His weakness is what?

Hi friends. Come on in. Have a seat.

Today, we’re talking about gay characters in comic books.

You see, DC Comics introduced a gay character in last week’s Earth 2 issue 2. Prior to the reveal, DC promised it would be one of their “iconic” characters people hadn’t seen since the New 52 relaunch. The speculation was wide. Everyone from Batman to Batman was posited as being the gay character. DC was competing with Marvel, who were about to release a comic featuring the first marriage between two gay characters (even though it wasn’t ), and no one knew what to expect from DC’s reveal.

Well, the character certainly was iconic. It was revealed to be Green Lantern. No, not the one from the movie with Ryan Reynolds. No, not the one from the Justice League cartoon. No, not the giant pink monster or the squirrel.

It was Alan Scott, Green Lantern from Earth 2. Prior to the reboot, he was the Green Lantern from the Golden Age, back in the ’40s and ’50s. A man who, until the reboot, closely resembled my grandfather. He’s not even a real Green Lantern as most people understand them. He got his powers from a magic meteor or some other Golden Age nonsense.

Iconic? Sort of. He’s a Green Lantern, I guess, and even though no one outside of comic circles has heard of him before, and he’s from an alternate universe, I guess he qualifies as iconic. But it just feels cheap to me. In a universe with dozens of sidekicks (there are at least four Robins), Amazon warriors (from an island full of women), and hundreds of other characters, a character from Earth 2 was as daring as they could be?

Lame, DC Comics. Not that you tried to bring some diversity into your universe, but that you weren’t brave enough to make it happen in the universe people care about, with a character people have actually heard of. You want to make one of your marquee-level characters gay? That’s big news. That’s “iconic.” You want to make a random character on a random book gay? That’s not iconic. That shouldn’t even be news. That sort of diversity and inclusiveness should be expected in 2012.


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