Wait. So, if Lobdell had continued writing Gen X, Jono would have hooked up with Emma?! I don’t even know what to do with this knowledge.
This will teach me to surf tags when I’m bored at work.
Yeah, this is one of those things that I have a love/hate relationship with, in part due to their limited interaction during Lobdell’s run (I wish they’d actually gotten to interact more and show more of Emma in a teaching position) and because of the power imbalance that comes with a teacher/student romance.
On the other hand, I enjoy the mental image.
And on the third hand, who knows how the lead up to things would have gone? Maybe it would have been a really good story.
It is throwing my head canon seriously out of whack. I feel like he would have ended up being her lap dog. Emma sex-bomb-Frost with Jono I-have-negative-self-esteem-Starsmore…I have a lot of feelings about this. And they’re all conflicting.
The way Lobdell explained it thusly:
You have to figure, we’ve already seen Jono’s fondness for blonds. And Bad Girl Emma wouldn’t be able to resist the tempation of dating someone way younger. In her defense, though, she would feel that she is genuinely, for the first time in her life, attracted to someone for his mind! Trust me — it would have been amazing, unexpected, yet totally believable at the time!
But for all that… well, I can see that justification from a story point of view, but there’s a power dynamic there of Emma dating a student which I’m not at all keen on. The attraction for Jono is pretty obvious, but… it’s so out of left field. There’s absolutely no indication in any of Lobdell’s work that this was a long-term plan and I just can’t see how he would have made it believable that two characters who had barely had two words to say to each other were suddenly in a relationship. Although, I admit, it seems entirely in-character for Jono that the sole justification Lobdell gives for the relationship from his point of view is that Jono likes blondes.
From Generation X #20 by Scott Lobdell, Chris Bachalo and Mark Buckingham.
Cliched, maybe, but I actually found Emma Frost’s backstory in two pages of Generation X #24 more compelling than the entirety of Morrison’s rewrite and her solo series detailing her youth.
By Scott Lobdell, Rick Leonardi and Mitch Byrd.
“Sean, I’m already responsible for one group of students dying on my watch.
I couldn’t live through that again.”
From Generation X #25 by Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo.
Favorite Emma moment…
I think the part in Generation X #25 where she makes Sean “kill” her to save the kids is mine, but this is definitely on the list.
"His name is Sean Cassidy.
He's called Banshee.
Beside being a mutant with a sonic scream capable of splitting steel --
-- over the course of his life he's been a cop ...
... an Interpol agent ...
... an X-man ...
... and now, an instructor ..."
Generation X #5 by Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo.
Generation X midterms - Generation X #21 by Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo.
Poor Maggott. You get no respect, do you?
(From X-men #70)
Apparently a complete lack of dignity thanks to blue X-men is part of Cecilia’s lot in life.
(From X-men #70)
I stand by my view that Cecilia Reyes is the only truly sensible and rational person to ever be an X-man.
(From X-men #75)
Jubilee Origins: Generation X #24
“My first time my pyro-technic powers manifested. Mom and dad were mucho busy. Very hush-hush. That left me and Cynjen — Cynthia Jennifer — lots o’ time to get in trouble.”
Generation X #24
by Scott Lobdell & Rick Leonardi
Jubilee’s pre-X origins are generally consistent (daughter of wealthy immigrants, orphaned, living in a mall performing with her mutant powers for money) but writers add embellishments here and there and retell them in their own way, so I thought I’d do a series on the different portrayals of her life before the X-Men.
To start us off, here’s a flashback from GenX #24 where Jubilee explains how her powers first manifested.
Apparently bored with her life, maybe feeling neglected by her parents, but also probably just wanting some kicks, Jubilee and her friend Cynthia Jennifer took to shoplifting from the mall and making grand escapes. It probably helped that Jubes was an Olympic-level gymnast.
Cornered by cops, she panics and her powers manifest — right at the cops. It was probably not the best day Jubes ever had. Not exactly the most relaxing way to find out you’re a mutant, you know?
“I just wanted everything to stay normal … even though I knew it would never be the same. Not for me. Not between us. Not ever.”
I loved this issue so very much.