This Pride season will be extra cool thanks to Marvel, Luciano Vecchio, and gay X-Men icon Iceman.
We are proud to exclusively announce that just in time for Pride, Marvel is kicking off the Infinity Comics series Marvel’s Voices: Iceman #1 by queer writer and artist Luciano Vecchio.
Infinity Comics are special, in-universe comics from some of Marvel’s top creators that are formatted in a vertical format perfect for reading on phones and tablets. The four-part Marvel’s Voices: Iceman will roll out weekly on the Marvel Unlimited app.
The official description of the comic reads: “Bobby Drake has had a big year, and after helping terraform the entire planet of Mars, he’s out to explore what his Omega potential truly means. Kicking off Marvel Comics’ commemoration of Pride month, Marvel’s Voices: Iceman is a four-part series that celebrates life, love, and all the beautiful complications in between.”
It’s a wonderfully queer story that sees Iceman exploring his powers, his community, and his love life. It’s sure to be an immediate fan favorite for people who want a better look at Bobby Drake’s life.
Check out exclusive images and an interview with the creator below, and read the comic on the Marvel Unlimited app right now.
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Vecchio says that working on this comic was a “dream project.”
“As a queer creator, getting the chance to work as writer/artist on one of my favorite characters, and be part of the cultural conversation about queer rep in mainstream media with my own work, feels necessary and vital for me,” he says. “I had the chance before in the Marvel’s Voices specials to express my ideas about LGBTQ+ superheroes as a collective, and now I get to explore the individual experience of Iceman, which isn’t exchangeable to that of any other character," he adds. "We’re part of a collective but we’re also our own personal story and I loved making focus on Bobby’s.”
He added that writing such an indulgently queer story was fun, “organic,” and “effortless.”
“This is who the character is and the queerness is an integral part of his life, relations and worldview,” he says. “It’s just there, everywhere, even if the story explores other themes. It affects all aspects of social life, his love life, friendships, family, his role in society as a public figure, and even with the villains he crosses paths with. As it happens to us in real life!”
Overall, Vecchio wants queer readers to have a good time while reading the comic. “This is a comic that might touch deep issues but most of all it intends to be a fun and enjoyable read where we get to be the lead,” he says. “And while it doesn’t try by far to represent the whole LGBTQ+ spectrum, it is a comic honest to Iceman as a character and to me as a creator, and I hope that will make it accessible and enjoyable for any reader, regardless of identification.”
Marvel’s Voices: Iceman #1 is currently available on Marvel Unlimited.