Every incarnation of Bobby Drake for himself in this tense team-up!

Things have been tense between the two Bobby Drakes ever since the younger one got time-displaced all up in adult Bobby’s business. But for all their differences, they’ve got to put them aside to face their oldest common foe: good ol’ mom and dad.

Let’s just say it’s a slippery slope. Who will be the first to crack in Sina Grace and Robert Gill’s “Iceman vs. Iceman”? Find out in ICEMAN #8—available December 6!

In the meantime, Grace kindly let us in on everything Bobby Drake for this double whammy of a team-up!

Marvel.com: Catch us up on what’s been going down in ICEMAN as of late!

Sina Grace: Iceman just went to Los Angeles and teamed up with his old crew in the Champions, where they fought some Sentinels, mourned [Black Widow], and hit up the sunset strip—so to speak. While there, Bobby met a cute guy named Judah, and they hit it off! Feeling a little bit of a “going through the motions” vibe in New York, our hero opted to make a big decision and move to L.A. Meanwhile: Bobby’s parents found out about his time-displaced self, and Daken is hiding somewhere in Madripoor with a kidnapped student from the X-Mansion. Drama-o-rama!

Marvel.com: How are these two Bobby Drakes similar and different from one another?

Sina Grace: I always say that both Bobby Drakes use humor in different ways; the Bobby we’re following in ICEMAN usually uses it to break tension or deflect, whereas the time-displaced Bobby doesn’t quite know how ugly the world is, and thinks everything can be written off with a joke. I see them both as incredibly confident warriors who never take issue with teamwork and following orders.

Marvel.com: From the first issue adult Iceman has been jealous of his younger counterpart; why do you suppose the time traveling Bobby Drake feels so comfortable in his skin when the adult version still struggles with it?

Sina Grace: My sense is that the time-displaced Bobby Drake is running in the present without the additional 10-15 years of bigotry and baggage on his shoulders; 10-15 years of his parents constantly disapproving of all his decisions. I refer to him as “Post-Glee,” where it’s perfectly acceptable to be you, so what’s the big ish? In issue #8, we get to see some of his own fears play out in both comical and dramatic ways.

Iceman #8 cover by Mike Deodato

Marvel.com: Walk us through Bobby’s relationship with his parents.

Sina Grace: Ma and Pa Drake are Irish Catholics who have a very rigid view of how to live life, how to “be,” etc. They’re loving, but incredibly judgmental about lifestyle choices. Like, it took Bobby’s dad having a fake heart attack to start eating healthy! So, they’re still on the conservative side of accepting mutants.

Marvel.com: How is the working dynamic between the two Bobbys?

Sina Grace: [Original five X-Men] Bobby loves learning from his older self, but at the same time he is very much his own person and believes he has insights into their powers that our Iceman may not immediately be aware of.

Marvel.com: What would you say to a younger version of yourself if you had to go fight crime together?

Sina Grace: If I had to have a conversation with my younger self about fighting crime, I’d be like, “Listen dude, don’t skimp on training. Even if you’ve got a higher power level than some of your classmates, don’t be a jerk—be a student. You’re always a student.”

See what Sina Grace and Robert Gill have in store for the Icemen in ICEMAN #8—pick it up December 6!

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Sina Grace sends Iceman to battle alongside the Champions!

For years, potentially the most terrifying enemy a mutant could encounter stood tall and purple and pink—a Sentinel.

But Bobby Drake has other things to worry about in ICEMAN #7!

On November 1, writer Sina Grace and artist Robert Gill see Bobby balancing the maintenance of a legacy he’s yet to build, leading a team he’s never served with, and—perhaps most terrifying—going on a date.

Sina filled us in on the complex, challenging, mile-a-minute life of the young Iceman.

Marvel.com: How would you describe the dynamics found in this iteration of the Champions?

Sina Grace: This assortment of characters come together under very human circumstances—grieving a friend—but these aren’t particularly “human” characters. Considering that Bobby Drake may be the most human of them all, given how much he’s been thawing out of late, he ends up being the emotional backbone of this group.

