6 Really Good Reasons You Should Buy The New ‘Storm’ Comic

A spontaneous pre-ship day trip to the comic shop this Tuesday met me with the sad disappointment of seeing SO many issues of  the brand spankin’ new Storm #1 still left on the shelves. After the shock wore off, I hunted down the clerk to make sure it wasn’t just a reorder. Alas… There are so many great reasons to pick up this comic right there on the cover — storm-1-cover-674x1024 –the pretty by line boasts the inimitable Greg Pak who does good story… that stunning artwork that caught your eye, that’s the badass Victor Ibanez (and obviously dope colorist Ruth Redmond), who’s got mad cred for his work on Constantine, Ghost, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman… And of course, there’s STORM! — And once you get past the cover, the comic itself is pretty gosh dern amazing too. But hey if that’s not enough to get you to bust out that $3.99, maybe some of these reasons will give you the nudge.

1. Storm #1 is literally the only mainstream solo comics series led by a Black Female Superhero right now.

The 25 Best Things About The '90s "X-Men" Cartoon Isn’t that crazy?! Though Marvel has stepped up with a bunch of female solo comics and female-led series, few of them are led by superhero women of color. Storm is pretty much the most popular Black Female Superhero in comics, and supporting the Storm series means supporting a more diverse comic shop shelf!

2. Storm is roughly 100 ba-gillion times cooler than Halle Berry.

Just in case you missed the much cooler Storm of the 80’s or happened to not exist yet or blacked out for the 90’s animated X-Men TV series… just understand that Halle Berry (and/or whatever behind-the-scenes human is responsible for the criminally dry/boring/pathetic/kitschy misuse of the Storm character in the X-Men movies) fundamentally failed to grasp the very real awesomeness that is the Storm as portrayed in the comics. As for you who already know how much Halle Berry (et al.) has failed this character… Imagine an entire generation growing up on the Storm that appears in the X-Men films… With that kind of miserable reputation, the character will fade into oblivion faster than a “toad when it’s struck by lightning” … It’d be a sad demise for an omega-level mutant (seriously, what baffoon thought a badass powerful mutant’s “big” scene should be fighting a human toad?)

3. This is her first ongoing solo title!

The 25 Best Things About The '90s "X-Men" Cartoon Aside from two 4-issue miniseries in 1996 and 2005 respectively, Storm has led the X-Men team many a time, but has never had her own ongoing solo title. Yes, yes, neither have a lot of the X-Men, but Cyclops, Wolverine, Bishop, Cable, even Sabertooth(!) and a few others, all had their own solo titles at one time or another.  And as one of the most popular characters and the frequent leader of the X-Men, Storm’s time is way overdue.

4. She is one of the oldest and most popular Black female superheroes in comics.

Don’t even look up the stats, just go ask anyone to name as many Black female superheroes as they can, ten bucks 90% of those lists start (and many (sadly) end) with Storm.

5. She has a really really really cool backstory

And it’s about time we got the chance to dive into more of that. The daughter of an American photojournalist and a Kenyan princess of a witch-priestess tribe… growing up in Harlem and Egypt, where her parents eventually die in the Suez Crises…Surviving as a street urchin and thief on the streets of Egypt…Worshipped as a goddess in the Serengeti… Shacking up with Black Panther… The woman has had one seriously interesting life and Greg Pak is sure to draw on that rich history to do the woman justice. Storm #1 already has her evaluating the was she has changed since she’s joined the X-Men, which may hint at a potential back-to-the-roots direction for the comic*. In Pak’s interview with CBR, he proved he knows his Storm history: “Storm’s been a street thief and a goddess and a persecuted mutant and a queen. She’s seen it all, from every level, and isn’t always necessarily going to side with mutants first and foremost. So there’s the potential for some rich drama and conflict right there.” Can’t wait to see how it plays out!

6. Greg Pak is the best man for the job

A middle-class, half-Korean guy from Texas, Pak might not have much in common with the hero, but as he said in an interview with USA Today, ” Storm’s difference resonated with me — just by existing, she represented the idea that anyone could be a superhero, even me.” Pak has indicated a few times over the years how much he’s wanted to write a Storm solo comic, and who better to make it good than a geeky worshiper of Her Weathery-ness? Plus, holdin’ it down for the marginalized geekiness, he’s clearly an outsider geek:

Now go get the damn comic.

 
————————
Corrected:  We previously mentioned that Storm #1 saw Storm go back to her home continent. Thanks to the awesome Victor Ibanez, we can correct that, as the setting was actually Santo Marco in the Caribbean, not Africa.
Advertisements

The *Actually* Super “Not So Super Comics” Is Going to Print!

Last November, we had a chat with awesomely earnest indie creator Jacques Nyemb about his comic Not So Super, which turns a unique twist on the average-joe-gets-super-powers paradigm.

(Check out the interview to find out just how awesome we think Jacques and Not So Super are.)

not so super
Jacques’s  delightfully quirky comics ideas and his gang of artists, letterers, and editors make up a talented team at the indie enterprise Not So Super Comics, and now they’re looking to print more of Not So Super along with first issues of several of his other equally unique comics (including This Bites, about the trials of a vegan vampire… Yep. Really.).

Peep the Kickstarter and support indie comics! Or at least watch the kickstarter video after the jump and see for yourself why we adore Jacques’s awesomely earnest nerderificness.

