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Ultimate X-Men - Storm by Femmes-Fatales Ultimate X-Men - Storm by Femmes-Fatales
After doing a profile for the Ultimate version of Jean Grey, I decided to do one for Storm as well.

I've said many times over that I'm a fan of Marvel's pre-Ultimatum Ultimate universe and have enjoyed their re-interpretations of their most iconic characters. Given that Storm is my favourite Marvel character I definitely have high expectations and felt that she was one of the few characters who didn't meet them. Part of her (616) appeal was her confidence and strong moral convictions as well as her overall sophistication and badassery. Ultimate Storm was more vulnerable and a little more sarcastic. It didn't mesh with me.

Still, Ultimate Storm was rather fierce and I enjoyed her character arc. Her relationship to Hank/Beast was really touching. I also really enjoyed her various costumes and looks that she sported in the Ultimate X-Men title. She certainly lived up to the meaning of her name Ororo. :)

Of course, those who play video games will recognize the first outfit she's wearing here from both X-Men Legends games as well as from the first Marvel Legends game. Naturally, since I couldn't decide which Ultimate Storm look to go for I opted to go for TWO of them. :) You'll all have to tell me which you prefer and why. :P

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playfulkitty828 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
She does seem different from the Ororo I know, but, then again, I mostly know her from the movies, cartoons and the comic book that chronicles her relationship with Black Panther . . .

I'm a huge fan of the Storm and Black Panther relationship because I adore fairytales and, as sappy as it sounds, I love the idea of a princess and a prince who are also superheroes living happily ever after (part of the reason I love Storm is that she doesn't have to be either a Princess OR a superhero OR live a regular life as a teacher - she can have all three! You go girl!). However, the idea of a relationship between her and Beast is also really appealing. I think Beast is very well suited to the "regular" Marvel universe Storm, since both of them are kind-hearted, intelligent, and seem to share a moral code. I don't know Ultimate Universe Storm so I don't have any opinion whatesoever regarding that relationship, but I can see it working out in the regular Marvel universe.

While I love Storm's long white "princess hair" (in my opinion she's one of if not the most beautiful superhero) and love how it looks billowing around her as she creates storms and winds (really DOES look like a goddess, I can see how some people made that misidentification :P) I think the funky short haircut suits her very well too, especially if she's a snarky sort of car thief in this version. The long hair suits her ethereal side, but the short hair suits her down-to-earth side (if that makes any sense), both of which are very much a part of her character.

the outfit . . . well . . . I can't get used to Storm without a cape . . . the cape is iconic, at least for X-Men fans.

Love that sarcastic expression on her face though :D It seems to suit this character :D
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Obviously Ororo and T'Challa's marriage has been annulled so their supposed fairytale is over. I've never been on board with that marriage because I felt it went against Storm's character and it was contrived and slightly racist in my mind. "Let's just marry off the two black characters we have... yeah, they have NO history together really so let's make up a story where they DO have history." XD

I'm not sure where you're getting the "princess" thing from though... in the 616 universe, Storm is actually an American and lived in New York City before her parents moved to Africa for their jobs. That's how she ended up in Africa and spent years surviving as a thief after their death in Egypt. When she matured and gained her mutant abilities, she was treated as a goddess not as a princess by the village she was living in. When she finally received a royal title (which was queen, not princess), it was because she had married T'Challa who is/was king of Wakanda. In truth, Ororo really has no more claim to being royalty than a character like Emma Frost. :P

Storm is such a fascinating character because of all the contradictions in her character. Obviously the Ultimate universe does away with some of them because they eliminate much of her African history and ancestry. In many ways, the longer more whimsical hairstyle doesn't feel right on Ultimate Storm just as a cape would feel inappropriate on her. She's not as majestic as 616 Storm and she's a much more modern kind of girl. She's also younger than 616 Storm so that affects her look as well. The cape definitely suits 616 Storm (though she has had some fierce costumes that didn't have capes) though.
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playfulkitty828 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
One of the issues I did have with Storm/T'Challa was actually that they were both African (Storm is actually African American, though I'm not sure about T'Challa, since he is king of Wakanda and all). I found it a tad racist as well, although on the other hand I wasn't 100% sure if that was what they were thinking.

I thought Storm was a princess and her mother was Queen, but that she ended up moving to America. I thought that she later returned and became worshiped as a goddess. I knew she was American.

