As we know that many of Marvel’s comic titles are coming to an end next month, to make way for their summer-long event, Secret Wars. This allows creators to change things up a bit, as we will find out if it sticks after the event. Although, I figure this will stay. When a guy has a series of flawed and doomed relationships, many people tend to think that he must be gay. That is not exactly true but in the pages of All-New X-Men #40, it is.
Bobby Drake has been Iceman since the series started back in the sixties. Many people eluded to the fact that he may be gay, well in the issue that is released today, Jean Grey calls him out on it. What I like about the leaked pages is that it is not done with major fanfare but very simply and quickly.
The information proves to be paradoxical, since the future version of himself is not. At least, that is how he is portraying himself. “How can my older self not be [gay] but I am?” Bobby asks. “Because maybe he couldn’t handle being a mutant and gay in a society that has issues with both? And one is easier to ‘put away’ than the other?”
“There are thousands if not millions of stories of people who, for many different reasons, felt the need to hide their sexuality,” “All-New X-Men” writer Brian Michael Bendis said to CBR. “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.”
All-New X-Men is one of the titles that is slated for cancellation when the series enters into Secret Wars. The series debuted back in 2012 with positive fanfare, giving the original X-Men a view into what the world and they will be in the future. Check out the sample of the two pages below: