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.
However, with the first issue of the tie-in series coming out next Wednesday, we find the cover somewhat changed.
Not just has the trade dress been added, but just like, well, magic, Emma Frost has been replaced by Illyana Rasputin a.k.a. Magik.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?