Hero Me Not


Storm is the most recognized Black woman comic book character in the world. Born Ororo Munroe, Storm is an Omega level mutant, which makes her one of the most powerful beings on the planet. Hero Me Not: The Containment of the Most Powerful Black, Female Superhero examines the multifaceted dimensions of the comic book character seeking to discover if Storm's nearly unlimited power equally offers her freedom within the "white supremacist capitalist patriarchy."

Adopting Patricia Hill Collins' Controlling Images as essential to the representation of Black women's lives within the media, Hero Me Not juxtaposes Storm to Collins' images of the mammy and jezebel, expanding this analysis to include the creation of a new stereotype that Burke coins Negro Spiritual Woman. Using personal anecdotes, pop culture and social and cultural references, each chapter focuses on the history, and different incarnations of Storm's comic and film development over the years while integrating contemporary racial politics to hold space for Black female voices that have heretofore been silenced by the creation of a powerful Black woman who only uses her power in support of whiteness.