Marvel.com: Considering that Iceman finds himself as the youngest member of the group, how does he feel about getting dropped into the role of team leader?

Sina Grace: My approach with Iceman being reinserted into the Champions became putting him in situations where he may not have previously been equipped to save the day, but in this story he pulls it off—no problem. A lot needs to be juggled in issues #6 and #7: the Champions have to take down a bunch of seemingly rogue sentinels while protecting civilians in busy West Hollywood, everyone’s grieving Natasha, and on top of that, Bobby jumps into the middle of his first date with a boy! Typical Marvel Comics stuff, amirite?

The Bobby Drake of yesteryear would probably have pushed all the emotional stuff down and focused solely on being a hero…the new Iceman feels ready to take it all on.

Marvel.com: What did you think of seeing Robert Gill unleashed on this large cast for the first time? How did you find the collaborative process with him?

Sina Grace: I feel like the Marvel Legacy tie-in acted as a really great way to test Robert’s capabilities as a storyteller and illustrator. We had a talk before I wrote out this massive fight scene in issue #7 and he basically told me to throw everything I’ve got at him, and I followed with: “If you can make it cooler than what I described, go for it.”

The result couldn’t be more epic. Robert grew up reading Marvel Comics just like I did, so I think he felt pretty ecstatic to take a stab at these characters. He draws such a sick Ghost Rider! I wish we had more bandwidth to dedicate to Johnny Blaze.

Marvel.com: The team finds itself up against a swarm of Sentinels in this issue. What made them the right antagonists for this arc?

Sina Grace: I couldn’t find any villains that seemed appropriate—in terms of speaking to what the characters deal with, in terms of grieving Natasha, and in terms of reminiscing about being Champions—so I decided to tell a story about someone trying to carve a space for herself in this world, paralleling Iceman’s own journey. The Sentinels also nod to the last issue of CHAMPIONS from the ‘70s!

Marvel.com: In the life of Iceman, how do you see issue #7 as a key point in his ongoing evolution?

Sina Grace: I told readers that, after issue five, we’d get to see Bobby Drake come into his own, flexing some Omega-Level muscles. From an action standpoint, this issue truly delivers. Bobby refuses to hold back any longer, because he’s confident enough to know that he’s got the training and know-how to do the right thing. I wanted to throw a handful of instances where Bobby’s decision-making steers him right—both as a super hero and a human. Readers should expect more of this kind of Iceman as the series progresses.

Join the Champions in ICEMAN #7, by Sina Grace and artist Robert Gill, on November 1!

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The writer of Iceman pays homage to Bobby Drake’s co-creator!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us this month to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

Forgive the pun, but in 1963, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the coolest character in comics: Iceman! Debuting alongside his fellow mutants in the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN #1, Bobby Drake not only revealed himself as the youngest of the bunch, but also the class clown. The frozen hero has grown quite a bit since then, but ICEMAN writer Sina Grace still sees the connections going back to those earliest appearances when he looked more like a walking-talking snowman than the experienced X-Man we’ve come to know and love.

We talked with Grace about how a toy probably introduced him to “The King,” the personality Stan and Jack infused Bobby with, and how all that influenced his own work.

Marvel.com: How did you first discover Jack’s work? Do you remember what you thought of it at the time?

Sina Grace: I think maybe the first time I saw Jack Kirby’s work was in some UNCANNY X-MEN #1 reprint that came with an action figure? Growing up, I remembered always being drawn to it over some of his other contemporaries. Like, I’m pretty sure I’m the only kid in the world who was like, “Why is this Neal Adams guy drawing X-Men in later issues?!” [Laughs]

Marvel.com: When you knew you wanted to make comics, did you go back, look at his work and learn anything that helped you in your own process?

Sina Grace: My experiences learning from Kirby’s art were always about how to communicate a lot of information with the constraints of being under deadline. Jack was so prolific, and his art was always dynamic. I examined that. I remember seeing an exhibit with his originals for the Masters of American Comics exhibition, and just spending solid minutes looking at every detail, every brush stroke. Thanks Glen David Gold for contributing so much of your collection to that!

Marvel.com: Iceman obviously looks different now than he did when Jack drew him, but what do you think makes that a classic look?

