Storm: Comprehensive Character Summary

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Introduction

Storm (Ororo Munroe) is a fictional superhero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Descended from a long line of African witch-priestesses, Storm is a member of a fictional subspecies of humans born with superhuman abilities known as mutants. She is able to control the weather and atmosphere and is considered to be one of the most powerful mutants on the planet.

Attributes & Abilities

Height5’11”
EyesBlue (solid white when using powers)
Weight65 kg
HairWhite
GenderFemale
UniverseMarvel Universe
Other AliasesBeautiful Windrider;
Stormy;
Mutate #20;
White King;
Goddess of the Plains;
‘Ro;
Ororo Iqadi T’Challa (former married name);
Ororo Komo Wakandas (Former Wakandan title);
La Reine Storm;
‘Roro;
Goddess of Thunder
EducationCollege-level courses at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters;
Westchester, New York
Place of OriginManhattan, New York City, New York (Earth-616)
IdentityPublicly known
Known RelativesN’Daré Munroe (mother, deceased);
David Munroe (father, deceased);
T’Challa (Black Panther, ex-husband);
Unidentified paternal aunt (deceased);
Shetani (maternal uncle);
David Munroe Jr. (nephew);
Unidentified paternal grandfather;
Harriet Munroe (paternal grandmother);
Unidentified maternal grandmother;
Ayesha of Balobedu (ancestor, deceased);
Ashake of Egypt (ancestor, deceased);
Ashake of Meroë (ancestor, deceased);
Abuya (cousin)
PowersAtmokinetic Combat
Psionics
Control of Elements
Flight
Heightened Senses
Expert tactician and thief
Control atmospheric pressure
Ecological empathy
Limited immunity to extreme cold and heat
Group AffiliationX-Men
Avengers
Fantastic Four
Lady Liberators
Morlocks
X-Treme X-Men
Xavier Institute
Hellfire Club
X-Force
The Crew
Seven Brides of Set
X-Treme Sanctions Executive
Hounds
Horsemen of Salvation
Extinction Team
The Twelve
Tokyo Arena
Murder Circus
Secret Avengers (Civil War)

Storm is one of the most powerful mutants on Earth and has demonstrated a plethora of abilities, most of which are facets of her power to manipulate the weather. She is classified as an Omega Level Mutant.

Storm possesses the psionic ability to control all forms of weather over vast areas. She has been able to control both Earthly and extraterrestrial ecosystems. She can modify the temperature of the environment, control all forms of precipitation, humidity and moisture (at a molecular level), generate lightning and other electromagnetic atmospheric phenomena, and has demonstrated excellent control over atmospheric pressure. She can incite all forms of meteorological tempests, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards, and hurricanes, as well as mist. She can dissipate such weather to form clear skies as well.

Her precise control over the atmosphere is so great that she can even manipulate the air in a person’s lungs. She can also control the pressure inside the human inner ear, an ability she uses to cause intense pain. She can also bend light using moisture in the air and her manipulation of mist and fog to appear partially transparent, and in later comics, nearly invisible.

Storm has a deep psychic bond to the life force of Earth itself – a connection that creates empathy within her toward life everywhere, big and small. Storm comes from a centuries-long line of African priestesses, all of whom possessed distinctive white hair, blue eyes, and powerful “magic.” During their attempt to thwart Deluge, it was Charles Xavier who told her that her powers stem from being a mutant.

Storm’s ancestry supports the use of magic and witchcraft. Many of her ancestors were sorceresses and priestesses.

She has an extraordinary ability at picking locks and pockets, getting past advanced security systems, and escape artistry; she is very stealthy, and has the same degree of dexterity in her toes and mouth as she does with her hands.

Ororo is a gifted and formidable hand-to-hand combatant with years of close quarter combat experience. She was even trained by Black Panther in her youth, and later extensively trained with Wolverine.

She is an excellent marksman with handguns and is experienced in the use of various firearms. Ororo is also highly skilled with wielding knives, experienced in the use of the bo staff, and trained in sword fighting by the finest warriors in Wakanda.