You'll kill me for saying this but Ultimate Storm kinda reminds me of . . . cartoon Jubilee . . . they're both young, funky and rebellious, although Storm does not come from a priviledge family and as a result is probably much tougher. But yes, I agree that the whimsical hairstyle adn cape don't particularly suit her. I think the outfit with the mesh sleeves suits her most out of those two because it looks like somethign she could actually buy (or steal) on the streets. However I don't know the character, so I wouldn't be able to say. I'm just judgind by your comments and descriptions.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wakanda is in Africa, so T'Challa is African. It was evident that Storm and Black Panther's marriage was little more than a publicity stunt. It really skewered Storm's character and resulted in some of the worst writing the character had ever faced as she was taken off most of the X-books and her potential was squandered. There was a lot of uncharacteristic things involved with her character at the time since it was unlike her to ignore her duties to the X-Men just because she had royal duties. She's the kind of person who would tell people to "stuff it" because she has to save the world and fight for mutant rights. She's arguably the most faithful living X-Man to Xavier's original dream (Jean would be the most faithful but since she's off "vacationing" in the White Hot Room she doesn't really count ATM).

When it was revealed that Storm's mother was from a prominent family in a hidden away village, I believe she encountered her grandmother which would have meant that Storm's mother couldn't have been queen (since her grandmother would have been queen). I'm a little fuzzy on the details of some of that stuff since it was a retcon which felt a little contrived and forced into making Storm seem more "qualified" for marriage to T'Challa. Whenever there's an editorial mandate, you can always expect bad writing that goes contrary to who a character is.

I can see some similarities between Storm and Jubilee... but not the cartoon Jubilee. She was a squeaky clean version of the one we got in the comics who was this deliciously snarky and tactless tough girl who was surprisingly independent. Cartoon Jubilee could be clingy and whiny often complaining about things comic Jubilee wouldn't even be bothered by.
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playfulkitty828 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I agree - Storm is very faithful to Xavier's cause, but because she's a woman who saves her words it isn't really that evident at first glance. When you're more exposed to the character you learn her opinions. I did not read the Storm/T'Challa comics after the marriage, though it was clearly a publicity stunt, much like the marriage of Spiderman and Mary Jane. Storm would never ignore her X-Men duties because she's extremely protective of her team and her students, so that was really out of character writing . . .

I didn't know that it was contrived for the marriage . . . :blushes: I thought she was some sort of princess/chief/queen BEFORE T'Challa . . .

Haven't read any comics with Jubilee :blushes: Although I remember how cartoon Jubilee had a bit of a teacher crush on Storm :P Well, it was more like admiration :D But I'm sure Jubilee would get along well as partner-in-crime of Ultimate STorm :D
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, Spider-Man and Mary Jane's marriage was not a publicity stunt. It was heavily publicized but the writers had been working up towards their marriage for a very long time. They'd given readers a chance to warm to the couple and accept Mary Jane as Peter's "true love" after his real true love (Gwen Stacy) died. Storm's marriage to Black Panther happened abruptly and they were forced to write a history between both characters in order to make the union make sense. They didn't allow fans to even warm to the couple because the marriage popped out of nowhere.

Though I should say... Storm isn't really a teacher. ^^; I'm not sure where you heard that but Storm actually has never really been a teacher. In all of the time that she was with the X-Men, she was never expected to teach anyone. Xavier taught the New Mutants before Magneto took over for him and then when it was decided that they would create a school for the next generation of mutants it was Emma Frost and Sean Cassidy who acted as teachers. At the time, Storm was leader of the Gold Team and her tasks were geared towards "world saving." When Emma and Sean's school was closed down, Xavier re-opened his school but Storm wasn't living in New York state at the time. She was off with her X-Treme team who were in search of Destiny's diaries. The teachers at this time were Emma, Jean, Scott, Hank and Xavier. When Jean died and the school was destroyed, Emma and Scott re-opened it. The teachers this time included Dani Moonstar, Karma, Wolfsbane, Emma, Northstar, and Kitty Pryde. This time around, Storm had founded a special team of X-Men who had international clearance to solve and deal with mutant crimes around the world. She was given jurisdiction and was essentially a law enforcement leader with her team. Shortly after this, she married T'Challa and divided her duties between the X-Men and Wakanda. As such, Storm really has never been a teacher and she's always been more geared towards dealing with issues outside of the X-Men's headquarters. I just thought I'd clarify that.
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playfulkitty828 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
When I first saw the Spiderman movies I felt that Mary Jane was his true love, but after seeing the cartoon and reading some Spidey/Gwen comics I changed my mind. Gwen seems better suited to Spidey, seeing as how they are closer in personality (Gwen seems to be the "happy medium" between social outcast Peter and party girl Mary Jane - I get the feel from her that she's a fairly outgoing and friendly person, but doesn't get drawn to the spotlight like a moth to a flame, she also shares Peter's interest in science, and I'd love to see movies/cartoons/comics develop that aspect of her character, seeing as how Peter sometimes solves the villain's problems through science, and it would be nice if Gwen got to do it instead, rather than be the damsel in distress like movie Mary Jane unfortunately was with the exception of the scene in which she stands up to Doc Oc).