Sina Grace: Jack’s representation of Bobby is sort of how I love him best: being a walking, talking snowman could be fodder for embarrassment, but our boy leaned into it and was in on the joke from the get-go. Jack always drew him with humor and levity, when he could have been far more angsty about his skill set in those early years.

Marvel.com: You’ve worked on a lot of different kinds of books in different fields, like Jack did. Do you think he inspired you at all in that way?

Sina Grace: I wouldn’t say that Jack directly inspired me to go ahead and play around with genres and art styles, but I will say that I was always inspired by the way he was able to evolve his style while staying consistently true to what made something deserving of the Kirby signature.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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Sina Grace details the Marvel Legacy reunion of the original Champions!

He’s getting the band back together!

As Marvel Legacy begins, ICEMAN #6 sees writer Sina Grace and artist Robert Gill restore Bobby Drake’s other team…the Champions!

The super group—which debuted in THE CHAMPIONS #1 over 40 years ago—consisted of Iceman, Black Widow, Hercules, Ghost Rider, Darkstar, and Angel. And on October 4, as Iceman assembles a team to “protect those who can’t protect themselves,” a familiar foe returns to counter the Champions and all that they hold dear.

We met up with Sina to map out a Champion reunion four decades in the making.

Marvel.com: What about Iceman’s past made you want to revisit the Champions?

Sina Grace: Outside of the X-Men, the Champions are the most important team Bobby Drake has ever been a part of. Bobby also found himself in a unique place at that time—back then, Iceman lived in Los Angeles as a student at UCLA, considered the “kid” of the team. And when my editor told me Black Widow would be dead by the time my issues happened [due to the events of Secret Empire], suddenly all the stories synced up with his journey in ICEMAN.

Marvel.com: Of this group, Bobby and Warren Worthington have known each other the longesthow would you describe their relationship today?

Sina Grace: I would describe Bobby and Warren’s relationship as “bromantic,” to say the least. Readers will get to see the pair lean on each other as friends. For anyone reading ASTONISHING X-MEN, they’ll see that Warren needs Bobby’s comfort and guidance more than ever before.

Marvel.com: Darkstar’s probably the least known member of the Champions at this point. What’s her situation as this story picks up?

Sina Grace: I sort of play into her odd-woman-out vibe. She’s trying desperately to cling to some kind of normalcy—to be some kind of reliable—after Natasha’s death. And it’s a struggle. Darkstar plays into the concept that, “It’s easy to be a hero; it’s hard to be a human.”

Marvel.com: Hercules and Black Widow are well-established heroesdoes Bobby look up to them in some ways?

Sina Grace: We’ll get to see some new layers behind Bobby’s relationship with Black Widow. It’s interesting—in the aftermath of Natasha’s death, Hercules isn’t really able to play leader at the moment…which gives more reason for Bobby ending up front and center in this story. If anything, readers can expect to see Hercules as more of a wingman for Bobby (cue intense ellipsis)…

Marvel.com: How does Ghost Rider fit into these team dynamics?

Sina Grace: He’s got some great moments, and he really gets some cool bits in issue #7. Robert Gill and I had so much fun choreographing the fight scenes to not only play to Ghost Rider’s strengths, but also to the visual strengths of each of these insanely different characters. For as much as these characters grieve and struggle, they have a lot of fun too!

On October 4, Sina Grace and artist Robert Gill bring the Champions together again with ICEMAN #6!

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Can Bobby Drake survive his most terrifying encounter yet?

Bobby Drake returns on July 26 in ICEMAN #3, written by Sina Grace with art by Alessandro Vitti, to face his scariest opponent yet: his parents.

In this new series Bobby’s life remains a bit complicated despite his desperate attempts to find both self and general acceptance, de-stress his life outside of the X-Men and have a little less icy relationship with his family. But lets face it: mutants attract drama, and in the words of a wise young prince, there’s no need to argue, parents just don’t understand.

Just how little do they understand? We caught up with Grace to find out!

Marvel.com: We know Bobby is headed home to visit his parents; what’s going through his mind? Anything he’s worried or excited about?

