Monday, June 26, 2017

Iceman #2 Review **Spoilers** - Marvel Monday

What ninjas?

Writer: Sina Grace
Artists: Edgar Salazar, Ibraim Roberson, Felipe Sobreiro, Nolan Woodard, Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artists: Kevin Wada
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 21, 2017

The class is dismissed, Iceman goes from teaching to joining his ex-girlfriend Kitty Pryde on a mutant extraction mission which will make for an awkward trip. The two haven’t seen each other since Kitty Pryde’s return from space. But the two won’t have much time to catch up, our mutant in question has caused the Blackbird to come crashing down and Iceman has to construct an ice patch landing pad on a hardware store. When the two enter the store from the roof, they find our new mutant Zach, surrounded by local residents furious at the kid and ready to put him on a stake to burn. We learn Zach’s abilities enhances mutant powers around him and any machinery around him goes haywire when under stress. Zach thinks it’s best to hold up in an appliance warehouse and live in peace by himself. After retreating to regroup, Iceman’s smart ass comments upsets Kitty Pryde and the two discuss the elephant in the room regarding their past relationship. Getting a few things off their chest, the two makeup and it’s back to the mission. With Zach unconscious, this allows Iceman to use his abilities to cool down the furious residents and get the team out alive. But he may have left the people to die of hypothermia.

The issue continues establishing Bobby for new readers and tying up loose ends which haven’t been discussed in some time. I can’t help but think Kitty had been brewing on this for awhile, coordinating with the X-Men to back off the next mission. That way she could trap Bobby in a plane to get things off her chest. Their conversation was much needed, makes you realize how much time had passed since the two were in the same room together.

Why Zach thought he’d be able to shack up in an appliance warehouse without any being upset didn’t make sense to me. It wasn’t clear if he needed to feed off the appliances for his health or just wanting to use the store to break everything and move on to the next store? Just a bit confusing when trying to get a grasp of him.

My eyes weren’t scarred by the art, unlike after reading the first issue. Although there was an inconsistency between art trade off. This was a huge improvement and shows progress in the right direction. 

I don’t mind the 90’s vibe I get from reading this issue. There’s still not much here to get excited for. But Sina Grace seems to have a beginning and end in mind to his vision of the character.

Not going into it much here. But the dialogue where Bobby replies to Kitty saying “ninja, please” was unsettling and didn’t fit. While he was referencing the once Shadowcat, the comment was out a place and should have been caught by the editorial team. The line could have been more affected by a different scene. For new readers of color, not familiar with the reference could take it offensively and likely be thrown off as well.  Unfortunately,   this reflects my score below.

Bits and Pieces:

Sina Grace does a good job of introducing new readers to Bobby Drake and at the same time closing chapters of his past. The main plot with Zach is lackluster, only there to get both Bobby and Kitty in the same room to clear the air. It's to bad editorial didn't comb over this book for any wonky dialogue that could come off-putting to certain readers.


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