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DF Interview: Greg Pak talks about a coming ‘Storm’
By Byron Brewer, DF News
Storm #1 – the highly anticipated new series thundering its way into comic shops this July from New York Times Bestselling author Greg Pak and artist Victor Ibanez – brings a new beginning for the heart and soul of the X-Men.
From street urchin in Cairo to the Queen of Wakanda to Headmistress of the Jean Grey School and everything in between, Ororo Munroe is a hero with no equal, and fans have hungered for a solo Storm series since she was “all-new, all-different.”
To get to the heart of the matter, Dynamic Forces met with Pak in the Morlock tunnels beneath NYC for this exclusive report.
Dynamic Forces: Despite starring in several minis, this will be Storm’s first ongoing. Tell us how it came about, Greg
Greg Pak: For years, whenever people asked me what my dream character to write would be, I'd say Storm. And then a few months back, out of the blue, Marvel editor Daniel Ketchum called me and asked if I'd like to write a Storm book. DREAMS DO COME TRUE, FRIENDS.
DF: So will this be like Wolverine and the X-Men, with lots of team member guest stars? Or is this Ororo on her own?
Greg Pak: This is a solo book focusing on Ororo. Yes, we'll have plenty of great guest stars and supporting characters. But this is a phenomenal opportunity to get into Storm's head and heart and see the world from her point of view. We're seizing that huge opportunity for character building and development, building a great big emotional journey for her with massive challenges and huge heroic, human decisions. It's a chance to give Storm a real star turn, and we're going for it big time.
DF: Tell us your take on this veteran uncanny X-Man. She certainly has had many incarnations: from goddess to Morlock leader to superhero to royal spouse and back. Who is Greg Pak’s Ororo Munroe?
Greg Pak: She's a woman who's experienced life at every level imaginable -- she's been an orphaned street kid, a thief, a self-proclaimed goddess, and the Queen of Wakanda. But no matter how powerful she's become over the years, she will never forget what it is to have less than nothing -- to live in fear for your life every second of the day and have do anything possible to survive. So she'll forever identify with and stick up for the most oppressed people she encounters. In our stories, that fierce heart will send her into insane action and cause big problems. But it's what she has to do. She goes where she's needed, no matter what the cost.
DF: Without (many) spoilers, what can you tell us about her introductory arc?
Greg Pak: We're going to see Storm breaking through walls no one else might even have noticed in order to help folks no one else is helping. She's going to cut loose and do the right thing -- no matter what kind of trouble it may bring her and the other X-Men.
DF: Will we see the reactions of other major X-folk to her decisions?
Greg Pak: You bet. Keep an eye on Hank McCoy in particular.
DF: New big-bads? Return of a classic X-villain?
Greg Pak: A brand new character called Creep appears in issue #1 (and she is awesome). Storm's old nemesis Callisto returns in issue #2 (and she is also awesome). Throughout the series, we're going to develop Storm's rogues gallery, both creating new characters and finding new angles on classic villains.
DF: Ororo has a lot of interesting aspects hailing from Claremont time: she’s a thief, a lock pick, claustrophobic. Any of these aspects raise their heads along the way?
Absodarnlutely. In issue #2, for starters.
Greg Pak: Cool character, huh? ;-)
DF: How do you feel about your work being brought to life by Victor Ibanez?
Greg Pak: Love it. Victor's in love with the project and is turning in great work. In particular I love the way he draws Storm as a regular person. Yes, he does amazing superhero action. But for this book to work, we need to draw you into Ororo's eyes. We need to feel everything right along with her. And Victor's got a great sensitivity to finding those real world body language and facial expressions that make the book sing.
Here's one little example of something I thought was awesome. A while back Victor messaged me and asked if I could write a scene with Storm eating. And I thought that was tremendous. Because what he was really asking is for her to be doing something real and human and relatable. To have an artist with an eye for and the passion to explore everyday moments like that is a blessing.
DF: Any hints at what the future holds for Ororo Munroe, Greg?
DRAMA and ACTION and preorder today, friends!
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Greg Pak for taking time from his very busy schedule to answer our questions.
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