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Astonishing X-Men: Torn

Astonishing X-Men: The Scoop on Emma Frost

Put your knowledge of Emma Frost to the test before you pick up 'Astonishing X-Men: Torn,' now on DVD!

By Christina Pham

The “Astonishing X-Men: Torn” DVD has hit shelves, but we’re not quite finished celebrating its arrival yet. To wrap up the festivities, we’re bringing you what you didn’t, or might not have known, about Emma Frost!

"Astonishing X-Men: Torn" now on DVD

One of the more recent additions to the team, the X-Men don’t fully trust Emma just yet…and her actions in “Torn” may prove why they shouldn’t! What’s Emma up to, and can the X-Men recover from her apparent betrayal?

Pick up Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s “Astonishing X-Men: Torn” DVD, available now from Marvel Knights Animation Shout! Factory, to find out, and in the meantime read on to learn more about the inimitable Ms. Frost!

Malevolent Past to Heroic(?) Present

Emma Frost made her villainous debut in the Marvel Universe during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s UNCANNY X-MEN #129, where she was better referred to as the Hellfire Club’s White Queen. It wasn’t until NEW X-MEN #116 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely when she joined the X-Men, but as “Torn” shows, even her allegiance to them is rather questionable.

A Woman of Many Careers

Emma Frost faces her past in "Astonishing X-Men: Torn"

It’s safe to say that despite being a villain and hero over X-Men history, Frost joins the club of successful and financially prosperous mutants With that being said, do you know the various positions she’s held in the job world?

Frost was the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Frost International, a multi-billion company focusing on building ships and aircraft carriers. Later on, she also became the Headmistress and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at Massachusetts Academy, a school known for its’ loyalty to the Hellfire Club.

Success and hard work seldom go unnoticed, and Frost’s certainly caught the eyes of the Hellfire Club. While working as a dancer, she became an ally of Sebastian Shaw. From there, she made herself known within the organization.

Eventually, she becomes the Co-Headmaster at Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, alongside Scott Summers/Cyclops, and in “Astonishing X-Men: Torn,” she teaches mutant students about ethics.

A Powerful Foe

Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club in "Astonishing X-Men: Torn"

Whether you trust Emma as a hero or not, you have to admit she has some ridiculously awesome powers. Apart from being able to manipulate brain functions with her psychic abilities, having super strength and the whole I-can-transform-my-body-into-diamond bit, this hero--or villain--has some special talents outside the mutant world as well!

She’s great at defense training and hand-to-hand combat, and she’s an expert technician. Frost practices electronic theory, and she knows how to build and tinker with devices that amplify different forms of energy.

Emma in Movies, TV & Games

Finally, having been inducted into the Marvel Universe decades ago, it only makes sense Frost has made a few appearances outside of the comic book world. Check out our list below to see all of her appearances! Which of these movies, television shows or video games have you seen or dabbled in?

“Generation X” (1996)
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)
“X-Men: First Class” (2011)


“X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men” (1989)
“X-Men” Animated Series (1992)
“Wolverine and the X-Men” (2008)
“X-Men” Anime (2011)

Video Games:

“The Uncanny X-Men” (1989)
“X-Men: Madness in Murderworld” (1989)
“X-Men” (1992)
“X-Men Legends” (2004)
“X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse” (2005)
“Super Hero Squad Online” (2010)
“X-Men: Destiny” (2011)
“Marvel: Avengers Alliance” on Facebook (2011)
“Marvel Heroes MMO” (Coming soon)

Get your copy of “Astonishing X-Men: Torn,” available now on DVD!

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