Archive for the ‘LGBT Characters’ Category

Dale Gunn

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

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.
dalegunn001The 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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Ultra-Humanite

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Contributed by Ronald Byrd

One of Superman’s first notable opponents, the criminal mastermind Ultra-Humanite was originally a bald, crippled criminal genius whose efforts at crime, terrorism, and eventual world domination brought him, naturally enough into conflict with the Man of Steel. Meeting seeming death in the course of his third clash with Superman when his weapon misfired, the Ultra-Humanite in fact survived via brain transplant. However, with time of the essence, the only available host body was that of noted actress Dolores Winters, victim of an earlier kidnapping scheme, resulting in an unscheduled sex change for the villain as well as a body shift. A rather startling twist by most standards, certainly by those of the comic books of 1940. In this female body, the Ultra-Humanite clashed both with Superman and, as was later revealed, with the wartime super team known as the All Star Squadron. In All Star Squadron #24, the Ultra-Humanite notes that, despite his/her female form of the time, “my thoughts, my desires, my ambitions are still those of the middle aged male scientist I feel myself to be,” and he/she makes it clear to lecherous underling Deathbolt that those ambitions do not include romancing a man. Of course, cerebral mad scientist types are rarely known for sexual passion anyway, but whether or not the Ultra-Humanite ever sought out female companionship while in female form is unknown at present. Following World War II, the Ultra-Humanite eventually abandoned Winters’ body in favor of that of a gigantic flying ant. An “Elseworlds” saga also claims that he took possession of the heroic Mister America, a.k.a. the Americommando. Still later, his brain was transplanted into the body of a mutated ape, in which form he organized an incarnation of the Secret Society of Super Villains and clashed with various super teams. Both animal forms are presumed to have been male, although one never knows. Following the reality-altering Crisis on Infinite Earths, the golden age Superman was eradicated from existence, presumably indicating that in revised history, the Ultra-Humanite clashed with other heroes in Superman’s place. However, in Legends of the DC Universe, an “updated” Ultra-Humanite clashed with the modern Superman (Thanks to Jess Nevins for reporting this), possibly negating the existence of the wartime Ultra. Nevertheless, although the original Ultra-Humanite may now be lost to oblivion, his status as the first transsexual super villain in comic book history seems unlikely to be challenged.

Art by Jerry Ordway

Art by Jerry Ordway

In his original body, the Ultra-Humanite apparently possessed no superhuman powers. He was, however, a remarkable scientific genius who developed a wide array of advanced weaponry and technology, including the brain transplantation methods that enabled him to switch bodies throughout his career. While in the body of Dolores Winters, he/she for a time possessed the Powerstone, an extraterrestrial gem which empowered him/her with energy to be used for a variety of effects. As a gigantic flying ant and a mutated ape, he possessed the appropriate physical powers, greatly amplified, of those animals. Furthermore, his ape body was been mutated to grant him telepathy and telekinesis.

Ultra-Humanite first appeared in Action #13 (1939) and in the body of Dolores Winters in Action #20 (1940). The villain’s real name is unrevealed and originally operated out of Metroplis, and become mobile later. An updated, contemporary version was created by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti as a villain for their Power Girl series. Their version was for all intents and purposes a younger, straight male who had not yet to that point ever had his brain transferred to another human or ape.
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Jasper Dewgood

Monday, February 18th, 2013

jasperdewgood1Millionaire philanthropist Jasper Dewgood was a character featured in a short lived strip of the same name in Quality’s Kid Eternity series. Dewgood was described as “[having] a big vocabulary, a bigger fortune, and a still bigger desire to help people out of difficulties”. Dewgood was also tall, blond, wore glasses, dressed quite nicely, had polite manners, and very naive of the blue collar and low class worlds. These traits along with a lack of a girlfriend, and his refined speech all contributed to an air of effiminancy.

On the surface his refined vocabulary was reflective of his wealth and standing, but writer/ artist Paul Gustavson used it as a humorous foil against the comedically seedy crooks whom tried to take advantage of Dewgood. A maiden aunt encouraged Jasper to study Jiu Jitsu despite his abhorrence of violence. Gustavson took this dynamic and made into a running, pratfall filled gag with Dewgood, often trouncing shady crooks who routinely tried to flounce him of money while posing as heads of charitable organizations.
Artist Paul Gustavson drew Jasper using hand gestures that were not traditionally viewed as masculine. His suits were drawn to look impeccable and on two occasions his tie was colored red. In the early 20th century gay men on occasion wore red ties as a signal to other men of their sexual desires, reminiscint of the 1970s when the belief was prevalent that gays wore green on Thursday.

