Kris Anka on Storm's new design

Final Design

And finally, probably the most popular, and my favourite, of all my X-force designs: Storm.

The prompt with her was a subtle one. Sam dictated that he wanted her to both have the regal-ness that we’ve known her as but because of her recent divorce, showcase the turmoil in her life and that at one point she was the rebel of the team. Not only is she a queen and a goddess, but she is punk rock. I must be honest, I never grew up with Mohawk storm, so that whole era is unfamiliar to me. My first introduction of storm is the Jim lee white costume. So what I more thought to do was capture the badassness that a queen could have, and have the punk rock show through personality.

1. With this design I was getting used to the character. There wasn’t much that went into this except for it being my interpretation of a Storm costume, with just some of my bells and whistles. Although it doesn’t really show here, I tried to go with a more subtle storm cape, but two giant yellow pieces of fabric aren’t very subtle. Hey I’m trying shit out.

2. This is almost the exact costume that was used for the final. I wanted a more sport conservative look. More stream lined. Strong slender, tall silhouette. I thought maybe a ponytail might be more practical for this line of work.

3. My terrible pass at a punk storm. Only thing of note about this one was this is Sam locked onto the mohawk and fought for it.

4. Tried a different form of punk. I took the mohawk idea and went a little more modern with it. Looking back at this now this is way too similar to the look and vibe of the modern Frenzy.

5. Retained a more conservative body suit look, no capes or flowing, but I did go nuts on the awesome storm hair.

6. So after I sent it in what was chosen was the costume from 2, but the capes from 1. I mocked that up, and figured out something for the back. But I didn’t feel the capes worked in this context, so I fought for the dress thing from the 2nd design.

7. Sam won with the Mohawk. We got the go to include it, and I got the go to use the dress. Also simplified the back just a tiny bit. This was the version I would have wanted to stop at, but Nick wanted her to have a bit more of a graphic flare when she was flying, so we attached the dress pieces to her arms to allow them to open up when she is riding the wind.

(From Kris Anka's Tumblr post here)

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Posted by jhazzroucher

it's the mohawk hair that really makes Storm look awesome. : )

Posted by Blood1991

I've already have seen it, but I loved his designs, not only for Storm, but all of them "excluding shirtless Puck"

Posted by Vance Astro

Anka makes the Mohawk look good but she needs to grow the hair back. Love the costume design overall as well.

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Posted by White Mage

@Vance Astro said:

Anka makes the Mohawk look good but she needs to grow the hair back. Love the costume design overall as well.

No she don't. This is the sexiest she's looked in a while.....fully clothed.

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Tre interesting, never have been big on Storms costumes, but still <3

Posted by Vance Astro
@White Mage said:

No she don't. This is the sexiest she's looked in a while.....fully clothed.

She always looks sexy to me....
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Posted by Blood1991

@Vance Astro said:

@White Mage said:

No she don't. This is the sexiest she's looked in a while.....fully clothed.

She always looks sexy to me....

Truth even in punk wear I'd go there.

Posted by PassionFlower

I think the hair would be great...if she were 16.

Posted by Duke_Nasty

Looks great.

Posted by Vance Astro

The Mohawk should be exclusive to a certain version of Storm and not the Earth-616 version. I always liked it on Bloodstorm. She was going for a punk rock look too so it kind of matches well.

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Posted by ragdollpurps

Storm with a mohawk > Stom without

Posted by THUNDERBOLT30

@Blood1991 said:

I've already have seen it, but I loved his designs, not only for Storm, but all of them "excluding shirtless Puck"

Psssshhhhh....WHAT? Puck put the 'S' sexy ;-P!

Posted by Blood1991

@THUNDERBOLT30: If your into short hairy men maybe :p

Posted by KnightRise

I didn't know Storm listened to Skrillex :P

Posted by THUNDERBOLT30

@Blood1991 said:

@THUNDERBOLT30: If your into short hairy men maybe :p

....hmmmm....OK on second thought o.O'....

Posted by Blood1991

@THUNDERBOLT30 said:

@Blood1991 said:

@THUNDERBOLT30: If your into short hairy men maybe :p

....hmmmm....OK on second thought o.O'....

Lol in all seriousness despite how weird it is for him to be there he was brilliant in the Fear Itself Alpha Flight Mini. Going to hell made him kinda a lunatic, he's like a Wolverine meets Deadpool thing now.

Posted by _Sojourn_

Really nice on the last one

Posted by THUNDERBOLT30

@Blood1991: Yeah, I just heard that in Humprhies interview. I can't wait for this book. And I REALLY hope they use this UXF look across all 3 - 4 titles Storm will be in.

Posted by ComicMan24

These are all very nice. And I have to say that this is one of my favourite costumes for Storm. So much better than the bathing suit she used to wear before. As for the mohawk, not a fan of it especially now that it is so long (imagine just all the gell she will need for that lol). I actually like her hair in the fourth one more.

Posted by lykopis

@ragdollpurps said:

Storm with a mohawk > Stom without

Posted by AgeofHurricane

Lol.

Storm. </3

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Posted by Blood1991

@THUNDERBOLT30 said:

@Blood1991: Yeah, I just heard that in Humprhies interview. I can't wait for this book. And I REALLY hope they use this UXF look across all 3 - 4 titles Storm will be in.

Same "it would be weird for her to have hair in some books and not in others XD"

Posted by poisonfleur

@Blood1991 said:

@Vance Astro said:

@White Mage said:

No she don't. This is the sexiest she's looked in a while.....fully clothed.

She always looks sexy to me....

Truth even in punk wear I'd go there.

It's Crazy how Storm can look hot as a Queen, Half Naked Goddess, Street Punk, Thief, Superhero, and even Teacher! LMAO It's crazy-- I love it!

Posted by wtk1013

Love the costume...not the mohawk...i loved her long,full,beautiful hair!

Posted by wtk1013

@Vance Astro: I agree!her long full hair would look better!

Posted by Brazen_Intellect

6 is my fav by miles, not really sold on any of the others

Posted by jhazzroucher

@wtk1013 said:

Love the costume...not the mohawk...i loved her long,full,beautiful hair!

I love the long hair too but mohawk is awesome too.

Posted by fodigg

Absolutely gorgeous design. Good fusion of the mohawk, which is more punky, and the regal look. My new favorite Storm outfit.

Posted by UltraBiel

I loved the costume! But I did wanted the long hair...

Posted by AgeofHurricane

She couldn't possible retain the long hair after coming out of this period.

- Having such a fight with her husband and in the end, annulling what was supposed to be the 'Marriage of The Century'

- Previously breaking up the brother/sister bond which her and Piotr shared while more or less, losing control of her Security Team (and like another said, herself)

- And having to forcefully live through the nonsense that was AvX

- Labelled a '"villain" by the country she formerly ruled

It'd be a bit much for any woman, even if Humphries rightfully said she's a survivor. When Storm cuts the hair it's a sign that she's reached a stage in life where all she'd prefer to say is *f*ck it, this sh*t's about to get real*.

The long hair (with that added tiara, lol no) would convey that she's trying to juggle all that while being the regal, calm and motherly 'Goddess' that everyone knows her as. Cutting it off shows that she's losing the external serenity and braining in a new age of bad-a**. An age that all should behold.

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Posted by PhoenixoftheTides

Hmmm. Not so sure I classify Storm as "punk", anymore, though the costume is a big improvement. I'd prefer her with shorter hair, too: