X-Infernus #2 by C.B. Cebulski and Uncanny X-Men Annual #2 by Matt Fraction
This title is kind of my ‘isn’t Pixie awesome?’ title. I mean, Illyana story is kind of interesting, in that the sweet little innocent Snowflake becomes a soulless hell beastie who’s bent on destruction. But Pixie remains the interesting driver of my attention. (Because it certainly isn’t going to be the Rasputin sibling’s love for each other.)
I don’t think that Pixie will get back her soul piece at the end of the comic run. Darkness is considered an interesting character trait, and Pixie has a lot more years with the X-Men.
Uncanny X-Men Annual #2
Cover alert: This story is way better than the cover art.
I like Fraction’s Emma Frost more than a lot of people I know do. I thought the issue was well done as a look into Emma’s motivations, especially since a lot of people didn’t get a reformed Emma sitting at Osborn’s table of powerful villains.
Fraction works the flashbacks into the story perfectly. He shows the past Emma, who was power hungry but learned there was more to life than just power and was abused by Shaw, and the current Emma, who has a lot more ethics and a lot more control of her power. Especially when she only tricks Namor into thinking she chopped off Shaw’s head, but really calls home to put Shaw in cold storage for his crimes against mutantkind.
Emma’s relationship with Namor is interesting. While I don’t think current Emma would’ve slept with Namor, certainly a younger Emma would’ve. I do like how much Emma cares for her students and for mutants in general. She does not want to see what happened to Gen X happen with the X-Men, which was part of the reason for the move to San Francisco. And Emma is willing to make deals for protection depending who currently holds the power.
The growing divide between Emma and Scott is certainly another interesting part of this tale. I was waiting for Scott’s secret X-Force team to come and bite him on the ass. Of course, it was a student (Pixie) who brought it to Emma’s attention that something dangerous was going on. I love that it’s Storm, who had her differences with Scott, that tells Emma to start being a true leader. And now Emma is hiding things from Scott.