Today's X-Books Remember When Storm Beat Cyclops Without Powers

Remember X-Men #201 by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith? In which a powerless Storm challenged Cyclops in a Danger Room duel for the duty of leading the X-Men. And despite Cyclops having an array of optic blasts and Storm having a leather jacket, she stood her own against him.

Storm Beat Cyclops Without Powers
X-Men #201

In fact, she ended up doing a lot more than that, in an iconic couple of pages.

Storm Beat Cyclops Without Powers
X-Men #201

Not quite one-punch but good enough. Well, in today's Inferno #1 we see Cyclops stepping down from being a Captain of Krakoa, in favour of concentrating on leading the X-Men. Ans Storm reminds him of the time he only gave up such positions with a fight.

Storm Beat Cyclops Without Powers
Storm in Inferno #1

And Cyclops claims to have grown up.

Storm Beat Cyclops Without Powers
Inferno #1

Considering that was compared to when he was choosing leading the X-Men over the responsibilities of being a father to the child of his new wife, I do hope so. Now of course he is living in a polyamorous relationship with Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost. Totally grown up. Mind you, in S.W.O.R.D. #8, Storm has her own fight going on, on the planet Arakko as her regency is challenged by Tarn The Uncaring of the Arakko Great Ring Council, a mutant who can edit his opponent's DNA in mid-fight.

Rewriting Moira MacTaggert's Third Life In Inferno #1 (Spoilers)
Storm in SWORD #8

Who takes her powers away, and transforms her in the process. But as we all remember, Stoprm's powers don't determine her fighting prowess. She took down Cyclops and as for this fellow?

Rewriting Moira MacTaggert's Third Life In Inferno #1 (Spoilers)
Storm in SWORD #8

Tarn never ever stood a chance…

INFERNO #1 (OF 4) VEGA VAR
MARVEL COMICS
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(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Oscar Vega
THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN'S X-MEN BEGINS HERE!
"There will be an island-not the first, but the last…" Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Mastermind of the X-Men JONATHAN HICKMAN brings his plans to a head, joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with VALERIO SCHITI… as one woman follows through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground. Rated T+In Shops: Sep 29, 2021 SRP: $5.99

SWORD #8
MARVEL COMICS
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(W) Al Ewing (A) Guiu Vilanova (CA) Stefano Caselli
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!
By the time you're reading this, you know. You know who sits in the central seat of Arakko. You know who speaks for Sol. Storm rules. But when you have to prove to your people who you are, every single day without fail…What becomes of who you were? Rated T+In Shops: Sep 29, 2021 SRP: $3.99

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