The rumour we’ve been hearing about for ages is now officially confirmed, and on The View no less: Northstar’s getting married to his boyfriend, Kyle, in Astonishing X-Men #51!! So that’s very exciting. I have a few quick thoughts:
- The View!! I know it’s all corporate synergy, like how CNN always has stories about DC characters on their site, but that’s still a huge and unconventional platform for Marvel. I bet NO ONE who regularly watches The View has ever read an X-Men comic, and maybe a few will now.
- Hooray Northstar!! Canadians are awesome. I wonder where he’s getting married? Gay marriage has been legal up here in Canada for years… maybe he’ll come get hitched at home.
- I know that Apollo and Midnighter pre-date Northstar and Kyle by about a decade, but a gay couple getting married in a mainstream comic book is still fantastic. Apollo and Midnighter were in comics that kids couldn’t really buy… anyone can go get Astonishing X-Men. Though yeah, Kevin Keller totally beat them to it, mainstreamwise.
- And in Johnny-come-lately news, DC’s got a gay character coming too, apparently. An established, iconic character even.
So congratulations to Jean-Paul and Kyle, and congratulations for Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins for getting all this sweet press and getting to tell such a cool story. It’s always good to give heteronormativity a swift kick in the ass, and a high profile gay marriage will certainly do that!!