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Dark X-Men Dossiers: Emma Frost

What price will Emma Frost pay for leading the Dark X-Men? Writer Matt Fraction teases the character's future while we take a peek at Cyclops' Strike File!

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By Marc Strom With the release of DARK AVENGERS/UNCANNY X-MEN: UTOPIA #1 on June 24, writer Matt Fraction and legendary X-artist Marc Silvestri begin one of the most eagerly anticipated stories of the summer. As Norman Osborn continues to extend his Dark Reign, he assembles a group of Dark X-Men loyal only to him. This week, Marvel.com presents the Dark X-Men Dossiers, bios on each of the team's members straight from Cyclops' personal files, along with writer Matt Fraction's thoughts and exclusive art from Terry Dodson.
 
Of Love and Betrayal Since he began writing UNCANNY X-MEN last year with issue #500, Matt Fraction has continued to develop Emma Frost's character,

Emma Frost
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Terry Dodson

bringing her through the X-Men's move to San Francisco and her involvement in Norman Osborn's secret Cabal. Now, with Emma leading the so-called Dark X-Men in the upcoming "Utopia" crossover, Fraction will shine an even greater spotlight on the former White Queen as a number of plotlines boil to a simmer. "I don't know if it's a culmination [to everything we've done with Emma], but it's definitely where we've been headed for a while," notes the writer. "It's definitely been on this course for a while. Everything has been leading to this in its way, and [also to] what comes next." Since the end of writer Grant Morrison's NEW X-MEN run, Cyclops and Emma have remained the power couple of the mutant world. But according to Fraction, "Utopia" will "very profoundly" affect that relationship, pushing it to its limits. "She's suddenly publicly standing next to Norman Osborn, leading a team of X-Men [and] denouncing Scott and his team as dangerous militants, [saying] they're not to be trusted," explains Fraction. "It's a pretty profound schism." As the story progresses, Scott and Emma will have to face one another in the light of recent events, and Scott will not appreciate the actions Emma has taken. "It's huge, it's not a good day," says Fraction of the tension between Emma and Scott. "These aren't the good conversations you have with your girlfriend. That's the whole thing of it all, is Scott and Emma right now. It's a pretty huge thing, you know?"

As far as Emma's motivations go, Fraction believes "Emma's mission is what Emma's mission has always been, which is to protect and educate mutants. This is the best, last chance she has to do that before things get really ugly. "The punch line is, Osborn comes to her and says, 'Listen, our deal was your people keep quiet and I stay out of your business. Your boyfriend wasn't able to keep people quiet, so here's the plan, here's how we're going to fix this. I'm going to put a team together that's going to be the face of law and order, and you're going to lead it.' And Norman's not the kind of guy that gives you alternatives." Since joining Osborn's Cabal in the wake of Secret Invasion, Emma has divided herself between that covert group and the X-Men. But though she will ostensibly lead the Dark X-Men, her new role doesn't represent making a bid for independence from the two teams. "It's an expression of what it's like to be trapped between them both," Fraction muses. "I mean, Osborn is running the show. She might be the face of the team leadership, and she might be the one in the field calling the shots, but this is Osborn's dance and she knows it. She's playing the very, very difficult cards that she's been dealt."

Summing everything up, Fraction remarks that, while Emma and Scott clearly don't see eye-to-eye in this situation, neither do Emma and Osborn. "It's a very contentious, very fractious time for all parties involved." Cyclops' Strike File: Emma Frost Emma's diamond-hard exterior tends to fool most people into seeing her as a heartless, uncaring woman, but her long history as a teacher points to just the opposite. Besides her first encounter with the X-Men, when she kidnapped the team while recruiting Kitty Pryde, most confrontations with the former White Queen stemmed from her attempts to recruit Professor Xavier's students for her own school. Beginning with the Phalanx Covenant affair, however, Emma has spent a majority of her time working in tandem with the X-Men, first as headmistress and leader of Generation X—where she helped train a new generation of X-Men alongside Banshee—and then as a member of the X-Men itself beginning with the team's first clash with Cassandra Nova. Over time, Emma has more than redeemed herself for any past actions against the X-Men, and in this day and age has proven a valuable and capable leader of a mutant community facing a daily battle for survival. More than anything else, Emma only wants what is best for mutant kind.

Too many of the young mutants under her supervision have met with untimely ends, with her Hellions dying in a Sentinel attack coordinated by the time-traveling Fitzroy, and even more students perishing in Cassandra Nova's annihilation of Genosha. These ghosts still haunt Emma, and I believe they drive her to insure the safety of the very few remaining mutants. Because Emma no longer poses any type of threat to the X-Men, I am officially closing out her Strike File. Our time is best spent focusing on the very real and immediate threats currently facing us.
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      FoxxFireArt
      FoxxFireArt

      [quote@mb168 I like the idea very much, I just don't want Scott and Emma to break up. After Wolverine and Jean they are the best couple. In fact I think Scott and Em need some more "action" scenes.[/quote] I think the fact that Wolverine has had such a hard time with women makes it about time he got some loving. One of the problems Logan has had with women is that they die on him............ Not much of a problem with Jean. She just comes back after a while. lolLook at all those alternate worlds they keep making. They always seem to put Jean with Logan, [i] Age of Apocalypse[/i] to name one.What I would really like to see is for Ruby Summers, from [i] X-Factor[/i] , to travel back in time to meet the current time Emma. From what I know about Ruby's history. I don't believe she really got to know her mother. I know it's not [i] her[/i] mother, but you get my point. We have seen Cyclops in that time line, but I don't believe they have explained what happened to Emma. Seeing how old Cyclops is the odds are not good that the Emma in that time line is still alive.Ruby has a very cool design. I'm not saying make her a regular character. Just let them meet. Emma's expression would be priceless. It might happen in time. Ruby only appeared a few months ago. She does seem to talk about time traveling. She says something to Madrox about how he hasn't met her yet. It's something that happens to time travelers.Nightcrawler has gotten to meet his alternate universe daughter, Nocturne. She's cute too. I say show Nocturne to Wanda. Maybe she will be happy there is a child that she will fix the world. lol

      mb168
      mb168

      Or better yet they should just put Emma and Jean together.

      mb168
      mb168

      I like the idea very much, I just don't want Scott and Emma to break up. After Wolverine and Jean they are the best couple. In fact I think Scott and Em need some more "action" scenes.

      The_Greatest_Username
      The_Greatest_Username

      It seems Cyclops is more disliked in his current development with Emma, maybe Jean was a hypocrite but still Cyclops was a more likable character when he was with her, also you seem to be forgetting Cyclops' little affair with Psylocke in the early 90's...and no Wolverine would be one of the worse possible people for Jean...I mean when has he ever had a successful lasting relationship...For me personally I'd pick for Emma to be with Namor, it's perfect I'd never pick those together 'till I see it now, both are anti-heroish, arrogant, and love power...it's genius

      FoxxFireArt
      FoxxFireArt

      [quote@The_Greatest_Username Why? I don't like Emma soft, what makes me like her is her "cold heartedness", and Scott is better with Jean, he's such a hypocrit now with Emma[/quote] So you want her to be just a two dimensional mean person who never shows any emotional involvement in anything or anyone?That's kind of twisted. Emma is my favorite character. I enjoy seeing her happy from time to time.Scott is the only person she is soft with, by her own admission. To everyone else she's tough as diamond.How was Jean better for him? All she ever did was either make him suffer from her flirting with Logan to dying on him. That relationship was like the most perverse test of marriage vows in history. At some point 'till death do us part' must become precedent.Jean was the biggest hypocrite. She went and kissed Logan, and would of gone further if Logan hadn't of pushed her way, all because she [i] thought[/i] Scott and Emma were sleeping together. Which they weren't. The psychic affair didn't start until after Jean kissed Logan, and she started pushing Scott away long before that. When alive all she ever did was play Logan and Scott against each other. Even after she was married. Jean wanted two men and couldn't choose between them. Emma only wants Scott.I think Logan and Jean would be better. He never seems to die and she wont stay dead.And don't blame Scott's current hypocrisy on Emma. That's his own fault. It's the conditions of the world pushing Scott to these actions. Not Emma.

      The_Greatest_Username
      The_Greatest_Username

      Why? I don't like Emma soft, what makes me like her is her "cold heartedness", and Scott is better with Jean, he's such a hypocrit now with Emma

      FoxxFireArt
      FoxxFireArt

      [quote@The_Greatest_Username While I hope Marvel is splitting up Emma and Scott, I hope Emma isn't turning completely evil again[/quote] Why would you hope for the break up of one of the only things that Emma herself expresses brings out her softer side? That she fought so hard to earn. I enjoy her being a tough bad @$$, but I don't want the only time we get to see her softer side is when she's suffering from someone's death. Like with the slaughter of the expelled student in [i] New X-Men[/i] or when Kitty sacrificed herself the way she did. Seeing the tough shell crack from time to time is what makes her a three dimensional character.Is that really the only time you want to see her tough exterior crack? That's just depressing. I'd prefer to watch one of my favorite character be happy from time to time, but then again I'm not that much of a sadist.I just find it hard to believe that they would end such a long lasting relationship in the series from it's first biggest test. To date things have been going fairly smoothly. Really only seems natural to put it to a test from time to time. Even Reed Richards and Sue Storm had problems from time to time.Just looks at Gambit and Rogue throughout the years, and Gambit tried to kill Rogue while he was one of Apocalypse's horsemen. [i] (Rogue seems to have the problem of everyone that loves her trying to kill her at some point.)[/i] Originally, I was under the impression that Osborn had always intended to replace the X-Men with the Dark X-Men, but on understanding the story more. It more likely appears that Osborn was hoping that the X-Men would remain neutral as they did during [i] Civil War[/i] . Sort of a 'don't bother me, and I wont come after you with my deadly and violent armies' kind of deal.If you read the interview with Fraction it doesn't appear that Emma is given much of a choice in leading the Dark X-men, thought it doesn't really explain what could possibly happen if she was to refuse. This doesn't seem like it's her choice or that she's happy about it. Which may explain the covering clothes and the black color. She doesn't want to look like or feel like herself.

      The_Greatest_Username
      The_Greatest_Username

      While I hope Marvel is splitting up Emma and Scott, I hope Emma isn't turning completely evil again

      FoxxFireArt
      FoxxFireArt

      [quote@alemander Did they confirm that Ruby was Emma's daughter? I assumed as much with the blonde hair look, but I don't recall even a mention of Emma's name in X-Factor or the Layla Miller one shot.[/quote] Yeah, Ruby Summers is the daughter of Scott Summers and Emma Frost. She also appears in the latest X-Factor comics. She is from the time period that Bishop originally came from so that is a semi-canon time line, I guess you could say.It's not just the blond hair that confirms she is Emma's daughter, seeing how Emma isn't a natural blond[i] (Not to say that brunettes can't have blond offspring.)[/i] ; but it's the fact that, like her mother, she has a jeweled organic form. Emma has her diamond form, and Ruby has a ruby quartz form. As well as an optic blast like her father, but her's has a charge time after use.I don't believe X-Factor comics has said much about Ruby's relationship with her mother. It's been hard to find confirmed information. From what I've been reading Ruby was at a young age held captive in one of Apocalypse's mutant camps until her powers manifested and she escaped. Scott Summers has appeared, but he is [i] very[/i] old. I think you can find out more information if you look her up on wikipedia.I say send that nutcase Bishop back to that time line and bring Ruby to the regular time line. She's a cool looking character. They did a great design job.I think Emma could be a great mother. I don't see why people rail against it so much. She loves children and she loves to teach children. Protecting children is one of her highest priorities. All of those are the perfect qualities of a mother. Emma is taking on the care of children that aren't even her's as the headmistress of the institute. She can play that role and still not change her personality. No one is asking her to suddenly become Mary Freakin' Poppins or Mystique[i] (remember she's a mother too)[/i] . I think too often the role of the comic book mother has become so stereo typed that as readers most people only see it in one way. There are many types of mothers. She could be a good example of the stern but fair type of mother. The kind who wont fix all your problems and try to be your friend, but will always be there to help when it's really needed. I believe the Marvel writer Paul Cornell talked about the topic of Emma as a mother not too long ago in an interview. He's currently working on [i] Dark Reign: Young Avengers[/i] .I do find it funny how in the [i] GeNEXT[/i] series her daughter is dating the son of Rouge and Gambit. As a parent you'd hope he takes more after his mother then father.

