Historic X-Men 600 Will Answer Whether Modern-Day Iceman Is Gay Or Not

A younger, time-traveling version of the mutant hero has come out. What does that mean for the adult Bobby Drake?

Comic-book continuity is a tricky thing: between reboots, retcons, parallel universes and more a character can be an alien one issue, and a mutant the next.

A current storyline in Marvel’s X-Men comics has young version of the original mutant squad—Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast and Angel—brought from the past into the present day.

As they interact with their older colleagues—and in some cases, older versions of themselves—we’ve learned some interesting things about the original X-Men.

Case in point: Young Ice-man recently came out as gay.

Well “came out,” might be misleading—Marvel Girl casually read his thoughts (tsk, tsk), realized he was gay and then confronted him about it.

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Given that there’s a grownup Iceman running around—one who’s exclusively dated women up until now——the revelation had led to a lot of questions.

Is older Iceman gay as well, and closeted? Or do the two superheroes—presumably the same person at different points in his life—have different orientations?

Marvel tells NewNowNext we’ll get our answers tomorrow, when Uncanny X-Men 600 hits the shelves.

In his 50+ year history, Iceman—a.k.a. Bobby Drake—hasn’t had much success with the ladies. His few dalliances have all been short-lived and the character is often portrayed as repressed in general. (Out gay X-Man Northstar developed a crush on iceman at one point, which is neither here nor there).

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The young Iceman confronts his older self about his/their orientation in the issue, which wraps up a long-running chapter in X-history, and sets the stage for a new comic, Extraordinary X-Men #1, also debuting tomorrow.

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A look at the cover above shows that one version of Iceman is a part of this team. But you’ll have to wait till tomorrow to find out which way his icicle melts.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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