When Icemaiden first appeared in-continuity as a member of the Global Guardians in the pages of Infinity Inc. she looked like this:
When Keith Giffen decided to add Icemaiden and Green Flame to the Justice League, Icemaiden looked like this. Gone was the blue skin, feathered hair, and Golden Glider-like costume. Icemaiden (soon to drop the “maiden” from her name) was now white and some sort of Norwegian goddess. A continuity glitch eventually forced DC writers to consider the Infinity Inc. version and the Justice League version two separate characters: Sigrid Nansen and Tora Olafsdotter.
Shortly after Tora’s poorly-conceived death at the hands of the Overmaster, Sigrid Nansen was re-introduced in a Justice League America storyline, wishing to take Ice’s place in the League, an idea Fire took to with the unhinged fervour of a borderline psychotic:
The trouble with Sigrid Nansen as a character wasn’t just that she was vaguely unlikable and a poor substitute for a stupidly-killed-off audience favourite; she was also manipulative and slightly evil. Here’s a sequence in which she decides the best way to counsel a grief-stricken friend is to dress up as their deceased loved one and offer to take their loved one’s place. Also, to execute this plan with as creepy a sexual undertone as possible:
In the following issue, Sigrid’s morally-questionable, explicitly horny armchair-psychotherapist routine continues for several more pages:
“That’s exactly what I hoped you’d say!” Sigrid announces when her discomfiting plan reaches its least-unsettling conclusion, though you get the impression she wouldn’t have minded if things had gone the other way.
Another thing about Sigrid: she’s bisexual. In case her previous none-too-subtle exchanges with Fire somehow went over readers’ heads, writer Gerard Jones has Icemaiden explain her orientation as though she were an experimental college freshman:
After Justice League America was cancelled in 1996 and relaunched as JLA the following year, Sigrid spent nearly a decade in comics limbo before surfacing in the pages of JSA Classified in 2007. She was re-introduced to audiences as a comatose body floating in a tank at S.T.A.R. labs. A comatose body missing its skin:
Sure, Sigrid needed to be rendered inactive in order to clear the path for Tora’s eventual return, but being the victim of an organ-harvesting supervillian was a hell of a way for her to go. The fun doesn’t stop there, however. The following issue of JSA Classified showcases the before-and-after of Sigrid’s mutilation:
Ick. An unceremonious send-off, to say the least. Also a giant continuity error, since Sigrid’s most defining characteristic is her blue skin. While many readers were happy to see her go, they probably would’ve preferred a more tasteful dispatch than this.