Sina Grace: After Bobby and Kitty’s adventure in West Covina [in ICEMAN #2], he’s feeling the urge to open up to his parents, and build a more honest relationship with [them]. He’s done dancing around the aspects of his life that he wants to celebrate—being a mutant, his sexuality, etc.

Marvel.com: What’s Bobby’s daydream scenario of how his visit plays out?

Sina Grace: In Bobby’s “best of” scenario, his parents would [sense] something was going on, and basically hand him the opportunity to feel like he can open up without shame or judgment. Basically, he’d love if they did the work for him!

Marvel.com: What’s actually in store for him at this family get together?

Sina Grace: Unfortunately for the Drake parents, their new home, and all of their nice things, the Purifiers are staging an ambush. The runt that Iceman took out in the first issue mattered a great deal to someone higher up…

Marvel.com: You can see in ICEMAN #1 that Bobby and his parents aren’t exactly on the same page; can you describe a little more in depth the dynamic of their relationship?

Sina Grace: Bobby’s relationship with his family, for me, comes from the same DNA as characters in a David O. Russell film: overpowering, Irish Catholic, and a little sassy. Bobby’s got to get his wit from somewhere!

Iceman #3 cover by Kevin Wada

Marvel.com: Briefly describe the perfect life for Bobby from his parent’s perspective.

Sina Grace: Historically speaking, Bobby’s parents are happiest when their son is living his life in bullet points they can toss around as bragging rights to friends: “Bobby’s got a degree. Bobby bought a house. Bobby proposed.” His life doesn’t follow any traditional road map, and that makes them uncomfortable.

Marvel.com: What does Bobby have in common with his parents, and where do they differ?

Sina Grace: I think the easiest way to sum up their relationship, in terms of what they have in common and how they differ, is that they love each other, but they don’t like each other.

Marvel.com: Does their relationship grow at all?

Sina Grace: Papa and Mama Drake do end up seeing their son in a different light. I’m not sure whether or not readers will expect it, but to that point: I want the reader’s relationship with Bobby’s parents to grow in a way where you see them as humans.

Marvel.com: Is there anything you can tease about what’s in store for Bobby? Any surprises?

Sina Grace: Fans should expect a few more friendly faces to pop in the book over the next few issues. In terms of surprises, I have some pretty intense stuff lined up with Bobby and his journey to understand his powers a bit more! Keep on reading!

Lightning Round!  

Marvel.com: Bobby’s biggest pet peeve with his parents? SG: Judgment. Marvel.com: His parent’s biggest pet peeve with him? SG: Unaccomplished. Marvel.com: What is their parenting style? SG: Catholic Marvel.com: If his parents had mutant powers what would they be? SG: Rock skin. Marvel.com: It’s Christmas: what does Bobby give them? SG: Personal trinket. Marvel.com: What do they give Bobby? SG: Sweater and gift certificate. Marvel.com: What are his parent’s best qualities? SG: Dedication. Marvel.com: Their worst quality? SG: Obstinate. Marvel.com: What would they say is Bobby’s best quality? SG: Intelligence. Marvel.com: His worst quality? SG: Immaturity. Marvel.com: If they could change one thing about each other what would it be? SG: Perspective. Marvel.com: Do cool jokes run in the family? SG: Sometimes.

Don’t miss a single cringe-worthy family moment in ICEMAN #3 by Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti, out July 26!

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Bobby Drake slides into a new solo series—see his start as an X-Man!

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti’s ICEMAN #1 sends Bobby Drake on a journey to become the greatest hero he can be. With that in mind, let’s look back at exactly where that trek first began!

Like many of Marvel’s most popular characters, Mr. Drake came about thanks to the genius minds of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. In an effort to match the popularity of FANTASTIC FOUR, the company launched another team book, this one revolving around genetic anomalies with super powers otherwise known as mutants. UNCANNY X-MEN #1 launched in 1963 and introduced the world to Professor X, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Marvel Girl, and the youngest of the bunch, Iceman!

