Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Who Invited the Jerk?

One of the things I hunted down in back issues last year was the Marvel Knights Fantastic Four series (unhelpfully titled "4") Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote in the mid-2000s. It's not going to dislodge the Simonson or McDuffie runs as my personal favorites, but it's mostly solid.

There's one issue in there focused on Sue's birthday, where Reed appears to have forgotten, so she goes out on the town with some lady friends, most of whom make sense. She-Hulk, Alicia Masters, Sharon Ventura (the second Ms. Marvel, later the She-Thing). All old friends and acquaintances.

Emma Frost is also there.

Who in the fuck would think inviting Emma Frost along on your birthday romp is a good idea? She's arrogant, condescending, manipulative and rude. It'd be like inviting Namor or Quicksilver, with the added minus Emma is a telepath with no apparent regard for the sanctity of other people's minds. There's at least two times in that one issue she plucks a thought from Sue's mind and says it out loud to the others in an apparent attempt to embarrass/put her on the spot, and basically dismisses the ethical concerns of what she did with "your mind was practically shouting it, Sue."

Do the X-Men even like her? Respect her, sure. She's been on their side long enough, proven herself enough for that. But I don't know how many of them would consider her a friend, compared to how many would say the same about Nightcrawler or Rogue, for example.

Maybe some of her former students? I know Firestar doesn't care for her, due to the manipulative stuff, but I don't know about the rest of the Hellions (however many are still alive), or the Gen X kids. Again, I think there'd be respect, they might consider her a good mentor or sounding board for their questions (although even that seems doubtful. I could see her doing a lot of damage to a kid with self-esteem issues.) Beyond that, I don't know.


thekelvingreen said...

The only reason I can see for Emma's inclusion is that Morrison made her the main female character in the X-Men around 2000-2001 so she was prominent from that perspective, but it doesn't really explain why she's suddenly one of Sue's friends. Maybe the F4 and the X-Men have a long (but apparently offscreen) relationship through Franklin being a mutant? Dunno.

CalvinPitt said...

The point about Morrison boosting Emma's profile is a good one, but even if they wanted someone who maybe isn't easy to get along with, pick Medusa. The Inhumans do have a long history with the FF (Crystal seems more likely to actually show, but I don't how close her and Sue are, with Crystal being Johnny's ex, plus she was usually on the roster in place of Sue). Or the Wasp, maybe.

Well, Franklin was a member of Power Pack, and they hung out with the X-Men a lot, so maybe there were some meet-ups via that path.