If there's one thing Storm has learned through the course of starring in her own Marvel Comics solo series, it's that all of her actions have consequences. In the recently released "Storm" #8, the weather manipulating X-Man learned that every move she has made on her own to better the lives of those in need has had an adverse effect on power hungry senators and ladder-climbing supervillains. It turns out that the more Storm's reputation as a fearless superhero grows, the more bad guys want her dead -- and it looks like we're about to see plenty of those villains make their move in upcoming issues.
This week, "Storm" writer Greg Pak joins us again at X-Position and answers your questions about everything from Storm's perception of herself to her growing gallery of rogues and reveals which "Secret Wars" series he wishes he could write.
CBR News: Welcome back to X-POSITION, Greg! First up, Wind Rider has a question about how Storm views herself.
Seeing how Storm's heroic deeds have inspired and given hope to so many people has really made issues #6-8 all the more awesome. How do you think Storm sees the overall impact of her missions thus far? Will these experiences have a long-term influence on Storm's perspective on her roles as a hero, headmistress and representative of the mutant community?
Thanks for the question! I don't think Storm spends too much time thinking about what others think about her. Or to be more specific, I think Storm actively tries not to think too much about what others think about her. She's just trying to do the right thing -- she doesn't want to get caught up in worrying about the approval or disapproval of others. My gut feeling is that she's still in a kind of reaction mode to her time as a queen -- she doesn't want to think of herself as a figurehead or symbol for others. She just wants to do what needs to be done. Of course, by doing what needs to be done, she may end up reinforcing her symbolic importance to other people in certain ways. The question is how the responsibility from all that affects her -- and I think we give a hint of an answer to that in issue #10, so keep on reading!
Wind Rider also has a question about Ororo's development throughout the series.
You have been slaying it with the creative uses of Storm's powers and leveraging her resourcefulness and various skills, which I have been absolutely loving. You have also given Storm some interesting challenges of varying complexity that has given us some great insight into what makes her tick as determined hero and flawed human being. What kind of developmental depths are you looking to reach with Ororo as the series progresses?
Thanks for the kind words! Regarding Storm's powers, I'm just trying to keep things interesting. When you write a character as the protagonist of a solo book, you have a real opportunity to dig deep and explore his or her powers more deeply, and I'm just trying to take advantage of that. It's been a blast so far.
In terms of character, the whole point of the book is to dig deeper and see who this very real woman is beneath the goddess/hero/queen image. So in every issue I'm trying to probe the most vulnerable parts of her psyche and discover her true strength.
Callum has a question about one of Storm's most notable allies.
Do you have any plans to introduce the Black Panther into the series. You've brought so many characters from her past into the book but he's arguably the most important character in her history. Love the book by the way, ridiculously great characterization!
No plans at the moment. But thanks for the kind words!
With a big event coming over the horizon, Starleafgirl asks a question that's on everyone's mind lately.
How will Storm's mission to make the world a better place for both humanity and mutantkind alike be impacted by "Secret Wars"? Will we see a shift in Storm's priorities once the final incursion begins?
Can't speak directly to this for fear of spoilers, alas.
"Secret Wars" secrecy aside, rutog98 has a question about "Storm's" immediate future.
The villain at the end of issue 8, any chance this character has big and scary powers? Is the villain at the end of issue 8 somebody we have seen before or is this a brand new character?
To answer the first question, yes, absolutely. To answer the second, it is someone we've seen before. Big teases are coming in issue #9. Big reveals coming in issue #10.
And rutog98 has another question that looks just a bit further ahead.
In your last interview, you stated that the stories were going to get bigger and bigger from here on out 'til issue #12. With issues #6-8, you have certainly been keeping your word! Is there anything you'd like to tell us about the upcoming issues? Do you have any tantalizing tidbits to share?
Storm will face a foe who will strike at the heart of the identity that means the most to her. And yes, it's someone from the past. We'll lay out some of the themes and set the mystery in motion in the Gambit adventure in issue #9. Big payoffs in #10 and #11.
The Weather God has a question about your partner-in-"Storm," artist Victor Ibanez.
I noticed that Victor Ibanez is still advertised a lot in the solicits as the artist but hasn't been apart of the book since Storm #5. Are there any plans for him to make a comeback? And will we see a full head of hair anytime soon?
I'm thrilled to report that Victor is back with issue #10! He's drawing even as we speak and it's gorgeous
No immediate plans to change Storm's hair. But this is comics -- I may or may not be the one to give it to you, but I'm sure in the fullness of time, you'll get what you want. ;-)
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Stepping away from "Storm" for a second, madroxdupe has a question about your first work within the X-Men universe.
I've been away from the comics game for awhile but now that I know you're writing this I'm jumping right in. What made me a fan for life for you was "Phoenix: Endsong." Is there ever a possibility of you returning to that storyline to complete the trilogy?
Thanks for the kind words. "Endsong" was a huge book for me -- it was the second book I got hired for and its reception made me realize that I might actually have a real career in comics. So I really appreciate your buying it! That being said, I don't have any immediate or intermediate plans to return to that particular storyline. Anything more I'd do with those characters would entail a pretty huge status quo change for certain characters that could only happen when and if the time is right.
There's been a huge surge in support for "Storm" over the past few months, and MiddlePegasus wants to know if that's affected the book at all.
Since the last time you did X-Position, the #SaveStorm campaign has come out in full force. What was it like watching that unfold, and has it affected the way you write the series at all? The parts of issues #6-8 that focused on Storm's inspirational qualities felt a little tied in with the #SaveStorm movement!
It was tremendous and I'm hugely grateful to all the folks who wrote and tumblred and tweeted about the book. But I'd planned those scenes in issues #6 to #8 far ahead of time. I can see how they would seem to resonate, though. Storm's an inspirational character.
And seriously, huge thanks to everyone who's been reading and supporting and talking about the book. It means so much and everyone who works on the book appreciates it hugely.
Lastly, 9aThurman has a "Secret Wars" question that you might be able to answer!
With "Secret Wars" coming up a lot of old Marvel events and stories and runs are being brought back. Not asking for any big "Secret Wars" spoilers here, but just your thoughts as a fan, if you could write a story set in any one past era/series/run of Marvel Comics history, what would you choose?
Probably a "Micronauts" series. I loved that book so much of a kid. If you've never read it, I highly recommend digging up the back issues, particularly issues #1-12, penciled by Michael Golden. The book was written by the great Bill Mantlo, who also co-created Rocket Raccoon, and it features his trademark mind-bending world-building and enormous heart. Bill Mantlo, by the way, suffered traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the 1990s. If you want to contribute toward his ongoing care, please feel free to visit his website.
Special thanks to Greg Pak for taking on this week's questions!
Stay tuned to CBR for information on next week's X-Position guest and how you can submit your questions.