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Storm Sunday: Michael Turner

This Sunday, I’d like to look at some images drawn by the late Michael Turner, who passed away last month from cancer at the young age of 37. Turner is best know for his work on Witchblade, Fathom and various covers for Marvel and DC Comics (such as Brad Meltzer & Rags Morales’ Identity Crisis mini-series). Comic Book Resources has a lovely eulogy here.

 
Storm fights a clone (Yes, it is every bit as bad as it sounds) of Thor in this Black Panther: Civil War tie-in issue. If this had been the real Thor, Ororo would still have been outmatched. Mutant versus God? Uh, yeah. Besides, Thor can just summon as much lightning and weather as he wants simply by force. Storm has to work with the powers of nature to bend them to her will. She knows that when she alters the climate of one area it affects another just as much. I don’t see Thor really concerning himself with that kind of thing. Besides, how’s Storm gonna argue with Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer)? There’s not much one can do to dodge the enchanted uru.
 
More Civil War crossover madness. From left to right we have Invisible Woman, Captain America, Black Panther, Storm, Falcon, and Tigra.

 

Storm and Black Panther join the Fantastic Four for a brief time (too brief, methinks) under the pen of writer Dwayne McDuffie.

I have to admit if Turner hadn’t passed away, I probably woudn’t have blogged about his version of Storm. Sometimes I really like his take on certain characters and other times I’m left cold. His stylistic anatomy is problematic (torsos go on and on) and backgrounds are usually nonexistent. I was really frustrated that Rags Morales didn’t get to draw the covers for Identity Crisis since I thought Morales’ art conveyed character in ways that Turner’s covers never have for me. However, I do think Turner’s art has pizazz. There’s an electric sexiness that emanates from his work that’s hard to quantify, but you can feel it when you look at it. This is most evident in his creator owned work (like Fathom) from Aspen comics. Sadly, what we have now is all we’re going to get from Turner. It’s time to remember a comics superstar for what he brought to the table and not what we wish he had done differently. Thanks, Michael, for bringing some zing back to comics!

Storm Sunday: Steve McNiven

Today’s Storm Sunday features art by Steve McNiven, but it’s not of our lovely weather goddess.  Instead, feast your eyes (who originated that mixed metaphor anyway?) on this beautiful rendering of Susan Storm Richards of the Fantastic Four.  I loved Steve’s version of Sue ever since I saw his art for Marvel Comics’ Civil War mini-series (Also, if you click on herwikipedia link, Susan’s main picture is also by Steve).  Sue has always looked better with long hair (Do any of you remember John Byrne’s cringe-inducing short cut he gave her during his run on FF?  How about the mullet she sported for a while?).  I like how Steve draws is long and flowing, but still tucks it behind her ears.  She looks smart and capable without losing her sex appeal.  Which is how a wife, sister, friend and mother of two who just happens to be the most powerful member of her super-hero team ought to look!

I don’t have a scan of it, but Steve drew Ororo in a panel of Civil War and I think that was it.  As far as I know, he hasn’t drawn her since or before.  If you know differently, let me know.  I’d love to be able to see his rendition of her and share with you all!  So, sorry to trick on this Storm Sunday, but I think the Invisible Woman is a great hero, too and certainly worthy of celebration!  Thanks Steve, for breathing new life into a great character!

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