The use of the word “sissy” in issue #7 is the earliest use of the word in a comic to my knowledge. In this story it’s spoken by a woman involved with crooks (“Gum! Phooey! What would the old mob say if they saw me gettin’ all these sissy habits?”). “Sissy” and “pantywaist” are used in issue #8 as derogatory words for homosexual, and specifically used to describe Jasper, first by a man running Ricky’s Gym and then by a woman posing as socialite dowager hoping to bilk him of money.
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First appearance in Kid Eternity # 7 (1947) and appeared through #14 (1949).

Shining Knight

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Simone Bianchi art

The Shining Knight has a long history in comics dating back to the character’s creation by Creig Flessel and first appearance in Adventure #66 in 1941. This entry concerns the version Grant Morrison and artist Simone Bianchi developed for the 2005 Seven Soldiers and related comics and the further appearances in the Demon Knights title.

From the moment of Ystin’s introduction during the fall of a primal Camelot, Ystin displayed courage, strength, cunning, and fortitude. However, a love for Sir Galahad remained Ystin’s secret even  as the vaunted knight is slain, whose death provides the impetus for a daring plan to steal back the Inexhaustible Cauldron of the Mighty Dagda, a Celtic god. This cauldron possesses the powers to restore life and heal all wounds, and with it, Ystin intends to resurrect the fallen knights and beat back the alien Sheeda, a race whose directive is to conquer cultures in their prime. The brash plan is interrupted by Gloriana Tenebrae, the multi-horned Sheeda queen, who gloats of having stolen Arthur’s sword Excalibur. Ystin boldly grabs the word before heaving the cauldron into a deep pool of liquid, with Ystin and Vanguard, a talking and flying steed, following it as an escape route, only to realize after unexpectedly arriving in 21st century America that the liquid is the energy source which allows the Sheeda stronghold to move through time and space. Ystin copes with being a stranger in a strange land, running afoul of the local police, and a Sheeda agent on the knight’s trail, and finally confronted and captured by Gloriana. Back in the Sheeda fortress, Ystin is forced to fight a resurrected Galahad who is corrupted and loyal to Gloriana. Gloriana’s heightened senses detect menstrual blood, and a ripped tunic reveals Ystin has bound breasts. At this point writer Grant Morrison uses female gendered pronouns such as “she” and “her” in reference to Ystin. Confident that Galahad cannot lose, Gloriana leaves to attend other matters. No one is left to witness Ystin tearfully killing Galahad. A flashback reveals how Galahad knighted Ystin in an act of desperation on the last day that Camelot stood. Ystin is stuck in the 21s century once the Sheeda threat is ended in Seven Soldiers #1.
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Terry Veras

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Terry, or Theresa Maria Veras, is a supporting character in the cast of Scott McCloud’s Zot!. She is Jenny’s best friend; Jenny being the love interest and eventual girlfriend of Zot, the fresh faced teen from an alternate Earth. In her first appearance Terry and Jenny are shown having a typical at school and afterwards bike riding. Woody, who gains importance as the series progresses, expresses interest in Jenny which causes Terry to become overly protective and to shout at Woody to scare him off. Over the course of her next several appearances McCloud continues to use her in the best friend/ guard dog role, adding a stolen glance here and a sly smile there that show the artist’s subtlety.

McCloud unveils her secret by recounting an incident that happened to Harry, a male classmate who was presumed to be gay because of his interest in ballet, and how this was love and opportunity was stolen when someone threw a firecracker at him which exploded by ear and ruined his middle ear/ balancing functions. Terry had a friendship with Harry’s sister Pamela, who afterwards “is suddenly telling everyone she’s a dyke” and thus, the years long friendship ended.

Time passes and Terry ignores her thought about the friendship while trying to hide her attraction to Jenny. The only person to pick up on this is Zot, who comforts Terry when her emotions come to a head and good naturedly coaxes Terry to confide while assuring her she’s normal. as the story’s title suggests. Terry’s story ends with an encounter between Pam, two of her new friends, and Pamela passing each other in the hallway between classes.

