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.

Follow Marvel.com and our social channels for the latest on ICEMAN and the rest of ResurrXion!

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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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Bobby Drake lets loose in pages by All-New Young Gun, Mahmud Asrar!

This August, young Bobby Drake has had enough, and he’s letting loose in ALL-NEW X-MEN #31! Writer Brian Michael Bendis welcomes new series artist and All-New Young Gun Mahmud Asrar for a nail-biting issue that will show the world why Iceman is snow joke! The Future Brotherhood have been defeated, but there’s no rest for the weary, as the ALL-NEW X-MEN must scramble to come to the aid of a mysterious teen with an unthinkable power!

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Mahmud Asrar join us as the regular artist on ALL-NEW XMEN. Well, actually I can tell you—I’m beyond excited!,” says Executive Editor Mike Marts “As an editor, it’s always a nerve-wracking experience when you lose an artist as great as Stuart Immonen to another project–best of luck on ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA, Stuart!–but when you have someone as talented as Mahmud to fill that void, well, things don’t seem so gloomy anymore!”

Meanwhile, for someone who said she doesn’t find him particularly pleasant to be around, X-23 seems to have taken an odd interest in young Angel. But to what end? Plus, don’t miss the heart-stopping last page that will have everyone talking when ALL-NEW X-MEN #31 hits comic shops and digital devices this August!

ALL-NEW X-MEN #31 (JUN140691)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Variant by MIKE DEL MUNDO (JUN140692)
FOC – 08/04/14, On-Sale – 08/27/14

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With the Late Show host stepping down in 2015, here are some super heroes capable of winning over the late night crowd!

Just as things started to be settling down in the world of late night television following “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night’s” transition into the Jimmy Fallon/Seth Meyers era, David Letterman decided to cause a commotion. The late night mainstay announced yesterday that he will be stepping down as host of “The Late Show with David Letterman” after over twenty years and what will end up being well over four thousand episodes. If you factor in his stint as the host of “Late Night” in the ’80’s and early ’90’s, then 2015 will be the first year since 1981 without Letterman’s specific style of late night charm.

Many Marvel fans may not know this, but Dave actually exists within the Marvel Universe! Back in 1984’s AVENGERS #239, Earth’s mightiest heroes paid a visit to “Late Night” – and brought a whole mess of mechanized mayhem with them.

Avengers (1963) #239

Avengers (1963) #239

What is Marvel Unlimited?

It’s safe to assume that if Letterman’s stepping down in our universe, then he’s doing the same thing in the Marvel U. With that in mind, here are a few Marvel super heroes that could fill the late night void.


5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman

5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman


ICEMAN

The X-Men’s original jokester, Bobby Drake’s quick wit and endearing everyman quality would make him a perfect “Late Show” host. Like Letterman before him, you know Iceman would get a kick out of getting snarky while working a Taco Bell drive-thru, and he’d really excel at off-the-cuff remarks during bits like Stupid Pet Tricks. But Bobby’s real selling point has to be the characters he could bring along as a sidekick and bandleader – Beast and Dazzler!


5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman

5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman


FALCON

Some people watch late night television for the absurd bits (think “Late Show’s” Will It Float? segment), and some tune in for the interviews. As a former social worker and all around good guy, Sam Wilson has the potential to be a talk show host of the finest caliber. He knows how to talk to people, and he’s well respected amongst his super hero peers. The guy’s got charisma and empathy to spare, and his special mental connection with birds would make the semi-regular visits form zookeepers a must watch event. He could also partner up with another former Captain America sidekick, musician Rick Jones.


5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman

5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman


DEADPOOL

Letterman made a name for himself in the ’80’s for being a bit edgy. After all, his house band did call themselves the World’s Most Dangerous Band. Deadpool’s easily the most dangerous Marvel character that knows how to construct a one-liner. Guests might fear coming on this iteration of “The Late Show,” what with all the grenades and swords Wade Wilson would insist on keeping underneath his desk, but the banter DP would make with his longtime prisoner/pal/late night sidekick Blind Al would put them at ease.


5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman

5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman


SPIDER-WOMAN

It takes real nerves of steel to put up with the special mix of controversial celebrities, important political figures, and rowdy studio audiences that sometimes come with the late night territory. Jessica Drew has those nerves on top of possessing a truly devilish sense of humor. She pokes and prods her Avengers teammates with witty barbs, all with a sly smile on her face. With Carol Danvers playing it straight from the couch next to her, she could easily navigate the sometimes-hazardous pop culture landscape.


