2013: The Year of Iceman
Websites across the Internet are all doing their year-end wrap-ups right about now, and while mine is coming, I wanted to first take a special moment to praise the standout comic book character of the year: Iceman!
There were a ton of great comics released this year, and I’m sure everyone has their favorites, but I don’t think any comic book character had a better year than this frigid freedom fighter!
I have always been a huge Iceman fan, and there have been times when the character was just flat-out ignored for some reason or another. But ever since the early 00s, Iceman has been a tried and true background member of the X-Men. And all of that hard work and effort paid off in spades this year. Iceman appears in almost half of the various X-books, and while he’s usually still just a background supporting character, he has become the go-to guy for light-hearted humor and character.
The X-Men are serious business, but Iceman always keeps things chill.
Join me after the jump for some of Iceman’s finest moments this year!
The super train to popular town started last year, when Iceman became one of the prominent teachers in Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men comic. Focusing on the new Jean Grey School, Wolverine and the X-Men positioned Iceman as the cool teacher, and it started off by giving him a power upgrade and the ability to create fully independent ice clones of himself. Pretty snazzy.
But it wasn’t until this year when Iceman really came into his own, in part because he was dropped into the series’ big romantic storyline. Who ever saw Iceman and Kitty Pryde getting together?
Iceman has almost always been a class clown type of character. But 2013 really saw him rise up as the funniest character in the X-Men. And considering Aaron’s taste for wacky X-Men adventures, Iceman was perfect for what he had in mind.
Of course, the year wasn’t all comedy for this climate clown. Iceman was also one of the stars of the short-lived, under-the-radar Astonishing X-Men. Focusing on a handful of X-Men and their daily lives in New York City, Astonishing X-Men decided to focus its big, summer story around Iceman, when he came under the influence of the evil Apocalypse Seed, blanketed Manhattan in ice and turned into a his own version of a frost giant.
He also stepped on Wolverine. Good times were had by all.
What’s with all the giant Icemen?
Though that story did end on a real downer note. So I suppose it’s a good thing nobody read Astonishing X-Men. Iceman is much more fun as the wacky prankster, not the sullen, doom-laden pseudo-villain. Still, he got to step on Wolverine, and that’s just classic.
Of course, Iceman didn’t have to carry the year alone. He had help from Iceman!
In Brian Michael Bendis’ All-New X-Men, the younger, teenage Iceman time-traveled from the past to the present day with his fellow original X-Men. And while most of them have been struggling with the drama of the present day, Young Iceman has been a bundle of laughs.
Determined to squeeze every last moment of fun out of the year, Iceman has also returned as one of the stars of Jason Aaron’s new Amazing X-Men. You’d think it would be more of the same as Wolverine and the X-Men, but both Aaron and Iceman have stepped up their game.
And of course, along came the piece de resistance: Battle of the Atom! In the X-Men’s big, 50th anniversary spectacular adventure, we got four – count’em, four! – different Icemen sharing the comic book page. We had regular Iceman, we had young Iceman, we had old, bearded, wizardy Iceman and we had big, hulking brutish Iceman!
And the series ended with one of the best lines ever uttered by a time-displaced X-Man to his younger self.
So as you can see, 2013 was definitely the year of Iceman. He’s paid his dues as a supporting character all these years, and now he has fully come into his own. He was one half of the hottest X-couple of the year. He got to step on Wolverine. He was the special treat in the big time-traveling adventure. And he’s the comedy golden boy in nearly half a dozen different x-books. Iceman has never been as popular as Wolverine, but he’s always been there as a solid, stalwart, always entertaining member of the X-Men.
And 2013 was the year the Iceman comethed!