September just became colder with the news that Marvel would be bringing back Iceman for a new ongoing solo series that month. The announcement Wednesday comes just one day after Marvel revealed The Unstoppable Wasp would be returning to a regular series this fall as well.
The relaunched series will feature art by Nathan Stockman and writing by Sina Grace. Iceman will focus on (adult) Bobby Drake trying to stop a new potential Mutant Massacre as someone hunts Morlocks for sport. Bishop will guest star and other characters like Jubilee and Kitty Pryde will appear. Grace discussed the place Bobby is in at the start of the new series with Marvel.com.
“Iceman got to try his hand being a leader in the pages of X-Men: Gold. While he’s fine enough running a team, he knows it’s not where his strengths are best put to use,” Grace explained in the interview. “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.”
He also said he’s amazed by how much readers connected with his version of Bobby “so much that we defied odds and got another arc.” The previous Iceman series Grace wrote was canceled and ended in March. It was nominated by GLAAD for Outstanding Comic.
“The whole process of writing the first one, I was focused on doing my best work and crafting a series that sat well as a standalone…I had blinders on. Apathy is such a huge force in this world, so when the letters kept coming after the final issue — in my DMs, on Tumblr, to the Marvel offices, at comic conventions — that was when I had to ask, ‘Is this the impact other Super Hero books have on their readers?’” Grace said. “My heart warmed when gay Twitter stood by my choice to have Bobby irrationally want to move across the country for a guy — they saw that same insane puppy love in themselves. When the New York Times article hit, that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, we did something special, and people took notice. Tight.’”
Marvel.com also shared some of Stockman’s Iceman art.
The return of Iceman to a solo series is welcome news since the cancellation of the last comic, along with other Marvel titles, raised concerns about diverse titles at the company. With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time to learn of the gay hero's series return later this year.
Iceman #1 will arrive in stores September 12.