Storm #1

Storm #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Victor Ibanez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 23, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 10
7.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Man called STORM has always defied a single title. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On a mission to foster goodwill and safeguard the mutant race's continued existence in her own way, Storm will travel the globe, confronting man and mutant, god and monster and everything inbetween. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is STORM, a hero like no other....and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Jul 28, 2014

    Pak has written a masterpiece of Ororo rediscovering who she is and what she cares about. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jul 24, 2014

    I was very excited for this book. Greg Pak is a writer I love and trust and seeing him tackle characters that mean a lot to so many, but who are often neglected in the grand scheme of things (his work with Doctor Strange was second to none) like Storm is why I haven't given up hope on comics. Thankfully, sometimes, that excitement pays off as Pak and Ibanez clearly put their all into this issue, allowing it to stand as a one-off introduction to the character for new readers and a long letter to her legacy for established readers. This could very easily have existed as a successful one-shot, but the fact that Pak and Ibanez get to keep doing this every month makes me thankful for small miracles. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Touch of Grey Jul 30, 2014

    It's a good start to a series, and frankly, while I love long story arcs, I wouldn't entirely mind seeing more done-in-one issues like this one. Here's to hoping that the Storm series has a long, long run ahead of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jul 24, 2014

    Pretty damn good first issue I'd say, though it could certainly be better. But for now, I'm firmly in the “Storm is awesome” camp. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Anthony Blackwood Jul 26, 2014

    Pak manages to fit a lot of development in this one issue and it's refreshing to read a comic with a tale that has a beginning, middle, and end. Unfortunately, one expects a premiere issue of an ongoing to promise some sort of direction by the last page. With no cliffhanger or discernible dangling plot threads, the issue feels like a side story you would find in an X-Men Unlimited type book. Despite the lack of a hook, Pak's handle on Storm is sound enough to bring fans back to see where the wind takes this legendary character next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jul 28, 2014

    Storm has so many qualities, both as a person and as a hero, that make her worthy of worship. Storm #1 serves as a simple, concise story that illuminates these qualities in all the right ways. It provides insight into Storm perceives herself and how she is perceived by others. It effectively conveys all the qualities that make her such a great X-man and a great hero in general. It is a testament to a goddess that doesn't need temples, worship, prayers, or sacrifice. Her own actions speak to her divine nature and this issue delivered her message loud and clear. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Jul 28, 2014

    For a single issue, "Storm" #1 has a lot going on under the surface. Pak, Ibanez, and Redmond have done Ororo great justice in creating such an inspiring, uplifting series for her with befitting subtlety and grace. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Hank Johnson Jul 30, 2014

    Overall, Storm #1 is an excellent story that is pitch and tone perfect. Greg Pak clearly has done his homework on the character and made a story that not only captures her essence, but is accessible to anyone who enjoys comics. Victor Ibanez's art adds depth and subtlety to make this issue come alive. I thought this book was great and I cannot wait until the next issue. Bravo, Mr. Pak, Bravo! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen Sep 4, 2014

    Futures End: Green Arrow #1 is an early contender for best issue of DC's event month. Lemire and Sorrentino's last hurrah with Oliver Queen is a return to form for the character. Fans of the classic Oliver Queen, or simply fans of entertaining stories, owe it to themselves to check it out. It is sure to have them clamoring for more. Luckily, they just might get it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Eric Lund Dec 22, 2014

    Overall, this issue is greatly paced and offers more story and character moments for the reader. The issue still continues to drive the action with some big reveals and cliffhangers. The story reveals more of Sam's heroic character and further displays the valiant concept of Captain America and his crucial role in a modern world. Remender does an exceptional job in keeping the concept of Captain America fresh and exciting. America's Boy Scout still feels relevant in this new, exhilarating chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Jul 24, 2014

    Storm #1 is a solid, entertaining start to what will hopefully be a fulfilling series. Storm deserves to be in the spotlight. She deserves this kind of attention. And between Pak and Ibanez, I think they can pull it off. I predict a sunny forecast. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jul 23, 2014

    Storm #1 is a great start for this new series and perfect for fans of the character, since the writer really understands and captures Storm's character very well. The writing is solid and the artwork overall looks fantastic. If you love the character or have a passing interest in her, definitely give the comic a shot. This is just what you are looking for. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 23, 2014

