Gunn is high level agent for ARGUS, an offshoot of Homeland Security in the DC Universe formed especially to deal with superhuman threats in the wake of Darkseid’s attack. Gunn reports directly to Amanda Waller, who has tasked Gunn to approach and recruit Francisco Ramon. Ramon hides a secret, but ARGUS has learned that Ramon gained superhuman vibrational powers after being caught in a boom tube during the first dimensional attack by Darkseid. Francisco’s brother Armando pulled him out of boom tube field and became the first casualty in the war after being killed by a para demon. In the five years since the attack, Francisco has tried to live the life of a normal teenager while discreetly using his powers.
Gunn projects a cool, calm, and authoratative image to persuade Ramon to accept ARGUS’ offer for training and charter membership in the agency controlled Justice League of America. Gunn shows he’s a company man by toeing the line when by putting Ramon through several tests at Waller’s urging, which do not go quite as well as Waller would have liked, thus putting Gunn in a bit of a stressful situation as Vibe’s handler.
Writer Sterling Gates provides a look into Gunn’s personal life when in the opening scene in issue #4 we find Gunn returning home to his husband Casey washing dishes. In this brief conversation we learn that Casey owns a construction related business. There is also some tension in the relationship. Gunn has been taking his ring off and leaving it at home in order to the relationship secret from people he fears would exploit it. On the other hand, Casey is willing to risk it. Later on Gunn reveals this is his second marriage when Vibe notices the wedding ring.This seems to infer Gunn’s first marriage was to a woman and that he came out as a result of some incident during that relationship. Based on his position at ARGUS and the exchange with Casey, Gunn seems to have a controlling nature.
The fact that Dale and Casey live in Detroit, MI, which in the real world is not a city in a state which allows for same sex marriage, leads me to suspect that marriage equality may be a reality in the United States of the DC Universe.
Dale Gunn originated as a supporting character of what is referred to as “Justice League Detroit” and had a small romance with Zatanna.
Please check back for updates and revisions as a result of future stories.
Dale Gunn first appeared as a character in Justice League of America annual #2. This version of the character debuted in Vibe #1 (2013)
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Here we are just about a week away from Memorial Day holiday and the unofficial start of summer! I can’t wait to plan for all the things I won’t get around to doing!
Several books caught my attention this time out. IDW collects the recent Rocketeer mini that was drawn by J Bone and re-offers the deluxe The Art of P Craig Russell. I bought the Russell book several years ago and it is absolutely gorgeous! The second Stumptown mini from Rucka gets collected in hardcover by Oni. DC’s Vibe and arvel’s FF are new additions to the list. Vibe because supporting character Dale Gunn has been reimagined as a married gay man, and FF’s Tong is transgendered. And we’re close to losing Demon Knights and X-Factor. Look for Gail Simone’s first issue of Red Sonja from DE. Oh yeah, a new Batman comic! Right, I know, who needs another Bat book? Except this is a reimaging of the Adam West Burt Ward Batman TV show and promises to be great fun! And look for Archie titles at the bottom of this month’s list for reasons that wouldn’t make any sense if I did explain them.
This monthly list is compiled simply to bring these comics to your attention, and isn’t intended as some kind of compulsory reading. The comics you read is entirely up to you. Thanks to Andy Mangels who compiled 1,001 lists back in the day for the Gayleague email list. Names listed in bold are either family or LGBT friendly.
RACHEL RISING #18 $3.99 Page 238
Rachel’s only hope of saving the town of Manson is to reclaim her power as a witch, but to do that she must piece together broken memories of her life and death 300 years ago. Nothing makes sense until the final puzzle piece is revealed and everything Rachel knows is turned upside down. Don’t miss this very revealing issue of America’s most critically acclaimed horror comic!
HELLRAISER DARK WATCH #5 $3.99 Page 286
Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert and Tom Garcia
There is a new high priest of Hell, but the denizens of Hell seem to be following other orders who’s will shall be done? As Tiffany continues her search for Kirsty Cotton, her quest puts her at odds with one of her allies.
NEXT TESTAMENT #3 $3.99 Page 286
Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang
Wick has finally been revealed to the world. After his brutal display of power, will more followers join Julian at his side, or will his word be challenged? The tension gets thicker and the stakes rise as Tristan decides whether or not to align with his father. (Formerly titled New Genesis till DC said no no!)
SUPURBIA ONGOING #6 $3.99 Page 288
Grace Randolph and Russell Dauterman
Brand new arc! Perfect jumping on point for new The Galactic Protection Systems Expo has ended in tragedy, leaving the Meta Legion in tatters. Helen and Gio have been captured by evil forces as the shapeshifter “Ruth’s” ultimate plans start to come to fruition. [One of the husbands is involved in a gay plot element.]
