Marvel Comics recently announced that Northstar would be proposing to his long time partner in Astonishing X-Men. Shortly after that, DC Comics announced one of its male characters would be gay in their overall superhero reboot. Yesterday, they confirmed it would be Green Lantern Alan Scott. Specifically, he’s the solo Green Lantern of Earth 2. The art above is from next week’s issue (#2) of Earth 2.
Alan Scott has been around since the 1940s. He’s usually seen as a bit of an older superhero but for the reboot, he’s obviously young and very easy on the eyes. Newsarama talked to the writer of the new Earth 2, James Robinson (who incidentally brought the first male gay kiss to mainstream comics in 1998 in Starman), about the change. Here’s what he had to say:
As for why not just create a new gay character, I just wanted to do this. I mean, it’s one thing if you’re creating a new team with new characters, but that isn’t what the Justice Society is. It’s me rebooting existing characters.
I think you have to remember that this is a reboot. It isn’t like I’m taking an old character and suddenly making this character gay. This is a brand new interpretation of this character…
But it’s just a modern version of the way Alan Scott always was, and the many fantastic facets of him as a person and as a superhero.
For me, the gay part is just one tiny part of who he is as a person. And I think fans will see that the more they see the character, and they won’t see that he’s a “gay character.” He’s the Alan Scott he’s always been.
DC has also said readers should expect to see some race and gender changes in the next few months as more characters are rebooted.
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