By Ben Chabala
Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.
This week, to tie in with the awesome X-MEN ORIGINS: ICEMAN #1, we've got five super cool issues starring the sub-zero X-Man ready for you to read. Think you're cool? Let Bobby Drake teach you a thing or two!
It's Iceman all alone against the maniacal might of Magneto! The X-Men's most devious foe has escaped the alien Stranger and returned to wreak his vengeance on Charles Xavier's young wards. Alas, not even the combined strength of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, and Professor X can stop the mad mutant, as they soon find themselves floating helplessly into the substratosphere. Only Iceman stands between Magneto and the destruction of humanity, and Bobby just got out of the hospital! Can the X-Men's youngest member put a stop to the Master of Magnetism's plans or will he melt under the pressure?
Just when Bobby Drake and Warren Worthington the III thought their heroing days were over, the campus of U.C.L.A. comes under attack by an entire host of entities ripped straight from Greek mythology! While the former X-Men subdue a host of angry harpies, other heroes similary spring into action. Soon the Black Widow, Ghost Rider, and Hercules find themeselves fighting alongside Iceman and Angel against what seems to be an invasion by the entire Greek Pantheon. It's the first issue of one of Marvel's strangest teams ever and you don't want to miss out on all the action!
When Jean Grey mysteriously returns, to life the original X-Men reunite to form a new team, X-Factor. Under the guise of a mutant-hunting task force, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, and Iceman fight and protect their own kind without revealing their own genetic gifts, endearing them to the public and allowing them to carry out their agenda and further Xavier's dream. But can even Iceman keep things cool when young Rusty Collins loses control of his fire-generating abilities?
What do you when you take the Human Torch and Iceman, make them judges for a beauty pageant, and throw in a super villain named Zzzax? Sounds like a recipe for disaster! If the hotheaded Torch and equally angry Iceman can't find a way to work together, the minds of several pretty teenage girls will disappear forever. Can the sub-zero Bobby Drake and supernova Johnny Storm put aside their obvious temperature differences and save the day or will the Miss Teeny Teen Pageant face a shocking and permanent end?
There's nothing wrong with Bobby Drake being cold; the man's genetic x-factor allows him to transform into living ice, hence his alias, Iceman. However, he shouldn't ever actually feel cold, and there's definitely something wrong when he gets so frigid he feels like he's dying. But when Beast sends a Blackbird to pick him up, the real trouble starts. And by trouble, we mean Mystique. With Bobby's powers on the fritz, will he survive her attack? Also featured in this issue: tales of Tabitha Smith, a.k.a. Boom Boom, and Karma for your reading pleasure!
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