A must have for any Emma Frost fan. The artwork is beautiful and the colours are stunning. Well worth the price. The story will help you understand the beginnings of the White Queen and the integration into the xmen due to the person she used to be will make sense. It only goes up to the point she attends college so hopefully there will be an ultimate collection 2 to cover the Hellfire arc.
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X-men: 90210 (but in a good way).Feb. 29 2012
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Emma Frost: Sex Goddess or Teenage Nerd?July 26 2013
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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 sex...er, 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 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very hit and missJuly 11 2012
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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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Sweat Emma , bitter worldAug. 15 2014
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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
Its good but not for everyone...Aug. 2 2013
Alliyah M. Hilo
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I give it a 3 because I liked it but I didn't love it. It lacks action and kind of plays out like a teen drama. As others have stated the cover is very misleading as far as the contents. They were clearly trying to get male readers to pick up a book that is about a teenage girl. I dunno that it hurt to try as It might have fooled some people into buying it. As a female comic book reader though it was something I wouldn't dare read in public. The cover is way to embarrassing. At one point a friend of mine actually mistook it for porn when they saw it on my coffee table. Again I really liked it the only thing that bothers me though is that the father and sister are cartoonishly evil for no apparent reason and the Emma in the book does not ever seem like she could really become the Emma Frost we all know and love she was just way to naive.