In one of the movie Storm takes the younger mutants to a museum and teaches a lesson on evolution. For some reason in the cartoon I was under the impression that she taught the class Jubilee was in, but maybe that's because Jubilee admired her . . . In a sense I guess she was - she did teach her on the battlefield :P I was aware that she was mostly a warrior, but I thought she was also a substitute. In the movies it seemed as if even the most reluctant mutants (read: Wolverine) had to do their time in the classroom :P
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The filmic Mary Jane was just Gwen Stacy with red hair.

That's the movie canon... not the comic canon. Movie Storm isn't even remotely close to comic Storm in any shape or form. They have different personalities, speech patterns, hairstyles, etc. Storm became headmistress in the film canon and was pretty passionate about educating the new generation of mutants. She seemed to thrive on having that particular role. By contrast, the comic Storm seems disinterested in being a teacher and has a much larger view of the world. In terms of the cartoons, Storm was only ever a "teacher" in Evolution in that she was a mentor for the mutants to help them use their powers. None of the students at Xavier's did any schooling in Evo at the mansion since they all went to high school in Bayville. In terms of the '90s cartoon, there wasn't a school there. All of the X-Men had graduated school and the only young person there was Jubilee. Even still, there was really only ever one or two scenes between Jubilee and Storm. More time was spent developing Jubilee's friendship to Wolverine.
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Here's another fabulous lady from the Ultimate Universe. It's awesome seeing you continue with these Ultimate pieces. I love seeing when you do various looks for different characters, and adding the information with these is really cool. It helps refresh my memory about these characters, since it's been quite a bit since I've read any Ultimate X-Men. Lol. I think it'll be fun seeing who you decide to tackle next, if you keep going, which I think you should. I know you told me a little bit about your plans for this "series" and I hope you continue with those plans. Lol.

I have to agree with you and say that Ultimate Storm was a little disappointing at some points. While she wasn't the 616 Goddess we had grown to know, I still think they did a decent job adapting her at times. Like you said, her relationship with Hank was really nice to see. They seemed like they would have made an interesting couple and it sucks that they "killed" him off so early on in the series. I guess other people thought so as well since they eventually brought him back. Lol. I did like the various transformations that they put Ororo through in the Ultimate U. I think they were able to show her and how she was grieving Hanks death rather well. I think I need to go back and reread what I can of my Ultimate X-Men stuff. I really don't remember as much as would like from that series. Of course I do have some holes in my trades. I think I have volumes 1-4 and then they don't pick back up until volume 8 or 9, then I do have everything after that though. My single issues start at issue 66 and I have all of them up until 100.

I really like the art of this piece. I think that you did an excellent job on both versions of Storm here. I have to say that I like the edgier costume on the right a little bit more. I do like her hair shorter here for some reason. I think it gives her a more interesting look. I did like her first outfit, but I always did think that made her hair just a tad too long. Like I know that there are people in real life with hair that long, but I would think that it would get in the way when trying to fight the bad guys like Storm did. Lol. And wouldn't it get majorly frizzy when she was shooting off lightning bolts? XD Anyways, you did a great job on both looks. I do really love how you drew her hair on both outfits. The hair of the left is as long and flowy as it should be and the hair on the right looks perfect too. I love how choppy you made it look. The boots, gloves and collar on the first piece look spot on and awesome. You really can nail these Ultimate looks. I'm totally just loving the whole top half of the outfit on the right. The fishnets look great, as do those fierce nails. I think her face on both piece is awesome. You really are getting great at doing Ororo's face. Great, great job on these.

Overall this is a great companion piece to Ultimate Jean Grey. It's so cool seeing you finally take on their Ultimate looks. I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve, that's for sure. You always do amaze me with what you draw and I certainly have a new appreciation for it since I've been trying my hand at drawing Ben for your contest this month. So I know just how good you are now.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ororo's relationship to Hank was probably the highlight of her character's history in the Ultimate books. She did have an interesting arc concerning learning how to control her abilities and I enjoyed their re-imagining of Lady Deathstrike as being an enemy of Storm's rather than Wolverine's. I thought that was genius. Though I will say that Hank didn't exactly die "early"... he died at the end of the New Mutants arc at the mid-40 issue mark. Considering he was brought back a little later, Hank spent more time alive in Ultimate X-Men than he did dead. Of course, I do think that his death was an interesting twist on the WiR concept since rather than have a woman die to torment a male character we have a male character die to torment a female character. Of course, I do think Hank's death was meant to effect everyone... not just Storm. It just so happened that it affected her the most. It was, of course, meant to bring on a new transformation which was obviously an update on her mid-'80s punk transformation in the 616 comics.

Yeah... I'm not sure how Storm's hair and powers interact with one another. I think she's a character who I like a variety of hairstyles with. Though I do think I like her best with a super huge mane of hair. There's a fierceness to it. Although, it doesn't seem to be very appropriate for her Ultimate counterpart.

Anyway, thanks for the compliments on the art. :) I'm glad someone is enjoying this series. :P
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