      kreemarvel
      kreemarvel

      [quote@domino21710 You want to see character growth, I loved when she was under the pen of Lobdell in Generation X. There was beautiful depth to her character, accepting all the bad she had been with her resolve to mentoring students without the nuance of world power and manipulation.....Lobdell created a true strong willed repentant mutant who gave no apologies to who she was...without the bs white trash Jerry Springer behavior,....without reimagining her origins,....long live Lobdell....[/quote] [color=seagreen] Amen.I have been thinking on her actions during Onslaught since I read the original post. To protect those she loves (and/ or are under her charge), she will do anything, even sacrifice what has cost her so much to gain, in this case, the acceptance of her teammates.The cool part os that she cares, but that does not stop her from doing what has to be done, even if she will be hated.[/color]

      alemander
      alemander

      Did they confirm that Ruby was Emma's daughter? I assumed as much with the blonde hair look, but I don't recall even a mention of Emma's name in X-Factor or the Layla Miller one shot.

      domino21710
      domino21710

      This makes me very excited....have hated the "redirecting of Emma" since Morrison. You want to see character growth, I loved when she was under the pen of Lobdell in Generation X. There was beautiful depth to her character, accepting all the bad she had been with her resolve to mentoring students without the nuance of world power and manipulation.....Lobdell created a true strong willed repentant mutant who gave no apologies to who she was...without the bs white trash Jerry Springer behavior,....without reimagining her origins,....long live Lobdell....

      FoxxFireArt
      FoxxFireArt

      [quote@kreemarvel [color=seagreen] Hey, she hasn't "become evil" by associating herself with Osborn.She's still trying to protect mutants.Besides, Osborn is in a legitimate position.[/color] [/quote] It's not that Emma is 'becoming evil' as you put it that is getting under our skin. It's just irritating that these actions could end up seriously hurting her standing with the X-Men just as she's realized that they are truly accepting her as a member and a leader. It feels like this could be less character evolution and more degradation. All because she's trying to do what she thinks is right. That's what is frustrating.[quote:ee87f121a7="Northst*r"]Foxx I adore that picture. Amazing job![/quote] Thank you kindly. I'm a big fan of Emma. I have an idea for another picture of Scott and Emma being close, and another image idea of Mystique and Iceman in a certain kind of setting.

      kreemarvel
      kreemarvel

      [color=seagreen] Hey, she hasn't "become evil" by associating herself with Osborn.She's still trying to protect mutants.Besides, Osborn is in a legitimate position.[/color]

      FoxxFireArt
      FoxxFireArt

      [quote@alemander Wow. Great stuff, Foxx. Perfectly captured what I have been thinking and what I now fear when I read that Fraction wants to bring the relationship to an ultimate crisis.[/quote] Thanks. Besides a few typos I think my thoughts came across pretty well.Fraction is the writer that gave those touching and funny moments between Scott and Emma earlier this year. Like when in [i] Uncanny X-Men #501[/i] . It had them in Worthington Towers being all lovey; Emma modeling some expensive lingerie, they talk about how mutants need to start having children, and even Emma says he might just change her mind about 'spawning'. It's a cute moment. Not that she's all ready to start having children, but the idea is warming up to her.[i] X-Men: The End[/i] and the continuation of that story, [i] GeNEXT[/i] , has portrayed them as having several children. Though if I was them I would be suspicious of my daughter dating Gambit's son. Not too long ago in [i] X-Factor[/i] they have shown a future daughter of Scott and Emma, Ruby Summers. She's from a time line that Bishop is originally from. She has a ruby form similar to her mother's diamond form. I thought it would be cool if this Ruby could travel and meet Emma for some kind of adventure. It could be a seriously cool cover image. Both of them standing in their bejeweled forms. I'd hope for an artist like Ramos or Bachalo, but I digress.There was also a good moment from Fraction in [i] Uncanny X-Men #503[/i] , where they are investigating the Hellfire Cult's base. Emma telepathically appears to Scott as wearing a dominatrix outfit to flirt with him. That's funny and cute. Later at the end of that same issue Emma is pouting that she didn't get to see Pixie clobber Empath.Just because the relationship will come to a crisis doesn't necessarily mean it will end. Possibly it could becomes stronger. Look at the yo-yo that is Gambit and Rouge.She doesn't seem happy about the Cabal or the Dark X-Men. It's not something she really wants to do, but something she feels like she has to do. In this very interview it does explain how Emma isn't on Osborn's side on this.I'm trying to say that we should give Fraction some benefit of the doubt. It's not as if all he's done since writing is work to push them apart. Why take Emma so dark so fast if not to have a twist for the end? It is pretty over the top having Emma wearing such covering clothes and wearing black. Just as long as he realizes that when it comes to Emma fans the [i] Sword of Damocles[/i] is right over head.[i] (Look up the reference and you'll get my meaning.)[/i] Just a small example of what a fan I am of Emma I made a picture of her. Though I draw in a manga style.http://foxxfireart.deviantart.com/art/X-Men-Emma-Frost-124741117

