Green Lantern Alan Scott Likely New Gay DC Character
The Advocate reports:
The original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, is reportedly the DC Comics character who will be reintroduced as gay.
Bleeding Cool blogger Rich Johnson reports that after he heard that information from other sources, “a much stronger source” at the Phoenix Comic Con told him it is definitely Alan Scott. Still, Johnson offers the caveat, “I could be wrong.”
The character, introduced in 1940, appeared briefly in the first issue of DC’s new series Earth 2.Johnson advises fans to “start queuing up” for the second issue “right about now.”
Up, Up and Out of the Closet
The Advocate reports:
DC Comics grabbed headlines last June when the company announced its entire line of comic books would be overhauled with 52 all-new #1 issues in September. Not only would iconic characters such as Superman and Wonder Woman restart with a fresh number, but costumes and origins for the entire universe of characters would be updated as well.
The company has also taken advantage of the relaunch to establish a wider range of diversity, introducing several LGBT characters in their own titles. Apollo and Midnighter, a gay superhero couple who previously existed in DC’s alternate Wildstorm line of comics, have been incorporated into the company’s main cast of characters. They will join lesbians Batwoman, The Question, and the bisexual African-American superhero Voodoo in DC’s new universe.
DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio provided The Advocate with some insight into the new DC Universe and what we can expect to see from its expanding cast of LGBT characters.
Apollo & Midnighter
Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship
In the 900th issue of Action Comics, Superman renounces his American citizenship after a “clash” with the federal government. GOP flacks are outraged. Outraged, I tells ya!
- “Besides being riddled with a blatant lack of patriotism, and respect for our country, Superman’s current creators are belittling the United States as a whole. By denouncing his citizenship, Superman becomes an eerie metaphor for the current economic and power status the country holds worldwide,” Hollywood publicist and GOP activist Angie Meyer told Fox.
Wired weighs in:
- In an age rife with immigration paranoia, it’s refreshing to see an alien refugee tell the United States that it’s as important to him as any other country on Earth — which in turn is as important to Superman as any other planet in the multiverse. The genius of Superman is that he belongs to everyone, for the dual purposes of peace and protection. He’s above ephemeral geopolitics and nationalist concerns, a universal agent unlike any other found in pop culture.
So, is he now a French socialist with Health Care? Outrageous!