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Supervillains Sure Do Fall in Love With Storm A Lot, Don't They?

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Today, we look at how supervillains kept falling in love with Storm! Or at least villains who saw her as being their consort!

In a way, you could argue that this trope began with Arkon in X-Men Annual #3, and I guess you could see it that way, but I dunno. First off, Arkon doesn't really seem to present the situation as being one where he is looking for a queen or a consort. He just needs Storm for her abilities. After all, he came looking for Thor to begin with and just settled for Storm, so I don't think that the story necessarily counts for a list like this. Secondly, and I think most importantly, Arkon clearly ISN'T a villain in the issue, as he's just trying to save his world. He's a darn near HERO in the story! So while people often lump Arkon in with the rest of them in the whole "People who fell for Storm" (heck, I think even Claremont has once referenced Arkon in that context), I don't think he fits.

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Therefore, our first example comes in X-Men #145 (by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Joe Rubinstein), where Storm shows up at Doctor Doom's castle to, oddly enough, rescue Arcade, as he has captured people close to the X-Men to force them to save him from Doom. Doom wines and dines Storm...

When things get down to brass tacks, however, Doom quickly imprisons Storm by encasing her in chrome. Can you imagine how freaked out a claustrophobic person would be if they were entirely encased in metal? Well, you don't have to imagine it as you can see it in this story, as Storm freaks the heck out and turns into a sort of crazed version of herself.

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In the end, she is calmed down and Doom mentions how he wishes that their time together went differently...

Do note that in this same story, Doom also has a Storm robot serve him. Which is super-creepy any way that you slice it, but particularly creepy when he's all, "Storm, I think you're neat." I love how Storm says that Doom has a blank slate with her. Lady, he's totally a murdering psychopath!! It's also important to note that John Byrne later revealed that this Doom was actually a Doom-bot (amusingly, Al Ewing later revealed that it WASN'T).

Next up is a pretty straightforward situation, as Uncanny X-Men #159 (by Chris Claremont, Bill Sienkiewicz and Bob Wiacek) has Dracula show up and try to turn Storm into his consort...

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This story is the basis for the Bloodstorm character who showed up in Mutant X (and is now part of X-Men: Blue).

In the first appearance of the Shadow King, we learn that he had taken over the body of a guy named Amahl Farouk (well, actually, it is a bit unclear whether Amahl Farouk WAS the Shadow King or not. It wasn't until later that it was clear that the Shadow King and Amahl Farouk were two different entities). Storm had crossed paths with Amahl Farouk when she was a young child (back when she was picking pockets in Cairo as a kid).

Years later, the Shadow King possessed Karma of the New Mutants and made her super fat and then used his powers to make Storm his consort, even while he was still within Karma's body, as shown here in New Mutants #34 (by Chris Claremont and Steve Leialoha)...

Go to the next page for the last two examples...

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