Writer Sina Grace and artist Nathan Stockman present a brand-new Iceman series!

Iceman is back!

Following the groundbreaking 2017 series beloved by readers and critics alike, Bobby Drake is set to make his ongoing solo series return on September 12! Written by Sina Grace with art by Nathan Stockman, the new series kicks off a reenergized chapter in the life and times of the mutant hero.

It’s good timing too, because someone is hunting the Morlocks for sport. And it’s up to Bobby Drake to prevent another potential Mutant Massacre. But who’s behind this horrific hunt? You wouldn’t believe it if we told you! Guest-starring Bishop, get ready for more ICEMAN!

We spoke to Grace about the power of fandom, the greatness of Bobby Drake, and what to expect from the new series.

Marvel.com: What’s it like knowing that readers connected with your Bobby Drake on such a profound level?

Sina Grace: I’m amazed that the series connected with an audience so much that we defied odds and got another arc. The whole process of writing the first one, I was focused on doing my best work and crafting a series that sat well as a standalone…I had blinders on. Apathy is such a huge force in this world, so when the letters kept coming after the final issue—in my DMs, on Tumblr, to the Marvel offices, at comic conventions—that was when I had to ask, “Is this the impact other Super Hero books have on their readers?”

My heart warmed when gay Twitter stood by my choice to have Bobby irrationally want to move across the country for a guy—they saw that same insane puppy love in themselves. When the New York Times article hit, that’s when I was like, “Oh, we did something special, and people took notice. Tight.”

TL; DR: It feels pretty chill.

Marvel.com: Similarly, why do you connect so deeply to Iceman?

Sina Grace: I fell in love with Iceman because he’s incredibly powerful and loved by his peers, and he just seems to get in his way more than anything—that’s completely relatable. He and I both use comedy to deflect. My friend described Ryan Reynolds as, like, teetering on annoying and endearing at all times; Bobby seems like a more benign and adorable version of that.

I’m not calling myself Ryan Reynolds-hot by the way, unless half-Persian guys with thinning hair is your jam. But Bobby is that hot, and I connect to him in the sense that we’ve both been guilty of hiding our light to make others more comfortable.

Marvel.com: As a mutant, a hero, and a person, Bobby Drake represents a lot. What do you see as his defining characteristics?

Sina Grace: Temper tantrums and a sense of humor…bahahaha!

I’d say that his relentless optimism, candor, and inability to see personality flaws that exist right under his nose—those things make up Bobby Drake to me. Similarly, I love that he’s so ultra powerful and kind of relegated to the back of the scene. That’s something we only lightly explored towards the end of the original run. Bobby’s a lot more self-confident and comfortable in his skin this time around, so I’m here to flex those muscles of his and show off some real bad-ass moments with his powers. We may even unlock some new ones along the way? You gotta read to find out.

Marvel.com: Where will we find Iceman at the start of this new series? Will readers see some familiar supporting faces?

Sina Grace: Iceman got to try his hand being a leader in the pages of X-MEN: GOLD. While he’s fine enough running a team, he knows it’s not where his strengths are best put to use. He’s still sorting out how he fits in this world when he discovers that Morlocks are disappearing in the sewers. What he uncovers in the catacombs is far more terrifying than he could have imagined. From there? Things get really bad.

Readers can expect to see more relationship evolution with Kitty Pryde. They are not always gonna be on the same side of an argument. For anyone who had read interviews with me answering the question of who I’d really want to play with…just you wait for the cover unveil for issue #2!

Oh, and Jubilee makes a cute cameo at the end of issue #1. Am I allowed to share that?

Marvel.com: Bishop teams up with Bobby at the start of the new book—what do he and Bobby have in common? What makes their dynamic unique?

Sina Grace: They’ve been teammates in various iterations through the years, and in this first issue, Bobby is leading Bishop on their mission. Is Bishop cool with that? Is Bobby capable of telling Bishop what to do? Are there subtext issues to address? It’s gonna be lit.

I think they’re gonna fun to have next to each other given Bobby’s new context. Exploring identity is a huge theme in this series, and Bishop’s a perfect character to have bounce off Bobby…not only ‘cuz he’s kind of more straight-laced than Iceman, but because he’s also this guy trying to establish himself in a world he’s not from. That’s something Bobby can relate to after having to come out to every single human being in his life.

Marvel.com: A great hallmark of your Iceman stories is emotional honesty—something that can be really difficult thing to pull off visually in a comic. To that end, what are your thoughts on Nathan Stockman’s work so far? How have you enjoyed working with him?

Sina Grace: I’m vibing super hard with Nathan! Each ICEMAN artist brought different strengths, with Nate readers will see all of the dynamism of the previous arcs with an added layer of levity. To me, this arc is a reward—a celebration. We are going to have fun. All that being said, because Nathan’s so gosh-darned versatile, expect no end to the deeply personal and emotional beats that folks appreciated in the first run. Like, from the layout stages he has made me do a literal LOL and also given me chills on a page with the reveal of [REDACTED]. Nathan’s character designs are also super bold and unique…It’s like if his pages of SPIDEY had a baby with his work on X-MEN: BLUE and the baby also was born with omega-level powers. Love him.

