Storm, a.k.a. Ororo Monroe, has been around for a very long time. Almost forty years in fact. Introduced in 1975, she has been a constant fixture in Marvel X-Men comic titles ever since. It could be argued that she’s also one of the X-Men people who’ve never picked up a comic book are likely to know. The character has appeared in almost every X-Men movie and television series. Halle Berry will play Storm for the fourth time this year in “Days of Future Past.” But she’s never had an on-going solo title. Until now.
At the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Marvel announced a Storm solo title will be published as a Marvel NOW! title beginning in July. The series will be written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Victor Ibanez.
Thanks in part to the success of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s “Hawkeye” and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s “Captain Marvel,” Marvel has greenlit a slew of solo titles lately. Many of them star female characters like “She-Hulk,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Black Widow,” and “Elektra.”
So why did it take so long for Storm to get her day in the sun? Writer Greg Pak certainly doesn’t know. In an interview with Marvel.com, when asked “Despite being a massively popular character for almost 40 years, Storm has never had an ongoing series. What makes now the perfect time to launch one?” he replied, “It’s always the perfect time for Storm. Seriously, she’s a fantastic and immensely popular character known all around the world. I’m just thrilled I got the call to be part of it.” He then goes on to mention the many well-received solo titles Marvel is currently publishing and the passion he and his editor have for the character.
Pak’s interview with Marvel.com makes it clear he has big plans for the title. A few more quotes:
On Storm’s significance as the first black female superhero….
“…When I was in film school back in the day, I remember being blown away by Spike Lee’s assertion that the more specific something is, the more universal it can become. Exploring the very specific details of a character’s experiences and perspective provides the authentic, human, emotional truth that draws us in and makes everyone relate… Storm’s specific experiences and perspective as a black woman will absolutely play into the book, just as Superman’s experiences and perspective as a Kryptonian and Smallvillian play into how I write him in Action Comics and Batman/Superman. That stuff is gold; it makes these fantastical characters real. It makes us care.”
On what to expect from Storm in the series…
“Storm’s been a street thief and a goddess, an orphan and a queen; a hero to mutants and an icon to oppressed people everywhere. Because of her unique personal background and history, she’s deeply compelled by problems others might never even notice. In this series, Storm’s going to go places and cross lines no other X-Men would. She won’t just stand up for mutants; she’ll stand up for anyone who needs her. That’s hugely exciting—and, potentially, extremely dangerous.”
And finally, “Mohawk or no mohawk?”…
“Mohawk. Great comic book characters all have distinctive silhouettes—you know who you’re looking at just from the shape. That Mohawk makes Storm instantly recognizable. The Mohawk also first appeared during a time when Storm was searching for and reinventing herself. It signifies a certain attitude and unpredictability and drama that I’m definitely inspired by as we launch this book.”
Storm #1 will be available in comic book shops and online July, 2014.