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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Is Ice a Goddess or What?

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Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we look at the shifting origin of the Justice League International member known as Ice…

The funny thing about Ice is that it is not like her original origin was some awesome origin. So while the change was not particularly good, at least it wasn’t going from an awesome origin to a terrible one.

In Secret Origins #33 (in a story by Gerard Jones), we learn how a U.S. superhero expert is sent to investigate a possible paranormal situation in the icy mountains of Norway. He discovers the “Ice Folk,” a people with powerful ice magic…






Eventually, using a camera to show his “magic,” the agent convinces the king to let Tora go to “Man’s World” and become a superhero.

Ice soon became a member of the Justice League where she was a popular member for years.

Years later, during Dan Vado’s run on the book, the Justice League traveled to Ice’s home.



Fastforward a decade or so and Judd Winick revealed Ice’s TRUE origin in Justice League: Generation Lost #12…




Obviously, he has issues with his father, which we see later in the issue…


Note that this is the explanation for Ice’s personality. Her father always forced her to be meek.

After Tora’s father took her away to hide from his own father, his father eventually tracked them down….



After a struggle, her father told her to let loose…


So yeah, she killed her own father and her grandfather.

This is why she invented a fictional origin (the “Ice Goddess” origin)…


“But wait, Brian, the Justice League visited her ‘Ice Goddess’ home, right? And wasn’t Ice involved in the War of the Gods with her people?” Why yes. But…well…I guess Superboy punched a wall. So there ya go!

I don’t know which origin they’re using for Ice in the New 52.