WARNING: This article contains some spoilers for Iceman #11, on sale now
As Iceman, Bobby Drake is an Omega level mutant with abilities that allow him to do impossible things, like encase himself in frozen armor, make icy duplicates of himself, and travel on a self generated slide of frost. Those powers make it easy to take on all manner of supervillains, but they offer no comfort or assistance in a task everyone must face if they’re going to live their best life: accepting and being comfortable with who you are. For Bobby, that meant coming to terms with his sexuality and figuring out how to be a gay man, a mutant superhero, a team leader, and an instructor to adolescent mutants training to be the next generation of X-Men.
In Iceman, writer Sina Grace has been chronicling Bobby’s journey of self-discovery and superheroics. In issue #11, he, artist Robert Gill and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg brought that journey, and the series, to a close with a final issue that found Bobby helping a person “come out” as a mutant and enjoy a well earned moment of peace and quiet. CBR spoke with Grace about the issue, which included flashbacks to Bobby’s past, drawn in art styles reflective of the era they were set in, his favorite moments from the series, and the projects he’s currently working on.
CBR: In Iceman #11 you brought the series to a close and I thought the final page was a great way to end Bobby’s journey in this book. My take on that last shot is he’s taking a moment to enjoy a beautiful day and how comfortable he feels with himself. Was that what you’re aiming for? How did it feel to reach that point in this story and give Bobby that moment?
Sina Grace: There are a handful of really small moments that hint to where I want Bobby to land long term. I tried to circle back to how much of a nervous mess he was in the first issue. He does an IRL shrug emoji when giving Mr. Poklemba advice about “coming out,” which is a callback to how he ended up doing his dating profile. With that final scene where he’s talking to his dad, the line about being alone was sort of a way to say: Bobby doesn’t have a boyfriend, he doesn’t have his own team yet… but that’s okay. He’s got himself.
I hated bringing everything to a close, but luckily I was able to draft that issue a few times before editorial sent the final off to artist Robert Gill. Marvel warned me from the get-go that solo titles usually can’t break 10-12 issues, so they advised me to build out an arc that reflected a solid HBO season of TV: Nuanced, but complete. Bobby makes fewer jokes towards the end of the series, cuz he doesn’t have to fill the air with nervous banter. That’s kind of how I feel ending it.
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