Storm, vol 1: Make it Rain
Writer: Greg Pak
Illustrator: Victor Ibanez and Matteo Buffagni
Rating: A –
Storm has always been an X-man that’s interested me. Her backstory and powers are really fascinating. So, I was excited to dive into Storm, vol 1: Make it Rain, especially when I found out that Greg Pak was the writer.
There isn’t really a cohesive plot running through this collection. It’s mostly Storm attempting to find her footing and discovering that the old ways aren’t always the best. The description of the volume makes it sound like this entire volume is her mourning the death of Wolverine, but really that’s only the very last part of the collection. If you haven’t been following the death of wolverine arc, you’re going to be a little confused here.
The difficult thing with giving Storm her own series is that she’s still pretty active in some currently running arcs. So, these stories are a little disjointed as they’re taking place in-between the other series’ events. The short vignette style of this collection worked fine for me, but I can see why it might not work for others.
Despite the disjointed feel, I really enjoyed focusing on Storm and following her as she discovers new things about herself and enters a new phase in her life. The artwork is also pretty great, I love Storm’s design (hell yeah to the mohawk). However, there’s one section of this where the illustration style suddenly switches to an almost Disney look, which I hated.
If you’re curious about Storm, I would recommend checking this out. It’s an interesting delve into her world. I already have the next volume on hold from the library.