X-Men worst leading lady is Emma Frost
I decided to create this blog, to share my views on Emma Frost and why I think she one of X-Men worst leading ladies.
Let me explain why I feel this way.
I think Emma has had everything handed to her on a plate. If no one agrees with me on this, then they haven’t be reading X-Men comics properly. Since Emma became X-Men leading lady. She has faced no real competition from any other X-lady. Infact, all the X- ladies have been treated very poorly by marvel, marvel made most them irrelevant, or not portraying them properly in comics.
Let me elaborate :
They sent Jean Grey packing, she been gone for over 8 years now. Now a younger version of her will be return, not the old Jean that we once knew. With Emma surviving the Avengers VS. X-Men event. She not really going to face much competition from Jean Grey. Jean is a teen and she not as powerful as she once was, so she won’t be a real threat to Emma, cause she still is a kid. So once again marvel has treated Jean Grey poorly and disappointed her fans to, yet again.
Then there is Psylocke, she was killed off in 2001, then she briefly return in 2006 and bonded with Rachel, then she ended up in that title ‘Exiles’, a rubbish series by the way.
So she didn’t become major player in the X-Men world until 2009, when she came back in the Sisterhood story arc. Since then, she been a part of three teams, hook up with two men, became more powerful and choose to work for both Cyclops and Wolverine. There has been more interesting developments in Psylocke character in the last three years, and then has been with Emma Frost in the last 8 years, you know what that tells you something. To add to that to that, Psylocke has been poorly treated by marvel for 9 years now, which is really shocking, considering how popular she was back in the day.
Then there is Storm, who marry Black Panther, then became a background character for about fours years in half. Having less voice or no voice in the decision making in X-Men teams. It looks like she may even loose leadership with her current X-Men team, according to rumours.
Then there is Polaris and Rachel who ending up in space for about three years and a half. Then there Jubilee, can’t really say much about Jubilee, she been poorly portray in comics, ever since she left the X-Men team in the 90.s Then they return her and make her a vampire and then she joint some sort of vampire team..
So the only competition that Emma has face is from a bunch new students, who not that experience, not very popular, not that powerful, not that important and not that interesting, with the exception of Hope. Hope seems to be the only new student, that’s really that important to the X-Men team.
Then there is Kitty and Rogue and both of these characters have been poorly treated by the writers.
Rogue had her own series, which was great and everything. X-Men legacy was a good series. However, she not as powerful as she used to be, she lost Ms Marvel powers, so she not as strong, as she once was. She not as fun as she used to be, her personality has change a quite abit. She has been demoted by Cyclops. She went from being a leader, to a mentor, to being a teacher. She been dating Magneto and instead of Gambit. Like I said before, poorly treated by Marvel and now she joined The Avengers, could it get any worse for her.
Then there is Kitty, her rivalry with Emma Frost was really interesting in Joss Whedon run. I also think her runion with Colossus was really interesting . Then she ended up in that bullet and she was gone for about a year. Then she return and couldn't touch anyone, and then her and Colossus broke up. Then she chose Wolverine side, instead of Cyclops.
So like I have said before, not much competition for Emma Frost.
Now let’s compare Emma to Jean Grey
People are always saying that Jean Grey needs more development, which I find very strange to here, because she had more things happen to her than most. She went on to be one of the most powerful X-Men. She has had better relationships with all the X-Men and she done more for X-Men than most.
Let’s take a look at Emma Frost character, let’s look at her developments over the years. She replace Jean, became Cyclops women, X-Men main telepath and X-Men’s leading lady. All she really done is lived in Cyclops shadows.
Cyclops has been barking orders at everyone, making the big decisions, while she just sat back and just took orders from him. Jean Grey, Storm, Psylocke and even Rogue have been better leading ladies than she has, voices there opinions and making big decision over the years etc.
Then she has the Cuckoos, who are her daughters, clones of her and they been host of the Phoenix force as well. That’s not different to Rachel Grey, daughter of Jean Grey, who has been the host of the force or Hope Summers another Jean Grey rip off. Who is tied to as well. Then there is Maddie, who is a clone of Jean Grey and wanted to get her hands on the Phoenix as well. So the Characters that are connected to Emma Frost, are not that different to the characters that are connected to Jean Grey. People keep on saying that’s Jean Grey needs more development, cause there are other characters that are like her. If anyone needs more development, it’s those characters. They don’t have strong identity of there own, most of there character attributes are connected to Jean Grey one way or another. So they need a lot of development, not her.
Then Emma became part of the Phoenix five, a host over the force. One again thinks turn ugly for the person, who has been a host of the Phoenix force. Emma turn evil and tied her own people in chains and became a killer. So both Emma and Scott turn evil and it’s like marvel are recycling same ideas connected to Jean Grey. The only surprise was Cyclops becoming Dark Phoenix. So a lot that happen to Emma Frost, has happened to Jean Grey before, so like she following in the same footsteps as Jean Grey. Becoming a host of the Phoenix force and turning evil.
