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Emma Frost Ultimate Collection [Paperback]

Randy Green Karl Bollers
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1 Jun 2011 Emma Frost
Learn the secret of how the New X-Men's diamond-sculpted seductress Emma Frost became the formidable woman she is today. Witness the first time her mutant powers manifested, her difficulties at home and in school, and her early first love that explains how she blossomed from an innocent teenager into the wealthy, ruthless, feared and desired White Queen who has fought alongside and against the X-Men!

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785155104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785155102
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor. 2 July 2011
I will be succinct: I bought this book for its sexy cover created by the talented Mr Horn (no pun), however, the actual artwork is by a number of relatively unknown artists and is at best proficient. The story is, for the most part, about a teenage Emma Frost and as bildungsroman is a fun read - hence my awarding it two stars. My main objection to the book is that is makes no reference to the X-Men or the Hellfire Club, it is rather a story of a teenage girl struggling to fit in at home and at school, but one that has no anchor in the Marvel universe. In conclusion, if you want to read a story of a young girl and her troubles, this is the book for you; if you want to read the story of how Emma Frost became the bad-ass we know and love, look elsewhere.
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By Glen
After reading other reviews I wasn't really expecting too much & only bought this title due to the price, however I ended up pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. It is a story about the roots of Emma Frost around the time her mutant powers first surfaced & even though at times it seemed a bit 'soapish' the story & character development keeps you engrossed. Also worth mentioning is the fantastic sexy cover art to each issue by Greg Horn but the artwork inside while competent isn't anything special. There are three story arcs throughout the series which ran for 18 issues back in the day. The ending wasn't really satisfying though as I was hoping this story would culminate with her joining the Hellfire Club. Maybe that was the intention though & the series was cancelled before that could happen. Ultimately if you enjoy comics that are more about character than action I would recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars X-men: 90210 (but in a good way). 1 Mar 2012
By para - Published on
I've always been a fan of the White Queen, but hadn't read this tale of her backstory when it was first released. The Emma Frost Ultimate Collection collects the entire 19 issue run of the comic and show a teenage Emma first discovering her psychic powers while dealing with truly disastrous family and social lives.

The partial glibness of my review title aside, it's not a bad way to sum up the trade. Emma is one of three daughters (plus a son) of obscenely rich Winston Frost. Hated at school because of "daddy's" riches and just another pawn to be manipulated and molded for Winston, Emma's life gets even more complicated when her mysterious headaches lead to the development of psychic abilities. We follow Emma's struggle with power, both hers and that which others would exert over her, until she's largely the woman we know as the White Queen.

If this doesn't sound at all like a "normal" action oriented X-men comic, that's because it isn't. The story is still extremely good and well told (both in plotting and art). But fair warning: it may not be what you're expecting.

The early series covers (the first of which was used as a cover for the trade) underscore the possible disconnect. They are (admittedly beautiful) pin up style portraits of "current day" Emma. Since the entire story is flashback and more "teen drama" than "superhero" genre-wise they have practically nothing to do with the contents of the book, and unfortunately may drive away some readers who would really enjoy it. See the back cover for more indicative images.

EFUC is a strong coming of age tale of tragedy, love, being different and, yes, superpowers. Not for everyone but excellent for what it is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very hit and miss 11 July 2012
By TheIntruder - Published on
This collection has three storylines. It also gets better as it goes along and this is the reason I am giving it 3 stars, although really it should be 2 and a half.

The series starts out really bad. The first story is basically about her high school life and feels very much like a 90210 comic, as another reviewer stated, but which in my opinion is not a good thing for this character. I felt that Emma's family, particularly her father, were not believable as characters. The dad is too evil with no redeeming qualities at all. This usually makes for a bad villain. Even the galactic universe spanning villains of the Marvel Universe tend to have some flaw which make the character interesting. This guy is just a bastard.

The second storyline actually improves a lot. The plot is quite interesting, reminiscent of Pulp Fiction, but the execution, the actual dialogue and so on, could be much better. The second story surrounds an adventure Emma has with some gangsters and in this case the villain is actually pretty interesting and well developed.

The final storyline about her adventures in college is the best of the three and shows her development as a chacter. It still has the 90210 feel, but less teeny boppery, and again the antagonists are more realistic. It also has a really interesting twist at the end, BUT it seems quite obvious to me (without having any factual information at hand) that this was about the time the series was being cancelled and the writer was asked to bring it to a conclusion fast. He was going interesting places with it, and had he been given more issues it would have been even better.

