Storm Relives an Iconic X-Men Fight to Prove Why She Rules Without Her Powers – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Storm’s appearance in S.W.O.R.D. #8 sees her engage a major Arakko figure in combat, referencing some iconic moments from X-Men history.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for S.W.O.R.D. #8, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
Storm has long been one of the most iconic and powerful of the X-Men, often being considered one of the most important heroes in the Marvel Universe. Her sheer potential has seen her rise up to become a leader of mutants, a Queen of Wakanda, and most recently, the Regent of Arakko. She’s been challenged for this position, and in the process reminds audiences of the growth she’s showcased over the years.
Storm’s duel with Tarn the Uncaring in S.W.O.R.D. #8 by Al Ewing, Guiu Vilanova, Fernando Sifuentes and VC’s Ariana Maher is a good reminder of just how skilled Storm is as both a leader and a fighter — and specifically references two of her most famous fights from the original run that defined her.
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Since becoming the Regent of Arakko, Storm has been dealing with threats to her position — such as the disquiet members of Arakko who try to challenge her to a duel. Ultimately though, her greatest challenge yet proves to be Tarn the Uncaring. A fellow member of the Great Ring, Tarn ignores Storm’s warnings about threatening Krakoa and openly flaunts his power and purposeful ignorance of her commands. Storm challenges him to a duel, and he meets her there. Using his Omega-Level Mutant powers, Tarn is able to modify Storm’s body and genes — removing her powers and leaving her with a misshapen and mutated body.
But while Tarn gloats over his apparent victory and taunts Storm to simply surrender and allow herself to be slain, Storm gets close enough to strike. Using a knife thrown at her by one of their fellow Great Ring members, Storm is able to wound Tarn — driving the blade deep into his chest, just near his heart. Storm promises Tarn that if she sees him use his powers against her again, she’ll simply press against the blade, killing him. Tarn believes he could kill her before she could finish the deed, but she asks him if he’d be willing to take that risk or to play it safe and submit. After a moment, Tarn does so and restores her body and powers. He even admits that she may have the mettle of an Arakko mutant — or even the demonic Amenth — almost with a hint of appreciation.
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The fight is reminiscent of two major fights from Storm’s early history, both during Chris Claremont’s historic run on the X-Men. In Uncanny X-Men #170 by Claremont and Paul Smith, Storm found herself in a knife fight with Callisto over the fate of her allies and the Marauders. Without utilizing her powers, Storm was able to overcome her enemy and seriously wound her — becoming Queen of the Morlocks. In Uncanny X-Men #201 by Claremont and Rick Leonardi, a then-depowered Storm challenged Cyclops for leadership of the X-Men. Even without her abilities, Storm’s combat prowess allowed her to overcome Cyclops and affirm her role as the team’s leader.
It’s a strong reminder of Storm’s greatest attribute. Even more so than her impeccable poise and nigh-unmatched power, it’s her drive and willingness to stand against any threat that makes her one of Marvel’s most powerful and important heroes. It’s this resolve that has attracted plenty of figures both heroic and villainous to her, and it’s her will that allows her to lead the X-Men or stand against Tarn even when her powers have been nullified by some outside force. It also serves as a love letter to the period where Storm was first truly established as one of the franchises’ best characters — even specifically recreating the depowered Punk Storm look in the clouds after her victory. It’s a reminder of what Storm has survived in the past, and proof she can survive whatever the future throws at her.
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Brandon Zachary is an Associate Writer with Comic Book Resources and has written for CBR since 2018. He covers breakouts on comics, film, television, video games, and anime. He also conducts industry interviews, is a Rotten Tomatoes certified film critic, and knows SO MUCH about the X-Men. For requests, comments, or to hear his pitch for a third Avatar series that incorporates robots, you can contact him through [email protected].

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