Alternative versions of Storm

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Alternate versions of Storm
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975)
Created by Len Wein
Dave Cockrum
See also Storm in other media

In addition to her mainstream incarnation, the Marvel Comics character Storm has had been depicted in other fictional universes. These alternative representations differ considerably from the details and events of the main "Storm" story, without affecting that story's narrative continuity.

Age of Apocalypse[edit]

In the hellish reality known as the Age of Apocalypse, Storm is a member of the X-Men, but more streetwise and tough, and her romantic interest is Quicksilver. Her appearance differs in that she has a black lightning tattoo over her left eye and a bob hair cut.[volume & issue needed] Years after the fall of Apocalypse, Weapon X, the AoA version of Wolverine whose mind was twisted into making him the heir of Apocalypse, captured and renamed her as Orordius after using the Celestial technology on her to enslave and transform her into a blind seer made of living stone.[1]

Deadpool Corps[edit]

In the second issue of Prelude to Deadpool Corps. Deadpool visits a world where Professor X runs an orphanage for troubled kids where Storm is the headmistress. Kid versions of Cyclops and Deadpool are sent to her office for causing trouble during Beast's class.[volume & issue needed]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

The basic premise of the various Marvel Zombies stories is that almost all super-powered beings on Earth have become flesh-eating zombies after being infected by an alien virus. Alongside Thor, Dr. Strange, Colossus, and Nightcrawler, Storm is one of the last super-humans on her world to become a zombie. Storm dies when a small group of recovered super-heroes gain the powers of the Silver Surfer and attack her. She is one of the many zombies seen attacking Dr. Doom's castle. She is one of the first zombies to get inside along with fellow infected X-Men Nightcrawler and Beast, and is also seen when a group of infected zombies attack Magneto, Reed Richards and other former heroes alongside other infected zombies, though it was the last.[citation needed]

Marriage to Forge[edit]

New X-Men posits an alternative future for Storm in which she, under her birth name Ororo, marries Forge and lives a happy married life in his building, Eagle's Plaza in Dallas, Texas. They have two children: a girl, Orora, and a baby boy, Naze. The robot mutant-hunter Nimrod travels from the future towards the New X-Men, but his time-traveling systems are damaged and need repair. He forces Forge to help him, viciously killing Storm and threatening to kill their daughter and son. Forge helps Nimrod, sending him to Earth-616 where he fights the New X-Men.[volume & issue needed]

Amalgam Comics[edit]

Amalgam Comics was a brief publishing collaboration between Marvel and DC Comics, enabling characters owned by both companies to interact, and creating characters that were composites of Marvel and DC characters. Here, Ororo is a mutant with superpowers who nearly drowns as a child, but is rescued by Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons. Whereas her mainstream counterpart develops acute claustrophobia, this Ororo develops a fear of drowning. Hippolyta raises young Ororo as an Amazon princess beside her own daughter Diana (see Wonder Woman) on the island of Themiscyra. As Princess Ororo grows up, she displays the ability to control the weather; the Amazons teach her how to focus her powers into a lasso of lightning that compels anyone bound by it to speak the truth. She eventually leaves her island home to enter "Man's World" as Amazon, Amalgam's fusion of Storm and Wonder Woman. She joins the JLX — a cross between the Justice League of DC Comics and Marvel's X-Men, consisting of similarly merged characters — and becomes their leader.[2]

Days of Future Past[edit]

In the dystopian Days of Future Past storyline of Chris Claremont (1981), Storm is one of the last fighters of the mutant resistance and is killed by a horde of robotic, mutant-hunting Sentinels.[1][3]

Earth X[edit]

In a contemporary alternative universe, the Earth X series (started 1999 by Jim Krueger), Storm is known as "Queen Storm" and is married to Black Panther, something that happens in the mainstream universe seven years later.[1][4]

Exiles[edit]

Several versions of Storm have appeared in Exiles.

