By Silver_Raven 0 Comments
I can't with the people that don't acknowledge or appreciate what Storm has done or what she symbolizes in the fictional world and actual world.
In her first appearance, Ororo chose to leave her life and homeland, where she was worshiped, beloved and appreciated. to join some white man's cause and move to America, where she would be hated and feared not just for her mutation but for being an African woman. All those other leaders have white male privilege to keep them in power and in the spotlight since it's so much easier for them to identify with someone like themselves then a woman of colour. Which just goes to prove how insufficient they are as writers, when other have no problem depicting the complexity and diversity of characters. If only white male writers could go to the Chris Claremont School of Higher Learning.
Thanks to Chris Claremon, Storm was not just some token female and/black character but a real fully formed fictional person. She is was an inspired and aspirational character for many of us fans who don't always have heroes. And she proved herself a worthy leader.
She rose up the ranks to become well respected among her team mates of men, and the Professor saw natural born talent as a leader and asked her to take over for Scott when he left the team.
She also took over leadership of the Morlocks from Callisto in order to save the lives of her teammates and to support an underground community of mutants that had a bigger challenge conforming with society.
Then, she was depowered, a fate that is so common among super heroines, she found more strength, surety and determination to return to the X-men and lead them as another minority among the X-men, a human.
She bested Scott in a fight for leadership, by using her natural skill and cleverness. And was never challenged by any of the X-men, including alpha males like Wolverine, Magneto, and Cable.
She formed an alliance with the Hellfire Club, to protect her team and the New Mutants, by becoming their White King but put Magneto in place as her representative.
In the 80's, when the X-men were at their most successful and iconic, she was THE LEADER of the X-men and everyone knew it. Even when she was in a child form, she still commanded authority. Her status as the top X-women had been established and her role as a leader carried her into the 90's where she co-lead the x-men with Cyclops on two different teams.
Sadly, there was a long ignorance of her leadership, as the 90's saw new writers come in that had no respect for her, and all the accomplishments she had, and marginalized her like the female and minority character she was.
The "real" Storm finally made a come back into prominence in X-treme X-men, where Claremont returned her to her former status as an alternative to the status quo of leadership which was Cyclops and Professor X. And if people were not all so up Grant Morrison ass kissing it, they would have seen Storm breaking away from the Professor's dream and creating a new direction for mutants in the original Schism story line. She aligned with the United Nations to form a team called X-treme Sanctions Executive, that would protect the peace between mutants and humans all over the world.
If it wasn't for Marvel's decision to marry off Storm to the Black Panther she might have had more influence on the fate of mutantkind and used her connections with the U.N. or even Wakanda to protect the remaining population of mutants but no one paid her any mind and left her to waste away as some trophy wife.
It wasn't until recently that new writer finally restored some of Storm's former power and had her return to the X-men and start to lead new teams. She also chose to stay with Scott despite her wanting to side with Logan, but joined the Extinction team to keep them in check and provide the moral compass for the team. But after AvX, she finally could follow her heart instead of her head.
The current Storm is who she is was supposed to be if the writers of the past would have acknowledged her strengths and skills. She is one of the most well connected super heroes with ties to the X-men, Fantastic Four, Avengers, the Morlocks, the Hellfire Club, and the Fearless Defenders. And was part of a U.N. peacekeeping organization, something no other mutant has been able to do because they all segregate themselves from the human world while Storm embraces it, whole heartedly.
She is the perfect leader. But it's all up to the writers to follow up on her promise and potential, even if she is a black female character, and they will never know how much more exceptional she is because of that.