September 23, 2017

Giant Size X-Men 1Real Name: Ororo Munroe

First Appearance: Giant Size X-Men #1 (May, 1975)

Powers:  Can Control and Manipulate the Weather

Affiliation: X-Men

Enemies: Most X-Men enemies, Shadow King

Love Interests: Forge, Black Panther

Did You Know: Storm has long been a fan favorite and her ever-changing look is not different.  For a while, she could be found wearing leather and sporting a kick-ass mohawk.

A Little History

If you have read the above information, you know who I am going to talk about.

If you haven’t read the above information, you should know that she needs no introduction, yet I am going to do one anyways.

She first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1 in May of 1975.

She was a part of the highly successful reintroduction of the X-Men franchise (which by the way was floundering at the time).

StormShe was born in New York and hails from Egypt.

She is considered a Goddess among her people.

She married a prince (and no, not the artist).

She is a mutant that can control the weather.

She is Ororo Munroe.  

She is Storm.

Ororo Munroe was born in New York, but at the age of 6 months, moved to Egypt.

At 5 and a half years old she was orphaned.

How you ask?

At the time Chris Claremont was given the task to rewrite the X-Men.  He had the tendency to use real life events as the basis of his stories.  In the case of Storm, he used the Suez Crisis to explain it.

In 1956, Isreal, France and Britain invaded Egypt to gain control of the Suez Canal.

Storm’s country was, of course, Egypt and this placed her and her family right in the middle of the crisis.  In the war, his house was destroyed and she found herself buried under the rubble of her house,

Even worse, she was buried beside her now dead mother!

This trauma would go one to plague Storm for the rest of her life as she would develop extreme claustrophobia.

Suddenly orphaned, Storm being a wise child did what any wise child would do.  She turned to a life of crime and became and a thief and a pickpocket.  Even better still, she would attempt to pickpocket Professor Charles Xavier….to no avail of course.

At the age of 12, Storm’s powers emerged and thus she began her righteous quest to help all the tribes in Egypt, elevating her to Godlike status.

Coincidence?

Nope.

What did she do?

She made it rain like a basketball player!

It was after these events that Professor X recruited her to his new team of X-Men.

Believe it or not, but Storm would be captured by a scientist called The Nanny (I’m not making this up).

The Nanny was looking to liberate the super children by making orphans out of them.  In the instance of Storm, he de-aged he (turned her young again) in an attempt to control her.  Needless to say, this did not work.  Her powers overloaded the device and foiled his plan.

Now a child once again, Storm had no memory of her time with the X-Men, thus resorting back to the life she previously led, the thief life.  In a state of weakness, Storm found herself under a psychic attack from her longtime enemy, The Shadow King. Luckily for her (and for all the fans out there) she would be rescued by my personal favorite, soon to be, X-Man, Gambit.  Because of this rescuing and their time together, the two of them would become friends.

Storm is a true leader, so much so that she kicked the ass of the Leader of the Morlocks.

Let me back that up a second.

Storm 2Her teammate, Angel was captured by the Morlocks (a group of ugly mutants living underground) and the only was to save him was to best their Leader (Callisto) in combat.  This, of course, led to the freeing of Angel and Storm becoming the leader of the Morlocks.  Her first command of the Morlocks was to have them stop attacking the regular people of the city.

After the House of M storyline, she was one of the lucky few to retain their powers.

With her powers intact, she left and headed home to Africa to protect the remaining mutants there.

It was during this time that she would marry Black Panther.  This was very short lived and ended an annulment.  The Black Panther was so ashamed that he wanted to pretend that it didn’t happen.

Well, actually it was more because, during the Avengers vs X-Men storyline, they were on opposing sides of the equation, with Black Panther naturally being an Avenger and Storm being an X-Men.

Anyways, there you have it.

Storm in a nutshell.

Scott’s Notes:

  1. Born in New York, but moved to Egypt at a young age
  2. Orphaned at 5.5 years
  3. Turned to a life of thievery
  4. Powers emerged and she realized she could control the weather
  5. Aided villages and tribes in Africa with her weather control
  6. Recruited to the X-Men in Giant Size X-Men #1
  7. Recruited fan favorite, Gambit to the X-men
  8. Leader of the Morlocks
  9. Married Black Panther for a short period
  10. One of the most revered X-Men

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