      alemander
      alemander

      [quote@FoxxFireArt It's this relationship that has shown her dimensions. We get to see that she is more then a stern woman. Without that the only time we would see what is beyond that side is watching her suffer from someone's death, ala the Purifiers attack on the depowered New X-Men children or Kitty's disappearance. That would just be depressing. [/quote] Wow. Great stuff, Foxx. Perfectly captured what I have been thinking and what I now fear when I read that Fraction wants to bring the relationship to an ultimate crisis.

      FoxxFireArt
      FoxxFireArt

      [quote@alemander I have to agree with the sentiment that they are totally destroying everything that Emma has become. When Dark Reign ends and all of Norman's allies go down in flames, Emma will be out on her own again, having lost everything, including the man she has said she loves more than once.You would think that Scott would have confided completely in the one person that would have agreed with his decision to form X-force. Storm even said as much. "Be as militant as Scott and you will be back on the same page." She has always been able to make the tough decision, as she showed once again when they confronted Prof. X in Legacy and she showed how his decisions were necessary.I guess we can always hope that maybe Cassandra Nova is residually influencing her, like with the image of the white room and the black seeping into her and the missing time she had in the Hellfire Cult HQ with Scott.I will try to enjoy Emma being an even greater focus here during this storyline and Dark Reign, but she is going to be at less than square one when it is all over. It is the same thing Fraction is doing with my other favorite character, Iron Man.Oh well.[/quote] Thanks.I just see that if the couple of Scott and Emma is broken through this story we just wont see the same levels of her character as we have been. She's not a warm and fuzzy character. To most she's rather abrasive. As we saw in the Savage Land vacation story done not too long ago. Shanna pointed out how Emma may appear strong. She does have a soft side. Emma replied that it was only for him. It's this relationship that has shown her dimensions. We get to see that she is more then a stern woman. Without that the only time we would see what is beyond that side is watching her suffer from someone's death, ala the Purifiers attack on the depowered New X-Men children or Kitty's [i] disappearance[/i] . That would just be depressing.What makes things worse is that if anything. Scott is more to blame for becoming so militant. Creating a militia and the X-Force as a black ops team. What makes Cyclops' black ops team any better then Osborn's, other then cool characters like Wolverine and X-23. Least it's a bonding experience between Logan and his sort of daughter.What made the relationship also good is that, unlike Jean, Emma wants only Scott. Jean has been playing between Scott and Logan since she met Wolverine. Even after the marriage. In fact it was Jean that cheated first by kissing Logan when she just thought that Scott and Emma had slept together. Things could of gone even further if Logan hadn't of stopped her. The psychic affair between Scott and Emma didn't start until after Jean kissed Logan.Emma has fought so hard to first earn Scott's trust and then love. She faced off with the Phoenix Force and was the catalyst for saving Jean's soul. Now we have to stomach while we watch her flirt with Namor, the [i] Aquaman[/i] of the Marvel Universe. Though Emma did knowingly deceive him making him believe she killed Shaw. When she really just made him appear dead and contacted Scott to arrest him later.Let us not also forget that utter change of decades of history for Emma of putting her in black. When her character has traditionally worn all white since her inception. This might not mean much if it wasn't for the fact that she has an emotional connection to white, due to her past with her beloved brother.I'm not sure if that nightmare scene has much to do with anything plot related other then her own fear that she may be over taken by her dark side. This also seems to fall into what happened with Emma in the [i] Manifest Destiny[/i] story, where Emma comes to realize and cherish that she has been accepted by the X-Men. This completely appears reverses that development. It's nice that her evolution isn't easy, but we are getting to a point where it's just getting repetitive.Oddly enough, reading about Iron Man's actions make it hard to watch my Iron Man movie DVD. He became such an @$$. Here's hoping these events at least redeem him.

