An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel
Greetings, gentle reader. Today I continue the thread that STORM began, discussing Ororo and Emma’s powerful roles in last week’s debut issue of X-23’s new ongoing series. I like the way Storm and Emma’s dialogue seamlessly dovetails on this page. Just as Storm chides Wolverine for being complicit in helping foster X-23’s considerable issues surrounding her self-image as an emotionless killer, Emma chastises Cyclops for his role in recruiting X-23 for his secret black ops X-Force killing squad.
It is interesting to see Emma playing the good cop to Scott’s bad cop on this page, when popular perception of both characters would have those roles reversed. Whereas Scott and Logan seem to believe that X-23 is what she is, little more than a mindless murder machine to be pointed at their problems, Emma and Ororo take a more maternal stance and wish to see X-23 have something more like a normal childhood. But is that what X-23 herself really wants? I suppose time will tell.
I also like the callback to Emma’s primary motivation to become a hero and join up with Xavier and his X-Men, the tragic slaughter of her Hellions. Although she isn’t beating herself up over it, simply reminding Scott that she is intimately familiar with the issues they’re discussing as they relate to X-23’s current condition.
But I am a bit befuddled by Emma’s sartorial choices here. It looks as if she wrapped a bedsheet around her waist and is wearing another sheet as some kind of makeshift tube top. And what is going on with those hippy dippy sandals? I’m sorry, but I have a hard time imaging Emma in anything but her signature stiletto heels or platform boots.
Overall I really enjoyed this first issue of X-23’s new series, particularly Emma and Ororo speaking up for the girl, and I hope to see more of that in subsequent issues. That’s all for this week, gentle reader. I will join you again next White Queen Wednesday.