Alright, it’s time for a new Super HeroiHOT, and I think this one may surprise you. Outward appearances are deceiving with the White Queen who is now the Headmistress of Xavier’s mutant academy.
Here’s where the big surprise for most readers of this column/feature will find: I really like Emma’s costume(s). The one above has kind of become the main one from the last couple years, but I’ve been a fan of most of them as long as the undergarments weren’t just high wasted, weird thong things. Most people would probably expect me to be fairly upset about her costume expecting me to throw words like “exploit,” “objectify,” or “misogynistic” around to describe it.
Why then, am I not rallying against her costume? The reason is that these sexy costumes of all white are very much a part of Emma and her personality. Some of the other costumes like the bottom three (as of now) of Vampirella, Elektra, and Psylocke do not work because they are not part of the characters. Frankly, showing off major skin in near thong things don’t suit well for ninjas! Big surprise, huh!?
What’s so different about Emma, then? Well, she used to be somewhat of a villain known as “The White Queen,” and that experience of seducing young mutants to her team sort of put her in the position to be known as a seductress in sexy outfits. However, some other reasons are that Emma feels comfortable with her body. Many jokes (early in Morrison’s run on New X-Men had her breaking a nose and then complaining about $20,000 worth of plastic surgery to perfect that nose) arise from Emma’s constant emphasis on her appearance. She was spoiled and from a rich family. So, she feels like she needs to flaunt that to other people. She has a perfect body, so why not show it?
Now, the New X-Men costume design circa early 2000’s had me confused for a really long time. This partially stemmed from Frank Quitely’s slight inability to differentiate between female faces, and from the startling shape of the bustier. I find myself thinking, “Those are impossible odds for such breasts to defy.” There’s never really clear indication of what this looks like from behind, either. So, I would assume that the collar meets up with the “boob catchers” in back somehow. Anyway, after being startled by this preposterous costume, I realized that it’s actually just a very ingenious way of creating an X on the female body. So, credit to that… despite it being a little ridiculous.
I have to say that, on the newer costume(s) with the pants and the top with the cape/shawl-thing, I really enjoy the costume. I find the shawl thing that still emphasizes Emma’s body while creating a draping (mostly for artists to have fun drawing folds in fabric!) that covers a lot of her body very creative and sexy while still keeping the skin/fabric ratio on the side of fabric.
Overall, I would emphasize again that Emma dresses up sexy because it’s part of her and who she is, NOT because of the artists’ need to objectify her.
For the image above, right click and choose view image to get a better idea of what they’re saying and not strain your eyes.
Let’s just say that Emma has been called a “bitch” in comics rather frequently. There’s no doubt as to why she was referred to as “The White Queen” back in her Hellfire days.
To those not close to her, she’s frigid, judgmental, and outright mean. However, to those few that she does allow to get close, she can be mischievous but quite caring and willing to sacrifice herself and her wants for others.
However, that really doesn’t happen too often.
So, the frigid and mean parts of herself kinda outweigh the nice parts, but at least there’s some attempt at a balance however small.
Overall, Emma is incredibly intelligent, sly, manipulative, and clever. These all play very well in making her a formidable opponent.
So, if you break through it, there’s something really great buried inside.
I have to say, Emma has some really neat powers. Her first mutation is her psychic capabilities which have also begun to develop telekinetic properties. Emma is quite near to being the most powerful psychic in the Marvel world rivaling the levels of Professor X/Charles Xavier. That’s damn impressive. I mean, Xavier has always been revered as the first and most powerful… so, to have someone come even near to that is flabbergasting. True, there are many psychics out there, and it was only until recently that a secondary mutation occurred allowing to make Emma even neater.
Emma can turn into a diamond form as some sort of living, solid thing made of diamond. Sure, she has to turn off the psychic capabilities leaving her vulnerable to a psychic attack, but turning into a diamond is really cool! Not only is it pretty original (well… okay… this is the first time it’s happened in comics, I’m pretty sure, but it’s not much of a stretch to think people were just trying to come up with the most impenetrable thing to outdo themselves), but it completely fits her personality.
Emma is the rich and privileged girl. So, diamond-form works great for her. She becomes what she values. To tell you the truth, it’s almost like some sick form of irony. She would probably go high on the market if incapacitated. That would be one expensive date.
Anyway, with the secondary mutation, Emma is now covered on the physical side of things (even though she has to have one or the other for either psychic or diamond) making her even tougher of a foe/ally. Only once has the diamond form been penetrated, and that was when she was shattered by diamond tipped bullets. Other than that, she is invulnerable and kicks ass.
Super Powers: 10/10
In the beginning, Emma didn’t really have a life outside of the Hellfire Club. Then they died. Then some more students died… and now she’s back in control of another school… where, hopefully, not that many more will die.
Emma has become the Headmistress of Xavier’s school for the talented and gifted (with mutant powers). In this respect, she has developed a life and responsibilities outside of being a heroine. She has to balance saving the world with taking care of teaching the next generation of mutants. Sure, she’s a little apathetic about it sometimes, but it’s a damn good change for someone who was so caught-in-the-headlights focused before.
Secret Identity: 10/10
When in the wrong hands, Emma just becomes way too porn-star-y. The first two images have an obvious Pamela Anderson influence to them, and I feel like it’s just not necessary. As described before, the dressing up in white, sexy clothes is a part of Emma because she’s comfortable with herself. This isn’t the typical exploitation of a female character when it’s fully her decision (partly from her former life in the Hellfire club) to be somewhat of a seductress. However, this creates a fine line for writers and artists alike that is all too easy to cross. So, this deduction is more so for the artists who don’t understand that a woman can be sexy without objectifying her.
Oh, and while I’m at it, I’ll address the Scott Summers cheating on Jean Grey with Emma Frost psychically thing. Emma is a temptress, so I can’t lie too much blame on her. And, there were problems between Scott and Jean and all that stuff. So, it’s really hard on giving it a deduction or addition of points for Emma despite her being a main party involved. Just one of those contextual paradigms that are difficult to unfold.
And it is…
That’s a damn refutable score. To tell you the truth, I’m not too big of a fan for Emma, but she has grown on me just a little bit. This is definitely one of those cases where appearances can be deceiving.