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Storm Gold Team Leader by Femmes-Fatales Storm Gold Team Leader by Femmes-Fatales
I really love Storm... and it's no secret! ;)

Though she may be little more than a flying thunderstorm prop these days in comic books, back in the early-'90s Ororo Munroe AKA Storm was the fierce leader of the X-Men's Gold strike team. Though she was ready to give up her life as an X-Man to marry Forge, Storm re-evaluated her life and convictions when Forge receded his proposal becoming more dedicated to Xavier's dream than ever. She took it upon herself to help Bishop adjust to the 20th century and continued to protect the very people who sought to harm her. In one particular instance, Storm prevented the rubble from an exploded building from harming a group of humans who wanted her dead. That's my girl Storm, always being a hero even when she has every right not to be. :)

Though the Jim Lee-tweaked Outback costume was initially used as Storm's costume during the early-'90s and served as the basis for her look on the '90s cartoon, Storm quickly changed her look when John Romita Jr. came on as penciller for Uncanny X-Men. Though the dated shoulder pads stayed, Romita Jr. gave Storm a more contemporary look by giving her a sash, pointed boots and even accessorized her hair with some beads. I've definitely always been a fan of the alterations he made to the costume. It helps that he drew Storm so well. I wanted to capture that particular look for Storm within my own style and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I also opted for lighter shades for her costume as well if only to cater to those people who don't realize that Storm's costume was actually supposed to be black or silver.

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SVG4911 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Great drawing of Storm! I like the yellow belt she is wearing! Good costume design!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. The sash is pretty cool.
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Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Oh, and yes, I have read some classic X-Men. Good stuff, good stuff...
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Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Forget Storm/Black Panther. I love both of those characters and I'm glad that Ororo's going to be on the Avengers (if the rumors I heard have any truth to them anyway) but that's a couple that I can't really claim to like.

Honestly, I could see Storm/Angel. I get that he's generally with Psylocke, but I could just imagine Angel and Storm you know? One's a goddess, the other's an angel. It just kind of fits, thematically speaking. Not to mention he's flirted with her at least once as I recall...

Anyway, its a nice outfit. One of my favorite of Storms many, many, many, many costumes over the years...
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not really a rumour since Storm joined the Avengers shortly before Avengers vs X-Men. I haven't read the appearances yet (I've been off Marvel for a while... their quality in storytelling is shoddy at best... DC Comics is kind of kicking their butt with their New 52 line of books) but I'm told she does next-to-nothing on the team. Of course, this is nothing new with the Avengers who are known for shoving their female characters off into the corner... and when they do put them in the starring role they end up raped (Ms. Marvel, Mockingbird), crazy (Scarlet Witch) or killed (Wasp... well... not REALLY dead but close enough).

Angel has had many pairings over the years and the comics state that his "true love" was Candy Southern (who was killed by Cameron Hodge). He also flirted HEAVILY with Jean and tried to get with her but ultimately she couldn't really bring herself to date Warren because she recognized that she loved Scott. Warren also dated Alison Blaire (AKA Dazzler) for a short period of time and they actually made a pretty good couple. It's rather hilarious that Betsy took Ali's sloppy seconds. XD They've never really addressed that in comics. I mean, Ali and War were never all that serious and Ali was off in the Mojoverse when Betsy got with him... but they are best friends so I'd love to see them exchange stories. :P

Personally, I've always thought that Storm's most interesting relationships were with Wolverine and Nightcrawler. She's also had a lot of VERY interesting interactions with Cyclops that hinted at there being more than just companionship between them. There was also her... mentorship with Bishop that hinted at much more than that. There's also Forge but he was a douche to her (she forgave him though).
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Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I'm sorry, but I just find Wolverine/Storm to be so, so, so, gross. For me its just...wrong. Because again, Storm is so regal and beautiful and Wolvie's a short stocky hairy dude. I get some people like that dichotomy but for me its just kind of gross. And honestly, its not just the appearance part but also the personality. Logan's generally kind of crude and rough around the edges and I think that that clashes a little TOO much with Storm's general personality. If we're talking the angry punk Storm with that horrid mohawk from the 80s, then yes, she and Wolverine are perfect for one another. The Storm I generally prefer though...

