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White Queen Wednesday Extra: Superheroes

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

Superheroes Emma Frost file
Hello again, gentle reader. For this edition of White Queen Wednesday Extra, I would like to spotlight Emma’s file card from last week’s Heroic Age: Superheroes. Composed by former Captain America Steve Rogers in a peyote-induced haze, this represents the view of the current “top cop” of the Marvel Universe and director of all things Avengers on Emma Frost and her place as a hero in the Marvel Universe.

In marked contrast to some of the unkind things Steve said in this issue about other heroes (and heroines in particular), his profile of Emma is surprisingly flattering. I’m really glad that he didn’t dwell on her history as a villain when she was the White Queen of the Hellfire Club. That seems to be something many of her fellow X-Men have had a hard time getting past, although perhaps it isn’t as much of an issue for Steve Rogers since he never faced her in battle when she was with the Hellfire Club as far as I am aware.

In fact, Steve goes so far as to suggest that Emma might have a future as an Avenger. This is intriguing, although not entirely without precedent since Emma has assisted the New Avengers on a couple of noteworthy occasions, once when the leading minds of the Marvel Universe had no idea how to resolve the Sentry/Void situation and again when they were at a loss as for what to do with Wanda Maximoff during House of M.

Her power grid ratings are also noticeably high, with especially strong showings in the categories of wisdom, courage, determination and free will. I have no argument with this.

However, I must take issue with the way Steve characterizes Emma’s loyalty to mutants as a drawback. There is a troubling whiff of underlying racism to that statement, the perception that minorities will always stick together no matter what and at the expense of any other concerns. While Emma is fiercely protective of her mutant students and teammates, I do not believe that this must be seen as a negative trait or in any way suggest that she does not think humans are equally worthy of her protection.

Although sometimes puzzling, like the seemingly arbitrary power grid rankings which are entirely open to interpretation, Heroic Age: Superheroes is definitely entertaining. What could have been a collection of dry handbook entries is livened up by Steve’s opinionated drug-fueled rambling, often saying more about Steve and his frequently outdated attitudes towards certain topics than they do about his subjects.

I hope you enjoyed this glance at Emma’s place in the larger Marvel Universe, gentle reader. Until next week…

Storm Sunday Extra: Superheroes

Superheroes Storm file

This week saw the release of The Heroic Age: Superheroes which contains file cards about every notable Marvel super-hero as written by Steve (no longer Captain America, just call me Super Soldier, ma’am) Rogers.  Ron Richards of iFanboy has a fun article about the title and speaks about Steve’s rather sexist, nationalist and mutantphobic attitudes, but for this blog’s purposes we are only going to look at Storm’s file.

It appears that Steve thinks rather highly of Storm and her husband, the Black Panther.  I suppose he doesn’t remember that at their wedding, he almost ruined it by fighting with Iron Man, but hey, he’s like super old and maybe he has super selective memories.  I don’t understand why he’s obsessed with Thor and Storm “turning their weather powers against one another.”  Since Civil War, does he sit around daydreaming about all of his friends fighting each other?

However, it is cool that he lists Storm as a “team-player” and a “formidable leader.”  I am so glad that under “Cons” he does not list claustrophobia as that is a state that Storm has totally worked out of her system (as recent stories have shown time and time again).

I don’t know what to make of these arbitrary so-called “power” ratings.  Too weird.  What is meant by “Power”?  “Free Will”?  I have to say, I don’t get it.

Oh, and if Steve really is worried about whether Storm’s roles as queen of Wakanda and as member of the X-Men are going to come into conflict, he needs to read X-Men: Worlds Apart by Chris Yost.  She is quite capable of handling all aspects of her life.  Besides, she’s not really queen anymore.  The ruler of Wakanda is Shuri, who is T’Challa’s sister and the current Black Panther.  Good going, super-cop.

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