A young Iceman met a new guy in All-New X-Men #13 and it seems his encounter’s a setup for something Shakespearean.
All-New X-Men Issue 13 was all about Bobby going to a gay bar in Miami. His two friends and teammates, Oya and Kid Apocalypse, served as his wingmen. Iceman came out as gay about a year ago. It was a controversial move. But at least the writers are doing something with it. While a young Iceman is trying to hook up with guys and being comfortable with his sexuality, the older version doesn’t have that luxury.
The whole issue is quite a fun read. It stays true to Bobby’s character as someone who is awkward and speaks too much. Though his interactions in the bar don’t go well (he accidentally freezes a guy who romantically touches his hand), Bobby does end up literally bumping into a young man outside the bar.
The new character’s name is Romeo and he is an Inhuman. Yes, I know. Marvel isn’t even trying to be subtle about the whole thing. With the Inhumans vs. X-Men event coming up there is a good chance this budding relationship is bound to be doomed. A writer at iO9 went into further detail about the Romeo and Juliet-inspired plot in this week’s issue of All-New X-Men.
Whether their relationship works out or not, it is good to see Marvel continuing to be queer-inclusive. Fingers crossed the present-time version of Iceman also finds someone to be romantically involved with. The grownups are having a tough time trying to save the world and the mutant race. They all deserve a break, and grownup Bobby deserves a nice little date.
Have you read All-New X-Men Issue 13 yet? What are your thoughts about the Bobby/Romeo pairing? Will it work? Let us know!
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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