That reminds me of when I was in grade school and one of my friends was going through chemotherapy for leukemia… she always used to wear wigs when she was going through a particularly rough patch, and you could certainly tell when it was a rough patch. But one day she shocked us all and came to school with her head completely shaved. I told her she looked beautiful (fierce actually…which she really did… she had a perfect shaped-head, lol). I knew she wasn’t okay, but she wasn’t afraid to show it, and outwardly embrace her struggle. Loved her for that.
This bothers me, because it makes me think about what Forge said before they split. Was he right? Can Storm even have a life outside of the X-Men? We always talk about how amazing she is as a woman, a leader, a goddess, but what does it amount to if it’s simply contained within a single corner of the MU? I look at her (PIS) stint with the Avengers, and she didn’t fit. I look at her time spent on the Wakandan throne, and she didn’t fit. I want to know where she thrives outside of the X-verse that gives her any semblance of universality or duality. Where does she belong? If the answer resides solely with the X-Men, then I can’t help but be saddened by the abysmal waste of character potential. I made a remark earlier this week about finally acquiescing to being glad that she is back where she belongs (with the X-Men). But somewhere, in the nagging recesses of my mind, I view that as character regression. I want more for her.
If you remember when Kid Kamikaze initiated that discussion on “blackness” I appreciated how you kept underscoring that she is more than just her skin. Which I totally agree with. You gave her a ring of universality, because she transcends what people would view as a normal identifier. But I couldn’t help think about what a sedentary position she is in for such a big claim. And why you found that some of the (more rational… you know of whom I speak ) folks you were debating with didn’t sympathize much with you. For a character of that magnitude, she is less relevant and has significantly less of an influence outside the X-Men. She needs a bigger platform.