12:05 am - 07/24/2014

Late night comic post- Storm #1 review

Time for a brand new series from Marvel for a character who has probably deserved her own comic for quite a while now… Storm!

X-Men and to a lesser extent, Black Panther haven’t been my most read titles; however, this is a brand new series and I’m hoping it’ll tell me all I need to know about her. Plus, it’s got Greg Pak writing and Victor Ibanez drawing and that’s always a good thing! Is it though? Is it good?

Meet Ororo Munroe, AKA Storm. She is a mutant, a princess, headmistress for some school for the gifted you might have heard about, and was once a queen at some point in time (which people don’t seem to like talking about).

Now, she is out and about stopping a gigantic tsunami from wiping out a village and then dealing with international politics. She then gets to deal with some school politics revolving around a student codenamed Flourish/Creep. She lives an interesting life, doesn’t she?

Storm #1 does what a good first issue should do: it presents a main character, who’s fleshed out and likeable, and gives you a reason to care about them. Storm is fantastic and well presented in the book; she’s very likeable, wise, caring, has strong values and beliefs, but isn’t without her character flaws. Flaws are important, since they help us connect more with the character and makes them feel more human to us. (And also steers them away from Mary Sue status.) As such, Storm herself is great here because writer Greg Pak really gets her, so fans of the character should be able to love this book. Plus, new people not as familiar should come away liking her as well.

Story-wise, I would compare this to Black Widow or She-Hulk’s first issue. It’s a simple done-in-one that’s more about establishing the main character to the audience and getting them to like the lead rather than starting an epic tale or pushing boundaries that main character happens to be a part of. This whole issue is about getting to the heart of who Storm is and how she views or deals with situations. For what it does, it does very well and it leaves me interested in seeing more adventures with her. Hopefully, we get some bigger stories as time goes on, but for right now, this was a good start.

Greg Pak’s writing is good overall. The pacing is good, the story structure is well constructed, and the dialogue and narration feature some good lines. I did like the touch of humor now and then in some scenes. The ending was also done well and left off on a good note (hopefully, that character will appear again in the future). All in all, it was a well put-together book.

The artwork by Victor Ibanez is pretty good overall. The artist really captures the grace and sophistication of Storm, along with her powers and emotions, without over sexualizing her. The rest of the cast looks good as well, though they become less detailed the farther they are in the back.

Storm’s powers and actions look splendid and well done, the coloring looked good, and the layouts were easy to follow (one page looked a bit off though). Ibanez at one time drew a few issues of Swamp Thing and you can definitely see some of the skill with how he drew plant life and plant-like powers being transferred here to the elemental nature of Storm. Good to know he hasn’t lost his touch.

Is It Good?

Storm #1 is a great start for this new series and perfect for fans of the character, since the writer really understands and captures Storm’s character very well. The writing is solid and the artwork overall looks fantastic. If you love the character or have a passing interest in her, definitely give the comic a shot. This is just what you are looking for.


To those who read it: what did y'all think? I enjoyed it but there was one scene that seemed ooc to me. Also what did you guys pick up today? I picked up Saga, Daredevil, Wonder Woman, Velvet, Afterlife with Archie, Batman, and of course, Storm. My shop also handed out the free Batman comic and the special edition bags.
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melbournegirl 24th-Jul-2014 04:22 am (UTC)
Because Movie Storm is not worthy of this awesomeness.
monpochi 24th-Jul-2014 05:05 am (UTC)
Because that was never "Storm", it was her joke mock up "Drizzle".
gorlplz 24th-Jul-2014 05:09 am (UTC)
romann 24th-Jul-2014 08:11 am (UTC)
lone_concertina 24th-Jul-2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
There's a kickstarter for someone making a fan film of this version of Storm. She's a much cooler Storm than Halle Berry-with-Anne Murray-hair Storm.

