Polaris (Lorna Sally Dane) created by Arnold Drake and Jim
Steranko in X-Men #49 (October 1968)
Lorna Dane summoned to the X-Men by the mutant villain Mesmero,
who mentally called upon all mutants to help him fight the
Magneto showed up to rescue her and claimed to be her father,
explaining why she has his same magnetic abilities - Iceman spoke
to her foster parents, who told her that her birth parents died in
a plane crash - she joined the team and began a relationship with
Erik the Red, a Shi’ar agent, telepathically controlled her and
gave her the name Polaris - she was freed by Xavier, but kept the
Gained a secondary ability to manipulate emotions and use them
to enhance her own powers - this was removed after a battle with
the Shadow King
She & Havok were reserve X-Men for many years, until joining
X-Factor - left the team after his apparent death
Helped Magneto run Genosha for a while, as she felt she needed
to make amends - she also learned better control over her powers -
during this time, it was confirmed that Magneto was her father
Rejoined the X-Men after the Genoshan massacre, although she
was suffering from trauma as a result
Got engaged to Havok, who left her at the altar for a nurse
that he had a psychic affair with
Was transformed into Pestilence by Apocalypse, and served as
one of his Horsemen - after she is returned to normal, she once
again quits the X-Men
Joins the Starjammers, where she helps the Inhumans as
Later learns that her powers manifested at 3 years old - she
witnessed her parents arguing about her mother’s infidelity, and
her ensuing emotional response triggered her latent magnetic
abilities, which crashed the plane they were all on - Magneto
showed up and had Mastermind wipe her mind of the memories
Currently living on Krakoa where she’s on a team investigating
any mutant deaths
Jeanine - Dealing with constantly revolving powers
Her powers impacting those around her, as well as the
electrical impulses in her brain (11;51)
Her revolving door relationship with her father (18:36)
In-universe - Create a machine to use her powers to help
regulate her emotions
Out of universe - (34:15)
DOC: Hello Polaris, I’m Dr. Issues.
POLARIS: So whaddya wanna talk about first?
D: Just cut right to it, eh?
P: Not one for beating around the bush. When you’ve seen the
stuff I have, you don’t waste time.
D: Fair enough. Well if that’s the case, I’ll leave it up to
you to choose the topic, and we can go from there.
P: I don’t like being manipulated.
D: I’m sure you don’t, like most people.
P: I don’t mean mislead or gaslit, I mean people actually
getting into my brain and making me do things beyond my
D: I’m...not sure how I can help with that other than to tell
you to avoid situations where someone would get that
P: *bitter* Thanks for nothing.
D: Wait! I’m not saying I can’t help you completely, I’m saying
I don’t have psychic powers. I didn’t know if that’s what you were
looking for; I didn’t want to mislead you...which kind of ties in,
right? *nervous laugh*
P: Nice save. Yeah, I understand if you thought about it from a
mutant perspective. No, I don’t want any psychic stuff. I
want...resilience I guess.
D: You’ve survived, so that shows a baseline resilience. What
sort of emotional and physical responses occur when you think about
P: Everything. All of it. It’s horrible.
D: No wonder it’s the first thing on your mind. Not to sound
stereotypical, but trauma really does carry its own special kind of
baggage. Is this recent stuff, or childhood, or both?
P: This is where it gets weird. It started at childhood, but I
didn’t know about it, and then there were other problems as I got
older that were unrelated to that, but were a direct result of the
kid stuff. It sounds convoluted when I say it like that.
D: And yet, I was able to follow. Families hide things to
theoretically protect the innocent, but there’s the risk of
altering the relationship at a later age.
P: Exactly! And then I have to sort out all of it. My father,
my foster parents, Alex, the other ones who controlled me...it’s
D: It sounds like a lot-
P: *interrupting* And don't forget everyone that died...they
didn’t HAVE to die...I’m not saying it’s my fault...but what if I
didn’t do enough...I’m not some hysterical monster!
D: Whoa, I didn’t say -
P: And don’t say it’s not my fault. I had to be the embodiment
of making the worst fears of humanity come true. Whenever someone
powerful sees me, they automatically think of me as a commodity.
And what’s the fix? Mind wipe. False memories. But all I ever do is
keep digging. Nobody was able to keep me from my own
D: Do you have -
P: *clear pattern of interrupting from this point* Anybody to
help? Yeah. I really do, but how can they understand? They can’t.
You can’t understand. *frustrated* Ugh, what’s the point of all
this? I know that nobody else has the answers.
D: What do you -
P: I want trust! I want to be trusted, and to trust other
people. Whenever I do, it backfires. I’m just so sick of-
D: FIRST OFF, LET ME FINISH.
P: Why are you shouting?
D: *sigh* I’m trying to match your intensity...although that’s
a difficult task. You have identified the problem accurately. For
some people, that takes years of counseling, so you’re ahead of the
P: Well thank -
D: I’m not done. HOWEVER, it’s clear you’re trying to
compensate for a historical lack of control with an even bigger
focus on commandeering a conversation to your whims. That won’t
work for longer periods with a professional. And…
P: *pause* and what?
D: Oh, I’m sorry, I was just expecting another interruption.
Anyway, the point is, trust is not a light switch, even if everyone
around you treats it like one. Does that make sense?
P: Sure. But try convincing anyone close in my life of
D: Not gonna give you any BS on that. You’re going to struggle
with this for a while. ***electrical sound effects*** what the hell
P: I didn’t do anything.
D: ***walking effects*** oh, I think we just had a power surge.
***thunder effect*** Damn weather is going crazy. You’d think Storm
was… oh no...
P: *more electrical effects, possible female scream*
D: Are you okay?!
P: *calm* Okay with what?
D: You just look like you got electrocuted. I think we have a
blackout in the area.
P: That sounds bad. Who are you, by the way?
P: Oh...well, If you’re gonna be a jerk about it, I’ll
introduce myself first. I’m -
D: I know who you are...do you remember anything that you
already said to me?
P: I asked you who you are, and you have this freaked out look.
I’m supposed to meet with a therapist, so if you’re the
D: Let’s just reschedule...no wait, I think if…*rubbing shoes
on carpet* hopefully I can build up the static
P: It looks like you’re a weird dancer so…*another electric
D: Ow! I hope that did it
P: WHAT KIND OF SICKO PSYCHIATRIST ARE YOU SHOCKING ME LIKE
THAT?! I spent all of this time pouring my heart out to you and you
turn it into some joke?
D: Um...you’re welcome?
P: Ugh. You’re just like all of the others! *walks out of the
office, door shuts*
D: *shouting far* AT LEAST I GAVE YOU YOUR MEMORIES BACK!
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