Storm to Receive New Series From Ta-Nehisi Coates
She's not only Marvel's most high profile female hero, she's also their most high profile hero of African descent (yes, even over T'Challa and Luke Cage). We're talking about Storm of the X-Men, and it appears that the Kenyan weather goddess is finally getting a shot at an own ongoing series again from Marvel, and the writer will be none other than critically acclaimed author and Black Panther writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. Ororo Munroe's new series will apparently also have Jem and Holograms illustrator Jen Bartel as series artist.
According to Comic Book, Philadephia Inquirer journalist Dawn Fallik tweeted out that she recently got the chance to interview Coates, and that during the interview, he confirmed to her that he will indeed be scripting a new (presumably ongoing) Storm series for Marvel. Axel Alonso, Marvel's EIC, hinted as much at the recent New York Comic Con that something was brewing at the publisher in regards to Storm.It seems at most cons at least one fan always ask Marvel why on Earth Storm doesn't have her own ongoing series yet. It seems they finally listened.
There hasn't been an official announcement from Marvel yet, but this is pretty solid confirmation that the series is coming, probably in the early half of 2018. And we here at Wizard think it is long overdue. Storm was created by the Len Wein and Dave Cockrum back in 1975 for Giant Size X-Men #1, along with Nightcrawler and Colossus. When Chris Claremont took over writing for the Uncanny X-Men, he quickly made the weather-controlling mutant one of the leads in the series, whose importance in the series was second only to maybe Wolverine. When Cyclops gave up his leadership role on the X-Men, it was Storm who took over, not Wolverine.
And yet, in her forty two years of existence, the character of Storm has only ever had one mini-series in the '90s, and an ongoing series in 2014 from writer Greg Pak that only lasted 11 issues, so barely an ongoing. In that same time, Wolverine has had multiple solo titles, and Nightcrawler and Colossus several mini-series to their name. Although she's not currently a leader of an X-Men squad (her group in X-Men: Gold is being run by Kitty Pryde), she is still portrayed as she always has been, as a sort of den mother to the group.
She also has another aspect to her persona that could be further explored, in that she was once married to the Black Panther and was the Queen of Wakanda. Heck, she's even been (briefly) a member of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Marvel has been applauded lately for their efforts to bring diversity to the line-up of titles, usually with leads of different backgrounds and genders taking over for the predominantly white male superhero titles. And while that's all well and good, maybe leading the charge by putting the spotlight on the diverse heroes they already have should have come first. But better late than never.