A big item in the news lately is gay and gay superheroes. I posted on my facebook page about supporting positive depictions of gay people with my dollars, and I meant that. It’s going to look different for different people (I’m not planning on going clothes shopping anytime soon, but if I do I will definitely consider going to JC Penny). I probably won’t buy Astonishing X-Men beyond the wedding issue, because it’s not my kind of comic.
However, I probably will buy Earth 2 in the future. I was really impressed with the first two issues. The whole creative team did a really wonderful job
immersing me in Earth 2 in a very short amount of time. I was invested and intrigued and I can’t wait to read more.
Now, do I think it’s a cop-out for the gay character DC has been hyping to be Alan Scott in an alternate universe as opposed to say, Superman? No. He’s still an important character and I thought he was introduced well. It’s important that we analyze these moves and see how they reflect our culture (I wasn’t a huge fan of his boyfriend being termed “his friend”), but we also need to allow these things to happen naturally and not analyze them to the point that we diminish their positive impact.
Yay gay superheroes!
Nathan Hathaway Adams