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Reeva Payge The Black Queen

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An avid comic collector and fan for nearly 20 years, Vic started collecting comics around eight years old. Comic investing since the 2000s.

Beautiful Grace Byers as Reeva Payge in The Gifted Season 2

Beautiful Grace Byers as Reeva Payge in The Gifted Season 2

In a Comic Book Brigade episode late last year (2017) I named my favorite comic book based TV show of the year, and it was The Gifted. Proudly. Mutant and proud!

As some of you know, The X-Men comics are my favorite. Absolutely and no doubt there.

Season two recently started up again, and I was a bit nervous as to whether the show was going to keep up the goodness. Episode 1 was great and then episode 2 kept the fire.

It was great seeing the cast again, especially those Frost Sisters played by Skyler Samuels. However, we get a new big bad this season and that is Reeva Payge played by the absolutely talented and beautiful Grace Byers.

Okay for all you fellow comic nerds, fans, geeks, whatever adjective you prefer to show your love for the medium and hobby or just the show, Reeva Payge is actually a comic book character from the X-Men comics. She is not the most popular nor even widely used X-Men character.

She actually doesn't have that many appearances whatsoever in the panels and pages of comics, but you know how I do. Let's discuss this character a bit.

X-Men Annual #3 Vol 2 1994 - Debuts Reeva Payge

X-Men Annual #3 Vol 2 1994 - Debuts Reeva Payge

Reeva Payge was a former Black Queen in the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle and was created by Ian Edgington and Gene Ha. She first appeared in X-Men Annual #3 (Vol 2).

The son of Sebastian Shaw, Shinobi Shaw, took over the Hellfire Club's New York chapter at one time and established his own inner circle. The Black Queen of this Inner Circle was Reeva Payge.

She has the power to release an extremely high note vocally that can disrupt and disorient the brain from functioning properly. Her powers causes debilitating dizziness and hallucinations.

Reeva does not appear all that much in the actual comics. When Sebastian Shaw returned, Shinobi's inner circle disbanded and not much else is known as to Reeva's activities in the comics afterward.

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A Bit More About The Hellfire Club

For those who aren't exactly comic fans, you may not know much about the Hellfire Club in the X-Men comics. Heck even if you are a comic fan, you might not know much about the Hellfire Club, so talk a bit about them.

Created by legendary X-Men creatives, writer Chris Claremont and artist John Byrne, the Hellfire Club actually does have real life historical roots. It was the name of a British "Gentleman's Club" created and composed of upper-crusty men back in the 18th century.

Like the historical version, the Hellfire Club in the X-Men comics are also comprised of characters among the most famous, wealthy or influential of society. However, in the comics, the society's main purpose is to covertly gain power and influence politically and economically.

Even though the organization had a nominal head known as The Lord Imperial who supposedly over saw all the Hellfire branches around the world, the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle members were truly the ruling body.

Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost are the most well-known Inner Circle members, and they a long with the Hellfire Club debuted in the pages of X-Men #129 (Vol 1).

X-Men #129 (Vol 1) - 1st appearance of Emma Frost, cameo of Sebastian Shaw and Hellfire Club, and 1st Kitty Pryde

X-Men #129 (Vol 1) - 1st appearance of Emma Frost, cameo of Sebastian Shaw and Hellfire Club, and 1st Kitty Pryde

If you noticed already by the Hellfire Club picture and the use of Black Queen and White Queen and whatnot, the Inner Circle has patterned their leadership after Chess pieces. Others who have taken the position of Black Queen in the Inner Circle are Phoenix (Jean Grey), Selene, Emma Steed, Claudine Renko, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, but the most noted character who has occupied the position the most has been Selene.

In The Gifted show, the Inner Circle is what's left of the Hellfire Club, a mutant terrorist organization. The named members consisted of The Frost Sisters - Esme, Phoebe and Sophie - Reeva Payge, other unnamed mutants, and one name William.

William is supposedly a billionaire mutant that first appeared in season one in the episode 3x1. It is not clear whether the character of William is based on an actual comic character or not.

Reeva Payge is, however. Can't wait to see what carnage and deceit this character leads us on in season 2 of The Gifted, and I absolutely love how Grace Byers is portraying this character, and unlike her comic counterpart, Reeva is shaping up to be a pretty significant villain that seems to be sticking around. Well, I hope she does.

With that being said, Emma's Girls or the Frost Sisters are still my favorites on the show, and in the comics they are known as the Stepford Cuckoos. Click the link to learn some more about the characters from the actual comics.

If you are a fan of the show, join the FOX's The Gifted Fan Club group on Facebook. We have a lot of fun discussing the show, loving and rooting for the characters, and just geeking out.

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