Note: She’s one of Marvel’s top heroes and one of the most popular women in superhero comics, and Project: Rooftop is proud to unveil our winner for her redesign contest. Storm: All-Weather Wear invited artists of all ilk and froma ll countries to submit their designs, to be judged by P:R panel of judges as well as guest judges Brian Wood, Kris Anka, as well as Erica Henderson and Kim Belair. Thanks to all of our judges — especially our four guest judges — and now on to the top 3! – Chris A.
First Place Winner: Kelly Smith!
87 out of 100
Rachel: 9. What I’ve learned from this contest is that I am a total sucker for sharply-tailored Storm.
If you had told me yesterday that I would be typing the phrase “tasteful boob window” wholly unironically, I would have laughed you out of the room. This works, though: it’s sharp and regal, I love the substitution of a swallowtail coat for the more traditional cape, and it’s both clearly X-branded and very much Storm. The lines and multiple shades of grey might be a little fiddly long-term but would be pretty easy to simplify without losing the shape and appeal of the costume.
Kris: 8, I really love this. The flat colours, the shape breaks, the piping, all of it works fantastically for me. Only thing, and it might entirely just be the drawing, is I wish the pieces of fabric hanging off her hips covered more in the back. It looks right now like its just two thin pieces on either side of her.
Chris: 9. I remember when this came into the P:R inbox, and I called it then as a top contender in the contest. A costume covering Ororo head to toe except for the practical opening for the ends of her feet and the proud opening to show off some cleavage respectably. That swallowtail coat is eye-opening, but I’m not completely sold on it — I’d need to see it in some turnarounds. And I love-love-love the high-necked collar, but I’d consider giving her a bolder hairstyle.
Vito: 9. Agreed on all parts. Where this wins is where Jordan’s does; it’s elegant. It’s simple and not overly accessorized. There’s not much else that needs to be said about this one.
Brian: 8 Everything’s here, and nothing’s here that doesn’t need to be, with one exception: the collar, which looks painful, is keeping me from giving it a 9.
Kim: 8. This is just a really cool costume; the piping is perfect, the Xs at the shoulders are striking and nothing feels superfluous. I’d be happier to pair this with the mohawk, I think, but everything else is really on point.
Erica: 9. Okay. Yes. All of it. The yellow piping is in the right place. The collar was a risk but with how structured everything is it gives authority. I’m even digging the shoulder pads and I wasn’t buying that in the 80’s. My only complaint is the one Kris had where I wish the strips were a single piece that connected in the back like a long coat.
Joel: 10. Wow. This is so well considered, balanced yet distinctive, and seems so effortless in combining all the complexities of Ororo’s personality and various looks into one look. Storm is a character who is both guarded and open to the world around her. She’s regal and rebellious, elegant and punk by turns. And that’s all here. Amazing work, Kelly.
Jess: 8. Striking and gorgeous, though like everyone else, I’d like to see a bit more of the coat – until Rachel said “swallowtail” I thought the panels were attached to her thighs.
Glen: 9. The thing I realized from this contest is that Storm is always doing drag. And her drag persona is herself. And here at least, she’s fierce.
Second Place Winner: Zhihuang Dong!
75 out of 100
Chris: 6. Designs like this make me wish P:R was an actual in-person contest where I could ask the artist their thoughts before I make my scoring, but on its own here Zhihuang’s design leaves me with more questions than answers. A fur cape? How would that do with Storm’s oft-use of rain?
Vito: 9. There is just two too many X logos on her, but that’s where the criticisms end. I am absolutely convinced that this is what Storm should look like. This is an awesome piece, an awesome design, and, if given the chance, would make a great character even moreso.
Brian: 9. I don’t mind the double (triple?) logos, and the furry details on the cape are interesting but not needed. A smartly cut cape would probably have made this a 10 for me. Its a great drawing as well. I want to write this Storm!
Rachel: 8. Yeah, I’m with Brian–the layered logos actually do a lot to balance the costume, and I really like the slightly armored look the rivets add. The fur is bewildering, and I’m still not sure I like the boots, but overall, this is lovely.
