Idie and Michaela arrive at the X-Mansion just in time to see the chaos that has come down on the X-Men. They find Judah bleeding out in the foyer and Iceman and Daken, the Son of Wolverine, fighting it out across the mansion.
Meanwhile, many of the school’s younger students are fighting for their lives in the Danger Room, which has been powered up to a lethal level by Zach, aka Amp. He is working with Daken to mete out a petty grudge against Bobby Drake.
Iceman #10 brings this story to a conclusion in a climactic and satisfying manner. Iceman and Daken battle it out across the X-Mansion, with both parties using the full extent of their abilities. Daken has activated the Death Seed of Apocalypse, and Bobby is conjuring his ice constructs left and right to wear down the Son of Wolverine.
Both Daken and Amp are acting out on the instincts of a lover scorned. Daken’s cruel nihilism has taken the pain he feels at being turned down by Bobby to the Nth degree, and he is willing to burn down the X-Men to express is anger. Meanwhile, Zach is just angry that he didn’t really make any friends with the X-Men. It’s all the petty instincts of damaged people taken to a dangerous agree by their selfishness, which is a fairly uncommon representation of a villain. Sometimes it’s not about the size of the perceived wrong; sometimes it’s just about the kind of person who has been “wronged.”
The aforementioned fight is epic, with Robert Gill, Ed Tadeo, and Rachelle Rosenberg bringing it to life in a stunning manner. We get to see the full extent of both Bobby and Daken’s abilities, and it looks great thanks to this team.
Iceman #10 does drive its lesson about love and the importance of caring for others home a little hard. While I appreciate a comic like this sending out an important and oft-overlooked idea in this world. However, outright stating it, as this comic does, is a little corny.
Gill’s artwork is a nice balance of superhero cartoonishness and grit created by a nice balancing of line detailing. It’s never too gritty or too cartoony, and this is helped by the precise inkwork of Tadeo. Rosenberg is also very balanced, with the neon blue of Iceman and the black of Daken’s hair, pants, and tattoos clashing as they do across the pages. This perfectly fits the tone of the comic, and it all comes together incredibly well.
Iceman #10 is a well-meaning, fun, if slightly cheesy comic. Its lead is an ever-charming mainstay of the X-Men dealing with real-world problems manifest in super-powered smackdowns, and that is generally the bread-and-butter of a good Marvel comic. This one comes recommended. Check it out.
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