Do not read this if you don't want spoilers for All-New Xmen or Uncanny X-men!!! I have a few questions that I wondered what others thought. My questions pertain to some of the panels in the just-released Uncanny X-men 4, but it involves spoilers from ANX 10 too.
1. When the Cuckoos are talking to Emma about Jean... there's one panel (out of all the panels) where they are talking about how bad of a psychic Jean must be since she can't detect them reading her thoughts.
In this one panel, though, the chat bubbles look different than the other panels. Is it actually because Jean CAN hear their thoughts? Or why are their chat bubbles different? Every other panel with the Cuckoos has their chat bubbles showing the lines going through the perimeter of the bubble, but this particular panel does not.
Also, when Emma tells the Cuckoos to leave Jean alone then says "okay", it appears that she is sincerely protecting Jean. However, the look on her face, to me, looks mischievous and I was wondering if others see it that way. In other words, did the art suggest Emma was sincerely protecting Jean, or was there some mischievous motive Emma was getting at? I was confused because the text seemed sincere but her look on her face didn't.
2. Sadly UXM 4 didn't seem to explain why Jean was unable to read any of their minds. Does anyone have any thoughts or things that maybe I missed that explains why she was unable to read them?
I realize it could be that Emma is still able subconsciously block Jean telepathically or something like that... but it's not stated so I don't know how a reader would be expected to infer that. Also, there is no indication the Cuckoos are doing extra effort to block Jean, is there? And it doesn't make sense that Jean simply isn't skilled enough to read any of their minds because she already read Scott's mind in a previous issue of ANX.
The only thing I can think of is maybe Jean in fact overheard the entire conversation between Emma and the Cuckoos and was distracted by it and was thus "unable to read the others' minds" as she tells Kitty and Storm in ANX 10. This is doubtful but the only explanation that's coming to my mind.
I'm worried Marvel is portraying Jean's power levels differently in ANX and UXM and that bothers me. I know different authors and books commonly do this, but is It really normal to do so in a book that is literally a sibling book, that is crossing over in current continuity? I'm a new comic book reader and I find it very confusing and contradictory.