Every year, the LGBTQ+ advocacy group GLAAD recognises and awards a selection of television shows, films and books that feature powerful portrayals of queer people. This year, a number of Marvel's comics were recognised for the contributions they have made to queer culture, but those nominations were bittersweet for one incredibly disappointing reason: They have all been cancelled.
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For all the fuss that was made about Marvel's Iceman series featuring the newly out Icemen (two Bobby Drakes), the book's been a rather dull rehash of the kind of narrative beats you'd expect from so-so queer YA fiction. This week, though, the series finally did something dynamic with its characters that it should have been doing from the start.
It's been interesting to watch Bobby Drake unsteadily make his way through life as a newly-out gay man in Sina Grace's Iceman series. He's very much the same Iceman who's been cracking wise with the X-Men since the '60s, and yet he's also a vastly different Bobby who's grappling with a new sort of emotional struggle.
The duality of superheroes is nothing new. Stories about the tangled web of public and private personas have driven superheroes for decades. But in the first issue of Iceman -- Bobby Drake's first ever ongoing series -- we get a bit of a twist to that duality: Presenting Bobby's life as a fascinating mix of success and mess.