Just Like Magik, Emma Frost Vanishes from Secret Empire Uprising #1

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Secret Empire: Uprising art by Ryan Stegman

Back when Marvel first teased Secret Empire: Uprising, the Secret Empire tie-in series starring Marvel's merry mutants and showing us what Hydramerica holds in store for them, we saw a rebellious Emma Frost on the cover fighting back against Hydra's forces.

It would be the character's first real appearance since Inhumans vs. X-Men, where she was last seen donning a frankly horrid costume that seemed to be a mashup between Magneto and Cyclops, but with an S&M bent. Because, you know, Emma Frost always defined herself by the men in her life.

Art by Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan and David Curiel
Art by Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan and David Curiel

However, with the first issue of the tie-in series coming out next Wednesday, we find the cover somewhat changed.

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Secret Empire: Uprising #1 actual cover by Ryan Stegman

Not just has the trade dress been added, but just like, well, magic, Emma Frost has been replaced by Illyana Rasputin a.k.a. Magik.

So what happened? Why is Emma Frost gone? What did Magik bring to the story that Emma could not? Also, was this an editorial decision or the creators decision?

And while the cover changes have been pretty good, making the less observant or those who don't look at solicits and early comic news not realise the difference, the portion of Emma Frost's red and black cape that is still present in the updated cover (look underneath Steve Rogers' chin) may give some small clue still.

And for Emma Frost fans, how much longer will they have to wait to get them some Emma-action? Will it be her appearance in X-Men Blue in the future first now?

About Joe Glass

Joe Glass has been contributing to Bleeding Cool for about four years. He's been a roaming reporter at shows like SDCC and NYCC, and also has a keen LGBTQ focus, with his occasional LGBTQ focus articles, Tales from the Four Color Closet. He is also now Bleeding Cool's Senior Mutant Correspondent thanks to his obsession with Marvel's merry mutants. Joe is also a comics creator, writer of LGBTQ superhero team series, The Pride, the first issue of which was one of the Top 25 ComiXology Submit Titles of 2014. He is also a co-writer on Stiffs, a horror comedy series set in South Wales about call centre workers who hunt the undead by night. One happens to be a monkey. Just because.