I don't know. I get the feeling that Pak knew the series would only be 12 issues long. No matter how good or bad the story/art/sales were all Marvel would do is 12 issues......or he knew about the Secret Wars reboot that would take Storm off the list.
It's kinda hard to write a compelling character changing story when you know that it wont matter at the end of the day. Granted we got some kickass feats from pretty much every issue so that's a plus. And Pak does seem like a genuine fan of the character in all the interviews I've read/listened to he 'glows' like a Storm fan. So I don't really throw the complete blame on him. Could he have written far better and more action packed stories? Yes. But as I said before...would knowing that it'll all come to an end in 12 issues put a damper on the creative juices I'd also wager a big yes.
I agree. I thought Pak did well with what he had to work with, which didn't seem like much. Several of the stories in the series had compelling and ground breaking moments though, but it appeared as though they gave him a corner to write in and cut him off from there. I thought the second and third issues were the wrong route to take the series(especially that god awful third issue), and the book never recovered from it. Books like these are all about first impressions since they are already at a disadvantage with a minority lead. Then the art really started to get ugly, so I'm sure that drove a lot of people away along with any that may have taken an interest in returning. The book looked like it was straight out of the gutters.
So I think there is some disappointment to be had about the series. It could've been done a lot better, but I don't hold Pak solely accountable for it. Marvel simply wasn't interested in making it anything more than a bone to throw at Storm fans. It had no relevance to the other books and the art after issue 5 was utter trash.