Jubilee has always held a special place in my heart. When I started reading X-men she was the obligatory spunky kid in the group and being a kid myself I could relate to her. When Marvel announced they were turning her into one of the undead I shuddered. “Hasn’t this girl been through enough.” I thought,”you’ve already depowered her now you want to turn her into another casualty of the success of Twilight!” Well after reading the first two issues of Wolverine and Jubilee I’ve got to say I like the change.
I believe the main problem with Jubilee is that she never matured, she was always written as that spunky, wise cracking mall rat from Southern California. That was great when she first came out but all characters need to grow and stay fresh and I feel that is what is happening to her. From being depowered, to become co-leader of the New Warriors to her new status as a Vampire each event has made her less of a sterotype from the 90’s and more of a complex character.
In her new mini series, which she shares with Wolverine, those changes really show. This is no longer the fun loving girl that joined the X-men, this is a woman who has suffered and become harsh and bitter because of it. Emma Frost once said Jubilee had the potential to be one of the most powerful mutants on the planet but held back from a fear of hurting people. That fear is no longer there as evident in the new comic where she smashes her fist through someone’s chest. I really hope these changes to her personality last and that they give her back her mutant powers . I would love to see what Jubilee is capable of now that she is no longer holding back. I see a lot of potential in her future and in the hands of a great writer I believe she could really thrive.