May 23, 2012

DC to "out" major character as gay

As you may have heard about by now, DC Comics, in what only be rationally explained as a cheap publicity stunt, has announced that one of its "iconic" characters will come out of the closet. The question remains -- who will it be? And, does anyone really care? DC has made known only that it's a "major" character and a male.

You can most probably forget about it being DC's most iconic -- Superman or Batman. Not to mention, what DC considers "major" and "iconic" doesn't necessarily mean he's such to you or me. Robot 6 notes that all of DC's clues about him seem to indicate it's a character who "hasnít yet appeared in the New 52" which to me, then, means he's he's indeed neither "major" nor "iconic."

Newsarama notes that Northstar, the Canadian mutant who now is apparently a member of the X-Men, will marry his partner in issue #51 of Astonishing X-Men. Erroneously, however, writer Vaneta Rogers says this is a superhero "first." But DC's openly gay Midnighter and Apollo of the super-team The Authority tied the knot about a decade prior. Northstar came out back in 1992, but his homosexuality was hinted at a decade before that in the early days of the Alpha Flight book. Creator John Byrne, in part of Northstar's origin story, had James Hudson, aka Alpha Flight leader Guardian, tell him (and I'm paraphrasing from memory here ... that 1984 issue is buried in a long box in my basement) "You had it all -- money, fame, girls ... but the girls didn't really interest you much."

At any rate, like major character "deaths" in comics these day, I could really care less about all this stuff.

Posted by Hube at May 23, 2012 04:06 PM | TrackBack

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But here's the interesting twist, Hube: When they kill off some hero we all know it's not forever, right? Death is always reversible in the superhero world.

But what about sexuality? If death is any guide, sexuality will also be reversible, and in two or three years if it doesn't work out, Batman (or whoever) will cease lusting after his young ward once again.

Bet me they won't undo sexuality as easily as they undo death.

Posted by: Steve Newton at May 23, 2012 07:06 PM

Bet me they won't undo sexuality as easily as they undo death.

No way, boss. Ain't taking that bet. ;-)

Posted by: Hube at May 23, 2012 07:11 PM

Yeah, it's just another lame publicity stunt from a major comics company.

Posted by: Carl at May 24, 2012 02:42 AM