My series on the posts I made to NNTP newsgroups as a young Minority Tech continues! Here, I respond to someone who wanted to talk about Storm. Given my established affection for the character, is it surprising that I jumped in?
From: anj...@mail.utexas.edu (Anjuan Rey Simmons) Subject: Re: Start Discussion on Storm Date: 1995/08/11 Message-ID: <email@example.com>#1/1 X-Deja-AN: 107968542 references: <9508101918.AA23345@whstar.wh.att.com> <Pine.SUN.3.91.950811090131.23265Afirstname.lastname@example.org> organization: The University of Texas at Austin newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.xbooks In article <Pine.SUN.3.91.950811...@taurus.oac.uci.edu>, Josh Taylor <eaf...@taurus.oac.uci.edu> wrote: > On 10 Aug 1995, Clint Gerdine wrote: > > Hello All, > > > > I wanted to start a discussion on Storm, easily the most neglected X-man which > > is quite suprising given she's one of the most powerful and is leader of the > > Gold Team. I believe the neglect of Storm started with #170 when she stabbed > > Callisto through the heart. This seemed to ruin her inner serenity and lead her > > on the road to angst and subsequently neglect. > As maintainer of the Storm Page, I feel a certain need to join this thread. I thank Mr. Gerdine for starting this discussion, and I hope it yields a postive response. The character of Storm has led quite a tumultous history. I think this can be attributed to the fact that a lot of writers just don't know how to handle her. I think Mr. Gerdine is correct in that her character began to change during the Morlock encounter with Callisto. I'm not sure who was the writer of Uncanny X-Men during that time, but I think the intention was to make Storm a "harder" character. Of course, this storyline was pratically ignored from that point on, and Storm was seldolmly seen interacting with her Morlock followers. From that time onward, many writers have tried to portray her according to their particular perspective. There was no "standard" Storm like there is a "standard" Wolverine or a "standard" Cyclops. It was easier to portray her as the cold and under control leader than to show her as a character with deep empathy and compassion. I am by no means saying that Storm was a completely trashed character. She did have her shining moments under the graceful pen of Claremont. However, recent authors have not captured her esscence, at least in my opinion. She has been overshadowed for the most part by Rogue and Psylocke (the "babes" of the X-Men). Without solid writing, I fear that Storm will become simple eye candy (especially under the pencil of some "legs and breasts" artists) whose main function is a lightning bolt or occasional airlift. Well, that's my two mites. I hope others bring their responses to this discussion. Take care and visit the Storm Page! Storm Page: http://nesc.me.utexas.edu/~asimmons/storm.html -- "To bring Light into the darkness" Anjuan Rey Simmons anj...@mail.utexas.edu Electrical Engineering UT Austin http://nesc.me.utexas.edu/~asimmons/