Storm has been part of the X-Men since 1975. She’s has quite the history that has taken her all over the world, and even to Asgard. Ororo has led the X-Men a time or two, and been a queen. In knowing that, I was excited to put her solo series on my list.
In the beginning of Storm: Make it Rain, Storm is out stopping a tsunami. Yup.
Hank McCoy is holding down the fort at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning and Storm is saving a small village from a tsunami.
And that speaks well to her character. She’s always been more of a doer for others. Ororo is all about getting her hands dirty instead of waiting for politics to sort themselves out. Cause that can take a while.
Storm is always striving for a better more peaceful way. Something that will stem any bloodshed; mutant, civilian, or otherwise. She wants peace for the world, and will do anything she can to achieve it for small communities, or big cities.
Remember that tsunami I mentioned before? Well, she stops it. And much of the action slows from there too. While there is action, its not page after page of fighting. A lot of the first volume is Storm working through past encounters, and past relationships. Which is important for overall character development.
The art changes hands a few times between Victor Ibanez and Matteo Buffagni, and sometimes it seems between pages and not just individual issues. Sometimes its pretty flawless, but others you’ll notice subtle differences.
Greg Pak did such an amazing job with writing Storm. While there isn’t as much action, instead there is a lot of character emotion and depth. Pak takes such a rich and vast history of the protagonist, and weaves it beautifully so that you don’t have to know everything to know what has made her into who you’re reading. Storm has weathered so much in her life, and that’s evident by how she handles a variety of interactions throughout the five issues collected in volume one.
If you’re interested in the X-Men and mutants, particularly about Storm, then Storm: Make it Rain is for you. There is so much depth with her character that is shown within the pages. Its well worth the read.