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5. “To Have and Have Not” Uncanny X-Men #172-173
This storyline is perhaps best known for the Rogue and Wolverine storyline (they get the covers and this is where Rogue first proves herself as an X-Man and this is where Wolverine’s wedding is called off) but a poisoned Storm becoming friends with the thief Yukio and deciding to change her appearance dramatically still stands out as another MAJOR change from this two-parter by Chris Claremont, Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek.
4. “Duel” Uncanny X-Men #201
The powerless Storm and Cyclops fight each other in the Danger Room for the right to lead the X-Men. Guess who wins (note that this is not the Greatest CYCLOPS Stories Ever Told). Chris Claremont wrote it and Rick Leonardi and Whilce Portacio drew it.
3. “Lifedeath II” Uncanny X-Men #198
In this sequel to the original Lifedeath, Storm travels to Africa to deal some more with her power loss. She encounters a young pregnant woman and Storm valiantly helps save the woman and deliver the baby (and then revive the baby when it is seemingly stillborn). The happiness of the moment is quickly overshadowed by the fact that the village elder now has to kill himself in a tradition where an elder sacrifices themself every time a new baby is born to the village. Storm spends time with him leading up to his death, trying to make heads or tails of his sacrifice. It clearly deeply affects her. Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith did the issue.
2. “Dancin’ in the Dark” Uncanny X-Men #169-170
The Morlocks, a group of mutants who live in the sewers because they are too ugly to pass as humans, kidnap Warren Worthington, the X-Men known as Angel. The X-Men come to free him and it comes down to Storm challenging the leader of the Morlocks, Callisto, to a knife fight. It is all extremely bad ass. Chris Claremont wrote it and Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek drew it.
1. “Lifedeath” Uncanny X-Men #186
An issue after losing her powers to Forge’s “make mutant powers go away” gun, Storm has to come to grips with what is pretty much the worst day of her adult life. Forge (who she doesn’t know actually invented the gun) takes Storm in and the two spend some deep, personal time together at his apartment getting to know each other as she deals with her great loss. When it seems like the two are ready to take things to another level, Storm learns of Forge’s involvement in her power loss. It would be almost forty issues before they somewhat reconcile. This story was written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith and Terry Austin. It is hard to properly realize how out of nowhere having a special Barry Windsor-Smith drawn issue of X-Men was at the time, but trust me, it was a big deal.
That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!
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