Hello interweb, Nate here. Alright, so I’m pretty behind on the current X-Men titles (I talk more about that below) but on Facebook I noticed something rather interesting: Iceman’s gay! As you can see from the images below (click to enlarge and zoom), in All-New X-Men #40 Iceman, aka Bobby Drake, comes out of the closet.
Also, I kinda like this art better than the earlier issues
I’m Behind on the Current X-Men Titles
So while most people saw this and probably thought, “OMG, Bobby’s gay!” I actually saw this and thought, “OMG, their on #40 already?”. I have read Avengers Vs X-Men, the first trade paperback (#1-5) of Marvel Now’s Uncanny X-Men, and the first two trades (#1-10) of All-New X-Men. I’ve also read Spider-man and the X-Men #1-3 but I don’t know how much that title is effecting the overall story. So I want to catch myself up to speed with the X-Men titles but I know that Uncanny X-Men and All-New X-Men seems to be leaning on each other and there’s this storyline that happened called Battle of the Atom and I have no idea where that story falls into the timeline right now. So if someone can help me, please comment below on what titles I should read because I’m kinda lost. Do I need to read both X-Men titles or will the story make sense if I’m only reading All-New X-Men (which is actually the title I’m most interested in), and where does Battle of the Atom takes place so I can read that when I should? Please, someone help me XD .
My Opinions on Gay Iceman
So just to be clear, I’m just going to be talking about my opinion on this within the context of the Marvel Universe and as such I’m not going to publicly give my opinion on LGBT in the real world. Comics are suppose to be fun and I want my blog to remain fun, which means avoiding controversial political stuff going on within our world.
With that said, what is my stance on the resent news? Well, I like that Marvel is at least trying to add more diversity to their world. While many fans (me included) hates when an established character’s race or gender (it’s usually race) is changed purely for the sake of diversity rather than creating new characters, sexuality is different. Unlike race and gender, you can hide your sexuality and as such it’s probably a common thing for LGBT people to hide their sexuality and to come out of the closet later in life. And people like this do exist and as such it would be nice for them to have a superhero that went through their same situation.
However, I don’t know about Iceman, especially with his specific history. I mean over 50-ish years of publication and no telepath was able to detect this until just now? Heck, Emma Frost even took control of his body at one point, how did she miss that? Considering that Bobby’s been around Professor X, Emma Frost, the Steford Cuckoos, and Jean grey you’d think one of them would’ve found it long before this. On top of this, Bobby’s dated a handful of women in the past. Now in one panel (not above) Bobby mentioned that the older him has already dated quite a few woman and Jean Grey replied with “Not well”. So? You can’t be straight and just not be good with women? Again, it’s nice that Marvel is at least trying to add more diversity, but they couldn’t have done this better?
Do you like this resent change of events?