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Review: Iceman #11

ICEMAN #11 1Sina Grace ends his run on Iceman with a strong standalone story where Bobby overcomes his neuroses, freakouts about his past and possibly leading his own X-Men team, and a trigger happy team-up buddy in Rictor to help his parents’ neighbor, Mr. Poklemba, come to terms with being a mutant. Robert Gill and Rachelle Rosenberg handle the art duties for the main story while Grace does his first Marvel interiors with flashbacks of Bobby’s life as a young boy and X-Man as he comes to terms with being both a mutant and gay. Grace looks at how religion can (Catholicism in Bobby’s case.) influence one’s coming out as queer in a negative way and provides a fuller look at

Even if Iceman #11 deals with some heavy subject matter, like a priest repudiating young Bobby Drake’s status as a mutant and his parents discussing if they did something wrong with him to be one, Grace and Gill don’t abandon the comedy and dad jokes. After a one page cold open of Bobby’s ideal life, they cut to an extremely awkward pho “date” featuring him and Rictor where they talk about their exes way too much Also, lunch dates are the unsexiest of all dates.

One of my qualms with Iceman as a series has been Bobby’s  lack of interactions with other queer superhero  in a non-hostile way (*cough* Daken), and Grace and Gill remedy this in Iceman #11. Bobby and Rictor banter about how Iceman’s neurotic jokes might be a little bit of a turn-off and then they get to go on a mission together and talk the mutantphobic, telekinetic mutant Mr. Poklemba off the ledge. Rictor sees this team-up as a straight-up neutralizing a violent mutant adventure of the week while it’s more personal for Bobby. Either way, Rosenberg’s scarlet palette coming from a house is never a good sign.

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Sina Grace, Robert Gill, and Rachelle Rosenberg hit the right sweet spot between action spectacle and character introspection in Iceman #11. There’s a sort of silly scene where Rictor is getting tired of Bobby musing over how to reach out to Mr. Poklemba and is about to just knock the new mutant out, and Gill draws a montage of Bobby offering him an ice flower and wearing an ice helmet and wielding an ice sword until he finally ices down, introduces himself as Bobby and Madeline’s kid, and generally interacts with Poklemba on a human level.

Mr. Poklemba is pretty terrible with a house that is the opposite of clean, press clippings about all the bad things the X-Men have done, and has a religious hatred towards mutants, but Bobby doesn’t attack him and tries to help him through a heart to heart conversation. These scenes exhibit his growth as a character, and why he would make a great X-Men team leader because he chooses empathy over brute force and uses his abilities to defuse situations and not ramp them up. For example,  because he has the ability to manipulate the temperature of water molecules, he tells Mr. Poklemba to lower his body temperature so that the rage fueling his ability subsides. He is calm and a helping hand (And has a great ass, I had to.) in the middle of a storm and helps Poklemba  realize that maybe being a mutant isn’t as bad as he thought. Just because you have powers doesn’t mean you have to be a superhero or terrorist.

Iceman #11 has insightful flashbacks where Sina Grace shows his skill as an artist and riffs off the style of Jack Kirby, (possibly) Steve Ditko for the sad young Bobby at home scenes, Jim Lee, and even Stuart Immonen plus a plot featuring a one two-punch of cool ice/earthquake powers and human empathy. The series as a whole has been up and down, but Grace, Robert Gill, and Rachelle Rosenberg end it on a positive note with Bobby starting to realize his potential as both an X-Man and a single, gay man.

Story: Sina Grace Art: Robert Gill, Sina Grace Cover: Kevin Wada
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Group Editor: Mark Paniccia Editor: Chris Robinson Consulting Editor: Darren Shan
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Exclusive Preview: Iceman #11

Iceman #11

Story: Sina Grace Art: Robert Gill, Sina Grace Cover: Kevin Wada
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Group Editor: Mark Paniccia Editor: Chris Robinson Consulting Editor: Darren Shan
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• After the shocking events of last issue, Iceman is on the trail of a powerful new mutant that can’t get his abilities under control…
• Will the Xavier Institute have a new student or will Iceman do the unthinkable?
• Kitty’s offer still stands: Is Iceman ready for his own team of X-Men?

Preview: Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #2 (of 4)

NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #2 (of 4)

Screen Story by AARON SCHOENKE
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover A by KEVIN WADA (DEC171919)
Cover B by CAFU (DEC171920)
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA (DEC171922)
Variant Cover by JOE EISMA (DEC171923)
Photo Cover Also Available (DEC171921)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 21st

A blistering battle royale!

