Friday, April 24, 2015

X-Men's Iceman is Not Gay!

Iceman and Mystique
The current team of Marvel writers and editors are just messing everything up in the Marvel Universe all in the name of “political correctness” and “diversity of characters.”

The current victim is an "X-Men" legend that the company says will be coming out of the soon – Iceman. Yep, you read it right. Iceman is supposedly gay when the “All-New X-Men #40,” comes out soon.

In a statement to ABC News, Brian Michael Bendis, the writer of the book, said, "There are thousands if not millions of stories of people who, for many different reasons, felt the need to hide their sexuality. The “X-Men”, with the conceit of time travel, give us a fascinating platform in which to examine such personal journeys. This is just the first little chapter of a much larger story that will be told.”

In the scene in the book, Jean Grey is talking with her friend Iceman aka Bobby Drake. He was describing his teacher Magik and saying how hot he thinks she is. That's when Jean steps in to let her friend know she knows he's gay and doesn't care.

However, checking back at the previous comic books will reveal that the revelation is not base on any sound logic. Iceman is not gay, and never has been, but it took 50 years for Marvel to label him as gay without sufficient back story.

Iceman's Girls
Read the past comic books again. Iceman was attracted to the opposite sex and not to pole-wielding psychopath. In issue 356 of Uncanny, Bobby Drake is even gushing all over a blonde along with Angel.

Before Bobby joined the X-Men he had a girlfriend, but Professor Xavier erased all memories of her from Bobby's head when he told her too much about the X-Men (he presumably also erased the girl's memories). Upon her acceptance into the X-Men, Bobby begins to date Rogue. The pair date for a considerable amount of time, but eventually break up due to Bobby's growing feelings for Kitty Pryde and Rogue's feelings for Gambit.

Eventually Rogue leaves, and Bobby starts to date Kitty until she dumps him after finding Bobby was still emailing Rogue. When Rogue returned to the X-Men, her original powers had been replaced with those of Gambit's and, now being able to touch each other, Bobby and Rogue rekindle their relationship.

Nobody really understood why it has to go to this path considering that Marvel already did made Northstar gay or whatever his name was. Also, Bobby was meant to be the X-Men's answer to Johnny Storm with the irony being an opposite power.

It falls under the same fallacy as Falcon being Captain America and whoever the woman is being Thor (her name is as of yet unrevealed). The fallacy being that instead of promoting current gay, black (actually, scratch black, let's promote all races thank you very much) and female superheroes in Marvel, they change up with weird stories that will either be temporary (Fem-Thor and Captain Falcon, lolz on Captain Falcon) or will be weird as they change what was previously established about the character (Iceman).

But thinking about it more, this should not be surprising to those who follow the comic book industry. It is a publication now written by Brian Michael Bendis. Marvel comics hasn't seen that kind of deviation from the previous back story of Iceman since he was introduced in “X-Men #1” way back in September 1963. No wonder the comic book series went from selling in the 6 figures to being lucky to sell US$ 30k.

Bendis has done to Galactus, Dr. Doom, The Red Skull, Green Goblin and hundreds of other super villains in the 616 universe what Jack Kirby and Stan Lee have all failed to do – he has destroyed every super hero he has come into contact with. He's an indie writer who hates super heroes and wanted to make them more like his (and other hipster, fedora wearing indie creators) books. Well, congrats you #$%$, you did it!

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