Initially looking like a pile of snow in the shape of a man, Drake chaffed at how easy Professor X took it on him during Danger Room sessions. Instead of conveying a well-crafted argument, he grabbed a carrot, some buttons, a broom, and a hat to look like a snowman. That prompted the Prof. to mentally command Hank McCoy to throw a bowling ball at his youthful compatriot. Iceman used his abilities to freeze his own breath into a ramp to send the ball flying back at his assailant. An adolescent squabble between them and Cylops quickly broke out, but Charles broke it up by announcing that their newest teammate, Jean Grey, had arrived.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #1

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #1

  • Published: September 10, 1963
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  • Rating: T+
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Soon after, Magneto attacked a military base, which sent the team into action. Iceman utilized his powers to freeze the soldiers’ guns and launched ice grenades at some of the unleashed missiles. Bobby even shielded his teammates in an ice dome to stop the Master of Magnetism’s explosion from roasting them, but this also allowed the villain to get away!

In the 1987-penned intro to MARVEL MASTERWORKS THE X-MEN VOLUME 1, writer Lee recounted some of his trepidation regarding the frosty teen: “I was really worried about how readers would accept him but I figured what they hey, if they dug Human Torch, why not? Once again, the gamble paid off.”

Flash Forward

In recent years, Bobby Drake has come to meet not one, but two different versions of himself. A time-displaced incarnation of the original Children of the Atom showed up in the present in the pages of ALL-NEW X-MEN. Both younger Bobby’s met a future version of themselves during the Battle of the Atom story, dubbed Ice Wizard. In fact, all three of them joined forces to battle a rampaging ice creature created by the eldest of their ranks.

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Sina Grace prepares Bobby Drake for a reunion with Kitty Pryde and more!

It may be spring, but there’s a cold front heading your way this June in the all-new series ICEMAN, written by Sina Grace with art by Allessandro Vitti!

To prepare you for the brewing storm we spoke with Grace to find out just what to expect and here’s the deal: The new series follows present day Iceman working through some of the more human aspects of his life that he has never really dealt with, like relationships, sexuality and how to be a successful adult. We understand those feels, Bobby. Oh and let’s not forget there’s a younger Bobby running around town who, according to Grace, slays life; nothing like competing with yourself.

So just who is Bobby Drake?

“He’s the funny guy who shoots ice out of his hands and says one-liners,” states Grace. “So instead of working around that I said, no, he’s very compartmentalized. And so we are looking at what comes after the laughter.” But let’s be clear: there will not be a shortage of one-liners. “I like the jokes I write for him,” the writer clarifies. “They aren’t jokes I could say, but when Bobby cuts them they work.”

And when ICEMAN #2 hits on June 21, you can bet several of these jokes poke fun at the weird, ex-girlfriend-but-still-fellow X-Man dynamic he has cooking with Kitty Pryde. “Awkward is an understatement,” muses Grace. “But Bobby and Kitty are both very responsible super heroes so they’ll never let what they haven’t worked out get in the way of helping people, or the world.” So when a new mutant’s powers emerge, the two former lovebirds set out to give him ye ol’ X-Men spiel, but things start to get a little slippery. “The situation definitely exacerbates what’s been left unspoken,” teases Grace.

Iceman #2 cover by Kevin Wada

Kitty has to deal with the fact that her ex-boyfriend is gay, and Bobby still isn’t exactly the, “Hey girl, let’s sit down and talk this through,” type. Luckily, his walls might be melting just a tad though. “He’s admitting that there is stuff to talk about and it can’t just be swept under the rug with a joke,” confirms Grace. So while they do progress it may take a few more awkwardly tense encounters before they can really put behind their history together to a copacetic friendzone future.

Oh and as an added bonus I’ll let you guys in on a little inside secret: Turns out Grace really likes “Sex and the City,” go figure, so artist Vitti decided to run with that, pretty literally, by giving Iceman a whole line of slick kicks that even Carrie Bradshaw would envy. Probably lost you at the “Sex and the City” reference, but hey at least you can say you know what it’s like behind the scenes!

Be sure to catch all the action, adulting progress, and cool shoes in ICEMAN #1 out June 7, and ICEMAN #2 out June 21!

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The X-Men’s coolest original mutant joins the Battlerealm!