He betrayed his friends. He betrayed his country to save us all… In advance of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE’s stunning digital debut – coming soon to digital devices everywhere – get the full story behind the head-to-head showdowns, hero-on-hero collisions, and epic consequences that await as Ninjak goes it alone against a gauntlet of the Valiant Universe’s biggest and most beloved icons! Watch the live-action, episodic series… Then follow the action directly onto the comics page with extra-added action, intrigue, and revelations behind Ninjak’s grueling firefight against Valiants’ most indelible heroes – with red-hot creators Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Joe Bennett (Deathstroke) calling the shots!

Preview: Iceman #10

Iceman #10

(W) Sina Grace (A) Robert Gill (CA) Kevin Wada
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

ICEMAN VS. DAKEN Part 2
• With the X-MEN trapped in the Danger Room, it’s up to ICEMAN to protect the Institute and the students from DAKEN!
• Will having Omega-level powers be enough to go against an activated APOCALYPSE SEED?
• Are Bobby Drake’s students ready to fight and protect the mansion?!

Iceman #10

Exclusive Preview: Iceman #8

Iceman #8

(W) Sina Grace (A) Robert Gill (CA) Kevin Wada
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Iceman vs. Iceman Part 1
• Iceman and his younger counterpart must team up…
• …against their parents?!
• The Drakes have discovered the existence of the young, time-traveling Iceman. But what are their true motives with this meeting?

Preview: Fence #1

Fence #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: C.S. Pacat
Artist: Johanna The Mad
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Johanna The Mad
Variant Cover: Kevin Wada
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Shanen Pae

Novelist C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad team up for a new series perfect for fans of Check, Please! and Yuri!!! on Ice.

Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama…and on the road to the elite all-boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him—if he can make the cut!

BOOM! Studios Unveils New ‘Fence’ #1 Variant Coverby ‘Dream Daddy’ Artist Shanen Pae

BOOM! Studios has unveiled the all-new variant cover from Dream Daddy superstar artist Shanen Pae for the hotly anticipated Fence. The all-new original series from novelist C.S. Pacat and popular web cartoonist Johanna The Mad debuts November 15, 2017.

Taking the world by storm upon announcement with headlines from the LA Times,Teen VogueForbesThe Daily Dot, and more, Fence tells the story of 16-year-old Nicholas Cox, an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama…and on the road to the elite all-boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him—if he can make the cut!

The Fence #1 Shanen Pae variant cover is available to pre-order—along with the previously announced covers by Johanna The Mad and superstar artist Kevin Wada—now at your local comic shop by October 23, 2017.

BOOM! Studios Challenges You to Fence

BOOM! Studios has announced Fence, an all-new original comic book series debuting in November from bestselling novelist C.S. Pacat and popular online sensation Johanna The Mad. Launching from the BOOM! Box imprint, Fence brings together the worlds of teen soap opera with the adrenaline rush of competitive fencing, an exciting journey of self-discovery that challenges readers with one simple phrase: En garde!

Fence marks the comics debut of both C.S Pacat and Johanna The Mad, whose individual work have amassed devoted fan followings. Pacat’s bestselling book series, Captive Prince, began its life as an original-fiction web serial that went viral, attracting the attention of publisher Penguin Random House. Johanna The Mad is a fan-favorite artist who has gained widespread popularity for her sketches, illustrations, and handmade items.

Fence #1 launches with two open-to-order covers, one by Johanna The Mad and another by superstar artist Kevin Wada. The series will be colored by Rebecca Nalty.

Preview: Iceman #3

Iceman #3

(W) Sina Grace (A) Alessandro Vitti (CA) Kevin Wada
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Iceman heads home to visit his folks! But they aren’t too pleased with their son’s latest news…
• And to make matters worse, a gang of revenge-seeking Purifiers comes calling!
• Will Iceman survive this family dinner?
• Or the throwdown with militant mutant-haters that follows?

Marvel’s Iceman Stop Villains Cold in their Tracks. Check Out this First Look.

This June, Bobby Drake steps out into the cold with an all-new solo X-Men series written by Sina Grace coupled with artwork by Alessandro Vitti with Marvel Comics’ Iceman #1.

Bobby Drake has been in the Super Hero game longer than most – one of the original X-Men, a founding member of the Champions, and discovered to be an Omega-level mutant, but while reflecting on all he’s accomplished over the years, he realizes that the legacy he’s built can be so much more!

Also added to the mix, 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 it’s time for Bobby Drake to realizes that it’s now or never, and sets out to build a life and legacy he can be proud of…and be the best ICEMAN he can be!

Featuring covers by Kevin Wada, Damion Scott, Skottie Young, Leonard Kirk, and Skan.

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