This is true
This is true
Head shots in a large piece by craig rousseau.
I normally try to tag everyone I can if I’m the first person posting it, but that’s impossible here, so I’ll cherrypick a few to tag.
However, this does remind me of back when I had to deal with hardcore Rydia fanboys for FF4 who claimed things like “Rydia was the real female lead of the game, Rosa was just a useless damsel in distress supporting character.” People eventually understood she’s the female lead that offered and represented a lot more than she was being given credit for.
Same with Lorna being the first female X-Men member to join, second longest history with the franchise.
Storm fans – and I mean real ones, not people trying to troll – have a couple claims to fame of their own though. Storm was the first woman of color to join the X-Men, and she’s been used enough to become a pretty famous character not just as a woman of color, but in comics in general.
But now it’s time for Lorna to get some decades-overdue love and respect too. Her status, history and potential have been ignored for far too long, and Lorna’s 50th anniversary of her creation is the perfect time for Marvel to commit to doing better for her going forward.
Thanos Vs. X-men ladies.
ECCC 2018 commission.
This was pointed out to me by @lordtimeblogposts, and it’s neat!
As I’ve said many times, I think Lorna is better off with her iconic costume or a variation of it, but this looks good too – and it’s a commission and those are whatever the commissioner wants. It’s interesting to see a cross between the X-Factor uniform (which I don’t like, same as any team uniforms on her) and the most important identifying features of headgear and cape.
“Lame-ass” is my take away here, right? Also, I’m pretty sure “Lame-ass” needs a hyphen.
Adding this as a sort of open letter response to the anon that will probably never see it.
There is nothing wrong with Blood Storm. If Bunn wants to focus on her and cares more about her than Polaris, that’s perfectly fine. He’s the writer and a person. He can like what he likes and not like what he doesn’t like. Calling the character “lame ass” is disrespectful to anyone who might like the character, too.
Also, X-Men Blue isn’t about Polaris. The spotlight is supposed to be on the teen O5. Sure, a book where Lorna was in the spotlight would be excellent, but that’s not what X-Men Blue is.
I do have a complaint in that Blood Storm got the sort of support and in-depth character exploration that Polaris should have received in X-Men Blue #9 and never did. And never will.
This is not a “Blood Storm should’ve gotten worse” take. That line of thinking is awful. This is a “Polaris should’ve received better” take. Personal monologue, flashback panels, exploration into character nature and philosophy, those are all things we should’ve seen for Polaris in X-Men Blue #9. Instead, we got text/speech bubbles and other characters talking about how important it is that Lorna has relationships with two men, as if she’s worthless if those two men don’t exist.
So in sum.
Blood Storm is a perfectly fine character. There are bound to be people out there who like her. Don’t knock her for lack of personal interest, and don’t act like they’re rivals for panel space, because they’re not. If Bunn likes her, Bunn has every right to write her as much as he wants. He’s the writer.
But, if Bunn isn’t really interested in Polaris for anything more than writing about the men in her life, then he shouldn’t write Lorna. I appreciate that Bunn helped to repair Lorna’s father-daughter relationship with Magneto that was severed in X-Factor, and that’s enough if that’s the furthest things get. Better to not write her than to write her without trying to understand her as her own character. I don’t want Bunn forcing himself to do something if he doesn’t want to do it. None of us will walk away from that happy.