In yet another case of old rumours being confirmed, DC Comics has announced that Alan Scott, the Green Lantern of Earth 2, is gay. And because, I guess, our society is sort of stupid, this is big news. Seriously, it’s everywhere. “Alan Scott” is trending on Twitter. Unless you are a HARDCORE comic nerd, you would have NO idea who Alan Scott is. You’d know Hal Jordan from the movie, maybe John Stewart from the Justice League cartoon… perhaps Kyle Rayner if you read Green Lantern in the 90s. But Alan Scott? I’m not sure there are as many Justice Society fans as there are people talking about this.
Anyway, Alan Scott was straight when he was created in the 1940s (surprise, surprise) but James Robinson and Nicola Scott are recreating the characters for Earth 2 and decided to go a different directions with Alan Scott to, you know, be actually reflective of modern society. And so Alan Scott is gay, which is really cool!! And he’s got a boyfriend, which is also really cool AND nice for him:
Between this and Northstar and Kevin Keller, it’s been a banner year for gay fellows in comics.
For those of you upset by the change, I’d just suggest getting over it, really. There are two confirmed gay characters in a FICTIONAL ADJUNCT UNIVERSE. Big deal. There are millions of actual gay people in the REAL LIFE UNIVERSE. You’re just going to have to get used to it… they’re not going away.
And for those of you who are upset about the change BUT don’t think you’re homophobic: Come on. If you’re THAT into Alan Scott as a character maybe you need to consider changing your sexual orientation as well. A minor change to a C-list character (despite DC going on about how a major, iconic character would be gay, Alan Scott is pretty low on that totem pole) isn’t anything to get worked up about. Jade and Obsidian were gone already AND gay dudes can have kids too so maybe they’ll be back. Just relax.
Anyway, HOORAY for another blow to heteronormativity. And good work mixing it up, DC. It’s good to see.
Look for Earth 2 #2 next Wednesday in your local comic shop!!