1 Apr

Subject: Jubilee
Real Name: Jubilation Lee
Height: 5′ Weight: 96 lbs.
Group Affiliation: X-Men
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #244, May 1989

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 3/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 3/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

That’s right guys, Jubilee is as strong as Wolverine.

Jubilee was kind of meant as a potential replacement for Kitty Pryde, the new “young girl” in the mansion, after Kitty was “promoted” to Excalibur and as Liefeld “aged” the New Mutants (who were, in a way, an attempt to create a team of Kitty Prydes, who was a huge hit among the demographic).

That said, Jubilee played off as a little too airheaded and cynical as Kitty; if the hope for her to help new readers ease into the dense continuity that X-Men had become at this point (especially with the whole Apocalypse-Mutant-Massacre-Inferno-Siege-Perilous debacles), she proved a little too sarcastic and with too much attitude.

That said, Jubilee was still a successful character for synergizing late-80’s early-90’s comic zeitgeists: lots of attitude, cute, young mallrat, Asian, and a colorful costume (trenchcoats were big), and as comic relief she worked pretty well. The less charater-driven X-Men of the 90’s unfortunately made the tactically useless Jubilee an odd addition to the mansion (the teams were taking on increasingly ruthless villains, which made one question the ethics of deploying a spoiled teenage orphan from Beverly Hills.

Anyway, I can’t knock her too much; her fanbase among my age group are arguably as loyal as fans of Shadowcat or even Gambit. If I love Dazzler I can’t get mad at you.

Art-wise, while I docked some points for the last card’s powerless depiction of Boom-Boom, I think Jubilee’s showing TOO MUCH of her power, and not enough attitude. I’d’ve rather seen her demonstrating her powers to prank another X-Member, or if she was using her power in combat, give her a look of panic when using it.

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One Response to “29 – JUBILEE”

  1. Ryan May 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I’d say her energy projection rating is quite low here. At one point it is established that her powers can destroy matter on the molecular level, in theory making her a living atomic bomb. Although in defense of this series, I can’t state whether they had established that aspect of her powers yet (and even once they did, it was downplayed)

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