      alemander
      alemander

      I have to agree with the sentiment that they are totally destroying everything that Emma has become. When Dark Reign ends and all of Norman's allies go down in flames, Emma will be out on her own again, having lost everything, including the man she has said she loves more than once.You would think that Scott would have confided completely in the one person that would have agreed with his decision to form X-force. Storm even said as much. "Be as militant as Scott and you will be back on the same page." She has always been able to make the tough decision, as she showed once again when they confronted Prof. X in Legacy and she showed how his decisions were necessary.I guess we can always hope that maybe Cassandra Nova is residually influencing her, like with the image of the white room and the black seeping into her and the missing time she had in the Hellfire Cult HQ with Scott.I will try to enjoy Emma being an even greater focus here during this storyline and Dark Reign, but she is going to be at less than square one when it is all over. It is the same thing Fraction is doing with my other favorite character, Iron Man.Oh well.

      SPNWareZ
      SPNWareZ

      Yeah. Its time she starts the road to redemption.She's a great character and all she needs is a chance. Go Emma....

      FoxxFireArt
      FoxxFireArt

      I'm honestly getting sick of this story line for Emma. Every writer seems to to this tango with her. The idea always seems to be "Emma will betray" theme. Can't anyone think up some other kind of story? They start to redeem her, but only to have her dip into the dark side.This just makes for a horrible lesson. It's as if no matter how hard you try, if you were a bad guy at some point you will never escape that darkness. No manner of Love or Happiness can change that. This seems to be the lesson everyone keep using Emma as an example. I don't think a transition should be easy, but it's a constant pattern of two steps forward and three steps back.It's not as if she doesn't still love Scott, or that she's happy about the position she's in. It's greatly annoying to watch a character you enjoy have to have all their development suffer for doing what she believes is the right thing to do. She wasn't even sure she was going to join the Cabal until Storm had that conversation with her. Tell her how if she truly acted out of caring for her people then her path will meet with Scott's again.I thought that through the past few years they have been doing a pretty good job of developing Scott and Emma's relationship. They really fit well together.All Jean ever did was hold Scott back. She would toy with his emotions over her feelings for Logan, and she would die leaving him unable to feel like he could ever move on. It was like the most perverse test of marriage vows. At what point does 'till death do us part' take effect?If Fraction destroys this relationship over this silly Dark Reign story, which is just some political allegory; I could easily just drop Marvel comics all together, or wait until this writer is well gone and see if someone comes to repair the damage he has caused.What is it with Marvel? Why do they seem like such relationship masochists? What couples last in this universe, two maybe? In X-Men it's even worse. Look what they did to Bobby, Iceman. He falls in love with two girls and Alex, Havok, steals both of them. There is also the yo-yo that is Gambit and Rouge. The 'disappearance' of Kitty just as Colossus and she consummated their relationship. One right after the other. I wrote a while ago about how Wolverine and Jean could be perfect for each other. Wolverine seems to live on forever, and Jean just wont stay dead.Emma has been my favorite character ever since I started reading X-Men back in the early 1990s. She's really finally started to develop a level of trust with the other members of the X-Men and shown herself to be a trusted leader. Not to mention paying for the school's building twice. Once Dark Reign is over how does she go back to rebuilding that trust? It's putting her right back at square one. For a guy like Wolverine, how does he forgive Emma for choosing the Dark X-Men over them? Don't see how you take her away from the school since she's the one who's paid for it.Only way I see Emma coming out of this on top is if she plays a major role to Osborn's take down, or it was always part of her goal to take them down from the inside.I'm also getting this odd vibe from this Dark Reign story. How could Osborn be taken down without his psychotic personality being exposed to the public? That's usually something that doesn't last in comics. Like when Peter exposed himself as Spider-man, but that was reversed via some faustian bargain. If they try something like that for the events of Dark Reign. I think we all need to warm up our torches and pitchforks.In all honestly, I'm going to stop reading Marvel until Dark Reign is over and see what the aftermath is like to assess whether to go back to reading. I'm sick of watching my favorite character slowly suffer. Till then I still have all my Japanese mangas to read. At least with those the story holds a better overall theme.

