There’s more to the Mahkent family in DC Comics than just the father-son Icicle duo. Let’s explore them at length.
It’s no secret that we love the Icicle family on DC’s Stargirl. The Mahkents are fascinating and yet, a mystery from the little we have seen of them. However, there is so much more to this kinship than you may think. As we wait for more information on how Cameron, Sofus, and Lily will play into Season 2, we thought we’d dive into the genealogy from different aspects of this very icy group of individuals.
Before we begin, the aspects we’ll be covering will include:
- DC Comics
- Young Justice
We also wanted to mention our origins explanations of the characters will NOT be in full detail. There will be just enough information to get the point across.
From The Pages Of DC Comics
The appearance of the original Icicle, Joar Mahkent came in the 90th issue of All-American Comics in October 1942 and was created by Robert Kanigher and Irwin Hasen and was an enemy of Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern.
Joar was a European physicist who started investigating why a luxury boat had become frozen in the middle of Gotham Harbor. Scott arrived on the scene and was greeted by the startling sight of Doctor Mahkent dead in his room of a gunshot wound. The superhero believed that he’d become the victim of Lanky Leeds, a criminal who had been on the same vessel at the same time.
However, sometime later it was revealed by Green Lantern that Joar was in fact Icicle, a masked villain who had killed Leeds and had disguised the body as his own.
Joar later went on to join the second version of the Injustice Society of America alongside The Wizard, William Zard. Mahkent’s weapon of choice as Icicle was a cold ray that would later affect his genes, allowing his son, Cameron to have ice powers rather than the need to use the gun.
Icicle would meet his demise during Crisis on Infinite Earths when he and a series of other supervillains attempt (and fail) to raid a laboratory.
Cameron Mahkent was introduced to DC Comics almost forty years after the introduction of his father, Joar. Making his debut in Infinity Inc issue #34 in January 1987, the second Icicle was created by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, and Todd McFarlane.
The polar opposite to his father, Cameron was born to Joar Mahkent and an unknown woman who died in childbirth leaving her son to be raised by his father.
Due to his father’s overexposure to his cold gun, Cameron’s genetics were altered upon conception so he had no need for a weapon when he was in the field as a supervillain.
Because of his genetic makeup, Cameron appeared to be albino and had the ability to lower the temperature in a room and freeze people and objects. His relationship with his father wasn’t exactly great and when he took on the mantle of Icicle, he didn’t do it to honour his father. However to differentiate between the two villains the suffix Jr was used for the younger Mahkent.
Cameron had his own agenda. He joined the Wizard’s Injustice Unlimited but also followed his father’s lead in joining another version of the Injustice Society as well as the Injustice League, The Society, and the Suicide Squad.
As Cameron’s appearances have gone on across the years, he has been romantically linked to the daughter of Paula Brooks/Huntress/Tigress and Lawerence Crock/Sportsmaster, Artemis Crock. In recent years, they married and had a daughter, Isabelle Rose Mahkent.
James Christie was a grandchild of Joar Mahkent. Making his first appearance in The Flash Vol 2 #56 released in November 1991 and created by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque.
Existing in the New Earth continuity, Christie took on his grandfather’s mantle of Icicle and became a supervillain. His sister, Doyle also took on the moniker but she chosen to try and redeem the title by becoming a hero. Cameron is his uncle.
Doyle Christie was introduced in The Flash Vol 2 #56 released in November 1991, the same issue as her brother, James. She too is a grandchild of Joar Mahkent. Unlike the rest of her family, she chose to redeem the Icicle mantle and became a hero.
The female Icicle became a known ally of Wally West, who had taken over his uncle’s mantle as The Flash and resided in Keystone City.
There’s not a lot of information on the Christie siblings or their association with their villainous grandfather. Cameron is her uncle.
Born Isabelle Rose Mahkent to Cameron, the second Icicle and Artemis Crock, the third Tigress. She was born in JSA All-Stars #11 released in December 2010.
There’s not a lot of information about Isabelle outside of the fact her father was terrified of being a parent. Whether Cameron was afraid of being the type of parent to his daughter his father was to him is up for debate.
Other Icicle Relatives
- Artemis Crock/Tigress – Cameron’s wife and Isabelle’s mother
- Paula Brooks/Huntress/Tigress – Cameron’s mother-in-law, Artemis’ mother, and Isabelle’s maternal grandmother
- Lawrence Crock/Crusher/Sportsmaster – Cameron’s father-in-law, Artemis’ father and Isabelle’s maternal grandfather
- Donald Mahkent – Cameron’s stepbrother
- Annie MacDonald – Joar’s wife, grandmother of James and Doyle – Unclear relationship to Cameron
Joar, who was a hitman, ended up in a coma while Cameron was an assassin for hire. The elder Mahkent ended up dying while his son’s status is unknown.
