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Preview: Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3 (of 6)

Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3 (of 6)

(W) Paul Scheer, Nick Giovannetti (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) Gerardo Zaffino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: May 01, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• Cosmic Ghost Rider becomes an X-Man – whether Charles Xavier likes it or not!
• What could make Cosmic Ghost Rider even more powerful? How about slapping some Phoenix Force in there!
• Wolverine’s not the only guy with a sweet motorcycle in this issue!

Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3

Preview: Uncanny X-Men: Winter’s End #1

Uncanny X-Men: Winter’s End #1

(W) Sina Grace (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) Javi Garron
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Iceman and the X-Men get a special visitor from the future! An older Bobby Drake has come to the present to tell him to give up being a super hero. But what could have happened that would change Bobby Drake from the X-Men’s resident jokester to a morose mutant?

Uncanny X-Men Winter's End #1

Preview: Iceman #4

Iceman #4

(W) Sina Grace (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) W. Scott Forbes
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99
• New York is finally throwing its first Mutant Pride Parade!
• But it may also be the last, as Mr. Sinister escalates his attacks on Iceman!

Iceman #4

Preview: Iceman #3 (of 5)

Iceman #3 (of 5)

(W) Sina Grace (A) Nathan Stockman (CA) W. Scott Forbes
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS!
• Guest-starring Spider-Man and Firestar!
• Iceman is on a blind date…but what’s a super hero date without a mad villain to crash it?
• What’s Iceman to do but call…his Amazing Friends?!

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?!

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