Bobby Drake, aka Iceman, became comics' biggest gay superhero last week — again, but also for the first time, because nothing is ever simple in superhero comics. In a scene by Brian Michael Bendis and Mahmud Asrar in the pages of Uncanny X-Men #600, the older of two Bobby Drakes (from two different points in time) acknowledged his gayness to the other, younger Bobby. The younger Bobby had previously come out in a very similar scene in All-New X-Men #40 back in April, also by Bendis and Asrar. (Both scenes involved an unsolicited confrontation, an intrusive Jean Grey, and an acknowledgement of teammate Angel's good looks.)
While I have a few problems with how all of this was executed, from Jean's willingness to violate people's privacy to Marvel's willingness to taunt readers with an inexplicable six month delay between the two coming out scenes, I think that how Bobby came out matters much less than the fact that he came out at all. It's an especially welcome step forward coming less than a week after Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso fumbled the coming out of another Marvel character.
The Advocate has published leaked pages from All-New X-Men #40, on sale tomorrow, which reveal that one of the characters is secretly gay. It's a big moment, and one that could potentially increase gay visibility in the Marvel Universe in a significant way, but there are complications to the story that make it hard to read as an unambiguous victory for LGBTQ representation. Read on if you don't mind having the issue spoiled.
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animatedseries. This week, Iceman returns and finds a...chilly reception.
On the big list of things I like an awful lot, Spider-Man, Dr. Doom and Jem and the Holograms are three entries you'll find pretty close to the top. I love those things, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when Dylan Todd told me that there was a place all three came together: An episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends where Dr...
Since the earliest days of superhero comics there's been a tug of war between the forces of whimsical adventure and those of grim 'n gritty realism. Now, don't be alarmed, the question of which is the one right and true way to tell a capes and tights story wasn't resolved once and for all this week, so we can all thankfully keep arguing about it...
If you ever loved the old Marvel What The--?! parody comics -- or the action figure fumetti of Twisted Toyfare -- take a look at the first stop-motion video from the new Marvel Superheroes: What The--...
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