fortunatoxlk OMG!24th-Jul-2014 04:10 am (UTC)
And now we're getting comic reviews?!
mammary_glands 24th-Jul-2014 04:11 am (UTC)
i saw this and thought of picking it up, but i grab so many first issues and never go beyond that point, especially wrt big 2 titles/superhero shit, so i skipped.

that new saga tho.
brownxeyedxdork 24th-Jul-2014 04:13 am (UTC)
I was trying to find a Saga review to that there can be discussion post or whatever b/c holy shit. (and omw @ Dat sex scene tho)

Also [SPOILERS!!]Marko is definitely going fuck the bat alien y/y?
mammary_glands 24th-Jul-2014 04:19 am (UTC)
marko's ass was such a treat. i feel so bad for them though :(

[Spoiler (click to open)]yep, i think it's a safe bet, although i hope he's stronger than that. don't be that guy marko!

[Spoiler (click to open)]and also, poor mama sun lmao. she got the stalk treatment.
notoriousreign 24th-Jul-2014 04:33 am (UTC)
That Saga issue omg yaas.

kristinkat 24th-Jul-2014 04:15 am (UTC)
i want to get this but i know i'll fall behind and then frantically pick up back issues spending way too much $$$. trades are so much easier.
brownxeyedxdork 24th-Jul-2014 04:29 am (UTC)
Yeah I might start trade waiting too on certain titles, b/c I am nhf these $3.99/4.99 issues now.
monpochi 24th-Jul-2014 05:06 am (UTC)
I'm sorta new with actual comic collecting, but what does "trade" mean?
squirtodile 24th-Jul-2014 05:19 am (UTC)
trade paperbacks, it's just a bunch of comic issues collected into book form. and some extra stuff like unused covers and sketches. people usually buy them because it's lot less annoying than going and buying an issue every month and you can save a little money.

Edited at 2014-07-24 05:22 am (UTC)
kristinkat 24th-Jul-2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
i'm pretty new to comics too and it took me FOREVER to figure out what a trade is. normally comics are released as single issues and are released on a weekly/monthly/biweekly/etc basis. a popular series will eventually be collected into a trade paperback, which is normally 6 single issues collected into one book with a nice sturdy cover. mostly i like them cause they look better on my bookshelf.....
chaos_organised 24th-Jul-2014 04:17 am (UTC)
i have to read storm still. man saga is depressing me and i miss the will & lying cat
brownxeyedxdork 24th-Jul-2014 04:27 am (UTC)
I miss them too! :( I hope they show up soon b/c I miss seeing them lmao
chaos_organised 24th-Jul-2014 04:29 am (UTC)
gwendolyn too! i loved the whole arc w/ them and sophie
squirtodile 24th-Jul-2014 04:19 am (UTC)
i meant to go the shop and get my pull + storm but it was hot today and i'm lazy so i didn't lol. nice to know it started off well though.
brownxeyedxdork 24th-Jul-2014 04:28 am (UTC)
lmao It was insanely hot here too, but I was worried that they were going to sell out so I got over there and I had to see what the big reveal in Daredevil was. (I'm still not over it D:)
squirtodile 24th-Jul-2014 04:38 am (UTC)
ahh yeah, i hate going to the store and finding out a title's sold out. that happened a lot until i finally set up a pull. and the guy at my comic shop i'm friendly with knows i love the superhero ladies so if there's a title with one he just automatically puts it aside for me or tells me when i go. like, that's my rep at the store lol it's pretty cool.

omg i forgot to read DD and i was really looking forward to this issue too!
diamond_dust06 24th-Jul-2014 04:20 am (UTC)
I thought that it was a really good issue in general and Greg Pak has a good handle on Ororo. I'm not so sure that it was a good issue #1, though, because it didn't really set up anything. It would have made a better issue #0. I'll stick with it, though.

