than the above “photo” of the British folks gathered around for tea and pretending to read stuff.  

Are you reading Astonishing X-Men?  Storm and Emma Frost’s interactions are what I’m enjoying the most out of the book.  There’s something grand and beautiful building here.  I hope to see more interactions with the rest of the team.  I’d really like to see some exploration of Storm and Cyclop’s approaches to team-building.  Simone Bianchi is still drawing lovely images and Ellis seems to be having fun with the book.

fc3aRemember when Storm used to wear clothes? The 90s had Storm covered up from neck to toe. The above image is some old Marvel Universe trading card. I dunno who drew it.

Black Panther #1 came out last week, too.  There’s a really ridiculous, forget that, there’s a really STUPID scene where T’Challa’s jet is crashing and Storm says that she’s not quick enough to summon a wind to help the ship land.  What?  Really?  Storm can manifest her powers with a thought.  If she has the time to utter that line, then she has time to attempt to cushion the ship’s landing.  Instead, Reggie Hudlin has her written as just standing there talking about why she can’t do it.  Doesn’t make any sense to me.  Especially after Chris Yost has her using her powers in amazing ways in X-Men Worlds Apart.  It just doesn’t wash.  And it messes up the whole setup for the new Black Panther.  I don’t believe that Mr. Has A Contingency For Everything would go out like that.  I know the story isn’t told yet (we’re still flashbacking to what happens before the crash, and that’s another reason I hated this issue–can we have the whole set up now please?) but I could not bring myself to lift my disbelief to enjoy the story (what little there is of it).  The identity of the new Black Panther is not revealed and may not be for a few issues if Marvel’s solicitations are to be believed.  I still don’t think it’s Storm.  But if Hudlin can’t write her using her powers properly than maybe he’s looking forward to having her reduced to a hand to hand combatant’s power set. Will still read this, but it’s already a train wreck.
uncanny488Another sewer, another useless Morlocks story.  The current trend is for Storm to show as much skin as possible as seen in this cover by Salvador Larocca.  One of my friends swears she’s had upper body work done.  Oh yeah, those knives that Warpath is holding? Those are made of vibranium! Storm gave them to him as a present! Ooooooh! That’s about the only thing Storm has done of any consequence as Queen of Wakanda. So, next time you’re reading X-Force and Warpath is cutting swaths through the bad guys, you can thank Storm for her contribution. *removes tongue from cheek*
panini_house_of_m03_erlangen1House of M brought us a stuck up fashion model Storm (was she channeling Wasp?).  I love Olivier Coipel’s version of Storm, but don’t have any scans to back it up.  Do you?  If anyone has a copy of this issue, I’d love to get my hands on one.  

storm562More Olivier Coipel.  His Storm is sexy and fierce.  Would love to see more.  Also, hunter/killer Storm rocks.  She and Wolverine are more like kindred souls than most folks know.  It’s too bad Nightcrawler will be leaving the X-Men soon, I miss him and Storm interacting.  Who does Storm confide in these days?

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