Emma Frost is arguably one of the most polarizing female characters in X-Men for men and women alike. After reading the 18 issues that make up the origin story EMMA FROST by Karl Bollers, in addition to FIRESTAR, GENERATION X, and UNCANNY X-MEN, we found that not everybody thoroughly enjoys her for the same reasons. The CEO of ComicsVerse, Justin Gilbert Alba, joins fantastic editor and contributor Jamie Rice, along with Kay Honda, Malia Knight, Brian Delpozo, and Nolan Bensen for her character analysis based on her origin story.

Emma Frost: The Discussion

We have an in-depth discussion that delves into her history, characterization and why she allows — and seemingly embraces — the heavily sexualized permutation of her identity. I don’t believe it can just be dismissed as “daddy-issues,” although her tenuous relationship with her father contributes to why she presents herself as the icy White Queen that play both the role of villainess and antihero. In fact, it is arguable that she can fulfill any role that a person desires.

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Although her diamond shape-shifting ability is not discussed in her origin story, it is clear that the power and control she gains over her mutation cleverly reflects her psychological defense mechanisms. She keeps what’s “hers” deep inside while reflecting what people want of her off her appearance.

Emma Frost’s Truth

We also use excerpts from Susan Batson’s Truth: Personas, Needs, and Flaws in The Art of Building Actors and Creating Characters as a reference when analyzing Emma. These excerpts include discussing the three specific facets of her identity: The “Public Persona”(the identity she presents to everyone around her), the “Need” (the identity most authentic to the self but most vulnerable to the world), and the “Tragic Flaw” (the result of the conflict between the “Public Persona” and the “Need”).

CLICK: Chris Claremont talks about how and why he created Emma in this podcast interview!

Emma Frost and The Frost Family

Despite various and silly digressions, we analyze her familial relationships. Additionally, we also discuss how her interactions with peers and other authority figures shape her attitudes toward trust, intimacy, and control.

As a result of being a personal favorite of Justin’s and various other contributors, Emma Frost is given a shot in this podcast to prove that there’s a true and personable identity and reasoning beneath all the skin, legs, and breasts. It’s easy enough to discount a female character in any medium as being a sexual plaything at the mercy of the men around her. Fortunately, Emma is not at all such a submissive character, unless that’s what she desires at the time.

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3 Comments

  1. Episode 63: X-Men's Storm

    September 9, 2016 at 5:01 am

    […] LISTEN: Want more X-Men character study podcasts like Storm? Emma Frost’s origin and character…is the subject of its very own podcast! […]

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  2. Matt

    October 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Just listened to your Emma frost review. I liked the subject matter. Been a fan of Emma since early 90’S. enjoyed your opinions, agreed with several of them. However banter was difficult to listen too. Tangents a little hard to follow and like used a lot in describing story elements and thought breaks. As a first time listener it was ok.

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    • Justin Gilbert Alba

      November 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      We really appreciate your great comment and helpful criticisms Matt! We promise to keep the “likes” down and go off on a few less tangents! 🙂 Hope you keep on listening!

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