Funny you mentioned Nightcrawler. I like the idea of him and Storm together as well, mostly because of the hints at it in X2 (far and away one of my favorite comic book movies of all time). So yeah, for me, either Storm/Nightcrawler or Storm/Angel works jut fine.

As for Marvel's storytelling, I've been enjoying what I've read, of course in total fairness, I don't actually read many of their books these days, so I guess I'm not in much of a position to say anything one way or the other. Just that what I have read I've found to be very good and honestly usually better then a good portion of what DC's cranking out these days (not all of it though). Not really anything with the big 3 save X-Force which I actually stopped reading after the awesome Dark Angel saga ended, since there are too many other comics I'm invested in right now and the X-verse can get a little convoluted sometimes.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How much of the X-Men have you read? :P Any classic Claremont? Claremont did a lot of the primary work on Storm's character and we see a lot of heavy flirtation between Ororo and Kurt before Amanda Sefton enters the picture. However, Claremont also did a lot of work on Ororo and Logan as friends. He worked really hard on making them an organic pairing of friends and teammates. Anyone who has read anything Claremont has written with Wolverine knows full well that he's not just crude and rough. He wrote him as a pretty sophisticated samurai-type character. Of course, he did intend Ororo and Logan to be together... at least that's what it seems like since that's what he wrote his a possible future story (same story where it was revealed that Madelyne was the real person Scott loved... not Jean). Of course, it's non-canon so... I mean, Storm is my favourite X-Woman and I'm pretty picky about who I like her with. I recognize that she's not strictly the "goddess" everyone seems to think she is. This is a woman with really rough edges and who spent her years growing up on the streets. The goddess is a fašade. The person underneath is much more street smart and tough. That's the interesting thing about Storm. She talks in an incredibly verbose fashion and she styles herself very sophisticatedly but she's also one of Marvel's greatest thiefs and she ripped out one of Marrow's hearts. XD She also kicked Calisto's ass (and almost killed her)... and also whooped Cyclops' ass. I mean, when it comes to badassery among the X-Men... Storm has it! :P

I love a lot of what DC Comics is putting out right now. It's really well written and they're taking some risks with their story telling. It feels really fresh and it's all very exciting. Batwoman and Wonder Woman in particular are AMAZING and they've continually gotten stellar review after stellar review.
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Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Never said Storm didn't have an edge. If she didn't I wouldn't like her. I just prefer her with that regal image balancing out her darker side versus again, the b***-on-wheels mohawk Storm from the 80s. Not a good decade for Marvel by and large...

And yes, Logan's got a heart and soul, I recognize that too. But he does still have a dark side. That's the whole point of the character (at least for me). He's a good man at heart, but there's a beast within that he always struggles to contain, and the samurai stuff is part of how he does that. But still. I just find him and Storm as lovers to be kind of gross. Good friends? Fine, I'm totally on board with that. Maybe even a bit of flirting here and there. But out and out romance...*shivers*.

I do happen to greatly enjoy the current Batman and Wonder Woman as well. There just happen to be several stinkers present as well. And as for DC's stated goals of their new universe being more modern, relevant, and diverse? Their success at their stated goals (or lack thereof) is best summed up by this guy: [link]

But yeah, there's some good stuff in the DC reboot. It just doesn't come even remotely close to living up to any of its stated goals at the same time.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought the '80s was probably the best decade Marvel has had for the X-Men. It's when Chris Claremont did the bulk of his most iconic work on the X-Men. It's the decade that gave us The Dark Phoenix Saga and solidified Storm's role as the team's leader in Cyclops' absence.

I suppose that means that in general you find Wolverine being with any beautiful woman to be shiver inducing. Which is interesting since he's pretty much never had an ugly lover. He tends to bag some of the most beautiful women in the Marvel Universe.

