The Icicle(pop culture)
Dr. Joar Mahkent began his life as a criminal by faking his own death in a story in All-American Comics #90 (1947). He then kills the man who tries to steal his “cold ray gun” invention, taking his victim's place after plastic surgery. Beginning a long criminal career calling himself “the Icicle,” Mahkent often fought the Golden Age (1938–1954) Green Lantern (Alan Scott), and joined the second Injustice Society. Mahkent, more than most such criminals, frequently worked as a villain for hire, implementing the schemes of those who employed him, implying that his motivation was financial rather than ideological. Mahkent later retired, but emerged from retirement to fight the reformed Justice Society of America as one of the Crime Champions during the battle that has become known as “Crisis on Earth- One” and “Crisis on Earth-Two” (Justice League of America #21–#22, 1963). Finally he returned to his initial career as an inventor and achieved wealth. Mahkent died during the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline of 1986, but his son Cameron assumed the identity of the Icicle, and joined the current Injustice Society (JSA #10, 2000), joining forces with Shiv, Geomancer, Count Vertigo, Killer Wasp, Blackbriar Thorn, and Tigress under the leadership of Johnny Sorrow. Though they were defeated by Wildcat, Johnny Sorrow teleported them away before they could be incarcerated. Given that his own father shunned his condition as an albino, which the younger Mahkent blames on the JSA, his reasons for becoming the Icicle are probably not fully understood, even by him. In the 2000s he appeared in JSA #37 (2002), in the continuity titled “Stealing Thunder” by David Goyer & Geoff Jones, Leonard Kirk, and Keith Champagne, in which he was offered the chance to reform, but refused. The original Icicle wielded his creation, the cold ray gun, which was capable of generating extremely low temperatures with great speed. The current Icicle has somehow become imbued with a biological version of the sub-zero capabilities of his father's cold-ray gun, and can freeze objects with a touch.
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