I don’t think I’ve written about my love for one of DC’s sweetest souls (and if I have I’m unrepentant about doing it again) but I adore Ice. As I’ve pointed out before it was JLI that got me back into comics and of course Tora was a character I was unfamiliar with at the time.
At first she seemed naive and out-of-place. And my first impression was of a slightly two-dimensional character of convenience. But her empathy and sensitivity was such a perfect fit in the JL sit-com that balanced humour with dark and all-too-human characters.
In fact I’d go so far to say that without her innocence and genuine love for nearly all things that the dynamic wouldn’t have really worked.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one whose heart occasionally went out to her idealism. We were all shocked at the initial Guy relationship and though we knew her crush on Superman would never go anywhere it was great to see real and logical emotions in that dynamic.
I actually cried when Tora was killed off. I was incredulous. Speechless. Angry. But mostly sad. She and J’onn were the heart and soul of the League. They should have been beyond death’s reach t all times. And yet…
They of course bought her back for a few cameos; Ghosts where she showed what a hero she always was and the JLI reunion (Can’t Believe It’s Not The Justice League) where Guy and Bea went to hell. But after awhile I gave up hope for her return. After all she wasn’t a heavy hitter and I wasn’t sure she was popular enough.
Then she was back. Birds of Prey (a title I hadn’t read till that point) saw my beloved Tora return to the land of the living quite unexpectedly. I think it was Gail Simone writing (so I’ll have to peel grapes for her or something when she comes Down Under) and once again I was speechless but this time in the best sort of way.
And she’s showing signs of growth in Generation Lost which just adds to it all. Welcome back Tora.