To be honest, I think a lot of that person's critiques and criticisms are pretty baseless and a little irrelevant. How many characters can you cram into 52 titles? It's impossible to cover that many characters in that short a span of time and honestly it's going to take years for DC Comics to really re-populate their universe. They've been continually taken steps forward in terms of diversifying their universe and a lot of it feels a lot more modern and a lot more relevant. I have my issues with some characters (particularly with my poor Catwoman who has been mistreated by Judd Winick) but overall I'm finding the DCnU to be more interesting than the previous universe. I mean, DC was in pretty rough shape before the relaunch and they had A LOT of crap on the market. There were so few good books and most of the female characters were, despite what people will say, a f*cking mess. If you look at the statistics now, more women in the DCnU are covered up than the ones in the pre-Flashpoint universe.
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Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Nah. Him and Jean I've never had a problem with beyond it being used as a weak excuse for him and Scott to hate each-other. I also have no problem with him and Mariko, which is a good, tragic couple. No, its just something about him and Storm, that I don't like, unless again, its 80s Storm.

As for the 80s, I said by and large did I not? Obviously there's going to be good stuff in every era. The X-Men were lucky to have Chris Claremont. Other books were not so lucky, and as the 80s dragged on, Marvel became bankrupt (which has only happened to them at least a few times), and they just became desperate to make money however they could, cranking out books that really had little to no thought put into them. For some the IDEAS could have been good or great, but execution was often half-hearted.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never liked Wolverine with Jean simply because they had very little reason to actually be together. It was just given to us that they were supposed to be madly in love but writers did very little to work on any kind of chemistry between them. There weren't many quiet scenes between them where we see that bond being emphasized. There were SOME but not enough. It was always told to us rather than being shown to us. I also tend to find Wolverine's relationship to Jean to be fairly unhealthy since he does a lot of what Scott does... he puts Jean on a pedestal she has no desire to be on.

I should also mention that I completely forgot to mention Yukio. It's implied she and Storm were once lovers. They're a fascinating pairing.

I haven't read most of Marvel's stuff in the '80s. Mostly some of their female solo titles (like Dazzler) and their X-Men titles. Marvel has very little that interests me outside of the X-Men. There are a few Avengers I really like and enjoy but a lot of their other stuff fails to catch my interest. I suppose deep down I'm just more fond of the DC Universe and my appreciation for Marvel is mostly in the X-Men and some of Marvel's female characters (particularly Carol Danvers).
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Wow. Ororo looks so freaking regal and beautiful here. You did such a great job on her, though you always tend to do great on Storm. Being your favorite X-Man I'm sure you make sure to do Storm the justice she deserves, and I'm here to tell you that you certainly do. Each and ever Storm piece you've done is awesome. Especially the ones you've linked us to. Lol.

Admittedly Storm has never really been high on my list of X-Men, if only because I've only read newer stuff and she's often left in the background. I started reading X-Men after she went off and married the love of her life T'Challa. *eye roll* So I'm guessing that's why she wasn't around much, and when she was she was exactly what you said, "a flying thuderstorm prop." It really is sad because I'm sure she can be so much more. As you've pretty much confirmed here for me. It seems that she's was the character to watch/read in earlier X-Men stuff. I know I've really loved her in every X-men cartoon I've seen her in. Even though X-Men Evo was more about the kids, I still think Ororo shined in every scene she was in. I still never did get why they made Spyke her nephew though. Lol. Anyways, it really is sad that Storm is no longer in the forefront being her fierce self. I know she was in Uncanny with Warpath and Hepzibah before it was all changed up. I have some of those issues and really loved her in them. I might be mistaken but I don't think she was on a team until they redid Astonishing, right? I could be wrong though. I think I will change my first statement. They more I think about it, the more I realize Storm is higher up than I thought. Lol. I really have read quite a bit of her. Starting with those Uncanny issues and then any appearances she made in the X-Men stuff up until I stopped reading Marvel around...Second Coming I believe. It would be awesome to read the 90's stuff and see for myself just how awesome Storm can really be!

