Growing up, I was truly a super-hero comic book fanatic. They were my escape.
Little did I know the allegories being taught and the messages being sent by heroic figures in those pages and pages of fantasy.
Fast forward to today, where a member of the X-Men, Bobby Drake (“Iceman”) is now openly gay and in a new issue, has a one-night stand with fire-powered super-mutant Simon Lasker, also known as “Pyro.”
I guess opposites really do attract.
In X-Men: Gold #32, Pyro is revealed exiting the bathroom announcing that the shower is free before adding, “Or, I could go back in if you want company.”
Drake hems and haws as he tries to tell Pyro, “I thought we agreed last night was a onetime thing.”
Pyro offers a cheeky, “Actually, if I’m counting right, last night was a three-time thing…”
Unfortunately, the super-heroes are then interrupted by a noise.
Iceman formally came out in 2015, during a time-travel episode that took him to the future to meet his older self.
In that story line, its the newly-out younger Bobby Drake that addresses the issue with his future, still-closeted self.
I know, I know, that time travel thing gets complicated.
In any case, here’s hoping Iceman works things out for something more permanent with Pryo.
Time will tell.
Issue No. 32 of X-Men: Gold hits stands July 18.
Like other comic book fans, several Twitter users were shook by the development:
this Pyro/Iceman development in the new X-Men Gold would have given teenage me a heart attack pic.twitter.com/wZBDAmO3WJ
— Collin (@collinsapera) July 15, 2018
Wow all of my childhood fantasies from the first X-Men film are coming true.
— Joe 🔜 SDCC (@ShadupJoe) July 15, 2018