In my experience, the ONLY good scene Lorna has ever had with Havok that was good for her character in any way was when he left her at the altar.

Why? Because unlike literally all the other times I’ve seen their history as a couple worked with, those scenes and that story actually looked at Lorna and actually cared about her and what she went through.

Lorna in this story may have placed the blame where it didn’t belong (on Annie), and yeah, it made Havok look like a selfish unthinking dick that should have been written with more fairness to his character. But focusing on just Lorna? This hit so many good places.

Up to this point, Lorna had lost nearly everything. She lost her family. She lost millions of lives that looked up to her and expected her to protect her. She lost most of her ability to believe in the goodness of people. She lost control of buried mental issues and gained new ones. In this setting, she was going into the wedding with Havok as someone she thought she had lost, but having recently returned and now thinking she could at least rely on him in the absence of everything else she lost.

Then he suddenly decided to leave her at the altar. In front of everyone still alive that she knew, after having prepared and thought about the day for a long time.

In this sense, the wedding wasn’t about Lorna getting hitched to a guy who’s historically led to Lorna getting written poorly and constantly undervalued by Marvel. It was about Lorna’s hope for a better and brighter future for herself and that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel of darkness she’s been going through.

So, Havok leaving her at the altar wasn’t merely losing a partner. It was shattering her dreams for a better tomorrow. Lorna being left at the altar wasn’t about the man. It was about what marrying him represented. Any man could have filled that role if she’d been in relationship with them. It just happened to be Havok.

And that’s what all other uses of Lorna that involve her history with Havok have been missing.

Havok meddling in her leadership on All-New X-Factor didn’t say anything about her leadership abilities. What it said was that Havok has more experience than her, that he’s “better” than her, and that he doesn’t believe in her or trust her abilities. It said nothing about Lorna’s actual ability to lead or what hurdles she has to overcome to be one.

Lorna beating Havok at the beginning of X-Men Blue didn’t say a thing about how strong she is. That might have been the intent, but all it really said is that Havok is so powerful and dominant and important to Lorna’s life that it’s a big deal if she somehow manages to win in a fight with him. If you swapped their roles, Havok beating Lorna would’ve meant nothing for him – because he’s already seen as “superior” to Lorna in Marvel’s eyes. Meaning Havok winning also reaffirms the idea of his superiority. No matter who wins, Lorna loses.

Lorna being used to “redeem” Havok with her memories or her influence in more recent issues of X-Men Blue once again says nothing about Lorna’s character. The excuse might have been “Lorna gets to show a compassionate side,” but that’s a paper thin cover for the fact she’s really just treated like a mix of tool and vessel for Havok’s character issues.

Marvel’s writers don’t understand how to write Lorna interacting with Havok in ways that are actually good for Lorna. Every time they try, they fail. Austen is the only exception I can ever recall seeing.

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