Classification: Presumably extraterrestrial material of unspecified nature (see comments)
likely someone associated with Vonnegut 9 (see comments)
User/Possessors: Lila Cheney;
previous possessor (s) unrevealed;
assuming there are multiple such ice pellets, the other possessors are unrevealed
First Appearance: X-Factor I#110 (January, 1995)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: An Ice Pellet from
Vonnegut 9 generates extreme cold on contact over a relatively large
area within a few seconds or less. When objects or beings were rapidly
frozen, they became brittle.
Ice Pellets were
either inert until activated in some fashion, or perhaps were
maintained within some sort of containment capsule.
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, an Ice Pellet of Vonnegut 9 came into the possession of interstellar mutant Lila Cheney (who most likely stole them from parties unrevealed).
Lila kept a pellet handy in case she ever needed to freeze something quickly.
(X-Factor I#110) - After Lila tracked Jornik
(a thief who had looted her collection of materials she had stolen from
others) to his Madripoor base, she found him restraining her ally
Strong Guy (Guido Carosella) a Bretilian Bondar.
Noting how she thought of everything, she pulled out her Ice Pellet and
tossed it atop the Bondar, rendering its surface brittle and enabling
Guido to rapidly shatter it.
Comments: Created by John Francis Moore, Todd Dezago, Jan Duursema, and Al Milgrom.
It is unrevealed whether the ice
pellet was a pellet made of a special kind of ice with the freezing
properties, or it was a technological, chemical, magical, or other
energy-powered object that generated ice and/or extreme cold. We don't
know whether it was a single use object or whether it was good for a
few or many uses.
We don't know much many Ice
Pellets from Vonnegut 9 exist. Was this the only one? Is there a large
amount of ice that has been mined and distributed/sold?
Vonnegut 9 is presumably an homage
to American writer Kurt Vonnegut, known for his darkly satirical
novels, such Slaughterhouse-Five.
As pointed out by Donald Campbell, the 9 relates to the fictional substance Ice-Nine from his stories. You can find out more by Googling it, or check here.
As far as the in-story meaning, it seems likely that Vonnegut 9 is a planet or planetoid, but it could refer to some other location, such as a specific building or installation; or perhaps Vonnegut 9 is a being or something else. Maybe it's another name for Niffleheim...or Boreas (the Ice World of Ikthalon).
As the Ice Pellet was mentioned
and used in three panels, with 7 words of description, all we've got to
go with is what's shown in the three panels here.
Profile by Snood.
The Ice Pellet from Vonnegut 9 should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads):
X-Factor I#110, pg. 14, panel 5 (ice pellet in Lila's hand);
panel 6 (crystallizing Bondar);
panel 7 (brittle Bondar shattered by Guido)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
First posted: 01/15/2019
Last updated: 01/16/2019
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