Even though Sina Grace’s enjoyable run on the Iceman solo series has come to a close, again, Uncanny X-Men: Winter’s End Issue 1 helped tie things up neatly and opened a new chapter in Bobby Drake’s life. Also, Jean Grey got dragged and I smiled throughout that scene!
The main plot has to do with everyone celebrating Bobby’s birthday, but Ice Master (an older version of Iceman from the future) decides to travel to the present to kill Bobby to stop a cosmic disaster. Jean gets involved, and the three characters are able to talk things out to help present-day Bobby grow as a character.
For those who don’t know, it was young Jean who outed young Bobby. Forcing someone out of the closet, even by mistake, isn’t cool. Many fans complained because Jean never really faced any consequences. Furthermore, when the young X-Men went back to their time, it was young Bobby who was forced into the closet again. The entire thing was a mess which could have been handled better.
Writer Sina Grace, through Uncanny X-Men: Winter’s End, tackled these issues and allowed Bobby to share his frustrations with everything he has had to experience.
I also liked seeing things concluded on good terms between Bobby and Simon after the X-Men: Gold run. I don’t know if they will continue to hook up, but I was glad to know there isn’t any bad blood between the two.
Uncanny X-Men: Winter’s End featured more information about drag queen mutant Darkveil. I loved getting to know the character better.
Nathan Stockman (art) and Federico Blee (color) did an awesome job. The battle between Iceman and Ice Master was visually impressive. You could feel the cold in the panels.
Here’s to hoping Sina Grace and his team return to tell more stories about Iceman. Also, fingers crossed, some other writer decides to utilize Darkveil.
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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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