After a nigh-flawless debut, Storm #2 steps down in terms of stakes, but not in quality. (Spoilers below.)
The advantage to having Storm as your title character, is her rich and varied history. The character's been around for decades, and has had a diverse career as a hero. So to see the one-time queen of Wakanda in a burger joint in NYC is... not too much of a surprise.
After a few stolen kisses in other titles, Ororo's having lunch with Logan— the first chance either of them has any free time in ages. Neither wants to talk about their problems very much. They'd rather enjoy a dance. The moment is interrupted by the bartender who literally points at a 'No Dancing' sign. It's a little ridiculous.
Regardless, Storm sends Logan off with a kiss that leaves him gobsmacked, and he walks away in a beam of sun, surrounded by the rain. In the space of six panels, Grek Pak and Victor Ibañez (with colors by Ruth Redmond) paint a romantic, sweet moment that's as elegant as it is simple. Go buy this comic.
In the realm of plot, Storm is feeling distracted and pent up. Luckily, she comes across something to throw her considerable energies at: a missing child poster. Storm sympathizes with the helpless teen, flashing back to her own miserable childhood in Cairo. Buried under rubble, starving in the streets, frightened out of her wits. Again, the storytelling is elegant and succinct. This pairing of artists and storyteller is a fantastic one.
Storm visits a homeless shelter, where there's been no sign of Angie in months. She left behind a phone, which is more than enough for everyone's favorite ball of blue fur to track down. Storm's the leader and headmistress of the X-Men, and she has considerable assets at her command. Hank McCoy's the perfect person to have in tech support. In the span of a single page (seeing a trend here?), he's able to trace the phone to a spot in Manhattan... about 300 feet down.
Storm is claustrophobic, she has been most of her life. It's nowhere near as bad as it once was, but the though of heading underground into Morlock territory is enough to give her pause. (That's scarcely a spoiler. I mean, look at the cover.) This isn't Storm's first journey into NY's sewers, nor her first encounter with Callisto. The one-eyed mistress of the underground shows up with a staff that absorbs and deflects Ororo's lightning: the woman came prepared.
They're well matched in tight quarters, 'til a Morlock clubs Storm in the head. (One of the merits of leading a team, vs. heading into the sewers alone.) Dazed but not down, Storm follows them deeper, into an alcove where she blasts the door off its hinges... revealing a subterranean refuge for the homeless. The human homeless.
Seems Callisto lost her mutant powers on M Day, along with most everyone else. She's one of the ones not to get them back, apparently. The runaways that found their way to Callisto were fleeing bad situations. They're literally better off in the sewers, than where they were. Storm gets that.
She sticks around to mend the damage she did, and promises that Nightcrawler will arrive the next day with a new water purifier. It's not much, but it's something.
Storm takes flight. Hank has seen to it that Angie's scum-sucking ex-boyfriend is arrested for crimes past. She then catches up with Logan, and the two walk off hand in hand. Storm's feeling good. She deserves to.
The comic is a grand second issue. It's not shaking the world in terms of stakes, but then, it doesn't have to. Still. It's the first real opportunity to see Storm shine solo in far too long, and I'm glad it's here.
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