Kris: 9 While I love the drama of the fur cape, It would seem to be a bit cumbersome. The rest of the costume however is gold to me. The boots, exquisite. The way the triple logos play off each other to create a cohesive torso pattern, divine. I only wish a little more throat was given to the neck area. This really looks like it deserves an absolutely fierce collar.
Kim: 8.5. I love the 3-X design; it reminds me a bit of the really dramatic lines they’ve used in movieverse Asgardian armour (and some comicverse Asgardian armour). The boots are interesting in that I’m not even sure if they are independent objects or just the straps on the calves; I’d like to see them from another angle. As for the cape, I’m torn: immediately, I’d be happier with something a bit more traditional and angular to match the lines of the costume, but the weight of fur is an interesting contrast, as well. I’d love to see it in real life.
Erica: 7.5. This reads as high fashion- which I’m into. I really enjoy looking at it, but I don’t know if it’s right for Storm all the time. This would look great coming down a superhero inspired runway though. P.S. I thought it was a feather cape.
Joel: 6. I dig those sleeves, and I love this drawing, but the three X’s really dominate the whole design. If this character were called Triple X, or had triplicate powers, or something, that would work fine, but as it is, it’s distracting.
Jess: 6. The triple X doesn’t work for me, but I love those shoulders.
Glen: 6. A great approach, just needs some editing to take from XXXXXXXXX to XX.
Third Place Winner: Xulm!
74.5 out of 100
Chris: 7. This is the kind of design that seems to carry with it an untold story to take Storm from where she is now in comics continuity to a place where this design would work. It’s a great design, and I’d love to read that story but right now it seems like a jump to take it in. I like the idea of Storm wearing an all-white uniform over a sleek black (with gold trim!) cloak, but Xulm doesn’t show how the cloak would stay on her.
Rachel: 7. The contrast of the black and white is interesting, but, yeah, it’s a leap, and I’m not sure how well it would work in lighter skies. I like how much artists in this contest have done with contrasting cape lining, and this is one of my favorites–I love the idea of her opening her cape to reveal a literal storm.
Brian: 6. I also like the white – I guess I like Storm in black and white pretty much exclusively – but the cape is more like a shroud and to me that is a very static thing, it seems to suggest slow movement or no movement at all. Its an interesting X-Men costume, but perhaps not for Storm.
Kris: 7 If storm ever became the headmistress of the school full time, this is the costume I’d want her in. I absolutely love the regal minimalism to the look when the cape is down over her shoulders.
Kim: 6.5.The gold highlights!! The earrings, the X emblem, the piping and those bracelets? Love. I have to agree with Brian, though, that the cape is a bit too shroud-y for me. It’s almost too old for her and, to me, gives the impression of a blanket worn about the shoulders rather than a cape. I know there’s a certain austere quality to a lot of Storm’s poses, but it’s usually paired with an air of power that I don’t quite get here. Loving the rings and the hair, though.
Vito: 7. Strong design. Great contrast. But I think I have to agree with Kris…this seems less of a superhero uniform/costume than an outfit Ororo would wear at the school. It’s incredibly formal, like a Starfleet ceremony uniform. But it’s gorgeous as all get out.
Erica: 9. I love it. Can we get Janelle Monae in this for the movie reboot? I love the thin little exes on her shoulders in the white. The coloring on that paper thin piping makes it really look like gold thread instead of yellow which is just so choice. I love the one where the cape is bursting and the solemn cape down- the only problem being that they look like two different garments. The cape when it’s down wears like a robe, but then it’s a straight up Superman style cape in the middle. If you tell me that in that middle one it’s still a robe but she just throws it off before every fight for a dramatic reveal I’d be okay with that.
Joel: 9. A lovely example of contrast, minimalism, and just enough detail to keep things active. My only concerns are the shoes, which look too visually heavy for a wind-swept character, and the shoulder-pads, which look… shoulder-paddy.
Jess: 9. I was going to say, is this Janelle Monae as Storm?! I love it. I think the shroudiness of the cape has a lot to do with how she’s posed, and wouldn’t be as prevalent when she’s in motion.
Glen: 7. Well, Erica got to the Janelle Monae joke before I did, so I’m just gonna be over here sulking for a while. Okay, fine: I like the approach, but the white pantsuit seems too simple/generic — it needs something to punch it up and bring it in line with the cloak.