  • A version of Storm that was similar to her mainstream counterpart was killed by the Phoenix in a world where Jean Grey manifested the Phoenix force in a manner reminiscent of the The Dark Phoenix Saga.[5]
  • One of the more prominent versions of Storm is a sixteen-year-old version of Ororo Munroe who is a member of the ruthless reality-hopping team Weapon X.[6]

House of M[edit]

When a crazed Scarlet Witch remade the world into the world of the House of M by Brian Michael Bendis (2005), Storm is a Kenyan princess. During the final battle, Rogue absorbs the powers of Ororo, along with Namor and Genis-Vell.[volume & issue needed]

Mutant X[edit]

Interior artwork from Mutant X 1 (October 1998). Art by Tom Raney.

Bloodstorm is a fictional mutant vampire from an alternative universe within the Marvel Comics multiverse. She is an alternative reality version of the X-Men's Storm. In this reality she leaves the X-Men and joins the team The Six.[volume & issue needed]

Publication history[edit]

Bloodstorm co-starred in Mutant X #1-32 (Oct. 1998-June 2001) and the Mutant X 2000 Annual. She crossed over into the Earth X alternative universe in the miniseries Paradise X #1-2 (May-Aug. 2000).

Fictional character biography[edit]

In the main Marvel Universe, the X-Man Havok found himself transported to an alternative reality where he was the leader of a hero group called The Six. There he met alternative versions of friends, family, and teammates, including of fellow X-Men member Storm (Ororo Munroe), who was differently mutated and called Bloodstorm in this reality.[volume & issue needed]

In the main Marvel Universe, Storm had survived the bite of Dracula. In this reality, she was transformed into a vampire. She quit the X-Men for a time, trying her best not to succumb to bloodlust, and sought help from her lover Forge. He voluntarily became her food source so that she would not have to kill. In addition, she also fed on Kitty Pryde from time to time, destabilizing their previous relationship of parent-figure and child.[volume & issue needed]

On a mission with her to steal from the group the Thieves Guild, teammate Gambit was critically wounded. He begged Bloodstorm to grant him eternal vampiric life; when she reluctantly performed the task, Gambit nonetheless ran away in anger. Around the time Havok had split off from this reality's X-Men to form his own group, Bloodstorm returned and became one of the founding members of The Six[volume & issue needed]

When Havok of the main Marvel Universe had initially appeared, he and Bloodstorm had had a hard time adjusting, but over time formed a strong bond. However, that would not stop her from being influenced by other forces. When a despot known as the Goblyn Queen ascended to power, she manipulated the Six into serving her (with Fallen joining willingly). However, the team broke free of her influence and was able to defeat her, choosing to remain with Havok and reform the team with the new goal of saving mutants from this reality's crazed espionage chief Nick Fury and his organization, S.H.I.E.L.D.[volume & issue needed]

On a side mission, Bloodstorm fought the leader of the Outsiders — this reality's version of the Morlocks— to free captive friends. As in main Marvel continuity, she was successful, thus becoming the underground group's leader.[volume & issue needed]

Havok eventually found a means to cure some to the side-effects of Bloodstorm's and Gambit's vampirism, granting the two a serum which helped to satiate their bloodlust and allowed them to walk in sunlight. Later, upon Dracula's reawakening, Bloodstorm battled him and victoriously staked her sire through the heart.[volume & issue needed]

Bloodstorm later appeared in a different parallel universe, helping to save it. In reward, she was given a blood transfusion from her counterpart in that reality, effectively ridding her of her vampirism.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Aside from her control over the weather, Bloodstorm is also able to transform into a mist, summon, control, and transform into vermin and other animals such as wolves and bats, and drain blood through her fangs. Also, like any vampire, Ororo has the ability to turn others into vampires, but has only used this ability once. She also has superhuman strength.[volume & issue needed]

Limbo Storm[edit]

In Uncanny X-Men #160[7] and in the Magik (Illyana and Storm) limited series,[8] an alternative Storm is introduced, who lives the remaining years of her life in the demonic realm of Limbo. This Storm turns to her heritage of sorcery in old age as her power over the elements waned. She tutors Illyana Rasputin in the use of good magics and battles the demon Belasco over control of Limbo. She is killed by a demonically altered version of Kitty Pryde named Cat.[volume & issue needed][1]

