An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel
Good afternoon, gentle reader. It’s White Queen Wednesday, and today I will focus on Emma’s vaguely English sounding manner of speaking. There is a lot about Emma that is artificial, from her dyed blonde hair to the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cosmetic surgery she has sunk into her appearance. While it’s usually Emma herself who broaches those normally touchy subjects with a Joan Rivers-like candor, her affected British accent has only been mentioned by other characters a couple of times now.
The scene above is actually one of my favorite Emma Frost moments from Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, when Emma patronizingly disregards the cab driver’s question about her perceived English accent. I just love the way she carries herself in this scene.
Later in Warren Ellis’s Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Cyclops describes Emma as “a white woman of indeterminate ancestry who speaks with a fake English accent” so it’s not just that cab driver who noticed.
It should be noted that Emma Frost was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts, not the UK. Perhaps she assumed her accent because she didn’t want to sound like everyone else back home in Boston, or maybe more specifically she just didn’t want to sound like the family she walked out on.
Or perhaps Emma adopted this pretentious Madonna-ish affectation simply to confer upon herself a regal air of royalty and sophistication.
Either way, I like how Storm teases Cyclops about it here. Her gentle ribbing about his girlfriend’s curious character tic comes off as affectionate teasing between close friends.
That wraps up this White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. I’ll meet you here again next week to talk a little bit more about Miss Emma Frost.