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Why Couldn't Malice Break Free From Polaris?

In Left Unresolved, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved.

Today, in honor of my pal Michael's birthday yesterday, I take a look at the never-quite-explained deal between Malice and Polaris.

Malice, the Marauder who could possess people, popped up during the Mutant Massacre, but it was not until Uncanny X-Men #214 (by Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith) that Malice had a spotlight issue, as Malice kept possessing various members of the X-Men and tearing the team apart...

In Uncanny X-Men #219 (by Claremont, Bret Blevins and Dan Green), the Marauders attack Lorna Dane, Polaris, only to be surprised by how well she handles herself against them...

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She then reveals that she is actually Malice possessing Polaris!

Two issues later (with Marc Silvestri now on pencils), the Malice-possessed Polaris takes on the X-Men for the first time...

Psylocke discovers the fact that Malice has possessed Polaris and tries to break Malice's hold on Polaris...

The issue ends in a twisted bit where Polaris forces Havok to try to kill her. He fails, but she knows he'll have to live with the fact that he TRIED....

Then a big twist happens in Uncanny X-Men #239 (by Claremont, Silvestri and Green), where we learn that Malice can't break free from Polaris!

And it's here that things get really confusing. WHY can't she break free from Polaris? Mister Sinister mentions something about Lorna Dane having a lot of malice in her heart, but come on, there's no way that that is the real story. She had not shown any indication of having any real malice in her heart to this point. This is a confusing situation.

Malice uses the situation to try to keep the X-Men from messing with Polaris, by noting that their bond is complete in Uncanny X-Men #243...

Okay, so Mister Sinister seemingly dies the issue after that (X-Factor #39, which followed Uncanny X-Men #243 in the Inferno crossover) and then, suddenly, Malice's hold over Polaris weakens in Uncanny X-Men #249...

The following issue, the mysterious Zaladane (who is a WHOLE other topic for an article) steals Polaris' magnetic powers from her...

The process transforms Polaris into a sort of psychic instigator (she makes people act crazy around her, as part of a tie-in with the Shadow King) but it also removed Malice from Polaris...

Malice returned years later, without explanation (I'd spotlight that, as well, but I dunno, seems like a stretch to be surprised that a psychic entity survived, right?), and Malice was trying to kill Polaris through intermediaries. However, we never learned what the deal was between Malice and Polaris.

WHY were they so connected? My pal Nate Adler had a theory that Malice was Polaris' psychic twin (like Cassandra Nova and Charles Xavier), and that makes sense, but it's never been resolved in the actual comics.

Happy birthday, Michael!

If anyone has a suggestion for an unresolved comic book plot, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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