Since the relaunch of his solo series, Bobby Drake has embarked on a couple of entertaining and spontaneous adventures. From the investigation into the disappearance of Morlocks to an unexpected alliance with none other than Emma Frost, ICEMAN has given us plenty of promising tales. Now, in ICEMAN #3, those adventures continue with some familiar faces.

Firestar and Spider-Man join Iceman on his latest mission as they battle a mysterious monster made of ice, reuniting the trio featured in the 1980s animated series SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS.

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With that being said, ICEMAN #3 definitely upholds a nostalgic factor. However, it unfortunately proves to be an uneven, depthless work that obstructs the momentum the series maintained thus far.

Three’s a Crowd

ICEMAN #3 opens up with each of our three titular heroes enjoying lunch dates. As Bobby finds himself on a pleasant date with a guy named Carlos, Angelica Jones struggles to find something in common with her date, Dirk. Meanwhile, your friendly neighborhood Peter Parker revels in the company of none other than Mary Jane Watson.

Now, in true superhero fashion, an unexpected threat interrupts the three dates. An ice monster has begun to cause chaos in the streets and terrorize civilians. So, the three heroes jump into the action together as Iceman, Firestar, and Spider-Man. Quickly, the three end up defeating the monster, whose identity turns out to be that of the missing Morlock from ICEMAN #1. Interestingly, his actions seem to be a result of mind control. However, the police proceed to take him into custody anyway.

So, Iceman vows to break him out and get to the bottom of what really happened to the missing Morlock.

Ultimately, ICEMAN #3 detracts greatly from the strength of the series thus far. With no allusions to the overlying arc involving Mr. Sinister in addition to a lack of plot and character development, the issue suffers immensely. Yes, seeing Iceman, Firestar, and Spider-Man team up and even talk about their personal lives was a nice inclusion. However, much of their dialogue came across as superficial.

Consequently, I wish their team up got more focus than a prolonged battle sequence. I believe more centralization on the three’s friendship would have benefited ICEMAN #3 since it would have given readers more to engage with.

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The Many Hues of ICEMAN #3

Unfortunately, the artwork has been a weaker point of this ICEMAN run so far. In this issue though, the imagery comprises more of a mix between positives and negative aspects. The first few pages exemplify a light-hearted nature, paralleling our superheroes’ enjoyment of a conventional, human day.

As a result, Federico Blee’s colors are jovial and vibrant, truly elevating the tone of the overarching series that was already relatively light. Thus, upon the first pages, we immediately become aware that this issue will be different from its predecessors, and that is quite refreshing.

There is a nostalgic factor to this issue that brings on a new energy. However, the illustrations that depict that nostalgia fall onto the weaker side. Similar to the faults of ICEMAN #3’s predecessors, this issue suffers from a great lack of detail. Many of the characters’ portrayal does not seem cohesive.

Therefore, many of the panels throughout this issue seem rushed, which is of course a great and utter letdown.

What Lies Beyond

ICEMAN #3 had a lot of potential. Though it deviates from the greater arc of the series so far, it does bring together an iconic trio of heroes. Because of that potential, it is incredibly underwhelming that the heroes’ adventure fell so flat. With a lack of genuine plot development, the issue struggles to feel significant in any capacity.

Thus, it comes across as filler and not much more.

Of course, the state of this issue is not necessarily indicative of what lies ahead for the series. So, hopefully, upcoming issues pick up the series’ pace and bring us back into the fray.

ICEMAN #3 by Sina Grace, Nathan Stockman, Federico Blee, & Joe Sabino
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ICEMAN #3 greatly slows the momentum of the series thus far. Hopefully, upcoming issues pick up the pace to reinvigorate Bobby Drake's adventures.
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