Two new series started this week: a trippy investigation involving mysterious arches and men, and a dedicated book to the X-Men’s Storm. Let’s take a look at Storm’s first.
This is what I know of Storm:
- She can control the weather in a particularly fantastic fashion
- Halle Berry played her in the movies and let me tell you, X-Men 1 was my entire world in grade seven. I don’t care how many bad puns they made her say, Storm was awesome!
So she comes out with her own book, which is good, since I have no idea where to start with general X-Men. Let’s slowly work our way into that world with a series dedicated to one character, hmmm?
Right off the bat we get an excellent overview of Storm: controls weather, she’s a princess, queen, goddess and bad ass who gives zero fucks for your nonsense. I like her! She rescues a village in the Marvel-invented South American country of Santos Marcos from a tsunami. The Santos Marcos government, by the way, does NOT like mutants and they would really like Storm to go away, now.
She leaves, but the real story is when she gets back to the school. There’s a student there named Marisol whose ability seems to be that she makes vegetation flourish, and she is not happy with the world. It seems that the school took her, but Marisol would much rather be in her home town, helping her community. She and Storm get into a really interesting discussion about privilege, and the perhaps overly-paternalistic role the school can have on the kids they bring in. I wish they could have delved into it more, but it was an excellent starting point. Anyone want to write an essay about the pros and cons of residential school for mutant children? I’m sure there’s a grad student somewhere salivating for the opportunity.
Anyway, the whole conversation really gets to Storm and how she needs to act to be true to herself and what she needs to do to really help people.
The strength of this chapter was astounding and I’m really looking forward to the next issue.
Feminist Dragon Slant: Points, obviously, for giving Storm her own title. Plus, she’s a POC. How often does that happen in the comic industry? And the fact that she and Marisol had at least the start of a conversation about the inherent issues with their school system really surprised me. I was not expecting a first issue to go into that.
Supreme Blue Rose #1
I warned you this one was trippy and trippy is was! Diana Dane is an out-of-work investigative journalist (she makes an excellent crack about Gawker network) who needs money. She is hired by the mysterious Darius Dax to find Ethan Thomas Crane, a man associated with a strange arch that fell from the sky. Darius Dax is in the business of ‘tactical foresight’, which seems to be the work of selling very accurate predictions to people who would like to know such things. At least, I think so. With comics like these, I’m never 100% sure of what is going on. Part of their charm, I suppose.
Diana is, of course, ‘special’. She can see the birth defect of the bodyguard (“shadow”) sent to keep watch as she investigates. ‘Birth defect’ here means it looks like this man’s face was scratched out.
Again, I’m not too sure about what’s going on entirely, but I am intrigued to see where this goes.
Feminist Dragon Slant: It seems we have a Hero’s Journey on our hands. Considering 95% of Hero’s Journeys are focused on dudes, I am eager for a switch-up. Right now, POC are relegated to the roles of best friend and the mysterious Mr. Dax. Diana, Ethan Thomas Crane and the bodyguard are white. Hopefully the comic lets the POC characters to be risen above common tropes.