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Hero Worship: New LGBT Comic-Book Characters Are Here To Save The Day

We heard a lot this summer about Northstar’s same-sex wedding and the arrival of a gay Green Lantern named Alan Scott. But there are a lot more queer characters in comics these days—from the X-Men’s Colossus (well, in Marvel’s Ultimate line) to DC’s high-kicking lesbian detective, Batwoman (whom we reported on earlier).

For those of you not immersed in geek culture, though, we’ve pulled together some of the new breed of bi, gay, lesbian and trans heroes and villains from the two big publishers, Marvel and DC.

Click through to meet some of the new LGBT superheroes and anti-heroes.

Many more, both from the “Big Two” and indie publishers can be found at sites like the Gay League and Prism Comics. Images: DC Comics, Marvel Comics


On:           Aug 22, 2012
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    • Allen D.

      I read comics from my closeted days. Dropped out probably 15 years ago. Once Kevin Keller came around, I got back into the fold. DC’s “Earth 2”, Astonishing X-Men, X-Factor, etc are back in my life & I’m pretty happy about it.

      So, yay!

      Aug 22, 2012 at 6:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Allen D.

      I guess what my drunken ass forgot to say was –

      Some people will comment and say that the comic book companies are just pandering for sales. But, I really respect how the gay storylines & characters have been handled. I wish there had been ‘out’ characters in my closeted years.

      Aug 22, 2012 at 6:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jogproof

      there is some pandering for sales but top ones are just lgbt like people are not just for sales.

      Aug 22, 2012 at 7:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Superman

      [Page 2] That Wiccan’s ass is just as round and luscious as I remember it…

      Aug 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jogproof

      @Superman: hopefully we will get more of that in the new books

      Aug 23, 2012 at 6:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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