Storm #4 (Comics Review)

Over the last several weeks, and even months, Marvel Comics has been setting the stage for Death of Wolverine. One of the most popular X-Men to have existed to date, Logan aka Wolverine died this same week in Death of Wolverine #4, in what was a heroic finale to the character. And where Ororo Munroe aka Storm is concerned, I as a reader know that she’s been worried about him for quite some time, as we saw in Storm #2 back in August, which was a really heartfelt moment between the two characters, who have often been lovers over the years.

And now Logan is dead, and that leaves a void in Storm’s heart. This is what writer Greg Pak deals with in Storm #4, also released this week. As far as I can tell what from what little Marvel I’ve read this week, Storm is the only character to mourn Logan’s death, and she does this in quite a spectacular way that is also typical Ororo. You really feel the emotional bond that existed between them, and you want to cry your heart out as well. It was a great issue for the most part, though there were indeed some things that bothered me about some of the ancillary characters.

Since it started back in July, I’ve quite enjoyed Greg Pak’s take on one of my favourite X-Men characters. She is also the star of Brian Wood’s run on the female-centric X-Men, and that title too has proved to be a great title, with Ororo getting some quality time in. As we’ve seen in the previous issues of Storm, we see a very personal side to the character in this week’s issue as Ororo grieves for a friend and a comrade and a lover.

The first panel we see Ororo, she is clearly struggling to control her emotions. Greg Pak skips the part where we see how Ororo finds out about Logan’s death, and what happens immediately after that, but when this issue kicks off, Ororo is in the X-Jet with Hank as he takes her into high orbit so that she can let loose with her powers, grieving only as one who can control the weather can. Like with Charles Soule’s Death of Wolverine #4, it is a very emotional moment, as she causes an aurora all over the world.

Stephanie Hans’ awesome cover aside, I really liked the thrust of Greg’s story here. He brings together Storm and Logan’s ex-wife/ex-lover Yukio together for a story that deals with what it means to be a hero and where a hero draws the line when confronted by a moral ambiguity. The story was great as far as Storm meeting Yukio and the two of them talking about Logan’s death meant. But then, the story got really weird, thanks to that question of moral ambiguity that arose in the second half.

Thing is that for a title billed as Storm’s reaction to Logan’s death, the issue doesn’t deal much with that and is more concerned with Ororo being the hero that she’s been in the previous three issues. And I didn’t quite get that. Greg’s done fantastically in making Storm come across as a very three-dimensional hero but in this issue he discards some of the things that he did previously. And it all boils down to this: Storm gets over her grief for Logan far too quickly and gets embroiled in a weird subplot with Yukio that made little sense to me.

And Storm acted far too rashly in the climax, doing something rather… stupid that she really should have thought through before she jumped in all guns blazing. That is what confused me the most.

Victor is great here, as he’s been in the previous issues, and the first half of the issue is trademark awesome from him. His art matches the story beat for beat and Storm’s emotions and expressions really pull you into the vibe of the story. Roland Paris’ inks and Ruth Redmond’s colours also contribute in a great way to how good the first half of the issue really is, and their contribution is as significant as Victor’s pencils. The second half of the issue, after Storm meets Yukio and tells her the news, things are a bit more general and sedate, but you can still see how great the art is in how the artists deal with Storm’s powers.

Not quite the issue I was hoping for, but still decent.

Rating: 7.5/10

More Storm: #1, #2-3.


Posted on October 18, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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