Written by Jude Terror
on Monday, April 20 2015 and posted in News with Benefits
When you click on this article, you will see spoilers, so if you don't want to know what happens, don't click on it, okay?
For years, fans have speculated about the sexuality of Bobby Drake, AKA Iceman from the X-Men. Specifically, fans have speculated that Iceman is gay. Despite dating women over the years, a lot of fans have felt it's been hinted at in stories, and Chuck Austen in particular seemed to really run with it. Well, according to leaked pages from this week's All-New X-Men #40, the cat is out of the bag and Iceman is out of the closet, as Jean Grey reveals his secret and he admits that it's true.
We're talking about the teenage X-Men from the past here, in case you're wondering. The pair talk a little bit about how it's possible for young Bobby to be gay when his older self apparently isn't, but they guess that perhaps he pushed his sexuality aside because he didn't want to have to deal with being both gay and a mutant in "a society that has issues with both." Iceman suggests that maybe he's bi, and Jean says that some people say everyone is (go Kinsey scale!), but then she uses her psychic powers to confirm Bobby is indeed "full gay."
We're sure there will be some people who complain that this is a retcon, and we know how certain people feel about retcons that change the sexuality of characters, but in this case, I think a lot of people will be glad to have a longstanding theory backed by evidence in the books confirmed. Personally, I'm a fan of this development.
So what do you think? Is this a long-awaited vindication, or a shock? And which Iceman, young or old, gay or straight, will make it through Secret Wars? I guess we'll have to wait and see. One things for sure: this is an issue you'll probably want to get your hands on.
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About the Author - Jude Terror
Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.
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