Emma Frost: Ultimate Collection

emma frost ultimate collection
7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 7/10

Good character, nice art

Trashy covers, abrupt ending

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Emma Frost

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Karl Bollers

Artist:  Randy Green/Carlo Pagulayan/Adriana Melo/Will Conrad

# of Issues:  18

Release Date:   2011

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Emma Frost #2

Reprints Emma Frost #1-18 (August 2003-February 2005).  Emma Frost is comes from one of the wealthiest families in America.  Her father is controlling and the girls at her school hate her.  When Emma’s family pushes her to the edge, Emma sets out on her own when she discovers she has the powers to tap into people’s minds.  Emma finds herself caught in an extortion case and tries to continue her education in Empire State University.  As her powers continue to develop, Emma sees that the world fears people like her.

Written by Karl Bollers and illustrated by Randy Green, Carlo Pagulayan, Adriana Melo, and Will Conrad, Emma Frost:  Ultimate Collection reprints the entire Emma Frost series.  The comics were originally collected in three volumes Emma Frost 1:  Higher Learning (Issues #1-6), Emma Frost 2:  Mind Games (Issues #7-12), and Emma Frost 3:  Bloom (Issues #13-18).

Emma Frost was a decent comic.  The story showed a nice track.  In the first story arc (Higher Learning) examines Emma’s relationship with her family.  Some of the characters like her sisters Cordelia and Adrienne had made appearances previously in Generation X and the rest of her family was introduced in Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run.  This story delves into how Emma and her family interact and her father’s controlling nature.  The second storyline (Mind Games) showed Emma trying to get away from her family by setting out on her own.  The story has Emma really expanding how her powers work.  The last storyline (Bloom) had Emma preparing for her future with college and learning that there were others like her with another psychic named Astrid Bloom.

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Emma Frost #10

The comic always left me feeling a bit dirty due to the covers.  With Mystique, the cheesecake covers of Mystique made sense and had a classy pin-up look.  The covers of Emma Frost were kind of pornographic.  This weird cover art doesn’t match with the nice art inside.  The art inside the comic has a well done and shows a more innocent Emma.  There is also the strange contrast of reading about a teenage girl and having covers which resemble porn poses.  It leaves a bad taste.

The book also leaves you a bit unfulfilled since Emma doesn’t make it to the Hellfire Club.  The logical end of the series should have Emma walking into to the doors of Hellfire Club and starting her “career” or at least movement toward being the White Queen.  At the end of Bloom, Emma’s resolved the issues in her story, but it doesn’t feel very satisfying.  I remember when reading the comic, I wasn’t sure it was the last issue.  It leaves you wanting more.

Emma Frost:  Ultimate Collection is worth picking up.  It is a problematic comic but has a decent storyline and a great character.  Emma started as a villain, it is a nice lead up to see what shaped her.  Obviously, the story doesn’t quite work out because technology, etc. wouldn’t match up with Emma’s age, but it is a comic book world so things can be fudged.  I wish we could get more of Emma Frost and that the series had continued longer.

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