Something frigid this way comes, and his name is Bobby Drake! The X-Men’s coolest original mutant joins the “Marvel Contest of Champions” crew as the game’s newest combatant. Ready to freeze your opponents solid? We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Game Designer Justin Ostensen about how Iceman will be lowering temperatures all across Battlerealm.

Marvel.com: With the Grandmaster sending seriously deadly mutants at the Collector, is Bobby just another of the Elder of the Universe’s incredibly powerful pawns?

Gabriel Frizzera: Iceman is probably the most important piece in his mutant army, with his omega-level mutant powers and all. But he wants to go along in a very surreptitiously way, since he’s still trying to convince Summoners he’s the good guy, and that the Collector is the bad guy. He even hides his connection to the X-Enforcers, and blames it on his unsuspecting brother.

Marvel.com: Iceman’s sporting a more modern look for The Contest. I know people love his smooth ice style, but I really digging the jagged edges and icicles he’s sporting here. Were you guys going for a more mature look?

Gabriel Frizzera: We have fans of all “Icemen” in the studio, even the original snowman-in-boots design! Many reasons led us to pick the “jagged” version. On the visual side, the bumpy surface creates more opportunity for dramatic light/shadow interplay. Russell, one of our very talented rendering engineers, wrote a specific 3D shader for Iceman, with translucency and reflection variation that mimic the way ice looks in real life.

On the story side, we wanted to have a version of Iceman on the verge on unlocking his omega-level capabilities. In the event story, he’s tempted by Psylocke who promises to unleash his true potential in exchange for him joining the X-Enforcers. Bobby is on the run, and his tortured mental state creates blizzards all over the Battlerealm, which people have probably already experienced playing the game.

Marvel.com: Can you tell us a little about Iceman’s abilities? Absolute Zero sounds like a perfect Iceman move.

Justin Ostensen: Definitely. Iceman’s signature ability, Absolute Zero, lets him reform his defenses faster than normal and much more importantly, allows him to start the fight with a Coldsnap active on the opponent. This allows him to deal a large amount of Energy Damage at the start of the fight, and to shut off his opponent’s ability to Evade any attacks while they’re under the Coldsnap. Clever players who find themselves faced with a tough Spider-Man fight might be well advised to bring Iceman to the duel.

Marvel.com: How do Organic Ice, Frostbite, and Coldsnap fit into his fighting style?

Justin Ostensen: Organic Ice is Iceman’s defensive capabilities, while Frostbite and Coldsnap allow him to put the hurt on his opponents. While it’s active, Iceman’s Organic Ice provides him full immunity to any Bleed, Poison, or Incinerate effects, and also grants him a large boost to his Armor Rating. Meanwhile, if Iceman is ever about to get Stunned or take a massive amount of damage, his Ice Armor will absorb the blow and protect him. Frostbite and Coldsnap are how Iceman dishes out the damage. By landing Critical Hits or launching special attacks, Iceman can land these effects on his opponents, which cause them to take both constant damage and large bursts of damage as long as Iceman stays offensive and takes the fight to his opponent.

Marvel.com: If you just had a single sentence to tell players how cool Iceman is, pun intended, what would you say?

Gabriel Frizzera: This is an experienced version Bobby Drake, at the peak of control of his powers, ready to fight whoever crosses his path… so in a sentence, “No More Mr. Ice Guy.” 🙂

Justin Ostensen: On the gameplay side: He can bypass Evade, deal constant Energy Damage and is protected from those powerful Stun and Special 3 attacks; grab him!

Marvel.com: When do we get to take a crack at Bobby and start turning bad guys into popsicles?

Justin Ostensen: The X-Enforcers have been working to recruit Bobby Drake in the new monthly quest, and he’s just about ready to step into The Contest! Keep an eye on in-game messages and arena announcements to know when you can get Iceman for yourself!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews.

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A charter member of the X-Men receives his first ongoing series by Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti!

Bobby Drake’s never had it easy. Protecting a world that hates and fears mutantkind and all that saving the world stuff meant he never spent too much time focusing on the man beneath the ice.

