X-Men Pin-up FRAMED #34 Storm Lifedeath by Barry Windsor-Smith


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In Uncanny X-Men #173, writer Claremont and artist Paul Smith created a new look for Storm, abandoning her old costume for black leather top and pants, and changing her former veil of white hair into a punk Mohawk. In a 2008 interview, Smith regretted the change as “a bad joke gone too far … I knew that they were going to cut the hair, so as a joke I put a Mr. T mohawk on her … editor Louise Simonson said ‘We’re gonna get hung sic no matter what we do, so let’s commit the crime!’ So we went with the Mohawk … But once you get into the whole leather and stud thing it was a bad joke that got way out of hand.” In the actual story, Storm’s outlook on life darkens after her struggles with the Brood. These changes alienate her from Kitty for a time. Storm is influenced in this by Yukio, a friend of Wolverine, and the two become fast friends. Claremont wrote an arc in which fellow mutant Forge develops a mutant power neutralizing gun. The intended target is another X-Man, Rogue, but Storm is hit instead, taking away her powers. Forge takes her back to his home in Dallas, Texas to recover. With his help, she adjusts to life without her powers, and they fall in love. When Storm overhears that Forge built the weapon that took her powers, she is heartbroken and leaves him. However, Claremont continued to write her as a strong character, letting a depowered Storm win against Cyclops for the leadership of the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men #201!

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