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John, There was never a satisfactory explanation ...

2014-11-15T17:12:04.633-05:00

John,

There was never a satisfactory explanation for Polaris's new powers, although one was presumably forthcoming if Claremont had stayed on. When he left, Fabian Nicieza wrote an 11-page fill-in that wrapped up the Shadow King plot and returned Polaris to normal, revealing that Farouk had been behind her transformation in the first place.

That makes no sense. Farouk wasn't there when Polaris gained the dark-emotions-converted-to-physical-strength powers; he wasn't even there when Polaris first came to Muir Island and started turning everyone there dark. In fact, Farouk isn't even the one who tied Lorna up to that power-amplifying machine: that was Legion, who was planning to turn Muir Island into, as Claremont put it, "a dark reflection of Xavier's school." Farouk came in later, ambushed Legion, and hijacked the entire plan.

Nicieza also revealed, in this same wrap up, that the Shadow King was some ancient dark deity and had only possessed the human mutant Amahl Farouk, the same way he would later possess others. This, to Claremontian scholars, is hogwash. The character was always consistently referred to as Farouk under Claremont, and only assumed the title "Shadow King" after conquering the Hellfire Club as a play on their titles, a la Black King, White King, Grey King, et al. Moreover, Farouk had no innate possession powers; he was a telepath. The first time he managed to possess someone was with Karma, and in that case, he specifically turned her possession powers against her. Though this clearly gives him ideas later, he never has the strength for a full possession until after suborning Legion's plot, which gives him access to the vast amount of negative emotional energy that Polaris can conjure up.

tl;dr: There was a weak explanation offered, but in reality, Claremont was going to have to get into it to explain his planned Shadow King saga, and it was probably going to be something along the lines of Lorna internalizing Malice after losing her magnetic powers.



DANIEL Haller...? Oops!

2013-08-26T16:53:19.347-04:00

DANIEL Haller...? Oops!



Any theories as to why Polaris was making everyone...

2010-02-13T09:44:29.717-05:00

Any theories as to why Polaris was making everyone evil or more dark? Something to do with malice? And how did she get so strong? I always wondered about that subplot...

John Voulieris



I actually liked "Fallen Angels". I alw...

2010-02-03T13:47:09.595-05:00

I actually liked "Fallen Angels". I always wondered what happened to the new characters introduced in that series: Gomi, Chance, and Ariel.



"...Siryn and Madrox (who, curiously, are not...

2010-02-03T00:43:20.239-05:00

"...Siryn and Madrox (who, curiously, are not part of this present two-parter, despite being Muir Island regulars ....)"

They're hanging out in New York with the Vanisher, as of the last issue of Jo Duffy's risible "Fallen Angels" mini.



Well, Psylocke's origin is worse, but they kee...

2010-02-02T23:22:43.380-05:00

Well, Psylocke's origin is worse, but they keep her around. I guess the cheesecake factor mitigates the convoluted origin. "Hot ninja" scores higher than "Native American guy with no real powers" on any scale, I guess.

I think Morrison's X-Men is naught but recycled Claremont ideas, so no agreement from me on what justice he'd have done the Demon Bear. But hey ... !



Well, it is pretty understandable... it's a pr...

2010-02-02T21:59:36.925-05:00

Well, it is pretty understandable... it's a pretty awkward origin story when you need to reintroduce the character...

"I was a white guy who was turned into a native american by a demon bear"

"What's a Demon Bear?"

I mean, if the Demon Bear had since become an integral part of the X-mythos.... That, Grant Morrison could have had some fun with... as he could have with the X-men Vs. Dracula!



"Another thing I looked up, just to be pedant...

2010-02-02T21:36:20.556-05:00

"Another thing I looked up, just to be pedantic because I have nothing useful to say, is that the cover to Giant Size X-Men 1 was only inked by Cockrum. Gil Kane did the pencil work/layout."

Ah, cool, didn't realize that.

Didn't know that Sharon was killed either. But I will lay odds (as Claremont would say) that Tom Corsi hasn't appeared in a single X-comic during the entirety of the oughts.



Tom Corsi is still hanging around the fringes, Sha...

2010-02-02T21:31:51.907-05:00

Tom Corsi is still hanging around the fringes, Sharon was killed in UXM 298 by the Acolytes. (Yes, I looked that up. I remember one of them died, but didn't remember who!)

Another thing I looked up, just to be pedantic because I have nothing useful to say, is that the cover to Giant Size X-Men 1 was only inked by Cockrum. Gil Kane did the pencil work/layout.

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Tom and Sharon are actually in issue 278, which is...

2010-02-02T21:28:13.056-05:00

Tom and Sharon are actually in issue 278, which is Claremont's last full Uncanny issue. They don't do much, but they're there in one of the crowd scenes, I think. :) Then they kind of vanish, in favor of characters like Siryn and Madrox (who, curiously, are not part of this present two-parter, despite being Muir Island regulars ....)

Once Claremont left, though, Tom and Sharon seem to have pretty much vanished. (I wonder if they'll show up in X-Men Forever. I kind of doubt it.)



Yeah, but it was sort of their main one... has any...

2010-02-02T19:26:54.506-05:00

Yeah, but it was sort of their main one... has anyone ever legitimately had the power to change race at will? Because I would read that comic... I don't know if I would LIKE it... but I'd read it.

Whatever happenned to them anyway? (Sharon and Tom)It seems like they (as well as some other characters of note) have disapeared from Muir Island when Claremont brings us back here in a couple of years (understandable considering that, by that point, not much of what was happening was Claremont anyway)



I haven't read anything, but my sense was that...

2010-02-02T19:01:23.495-05:00

I haven't read anything, but my sense was that the plan for the Muir Island team was pretty similar to what we saw, i.e., they became a group of villains controlled by the Shadow King.

Sharon and Tom also were said to have slightly-above-norm strength and endurance, which I realize is pretty generic. But it wasn't JUST that they were Native Americans! (Their power description kind of matches Thunderbird's, come to think of it ...)



I also gotta say... I love the fact the Moira'...

2010-02-02T17:59:49.060-05:00

I also gotta say... I love the fact the Moira's two assistants' (Sharon and whatshisname) super power is that they were white people who are now native americans.



I've been wanting to ask this question for som...

2010-02-02T17:48:49.584-05:00

I've been wanting to ask this question for some time: Has Claremont ever given any indication that, if left to his own devices without interference from Harras, that this group would have, in fact, involved into a new team? The issue would seem to indicate that he was aware of its transience, but Muir Island, as a satelite base of sorts to the original X-mansion, would have been an Ideal setting and I've always felt that Legion was a character who could have used further exploration... also, sure, he may have killed Sunder in the very first issue... but he also Killed Thunderbird on his first mission as well.