Coming up in ICEMAN, Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti chip away at what makes Bobby Iceman while forcing him to come to terms with some of the hard truths revealed by his time-displaced younger self. We talked with Sina about his work on the book and where he plans to take the original king of cool.

Marvel.com: Older Bobby’s been having a tough time dealing with his role as an X-Man, his personal life, and coming out as gay. What was most important to you about writing this new chapter in Iceman’s journey?

Sina Grace: The most important thing for me is making a book that I feel stays true to the X-Men legacy, and honors Iceman’s history. Editor Daniel Ketchum and I both think there’s a great story to tell with the older Bobby Drake facing himself in the mirror and making the decision to step up and use this as a way to become a greater hero. That, and making people laugh. I want to make readers LOL IRL.

Marvel.com: Can you talk a little about the dynamic between the elder Iceman and Iceman the Younger? What exactly is happening there?

Sina Grace: What I’ve seen of their interactions to date, the two have the best relationship between all off the [original five time-displaced] X-Men and their older counterparts. There’s a lot of mutual pride going on; a lot of brotherly love vibes. They both have a lot to learn from each other, and it’ll be cool to show how that reflects on the super hero side of things as well as the personal side.

Marvel.com: Watching young Bobby go after what he wants, older Bobby’s feeling like he needs to get his life in gear. Does he have a plan yet or is he ice sliding by the seat of his pants?

Sina Grace: Without spoiling much, there’s a little of the former and the latter! I will say that there’s no clear “hero quest” waiting for him, which is what I’m sure Bobby would prefer than the work he actually has to do. There’s tons to explore with his powers, too. What does hiding a secret from yourself do to your own potential, y’know?

Marvel.com: What kind of challenges lie in Bobby’s path? I’m assuming we’re going to see some super-powered slugfests, but are there subtler obstacles he’ll have to deal with?

Sina Grace: We’ll be seeing some familiar bad-guy faces—and some new ones who will make Bobby’s life pretty tough. I’m allowed to say that Juggernaut will be crashing his way into an earlier issue of the series! The biggest obstacle that I feel Bobby has waiting for him is dealing with his parents. Anyone who knows Bobby’s dad knows that the man does not like when anything is outside of his comfort zone. I’ll leave it at that.

Iceman by Kevin Wada

Iceman by Kevin Wada

Marvel.com: And with the revelation that Iceman is in fact gay, would it be fair to say the book will look at a lot of the coolest X-Man’s relationships and how they might change?

Sina Grace: What’s nice about this being an X-Book, is about the power of finding acceptance in the face of adversity. Bobby’s friends will always be his friends; but some folks will have reactions. There’s going to be an ex-girlfriend or two that he’ll have to have a difficult talk with. That’s all I can say without spoiling the fun we have in store for readers.

Marvel.com: And please tell me we’ll be watching as Bobby dives into the dating scene?

Sina Grace: You better believe that we’ll see Bobby try his hand at dating! The thing to keep in mind is that he’s only just dealing with that part of his identity, so he won’t be quite as confident in getting what he wants the same way his younger self is. This is a Marvel book, so we’re having a great time working out how Bobby will find romance, hurdles [and] all! Iceman can save the world from all kinds of pending doom, but can he even lock down a first date?

Marvel.com: Finally, I know I’m going to be reading ICEMAN, but why should everyone else pick it up?

Sina Grace: At its heart, ICEMAN is going to be everything that is to be adored about an X-Men title: It’s funny, it’s got action, and there’ll be lots of feels. Alessandro Vitti is one of the most dynamic storytellers in Marvel’s stable right now, and he’s pushing my imagination to new heights.

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Bobby Drake brings a cool new presence to the Marvel MMO!

Ever wonder what it’d be like to chuck snowballs at the most dastardly villains in the Marvel Universe? Thanks to Gazillion and the incredible crew behind “Marvel Heroes 2015,” now you can do just that!

Creative Designer and Community Manager Ryan Collins stopped by to chill and give us the skinny on the game’s newest combatant, Iceman!

Marvel.com: Bobby Drake, the X-Men’s official King of Cool, just dropped into “Marvel Heroes 2015.” What was the impetus behind Iceman’s induction?

