Issue 4 of Storm started the first major story arc for the weather controlling mutant. It involved stepping into Wolverine’s shoes and meeting an old friend.
I have nothing against Storm getting an arc, but I enjoyed the one-shots the series began with. There are a lot of superhero titles out there where the main characters fight major villains. However, not all of them have stories that focus on heroes helping normal people in need. That’s where Storm is different from the rest of the comic books. The first three issues showed her standing up for normal people and making their lives better.
The Death of Wolverine released its final issue this week and yes, Marvel fans, we have now entered a Marvel Universe without Logan. His death will be felt in various titles, one of which is Storm issue 4. The two have been part of the X-Men for years. Not only that, but it was revealed in Wolverine & the X-Men that Wolverine loved Storm all along.
Stephanie Hans drew the issue’s amazing cover which told exactly what to expect from the story. With Wolverine gone, Storm has lost an important person in her life, and she will grieve. I love how Storm is holding onto his mask in the rain and you can see lightning reflected in the puddles.
The issue opened with Beast flying Storm into space. Her connection with the weather was so great that she had to leave Earth so she could mourn and avoid causing a natural catastrophe. Even then her outburst led to the solar winds being affected. I liked how her grief was able to create something beautiful for the people on Earth.
Artist Victor Ibanez returned and brought his own impressive style to the series. He did an excellent job with the panels where Storm tried to hold in her emotions and not let go until they reached outer space. Ibanez also did an amazing job in the scene where Storm entered Logan’s office. Those panels didn’t need any dialogue because he was able to covey every emotion through Storm’s face alone. Storm has always been the moral center of the X-Men, and she has an empathic nature.
With Wolverine gone, Storm set out to help her old friend Yukio who didn’t know Logan had died. Yukio is in real danger because of the clans fighting it out and trying to earn leadership in underground battles. Will Storm let go of her inhibitions and do what Wolverine would have done to help his friends in need, or will she find another way? I’m really excited to find out. Storm’s debut solo-series has showed her breaking out of her shell, and she might end up doing something unexpected in the next issue.
Have you read Storm #4 yet? Are you excited about the new story arc? 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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