I never really got why some people got annoyed about the reveal of Iceman being gay. I rather liked the news myself.

Yeah, he has dated the following women in the past; Judy Harmon, Zelda, Darkstar (Laynia Petrovna), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Annie Ghazikhanian, Shadowcat (Katherine Pryde), Mystique (Raven Darkholme), Opal Tanaka, and Mirage (Marge Smith). However, they all were either from when he was very young (sixteen-ish) or generally didn’t last long and ended badly. The story even gives an excuse for them, via Iceman’s own admitted self-denial and attempt to act straight.

I will admit, part of me wish it came sooner, so he could have been paired with Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier), since there was a slight mini-character plot over Northstar’s secret feelings for Iceman.

But oh well, I am still looking forward to see how this is taken and hopefully Marvel does not go back to being apprehensive again, like they tend to be with same-sex relationships. Hopefully its not another six-year long wait, like we had with Wiccan (William “Billy” Kaplan) and Hulking (Dorrek VIII / Theodore “Teddy” Altman), or anything worse…such as Marvel’s horrific handling of Freedom Ring (Curtis Doyle).

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I don’t have a problem with it either. I technically “could” have one because Bobby’s the only potential love interest not named Havok that Lorna’s been allowed to have with any exploration, but I think that history actually puts Lorna in a prime and unique position no other woman Iceman dated could match… if Marvel stopped sucking and made actual use of Polaris and her potential.

Polaris is the first woman older Iceman dated, and of the love interests Bobby had, Lorna is the earliest. Unlike the young Jean Grey, Lorna can verify young Iceman’s mannerisms and attitudes matching up with the older present day Iceman’s when he WAS young Iceman. Better yet, Lorna is in a prime position where she could serve as Iceman’s female mentor or support, in a similar way as Emma’s done with young Jean Grey (Lorna would’ve been good with young Jean too, but too late now).

There’s also Lorna’s comments about Iceman at the bachelorette party of her wedding that never panned out. There, Lorna says sex with Bobby is something you “endure.” The comment matches up well with the idea that Iceman was bad at it only because he was trying to force himself to act like he had romantic feelings for women he really didn’t have.

But, Marvel being Marvel, I guarantee we’ll instead see something like older Iceman filling the mentor role, and young Jean Grey or a random new character they create filling the gal pal role. Because Marvel hates Polaris and everything she has to offer for no good reason.

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