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Storm Sunday: Ride the Lightning

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I tend to admire artists who can create the illusion that a character can actually fly.  It’s not like they can ask someone to model for them, right?  Depicting a flier is a bit more than outstretched arms and feet pointing to the earth.  There needs to be a sense of suspended movement that invokes wonder.  We’re a long way from the times of Superman when a character who could fly impresses a reader.  These days, a character has to have an arsenal that includes flight, strength, some level of invulnerability and perhaps a healing factor just to get in the superhero consciousness.  So, when I see an image of a character in flight I tend to analyze it.  I look for a solid form existing within an environment of the fantastic.  I want a merging of the real with the surreal.  I think the above image by Thomas Frisano accomplishes these prerequisites and allows the viewer to enjoy Storm in all of her elemental glory.  Her tiara is a bit too small for my tastes but everything else is fantastic!   Besides, those shoes? To die for!  Check out Frisano’s version Giant Size X-Men at Comic Art Fans!  Click on any of the images in this post to see them larger.Campbell_Storm

Check out the pencils of J. Scott Campbell’s cover for  X-Men: Worlds Apart. It’s interesting how that title doesn’t have Storm’s name in it even though it is her mini-series.   Actually, I would say it is the best Storm story in a very long time.  If you want to see Storm in all of her glorious aspects check it out!  This image is pretty amazing in spite of it’s overwhelming cheesecake attributes because one gets that sense of suspended movement I talked about earlier.  Storm’s cloak billows taut in an updraft and her hair roils upward in its path. Gorgeous!

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This art was credited to an R. Green and is apparently the cover art from a Reign of Apocalypse video game cover.  If you know differently, let me know and I will correct it.  This image is competent enough but lacks the glory of the previous art pieces.  Perhaps it’s the chunky style, but Storm’s big hands and face don’t leave me breathless.  The extreme black and whites aren’t doing it for me either.  I wonder how it would feel if the artist had chosen to have Storm look at the viewer instead of looking off the page.

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Salvador Larroca knows his way around drawing Ororo Munroe–he did it for quite a while as regular penciller on X-Treme X-Men!  This character design sheet not only shows Storm in her element, it details all of the intricacies of her costume and hair!  Amazing!

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These images of Beast, Storm, Colossus and Rogue are from a 1990 trading card set. I do not know who the artist is.  Storm’s posture depicts her in the action of controlling the weather just as her teammates are captured in poses reminiscent of their powers and personality.  I have all of but the Beast card from this series.  It’s a great trading card set from a time when super-hero trading cards were still a fresh idea.

Stormwatch: Is Storm the New Black Panther?

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This image is making the rounds online and in this month’s comics.  The buzz is about Reggie Hudlin and Ken Lashely’s  new Black Panther comic this coming February.   The twist is that the new Black Panther is female.  Ads featuring possible contenders to replace T’Challa showcase Storm, Monica Rambeau, Sue Richards (The Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four), the Dora Milaje (T’Challa’s elite bodyguards), Shuri (T’Challa’s sister), Echo (from the Avengers) and goddess knows who else (I’ve read rumors of an Elektra ad but I’ve yet to see it).  The only logical possibilities would be Shuri or the Dora Milaje as I have a hard time imagining a non-Wakandan filling such an important role.  It makes no sense at all for Echo or Monica Rambeau take on the mantle because they have their own power set and are not Wakandan either.  Even though Storm once dressed like a Black Panther in battle (in Jason Aaron’s three issue arc of the Secret Invasion crossover), I really see no reason for her to take on her husband’s job.  She’s got enough to do as it is as Queen and as an X-Man).   Ororo does look sexy and svelte in the outfit, however.  A cat suit looks great on her and I like the idea of Storm having claws.  Hardcore X-Men fans might remember this little bit of X-History from a Comic Book Artist interview with legendary artist Dave Cockrum:

“The original black female in the group was to have been called The Black Cat. She had Storm’s costume but without the cape, and a cat-like haircut with tufts for ears. Her power was that she could turn into a humanoid cat or a tabby. She wore a collar with a bell on it. When we came back to the project, after the hiatus, all of a sudden all of these other female cat characters had sprung up—Tigra, The Cat, Pantha—so I figured that we’d better overhaul this one! She wound up getting white hair, the cape, and becoming Storm.”

The image is kind of ironic viewed with that bit of lore, isn’t it?  Well, we still don’t know why T’Challa has decided to pass on his identity.  My bet is on Shuri.

The Storm poster is drawn by J. Scott Campbell.  It is my assumption that the ones below are drawn by Ken Lashley.

The solicitation information is as follows:

BLACK PANTHER #1 (DEC082327)
BLACK PANTHER #1 70TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT (DEC082311)
Written by REGINALD HUDLIN
Penciled by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
50/50 Cover by KEN LASHLEY
70th Anniversary Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC—1/15/09, On-sale—2/4/09

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