Diversity Hits Comic Book World; Marvel's Northstar To Get Gay Married Next Month
Now that President Obama has endorsed same-sex marriage, all bets are off--both Marvel and DC Comics are planning gay-themed events this summer.
On June 20, in Astonishing X-Men #51, Northstar will marry his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu. Northstar was originally a member of Canadian super-team Alpha Flight, and came out as gay in 1992.
This isn't the first time comic books have gotten gay-friendly. Numerous characters are gay, lesbian or transgendered. And back in 2002, Apollo and Midnighter were married in The Authority, published by DC's Wildstorm imprint. But this is still significant, since this isn't an imprint or alternate universe--it's one of the two top publishers featuring a gay marriage in one of its biggest titles.
Meanwhile, DC plans to out one of its established superheroes soon. No word yet on who it is, though Galleycat reports speculation pointing to Batman. Though I think that's bullshit of the highest order. It's a daring, exciting idea (and one I'd love to see, because, oh, the pandemonium in the geek community), but it's Batman. I doubt DC would risk shaking up their universe that much. Expect it to be a second-tier character like Booster Gold or Blue Beetle.
So, what do you think? Is this as a marketing ploy to take advantage of the political climate, or an important step toward normalizing the concept of same-sex marriage? Is it OK for it to be a little of both?
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