Storm, by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez

Four stars, read in September 2016.

I have been looking for this comic for so long.

The thing is, about comics, that there are way too many of them, and they are too expensive. There are so many I want to read, but unless I can find them at my libraries or Half Price Books, I don’t usually get the chance. (Didn’t comic books used to be a thing kids could buy with their allowances?) I still haven’t been able to read volume three of the incredible Nathan Edmondson/Phil Noto Black Widow, because each volume is fucking thirty dollars, which means to collect all threewhich I deeply want to doI would have to spend one hundred dollars.* I just can’t afford that kind of hobby. So I’ve been looking for the first volume of Storm for several months, and yesterday I finally found both it and volume two. I still spent more on them than I should have, but there was no way I wasn’t going home with them.

I’ve never read the earlier versions of Storm, so all I know of her character is what I’ve seen in the X-Men movies (bleh) and pieced together from things like the Marvel game I play on my phone. I can tell, though, that her character never seems to be done justice. Even in the game, which introduced me to the fantastically awesome Mohawk Storm I use as my Gravatar photo here, she has great powers that aren’t as strong, compared to other characters, as they really should be.

This run takes place after all of that, after her relationship with Black Panther; Storm is headmistress of what’s now the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, and she basically just travels the entire world kicking ass. One of the themes is her not wanting to hold back anymore, to embrace how powerful she is and use those powers to make a real difference. That kind of storyline, while obviously appealing to me, also makes me wary of the fact that she’s a black woman being written by a white man—but as far as I can tell, he’s doing a decent job so far. I really enjoyed these books, and I hope there will be more than just these two volumes—preferably more than three volumes, even—before the run ends.

*I was just at the comic book store yesterday and saw that volume one of Black Widow is now only $18, and volumes two and three are $25 each. Reprints? I don’t know much about how trade compilations work. In any case, still too expensive.

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