White Queen Is The New Black

By Michael Fitzgerald Troy

 

There are comic book characters that are created with a lot of potential and languish on the proverbial vine until a creative person is smart enough to pluck said character and either elevate them or maximize their full potential. The X-men's Emma Frost is a perfect example of one of those characters.

The White Queen was created by legendary X-creators Chris Claremont and John Byrne as Sebastian Shaw's right-hand man of the nefarious Hellfire Club, debuting in Uncanny X-Men #129. Originally British, Claremont named her after Emma Peel from the UK television series, The Avengers. (Or, maybe it was Byrne; those two notorious cat fighters would certainly correct me, I'm sure.) She has since been remanded to being the daughter of a dysfunctional family from New England. Perhaps, she affects a fake British accent like my other favorite bleached blonde? (One can only hope!)


After The X-men's Phoenix handed Emma her psychic ass during a classic battle with the Hellfire Club, she remained in a coma for years.

After mind-switching with Storm, possessing and terrorizing Iceman, and other shenanigans, Grant Morrison had the genius idea to add her to the team during his wildly innovative run on New X-men. Known primarily as a powerful telepath, Morrison kicked in her secondary mutation of being able to turn into diamond, making her virtually indestructible and giving her a proper shield for her "frosty" heart.

Emma remains a popular character in the category of "love to hate." The X-men has a solid history of taking villains and redeeming them: Emma, Rogue, even Magneto has batted for the side of the angels now and again.

"Of course, I'm a threat. Why? Did you think for a moment I wasn't?" With fantastically bitchy lines like that, Emma Frost is the gift that keeps on giving. She remains a fan favorite and lit up the silver screen portrayed by January Jones in X-men: First Class. White Queen is the New Black.

 

 


 

 

Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the '70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael's first published book, Homo-Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the "Divas and Lassoes" panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his "underground" status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!

 

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