 

Krystalin – A Black Female Superhero in the Future’s More Diverse X-Men

Krystalin_h1

KRYSTALIN (aka Ruth Kristen Porter-Ogada) is one of the founding members of a future incarnation of the X-Men in 2099. In this future, the X-Men head quarters is in the abandoned Hoover Dam. Krystalin is one of the central members of the team, trusted with the most important missions by the head of the X-men Xi’an Chi Xan, and interacting with future incarnations of Spider-man and Archangel.

Born in Oakland, she is the daughter of a founding member of the Order of the Panther, a para-military force inspired by Wakandan traditions. When her father is killed and her brother is kidnapped by a group of radicals who disagree with the Panther’s doctrine, Krystalin single handedly defeats them and rescues her brother. Krystalin and the X-Men team later serve as protectorates of a refugee city in the crumbling nation called Halo City.

She can manipulate minerals in the air to form hard crystalline objects in any shape, she mainly uses this power to create powerful weapons. She first appeared in X-Men (2099) #1. After the series was cancelled she appeared as a small role character in 2099: World of Tomorrow where she uses her powers, drawing minerals and pollutants from the massively polluted air, to help rebuild civilization in the destroyed world.

The Evolution of Vibe: The First Popular Caribbean American Superhero

GalleryComics_1900x900_20131218_Vibe10_52aca5531a3c91.12505455

Born to Puerto Rican parents in Detroit, Francisco “Paco” Ramon was born with the ability to create vibrational shock waves. When he first appeared in Justice League of America Annual #2  in 1984, Vibe was a breakdancer, who ran a local Detroit gang called Los Lobos.  Eventually  He gave up gang life and joined the reformed Justice League when they relocated to Detroit. In 1987, during an assault by Darkseid against the Justice League, Vibe was attacked by an  androids, and became the first Justice League member to be killed in the line of duty.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Happily in 2013, as part of DC’s New 52, the character got a fresh start (free of racial stereotypes) in his own title comic created by Andrew Kreisberg and artist Pete WoodsVibe #1 made him one of the first Caribbean American superheroes to get his own self-titled series (Ultimate Comics Spiderman‘s part-Puerto Rican Miles Morales beats him out by two years).Vibe

 

In this new continuity, we learn much more about Ramon’s family, one of whom was a casualty of Darkseid’s invasion of Earth, the same event that gave Ramon his powers. His sense of interdimensional events got him recruited by A.R.G.U.S. This new origin also endowed him with the ability to disrupt the Speed Force, an extra-dimensional energy force that gives certain heroes in the DC universe their super-speed abilities. This new development makes him a threat to characters like The Flash and made him a candidate for recruitment by the Justice League of America.

The 2013 relaunch of Vibe gave the superhero some useful new powers
The 2013 relaunch of Vibe gave the superhero some useful new powers

 

 

It’s also probably the main reason for the inclusion of Vibe in the upcoming The Flash television series premiering on The CW this year.

Peep the brand new extended trailer:

Happy Caribbean American Heritage Month!

In Case You Didn’t Know: Samuel Delany is OFFICIALLY a Grand Master of Sci-Fi

The award is formally known as the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, awarded by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America for  ‘lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.’ Samuel Delany was the  2013 winner, and he’s in good company, with former winners including Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. LeGuin, Connie Willis, and Harlan Ellison.

With two Hugo awards and four Nebula awards under his belt, there’s no doubt that Delany has well-earned recognition as a master of science fiction. Still, on winning the award, he humbly paid homage to the masters before him who deserve recognition:

“It recalls to me–with the awareness of mortality age ushers up–the extraordinary writers who did not live to receive it: Roger Zelazny, Joanna Russ, Thomas M. Disch, Octavia E. Butler–as well, from the generation before me, Katherine MacLean, very much alive. I accept the award for them, too: they are the stellar practitioners without whom my own work, dim enough, would have been still dimmer.” (via. SFWA)

If you don’t already know Samuel Delany’s work (and you’re looking for some of the most mind-blowing science fiction out there), you best get started. Here’s where we recommend you start:

dahlgrenDhalgren – One of his most difficult and most well-known works, Dhalgren follows the adventures of a young poet named Kid as he ventures into the heart of an American city run wild with poverty, criminality, violence, and insanity. As with many of his works, Dhalgren tackles issues of race, gender, class, and social inequality head on. It’s not the most accessible of his works, but the brain work is worth it, and worth the many rereads you’ll want to invest in.

 

 

 

starspocketgrainsStars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand – Two words. Space. Dragons. And if that doesn’t do it for you there’s a lot more awesome where that came from… This novel is a trip, like literally a trip… through a space crowded with the wildest of beings, and Delany gets into the grit and details of different cultures, traditions, and tongues, a universe full of peoples of different shapes, sizes, talons, and eating habits all struggling to survive and cope with the inconceivable massiveness and diversity of a universe consisting of thousands upon thousands of populated planets, peoples, and information. Forget world-building, this is universe-building. So if you’d rather wait on the tough stuff like Dhalgren, you can’t go wrong with Star in My Pocket. 

 

 

On all things geeky, from the margins to the center.

flipped stomach contents

a blog about video games and learning

crustula.wordpress.com/

It's Latin For Cookies

thenerdsofcolor

Pop Culture with a Different Perspective

Girls Gone Geek

Comics. Culture. Critical Thought.

Rob Weiss

NEW WORK

The Taylor Network

Podcasts, articles and news - talking comics and pop culture

1001Up

1001 video games and beyond

The Hat and Fat

Updated onThursdays

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

%d bloggers like this: