Welcome to the 2021 A to Z Challenge! My theme this year is DC Comics. And that’s mostly because of my undying affection for the comic book characters and stories that I grew up reading in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. So stay tuned all month to (maybe) learn a little something about 26 corners of the DC Multiverse.
Surprisingly enough, there are not too many characters in the DC Universe whose names begin with the I. I could only come up with the one. I thought about possibly discussing Intergang, which is more of group than an individual. So Ice it is.
I will now confess that I don’t actually know a lot about Ice. I don’t know her origin. I don’t know what happened to her beyond the early 90s. I’m not sure if she’s still alive or if her character was killed off. If she was killed off, there’s a very good chance that she was brought back to life. Because comics.
Here’s what I know…
Ice’s real name is Tora. I’m fairly certain she has a Scandinavian background, but don’t quote me on that. Her powers are, spoiler alert, ice related.
The only reason I really know of this character’s existence is because of her involvement with the Justice League of the late 80s and early 90s, also known in some circles as the Justice League International. They were also the Justice League of America… I kind of feel like those team titles were interchangeable in those days. Anyway, this is the version of the team that saw Superman as their leader and were taken down by Doomsday just before Superman’s death.
Ice had a very obvious crush on the Man of Steel, much to the annoyance of former Green Lantern Guy Gardner, who was madly in love with Ice. Love stinks. Yeah, yeah. I’m pretty sure Guy’s affections for Ice were one-sided. They definitely were during Superman’s time with the League at that point. Not sure if there was an actual relationship between the two in earlier issues of Justice League of America.
Ice was often paired with Fire, who was another female member of the League who was a lot like Marvel’s Human Torch, except that her body was covered in green flame rather than the typical orange or yellow. They were paired together because… well… it just makes sense, doesn’t it? Fire and Ice? You get it.
Ice had a hard time with things when Superman died, but I’m pretty sure she continued with the League for a while. Though I can’t tell you that for certain. I lost interest in that version of the Justice League when Superman was no longer involved.
And that’s pretty much the extent of my knowledge of the character called Ice.
Have you ever heard of Ice? Would you have preferred that I talk about a different Ice? Like Vanilla Ice? Ice T? Ice Cube? Or should I have focused on water in its solid form? Let me know what you think down in the comments!