Despite being around nearly the same time as Doctor Who, one of the first X-Men, Robert “Iceman” Drake has never had a solo title. Well, that changed a couple of months ago when “Iceman” was announced as part of the RessurXion initiative. In “All-New X-Men” #40 Bobby came out and is one of the high-profile LGBT characters in comics these days.
In 2017, Bobby Drake’s solo adventures will be written by Sina Grace, with art by Alessandro Vitti and cover art by Kevin Wada.
“I think the tension of [Bobby recently coming out] is what makes this the most interesting and fun project to work on. Because it means that he’s been keeping something not only from his friends and colleagues, but also from himself,” Grace told Nerdist. “And if you even just look at his powers, it’s always just sort of been there, for the entire history of the Marvel universe. And leaning into it makes working on the character and understanding all the decisions he’s made to date that much more fascinating. And what he does with that information moving forward is going to inform not only his personal life, but also how he sees himself as a hero.”
“[T]his part of his identity is going to effect the people around him, including some of his ex-girlfriends,” and the fact that Bobby has dated women in the past won’t be left out either. “Part of the story and the adventures he has moving forward include the space where he does have a very touching interaction with one of the ladies, and we might have some more sprinkled in when it’s organic to the book. But that’s something that everyone can relate to, when you’re holding onto something for a long time, and that decision can have an impact on everyone around him.”
Something else that will be explored in Iceman’s solo ongoing is the fact that he is an Omega level mutant. Only one of twelve of the most powerful mutants on the planet. “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,” Grace says. “We are gonna play with it to be sure, because this guy is an Omega Level mutant at the end of the day.”