Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fatal Attractions & Bloodties

1993 was a huge year for comic book fans.  It marked the 30th anniversary of the creation of the X-Men and the Avengers; but not only that, it was also when Magneto, the pressumed dead Master of Magnetism returned in the "Fatal Attractions" six-part arc.  Sadly, the story was poorly executed and other than some events in parts three, four, and five, there was no real sense of impending doom.  Another sad thing:  Polaris played no significant role, none whatsoever, when she should have been a prominent figure.

"Bloodties" was a kind of sequel to "Fatal Attractions" that finally brought the X-Men and the Avengers together.  Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, Crystal, Luna Maximoff, and Rogue were part of Exodus' plan to master the mutant race in the name of Magneto, and it was up to the two heroic teams to stop this menace.  All the marketing and teasers promoted Polaris prominently as a main character in these two storylines; unfortunately, a change of heart by editorial left her out, and us fans longing for her!

Storm, Cannonball, Polaris, Colossus, Havok, Cyclops, Cable, and Wolverine with Magneto in the background.  "Fatal Attractions".  Art by Joe Quesada.

Polaris, Storm, Bishop, Crystal, Luna, Captain America, Quicksilver, and War Machine with Exodus and Magneto in the background. "Bloodties".  Art by Steve Epting and Joe Quesada.

"Bloodties" promotional card.  Vision, Cannonball, Polaris, Colossus, Havok, Crystal, Cyclops, Wolverine, Black Widow, and Hercules with Exodus in the background.  Art by Steve Epting.

"Bloodties" featuring The Vision, Rogue, Cannonball, Strong Guy, Beast, Polaris, Hawkeye, Wolverine, Psylocke, Captain America, and Cyclops. 


  1. The 90's was a good decade for Polaris. Polaris was appearing in promo art and was the leading lady of X-Factor which was popular at the time. There were also only a few x-ladies that enjoyed seniority positions in the books and thanks to Polaris being a creation of the late 60's, she was one of the main x-ladies even though she wasn't a member of the X-Men. Storm, Rogue, and Jean were by far the main x-ladies, followed closely by Psylocke and Polaris. My how things have changed over the past 2 decades...

    1. What are you talking about? Polaris was one of the main x-ladies. As a matter of fact, she was the second incarnation of the x-men. As well the second x-men female. Jean was the first x-lady, Polaris second then the rest of the x-ladies came along. But Polaris was and STILL an x-men. Never forget that.