By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
‘Cause I am not a word, I am not a line.
I am not a girl that can ever be defined.
Storm burst onto the comic scene in the ’70s as a member of the all new, all different gaggle of rag tag outlaw mutants, the Uncanny X-men. A silver-haired, blue-eyed African Goddess, she had me at “hullo.” Created by Len Wein and designed by Dave Cockrum, her original costume is my favorite to date. (Although, Tim Gunn would likely have a field day with it. “Who is this woman and where is she going? She looks like a drag queen prostitute attending a hooker convention!”)
I am not fly, I am levitation.
I represent an entire generation.
With the ability to control the weather, Storm has always been one of the more interesting characters in the X-men. Her foibles read like a soap opera laundry list of wacky hijinks. She mind swapped with the White Queen, she was a vampire, a brood, she had a mohawk, lost her powers, and won leadership of the X-men from Cyclops without powers. She became lovers with the man who stripped her of her mutant abilities. She regained those powers from the same one-legged man she had been shtuping, married the Black Panther, and became the Queen of Wakanda. And, may be a Skrull. Move over, Erika Kane, this is one messed up chick!
But, the best part of it all is that, no matter what Storm was going through, she has always faced adversity with dignity and grace and tremendous strength of character. That’s why I love Storm. Her best defining moment came at the end of the story line when she had lost her powers, and, after almost giving up, she resolved her strength and declared, “My feet may never leave the ground, but I shall fly again.” Eff yeah, bro!
Why Nicki Minaj? How should I know? I just dig her music and thought she would look cool in a Storm costume.
I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive.
I came to win, to survive, to prosper to rise.
I came to Fly.
“Fly” lyrics by Nicki Minaj; Storm appears in the new monthly Uncanny X-men comic book from Marvel Comics.
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!