As for the art on this piece, it is, of course, flawless. I seriously mean that. Storm has never looked better, done by you, than she does here. I really love the power pose you have her in and how everything is like all long and flowy. I think you did a great job on the costume and it does look really cool in your style. Your lines and very clean, as they are always. Lol. Her hair looks great and I'm glad that you added the braids. That's pretty cool that they had them like that in the comics. Storm really has had every hair style possable, hasn't she? XD I really love the long ass boots that are apart of this look. I think that I admire women who can wear those, they look so uncomfortable! Haha. Anyways, this piece is fantastic and one of your best Storm pieces. Great, great job.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's always been interesting just how different our lists of favourite characters tends to be though I do notice that a lot of it is pretty much contingent of what we've read. You've read a lot of the newer stuff with the X-Men whereas I've read a wider variety of stuff from different points in their history. I do have a sneaking suspicion that if you had a deeper knowledge of their history your list of characters would likely be drastically different from what it is now.

Storm is actually a character who has always been on my radar but never quite managed to really get anywhere near my top favourites. Rogue occupied that spot for years and it wasn't until recently that I really grew to appreciate the character. It's largely due to the fact that I've familiarized myself so much more with the X-Men in the comic book form where a greater emphasis was placed on Storm. The older issues from the '80s really helped to provide a basis for my affection for the character as well as some of the X-Treme X-Men stuff. Storm is a character I admire for not only her strong characterization but for also what she represents -- a powerful black woman who was the first of both blacks and women to lead the X-Men. There's so much I love about Storm and in many ways I feel like she's so often overlooked because of people's misconceptions and lack of knowledge of the character. It does not help that she's been adapted so poorly. I just wish you were more familiar with her so we could share that affection for the character together.

Of what you've read, it does seem like she was more in the background of the events. The "Extremist" storyline (with Warpath and Hepzibah) characterized her nicely from what I remember and did a good job of spotlighting her. You've also read the Uncanny issues with her XSE team, right? The team with Sage and Marvel Girl? You've also mentioned that you read the Fantastic Four run with her and Black Panther on the team, right? That's a fair bit of 616 Storm. World's Apart was REALLY good. I don't know if you ever got a change to read that mini-series. The interesting thing with Storm is that she definitely was a must-watch character but also maintained a supporting role for much of her history which has always been because of her tendency to care for her teammates. I suppose that X-writers have to spotlight other characters and Storm's recession in the X-books can be justified as "Well, she was a star for two decades straight so why not give someone else a chance?" I don't know if I agree with that. Should a character like Storm be shelved? Oh look at me go on and on about her. XD But yes, you definitely should have read the '90s stuff. I'm surprised you never really tried to get the back issues for cheap. I know I have done a lot of that over the years though I tend to not really have 'complete' runs.

I'm glad you like the art and feel it's as good as it is. Storm is a character I love so much but am never satisfied with when I draw her. She has such a specific look and I just want to get it right. I think this is the closest I've come thus far to really nailing her look. And yes, Storm has had nearly every hairstyle imaginable. That's what makes her such a diva. ;)
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Hmmm...You think so? That would be something I'd like to see. If my list of favorites did change.

Yeah. I think that it's awesome that Rogue is no longer in your top favorites. XD And I'm glad that Storm had replaced her. I think that Storm is alot more deserving. You've listed some good reasons here and I think that I've always found her to be more interesting than Rogue. I think Storm just has more depth and just has a better character all around. It's always interested me that she's been the only female to lead the team and that she was able to do so by beating Scott without her powers. She is quite the awesome lady.

Yeah, I have read quite a bit of her. All the things you've mentioned, plus I've read a solo series of hers. The one where it shows her childhood and how she and T'Challa met. It really does suck that she pretty much has been shelved. It's not fair to such an amazing character. I really do need to read more of her...

I really think that you do a great job on all of your Storm pieces. I agree that she has a certain look, but I think that you do a great job with it on every piece you do of her.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do think so. I think so especially since it's happened with me. While my additional readings has helped to solidify my love of Storm, it's definitely shifted around who I've always considered my favourites and has helped to really educate me on who these characters are and what they've been through. Just reading about their histories on Wikipedia isn't enough... it really does require first-hand reading with the comics.