My pull this week was meh. Saga was as awesome as usual, and I'm still loving the YA mini in Original Sins, but All-new Ultimates and Mighty Avengers were weak.
brownxeyedxdork 24th-Jul-2014 04:35 am (UTC)
I gave up on All-New Ultimates. I really wanted to like it, but...idk maybe I'll try again later.
diamond_dust06 24th-Jul-2014 04:38 am (UTC)
As boring as it is, I don't want to give up on Miles. Marvel already decided by issue #2 of Ultimate FF to cancel that even though it was packing up (#4 was really good), and All-New Ultimates and Ultimate Spidey are flailing so I'm sure they're on the chopping block next. I'm thinking that this crossover with All-New X-Men is to see how Miles would fit in 616, but I refuse to buy that terrible book so I need to show my support for Miles somehow.
bagelsvswaffles 24th-Jul-2014 04:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not really feeling it either.
prophecypro 24th-Jul-2014 05:07 am (UTC)
Greg Pak in general has been doing some fantastic work lately and might be a little unheralded. Love what hes done with Action Comics
somnus_angel 24th-Jul-2014 04:28 am (UTC)
I need to pick up the new Saga but I finally caught up [Spoiler (click to open)]I really hope Hazel is lying though about her parents breaking up because I don't want that to happen :(
brownxeyedxdork 24th-Jul-2014 04:37 am (UTC)
I'm starting to notice that BKV really hates [SPOILERS!!]qt relationships because he always breaks up my otps! :(
dianakingston 24th-Jul-2014 07:01 am (UTC)
I wonder if BKV's playing a trick on us - her exact words were [Spoiler (click to open)]"split up", not "broke up", maybe that just means they were apart for a while and then reunited?
bagelsvswaffles 24th-Jul-2014 04:29 am (UTC)
I can't wait to read this. The fact that both Storm and Cyclops have their own solo titles rn makes me so damn happy.
brownxeyedxdork 24th-Jul-2014 04:34 am (UTC)
I was going to make a post about the new Cyclops book but I wasn't sure if people were going to check it out! (oop @ me) I'm really enjoying it so far and I hope it had a long run b/c it really is a fun book.
diamond_dust06 24th-Jul-2014 04:39 am (UTC)
I hate that Russell Dauterman is leaving Cyclops for Thor, though. I don't know who's good enough to replace him. Maybe David Marquez if Marvel finally pulls the plug on the Ultimate books.
bagelsvswaffles 24th-Jul-2014 04:53 am (UTC)
I think the person who did the latest issues of Ms. Marvel would be fun choice. They're definitely someone I'd want to see do more stuff for Marvel.
firetears_x 24th-Jul-2014 05:56 am (UTC)
I hate that I like the Cyclops solo so much right now because I miss him on All-New X-Men. And I was rooting for Scott/Laura so hard.
notoriousreign 24th-Jul-2014 04:35 am (UTC)
There were so many people I couldn't even find the Storm issue.

... But the Saga one though mmmmmm
brownxeyedxdork 24th-Jul-2014 04:39 am (UTC)
Good mmmmmm or bad mmmmm

(or GDI BKV mmmmmmmm)
notoriousreign 24th-Jul-2014 04:43 am (UTC)
Good mmm because woo yes time for sexytimes but yeah it's depressing that she's high. Fucking BKV.
yurasama_love 24th-Jul-2014 04:42 am (UTC)
I hope it's a good run, for Storm's sake.
bounded_woman 24th-Jul-2014 05:03 am (UTC)
Sadly my store doesn't carry Saga so I have to special order it if I forget to fill out the 'Previews' form. I may just venture to another/larger comic shop for titles my local one doesn't carry. I picked up Storm and Original Sins #4.
prophecypro 24th-Jul-2014 05:09 am (UTC)
Need to skim back to Marvel a bit as I've been most DC and Dynamite'in it up. Daredevil is still freshly consistent. Through all the writers. Might be the most consistent book in a minute
youandeyeteewhy 24th-Jul-2014 05:24 am (UTC)
I loved it!

Then again every single X-Men's Storm (mini) series has SLAAAAAYED.
dianakingston 24th-Jul-2014 06:56 am (UTC)
I don't know, she just sounded "off" the whole time I was reading it. Storm doesn't say "Dammit!", you know?
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