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20 Relationships That Hurt X-Men Comics (And 10 That Saved Them)

Oh hey, it’s yet another garbage CBR article written by someone that doesn’t care at all about Polaris. And who’s probably a Havok fanboy to boot.

I’ll save you a click. Here’s the text.

For a long time, the X-Men were simply five mutants. They finally got some new blood in the form of Cyclops’ brother, Alex. A mission had the team rescuing Lorna Dane, a beautiful green-haired woman with magnetic powers. She and Alex were drawn together and soon embarked on a romantic relationship. They left the X-Men for a time but later returned and kept their romance up while fighting evil. They also worked together as part of X-Factor.

True, there have been roadblocks. Each has succumbed to mind control that put the other in danger. Havok once dumped Lorna at the altar to send her over the edge. Yet they still stick together in the X-Men and show how they have an almost magnetic attraction to one another that’s created an enduring off-and-on romance.

First: the article author acts like Havok came first and Lorna came second, when Lorna had her big intro with X-Men #49-50 and Havok appeared in #54.

Second: the author conveniently leaves out how Havok’s had one new romantic relationship per decade while Marvel’s only ever allowed Lorna to have one in all 50 years (or two if you count Iceman).

Third: the author conveniently leaves out the circumstances behind Lorna stuck with Havok, how they all hinge on forcing Lorna to go with him when it’ll look good for him. “They left the X-Men” and “they worked on X-Factor” doesn’t get across how Lorna was shafted with the role of “supporting character girlfriend for his story.”

The bottom line is that what Marvel’s done to Lorna with Havok isn’t “an enduring off-and-on romance.” It’s enduring abuse of a female character for the benefit of a male character.

The writer of this article proves it himself with my very first point. If it was good and special like he bullshits it being, he would’ve accurately described how Lorna was brought into the fold. Instead, he spins to make Havok look good at Lorna’s expense. Tries to make it sound like Havok comes first and Lorna comes after him as a damsel to save.

I do have to thank the writer for one thing though: it reaffirms the fuck out of my decision to not buy anything Marvel after this year until Lorna gets a solo, mini, oneshot or leads a team book without Havok. If people are going to talk about Lorna like this, Disney is even less deserving of money and support than I thought until they fix it.

20 Relationships That Hurt X-Men Comics (And 10 That Saved Them)

I wrote a thing on Twitter about Lorna, Marvel, and treatment of her in relation to male characters. I’m bringing it over here because I feel I got to an important place with it.

When Marvel actually bothers to acknowledge Polaris exists and use her, the biggest obstacle to overcome is getting them to see Lorna as her own character. It’s a problem that’s more insidious than it first appears.

Marvel editors and writers are entrenched with an idea of Lorna as defined by men. Which is an annoying problem, because Lorna started out very feminist and empowering for her time, especially compared to Jean as SHE was written at the time.


Then, over the span of a few decades, Lorna’s treatment by Marvel declined from “not who takes who to the next sock hop” and “I’m nobody’s girl,” to fawning over how she gets to be Havok’s domesticated pseudo-housewife/girlfriend that needs him to rescue her.


Marvel writers and editors forget who Lorna is SUPPOSED to be. They only remember what later writers, especially Claremont, turned her into. So when they’re asked to do things with Lorna, they keep falling back on the bad later stuff instead of referring to the good early stuff.

Which is why they have problems with writing her male relationships. Gambit on All-New X-Factor and Magneto on X-Men Blue, both cases started out treating her relations with those men in the same way her relation with Havok has been historically treated.

And in both cases, ANXF and X-Men Blue, the writer DID eventually do better in her dynamic with Gambit and Magneto, respectively. But that they had such trouble at all underscores the problem Marvel writers and editors have of a tendency to devalue Lorna and overvalue men.

When I complain about Havok forced on Lorna, this is the fucking reason why. This is supposed to be a write-up for her, but instead, it’s a write-up of how she’s been used for the benefit of men around her.

I deliberately removed the user’s name and handle because I don’t want him to be harassed, and that would accomplish absolutely nothing anyway if it did happen.

What matters isn’t who said it, it’s why they said it. That reason is the impression they get of Lorna because of her history with Havok. Because of all those decades, this user – and many others – perceive her as a character that exists for men. That can and should only be seen in terms of how she can advance the stories of men, add status to men, make men look good by being around them. Never what Lorna herself has accomplished, how she’s developed, what she’s been through.

This is why I hate Havok after X-Men Blue, and why I’m so fiercely against Havok forced on her. It’s Marvel muddying the view of who Lorna actually is. It’s disregarding her value because they can’t seem to care enough about this female character to do right by her, because she’s not popular like Jean Grey or Storm or Emma Frost so they can get away with it.

@marvelentertainment: “You want Polaris to be given respect as her own character and have her full potential explored without dragging her down with past bad depictions? Pfft, as if we’d ever do that. Also we refuse to give her any kind of meaningful platform or promotion.”

Also Marvel: “Hey guys, we’re gonna make moving Havok past his past poor depictions into a major facet of his current use, and we’re gonna do it by making him the leader of an important new book we’re actually willing to promote.”

This is not a dig on Matthew Rosenberg in any way.

It’s calling out Marvel for continuing to put Havok on a pedestal and giving him a bajillion different opportunities and promotions while absolutely refusing to give Lorna any support.

Now, if this was Lorna, I might have complained a little about Lorna being written as making a mistake so two men could berate her, but I’m only saying that because I don’t want to mislead anyone on what my views could be in a similar situation.

The fact is that I really don’t know how I would respond if it was Lorna instead of Havok here. Maybe I would’ve been okay with it because she wouldn’t have known, as shown here. I won’t know how I’d react with certainty until Marvel is actually using Lorna and doing the sort of things they do for Havok and characters like him ad nauseum while they refuse to do it for Lorna.

Analysis: Harley Quinn, Polaris, men in their lives

I don’t talk about Harley Quinn as much on here as other topics. My main view is that she was my favorite character of DC comics, the “rebirth” ruined her by throwing away her entire harlequin character theme to make her more or less “clown girl,” and any popularity we see for her today is much less than she could’ve had if DC hadn’t thrown away her identity.

Right now, I’m bringing this up not for Harley Quinn, but for Polaris and the way @marvelentertainment seems to see and treat her.

Harley Quinn

Despite my complaints, my reasons for those complaints, and what I’m certain would be happening if DC did things right by Harley Quinn, there’s still an important truth that must be acknowledged: Harley Quinn is currently incredibly popular. She could be more popular if done right, and much of her popularity right now is due to DC shoving their “reimagining” of Harley down everyone’s throats, but it doesn’t change the end result.

So why is current “Harley Quinn” popular? People can cite a lot of different things. People can disagree, or bring up a huge mishmash of elements. However, there’s one specific aspect of her newfound popularity that applies here: the popularity of “Harley Quinn” is not because of Harley’s connection to Joker but in spite of it.

Harley Quinn was created to be Joker’s henchgirl in the animated TV series. She became popular with her initial appearance and got recurring roles. This led to Harley getting fleshed out as a former psychiatrist that was seduced by Joker’s nature and ultimately became a domestic abuse survivor. Essentially, that was her origins – to be “beneath” Joker, to be his victim that was once a smart professional woman.

Fast forward. As Harley grew as a character, her horizons expanded. She developed a lesbian relationship with Poison Ivy. She had zany adventures in her own solo series (which I read, and was great up until somewhere around issue 25 or so). That was, I believe, the height of her popularity pre-”rebirth”. History with Joker came up, but amazingly, it was stories not involving Joker that got pursued the most when she was at her best.

Likewise, the popularity of the current “Harley Quinn” is never tied to stories involving Joker. One of the most popular relationships “Harley” has had in recent years is with Power Girl, to the point where a whole set of comics was made focused on it. When the Suicide Squad film came out, most of the tweets I saw concerning that version of “Harley Quinn” were about how great she was in the film when Joker wasn’t part of the story. And, as WB plans to make a Joker solo film, I see TONS of complaints from people about how shitty such a film would be vs wanting a Gotham Sirens sort of film featuring Harley.

Long story short? Harley Quinn was created to be “beneath” Joker, but when she finally got real, deliberate focus on herself as her own character, people came to love her more than Joker. The guy she’s supposedly “beneath.”


Here’s the connection for Polaris: Havok.

I’m going to be fair to Havok, for Havok fans. He’s not a villain like Joker. When he’s actually written respectfully, he’s not an abusive shitheel.

However, how he is when written well does not change how their relationship was written for decades and how it always gets written when writers at Marvel try to bring it back.

Polaris was created as the daughter of Magneto who wants to be her own woman. The late 60s did still have sexism which trickled into some of her treatment, but Lorna was quite independent and more feminist than your average female character at the time.

Over time, and especially in the 70s and 80s, the idea of Lorna as “beneath” Havok (and several other characters) got pushed more and more at Marvel. Unlike DC with Harley Quinn, she wasn’t created with that toxic relationship. The toxic relationship was forced on her.

Their relationship is always Lorna acting as a supporting character for Havok’s stories.

Sometimes she’s written crying on his shoulder and blaming herself for crimes she didn’t commit, for no reason other than for the “big strong man” Havok to look good “comforting” her.

Sometimes she’s being tortured by the villain so we can see Havok’s “suffering” at hearing her in pain.

Sometimes, for no damn reason whatsoever, any concept of agency for herself is thrown out so she can spout about “what Alex would do.”

Sometimes, her entire purpose on a book is exclusively to be a reminder of “how wonderful the great and glorious Havok” is supposed to be, through things like having her spout “this isn’t you” or having her memories used to “restore” him after a multiple-issue story with him at the center.

And sometimes, big moments for her – like when she gets her origin story, or when she leads her own team for the first time – just have to have Havok shoved into them just so he can benefit.

Long story short: Marvel’s attitude toward Lorna is that she’s “beneath” Havok, and they keep going back to that over and over and over again.

They keep giving Havok opportunities they refuse to give Polaris. They keep forcing him into her stories and giving him a big voice, often even letting him hijack her whole damn story.

Marvel keeps refusing to let Lorna be her own character with her own amazing stories told, new relationships developed, her own spotlight that has nothing to do with this toxic relationship she’s had with this specific man that executives and editors and writers working at Marvel can’t stop nutting over.

And you know what?

Harley’s Success Could Be Polaris’

Harley Quinn is popular and succeeding right now in spite of setbacks like throwing out her harlequin theme. As said, “Harley Quinn’s” popularity comes because Joker isn’t forced into her stories and dragging her down. In fact, during the whole “rebirth,” the initial Suicide Squad stories where the Joker connection was played up most are actually the least liked.

The same applies with Lorna. Aside from some Austen moments, the great majority of full-bore Polaris fans do not fan over her because of Havok. They’re fans because of her mental health difficulties. Or her support of mutant rights issues when treated well. Or her history and subsequent development as a survivor of the Genoshan genocide. Or her place within the broad Magnus family, or so many other things.

Polaris is an awesome badass with many layers of complexity and massive amounts of untapped potential. What’s happening with Harley Quinn demonstrates that even if Lorna was a pale imitation of her full self, she would still be immensely popular as long as Marvel stopped dicking her over by forcing Havok on her and treating her like she’s “beneath” him.

Hell, we see that right now with Gifted. That version of Polaris isn’t really the full, true Lorna, it’s just one aspect and interpretation of her. It’s more faithful than what Marvel tends to do with her, but it’s still not fully her. And in spite of that, she’s the most popular character on the show. She’s more popular than Havok was in the films.

Lorna couldn’t just be as successful as Harley, she could be more successful. She has decades of history to draw from. Decades of fandom. Immense untapped potential. And a real, proper focus on her would be something more than what DC does for Harley, giving Lorna an edge.

The only thing standing in Lorna’s way is old, awful, entrenched fanboy biases against her at Marvel. Any argument made by anyone at Marvel along the lines of “she’s not popular enough” or “she’s not enough of a character” or anything like that is just people at Marvel trying to justify their bias.

Harley Quinn started out as a minor supporting character for Joker’s stories and look where she is now. Lorna didn’t even start out as that. She started as her own character and got turned into a minor supporting character for Havok’s stories.

If DC can do great things for Harley, then Marvel sure as hell can do them for Lorna too. They just have to care and stop making excuses.

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.

Blue #27 preview came out. The site that gave the preview has all broken images, so I had to pull from elsewhere. I don’t want to post them directly here. But I know people need to see them, so I uploaded to my imgur. Here’s an album link.

Thoughts on Preview

I’m judging just by these pages. I’m not judging by what could and should have been. I’m judging by making the most of a bad situation. I’m judging by what’s possible now that we’re stuck with this scenario and it’s too late to be in a better one, cause you can’t just stop in the middle of a story arc and say “fuck it, let’s start over without Havok this time.”

These pages are good for the story arc we’re stuck with.

Lorna gets to outright say that it’s fucked up for her value to be seen as coming from her history with Havok and nothing of herself.

Lorna gets to have a positive interaction with her father, that doesn’t imply she’s dumber, weaker, etc compared to him.

Having Wildside show illusions of Magneto, Havok and Malice saying what they say works great here for one very important reason: it’s all at once. If you had an illusion of just Magneto, or just Havok, or just Malice, it might look like Lorna should be seen as “inferior” to that one character. Having all three at once provides a diluting effect. It shows she’s a multi-faceted character.

And honestly, it was kinda cool to see Lorna knock WIldside out with a punch. She used her powers to trap him, but that shows toughness outside her powers, meaning she’s committed enough to go beyond what her powers provide for her.

… That’s not all I have to say though. I have to say more surrounding Havok and the point we’ve reached because of Blue.

Thoughts on Havok

Short and simple: Lorna needs to be kept away from Havok for another 10 years.

Blue pushed it to that point. Improvements in Lorna’s treatment on Blue are good, but they’re too little, too late. 

I like to compare the current status of when Lorna and Havok might be viable interacting again to a poisoned well. You need to clean out the poison before it’s safe to consume. You need chemical agents to counteract the poison, and you need those agents to have enough time to fully get the job done.

In the case of Lorna and Havok, that means Lorna needs a lot of use with Havok not involved or mentioned much or at all. She also needs time for her use without Havok to have a real impact on perception and treatment of her.

What Blue did was dump massive amounts of fresh poison into the well.

I was serious when I said she needs enough time away from Havok to establish who she is without him. Marvel and/or Bunn chose not to listen. Because they chose not to listen, Lorna got screwed over for Havok’s benefit, exactly like I said would happen to her.

I didn’t say Lorna needs to be away from Havok for 10 years just to be pissy about Havok. I said it because I knew writers, and if not writers then Marvel as a whole, need that long to fully understand that Lorna is her own character with her own value and potential that has nothing to do with Havok. I knew the second Havok was around her, writers and Marvel would lose sight of Lorna and only see her as defined by Havok.

And I knew this would happen no matter who the writer was. You could get Neil Gaiman to write it and he’d screw it up. The problem isn’t the writer. It’s existing material.

There’s no taking what’s happened on Blue and writing it into a fix. There isn’t going to be some groundbreaking story that rights all wrongs and makes these two immediately viable.

Here’s why. Even if Bunn wrote the best story ever in all of existence and it happened to star Polaris and Havok, the next writer to come after Bunn would revert their relationship back to a toxic cesspool. They wouldn’t have enough material of Lorna without Havok to understand how to write Lorna well around him.

Lorna was on the path of potentially being viable around Havok again in… I’ll say probably 6-7 years. Purely because of Marvel putting Lorna in forced limbo for 2 years. But Blue disrupted the process and now it needs to start over.

So, 10 more years. That’s how long Lorna has to be away from Havok after this arc is done.

In case it’s not clear exactly how biased @marvelentertainment is against Polaris – and blatantly so – let me give you the description of this collection coming out in November.

Bolding important parts for emphasis.

Professor X is dead! The X-Men have gone their separate ways. Searching to find a way to make its poorest-selling super heroes click, Marvel was trying anything and everything. With the title on the verge of cancellation, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams clicked, and the rest is history. Their epic evolution of the X-Men defines the team to this day. Adams’ lavish and dynamic visuals and Thomas’ challenging and contemporary stories combined in a book that throbbed with the pulse of the times. Their iconic stories collected here introduce Havok, the vampiric villain Sauron, the Mutates and X-Man-to-be Sunfire! Not to mention the Living Pharaoh, a classic Savage Land team-up with Ka-Zar, as well as the return of Magneto!

COLLECTING: VOL. 3: X-MEN (1963) 46-66; MATERIAL FROM KA-ZAR (1970) 2-3, MARVEL TALES (1966) 30

Here’s why this matters: Lorna was introduced in X-Men #49, and had her full mutant reveal in X-Men #50.

But look at the description of this collection.

Marvel’s eager to emphasize Havok’s introduction, but there’s no mention at all of Polaris’ introduction. They place Havok front and center of highlights, they go on to talk about Sauron and Sunfire and the Mutates, but Lorna? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

November is a month after Lorna’s 50th anniversary (she was created in October 1968) and Marvel’s attitude is to act like she doesn’t exist and doesn’t matter as far as this description goes.

Allow me to walk through some things as to why I’m reacting as strongly as I am about Polaris continuing to get screwed over repeatedly by Marvel while they put Havok on a pedestal and keep giving him things they robbed Lorna of getting.

Several years ago, Polaris was relegated to an isolated corner on X-Factor while Havok was getting tons of hype, use in crossovers, and leadership on Uncanny Avengers. You may have seen me complain then, too. But if you did, you would also have seen that I didn’t take it as a reason to refuse to see Marvel films, or refuse to read anything Havok was in. Even Havok horning in on Lorna’s affairs on All-New X-Factor while she was leading the book wasn’t enough to make that happen.

Now, Havok is getting to lead a team on an X-Men book (deliberately not naming it), wearing his iconic costume, while Polaris is maybe leading a team as well but without her iconic costume.

If you look at this, Havok is actually a “step down” from where he was a few years back, but I’m reacting stronger than I did back then.

So what’s changed? Why am I so aggressive and taking it harder this time?

It’s all about how Polaris has been treated the entire time leading up to this announcement.

Before Havok went off to Uncanny Avengers, Polaris got her origin story told – and it was all her story. Havok was involved, but the story wasn’t about him, it was about her. In addition, Lorna was treated fairly well in spite of being around Havok. She was written as asserting her own unique identity. Her treatment improved in the run-up.

Polaris was treated well and with respect, including around Havok, before Havok assumed leadership over at Uncanny Avengers. As a result, I was annoyed by Havok getting more than Lorna, I called it out repeatedly, but it didn’t cause me to not buy things. It didn’t make me have to make plans for what I’ll do when Marvel gets worse.

Here’s where the current situation differs: all throughout the run-up to Marvel announcing Havok leading his own team book, Polaris was treated poorly to build up Havok.

X-Men Blue #8 was made out to be Lorna’s big return after a 2 year forced limbo. They provided a cover styled after X-Men #50. They announced it at a conference. It looked like they might have realized she was getting a raw deal and wanted to give her something to make up for it.

Then the actual issues came out and practically everything Lorna said was about how “great” non-inverted Havok is, how he’s Lorna’s ex-boyfriend, how everything about Lorna should be seen as defined by her as a supporting character for Havok’s story. If it’s not about her as a supporting character for Magneto.

