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If I Pass This Way Again – That Time Emma Frost Just Flat Out Murdered People

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If I Pass This Way Again – That Time Emma Frost Just Flat Out Murdered People

Every installment of this feature is about odd comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced.

Today, based on some comments from reader Michael, we take a look at how some of Emma Frost’s worse deeds have been somewhat glossed over…

Emma Frost was part of the Hellfire Club, and also ran her own school for mutants called the Massachusetts Academy. The elite members of her school were her own sort of strike force called the Hellions. In Uncanny X-Men #281 (by Whilce Portacio, Jim Lee, John Byrne and Art Thibert), her students were attacked and most of them killed and Emma Frost was also seemingly killed…

In reality, she was just in a deep coma. The X-Men took her in and kept her under observation and she ultimately recovered. They then entrusted her to a whole new generation of young mutants, along with the X-Man Banshee. Professor X explains it to Banshee in this bit from Uncanny X-Men #318 by Scott Lobdell and Roger Cruz…

That eventually fell apart and Emma went to teach in Genosha, where then watched her students murdered by Sentinels AGAIN in New X-Men #115 (by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Tim Townsend)…

She joined up with the X-Men the next issue…

And eventually she became the co-head of the school in Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men, alongside Cyclops, who she began a romantic relationship with…

Whedon had Kitty Pryde have a problem with Emma, but eventually even Kitty grew to respect Emma.

And that’s all fair enough, of course, but the issue, as Michael so nicely pointed out, is that in order to accept Emma as a hero, we have to gloss over some rather major stuff. Go to the next page to see some of Emma’s worst actions that are more or less glossed over to make her work as a hero…

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