Marvel Announces Sina Grace And Alessandro Vitti As Creative Team For ‘Iceman’
When Marvel Comics began rolling out its teasers for the upcoming Resurrxion line of titles following Inhumans vs X-Men, one of the most exciting pieces of news was that Iceman would be getting his own ongoing comic. Today, the publisher has unveiled the creative team for Iceman as Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti, who will be delving into Bobby Drake's mindset as a recently out gay man, what that means for his past, and what it means for the future.
Announced today via Nerdist, the upcoming title promises to focus on Bobby Drake's new status quo after coming out as gay in Uncanny X-Men #600. He has recently been featured in Extraordinary X-Men, but the superhero team book hasn't had much time to focus on Bobby's revelation, so it's great to see him get an ongoing title that where more time and attention can be paid to developing his character.
Marvel has come under fire in recent years for not accurately representing LGBTQ+ characters in lead roles, but Iceman is a great step in the right direction. As one of the original five X-Men, Bobby Drake is one of the most recognizable superheroes in the world, and easily Marvel's most well-known gay character. The publisher is also seemingly taking strides to feature representation behind the page as well as on it, as writer Grace is gay, as are the book's editor, Daniel Ketchum, and cover artist Kevin Wada.
As readers know, Iceman has had a number of relationships with women in the past, including with Polaris, Mystique and Kitty Pryde, and the creative team promises to delve into that history and those characters' reactions to Bobby's coming out. Grace and Ketchum note that the title will also examine Iceman's place as one of the twelve most powerful mutants on Earth, as he takes his place as a solo hero away from the X-Men.
Iceman #1 is slated for a spring 2017 release.