Orphan. Claustrophobe. Thief. Goddess. Mutant. Leader. Queen. Hero.
Let me start out by saying that I'm not a HUGE fan of the X-Men. I have a few go-to runs, particularly Joss Whedon's, Grant Morrison's, Warren Ellis's. But if you were to ask me my favourite mutant, you can keep your Wolverine, your Rogue, your Scott and Jean. For me, it will always be Ororo Munro, a.k.a. Storm.
Her story is inspiring to me. As a young girl stealing among the Afrian poor, she learned to survive. Her courage is illustrated notonly in her deeds of daring-do, but in her everyday struggle against her own phobia and fear. Her power over the weather led her to being worshipped and revered as a goddess, but her friendships and romances, particularly with T'Challa, the Black Panther, brought out her deep humanity.
That, for me, is what seperates her from the rest of the X-Men. The others - Xavier, Cyclops, Wolverine, Magneto, Emma, Cable - let their mutations define who they are. Not Ororo. She is defined by her compassion, her heroism, her leadership, her actions. Just to illustrate a point, she was once judged worthy to carry Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor.
|Back to rockin' the mohawk! Cover: X-Men (2013) #1|
She is at the forefront once again, in Brian Wood's X-Men. Issue one is excellent, and I recommend it highly. I am looking forward to see what Mr. Wood and Messr. Coipel have in store for her and her team.
And just to clinch it: she was played by Halle Berry in the movies:
|She'll be back in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past|
So, everybody on the ThoughtBalloons Storm-front!