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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So is Magneto Polaris’ Dad or What?

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So is Magneto Polaris’ Dad or What?

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a request from commenter JD, we take a look at the shifting paternity of the X-Man known as Polaris…

When Polaris was introduced (check out the amazing Steranko cover above), it was revealed to her that she was Magneto’s daughter.

Luckily, Iceman showed up to tell her otherwise…

That was pretty much the state of affairs for the next thirty plus years. Which, when you think about it, is kind of odd. “Are you Magneto’s daughter?” “No.” “How do you know?” “Iceman told me.” “Oh, how did he know?” “Your adopted parents told him?” “How did THEY know that my birth mother did not have an affair with Magneto?” “Uhm….”

However, things went a bit deeper than that during the Age of Apocalypse, which was an altered timeline of the regular Marvel universe (when Legion went back in time and accidentally killed his father, Charles Xavier, when Xavier was a young man).

In Factor X #2, we get some pretty definitive evidence that Polaris, shown in the issue as being obsessed with Magneto (who is a rebel leader in this timeline)…

is NOT the daughter of Magneto…

However, in Uncanny X-Men #430-431, we discover via flashback that Polaris decided to do some investigating on her own…

and she discovers that she IS Magneto’s daughter.

Now, all you need to do, of course, is have the person who did that blood test turn out to be, like, I dunno, Mister Sinister in disguise or something like that, if you wanted to reverse it. But it appears as though they have committed to the idea…

They have not done much with the concept since it was introduced a decade ago, but there’s plenty they theoretically could do with it in the future!

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