Storm isn't the only female to lead the X-Men, she's simply the first. Rogue and Jean have both had turns leading the X-Men. Also, Storm was leader prior to that little "contest" between her and Cyclops. Following the Dark Phoenix Saga, Scott stepped down as leader and Xavier put Storm in charge. Scott stuck around for a while though. I know that Storm became officially leader just prior to the first ever Morlock storyline. Also, Madelyne suggests that Storm only won that contest as a result of her manipulations by really fracturing Scott's concentration and desires. However, I still think Storm would have whooped Scott's butt even without Madelyne's help. There are some experiences that Storm has had that makes her more resourceful than Scott.

Yes, you do need to read more of her. If you've read "X-Men: World's Apart" there isn't much else in the modern context aside from "X-Treme X-Men" that you could pick up easily. A lot of the stuff from the '90s that got collected in TPB form sometimes requires you to have a greater knowledge of what happened during the '80s and '90s in the X-Men comics. At least, that's what I've found. It's so much more satisfying when you actually know what characters refer to. XD
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Yeah, I agree. It is important to have first hand reading knowledge of them. After all if Wiki had everything on there, it would take days to read through the article. Lol.

Yeah. I forgot about Rogue having her team that she led. I don't know how. Both Bobby and Sam were on it and it had Lady M. Lol. I really hate my memory sometimes. XD I never knew Jean lead them though. That's cool. I think Storm probably could have kicked Scott's butt without Madelyne's manipulations as well. She didn't become such a good thief when she was younger for nothing. Lol.

XD Yeah, I'm sure it would be hard to just jump in on a certain point in the 90's issues. I'd probably be scratching my head a lot. Lol.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's difficult to really include everything possible since sometimes it's really hard to get across personality in Wiki articles. More than just that, the art tells a story too so you really need the combination of both. Actually, that site I linked you to (uncannyxmen.net) contains the most comprehensive biographies I've seen for the X-Men characters so if there's anyone else you want to check out I'd suggest doing so there. It's more accurate than Wikipedia and Comicvine since it provides textual citations and scans of panels. They also have costume lists and notable appearances lists.

Rogue's actually led her own team before that. She was voted in as leader in the early-2000s. But it's true... your memory sucks. You really don't seem to remember much and require a lot of memory jogs. Haha! Sucks, doesn't it? :P

It also doesn't help that the '90s issues weren't collected in entirety in TPBs. However, there are some stand-alone issues that you could theoretically pick up and understand quite well. There's a good two issue arc in the adjectiveless X-Men title that is pretty cool. As I said above, I recommend checking out uncannyxmen.net for more information on the X-Men. You can check the "issue checklist" section of her biography for some of the notable appearances Storm has made.
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Yeah, I get what you're saying. Like I said I'll definitely have to check out that site and read up on some of them.

Yes, yes it does suck. Oh well. It's something I've gotten used to. XD

Oh okay. I'll have to do that as well. Lol.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Beatfuil one of storm here
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I remember this look from the cartoon. I like it a lot.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This wasn't the look from the cartoon. ^^;
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, but it's almost the same.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost isn't the same as being the same. :P Heh. There are a great number of differences that really make this costume pretty different from what we see in the cartoon. The boots, sash, lack of yellow piping, different cape, and different hair really aren't all that close to what we see in the cartoon.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, I see your point.
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Jkthelemonking Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
IF they could show Storm as powerful in AvsX, it would be worth it. Maybe she could avenge Black Panther's death or something....

Or at least Zap Cyclops
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xxxphx Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fatal Attractions costume !!! i love it


actually i love Storm too :D
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... this version of the costume showed up just prior to Fatal Attractions. It was when John Romita Jr. came onto the title.
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xxxphx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i was wrong D: anyway its cool with a tribal "touch"
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generallaserfist Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like the beads and the sash.
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