Q:Why did it take so long for storm to get her own series
claremont leaving x-men is my big answer, along with shitty marvel editorial in general. people tend to say it was ororo’s sudden marriage to t’challa in hudlin’s black panther run that sidelined her. and although it didn’t really help, you can actually see that waaaaay back in the early 90s, once bob harras started leaning more towards jim lee’s way instead of towards chris claremont’s way, storm - and a LOT of other claremont characters, most notably women - rapidly became less and less relevant to the x-men. cyclops and wolverine became the never ending rehashed rivalry, and storm slowly became more and more just… sort of there. occasionally she’d show up to have a monologue in that sort of high, royal way she can get, and show off some lightning powers, but the time of her actually being a completely essential core character to stories, affecting them and changing them, or them revolving around her, was over.
because claremont was gone. none of the other writers seemed to be all THAT interested in ororo after he left, or they seemed… intimidated by her. ever notice how wonder woman, when she shows up in cartoons or team books or whatever, kind of doesn’t do or say much? pretty flat personality, all in all, and other characters hog all the big moments? same deal with ororo. she’s an “iconic” x-men character, and she’s black, and a woman, and i think a lot of her status and character just scares writers the fuck off. or they go “i don’t get her” and skip it. it’s way easier to write wolverine being an angry loner (but not actually) for the millionth time, or scott having a stick up his ass about something again.
ororo feels, to me at least, like she scares a lot of writers off. she’s too “big”, too powerful, too important. or whatever. way, way, way easier to write scott and logan fighting about jean (while also notably leaving jean’s own development and agency out of it)
ororo was probably marvel’s iconic woman for the longest time but fucked if they ever leapt on the opportunity while she was at the height of her popularity. a lot of it feels like cowardice or lack of real writer creativity.
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