Then there is the love triangle between Cyclops, Emma and Namor. People keep on giving Jean Grey grief, for being a love interest for Cyclops and Wolverine. Do we need to take a look at Emma Frost character?
Ever since Namor joined the X-Men, which was about three years ago. It’s mainly about him trying to get into Emma Frost snickers. Cyclops has been too busy saving the world and looking at the bigger picture and Namor has been trying to get with Emma ever since. Infact Namor, only with the X-Men, cause of Emma. Marvel made him join the X-Men, to make her more interesting. They been dragging this Emma and Namor thing out for about three years now and they made out in the Avengers vs X-Men event.
A least the love triangle between Cyclops, Jean and Wolverine was interesting, Jean Grey had an interesting relationship with Cyclops and a interesting friendships with Wolverine. It created one of the most popular rivalry in X-Men comics, of all time. Unlike Emma Frost love triangle, which has been drag out and force down are throats for about three years. Which not surprising, considering Emma and Scott relationship has been boring for last couple of years, they only had one good series and that was Joss Whedon run. He was the only writer that made there relationship interesting, everyone other writer has fail to that. So Emma ended up being some sort love interest, too. Do people see where I’m going with this, she just following the same footsteps as Jean Grey.
I’m not even sure why Emma Frost so popular, people keep saying that she done more for Scott Summers then Jean Grey has. Now whether I hear that statement. I think it’s absurd and I think it’s a ridiculous statement to make and you want to why.
How has Emma Frost done more for Cyclops that Jean has. Emma and Scott have been together for about 9 years now, compare to 20yrs+. Which is how long Jean and Scott have been together for. How does 9 years compared to 20 yrs+ ? . It’s doesn't Emma history with Scott, doesn't compare to Jean Grey and Scott summers history.
Let’s look at this in detail. Lets’ look at some of the decisions that Cyclops has made over the last couple of years
Cyclops created the X-Force. Did Emma have any say in creating the X-Force? No. She didn’t even know about it. When she found out about it, she didn’t like it. Cyclops created the X-Force and Wolverine lead the team and then Wolverine created his own X-Force team.
Are the X-Men divided, cause of Emma ? No. Infact Emma had no say in it whatever. The X-Men are divided, cause of Wolverine and Cyclops. Both of them don’t agree, they don’t agree on what’s best for the X-Men. Both of them were being stubborn and very naïve, on how to run to the X-Men. Emma has no impact on decision making of X-Men. The only thing she done, it fund Utoptia and she only doing that, cause Angel stop doing that.
Is she the reason why Cyclops went to war with the Avengers,
No. I don’t think Cyclops had much of choice in matter, Captain American came Utopia, with an army. Demanded Scott to hand of Hope. I think Emma could of done more in the first chapter or so, she could of used her telepathy powers, she could of heard the thoughts of the Avengers on the Jet and she could of warned the X-Men and Cyclops about it. Cyclops could of order Magneto and Storm do destroy the aircraft. The story should have been handle better though and It wouldn't of been so easy for The Avengers take over Utopia.
Was Emma the one who decided to kick Charles Xavier out of the X-Men? No. Emma Frost wanted to become headmistress of the X-Men when Jean grey die and she wanted Cyclops to lead the X-Men with her. Scott Summers didn’t, he wanted to walk away from X-Men and it wasn’t till Jean gave him the nudge to accept Emma offer.
So was as it her decision to kick Charles Xavier out of the X-Men.?
No. It was Cyclops decision, it was Cyclops decision to place more trust in Magneto, then Charles. Emma had no say in it whatever. She only physic attack Charles in X-Men legacy, under Cyclops orders, just like she let him, Beast and other mutants get torture in the Utopia story arc. In fact she let it happen, she follow Scott orders and let it happen.
Is she the reason why, Cyclops has no problems with sending young mutants to there deaths. Is she reason why Cyclops allows students to become killers? No. Cyclops used X-23 and hand no problem with letting Oya become a killer. In fact Emma had nothing to with.
Was she one that decided to turn Utopia into some sort of army base? No! She wanted to focus on teaching young students, teachings is what she loves to do. Unfortunately she hasn’t been able to do that for years, it wasn’t until the X-Men divided up and then she decided to speak up. That wouldn’t of happen if Wolverine and Cyclops didn’t fall out.
Is Emma the reason why Scott has fallen out with his friends in the X-Men? No. Cyclops has falling out with Charles, Beast, and Wolverine. He even had disagreements with Rogue and Storm. Has Emma had anything to do with that? No she hasn’t...
So can I ask what Emma Frost done for Scott summers and how she done more for him and then Jean Grey?
Most of the decisions that he has made over the years, has had nothing to do with her. She sat back and took orders from him.
I supposed you could argue that, Cyclops wouldn't have become leader of the mutant race, if he was still with Jean Grey. Well that debatable at best. Would the mutant race be a endanger species to begin with, if Jean Grey was around. Not likely. Jean is a far more powerful telepath than Emma and if she had the Phoenix force, she probably would of stop Scarlet Witch on M-DAY. She would of found way to repopulate the mutant race too. Even if she fail on both accounts and she was around when the whole Charles and Emperor Vulcan business went down. She would stuck by the man she loves the most and not her mentor who has lied to husband.
