Storm #1 or "Why mmmagpie bitches about people fucking with the colors in comic panels"
Images on the left are original screenshots from the digital version of the comic. They’ve been cropped, and that’s it. The images on the right belong to three users - links to the original posts are in the captions.
Now…do you see what’s wrong with this picture? This is why I bitch about edits, and how they misrepresent the comics. Storm has pretty dark skin. If you hadn’t read the comics, and only seen the edits, you might be a bit taken aback by that fact. That’s a problem. In polite company, it’s generally agreed that lightening the skin of a person of color is a no-no. And, unfortunately, that’s what’s going on here.
I’m not claiming that these edits were made to lighten Storm’s skin. But they do lighten her skin. And that is something to take into consideration before posting an edit. Representation of women and minorities in comics is a huge issue, and it’s fucking amazing that Storm finally has her own solo title. It’s not amazing that her skin is being lightened because people seem to feel a need to add a #mine tag underneath somebody else’s artwork.
Ugh, sorry, I know that whining won’t make a difference, but the most popular set I’ve seen still has Storm’s skin significantly lighter than it appears in the comics. She’s also inexplicably orange.
These are part of set by clintbarttons (sorry, it won’t let me tag!). Once again, I don’t think that anybody is actually thinking “Wow, Storm’s skin is way too dark. I’ve gotta fix that!” but I do think that people should be aware that this is still a problem, even if they’re doing it unintentionally.
I wouldn’t have added more to my original rant if I hand’t had several people tell me that they weren’t aware that Storm was particularly dark skinned. And I find that a bit alarming. All that the people I’ve spoken to have seen are edits on Tumblr where Storm’s skinned has been lightened. Because the sets that get popular are the ones where Storm’s skin has been fucked with. And THEN people who aren’t reading any books in which Storm appears aren’t even aware of her skin color. Which is pretty fucked up. White washing is never good.
TL;DR Highlights: Tumblr is so fucked up that some people have never seen unedited (and therefore unlightened) panels of Storm. The implications of this are not good.