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X-Men: First Class, Raising the Bar or Missing the Mark?

X-Men First Class Movie Poster

Marvel’s mutants have returned to the big screen and they have brought the swinging sixties with them! Director Matthew Vaughn imbues the newest X-Men film with lavish sets, top notch actors, and an international feel. The special effects are convincing, the plot is character driven, and the overall effect is stunning. Setting the mutant conflict within the Cold War era serves to ground the superheroic struggle within a credible sense of reality, but is ultimately problematic in that the film never explores any of the Civil Rights aspects that it touches upon. It is a treat to see the X-Men in the time in which they were created (by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby), if only for the groovy fashions.

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White Queen Wednesday Extra: January Jones, Part IV

An Emma Frost Update
by Ken Kneisel


Welcome back once again, gentle reader. It’s only been a couple of short weeks since the LA Times Hero Complex blog featured a revealing interview with January Jones, the actress who will portray Emma Frost as the White Queen in the upcoming X-Men: First Class film prequel, and now they’re back with more news from the set along with a few intriguing photographs of the cast of young mutants.

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White Queen Wednesday: Fabulous First

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel


Welcome to another installment of White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This past Monday night, my friend Juhani and I were walking around his new neighborhood here in San Francisco. We passed Green Apple Books and he pointed out to me that they had comics available for sale. I perused their selection and was startled to find a copy of the first edition Uncanny X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga trade paperback with the Bill Sienkiewicz cover and forward by Stan Lee marked down to just three dollars! At such a deeply discounted price, of course I snatched up this classic tome by Chris Claremont and John Byrne without a moment’s hesitation. Flipping through it I recalled, as I mentioned last week, that this storyline marked the first appearance of our Emma Frost. Although back then she was quite a different character, the wicked White Queen of the Hellfire Club, the very picture of unrepentant evil. So this week I would like to reflect for a moment on Emma’s first run-in with the X-Men.

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