Polaris: every time Magneto’s daughter betrayed the X-Men
Today we take a look at how many times Polaris has turned on the X-Men, almost always as a result of brainwashing.
In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I highlight at least five scenes / moments from comic book stories that match a specific theme (basically, things that happen frequently in comics). Note that these lists are not exhaustive in nature. This is a list of five examples (every now and then I’ll be nice and throw up a sixth). Thus, no instance is “missing” if it is not listed. This is just not one of the five examples I have chosen.
Lorna Dane, Polaris, has had an interesting career in the X-Men. She fought against the team in X Men # 50 (by Arnold Drake, Jim Steranko, and John Tartaglione) a number after her debut, while being manipulated by Mesmero, but she wasn’t much of a villain there, just confused.
She hardly did anything against them, really, then quickly joined the team as a new member (along with another new member, Havok).
BRAINWASHED BY THE SHI’AR
After the All-New, All-Different X-Men joined the team, Havok and Polaris left the X-Men to complete their respective studies. Shortly after their departure, however, they were captured by a Shi’ar agent and brainwashed to become his agents on Earth. He had them attack the X-Men in X Men # 97 (by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Sam Grainger).
Interestingly, Polaris and Havok were finally healed from their brainwashing off-panel somewhere in between. X Men # 107 and # 108 (revealed in a comment in X Men # 109). They returned to their X-Men reserve status and continued their education.
POSSESSED BY MALICIOUSNESS
Their attempts to stay out of things collapsed when the Marauders chased them down, Havok barely surviving, but Lorna was captured by the Marauders and then possessed by the evil entity known as Malice. Malice / Polaris attacked the X-Men in Strange X-Men # 221 (by Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri and Dan Green) …
Eventually, Lorna was healed of Malice’s control over her body, but her magnetic powers were later stolen by the villainous Zaladane (who may or may not be Lorna’s sister. It’s a whole different story). In the process, Lorna fell victim to the Shadow King, who used her as a sort of vessel allowing her to use her corrupting powers. During this period, Lorna gained super strength. His powers returned after Zaladane’s death. Lorna then joined X-Factor with Havok and rekindled their romance.
MADE MAD BY MOURNING AND REJECTION
After Havok was apparently killed (he was actually sent to an alternate reality), Lorna left X-Factor and eventually went to live on Genosha with Magneto, where his powers helped strengthen Magneto’s abilities. In return, she has helped curb some of Magneto’s harshest tendencies in his direction of Genosha. At the same time, she found out that she was in fact Magneto’s daughter (in the past she believed she was, but then found out that she was not, but now she has learned that, no, she definitely WAS).
While on Genosha, the Island Nation of Mutants was attacked by Cassandra Nova, who sent Sentinels to wipe out almost the entire population, with millions of mutants killed within minutes. Polaris survived and was overcome with the guilt of having survived (and, of course, dealing with the trauma of seeing all these people slaughtered in front of her).
Polaris returned to the X-Mansion with the X-Men and she resumed her relationship with Havok (who had returned from this other reality). They got engaged, but the problem is, while Havok was in a coma after returning from the alternate reality, his nurse’s mutant son used his powers to connect his mother and Havok’s minds during their sleep and they fell in love in their dreams. . While still with Lorna (even agreeing to marry her), he had these feelings for Annie. During this time, Lorna was clearly altered by her experiences on Genosha and had become much more ruthless, easily killing villains on missions.
And then, in Strange X-Men # 425 (by Chuck Austen and Phillip Tan), when Havok can’t go through with his marriage to Lorna, she doesn’t take it well …
She lashes out and nearly kills Havok. She is submissive. Charles Xavier helped Lorna overcome her trauma and she was allowed to join the X-Men. Unsurprisingly, the romance “based on the telepathic powers of a mutant child” with his nurse didn’t work out and he and Lorna tentatively took steps to get back together, but Lorna was also pursuing a romance with her former flame, Iceman.
BECAME ONE OF THE RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE
Then House of M happened, with the Scarlet Witch altering reality so that the mutants (and more specifically her father, Magneto), were now in charge of the world. As Magneto’s other daughter, Lorna was also a member of the House of Magnus and therefore part of the ruling class of Earth. Wolverine has learned the truth and he has assembled a team of heroes to fix the reality. Lorna helped fight them off, so I guess you might consider that a villain as well, but I think that’s overkill, because, again, that was a whole different reality.
Either way, at the end of the story, a frustrated Wanda decided mutants were the problem and used her powers to try and take out all of the mutants on Earth. Doctor Strange stopped her from eliminating ALL mutants, but her immediate family all lost their mutant abilities (later, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were revealed to NOT be Polaris’ siblings or Magneto’s children. , but that will eventually be restored, so I won’t ignore it just yet).
A depressed and helpless Lorna was then captured by Apocalypse and transformed into the new Pestilence, and used her newfound powers to create a meta-plague. This was revealed in X Men # 185 (by Peter Milligan, Salvador Larroca and Jason Keith) …
This one is tricky, though, as she was working with Apocalypse and she was actually behind her ultimate blueprint of creating the New Plague, but she didn’t meet the X-Men until the story was over. finished, but whatever, I still count.
So Lorna then set out to hunt down Apocalypse once she was freed. Meanwhile, Havok’s long-lost brother Vulcan showed up and wreaked all kinds of havoc on Earth and then flew into space to take revenge on the Shi’ar as well. So Xavier assembled a team of X-Men to fly to the Shi’ar Empire to try and help them. Havok and Polaris both joined this team.
Ultimately, Vulcan ended up gaining control of the Shi’ar Empire, and after Xavier and Nightcrawler were sent back to Earth, the remaining X-Men in space became the new Starjammers along with the remaining Starjammers. (after Havok’s father, the leader of the Starjammers, Corsair, was killed).
BRAIN WASH BY GRAD NAN HOLT
Eventually, Rogue, Gambit, and Magneto (who have now joined the X-Men) made their way to the X-Men house from space. However, in The legacy of the X-Men # 255 (by Mike Carey, Steve Kurth, Craig Yeung, Jay Leisten and Brian Reber), it turns out that Polaris and Havok were brainwashed by the Grad Nan Holts, an alien race who had been treated as slaves by the Shi’ar and who now used Polaris and Havok to torture and kill the Shi’ar. When the X-Men tried to stop them, Polaris and Havok turned on them …
In the end, the brainwashing was fixed, and Polaris and Havok returned to Earth with the X-Men. Polaris hasn’t gone evil since … but there’s still plenty of time!
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