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Subj: Re: Why Aren't Black Panther & Storm More Popular?
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 10:46:21 am EDT (Viewed 193 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Why Aren't Black Panther & Storm More Popular?
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 at 09:10:26 am EDT (Viewed 206 times)

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    What exactly would it take to make Panther and Storm top-tier characters...not only in the Marvel Universe but in society's collective mind?

    What would it take to make society stop and say "Wow...Panther and Storm are cool!" \(\?\)

To a degree, Storm by herself is already pretty popular thanks to the X-Men. She was a part of that title for much of its glory years when it hit mainstream success. Add in the cartoons and movies, and people know who she is.

Together as a couple though, it does seem like the popularity of both has taken somewhat of a hit. Probably because after the marriage they've been limited to the BP title somewhat. Naturally that will affect their visibility. As a human, BP just doesn't fit in on the X-Men. The answer to that then might be to place them on an Avengers team, but Marvel hasn't seem interested in pulling the trigger on that move.

Storm at least has been prominent in the X-Men for the past year, as an attempt to " get out of the house " ( paraphrasing the way Warren Ellis put it ). But I don't see Storm as an Avenger; aside from being heroic, there's nothing in her M.O. that makes her a particularly good candidate for that team that can't be accomplished better on the X-Men.

Then again, I would say that about Wolverine as an Avenger, or Iron Man as a member of Spider-Man's supporting cast, or Norman Osborn as Director of SHIELD and Big Bad in every god-damned Marvel comic, or even Namor on the X-Men. I would also have said that about Storm marrying the Panther in the first place. The hyper-consolidation of the Marvel Universe since around Avengers Disassembled has gotten way out of hand, and has served to undermine the individual identities of a lot of Marvel's characters. I miss the days when books like the X-Men existed in their own spheres parallel to the rest of Marvel, only intersecting when there was a valid reason to do so.

But to answer the original question; Panther and Storm as a couple aren't more popular because there's no reason for them to be together other than their ethnic backgrounds, which is crass tokenism. There wasn't any reason to marry them other than to have the Black Wedding.

( BTW, Jase, read you Ch. 10 yet? \:\) )

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