Marvel's Iceman ongoing with writer Sina Grace returns - just a few months after the series was cancelled. The publisher has announced that Grace will write an Iceman relaunch continuing the story from the previous volume, joined now by Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows artist Nathan Stockman.
"I’m amazed that the series connected with an audience so much that we defied odds and got another arc," Grace told Marvel.com. "The whole process of writing the first one, I was focused on doing my best work and crafting a series that sat well as a standalone... I had blinders on. Apathy is such a huge force in this world, so when the letters kept coming after the final issue - in my DMs, on Tumblr, to the Marvel offices, at comic conventions - that was when I had to ask, “Is this the impact other Super Hero books have on their readers?”
The previous Iceman series ended with March 2018's Iceman #11, with Grace attributing the cancellation to low sales.
In this new volume, Bobby Drake will discover a possible second 'Mutant Massace' is imminent - one executed by an unnamed character that Marvel says "you wouldn't believe it if we told you!"
"Iceman got to try his hand being a leader in the pages of X-Men: Gold. While he’s fine enough running a team, he knows it’s not where his strengths are best put to use," said Grace. "He’s still sorting out how he fits in this world when he discovers that Morlocks are disappearing in the sewers. What he uncovers in the catacombs is far more terrifying than he could have imagined. From there? Things get really bad."
Bishop, Kitty Pryde, and Jubilee are all planned to appear in the new volume.
"Readers can expect to see more relationship evolution with Kitty Pryde," said the writer. "They are not always gonna be on the same side of an argument. For anyone who had read interviews with me answering the question of who I’d really want to play with…just you wait for the cover unveil for issue #2!"
With Nathan Stockman joining this rejuvenated Iceman title, Grace says he bringsan "added layer of levity."
"I’m vibing super hard with Nathan! Each Iceman artist brought different strengths, with Nate readers will see all of the dynamism of the previous arcs with an added layer of levity. To me, this arc is a reward - a celebration. We are going to have fun. All that being said, because Nathan’s so gosh-darned versatile, expect no end to the deeply personal and emotional beats that folks appreciated in the first run. Like, from the layout stages he has made me do a literal LOL and also given me chills on a page with the reveal of [REDACTED]. Nathan’s character designs are also super bold and unique…It’s like if his pages of Spidey had a baby with his work on X-Men: Blue and the baby also was born with omega-level powers. Love him."
Iceman #1 is scheduled to debut September 12.