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Go Back to School and Back to Work with Emma Frost

Despite her diamond demeanor, the former White Queen has a soft spot for education!

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It's Monday, and that means that you've had to find the strength to shake off the after effects of a weekend well spent just to get back into shape for the weekday work-athon. It's tough, sure, but it's a fact of life – one that isn't lost on super humans either. Yep, Mondays mean back to work for super heroes too, as they trade in their uniforms for something more business casual.

And then there's Emma Frost, the schoolteacher that pushes the limits of "casual" workwear Monday through Friday. In contrast with her formerly villainous ways and powerfully suggestive attire, Ms. Frost has always put the interests of her students before her own—even if her ice-cold demeanor has hinted otherwise. Nearly every position she's held both within and outside of the X-Men's ranks has involved her instructing a young generation of mutants.

Emma Frost first debuted as the White Queen of the Hellfire Club in UNCANNY X-MEN #129, wherein she tried to recruit a young mutant named Kitty Pryde into her own Massachusetts Academy. Her persuasive tactics failed and the youngster ended up enrolling at Xavier's—but that didn't stop Emma from attempting it again a few years later. Her scheme to lure Kitty to her school involved switching bodies with Storm, a feat that would nearly end up costing the White Queen her life. Frost's plans for her student body would reveal themselves later in NEW MUTANTS #16, when her own teen team of mutants—the Hellions—made their debut.

After waking up from a lengthy coma only to find out that the Hellions had been murdered, Emma found a new purpose in life as the headmistress of the new Xavier's School. GENERATION X saw the former villainess creep closer to the side of good as Charles Xavier's dream of peaceful co-existence began to influence her lesson plans. She still clashed with the X-Men, as best evidenced in this issue detailing a confrontational yet educational run-in with Iceman.

Emma lost another class of students during the massacre on Genosha; she only survived because of her diamond-hard skin. With no school to return to and more mutants than ever in need of an education, Emma finally joined the main X-Men team and helped the Xavier Institute open up its doors to the biggest student body it had ever seen before.

Find out how Emma Frost reacts to the last will and testament of Charles Xavier in UNCANNY X-MEN #24!

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