Cyclops has became the leader he is, cause he step up and made those decisions. Him being leader of the X-Men has more to do with the absence of Jean Grey, then being with Emma Frost. Him being a leader of mutant race, also has to do with the treatment done Charles Xavier character in the last couple of years, then being with Emma Frost. Also the treatment done to Storm and Magneto character over the years, has more do with Cyclops being leader of the X-Men, then being with Emma Frost. May I remind people, Jean never once held Scott back, if anyone held Scott back, it was Charles, the X-Men writers and himself as well. If anything, she wanted him to loosen up a bit. If Jean Grey was around, he wouldn’t of made so many bad decisions over last couple years .
So how has Emma Frost done frost more Cyclops than Jean grey? Well lets look at Jean Grey character. Some people have said she useless and there either saying that cause, there not a fan of hers or they haven’t been reading comics probley.
Here is a brief list of what she done for Scott and the X-Men
She saved Scott Summers life, Scott wouldn’t be alive, if it wasn’t for Jean Grey. She separated him from Apocalypse with help with Cable.
She also help him raise Cable 12 years in the future, Cable is the fighter he is today, cause she play a part in his upbringing.
She flew Cyclops and herself both to a deserted area, where she removed Cyclops' ruby quartz visor, and told him to open his eyes. Cyclops opened his eyes and realized that he could see without needing the visor to hold back his optic blasts. had used her telekinesis to keep Cyclops' powers in check. It was the first time since puberty that Cyclops was able to see without the aid of ruby quartz.
When Mr Sinsiter kidnapped Cable, Cyclops was unable to fight him, cause Mr. Sinister had planted mental blocks inside of Cyclops' mind and as a result he was unable to help while Sinister defeated the X-Men and X-Factor. With Marvel Girl's help, and Havok using his powers to overcharge him, Cyclops was finally able to use his optic blasts on Sinister. It was the first successful strike against Sinister, as he was unable to adapt to the blasts. Cyclops unleashed an extremely powerful attack, blasting Sinister's body to pieces.
As well as that they three kids and three of them have grow up in alternative futures and realities. So there is a lot of history there, as well as a lot of relationship’s to explore.
There is also the Dark Phoenix saga, which is one of the most important stories arcs, which focused on Jean and Scott Summers.
She also force Scott Summers to move on with Emma, Emma and Scott have future together, cause of her.
She has save Emma Frost life three times. Removing the Phonix force out of Emma Frost body. Putting her body back together in new X-Men, as well as taking over Emma body, when the Helfire club came under attack by the Sentinels. Jean kept Emma frost and herself alive.
She gave Psylocke a power upgrade, after dealing with Shadow King
She kept Wolverine alive, after Magneto rip the Adamantium out of his body. It was Jean grey who kept him alive on Avalon. Wolverine would of die, if wasn't for her.
Assaid Jean was able to take Xavier's memory and spread it to mutants across the globe and put his consciousness into his body. Look into the future, projected her thoughts from Galacticus's ship to the inhabitants of earth and urge them to resist the Magus's takeover, transferred her mind into Emma's body to save herself from dying, telepathically spent an issue with Storm from across the world and braided her hair with her TK etc.And she did all of this under her own power.
When the X-Men and Avengers were fighting Onslaught, the Hulk pleaded with Jean to shut off the "Banner Persona" which she does and the Hulk destroys Onslaught`s psychic armor with a powerful punch, so powerful that the Hulk and Bruce Banner were separate. Which allow Scarlet Witch dive into Onslaught`s energy form which causes him to be weaken.
She also has save the X-Men many times before in the past.
So how has Emma frost done more for Cyclops than Jean Grey has, from what I have said above, she clearly hasn’t. The only think I’ve seen is some of her disrespectful attitude rump off on him and that’s it and that hasn’t really help him either. If anyone thinks Jean Grey is useless, than you need to read up on X-Men history.
Emma Frost has had it too easy, for too long. She has been X-Men leading lady for nines years now and she has nothing to show for it. She has face not real competition from any other x-Lady. Some people believe she earn her right to be X-Men leading lady, but she didn’t, it was given to her and handed to her on plate. Marvel got rid of Jean Grey and made most of the other X-Ladies irrelevant.
I'm not huge fan of Emma Frost, as you can see. I feel she has just lived in Cyclops shadows, for far too long and as long as X-Men remain about Cyclops, I feel she will pay the price for it. A lot of people have said she has done more Cyclops, then Jean Grey has. As you can see, she hasn't and I think it's greatly exaggerated, what she done for Scott Summers. I think people are giving her too much credit for it. She been allowed to shine in X-Men comics, for the past nine years and she has done nothing to show for it. Which why I think she one of X-Men worst leading lady.
What do you think? I'm interesting to hear your views on the topic.