Villains take the cake when it comes to their ability to induce fear in comics. But just because they cause most of the death and destruction doesn't mean they have the monopoly. As it turns out, wild weather in comics has played an important role in many comics through history, destroying cities, aiding heroes and villains alike, and causing all kinds of problems for comic book characters. From weather manipulation to unavoidable natural disasters and battles with space creatures, there have been some great examples of weather in comics as scary as any villain.
Some storms seemed minor but caused major changes, either by introducing us to characters like Captain America or helping kill characters off. There were storms that came across as metaphorical, standing for inner unrest or showcasing a character’s strengths and then there were the storms that just flat out ruined entire cities. Keep reading to see examples of the craziest weather in comics.
The Ultimatum Wave Kills Millions Including Some Key Heroes
In graphic novel Ultimatum, Magneto gets a hold of Thor's hammer and uses it to flood the streets of New York City with the most ferocious tidal wave ever. In the wake of this disaster, several key comic characters die. Among the dead are Cyclops, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Professor X, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, the list really does go on and on. Ironically, even Magneto himself died from the aftermath of the disaster.
Storm Sends Her Enemies Into Outer Space Via a Magnetic Cyclone
In terms of weather manipulation, X-Men vigilante Storm leads the pack. Her powers get a mega boost once she starts using her imagination and taps into Earth's magnetic field. Here we see her hurling cyborg puppets into the depths of outer space using her very own cyclone.
The Midgard Serpent Takes His Wrath Out on Earth
In a battle with Thor - who just happens to be the God of Thunder - the Midgard Serpent shows that he possesses some pretty powerful weather manipulation skills, too. The duel takes a devastating toll on the planet, with earthquakes, tidal waves and mass weather-related disasters bringing the planet, and New York in particular, within a hair of complete annihilation.
The Universe Shatters and Earth Gets Consumed by Lava
In the Thor Comics, Issue 244, a group of time-twister space villains set out to return to the beginning of time, even if they must destroy everyone in their path in order to accomplish this daunting task. When asked why they refuse to abandon their mission, they explain that they must start at the beginning of time in order to prevent the universe from shattering - which is what kills the ones they love in their future.
In this scenario, the future of the universe is fizzled out as the result of a disastrous, seemingly unavoidable storm. Thor battles the time twisters and wins, but when they flee, Earth consumes itself in a storm of cosmic fire.