5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman

5 Marvel Characters Ready To Follow Letterman


HAWKEYE

People need a late night host they can relate to. As a super hero with way more personal problems than super powers, Clint Barton fits that bill. He’s sarcastic and has a habit of defying authority, two traits that have served Dave well in his 30 years on the air, and he’s mastered the art of self-deprecation. Hawkeye also has plenty of stories to tell from his time as an Avenger, and his status as a normal human amongst the super heroes would make those stories relatable to a wider audience. Barton’s also got a band leader ready to go, one that has no problem calling him out on literally everything: Kate Bishop, fellow Hawkeye and master cellist.

Check out all of these heroes and more on Marvel Unlimited!

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The actor speaks about his role in Wes Anderson's new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, plus his love for Iceman and much more

Blake sits down with actor Tony Revolori to get the scoop on his role in Wes Anderson’s new film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” plus hear about his affection for Iceman, favorite Marvel movies and more!

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Apocalypse rides into town with his Four Horsemen, and only your agent and their team can stop him!

The Apocalypse has begun in “Marvel: Avengers Alliance”!

The hit Facebook game launched its newest Spec Op, with Apocalypse crashing into town. But he didn’t come alone, as he’s transformed four of your favorite X-Men into his Horsemen–Iceman (Death), Beast (Pestilence), Rogue (Famine) and X-23 (War)!

Fans who complete all the tasks in this Spec Op will get Iceman as their reward hero, plus you can also find the Horsemens’ costumes for their individual heroes in the character store!

Jump into Spec Op 16 now and join the millions of social gamers and Marvel fans who have already joined S.H.I.E.L.D. by playing “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” now on Facebook! The game is one of the top rated games in Facebook’s App Center. Fans can also play “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” at www.playdom.com.

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New mobile card game celebrates 50 years of X-Men stories and characters!

Marvel Entertainment has teamed up with developer Aeria Mobile to launch “X-Men: Battle of the Atom” for iPhone. Featuring gorgeous original art by Marvel artists and stories adapted by prolific X-Men writer James Asmus, the new free-to-play card battle game (CBG) stars everyone’s favorite Uncanny X-Men in a battle across time and space.

Relive 50 years of X-Men as they call on past and future allies to combat some of the most dangerous villains ever known. Building a roster from a staggering amount of characters including Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, Beast, Kitty Pryde, and many more, players will tackle more than 45 missions and experience upcoming events based on landmark stories like Schism, Messiah Complex, Age of Apocalypse, and of course, Battle of the Atom!

Join 20-player X-Teams to participate in epic 20 vs. 20 battles in real time. Multi-month story arcs will also feature raid events in which these X-Teams can square off against the most iconic and powerful villains in X-Men history, including Magneto, the Hellfire Club, Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix. The real-time ranking system also stirs up all-out competition as players vie for recognition as the top super hero teams. Regular content updates will consistently introduce new characters, stories, and art, giving players an ever-expanding universe in which to play.

“It’s an honor for us to develop a game for such a storied and beloved franchise, one that is a personal favorite of mine,” said Lan Hoang, founder and CEO of Aeria Games. “‘X-Men: Battle of the Atom’ captures the amazing artwork and drama of the greatest comic book storylines, bringing them to life with exciting, dynamic battles between dozens of players in real time.”

“With the release of ‘X-Men: Battle of the Atom,’ Aeria Games has done a tremendous job of celebrating 50 years of X-Men,” said Andreea Enache-Thüne, Senior Vice President, Games and Digital Distribution at Marvel Entertainment. “We’re especially excited that the game will include hundreds of characters who have populated the X-Men universe over the years, spanning limitless timelines and alternate realities. Fans will be hard pressed to think of any characters not in the game–and if the characters are not there now, they likely will be eventually via one of the numerous classic story adaptations in store for players. It’s a great time to be an X-Men fan.”

“X-Men: Battle of the Atom” is available as a free download for iPhone. For more information, find the game on the App Store.

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X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe gives his thoughts on Cyclops, Jean Grey and the rest of the original team!

By Tim O’Shea

This September, when mutants from tomorrow journey to today to confront their predecessors in the 10-issue event X-Men: Battle of the Atom, things get complicated on many levels very quickly. With past, present and future versions of multiple X-Men in the mix no one knows just how complex and fascinating matters will become better than Senior Editor Nick Lowe.

To help gain perspective on some of the major players, Lowe reveals his insight first into the time-lost Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast and Marvel Girl from ALL-NEW X-MEN.

Cyclops

Marvel.com: Both young and present Cyclops are struggling to find who they are, changed and challenged by circumstances as they both are. What do you hope to reveal about these two very different leaders in Battle of the Atom?

