Issue(s): Iceman #1, Iceman #2, Iceman #3, Iceman #4
The cover of the first issue announces (embarrassingly) that "He's young.. he's on his own... he's out for a good time...". The series starts out with Iceman returning to his parents' home for his father's retirement party. He's concerned that his parents won't respect his decision to abandon accounting and return to super-heroing. This is potentially an interesting avenue to explore, but it's muddled with a newly introduced idea that Iceman has always had trouble making up his mind about what he wants to do with his life, and any sort of actual character development is abandoned in favor of Iceman getting attacked by a number of agents of a cosmic entity called Oblivion.
Iceman has fallen in love with the girl next door, Marge, but she turns out to actually be Mirage, the daughter of Oblivion.
Oblivion, who by definition has nothing...
...has been lonely, and that's why he created his daughter.
In the end, Mirage is merged into her father, Oblivion is subdued by Bobby's love for his parents, and Bobby's parents reconcile with Iceman's decision to be a super-hero. The Beast and Angel show up to take Iceman back to the Defenders.
In issue #1, we learn Iceman's ethnicity, for what it's worth: half Irish-Catholic, half Jewish.
I'm sure this sold well enough, but i doubt it really satisfied kids looking to see that cool guy from the Spider-Man cartoon fight some super-villains. Or maybe i'm just projecting.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Defenders #131-132. I had a little hesitation about that considering that the Beast was on a leave of absence from the Defenders beginning in issue #131. And with the ending of this series having Angel and the Beast show up claiming there's an emergency they need Iceman for, it didn't seem to fit well. But i was already speculating that the three ex X-Men either had an undocumented adventure or Iceman just asked his buddies to show up at his parents' house at a predetermined time to get him out of there in case his family reunion wasn't going so well. And Jay's comments below convinced me to go with the MCP placement. This does need to go after Dazzler: The Movie.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
The title to #2 refers to the John Lennon song.
I believe this Iceman mini-series was placed between Defenders 131 & 132 because 131 was the last issue featuring J.M. DeMatteis & Alan Kupperberg, it had Angel, Beast & Iceman together at the start of Beast's lecture tour in Brooklyn (Iceman's parents' home in Port Jefferson, Long Island isn't far) and Angel & Beast appear at the end of this mini-series without the rest of the Defenders (probably to "rescue" him from visiting his parents).
Iceman is going through a huge bout of self-doubt and low confidence here which works, considering his thoughts in the issues leading up to the bizarre and humiliating trouncing he received in Defenders 131.
In Defenders 132, he's shown to display much more confidence and, in fact, almost single-handedly destroys a dangerously mutated plant organism. His confidence remains high from that point on and to have him wallow in self-doubt between Defenders 135 & 136 seems very out of character.
Another minor placement clue may be in his vision of his teammates in Iceman #3, Gargoyle still has both of his hands which, by Defenders 135, one had been chopped off (and not yet regrown).
Hi Jay, thanks for the feedback. This is definitely subjective, but you've convinced me to move it. It helps bring me back in the line with the Marvel Chronology Project, too, which is a nice bonus. It did require me to move the Dazzler graphic novel but that doesn't seem to be a problem.
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