Storm #11 came out this week, and it brought the conclusion of the Weather Goddess’s solo series. Could the series have continued after this issue had the Marvel Universe not been destroyed due to Secret Wars? I don’t know, but I did enjoy the Goddess’s journey ending on a high note.
Kenji serving as the final antagonist for Storm was one of the biggest surprises in the series. I wasn’t expecting Storm to fight a former student, even if said student executed a plan to kill the whole school a couple of years ago.
I liked how writer Greg Pak showed the readers that even though it was easy for Storm to fry Kenji with lightning, she held back because she thought of something better. Ororo Munroe is a compassionate character, and killing a foe is always her last choice.
I was expecting some awesome use of Storm’s powers in the finale and Pak delivered. Storm tapped into Kenji’s own powers to help Forge, Marisol and Calisto in different parts of the world. She also sent Kenji’s constructs flying out of Earth by creating a magnetic cyclone. As a Storm fan, it was amazing to see her performing such incredible feats.
The issue also showed Storm’s indomitable will power. Kenji couldn’t get inside her head and Ororo managed to mentally connect with Forge, Calisto and Marisol, and show Kenji their true nature. Storm has been a thief, a Goddess, and a queen. She’s been loved and hated by people because of her mutant powers, but she still fought to protect everyone. Kenji didn’t know about that and always thought of her as someone who had led an easy life.
Psychically talking to Kenji and making him realize that one’s past doesn’t necessarily have to control how a person will turn out to be in the future was a powerful message for the readers. We all have to make choices in the world and it’s never too late to make the right one.
Victor Ibanez returned to the art, and I loved every panel I read. I really hope that Marvel keeps Ibanez around for future Storm appearances – or any other character for that matter – because he has the skill to give each one a distinct look. His Storm has definitely been the best I’ve seen in years.
I would talk about the cover, too, but I don’t have the words to properly explain how I feel about the outstanding work Stephanie Hans did this month. I dare you to look and not fall in love with it!
The final issue of Storm had everything her fans could ask for, and I can’t wait for Marvel’s next offering focusing on the Weather Goddess.
Did you read Storm #11 yet? What did you think of it? Are you sad the series has ended? Let us know!
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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