Storm has strong natural leadership skills and has lead teams of X-Men for years. She is a highly accomplished and skilled strategist, tactician, and field commander.

Ororo is also an excellent gardener owing to her supernatural abilities and has her own botanical gardens at the Xavier Mansion.

Storm is an accomplished pilot with experience in piloting advanced aircraft that include Wakandan Ships or the Blackbird.

Publication

Storm first appeared in 1975 in the comic book Giant-Size X-Men #1, written by Len Wein and pencilled by Dave Cockrum. In this comic, Wein uses a battle against the living island Krakoa to replace the first-generation X-Men of the 1960s with new X-Men.

Storm was an amalgam of two characters Cockrum created: The Black Cat and Typhoon. The Black Cat had Storm’s costume, minus the cape, and was submitted for the new X-Men’s original lineup. However, during a hiatus in the new X-Men project, other female cat characters like Tigra were introduced, making the Black Cat redundant.

Since the creative team did not want the X-Men to have an all-male lineup, editor Roy Thomas suggested that Cockrum make his character Typhoon, originally designed as a male, into the woman of the group. Cockrum liked the idea and outfitted Typhoon with The Black Cat’s costume, a cape, and a new haircut with white hair. His collaborators feared that Storm’s white hair would make her look like a grandmother, but Cockrum, confident that he could consistently draw the character so that she would appear young, insisted on this aspect of her appearance.

Chris Claremont followed up Wein as the writer of the flagship title Uncanny X-Men in 1975, writing many notable X-Men stories, among them God Loves, Man Kills and “Dark Phoenix Saga”, which served as the basis for the films X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, respectively. In both arcs, Storm is written as a major supporting character. Claremont stayed the main writer of X-Men for the next 16 years and consequently wrote most of the publications containing Storm.

Biography

The daughter of a rebellious Kenyan princess, N’Dare, and an American photographer, David Munroe, Ororo was born in Harlem in New York, though her family relocated to Cairo, Egypt when she was six-months-old. A few years later, N’Dare and David were tragically killed when a plane crashed into their house. Though she survived the event, Ororo would develop claustrophobia due to her time trapped in the rubble of her home. Left an orphan to wander the streets, Ororo picked pockets and stole to survive.

Ororo eventually left Egypt and headed south on foot with the goal of reaching her ancestral homeland. After almost dying while crossing the Sahara, Ororo’s latent mutant powers manifested, allowing her to save a kidnapped Prince T’Challa. Afterwards, her time wandering the Serengeti as a young woman, bringing rain to those in dire need, transformed her into a worshipped “goddess” among local tribes.

After working with Ororo to defeat fellow weather manipulator Deluge, Professor Xavier asked her to join a new version of the X-Men; one which would help rescue the original team from the living island of Krakoa. She accepted and was given the code name Storm.

After Ororo joined the X-Men, Jean Grey was the first reach out to her, helping her acclimate and adjust to Western culture. Jean also discovered Storm’s claustrophobia and did her best to help her friend overcome her panic attacks.

Storm would later become the Queen of Wakanda after marrying the warrior she’d met in her youth, T’Challa. The two were a formidable couple until their harsh split after Namor and the Atlanteans devastated Wakanda.

Reception

In the 2007 Glyph Comics Awards, the Fan Award for Best Comic was won by Storm, by Eric Jerome Dickey, David Yardin & Lan Medina, and Jay Leisten & Sean Parsons.

Storm was ranked as the 89th greatest comic book character of all time by Wizard magazine. IGN also ranked her as the 42nd greatest comic book hero of all time quoting that “fans have seen Storm as a thief, an X-Man, a fighter, and even a queen.

Through it all, she remains one of the most relatable mutant heroes”, #8 on their list of “The Top 25 X-Men” opining that “even though Cyclops may be the default leader of the X-Men, in particular because of his allegiance to The Dream, Storm is the better choice to be in charge”, and 37th in their list of “The Top 50 Avengers”. Storm was ranked 30th in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s “100 Sexiest Women in Comics” list in 2011.

References

Storm – Marvel

Storm – Wiki

Storm – Fandom