Real Name: Dana Holmes
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Group Membership: Xavier Institute student body
Affiliations: Xavier Institute student body (Choir/Irina Clayton, Contact/Frida Rivera, Imp/Anders Nobel, Keratin/Dave Finn, Mentat/Robert Zepheniah, Redneck/Vincent Stewart, Spike/Gary Walsh, Stalwart/Adewale Ekoku, Stepford Cuckoos (Celeste, Esme, Mindee, Phoebe, Sophie Cuckoo), other unidentified students), Special Class (Angel/Angel Salvadore, Beak/Barnell Bohusk), X-Men (Beast/Henry McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Emma Frost, Phoenix/Jean Grey, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett, Xorn/Kuan-Yin Xorn)
Enemies: Cassandra Nova
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem Center, New York
First Appearance: New X-Men I#126 (July, 2002)
Powers/Abilities: Polymer possessed telepathy and could spray viscous liquid from her hands.
Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 110 lbs. (by approximation)
(New X-Men I#116 - BTS) - After Professor Charles Xavier (secretly Cassandra Nova who had switched minds with her twin brother) came out as a mutant on live TV, the Xavier Institute was opened to the public. Polymer was one of the many young teenagers that enrolled at the Xavier Institute. Because of her mutation, she took the codename Polymer.
(New X-Men I#126) - Refusing to hide like a common human, Polymer and most of the students decided they wanted to join the fight against Cassandra Nova who at that point had fully manifested herself as a Mummudrai. Nova effortlessly used her psionic abilities to mind control Polymer and the other students, sending them to fight Beast and Wolverine. Polymer and the others were eventually freed from Cassandra's control by the Stepford Cuckoos.
Comments: Created by Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks).
Polymer was most likely one of the many millions mutants who lost their powers when a reality altering spell cast by the Scarlet Witch reduced the number of gene active mutants to a mere 300 worldwide.
Since all Xavier Institute students were selected to join special training squads mentored by members of the X-Men, Polymer could have been a part of the Excelsiors (Iceman's squad), the Exemplars (Beast's squad) or the Paladins (Shadowcat's squad) whose rosters have never been revealed.
At first sight it looks like Polymer is also in Quire's telepathy class in New X-Men I#135 but the introductory page of the issue lists her as being Tattoo (Christine Cord). Rather confusing to have two bald Afro-American girls with telepathy running around in the same issue.
Polymer's name and code name have been revealed in the Xavier Institute entry of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC#13 (2010).
Inside Info: Her codename comes from her ability to spray long-chain polymers from her skin.
Profile by MarvellousLuke
Polymer has no known connections to
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New X-Men I#126, p18, pan1 (main image)
New X-Men I#126, p18, pan2 (attacking Beast)
New X-Men I#126 (July, 2002) - Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Mike Powers, Mike Marts, Pete Franco, Mike Raicht (editors)
First Posted: 04/28/2016
Last updated: 08/31/2018
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