Written By: Sina Grace
Art By: Nate Stockman
Cover By: W. Scott Forbes
I jumped into this book, not being a huge X-men fan, but interested in the character of Iceman. Out of all of the X-Men, Iceman and Nightcrawler have always been the most interesting to me. So when the Sina Grace written Iceman solo comic came out last year I was quick to pick it up and for the most part i enjoyed it. Sadly the comic was short lived. So when I found out that Sina Grace was being given another run of Iceman I was excited.
Unfortunately, the final product was disappointing. There’s a lot to discuss here so let’s start with a spoiler-free recap:
The story focuses on Bobby Drake as he struggles to navigate his newly realized homosexuality. After an eventful night on the town, Kitty Pryde gives him a new mission and a new partner, Bishop, to investigate a sub-species of mutant living in the sewers. Upon finding them, he also finds that they are under attack by Mutant Extremists who view them as lesser. In classic X-Men fashion, Sina Grace uses this to further an allegory of racism and bigotry, going so far as to use the term “Safe Space”.
After saving the mutants, Iceman returns back to the X-Mansion, where he finds a surprise guest waiting for him. And the issue ends.
I’m going to start with the positive stuff because there is still certainly a lot to like about this comic. This comic has a lot of heart. Bobby is genuinely charming and genuinely good-willed. The art is entirely competent. It doesn’t have many stunning images but everything IS well drawn. There are some genuinely funny jokes in this book. One moment specifically stuck out to me where Bobby is talking about how he used to hit on women by creating a nice heel. This is followed up by a hilarious image of how that doesn’t work on guys.
But for me, it falls flat when it tries too hard to tell those jokes. So much of the book is quippy. Every page has 2 or 3 jokes on it, and because Sina Grace isn’t a brilliant comedian, while many of those jokes work, just as many of them fall flat.
Despite plenty of good content in this book, the over saturation of jokes combined with the fact that it doesn’t really have anything that stands out about it makes it disappointing and kind of boring read.
Give this one a pass unless you’re a huge fan of the character.