Bobby Drake, otherwise known as Iceman, is swiftly becoming one of Marvel’s most notable #LGBT superheroes. Since his inception, he has been known as the goofy, fun-loving member of the #XMen. But when he discovered his true sexuality in 2015, the character became more relatable and important for many readers.
Following the recent conclusion of the Inhumans Vs. X-Men event, #Marvel will release an abundance of titles under the "ResurrXion" banner. This launch will be a fresh era for the X-Men, and Iceman's first ongoing series is coming along for the ride in June. The stories will be composed by Sina Grace (Self-Obsessed, Not My Bag) in collaboration with interior artist Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors).
I'm thrilled for this character to take center stage in his own world, on his own missions. Bobby can fully express himself as an openly gay superhero with the fearlessness he always knew he possessed.
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Iceman Will Rebuild His Legacy
This series will focus on Bobby's potential while reflecting on the past, exploring his new romance with Romeo and recreating his legacy.
Here are the synopses and covers for the first two issues of Iceman:
- Iceman #1
Bobby Drake has been in the super hero game longer than most. But while reflecting on what he’s accomplished over the years, he realizes that the legacy he’s built is a few good one-liners and a string of failed relationships. Not only that, but now a younger version of himself has emerged from the timestream and he’s more put together than Bobby ever was: already a world-class hero in his own right, but also totally comfortable in his own skin, complete with a relationship with a handsome Inhuman to boot. In this new ongoing series penned by Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage, Self-Obsessed) and drawn by Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors), Bobby realizes that the time is never or now, and sets out to build a life and legacy he can be proud of…and be the best ICEMAN he can be!
- Iceman #2
When a newly manifested mutant signals the X-Men for help, Iceman teams up with Kitty Pryde to stage a rescue mission!
And surely nothing can go wrong when you ask your former girlfriend for advice on meeting guys while you’re in the middle of a firefight, right?
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The upcoming Iceman series could be an incredible step in the right direction for positive and accurate representation. The realization of his sexuality and hiding it to avoid persecution are relatable to members of the LGBTQ community. In the comics ahead, Grace is looking to expand on the character's personal growth and power levels as a mutant:
“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. We are gonna play with it to be sure, because this guy is an Omega Level mutant at the end of the day.”
Bobby has taught us that being proud of who we are is the world's greatest superpower, and I have no doubt that his series will depict that in the future.
Iceman #1 and #2 will be released this forthcoming June.
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(Sources: CBR, Nerdist)