    Storm #1 delivers with a first issue that digs inside her head while giving us a reason to connect with a hero like her. If this issue taught us anything it's that you cannot stop her any more than you can defeat the wind. She has her own mind, she is not the naive person she used to be in the past, and still has a lot to learn about herself as an adult. This series has potential and this issue has created room for growth. Greg Pak shows interest in making Storm once again that standout hero and hopefully that is picked up by fans throughout. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jul 26, 2014

    With a distinct and realistic visual aesthetic and an air of honesty and community around it, Storm makes a big impression this week. It feels good to have Greg Pak writing fun, and yet real, X-Men stories again. As long as the team can craft some larger scale stories without losing the vibe of this premiere issue, I think that Storm will prove another winning addition to Marvel's stable of X-Men solo titles, and possibly one of the longest lasting. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 23, 2014

    All in all, Storm's first issue proves a welcome return to a fan favorite. Pak and Ibaez appear to have a great handle on the character, seemingly willing to show all of her different sides. Though the book thus far appears lacking in direction, The strong character work and excellent art make it a debut worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Jul 25, 2014

    With a book this many years in the making, its easy to be disappointed by the final product. With Storm #1 however, this is clearly not the case. Pak and Ibanez deliver a solid start to what could shape up to be one of Marvels hardest hitting solo titles. At the very least, Im excited to see where it goes next, and I know Ill follow Storm wherever the wind may take her. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Jul 24, 2014

    Overall Storm #1 is a solid issue. It isn't flawless, but it strives to put its best foot forward and set up Ororos growth in coming issues. Strongly recommended for Storm fans, but its somewhat forgettable plot may not be enough to keep the attention of new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jason Motes Jul 27, 2014

    Is it flawless? Not 100%. But it's a strong start and I'm coming back for more. (Also I have never snapped my fingers so much while reading a comic. Wurk it gurl.) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 4, 2014

    Coming from the late 70's and early 80's generation of X-Men fans and being there as storm went through her radical changes with the Morlocks and with Forge, she's one of those characters I grew up with as she was growing and changing. It's been a long time since I read about her and while there are things here that don't flow well in some ways, I like what I'm seeing. Ororo has always faced the challenge of being so many things to so many people but she's always held onto what she was for so long in being that child of the sky. I can still vividly recall those panels from decades ago that showed her as a little girl learning what she can do as she survived as an urchin. She's come a long way and my hope is that this book will really help to establish her and who she is now and who she intends to be going forward. Greg Pak has his work cut out of him, but if he's got Victor Ibanez around for awhile, they'll definitely make an interesting book to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jul 23, 2014

    A strong debut from a character that had yet to impress me. Pak shows that this will be more than just a superhero story. It will be a story of truly finding yourself, wherever that may end up being. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - David Staniusz Jul 28, 2014

    This issue is not without flaws, for one it does not reallyswing for the fences per se. For a number 1 issue, it is kind of underwhelming and may get lostamongst so many other #1′s. As well with stories that are very one off in nature it is kind of hard toget too invested. We shall see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Jeremy Eloi Aug 29, 2014

    Overall, this issue is a bit anticlimactic. Being the final issue in an otherwise great arc it feels that there are a lot of aspects that seem to be missing. This especially comes through with the character interactions that have been great during Charles Soule's run. However, this issue is no means bad and does lead to some interesting things. This arc has been one of the best in this title and cements its place as one of the best Lantern books being published.Score: 7/10 Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Jul 23, 2014

    For all its potential, Storm #1 shows a book that has a long way to go. While the goal may be to define its heroine as an individual, the book itself also needs to capture an identity. Storm #1 feels more like a one-shot than the launch of a solo book, and while Marvel has recently focused on launching new titles - especially those featuring established characters - with done-in-one tales, Storm #1 feels like less of a mission statement than a half-hearted attempt. Storm fails to commit to its authority or its activism, finding itself caught between the two, and leaving one of Marvel's biggest untapped assets still wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Todd Frazier Jul 23, 2014

