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Review: Iceman #1

Iceman is back from writer Sina Grace with new series artist Nathan Stockman and colorist Federico Blee. In the first issue of the new series, Grace and Stockman indulge in a little team-up action (and jog down memory lane for X-Men fans of the late 1980s) as Iceman and Bishop work together to prevent a new mutant massacre of the Morlocks. They have a really quirky dynamic with Bishop playing the serious focused on several possible futures, and Iceman being the one with the bad jokes and clunky Kanye references. However, Grace gives Bobby a little more self-awareness than the previous volume where he was just coming into his own as both a gay man and omega level mutant and trying to balance coming out to his parents and his first real boyfriend. In Iceman #1, he’s still developing as a person, but is a little more self-assured, which makes the book a little more fun.

Speaking of fun, Iceman #1 has some seriously action-packed setpieces courtesy of Nathan Stockman and Federico Blee beginning with a literal cold open where Bobby saves an old lady from a homophobic bad guy in Hell’s Kitchen while trying to meet a cute guy. (Oops, I have to put a dollar in the clunky dad joke jar.) One thing I love about heroes like Spider-Man is the intersection between their personal life, especially romance, and superhero action, and Grace and Stockman really get that dynamic with a gay superhero. It’s also seriously empowering to see a queer superhero kick a homophobic bad dude’s ass by completely encasing him in ice. And as a humorous cherry on top, pulling out an ice “glass” slipper on the dance floor made me laugh and cringe. Northstar really needs to give him dating lessons. This opening sequence really sets the tone for the first issue with Grace and Stockman, who seamlessly transition from fight scene to conversation without losing momentum handling everything from a main villain reveal to a text message conversation between Bobby and Kitty with style and grace.

Iceman #1 shows again why having an actual gay writer on an X-Book makes the X-Men as LGBTQ people more nuanced and powerful. In this case, there is the Morlocks. Sina Grace uses them as a metaphor for LGBTQ folks who don’t want to pass as straight or assimilate into a patriarchal, heteronormative society. That’s totally cool as Bobby begins to understand after a short conversation about why they don’t join the revolving door of the Xavier School. I also like how Grace refers to the Morlocks home as a “safe space” instead of creepy tunnels or whatever like previous writers.

However, in the context of the story, the Morlocks’ separatism and non-conformity leads to them being targeted by Mr. Sinister and the Marauders, who think they are hampering upward mutant mobility. At best, they’re the Marvel Universe version of Log Cabin Republicans, and at worse, they’re the “no fats, no femmes” guys on Grindr. To give them a little more real world relevance, Grace even makes the new look Marauders organize via the not so nice parts of the Internet like real hate groups. And Mr. Sinister is kind of a perfect villain for Bobby because he’s all about finding the perfect genetic potential, which Bobby kind of is as an ice golem creating omega level mutant.

Just like its protagonist at times, Iceman #1 is a highly confident start to Sina Grace, Nathan Stockman, and Federico Blee’s new series. It gives Bobby both a personal life as well as integrating him into the X-Men as a team, has well laid out action, and the most groan-worthy of dad jokes plus quirky banter between him and Bishop. As an added bonus, Grace writes the Morlocks with respect and empathy transforming them into badasses, who fight for their home and friends and won’t conform to society’s standards instead of empty cannon fodder like in the original “Mutant Massacre” story.

Story: Sina Grace Art: Nathan Stockman
Colors: Federico Blee Letters: Joe Sabino

Story: 8.8 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Iceman #1 (of 5)

Iceman #1 (of 5)

(W) Sina Grace (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) W. Scott Forbes
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

He’s back!
Iceman is back! Which is good, because someone is hunting the Morlocks for sport. Now it’s up to Bobby Drake to prevent another potential Mutant Massacre. But who’s behind this horrific hunt? You won’t believe it if we tell you! Guest-starring Bishop!

Spider-Man and Firestar Join Iceman to Take on Mr. Sinister in Iceman #3

This November, Iceman’s adventures intensify! Not only does Bobby Drake get to go on a blind date, he also gets to deal with a mad villain…none other than the evil Mr. Sinister!

Fortunately, Bobby isn’t alone – he’s getting a little help from his friends. And not just any friends. Some might say these friends are amazing.

Written by Sina Grace, with art by Nathan Stockman, and a cover by W. Scott Forbes, join Iceman, Spider-Man, Firestar and more in this extra special, extra amazing issue of Iceman #3, hitting comic shops on November 7th!

Iceman Returns in His Own Series from Sina Grace and Nathan Stockman

You asked for it – you got it! In response to popular demand, the critically acclaimed series Iceman, which garnered multiple award nominations during its original run, is returning to the Marvel Universe featuring original writer Sina Grace along with a brand new series artist, Nathan Stockman.

This September, get ready for more adventures of Bobby Drake in Iceman #1! The new series follows Iceman as he adjusts to super hero life after being a part of the X-Men…which isn’t as easy as he expects.

Iceman #1 is out September 12th with a cover by W. Scott Forbes.

Preview: The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #18

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #18

(W) Jody Houser (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $3.99

FAST TIMES AT MIDTOWN HIGH CONTINUES!
• Peter and Mary Jane Parker have grown suspicious of their daughter’s recent activities…
• Apparently sneaking around training two newly super-powered angry kids doesn’t qualify as “Normal Teenage Behavior.”
• Especially when these angry teens have a not-so-innocent agenda.
• And their target is…teenage Normie Osborn?!

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #17

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #17

(W) Jody Houser (A/CA) Nathan Stockman
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

FAST TIMES AT MIDTOWN HIGH Part 2
• Between AP high school classes, extracurriculars at the X-Mansion and saving the New York streets from the most sinister of villains, it’s easy to say Annie May Parker has a tight schedule.
• But when two schoolmates mysteriously obtain super-powers, she takes it upon herself to keep them in line…despite her parents’ best wishes.

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #16

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #16

(W) Jody Houser (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

FAST TIMES AT MIDTOWN HIGH Part 1
• A brand new school year, a brand new adventure!
• Annie is in high school, but is that her DAD she sees wandering the halls?
• Between homework, hallways, and hostile super villain battles after class…
• …Being a teen super hero is a lot more stressful than it used to be.

Preview: Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #12

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #12

(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) Javier Rodriguez
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• It’s time for the Sorcerers to go home!
• With their original mission finally complete, Doctor Strange must figure out a way to send everyone back to their original timelines.
• Spoiler alert: Not everyone will make it home…

Preview: Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #11

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #11

(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) Javier Rodriguez
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• The Sorcerers Supreme travel through the future and into Hell to save one of their own!
• But who rules the Underworld of Tomorrow?
• The answer is not who you’d expect!

Preview: Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #10

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #10

(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) Javier Rodriguez
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The Sorcerers go to the future to try to save Wiccan’s life!

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