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Subj: Re: Why Aren't Black Panther & Storm More Popular?
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 10:58:41 am CDT (Viewed 169 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Why Aren't Black Panther & Storm More Popular?
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 09:46:21 am CDT (Viewed 194 times)

    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.

That's true. She certainly has the mainstream visibility to pull off the move to the Avengers, but in-story, she's an X-Man through and through(like Wolverine, which is why I never thought the Wolvie as Avenger thing works in-universe). I only suggest it, since it's one of the few viable ways to really push T'Challa/Storm as a couple, if that's what Marvel wants. If you keep them seperate, BP on Avengers, Storm on X-Men, it helps their individual popularity, but does nothing for them as a pairing. BP on X-Men doesn't work, so that leaves Storm on Avengers which works slightly more than the former.

    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.

As do I, actually. They've become too interconnected, yet w/out the consistency such continuity-heavy maneuvers require to function.

    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? \:\) )

Haven't had a chance yet.

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