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Knowledge Waits: The Possible Hints Over the Years That Iceman Is Gay

So Lobdell had already made Northstar a member of the X-Men in a brief story before Grant Morrison took over writing New X-Men, but Austen was the one who made him a full-time member.

When he is introduced to the team, he befriends Nurse Annie, who notices that Northstar has a crush on Iceman...

(As an aside, how bad is the writing on that last half page? Why in the world did Austen think he needed those extra pieces of dialogue?)

She tries to help things along, but...

Iceman is later attacked by that woman's husband. Northstar stops him and later, he talks to Annie as Bobby is in the infirmary (next to the comatose Havok, who, it turns out, Annie is into due to her kid linking her mind with Havok's when she sleeps)...

As the years went by, writers would occasionally have their fun here and there, like having Lorna joke about how disinterested Bobby was as a lover or stuff like Peter David in X-Factor: Nation X #1...

You know, sort of "you can interpret it however you'd like" sort of stuff.

But Bobby also dated Mystique and Kitty Pryde during this time (he even had a fling with the aforementioned Nurse Annie).

But, again, the relationships all ended poorly. Marjorie Liu did a storyline looking into Bobby's psyche. At the time, Liu noted that she was writing Bobby as straight, but could easily see how someone could think he was closeted, and it seems like she sort of wrote that aspect in there as a sort of an aside to her work [EDITED TO ADD: In recent interviews post-Iceman coming out, Liu now has gone a bit further and says she was considered him closeted at the time. I believe her, but she said at the time that she was writing him as as straight, but again, she was VERY open to the possibility of him being gay back then, so it really isn't a big difference, I don't think]. In the story, Bobby is possessed by the Apocalypse Death Seed, and all of his ex-girlfriends are brought back into play. In the end, he is able to fight off the evil inside of him, but he was obviously messed up inside. Like Lobdell before her, Liu played up that Bobby is holding some stuff deep inside himself. It's like, "Holy Repression, Batman!"...

Now is any of this proof that Bobby is gay? Of course not. Not even close. Again, Liu wrote her story with the intent that Bobby was straight. Jason Aaron has written Bobby as straight very recently both in Wolverine and the X-Men and the Amazing X-Men.

This is just noting that there is a pretty good framework there of noting that Bobby is clearly repressing SOMEthing. It could just be low self-esteem, But it could also easily be him being closeted. Either way, I would imagine that this is the road map Bendis is using in his current and upcoming work with Iceman's sexuality.

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