Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Big big news hit the interwebs yesterday. DC Comics has decided that keeping up with the times means keeping up with Marvel circa 1992 and they’re going to introduce a new gay character. More specifically they’re going to take an existing “major character” and retcon them out of the closet. Ordinarily this kind of revisionist history is the sort of thing that would grind my gears, but DC just rebooted their universe so technically none of these characters has a history that would conflict with an outing like this. The two ironic exceptions being Batman, who has a son and somehow managed to keep his history where he hooked up with most of his female cast of villains and Aquaman, who is actually married in the new 52.

I’m sure this will cause much gnashing of teeth with the conservative crowd. Comics are for kids, moral corruption, gay-Obama-marriage, Spider-Man can’t be Hispanic, etc. etc. The interesting thing here to me is that by making a big deal about this it shows how little DC actually cares about its current gay characters. I’m sure somewhere Batwoman is punching through the top of Ross Perot’s hat.




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