Pre-order ICEMAN, by Sina Grace and Nathan Stockman, with your local comic shop ahead of the new series’ launch on September 12!

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Future X-Men and mystic mayhem fill artist Nathan Stockman’s plate!

In the future only one thing stands in the way of the invading Brood: Wiccan and a band of X-Men! That’s the story presented in the pages of DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #10 on July 12 by Robbie Thompson and guest artist Nathan Stockman.

Stockman, who also drew the first meeting between Doctor Strange and Isaac Newton in the pages of issue #5, hops on board to tell a tomorrow-set story featuring the adult Wiccan and his group of X-Men fighting an evolved version of the Brood.

We talked with Stockman and Thompson about conjuring up fantastical futures, re-designing X-Men, and collaborating with one another.

Marvel.com: Nathan, how is it for you as an artist jumping in on a book like this that has so much going on from issue to issue?

Nathan Stockman: It’s exciting. You never know what you’re going to get to draw next. With the magic corner of the Marvel Universe there’s literally nothing that’s off the table. I just do my best to try and keep up with all the crazy shenanigans that have gone on before and add to the madness. It’s nerve-wracking following on from the work [regular artists] Javier [Rodriguez], Alvaro [Lopez], and Jordie [Bellaire] have done previously but that really lights a fire under me to try my best to not make a mess of things!

The editorial team on the book is superb too. Darren [Shan] and Allison [Stock] help me keep track of things story-wise and point me in the right directions artistically. Editors are the unsung heroes of comics. They do so much work behind the scenes that rarely gets the praise it deserves so I want to make sure that readers know that they have as big a part to play in putting the books together as any artists or writers.

Marvel.com: Robbie, along similar lines, do you tailor your scripts a bit differently for Javier and Nathan?

Robbie Thompson: For sure! Collaboration is my favorite part of working in comics. I hash out the story with our amazing editors, and once we’re all on the same page, I do the same thing with Javier and Nathan. They’re both dynamic storytellers, so I format the scripts to give them as much room as possible to play with, and that way they can really make the stories we’re telling their own. Getting pages from them is pure joy—it’s what we’ve all talked about, but there’s always so many moments that have been added or expanded upon. I’m really lucky. On this particular issue, it was fun trading e-mails with Nate about the future X-Team and what we could do with each character. It was very clear from the layouts that Nate was having the time of his life designing these characters and bringing this story to life.

Marvel.com: This future-set story revolves around Wiccan fighting the Brood. In what ways have the nasty alien race changed both in motive and appearance?

Nathan Stockman: Appearance-wise I have to say I was selfish in wanting to keep the Brood classic looking. So they look the same as they ever did! I think they’re really cool looking, scary wee yokes so I didn’t want to mess with perfection! They do pack more of a bite than previously though.

Marvel.com: The future Wiccan also leads a different team, this one a group of X-Men. What can you tell us about this crew and how was it figuring out who would appear and what they’d look like?

Nathan Stockman: Robbie knows the way to my heart. When I read the lineup, it’s like he reached directly into my soul and crafted the perfect team for me.

I finally get to draw Banshee! Ireland’s own! As an Irishman this is such a big deal for me. We don’t have anyone! There [are] five billion super heroes in New York and like three from Ireland! I grew up reading GENERATION X so to have Sean, Jono, and Paige on the team is just a dream come true. Old man wizard Iceman is in the mix too and he’s a lot of fun! Colossus has long been one of my favorite X-Men too so getting to draw him as well is just super cool. I loved this old man Piotr version from the moment I set eyes on his glistening metallic lip liner a few years ago. I think most super heroes should have mustaches.

I have to say I completely fell in love with drawing Laura though. She’s such a cool character and a total badass. And you know what you get when you mix Colossus and Wolverine? Fastball Special! Another bucket list image scratched off the list! Seriously, the only thing that could make Laura any cooler would be a mustache—hmm, emailing my editors now.

With Iceman and Colossus there were pre-established looks, but I got to design some new costumes for the rest of the team which was really cool. I tried to make sure they were all recognizable so I stuck to familiar color schemes and design elements. Hopefully I didn’t shame their legacies!

Marvel.com: When it comes to actually getting big, supernatural effects on the page, how much of it is in the script and how much comes from the artist?

Nathan Stockman: It’s a mix of both, I think. It’s never just one or the other. Not just in term of effects but in pretty much all aspects of the process. Robbie’s scripts are fantastic and everything is there in them but what I love is that he’ll let me know that if I can think of something to add or a better way of getting something across to go for it. I really appreciate that as it gets me so invested and it’s a true collaboration rather than an assembly line production. We have had some great back-and-forth working together that I think has produced some really fun moments.

Robbie is my personal Sorcerer Supreme. He understands how to get the best out of me as an artist. By giving me exactly what I want all the time. He knows I’ll sulk and huff if I don’t get my way. That’s why I think we work well together: he just gives in and panders to me.

Basically what I’m saying is: everyone stay the hell away from my Robbie. He’s mine and you can’t have him!

See what the future holds for mutants and magic in DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #10 by Robbie Thompson and Nathan Stockman on July 12!

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