    Storm #1 is a strong debut, even with the slight shift in tone in the second half of the book. Paks emotional and character driven narrative are a good showcase for Storm. The art is solid throughout the book under the team of Ibanez and Redmond. With consistent narrative and this superb art team, Storm could be the book that fans have been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ryan Ford Jul 29, 2014

    Frankly, for a first issue for the weather goddess and former Queen of Wakanda, I expected better. As one of the most powerful mutants to ever exist, this premiere episode fell a little short of what could be. Whilst simultaneous juggling the duties of headmistress at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, our eponymous superhero also has to deal with the complexities of being a teenage girl whom society has rejected" AGAIN. If that sounds like Groundhog Day, dress Bill Murray up in blue fur and give Andie MacDowell a Mohawk, because I'm pretty certain Storm and Jubilee had the same conversation in the early '90"s. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jul 28, 2014

    Overall, not a bad opening issue forStorm. My hope is that the threats start to escalate as the series continues. It is great to see more diversity across the Marvel line. As long as the stories are compelling, the readers will demand more and more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Jul 30, 2014

    Storm #1 did not blow me away. As a one-shot, it would be too slight to stand on its own. But as the first issue of a solo series, it did a solid job. Greg Pak established a clear character voice for Storm and grounded a good theme in the forefront. At the same time, I didnt read anything that seemed like a basis for future plot. There was no hook set for later issues. The preview of the next issue promises some Callisto/Morlock action, so thats a good sign for me. If youre a Storm fan like me, Storm #1issue will notdisappoint, but Id wait a few issues more if I was more of a casual-type. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Herald - Jeff Ayers Jul 25, 2014

    Points for a good first start, but let's all buckle up and see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Jeal Oct 15, 2014

    The art of the issue is extremely inconsistent. There are some pages drawn with incredible detail and others where the main heroes on the page look gawky or in some cases are completely faceless. It's the inconsistency that causes the art to be distracting as the low points really stand out. Inconsistent is probably the best way to describe the whole issue as the story as the isn't too bad and could go in an interesting direction. It does seem like a strange choice for an event however and until the end feels more like two separate comics – one Avengers title and one X-Men title. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Outright Geekery - Taylor Jul 24, 2014

    At the end of the day, there's nothing disastrously controversialor offensive going on here, but the comic still disappoints for being flatand forgettable, and for missing the mark on the character. If you'd like to read about strong female characters in the Marvel U, I'm glad to say that you have plenty of other options (see the first paragraph). Pass onStorm #1 and try one of those instead. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Valeficent Jul 27, 2014

    Greg Pak is able to give us a one issue story where Storm is firmly presented for people who might be new to her. While we veterans already know everything there is to love about Storm there are always people around who don’t really know about her (or might have forgotten given the sub-standard version we’ve suffered through recent years, commonly referred to as a Stormbot). The story touches many aspects of Storm and in just one issue! Whoever said you needed 6 issues to introduce a character or a story was lying to you. The story is deeply connected to Mutant History as it takes place in two (three) settings, the island-nation of Santo Marco which can be tracked down all the way to the original X-Men (as it was forcibly occupied by Magneto’s brotherhood until the X-Men kicked them out), and the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. We meet a potential recurring villain in the first, and a potential recurring sidekick in the next. People upset about the lack of latino characters will be slightly less upset after meeting Creep. But I shan’t divulge more about her in the Non-Spoilery version of the review. The pacing of the story is appropriate, giving us enough time to understand what is happening and to know more about the characters involved. In essence it’s a story about character, about Storm’s conflict with who she is supposed to be versus who the circumstances led her to be. This is clearly reminiscent of what some may call Storm’s greatest storyline which led her to adopt the Mohawk in the first place. I believe establishing that Storm is constantly trying to be the best she can be is a very powerful message, especially for the start of her solo adventures. It shows us that she’s not a conformist like some other mutants who are happy doing what they’re told but she’s always striving to help others, regardless of other people’s opinions. She is untamable, like her namesake, and this is clearly shown in this issue. Pak has a clear kn

  • 10
    D3IM2NTEII Nov 22, 2014

    If I could I'd give this issue 11/10. It's brilliant, and everything I wanted to see from a Storm solo comic. The connection between Storm and her environment is portrayed here wonderfully. The comic also portrays a Storm that is far different from the ones we've seen - she's angry, stubborn, relentless, but also kind, warm and understanding. This issue is one of the best comics I've ever read. The artwork, colours, composition, and writing is sensational!

