Bringing up how Wanda got Lorna’s role raises a lot of fascinating questions in my mind. In two cases, WatXM and X-men Legends II, they’ve taken something that was originally given to Lorna and put it on her half-sister. They took something away from the character they’ve been ignoring and putting it on a character they want to hype up and make more popular. It’s like they thought “hey, that’s a good dynamic, we should’ve given that to Wanda instead of Lorna since Wanda is already more popular” and forced it over to Wanda. It makes me wonder how many OTHER cases like this may have happened in the past that I don’t know about, where a writer may have had a stellar idea for Lorna that would’ve really boosted the interest people had in her, only for someone higher up in the company to essentially say “Hey, that idea’s too good for Lorna, we should give it to one of the more popular characters.”
As for the people who hated how Lorna was finally getting respect… my thought process is kind of complex. It’s rooted in something not comic books. I like video games, and the characters within them, and in many games the characters are or were very inspirational to me. In one case, Final Fantasy IV, I found what can only be described as an intentional campaign to ruin one of the characters I loved from the game just so fans of another character in the game could hype their favorite up and make their favorite look better by comparison. This involved everything from twisting and omitting important events, all the way to flat out lying about what “official guides” said about the character, just because they want everyone to fawn over their favorite. I liked both characters about equal before all that happened, now I hate the one that got hyped up because the actions of her fanbase and their effect on my favorite character from the game.
That’s where I’m coming from when I show dislike for things like Claremont and Storm, and why I’m often pretty harsh about Marvel not making more and better use of Lorna. I’m not thinking “This is my favorite character, she deserves to be treated like a goddess!”, I’m thinking about all the stupid fanboy and fangirl actions and comments, Claremont included (since I consider intentionally setting out to ruin other characters just to hype up one’s favorite to be a fanboy thing to do), and all the many small and evolving factors that get us where we are today after more than 40 years of character history. On top of it, I’m thinking of Marvel’s unwillingness to make good use of Lorna’s potential just because some fanboys want to beat down and stomp on creative possibilities if those possibilities mean someone gets more attention than their fanboy and fangirl favorites. I’ve developed the same hardline stance here; loathing any and all factors that have contributed to the situation. Storm is among them.
In essence, the more that fanboys show hatred toward Polaris and an unwillingness to let the character actually develop and use her potential to stand out in a good way, the more I’m inclined to hate the things that are very likely the reason behind them not wanting Polaris to have a chance to do anything. So far, that’s Claremont and Storm. That list might expand.
Sorry for the book of a post, when I get started it’s hard to stop myself. :P Now to go off and feel weird and bad for writing so much.