I’ve been spending a lot of time over on ComicVine mostly editing the TMNT character pages. However, I posted a blog on there about my blog over here and the Super HeroiHOTs. Member J.C. suggested for me to do Storm as a character. At first, I was a little skeptical because I hadn’t really read too much Storm, but, the more I thought about it, I realized she was/is a perfect character to study. She really emphasizes all categories for Super HeroiHOT in a female-positive way. So, expect a high score, and read on to find out how she gets there.
Ever since her inception, Storm’s costume has remained fairly consistent. Even throughout its variations, the costume has remained not revealing but still sexy. There is no hint at exploitation of the character to the male gaze.
The primary costume is usually black with a white or yellow trim. The cape usually attaches itself to cuff links or hangs freely. Overall, the costume is simplistic but very strong. It emphasizes her body and strength without detracting from her power.
One of the things I also respect is that in the majority of her appearances, her African descent is not lost. I mean, it’s pretty easy to just draw a normal female figure and slap some brown coloring and call it good, but the art still retains the features that makes her distinctly African. There is power to her character and she is not subjected to poor treatment by careless artists.
Plus, let’s talk about the headpiece. It is just pure badass. It’s one of the few things that remains very consistent when she’s in costume. It’s a simplistic design, but it really nails the African heritage jewelry while emphasizing her face. I mean, even in its styling it hints at her power. The angular design is like the lightning while the symmetry suggests her control over it. Plus, what if it could be used as a boomerang!? That would be so neat…
Sure, her first appearance had these weird boot-legging things (you can see them in a picture below) that had unnecessary circle slits in them. Plus, her costume was totally 60s/70s swimwear, but, compared to most other comics characters (at least today), it covered up more skin than the majority of other costumes.
Now, I don’t know why it is (and this photo is of a more recent example from an awful comic) but someone somewhere at some time decided that Ororo would look good with a mohawk. A white, chaotic, weird-ass mohawk. This was an entirely poor decision. Sure, this happens more frequently in earths that are not 616, but it’s still disappointing. So disappointing, in fact, that I sort of feel like throwing up on it and bleaching it a cacophony of red, orange, and muted green tones.
And, just as a side note, is that baby mutant secretly a stegosaurus?
Like most characters, Storm could not escape the 90s. However, She fared much better than most characters by being covered head-to-toe without a thong in sight. Nevertheless, the weird stitchings, unnecessary Xs, shoulder pads, terrible Poison perm, and overabundance of white really harms the eyes.
Overall, considering that the majority of her appearances/costumes have remained very respectful, simplistic, and creative, Storm scores big.
Alright, I really couldn’t resist showing how caring Storm is by her watering plants. Plus, it’s one of those lines that has the side effect of coming off very sarcastically. Oh, and notice the boot-things.
Anyway, Storm has a very strongly defined personality. She perfectly fits into the role of a diplomat for Wakanda through her enigmatic leadership (she has also led the X-men for quite awhile before) and love for her people. She cares deeply for her friends and family. Plus, her love for T’Challa (Black Panther, King of Wakanda) clearly identifies her as an ideal character and role model. She can balance a marriage, being a queen, and a member of the X-Men equally to define herself as the powerhouse that she is.
She is there for her husband along with all the numerous other groups, but she is not defined by them. Her high level of intelligence, creativity, and empathy marks her as one of the most relevant, memorable, and positive characters under Marvel’s wing.
I figured I’d just have her explain it for you. In case you can’t read it, it says:
Perhaps not, warrior, but I have power you cannot guess. Not only can I control the winds of the air, but I can also shape the solar winds, and from them select radiations of specific wavelengths…
In addition, she gets to do a lot of neat stuff with the excuse that she can manipulate the weather… LIKE FLYING! Alright, a lot of heroes can fly, but she can fly by manipulating the winds! The winds, people! Her most defining power is typically her ability to cause lightning to rain down from will. Now, that’s pretty cool.
However, I’m under the belief that her ability to manipulate air pressure is the most badass power of all. She can change the pressure in the air of a person’s lungs or in their eardrums. Therefore, she is a force to be reckon with by not just the large things like thunder, lightning, blizzards, hailstorms, tornadoes, or rain but also the little things.
She’s also highly adept at hand to hand combat which helps balance things out when she’s in a bind. Along with being resourceful, she knows how to pick locks and pick pockets! Every mutant and human needs to know how to do those things.
T’Challa: Honey, have you seen my wallet?
Ororo: HA! GOTCHYA!
T’Challa: Goddammit, again!? Really… I have such quick reflexes and heightened senses… but you got me again.
Ororo: Well look at who’s the sore loser, ha!
Not to mention that most people consider her an Omega-level mutant. Yeah, that’s the most powerful mutant category there is (hence the Omega…). Therefore, she kicks ass.
I would also like to imagine that she would make a hell of a water purifier which would help my sink out.
Super Powers: 10/10
Okay, “Secret Identity” really isn’t that accurate of a description. I know Rachelle uses the term “Day Job” in her rating of the Super Hunks. So, let’s just consider Ororo’s “day job.”
RULING AS A QUEEN OVER AN (imaginary) AFRICAN NATION!!!
Sure, alright, the people have often questioned her role as their queen and T’Challa’s decision to marry her… but all of these people have turned out to be EVIL.
In most cases, T’Challa has been decomposed from his position of power whether this be from a coma or something else, and Ororo has had to rule in his stead. Sure, she has to pray to the occasional Panther God in order to show her approved right to rule over a nation, but she still rocks it.
Plus, if this was a monarchy (down with King George!), I would like T’Challa and Ororo to rule. They’re caring and not bitchy about being “higher” than their people. Man, they’re just neat.
Secret Identity: 10/10
On this site, I’ve talked a lot about the myth of marriage usually in the context of some review or something else of the sort. In this case, Ororo and T’Chala fulfill the myth of marriage. The hetero-normative coupling is complete. Typically, passion is subdued for normalcy and the completion of the coupling.
However, this is not the case.
They fulfill the myth, but the passion is not lost. There is true love between the two of them, and their roles of husband & wife do not cover up their individuality. A marriage could easily lessen the power of a character by making them reliant on someone else, but T’Challa and Ororo remain very defined characters. Their appeal is, in fact, heightened by their sustained marriage. Plus, it brings a whole new dimension to their characters.
I don’t really have an appropriate picture for this one, but my description and the cute little Emma Frost/White Queen torture scene will have to do.
Ororo’s main fear is claustrophobia… seriously? She’s basically useless in tight spaces. Which, I don’t know, I’ve heard happens a lot when you’re fighting crime, get captured, and have to escape.
This puts her in a tie with Michonne for first place!
I know that Storm is apparently a controversial character over at ComicVine for mostly the Trolls to pick on, but I am under the impression that she furthers the positive portrayal of women in comics by controlling her sex appeal rather than being controlled by it through the whims of writers and artists. She is a character that has influence outside of the comic realm and into popular culture. Not only is she intelligent, caring, sexy, or powerful, but she is ironically more human than most characters in the comic realm.