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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 in between.More...
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 in between.
Storm is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum, first appearing in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975). Descended from a long line of African witch-priestesses, Storm is a member of a fictional subspecies of humans born with superhuman abilities known as mutants. She is able to control the weather and atmosphere and is considered to be one of the most powerful mutants on the planet.
Born Ororo Munroe to a tribal princess of Kenya and an African-American photojournalist father, Storm is raised in Harlem, New York City, United States and Cairo, Egypt. She was made an orphan after her parents were killed in the midst of an Arab–Israeli conflict. An incident at this time also traumatized Munroe, leaving her with claustrophobia that she would struggle with for life. Storm is a member of the X-Men, a group of mutant heroes fighting for peace and equal rights between mutants and humans. Under the tutelage of a master thief an adolescent Munroe became a skilled pickpocket, the means of which she meets through coincidence the powerful mutant Professor X. Professor X later convinces Munroe to join the X-Men and use her abilities for a greater cause and purpose. Possessing natural leadership skills and formidable powers of her own, Storm has led the X-Men at times and has been a member of teams such as the Avengers and the Fantastic Four as well.
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Gathering Storm is a new player in the fiction market - and I really rather enjoyed their first issue. The production is elegant, the artwork beautiful, and there's a mix of material included. There's poetry, a link to some interactive fiction that spirits you out of the magazine to a website, and a selection of short stories.
The emphasis on those is very much on the short. Heck, one item featured, Cream, is little more than a three-paragraph joke. Micro fiction, you might say. The length of such can make the whole seem rather insubstantial, and a couple of the stories come to a conclusion just when you want them to be getting going.
That is, of course, one of the consequences of flash fiction at times - it's hard to pack a whole world and its accompanying story into a short word count. That said, a couple of the stories here really hit the mark, such as Chantal Boudreau's A Distaste For Dust, which features a housekeeper with the kind of dedication to her job that one ought to beware of.
But I truly loved The Greatest Show on Earth - a pointed satire as clowns get to vote for who will be their leader under the Big Top. Lena Ng does a marvellous job of poking holes in democracy with a delicious closing couple of lines that I won't reveal to avoid spoiling. You really should read this story - it's a work of brilliance.
Overall, for me, the collection left me wanting a bit more substance. It's quite short as a collection and considering the length of the pieces, it doesn't occupy your time for long. That said, as a magazine it's on the right track and I look forward to future issues.
Well I got to say so far I'm satisfied with the service. Granted I ordered the wrong size mags. Totally my fault. I contacted customer service and they were very understanding and professional. So far. I know have to wait on the replacements that are the right size. I just hope they get here soon and I don't have to keep calling. Like I said earlier, they've been professional so far. So benefit of the doubt????, and patience!