Three different art teams handle the three different storylines. They are about the same level of quality, although my favourite was the middle storyline. My main problem is with the dialogue, which is decompressed. The decompression reduces as the series goes along, so the final story, the best of the lot, is much meatier than the first.

It must be said that the covers, except for one or two where there appear to be some CG fails, are pretty fantastic. So this is another reason I give this book the benefit of the doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emma Frost: Sex Goddess or Teenage Nerd? 26 July 2013
By Eric K. - Published on
I remember reading about Emma Frost (aka the White Queen) and the Hellfire Club back in the 1980s when John Byrne was drawing The Uncanny X-Men. It was one of my favorite storylines, and she was one of my favorite villains because she was so outright evil. By day, she taught at a school (Massachusetts Academy) that rivaled Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. By night, she enjoyed torturing the X-Men.

Returning to comics in 2008, I discovered that there had been some MAJOR changes made to Emma Frost's character over the years. She was no longer a villain. She could turn herself into diamond. She had joined the X-Men. She replaced Charles Xavier (aka Professor X) as the X-Men's telepath. She was in a relationship with Scott Summers (aka Cyclops). She had her own 18-issue comic book series. And, last but not least, she had become this giant sex symbol.

The EMMA FROST ULTIMATE COLLECTION compiles all 18 issues of Emma Frost's solo series. The first several issues of the series (and the cover of this compilation) makes you feel like you're buying porn. It's a painted cover of Emma in a provocative pose. Ironically, the stories on the inside had nothing to do with the sexy portraits on the outside. In fact, they were about her as a young girl growing up, attending school and dealing with her wealthy family members. Something about that felt almost...pedophiliac. The covers were geared toward an older, horny, straight male audience. The interior stories were geared toward adolescent and teenage girls. I almost feel like that's where Marvel Comics went wrong. They could have used Emma Frost to try to attract a young female audience to the Emma Frost series. Instead, the series attracted the horny boy/guy by its sexy covers and then disappointed them by providing a Hannah Montana/teenage angst storyline. For this reason alone, I think the comic book failed after 18 issues.

The first, six...issues of the series takes place when Emma is a young girl in school. She gets picked on at school, she has a crush on her sympathetic teacher, and she's beginning to discover (and be frightened of) her mental abilities. We also see her in her homelife as one of the children of an affluent Massachusetts family. Her siblings have their own definite (and intriguing) personalities, her father is very controlling, and her mother is blissfully ignorant because of her prescription meds. All of this was fascinating and I was disappointed to see it end after six issues.

The next six issues were about Emma breaking free from the control of her father and living on the streets. During this period, she meets a man and they try to extort money from her father by her pretending to be kidnapped and held for ransom.

The final six, Emma has taken all of her ransom money and enrolled herself in college. She meets a fellow telepath who poses as her best friend but then secretly wants to destroy her.

The series was all wonderfully written by Karl Bollers, and I would have loved to have seen him write about 100 issues of each of those three segments of her life, continuing on into her joining the Hellfire Club and apparently having "romantic" trysts with some of Marvel's prominent male superheroes like Iron Man and Namor. What I also especially loved about Bollers' storytelling was his use of supporting characters in Emma Frost. Her family members, teachers, schoolmates, friends, etc. all had their own definite, unique personalities and I wanted to know about them as much as I wanted to know about Emma. That's the sign of great writing.

I'm sad that Emma Frost was cancelled after 18 issues. However, I still believe that there is a market out there for her stories as Bollers told them, if the series was properly geared toward the right audience. Not every comic has to be about battles and good vs. evil. Emma Frost's brilliant first six issues demonstrated that (if not for the conflicting Penthouse covers). Sometimes the writer can transport the reader away into the world of their superhero characters with just their social interactions. It's sad that Marvel Comics dropped the ball on this one.
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweat Emma , bitter world 15 Aug 2014
By leon cannan - Published on
Well written with good art
However I can't recommended this book
Simply because how horrible it makes me feel
Without giving to much away there are so many characters in these stories that do terrible things and get away with them scott free
And I'm not talking super villains stealing jewels and stuff
I'm talking regular humans physically and emotionally destroying others and no bad comes to them and the wronged people just arnt seen again
So it's worth a try but il never read it again as it didn't offer the escapism that most books do it simply reminded me how horrible the real world is and I can just watch the news for that
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for true Emma fans. 12 May 2014
By Btbush2006 - Published on
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This gives a lot of insight into why Emma became the way that she is today. No, it doesn't delve into the Hellfire Club years, but I think that's because it wasn't given enough time to. It was canceled long before it had the time to get that far. Still a great read, and a look into her high school and college years.
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