Ultimate Storm[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel continuity, Storm is a founding member of the "Ultimate X-Men," created by Mark Millar and Joe Quesada on February 2001. Millar, who wrote for the series until July 2003, established Storm as an illegal immigrant from Morocco who lived in Athens, Texas as a car thief prior joining the X-Men. In contrast to her mainstream counterpart, Ultimate Storm initially has trouble controlling her powers. For example, she once passes out after reluctantly summoning an electrical storm in order to destroy a fleet of Sentinels; her reluctance stemming from a past incident where she nearly electrocuted a playground full of children.[9] Another notable departure from the mainstream Storm is her troubled relationship with fellow X-Man Beast, whom she has an intellectual attraction to, despite his ape-like appearance. Beast, who because of his appearance, suffers from an inferiority complex, was initially unable to understand why the highly attractive Storm showed an interest in him.[volume & issue needed]

When later writer Brian Michael Bendis seemingly killed Beast off in April 2004,[10] a grief-stricken Storm drastically alters her appearance. This change parallels the transformation her mainstream counterpart goes through under Claremont and Smith.[11]

Subsequent writer Brian K. Vaughan wrote Storm to act as the team's conscience and started a relationship between her and Wolverine. In the "Ultimate X-Men: Shock and Awe" arc (2005), Vaughan inserted new elements into her back story by establishing Yuriko "Yuri" Oyama as Storm's archenemy. Storm and Yuri were fellow car thieves, but Yuriko eventually grew envious of her colleague. Their friendship ends in a motorcycle chase, which Ororo halts with a sudden rainstorm. Yuri loses control and has a seemingly fatal collision with a truck, but she is rebuilt as a cyborg by Doctor Cornelius of the mutant superweapon project Weapon X[12] In 2007, UXM writer Robert Kirkman continued to establish the relationship between Storm and Wolverine in Ultimate X-Men: Date Night (2006). With the return of Beast, Storm was confused due to her growing attraction to Wolverine (a feeling that is reciprocated, albeit too late) but eventually rekindles her relationship with Hank. Later, Bishop, who wanted to prepare the team for the coming of Apocalypse, is killed by Wolverine when he tried to prevent Storm from helping a fallen comrade. Professor Xavier returns from the future, as part of what turns out to be a plan by the future version of Wolverine (Cable) to stop Apocalypse (Bishop was part of that plan). After Apocalypse is defeated, Storm moves back into the Xavier Institute as a teacher and X-Man (having moved out to be on Bishop's team when Cyclops disbanded the team).[volume & issue needed]

Following the X-Men's reformation under Professor X, Colossus is revealed by Jean Grey to be using an illegal, mutation-enhancing drug known as Banshee. The X-Men are against this, which causes Colossus to leave the Xavier Institute and convince several other X-Men (Angel, Rogue, Nightcrawler, and Cyclops) to use the drug and come with him. Storm remains with Xavier's X-Men and is elected as their co-leader alongside Jean Grey. The two factions face off against one another, with Xavier's X-Men eventually emerging victorious. Colossus's X-Men agree to go cold turkey and return to the X-Mansion.[volume & issue needed]

Following the Banshee scandal, Magneto attacks the world by hitting New York with the Ultimatum Wave. Several X-Men die in the wave including Nightcrawler, Dazzler, and Beast. Many X-Men (including Charles Xavier and Wolverine) and several other superheroes (such as the Ultimates' Giant Man and Wasp) and supervillains (such as Dr. Doom and Blob) are killed throughout the miniseries, all in graphic ways. Storm is one of the few X-Men to survive alongside Colossus, Jean Grey, Iceman, Shadowcat and Rogue.[volume & issue needed] She is last seen with Colossus, cradling Cyclops' lifeless body after he was assassinated by Quicksilver at an anti-mutant demonstration at the end of Ultimatum #5.

