67 – WHITE QUEEN

29 Jun

Subject: White Queen
Real Name: Emma Frost
Height: 5’10” Weight: 125 lbs.
Group Affiliation: Hellfire Club
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #117, January 1979

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 6/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 2/7
  • Intelligence: 4/7

Like the best X-Men villains, Emma Frost is so compelling because she’s ruthless, cunning, entertaining (by which I mean she shows a lot of skin), and she’s capable of compassion and heroism under certain circumstances (like when she co-served with Banshee as headmasters of Generation X). As such, let’s just go ahead and gloss over her underwritten and underperformed character in X-Men:First Class (and let’s completely forget about how she was arguably in Wolverine).

It’s weird, there’s something about Jim Lee’s art for Emma that actually seems too clothed. Maybe in the (somewhat) more conservative 70’s such an outfit seemed scandalous (I think partly because the victorian lingerie didn’t even resemble a comic book character costume), but in the 90’s it was quite common (though no less eye-catching). And by the 00’s she was straight up spreading her legs for your pleasure.

Her Power Ratings befit someone of formidable psychic ability, though I don’t know what specifically gives her the right to command a 2/7 for Strength and Fighting Ability. Remember, it wasn’t until almost a decade after these cards were published that she gained her diamond morphing powers.

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2 Responses to “67 – WHITE QUEEN”

  1. Drew June 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I really liked her as a villain and enjoyed her character in “New X-Men”. She’s refreshing in that she breaks the noble, self-sacrificing archetype most heroes fall into and brings it down to a human level. I like her pose, but her face on both sides seems to lack detail.

    The X-Men movies really have a strange habit of not giving the female characters enough to do. I would have loved to have Magneto show up to free her from the prison, but have her sitting there calmly with the entire prison staff unconscious or under her control.

    • admin June 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

      Well, you’re right though the disappointment might stem from the otherwise exemplary portrayal of women in the X-Men books compared to other comic books (Claremont gets a lot of the credit). Recent comic book movies don’t fare any better, even when they’re given more empowered roles (like Jane Foster in Thor).

      Meanwhile, that stupid final scene in the prison really bugged me… the last time we see Emma she cut a hole in the observing window with her arm, which probably should’ve prompted the guards to attempt to kill her on the spot (and then I’d assume she’d kill them, right?) So why is she just standing there back in her prison window (and the hole in the glass was patched back up, if I recall correctly).

      I’m assuming it was due to the crack Magneto gave her in the KGB scene, but (and I’m having a hard time recalling) wasn’t that crack actually preventing her from REVERTING to human form? That if she returned to flesh that crack would be a huge gaping wound? At which point she wouldn’t have been human in prison (or she would’ve had bandages). If the crack did the opposite, that she couldn’t revert BACK to diamond form for a while, then seeing her arm turn diamond tells me she could’ve turned her body diamond EXCEPT the cracked part. She totally could’ve subdued the two guards easily still, and then exited the psychic blocking room (I’m assuming that’s what that was), and then escaped the entire prison by psychically controlling everyone.

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