Gay Superhero to Wed Next Month

by Ryan on May 22, 2012

in Anything Else,Culture,Media,New York City,Nostalgia,Politics,Pop Culture

DC Comics’ Northstar is going to marry his long-time boyfriend in New York City in the June 20th release of “Astonishing X-Men.”  Northstar’s alter-ego happens to be Canadian, if that means anything.

The comic universe has often been in the biz of latching onto identity politics and going with stories of tragically misunderstood people with unique talents.  Watching the Internet buzz with speculation over whether or not Batman or even Superman would be “coming out” was pretty hilarious.  I understand all the jumping to conclusions — it wouldn’t be the first time an author changed a major figure in their work in an attempt to cater to a politically correct victim-status demographic du jour.

The market moves and at the end of the day that’s a good thing, even if I have no interest in buying the comic.  I didn’t even know who Northstar was until today.  Yet, the more we alter its meaning the more we diminish marriage.  In that sense, this is one more small brick missing from the wall holding together our culture’s sense of common values.

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afr52 May 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Last time I looked, Marvel Comics published “X-Men”, not DC Comics. Northstar has been gay for many, many years in Marvel Comics, while DC Comics is finally recognizing how many gay readers they have and are now jumping on the gay bandwagon to rake in that cash…

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Danny Smith May 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Some of those comments over at dailymail.co.uk are painful to read. Did these people stop going to school aged 8 or 9?

I’m actually quite surprised that in 2012 the “news” that a fictional character is going to be scripted as being gay created such levels of distress amongst fully grown adults that they felt compelled to go online on various forums and blogs and declare their irrational hatred for “creatives”, “liberals” and DC Comics.

It’s as if Stephen King were to to announce his next major novel would feature a black female lead character and thousands of adults then went online to share their view that Stephen King had finally gone too far and that his publisher is going to be boycotted as they’ve done something quite terrible.

Btw, When you write:
“The comic universe has often been in the biz of latching onto identity politics”

Do you actually mean that people producing entertainment for human beings (plays, books, film scripts, TV drama, animation, art, video games etc) have always wanted to incorporate all sorts of situations, people, environments and themes into their work but now the phrase “identity politics” can be randomly assigned to any piece of work that has characters or plot lines that deviate from a totally imaginary “norm”?

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Ryan May 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

@ afr52: you’re right, X-Men is Marvel — some of yesterday’s early stories believed that it was a DC announcement and many stories heavily cited DC heroes. Unfortunately that tainted my focus while writing the post. Thanks for the clarification.

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