  • 9.0
    coby Jul 26, 2014

    Coby's Top 5 Comic of the Week

    I've always called Storm my favorite female superhero, based solely on my impressions of her from the 90s X-Men animated series and whichever X-Men comics I could get my hands on back then. Greg Pak's Storm, however, has solidified her in that position. This comic excellently showed all the different sides of Storm: weather goddess, African savior, headmistress.... It was a real treat to read Storm's inner thoughts and see how different they are from her outward portrayal. The only beef I have with this one is the way Beast was kind of acting like Batman's Oracle for Storm... being a member of the Illuminati, I don't really see Beast as having time to do a thing like that. But I get it, he played a great foil for her. Regardless, this #1 issue played a lot like a TV pilot and set up some interesting aspects of Storm's life and I can't wait for more!

  • 8.0
    LeandroMDuarte Jul 25, 2014

    Nice first issue. Beautiful art with gorgeous colors. Can't help but feel, though, that the writing could (and should) have avoided some of the clichés that plague the representantion of other countries, especially Mexico. Whenever we see mexicans, they are portrayed as poor people living in desolate small cities in the middle of nowhere, which is boring and dumb.

  • 8.0
    mackoy789 Aug 20, 2014

    A great start to a comic series.

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Jul 25, 2014

    Wanted to like it more...

  • 5.5
    Jenesis Jul 29, 2014

    This is a standard issue in almost all aspects. While there is no denying Storm is a fan-favorite character this issue will do nothing to bring in new readers to want to explore her world. Internal dialogue is well written but she still comes off as unlikable and arrogant when speaking to others around her, especially Creep with whom she addresses with flared nostrils and actually attacks with lightning. The fact that she gets involved with the political struggle in another country is a unique aspect of the book but needs to be explored further and not just her dropping in, causing more damage and destruction and then leaving again. The ramifications of her actions needed to be explored further if this was meant to have a long-term impact. The art was a mixed bag. Ibanez draws a realistic looking Storm. She has weight and a realistic body and her face is not drawn as super-model gorgeous which is appreciated but it is very posed and flat. He does a stellar job on the scenery and the smaller details of backgrounds and the like. The color is muted and flat which sets the tone for the story so it works although a little too dark and muddled in print. Overall this was a one-shot book. It does not set up an overall tone, give any kind of cliffhanger and is written as a simple story. Fans will love the book and obviously create deeper meaning in the package. Non-fans will not find much within to want to continue onto.

  • 4.0
    BCohen94 Sep 3, 2014

    What a bland and forgettable start to a series. While this comic may be only made for people who are already fans of Storm (and there are many) it does nothing really amazing with her from what I can guess, and for new readers who aren’t familiar with Storm, this comic isn’t going to suck them in. The plot is simple and self-contained; Storm saves an African village from a tsunami, the government doesn’t like her because MUTANT. She goes back to a Mutant Academy (more than one now) and is called a sell-out by a whiny mutant (Creep), so then she overthrows that same African village’s militant government, who may or may not be a specific African country militant. That’s it. Also the beginning starts with a mini-origin of Storm, and it ends with Creep getting what she wants. A self contained story was a good idea on it’s own, no need to know any info beforehand and nothing trying to forcibly chain readers for the next issue, but if you’re going to make a self contained story, do not pull any punches and go all out awesome! This was weak-sauce stuff people. But what about the art you may be asking? It’s good. There is nothing really bad about it, it works. The colors may be a bit too muted. Back to story and characters! Storm seems arrogant and easy to anger, she goes back to the village only because a mutant with the ability to make small plants called her a sell-out. She gets angry and attacks Creep, but takes her words to heart and beats down the militant of the village she saved. It’s one of those generically evil African militant, so there are no moral questions asked when she basically intervened a country’s government. If any 1st world country decides to intervene something there are always big questions if it’s right or wrong. Imagine the questions that would be asked if a personified deadly weapon intervened in Syria. Controversies all over the place people! Mutants already have a bad rep (for good reason). So just skip this.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jul 28, 2014

  • 8.0
    Rotivv Feb 1, 2015

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