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Polaris by AdamWithers Polaris by AdamWithers
Commission from New York Comic Con 2013; Pencil.

I've liked Polaris since she and Havok were running the government-sponsored X-Factor together. Sadly, her portrayals have been pretty... bi-polar. Seems like every writer who gets their hands on her has a wildly different idea about who she is, frequently contradicting with previous portrayals. And the whole "Magneto's Daughter" angle is about as laughably stupid as "Nightcrawler is an ACTUAL DEMON!" Just shows how most people have no clue what to do with her other than attach her to Havok to support his story.

Anyway, I really liked how this headshot came out. It was done literally in the last 45 minutes of NYCC, but once I started in on it she just came together smooth and easy. Isn't it great when art doesn't have to be a struggle? :XD:
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the-kid36 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist
very lovely :D
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks, pal. :)
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the-kid36 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist
your welcome :D
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Estonius Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Way pretty!
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Artist
Way thank you! Or something. :thanks:
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Freeezz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
This came out REALLY NICE!!
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you SO MUCH!!
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Salarta Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I happen to like her existence as Magneto's daughter, as it really builds on aspects of who she is that have been neglected for a long while, and it was THE core defining thing about the story that introduced her back in 1968 before it got essentially retconned out. What makes her Magneto's daughter isn't just that she has the same powers, it's so much more than that and goes all the way back to her very creation as a character. When we've got notions like Psylocke being body-swapped into an Asian body, and situations like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver originally alluded to being children of The Whizzer before getting revealed as children of Magneto more than 20 years later, I'd say a character that was originally meant to be Magneto's daughter being re-established as Magneto's daughter isn't that big of a thing.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Artist
Ah, I just found it more interesting when she wasn't. It was only ever hinted at in the beginning, and she assumed it was true or something, but then later they were all Nope and "What--because she has magnetism she has to be his daughter? Don't be ridiculous." It was an interesting turn and forced her to really think about her identity and made her a more interesting character.
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Salarta Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I can understand why the idea of deconstruction of a trope would be appealing, but in Lorna's case I think the retcon robbed her of a great deal of potential that she is only just now getting the opportunity to explore. In her introductory story, she simultaneously had two major self-identity struggles she needed to face: her newfound status as a mutant (something she already partly struggled with growing up, as shown by how she had to wear a wig to hide her natural green hair in order to avoid ostracism) and a conflict between doing what's right and loyalty toward a father she never got to know until that point.

After the retcon, she lost those storylines. Until X-Factor in the 90s, all of her appearances afterward focused either on Lorna being Alex's girlfriend, or Lorna being possessed, mind-controlled or defeated, constantly putting her identity as a character into the service of making other heroes look more heroic and villains look more villainous. Her tie to Magneto, before her re-establishment as one of Magneto's daughters, gave her a huge boost in focus after the Genoshan massacre. I know a lot of people greatly dislike the things Austen wrote, and I can understand that completely, but many aspects of what he did with Lorna really brought out storylines and potential that no prior writer was willing to bring back. Any time someone says "Austen's work was terrible," I always say that even the best writers have at least one bad thing they do, and even the worst ones have at least one or two good things, and I think Lorna's depiction in and of herself is one of those good things. Her time at that point, while "crazy," allowed her to demonstrate new and great uses of her powers, and more importantly, the Genoshan massacre and her suffering as a result of it did two things. One, it re-situated her with a greater focus on caring about what happens to mutants and their suffering, and two, the internal struggle between what fans would most easily see as the "Xavier" style and "Magneto" style of mutant-human relations came out in full force in Uncanny X-Men #443.

Uncanny X-Men #443 is what I consider to be one of her great issues, alongside X-Factor #243. It's hard for me to give a proper summary of that, but it does an excellent job of expressing Lorna as a character caught between two trains of thought, struggling with what's better in how to deal with humans, fear and a show of force or kindness and self-sacrifice. It harkens back to her very first issue where she's struggling with whether to fight alongside the X-Men or alongside Magneto.

Of course, M-Day happened, and her being one of Magneto's daughters led to Scarlet Witch depowering her, which allowed her to have some storylines where she had to try and figure out who she is and what her whole life means for her to no longer be a mutant anymore after all she's seen and done. That could've been the end for Lorna being a mutant, that could've been the point where she's left human and forgotten forever by Marvel, but the Genoshan massacre and other things she witnessed and experienced fed into higher stakes for her where she managed to get her powers back (and as a result of a major X-Men event where she became Pestilence).

I feel like I'm already over-loading with the text in my desire to share my thoughts on this, so I'll try to be briefer. There was a lack of storylines involving Lorna as one of Magneto's daughters for a while after her re-powering, but that tie did lead to some of the best stuff she's ever had: the AU version of her on Exiles, her meaningful role on the Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon, and the really amusing interactions she had with Crystal and Luna while she was in space. I also very, very strongly believe that if it wasn't for her being re-revealed as Magneto's daughter, then Lorna never would have received her origin story issue in X-Factor #243, something that took more than 40 years for her to receive while just about every character around as long as her got their origins told decades before.

I'm sorry for such a huge amount of text, but it's because I care about how Lorna as one of Magneto's daughters has done so much for her, provided her with things that she didn't get to have before, and all in just one decade. Right now, she's finally getting to lead her own team, the corporate-owned version of X-Factor, and while it's certainly possible she could have still ended up there with different circumstances, I sincerely think she only reached this point because of all the storylines that opened up for her by her association with Magneto as one of his daughters. There's still a ways to go for her, too. What I'm waiting and hoping for most of all is to see Lorna get to interact with Wanda. There is so much that can be done with them as sisters, currently the most high-profile sister relationship Marvel has. The company hasn't even begun to tap into its potential yet, it's been 5 years since they last did anything with it (Exiles), but interest in Lorna and Wanda's relationship as sisters is only growing every year.

With all the vastness of Lorna's untapped potential, every piece of it that is perfect and ready for use, I feel it means so much more for her to keep her status as one of Magneto's daughters intact to be explored than for her to lose it in the name of taking a cliche to task.
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