      AoANightcrawler
      AoANightcrawler

      This really seems so unlike Emma, since her re-introduction via Morrison she was the one willing to make the tough decisions which was one of the things the other X-Men hated about her. When she took over the school with Scott it made it seem like she was manipulating him because the more militant his decisions became the more they were like her. Fractions take on Emma has just been so out of character I can only assume you're right and it is just an attempt to destroy their relationship (not to start this up again, but lets face it that wouldnt be the first time Marvel). That being said, I am excited for this story, I'm just hoping Fraction can get a better feel for the characters.

      glass_apple
      glass_apple

      I absolutely despise the Scott/Emma relationship, but I don't think Marvel is paving the way for a Jean/Scott one. If anything, Scott and Emma will eventually overcome this event and be even stronger than ever (unfortunately).Anyway, I'm interested to see how it all turns out with the formation of Dark X-Men.

      Derek_Metaltron
      Derek_Metaltron

      Let's face it, Marvel is preparing the way for the return of the Jean/Scott relationship, using this arc to destroy the current relationship with Emma and Messiah War to bring Jean back into the limelight and no doubt have her getting close and back once again with Scott.I can see that pleasing some X-Men fans and enraging others. Personally I'm in the former, though I have to admit I have warmed to the Emma/Scott relationship over the years. :)

      BlackSamurai
      BlackSamurai

      As expected by looking at Xavier's, these strike files are not meant to be as factual as THE definitive plans by Scott to take any opponent down (that'd be more a Black Panther thing), they are colored by his ability to even see some as threats. Xavier's was not assessed as a part of the DXM, it was as the individual in his present group-or-solo status. Emma would have factored into part of the way to take him down anyway, either to partially suppress his psychic advantage over a strike team employed, or as capable of resisting telepathy or being immune and way more physically powerful in diamond form.As for Emma's, the poor dude can't yet see her as dangerous, there'd probably be a rather interesting strike file when he ends up heartbroken. I wonder what he'd come up with in light of not currently having an answer to her telepathic advantage (maybe by then Betsy would factor in). It'd be cool to see updates to some of these strike files after key events. Maybe even a running threat level assessment page according to Scott as each issue comes out.Anyway, things said here make some sense on how the Xavier thing will factor in too. After the Avengers/X-Men clash, a deal with Norman to legitimize mutants publicly both satisfies Norman and troubles Scott, as said in the post AND it explains Xavier. Emma may just appear to be the face of this team (I mean, she is a Cabal member, Dark banners could apply to her alone, not just to teams Norman shanghais) - under a deal Emma strikes with the powers that be (especially Osborn as head of HAMMER) she distances a set of mutants publicly from the overly militant Summers teams and thus gains the approval and assistance of Xavier, thus little issue with Xavier having problems being associated with this team, since Emma is 1. a legitimate viewed mutant leader in his book, 2. capable of hiding things from a high order telepath and 3. running day to day dealings, so no reason to think it serves the villainous Osborn's agenda as much, reducing the likelihood this will be the Cabal exposed to the former Illuminati (for now).I am now [more] satisfied there is a premise and credibility for this book (even if Fraction contradicts much that is being said or can be taken for plausible events), plus it'll have Cloak & Dagger AND Namor (and honorable mention to the newer hero, Weapon Omega, not being either overused or relegated to limbo - well done, Marvel).