As a younger man, Bobby Drake and the other members of Shadow X were taken in by Professor X and had their wills broken and turned into killers for their new master. Professor X and Shadow X killed all of the other paranormal beings in their native reality before coming to Earth-616 as a result of M-day. 
The members of Shadow X battled the super empowered group New Excalibur and were eventually defeated by them. Shadow X was sent to prison. In prison, they were contacted by members of Black Air who arranged for their release and they eventually met with the possible world conqueror, Albion to join forces.
Eventually the members of Shadow X were released from their mind control with the death of Professor X and they defected away from Black Air and Albion and teamed up with New Excalibur.
One by one the members of Shadow X were killed by the Shadow Captains until only Bobby remained. With his friends gone, he used his mutant powers to their fullest until he finally had nothing left to give and he died in battle.
Powers and Abilities
Robert Drake is a Mutant:
- Thermokinesis: Iceman is a mutant with the superhuman ability to lower his external and internal body temperature, projecting intense coldness from his body.
- Cryokinesis: Iceman can use his mutant ability to control moisture such as to freeze any air moisture into super-hard ice. This ice can be formed into any object of his choosing: the only limitations are his own imagination, and the ambient air temperature which determines how long his ice sculpture will stay icy. He does not have to hold the ice physically with his hands in order to shape it.
- Organic-Ice Form: Ability to not only cover his body with ice, but to actually become organic ice. In his ice form, he is able to use the moisture in the air to form spikes, shields and attach other extra appendages to his body.