Marvel's ICEMAN Ongoing Focuses On His Sexuality

Iceman #1
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

A new (and first) Iceman ongoing series will debut in April, from recent Marvel recruit Sina Grace and former Secret Warriors artist Alessandro Vitti, along with cover artist Kevin Wada, according to Nerdist. The new series, part of the joint Inhumans/X-Men line "ResurrXion," will follow the adult Bobby Drake and is said to deal with the outing of the younger, time-displaced Iceman from All-New X-Men by the telepathic Jean Grey.

"I think the tension of this is what makes this the most interesting and fun project to work on. Because it means that he’s been keeping something not only from his friends and colleagues, but also from himself," said Grace. "And if you even just look at his powers, it’s always just sort of been there, for the entire history of the Marvel universe. And leaning into it makes working on the character and understanding all the decisions he’s made to date that much more fascinating. And what he does with that information moving forward is going to inform not only his personal life, but also how he sees himself as a hero.”

While it was the teenage Bobby Drake from the past that was outed (and will be appearing in the new X-Men: Blue title), series editor Daniel Ketchum said that the revelation that the character (or characters, in this case) were gay was something inspired by fan theories.

"I wasn’t involved entirely in the story at that point, but Brian Michael Bendis was very wise to identify that all those threads that existed," said Ketchum. "We’re not in the business of pulling something out of nowhere and slapping it on to a character so he fits some quota, or for the sake of telling some story. This had to come from somewhere, and it did. And now wonderful talents like [series writer] Sina Grace get to take that storyline and move it forward.”

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Ketchum goes on to say that this new aspect to the character won't diminish the other memorable attributes of the character.

“We’re not going to lose sight that Bobby’s always been the comic relief, funny and jokey character. He’s not a ‘Gold Star Gay," said Ketchum, referring to a homosexual person who has never had heterosexual relations. "So we’re going to be seeing a funny moment where he sees one of his exes. I really want Sina to put in the line, ‘So what was I, just your beard?’ There’s going to be an acknowledgement of it, but it’s gonna be played off in the tone that Bobby usually does. But Sina will bring a real authenticity to it.”

The storyline will also address the founding X-Man's power levels, something that had been touched upon briefly by Jason Aaron and Rick Remender a few years ago.

"With this series, you’ll see how much knowing yourself and understanding yourself helps inform the scope of your abilities, both as a human being and also as a superhero," said Grace. "We are gonna play with it to be sure, because this guy is an Omega Level mutant at the end of the day.”

Iceman #1 is scheduled to debut this April.

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