Established DC Character to Come Out
Last weekend was the Kapow Comic Convention in London, England.
I don’t read any of her comics, but I feel like I’m on board with the thoughts of Jill Thompson (@thejillthompson) on Twitter this week:
But seriously-the new gay DC character should just b an excellent character & have good stories. That’s all. One day it won’t b such a big deal.
In my opinion, comics has had some jarring and uncomfortable attempts to introduce homosexual characters (2003′s Rawhide Kid, anyone?). More often than not, these characters have become two-dimensional stereotypes instead of comic book characters I’d be happy to show to any my gay friends.
Why does this have to be the case?
The exceptions in my mind are the relationship between Shatterstar and Rictor (as written by the very talented Peter David in X-Factor) and Hulkling and Wiccan (from Young Avengers written by Allan Heinberg).
I guess what I’m saying is, I find it’s a shame that with a list of gay comic book characters as long as my gorilla arms, there are only two cases of gay characters actually being strong characters in good stories.
It’s a shame that a good story with a gay character is not what I’m expecting from Dan DiDio’s announcement.