Later, in Ultimate Fallout, Quicksilver mentions a girl with the ability to change the weather with the power of her mind and comments that she's "being lobotomized." At the end of Ultimate X #5, Storm can be seen being held in a government facility along with Colossus and Spiral. It can be inferred from the narration of Karen Grant that the government is using them for testing on how to remove the mutant gene.[volume & issue needed]

X-Men: Forever[edit]

In this alternative reality (with a history identical to 616) that begins after Chris Claremont's X-Men #1-3, Storm kills Wolverine for unknown reasons as an agent of the Consortium (as yet unrevealed) and betrays the X-Men. As the X-Men search for her in New York City, an adolescent Storm with short hair appears to Gambit, just as young as she had appeared to him before. When Beast checks for bloodwork, both Storms are identical. The questions are, which one is real, and did Storm just turn on them or has she been fooling them her entire time with the X-Men? The younger version is called Ro, and stays with the X-Men, even wearing the standard blue and gold uniform. It is eventually revealed that the adult Storm is a clone that was created as part of a plan to defeat the Consortium's schemes, only to be driven insane when part of her powers included an energy-absorbing matrix that absorbed part of the twisted psyche of the Shadow King, while the young Storm is the result of a teleportation accident splitting her de-aged body from her adult consciousness, her adult personality manifesting as an energy matrix that requires a suit of armour specially designed by Tony Stark to maintain cohesion. At the series conclusion, with the Storm clone- now calling herself 'Perfect Storm'- having become Wakanda's Queen after killing the Black Panther, the other two Storms merge into another adult Storm, keeping Perfect Storm prisoner while taking her place as Wakanda's Queen to undo the harm she had caused.[volume & issue needed]

What If...?[edit]

Marvel's What If comic book series, which imagines alternative realities for Marvel characters, has featured Storm several times. In Issue #12 of the second series, Storm becomes a goddess of Asgard and its ruler in Thor's stead.[13] Issue #40 sees her refusing to join the X-Men and remaining a thief.[14] In issue #74, she is a potential X-Men recruit targeted by Mister Sinister, written as the shady leader of the X-Men.[15] Issue #79 depicts Storm as the wielder of the Phoenix force, calling herself Stormphoenix and being the ruthless tyrant of Earth, freezing every opposition in the atmosphere; this plot ends in Storm's death.[16] In issue #114, Storm marries her fellow X-Man, the feral Wolverine and bears his daughter Kendall Logan. Kendall becomes the hero known as Torrent, having some of her mother's control over weather as well as her father's feral abilities.[17] As a side note, a relationship between Wolverine and Storm was also shown in the X-Men animated series episode "X-Men: The Animated Series: 'One Man's Worth'" (1995).[1][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e uncannyxmen.net. "Spotlight on Storm: Alternate Versions". Retrieved 2006-12-01. 
  2. ^ Amazon #1, April 1996, Amalgam Comics, Terry Austin and John Byrne.
  3. ^ Uncanny X-Men #141-142, January–February 1981, Marvel Comics, writer Chris Claremont
  4. ^ Earth X, started in 1999, Marvel Comics, creators Jim Krueger and Alex Ross
  5. ^ Exiles #4
  6. ^ Exiles #12
  7. ^ Uncanny X-Men #160, August 1982, Marvel Comics, writer Chris Claremont
  8. ^ Magik #1-4, December 1983 - March 1984, Marvel Comics, writer Chris Claremont
  9. ^ Ultimate X-Men #1, February 2001, Marvel Comics, writer Mark Millar
  10. ^ Ultimate X-Men #44, April 2004, Marvel Comics, writer Brian Michael Bendis
  11. ^ Ultimate X-Men #46, June 2004, Marvel Comics, writer Brian Michael Bendis
  12. ^ Ultimate X-Men: Shock and Awe arc, 2005, Marvel Comics, writer Brian K. Vaughan
  13. ^ What If? (vol. 2) #12, 1990, Marvel Comics
  14. ^ What If? (vol. 2) #40, August 1992, Marvel Comics, writer Ann Nocenti
  15. ^ What If? (vol. 2) #74, June 1995, Marvel Comics, writer Simon Furman
  16. ^ What If? (vol. 2) #79, 1995, Marvel Comics
  17. ^ What If? (vol. 2) #114, 1998, Marvel Comics
  18. ^ bcdb.com. "X-Men: The Animated Series: "One Man's Worth, Part 1 and 2"". Retrieved 2006-12-01.