When finishing the dark phoenix saga, I found the portrayal of Storm to be very interesting. I know she was not the main character, but she was made to be very likable. She had major power, but also was vulnerable. She, of all the characters, seemed to evoke a response of protective or anger towards her attacker in fights because she was knocked down a lot.
After the first first fight with the white queen, Wolverine and Colossus are lying on the ground. Yet, Storm is being held by her hair by one of the men in a very dominating way. We discussed in class the image of Storm chained up, almost naked, by the white queen. Then there is the major battle between her and Shaw. He grabs her ankle, cape, viciously knocks her head onto the floor, and drags her out of the room. Even Jean hits her in the face with a whip, but doesn't act against the others Xmen. In the fight with the dark phoenix (pg 140)where we look up Storm's body to Dark Phoenix over her. Finally, on the moon she is the first Xmen down and is again pulled up by her hair.
These are images aren't to invoke happiness, obviously, but there is a reason the writers chose for this to happen to Storm. As a society, we don't like to see women getting beaten in such a manner. True, Storm is much more capable than the average woman, but still. Why would the author choose to have Storm usually, and uniquely, treated this way? I think it is to show women vulnerable, but to also make the readers want to fight for her and feel sympathy in a way they wouldn't for the other characters.