“Ororo Munroe. Storm. Goddess-queen-teacher-leader of mutantkind. She stood up for the underdogs, despite what everyone said. Then she suffered the terrible consequences. But she endured and was redeemed. And now she returns in triumph. Not a bad story. But what really makes it sing is how she gives up that glory. Like Cincinnatus turning his back on the crown and returning to the farm after the war. She could be riding a hurricane, ruling a nation. But instead, she answers her emails, teaches her classes, chairs a plagiarism hearing, and most exciting of all…checks up on the mould problem.”
Some of my favourite stories involve strong female protagonists who are relatable and down to earth. Storm: Bring The Thunder ticks all the right boxes, as it follows Storm on a journey to clear her name after she’s framed for a crime she didn’t commit. The graphic novel is written by Greg Pak with art duties handled by Victor Ibanez and Neil Edwards. There are themes of friendship, cultural identity and female spirit all wrapped up into a compelling story.
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With this edition of Beneath The Pages, I wanted to focus on a comic cover artist. Sometimes, it can be easy to overlook a cover when there are so many different comics to choose from. Yet when fans are browsing, it’s the first thing they see. A cover artist who’s caught my attention is French illustrator, Stephanie Hans. She’s drawn covers for Marvel and DC. Here is what makes her so talented at what she does.
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Comic Cover Corner is dedicated to showcasing some of the most interesting comic covers in the industry. In my opinion, they are pieces of art that could be as memorable as famous paintings one day. When a female character is put on a cover, there’s a temptation to focus on her looks. That isn’t the case with the cover of Storm #5, as she comes across as an absolute badass. This is thanks to the effort of cover artist, Stephanie Hans.
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As someone who’s lived for over a century, it’s only natural that Wolverine has been in love with many women. From Jean Grey, to Silver Fox, there have been many who’ve caught his interest. A common trait that binds these women is that they die tragically for being close to him. Some have survived, but their relationship with Logan has never been the same after. But out of all of them, who can be considered Wolverine’s true love? Here I examine some of the women he’s loved and lost and give my opinion on who holds that place in his heart.
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Mutants in the Marvel Universe have always served as a representation for people who’ve been marginalised by society. The allegory of an oppressed race has been responsible for many fascinating stories, with The X-Men being at the heart of it. I do have my favourites like Wolverine, Gambit and Cyclops, but they’ve never been the characters who’ve stood out the most. In my opinion, the character who best signifies the undying spirit of the mutants is Storm. With the power to control the elements, Storm has played many roles in her long history: goddess, queen, thief, teacher, liberator, warrior and leader.
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