Both Mahkents were born with their powers of Cryokinesis with Cameron’s mother dying of hypothermia upon the birth of her son.
The relationship between the pair was considered close. Cameron wanted revenge on the JSA for putting his father in a coma.
In conclusion, the second Icicle murdered the Sylvester Pemberton/Star-Spangled Kid as well as Wesley Dodds/Sandman. He also targeted Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl, the student of the Star Spangled Kid. Cameron almost succeed in killing her but Oliver Queen/Green Arrow put a stop to him.
The father and son Icicle duo were included in the animated series, Young Justice. Introduced in Season 1, Cameron and Joar are inmates at Belle Reve. They’re referred to as Icicle Sr and Icicle Jr, respectively.
Cameron has more of a role in the series than his father who only appears in two episodes of Season 1. He crushes on Miss Martian, not knowing that she’s disguised before seeing her kiss Superboy. At first, he is horrified that she’s making out with her ‘brother’. Though he soon realises that’s not the case at all. He, much like his comic counterpart was born with his powers while his dad has a weapon.
Junior’s character design changes massively between seasons 1 and 3. He is also much more likeable as he interacts with the heroes before he tries taking them down.
Between Young Justice and Smallville, YJ has the most accurate depiction of Joar and Cameron’s relationship.
The Icicle depiction in the new series, Stargirl was altered to give the Mahkents a fresh new take. Joar is renamed Jordan and is of Norwegian descent. His parents, Sofus and Lily migrated to the United States to give their son a better life.
Jordan marries to a woman named Christine who ends up developing cancer. With her, he became the father of their only child, Cameron. Upon his wife’s death, the elder Mahkent leaves his grieving son in the care of Lily and Sofus as he goes in search of the people responsible.
Despite coming in and out of his child’s life, Jordan’s main focus is ensure his son grows up safe. He also hides his powers from Cameron and his leadership of the Injustice Society.
Cameron is quiet and reserved with a talent for art, a trait he inherited from Christine. Despite keeping to himself, he cheers up his classmates as seen when he paints Yolanda’s locker.
New student Courtney Whitmore gains Cameron’s attention when she lies to Joey Zarick about his card trick. This develops into a crush on both ends.
As for his powers, Cameron has not yet come into them. Nor is he aware of his father’s status as Icicle. However, a hint of his pending abilities occurs on his mother’s birthday eight years after her death.
Stargirl: Moving Forward
Cameron’s story in Stargirl is far from over. Despite his father’s demise at the end of Season 1, there is every chance that the budding artist will struggle. This may cause his powers to manifest at a faster rate just as Henry Junior’s did as he deals with his grief.
Without a doubt, the truth surrounding Jordan’s death is bound to get out. This may lead to Cameron’s relationship with Courtney being forever altered as a result. After all, it was Mike who killed his father.
It has been teased that Cameron’s role will be much larger in Season 2, but how much is anyone’s guess. Actor Hunter Sansone has already teased a new look for the character.
What this could mean for Babycicle (Hunter’s words, not ours) is up for debate. But we have no doubt that he may have to choose between finishing his father’s mission or following his heart.
His journey may be one we don’t expect. Perhaps he does a Killer Frost and goes evil for a bit before becoming an antihero and then the hero.
If he goes through a massive journey, will he be able to forgive Courtney for keeping such a big secret from him? Our bets are on ‘probably not’ and it ruins the dynamic they have going. Will he take on the Icicle mantle? Finally, we’re betting he does but not in the way we think.
The Icicle Relationship
Moving away from the Stargirl version of the Icicle family, we need to examine the relationship between Cameron and Joar. According to a breakdown by Looper, there is a big difference between the two villains.
Joar isn’t much a father. If Cameron’s quote in the comic Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E indicates anything, it’s he’s not much of a villain either. In that story we don’t know his status outside of his son’s reference. It’s also clear the younger Icicle takes no pleasure in mentioning his old man. Though, Junior mentions something about his dad being a bank robber.
Clearly, Cameron sees himself as more superior. From what we’ve read, he takes the ‘Icicle’ mantle for himself. This has nothing to do with Joar. It’s to show who the ultimate villain is.