Nick Lowe: You hit the nail on the head that they are both going through some identity issues. Young Cyclops is trying to decide who he is, really, in the stark reality of seeing his future spread out in front of him. Is his future what he wants? I’ll go out on a limb and say a solid no. And with adult Cyclops getting the opposite treatment, he has to define himself next to his younger idealistic self and ask the question: “Is this who I wanted to be?” The closest any of us get to this is finding a letter written to one’s self by our younger self or something like that.

Marvel.com: With Charles Xavier gone, Magneto has become a father figure for present day Scott Summers; but what kind of relationship, if any does young Cyclops have with Magneto?

Nick Lowe: The only relationship young Cyclops has with Magneto is a “I’M GONNA BLAST HIM” relationship. He still sees him, very much, as the enemy. That may be changing, though…

Marvel.com: What qualities about the two Cyclops come into play in Battle of the Atom?

Nick Lowe: The strategist skills are the qualities I most want to play up. These are two guys—one more green, for sure—who think tactically, so it’ll be amazing to see them go head to head.

Iceman

Marvel.com: Iceman’s powers in his early days were vastly different than his present day incarnation, what opportunities present themselves in terms of fight scenes and young Iceman’s powers?

Nick Lowe: You have to think that young Iceman sees what adult Iceman can do and take note.

Marvel.com: Which Iceman has more to teach the other: past or present day?

Nick Lowe: Definitely adult Iceman. He has to teach him how to properly toilet-paper a house or something…

Marvel.com: Both in the past and present, Iceman is best pals with Beast. Do you hope to explore either Bobby’s reaction to present day Beast bringing the original X-Men to the present?

Nick Lowe: We’ve seen that reaction in ALL-NEW X-MEN. Bobby’s not thrilled with Hank, to say the least.

Angel

Marvel.com: For present-day Angel, his life is a blank slate to a great extent—does that have any bearing in this story?

Nick Lowe: There’s so much going on in Battle of the Atom that we’re not going to have a ton of time/space to deal much with present-day Angel’s mental state and such in this story. But more on that is coming after.

Marvel.com: How much is young Angel a critical catalyst in Battle of the Atom, given that he is allied with Cyclops’ Uncanny X-Men?

Nick Lowe: Angel agrees with the forces who want to send the All-New X-Men back in time. Heck, he’s been saying that since the get-go. He’d love to be back in his home time.

Marvel.com: Young Angel has learned a great deal about his past, while living in the present, how has that changed him?

Nick Lowe: IT FREAKS HIM OUT! It certainly makes him want to avoid Apocalypse, I’ll tell you that much.

Beast

Marvel.com: The events of Battle of the Atom would not be happening without the actions of present day Hank McCoy; how important is he to the overall event?

Nick Lowe: He is a huge part of all of this. Not only did he set this into motion with bringing the original five to the present, but he’s one of the few characters whose past, present and future are all here in the story. So you’ll see a lot of interplay between the three of them!

Marvel.com: Who do you think regrets the decision to bring the young X-Men to the present day more, young Hank or present day Hank?

Nick Lowe: To be honest, I don’t know that either of them regrets it. Both Beasts are pretty happy with the current situation, consequences be damned!

Marvel.com: Of the original X-Men, would you say Beast is the foundation that ties both the past and present teams together?

Nick Lowe: He’s often been the glue of the X-Men, but I’d say that the act of bringing the original five to the present has everyone questioning him more than ever!

Marvel Girl

Marvel.com: From the original X-Men brought to the present, is there any character other than Jean that has been thrown more in the metaphorical deep end of stuff to process? She arrives in the future to find out she is dead, and there is a school named after her, among other things.

Nick Lowe: I would say that Jean and Scott definitely had the most to deal with coming to the present. There is little crazier than the tumultuous history of Jean Grey and learning about that at such an early stage has to be really hard to deal with.

Marvel.com: In the heat of this battle, it strikes me that Jean is a character who is weighed down and conflicted by the expectations of people she cares about, given she can read almost everyone’s minds. Is that a fair assessment?

Nick Lowe: Oh yeah, especially considering she has barely had this telepathy power for a week and has little control over it. But she has also shown herself to be incredibly strong and decisive! That’s one of my favorite parts of Brian [Bendis] and Stuart [Immonen’s] run on [ALL-NEW X-MEN]!

Marvel.com: Much is always made of Scott/Cyclops’s role as a leader over the years, but would you agree that present day events will show yet again what a great leader Jean can be when she chooses to be, in her own unique and powerful way?

Nick Lowe: That’s been one of the things that Brian has been pushing hard in ALL-NEW X-MEN. She has, very much, started to assert herself as a leader. I can see why when you learn the guy she was just starting to trust as a leader grows up to make some very controversial choices.

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