This is in addition to almost all of X-Men Blue #8 giving Havok countless things Lorna didn’t get. He got to lead a new team. He got to be presented as a major threat to the teen O5 X-Men. He got to build a strong connection with characters like Briar Raleigh, and have new interactions with Emma Frost.

All Lorna got was beating up her ex, and her identity revolving around a mix of him (mostly him) and Magneto. No team. No new connections/interactions. Just that.

Fast forward to the most recent issues of X-Men Blue.

X-Men Blue #23 decided to once again make Lorna’s dialogue focus on “how important” Havok is to her. Not only that, it attempted to frame a paltry 6 years of not being a couple as “a really long time apart,” clearly trying to set up justification for forcing them back together and having them interact. Trying to sound like Lorna’s been allowed to establish herself without him.

Except she hasn’t. For the past 6 years, it’s been a mix of undermining her (no promotion and isolated), writing her poorly, and not writing her at all (for 2 years). Six years apart means fucking nothing if Lorna is constantly held back during that whole period.

The last couple issues were better to Lorna. She fought with Malice, she beat Malice. Unlike prior issues, the focus was actually on Lorna herself. Not Havok. Not Magneto. Not what her getting possessed can do to benefit one of the two men in her life. It was all about development for Lorna.

But there were still problems. The most egregious being that Lorna overcoming Malice was treated as a minor footnote story to a broader story all about Havok.

Lorna beats (a weaker, alternate universe version of) Malice after 20-25 years of that lingering in her history, and to Marvel, that’s only good enough to be flavor text for Havok’s much bigger story.

And then there’s the cover for X-Men Blue #28. Which is still the cover they’re going to use.


In the lead-up to Havok getting his own team book with him as leader, Marvel’s putting out a cover of a weak, defeated and prone Polaris being fought over like a trophy by Magneto and Havok.

Everything Havok’s getting is at Lorna’s expense.

His big return came by robbing Lorna of her big return in X-Men Blue #8 and #9.

His big storyline in recent issues comes at the cost of one of her big developments cut short and treated like a minor footnote to his story.

His getting to lead a team book gets its push with her being presented as a weaker and worse leader than him, one he’s able to defeat and then fight for possession of. Only failing because a “better man” stands in his way to take ownership of Lorna instead of him.

Compared to when he went off to Uncanny Avengers, where his use and promotion didn’t involve him hijacking Lorna’s origin story to promote him, or her origin story being a footnote to his story.

Everything about how Marvel is treating Polaris and Havok lately is a repeat of how they’ve treated these characters for decades. It’s all a repeat of the negative and spiteful attitude toward Lorna that caused her to not get an origin story for over 40 years. That caused her to not get to lead a team of her own for over 40 years. That caused people to think of her so lowly that when I discovered her back in 2009, and I said she should return from space, a guy said she should stay there to “keep her away from characters that matter.”

What I want is very simple: I want Lorna treated with the respect she’s long overdue, and I want Marvel to make up for how they’ve been screwing her over to promote and benefit Havok all this time.

It doesn’t mean “don’t let Havok lead a team book.” But it sure as hell means give Lorna the attention, spotlight and developments that were stolen from her during Blue #8 and #9. It sure as hell means keep her away from Havok until Marvel’s spent enough years to know how to not treat Lorna poorly around him. It sure as hell means let her be involved in broader Marvel and X-Men events that she should be taking part in.

And it means acknowledge it’s her 50th anniversary and do something to promote and celebrate it. She was wrongfully excluded from nearly everything done for the X-Men franchise’s 50th anniversary back in 2013 while Havok wasn’t. She deserves the recognition and respect she wasn’t given back then, especially with the raw deal Marvel’s given her for most of her history.

Commit to a better future for her by showing appreciation for how long she’s been around and the highlights of her past. Like being the second female X-Men member. And surviving Genosha.

If Marvel aims to be the good company its fans and supporters say it is, then what I’m asking for should be easy.