Marvel has revived gay solo superhero series Iceman for a new run.
The series will be written by gay creator Sina Grace, who helmed Bobby Drake’s last solo arc. He will be joined by artist Nathan Stockman, a new addition to the series.
Marvel Comics canceled the last solo series for Iceman, which ran for 2017-2018, blaming low sales.
So it was a surprise to see the return of the gay mutant.
The returning series introduces new problems for Iceman in the form of a mysterious villain who is hunting Morlocks for sport.
Morlocks are the ‘underground mutants’, who’s ugly appearance and unusual powers force them to live in the sewers.
Iceman will have to discover who is killing off the Morlocks if he hopes to prevent another Mutant Massacre. The first issue will also feature a guest appearance by Bishop.
‘While he’s fine enough running a team, he knows it’s not where his strengths are best put to use,’ Grace said in an interview with Marvel.com.
‘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.’
Grace has said Iceman’s relationship with Kitty Pryde will evolve.
‘I think they’re gonna [be] fun to have next to each other given Bobby’s new context,’ Grace said. ‘Exploring identity is a huge theme in this series, and Bishop’s a perfect character to have bounce off Bobby… not only ‘cuz he’s kind of more straight-laced than Iceman, but because he’s also this guy trying to establish himself in a world he’s not from. That’s something Bobby can relate to after having to come out to every single human being in his life.’
Iceman had a gay kiss in original solo run
In the original run, Iceman had his first long-awaited gay kiss.
It involved the younger time-displaced Bobby meeting his first boyfriend, Romeo.
But both are a little too unsure of whether to go for the kiss.
But did Bobby get his kiss at the end of the most latest issue? Of course he did.
Pre-orders for Iceman #1 are open now. The ongoing series by Sina Grace and Nathan Stockman will be available in comic book shops starting on 12 September.