Usually, when you think of the iconic X-Men member Storm, you think regal, goddess, leader, nurturing, and powerful. Storm is effortless all those things and, of course, more. We're here to remind you that she can be quite funny when she wants to be, too.
Ororo Munroe resides on the corner of dad jokes and corny puns, ruling both the skies and your laughter. The goddess knows how to bring levity when it's needed most or just because she simply felt like it because she can. We've picked some of our favorite times when the spirit of funny struck Storm. But first, what do mutants who go to Xavier's School for the Gifted and thunderstorms have in common? You never know how long they'll last.
X-Men Red #9
Storm and Jean Grey are great friends from way back in the beginning stages of Xavier's school for mutants. They've trained together, fought together, cried together, and had their own entanglements with Wolverine. So, when these two get together in X-Men Red, there are plenty of memorable moments, especially the ones that showcase the kind of friendship they share.
It just so happens to be friends with Storm means a light read tucked inside of a joke to help bring levity to tense moments. Before Jean heads off to face off with Cassandra Nova, Storm makes it known she finally understands the real motivator for Jean's fashion choice, and it deserves applause.
Storm's hand-to-hand combat is arguably some of the best among the X-Men. She's mastered the art of close-range fighting and lines to go with them that would make any '80s or '90s action star envious. Her impact on knife culture is nothing to take lightly — just ask Callisto.
Storm gets plenty of opportunities in Marauders to flex those knife skills and cheesy action movie lines. She let it be known that you can take her powers, but you never take her knife, even if it's stabbing you in the eye.
X-Men Annual #3
Some of the best so-bad-it's-funny puns involve weather. So, quite naturally, the Windrider would use them at her leisure and at the expense of those who try her. The Hellfire crew are up to their latest in mutant scamming when Shaw invites Storm to go out on a date. Shaw gets a little too comfortable giving her a rundown on how little the X-Men have accomplished, and her response is lifting him off his feet with a gust of wind, reminding him not to get too carried away.
Uncanny X-Men #139
The Danger Room is a place where members of the X-Men and other X-teams hone their battle skills. Professor X has spared no cost in making sure there is always an excellent opportunity of someone getting killed while training. The Danger Room is also a place for teammates to practice their best "I just saved you from death" one-liners. Storm has definitely taken advantage of making sure her one-liners don't miss like her lightning bolts. What is there to fear when Storm is here?
Marvel Team-Up #100
Maybe it's Storm's regal stature that makes it hard to believe she can be as funny as she is. It definitely makes it hard to tell when she's a genuine troll. You think you've gotten a compliment, but in reality, you've been read right to sleep.
In Marvel Team-Up #100, Storm and T'Challa cross paths again many years after their first encounter. T'Challa might be ready to hand out the compliments at will, but Storm doesn't miss a chance at telling him about himself before sort of giving praise.
Wolverine had quit the X-Men, in part because he no longer trusted his senses or his ability to control himself, in part because Xavier had let his worst nemesis move into the X-Mansion and it went about as terribly as you would think. Amidst these many crises, Logan decided to go on a hiking trip with Cannonball, Caliban, and our favorite, Ororo.
Let’s face it, Ororo was in prime form in this issue. When Caliban and Cannonball complain about the heat, she cracks open a thunderstorm right above their heads. Later, when she and Logan are sitting together in a tree, she calls him out for giving her a kiss years before during a life or death situation, causing tough guy Logan to say, “Awww.”
X-Treme X-Men: The Arena
Seminal X-Men writer Chris Claremont’s various later-days returns to the X-Franchise aren’t always remembered among his best work, but there is one thing that is for sure: his X-Treme X-Men is among the most wild of all the X-Men stories he ever told, and that is saying quite a lot. Storm spent most of her X-Treme X-Men days not being all that X-Treme at all, so when #36 rolled around and her longtime on-again off-again subtextual girlfriend Yukio popped up and almost died in the first couple panels, you knew this was going to be an X-Tale for the ages.
This is one of the few stories to focus on Storm, and we really get to see the gamut of emotion from her — she’s angry, she’s sensual, she’s rebellious, and, of course, she’s hilarious. Her jokes are many throughout this story, and it ends with her in a hot tub with Yukio, Callisto, and a lot of tentacles, so I’d say it qualifies as a must-read.
Curse of the Mutants: Storm & Gambit
There are a lot of great friendships in the X-Universe, but one of the all-time greats is Gambit and Storm. These two met up when Storm was de-aged to her preteen years and Gambit helped her out of a bind. Bonding of their mutual love of thievery, these two have always remained friends through thick and thin.
Curse of the Mutants is a famously ridiculous crossover with many vampires and a highly absurd plotline involving Dracula living on the moon, among other things. Perhaps one of the great things to come from this story arc is the one-shot featuring Gambit and Storm, gently teasing each other as they go to meet a literal swarm of vampires head-on. The first few pages of the issue feature some classic bonding time between these two old friends.
X-Men Unlimited #7
This story could easily fall into entirely somber territory as it’s mostly about Storm traveling to Cairo to say goodbye to her dying mentor and to reflect on her troubled childhood. Though Storm attempts to tackle her past head-on and all alone, her besties Gambit and Jean Grey come along to help her out and lighten the mood. A lot of the humor of the story involves Jean dunking on Gambit, who insists on condescending to her throughout, but Storm does her share of kidding around, too.
When a young girl tries to pick Jean’s pocket, Storm catches her and scares her a little bit, but does it with a big smile, seeing a lot of herself in the child. After he chastises Jean for not being more careful with her wallet, Storm hands Gambit’s wallet, also stolen by the girl but unnoticed by Gambit, back to him with a smirk.