Views on Polaris and Prisoner X

It’s been a couple days since the news broke about Polaris in Prisoner X. Here are my views on it.

That Lorna is in something, rather than nothing, is a good thing. I won’t be able to say whether this specific depiction is good or bad until it actually releases. Within that, I’ll be buying digitally issue by issue based on what people say.

My base assumption is that all the other books happening at the same time are characters manipulated into accepting an alternate reality, and the characters on this book are aware and kept prisoner to stop them from fixing the situation.

However, this still isn’t enough.

Lorna was in forced limbo for two years. When they brought her back, they announced it at C2E2 where they appeared to plan on making it a big return for her, only to use her as a way of promoting Havok and Magneto (mostly Havok) at her expense. Her use on Blue then proceeded to mostly treat her as a supporting character for the stories of men around her, especially Havok. What could have been great story arcs for Lorna (Malice, leading a team, etc) ended up being lesser, extremely limited plot points for a story arc dedicated mainly to Havok. If they happened at all.

And then of course, there’s this fucking cover.

And after all that? Havok got to lead his own team book while Lorna got tossed aside for several months until now.

People like to praise the Malice and team leadership moments in Blue, but they don’t stop to think of what those moments could’ve been if they were used for their own stories instead of serving as part of putting Havok on a pedestal. If Malice was its own story arc, we could’ve seen how Lorna’s Malice history affected her character philosophy up to today, and how society sees Lorna. If team leadership was its own arc, we could’ve seen far more robust dynamics between the characters.

Blue also could’ve delved into Lorna’s long-ignored history with Jean and Bobby through her interactions with the teen versions of them. We didn’t get that because she wasn’t being used for herself. She was being exploited to promote men around her and their stories.

Marvel spent two years refusing to use Lorna, brought her back only to let Havok hijack her return and bury any stories she could’ve had on the altar of promoting him, and then went on to give him his own book while abandoning Lorna completely.

I’ve said before that Lorna deserves better because she’s popular on a TV show now, because it’s her 50th anniversary, and because she was treated poorly for decades. Which are all still true. But the biggest reason she deserves better right now – and the reason I’ve been so pissed off with Marvel since Spring – is because of how Marvel treated her these past few years. Especially for Havok’s benefit earlier this year.

Lorna getting to be in Uncanny X-Men and have a good scene with X-23, without Havok, is good. Lorna getting to be in Prisoner X as part of a team, again without Havok, is also good. They’re a small step in the right direction.

But they’re a very far cry from everything Marvel did for Havok at her expense.

If Marvel can do everything they did for Havok, the least they can do is give Lorna a team book that she leads. That’s the bare minimum.

I’m not attacking Prisoner X here. I won’t know if it’s good or bad until it comes out. For all I know, it’ll be the best Lorna’s ever been written in anything, and I’ll cherish it as such.

But it still won’t be the solo, mini, oneshot or team book that Lorna deserves after how she was treated mainly for Havok’s benefit. For decades, but especially this past year. She deserves fair use to make up for that. I’m not going to be satisfied until she gets it.

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