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #23 $2.99 Page 64
Andrew Chambliss and Georges Jeanty
Dawn’s life hangs in the balance, and Buffy will stop at nothing to save her little sis. Willow, Xander, and Buffy reunite to save the girl they love and begin a journey that reveals betrayal amongst the ranks as they descend into the mysterious Deeper Well, former home of Illyria and many powerful Old Ones.
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #26 $7.99 Page 48
Ron Randall, Steve Niles, Andrew Vachs, Mike Richardson, David Lapham, Mike Baron, Patrick Alexander, Phil Stanford, Jane Espenson, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Frank Barbiere, Dan Jolley, Dara Naraghi, menton3, Steve Rude, Patric Reynolds, Karl Moline, Steve Lieber, Micah Kaneshiro, Leonard Kirk, Dom Reardon, and Tom Williams
Meet the Juice Squeezers: a group of elementary school kids tasked with secretly keeping their small town safe from a horrible, underground epidemic, written and drawn by David Lapham! Learn about a vampire couple during the time of the Black Plague in Steve Niles and menton3′s The Nosferatu Wars! Join bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair on a vacation gone horribly wrong in Ron Randall’s Trekker! Plus, new installments of Buffy, Blackout, Nexus, Crime Does Not Pay, Underground, Alabaster: Boxcar Tales, and Bloodhound!
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Alex Woolfson releases a powerful graphic novel filled with tense action and surprisingly tender romance
What does it really mean to be a “person”? And what would an Artificial Intelligence designed to be the perfect soldier ultimately choose: love or honor?
San Francisco May 2012
Alex Woolfson grew up loving science-fiction and action movies, but never got to see what he really wanted to see – kick ass genre stories with real heroes who just happened to be gay.
Artifice is about Deacon, a prototype android soldier so advanced he is referred to as an artificial person. On his first extended mission, Deacon was ordered by his corporate masters to eliminate a team of scientists who knew too much and he has failed spectacularly. Not only did he let one of his targets live, 19 year old human outcast Jeff Linnell, he attacked the team sent to retrieve him. Now the Corporation wants answers and they bring in the brilliant robopsychologist Dr. Clarice Maven to get them, giving her the power to make sure Deacon never fails the Corporation ever again. Deacon seems desperate to conceal the shocking events that took place on Da Vinci 4, but what chance does he have fighting an adversary who can control his every move?
“Gorgeous artwork at home with a fascinating story. It has a million red flags of cliche, but contains none. It is wholly unique, a fabulously built universe, and features an absorbing main character.” – Fandom Matters
About the Author
After Alex started a successful career as a filmmaker in the Bay Area, he soon realized the best way to make the big budget adventure stories he craved would be as full color comics. Inspired by the sci fi thrillers he loved as a kid, he teamed up with illustrator Winona Nelson to create the science fiction graphic novel Artifice. In addition to writing and publishing comics, Alex enjoys eating other people’s cooking; talking to strangers in the far parts of the world and spending weeks at a time on silent meditation retreat. He currently lives in San Francisco where he is writing scripts for his latest story with gay action heroes, the superhero webcomic The Young Protectors.
About The Illustrator
Winona Nelson, artist for the webcomic Artifice by Alex Woolfson, has worked in comics, video games, and illustration for the past ten years. She trained in classical realism applied to entertainment art in San Francisco and worked in video game studios before going freelance. She now focuses on comics, fantasy and science fiction book covers, and card game art.
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AMW Comics – Paperback Original: $19.99 ISBN 978-0-9857604-0-3, 112 pages, www.amwcomics.com
Artifice can be purchased directly from www. amwcomics.com and on Amazon
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So……..Arrow season finale! Shirtless! Chains! Sweaty! Sweaty! Snarl! Arrogance! Impressive abs aid escape! Confession! Sexual tension! Kiss! Scene cut! Moira goes live! There will be consequences! Lt Lance (or is it Detective?) is mean to Felicity. Felicity kicks Lance with some guilt. Kiss kiss amid the chaos! Roy stands up! Fight! Bang! Woosh! Ow, that’s got to hurt! Bif! Bam! Pow! Fight! Oh, man, that’s got to hurt for realz. I feel the earth move under my feet! Motorcycle racing to the rescue! Too late! There must be a sacrifice! Oh noes! Somebody got a permanent Frida Kahlo without the bus ride! Cry and anguish! End!
Among the list of GLAAD Media Awards announced on May 11th in San Francisco is Kevin Keller for Outstanding Comic Book of 2012. Dan Parent was on hand to accept the award for Archie Comics. Congratulations to Dan Parent, Kevin’s creator! This is the second nomination for the Archie character. Other nominees included Astonishing X-Men, Batwoman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Earth 2.