Ryan Collins: It was a long time coming! Iceman is a longtime Marvel favorite and not surprisingly, one of the most frequently requested heroes by our community! Leave it up to Bobby Drake to be fashionably late, though; I like to think that he arrived at a time where we have the capabilities and knowledge to make him better than we ever could have before.

Iceman in 'Marvel Heroes 2015'

Iceman in ‘Marvel Heroes 2015’

Marvel.com: What were some of the key player fantasies you guys wanted to fulfill with Iceman? What abilities were an absolute must for Bobby?

Ryan Collins: I think the most obvious fantasy for Iceman is the Ice Slide. You have to incorporate that, that’s his deal! We represent it in quite a few ways; for starters, just by walking around for a few seconds, Bobby automatically starts sliding around, be it the X-Mansion or the busy streets of Midtown! From there, we also have his Travel Power, aptly named “Ice Slide” that allows you to quickly get from point A to point B, soaring over your enemies’ heads. One of the most exciting implementations of Bobby’s slide is his Signature Power, Absolute Zero. For Absolute Zero, Bobby slides around a designated area in circles at high speeds, using his free hand to cover his enemies in a gratuitous amount of Ice Beams. It’s a sight to see.

Marvel.com: The sliding looks awesome! Can you break down his skill trees for us real quick?

Iceman in 'Marvel Heroes 2015'

Iceman in ‘Marvel Heroes 2015’

Ryan Collins: You bet! First and foremost, he has the Freezing Beams skill tree which does exactly as it sounds: it allows him to shoot blasts and beams of ice at enemies for those favoring a ranged play style. His second tree, Icy Weapons, goes for a melee focus, allowing Bobby to form ice blades, come crashing down in an icy meteor of sorts, and even form a frosty battle ax! For his third and final tree, Chilling Constructs, you can create Ice Golems, a massive Ice Wall—that you can even shatter in a big explosion—and, my personal favorite, the Work of Art, a massive statue of Iceman giving a thumbs up. And then it explodes. You have to see it—it really reflects what a goofball Bobby can be.

Marvel.com: It sounds like Iceman really is a jack-of-all-trades. He’s got single target damage, a ton of AOE attacks, utility with his Ice Wall and Ice Slide…is there anything this guy can’t do?

Iceman in 'Marvel Heroes 2015'

Iceman in ‘Marvel Heroes 2015’

Ryan Collins: Throw cars! No but really, he’s kind of a tour de force. He’s insanely versatile, just as you’d expect.

Marvel.com: What role does Iceman fill on teams? What do you guys expect him to be doing on raids? Is he freezing enemies solid? Tanking damage with his Ice Golems?

Ryan Collins: That really depends on how you build him! The Ice Golems certainly come in handy if you’re hoping to spread the enemies’ attention out a bit, and I definitely expect people to focus on ranged or melee damage for big bosses. It’s a lot of fun seeing Iceman in Midtown and looking to see just how they’ve built him. I’ve seen a lot of variation, and some people choose to forego certain powers that others definitely swear by.

Marvel.com: What was the coolest—pun intended—part of designing Bobby?

Iceman in 'Marvel Heroes 2015'

Iceman in ‘Marvel Heroes 2015’

Ryan Collins: [Laughs] I think the coolest part of Bobby has actually been reading the community’s feedback for all of their awesome power ideas. Even the signature power, Absolute Zero, came directly from the community—and of course our awesome art team and designers’ hard work. A challenge for a hero like Bobby is trying to represent what a fan’s image in their mind of that hero is. Do they want to slide around and blast enemies with Snow Blower? Do they want to make awesome ice weapons and get up in people’s faces? Maybe you’re just a fan of traditional Ice Beams—I personally am!—and that’s what you’re all about! It can be a challenge to represent such a longstanding staple who has changed so much over the years but, hey. That’s part of the fun.

Marvel.com:  And he’s available in the “Marvel Heroes 2015” store now?

Ryan Collins: Yep! You can buy him for Eternity Splinters or Gs right now in-game, or directly on our web store!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Heroes 2015” news!

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