Some plot elements in “Normal”, which was nominated for a Harvey Award in 1991, are tied to “Sometimes A Direction…” in the following issue. Pam steps forward and expresses her brother Harry’s gratitude to Woody, another supporting character at Terry’s high school who’s taken the task of writing an article about Harry’s gay bashing. Woody is confused when Pam explains that her brother isn’t gay, but that she is. The series ended just a few issues later with an upbeat feeling for all the characters.

This entry is lacking somewhat in details because I don’t want to chance spoiling the story for anyone who may want to track down a copy of Zot! The Complete Black and White from a bookstore or library. A new print is solicited from Harper Collins in Previews for November 2012.

Terry first appeared in #11 and is shown to be lesbian in Zot! #33.

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Cullen Row

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Cullen is a teenaged boy with an unruly mop of hair living with his older sister Harper in a run down apartment in The Narrows section of Gotham City. Cullen tries his best not to create stress for Harper whose life is full of the responsibilities of finishing high school, working, and being a pseudo parent after their emancipation from an abusive father. No mention is made of their mother. At times Cullen is happy and optimistic, such as when he’s giving Harper a makeover and sharing his scheme to get Tim Drake to fall in love with him. Other times he tries to downplay matters and distract Harper, such as when she finds a deep cut on his arm which is the result of a homophobic attack. Harper attends an event that Cullen insists she go to, and returns to discover their apartment has been broken into and Cullen was assaulted and had the word “fag” shaved into his hair. The idea just occurred to me that this scene might be commentary on the incident with teenaged Mitt Romney accosting a gay classmate and cutting his hair. The following night both Cullen and Harper are assaulted by the gang and attempt to defend themselves. They’re rescued by Batman who’s been keeping tabs on Harper for different reasons.

This entry will be updated if there are more appearances of Cullen.

Cullen’s first appearance is in Batman #12 (vol 2). Created by Scott Snyder and Becky Cloonan.

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Bunker

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Miguel Jose Barragan is a teenager whose homosexuality is accepted by the all the residents of the small town of El Chilar, Mexico that his family lived in. Miguel left his home for the United States to search for Red Robin (Tim Drake) because of numerous online posts written by Drake warning of impending threats targeting young metahumans. After a brief misunderstanding Miguel joins Red Robin and several other super powered teens, not yet identifying themselves as “Teen Titans”, in the fight to take down the clichéd, veiled and evil organization known by the acronym NOWHERE, headed by the superfluously clichéd Harvest with hench goons Omen, Leash, Grymm, and others. To summarize: the extended story is an excessive collection of hackneyed plot contrivances strung together with characterization of varying degrees of success.

Writer Scott Lobdell stated in interviews that his character is based on a real person named Miguel Jose Barragan, though to what degree remains unclear to my knowledge. Miguel is a sweet, friendly, and outgoing person who doesn’t appear to be concerned about whether his hugs or nascent friendships with male teammates will be misinterpreted. Bunker may be inexperienced as a fighter but this doesn’t mean he will turn and run. Miguel is quick to listen to concerns of his teammates, especially the women, which could be taken as a sign of the stereotypical gay, best friend. Where Red Robin may be the de facto leader, Lobdell appears to be making Miguel the conscience of the team, as shown in issue #10 by Miguel telling Tim, in my words, to put on his big boy undies and stop wallowing in doubt. Bunker has also appeared in an issue of Superboy and appears to be developing a friendship. Lobdell peppers Bunker’s dialog with stereotypical phrases such as “Caramba!”in an failed attempts to make Bunker sound Mexican.

Art by Brett Booth

Solicitations for issue #0 hints at Miguel having a boyfriend whom he left back in Mexico and the boyfriend (Warning! Soap opera cliché) waking up from a coma to look for Miguel.

Artist Brett Booth spoke about Bunker on Out’s website : “We wanted to show an interesting character who’s homosexuality is part of him, not something that’s hidden. Sure they are gay people who you wouldn’t know are gay right off the bat, but there are others who are a more flamboyant, and we thought it would be nice to actually see them portrayed in comics. Did we go over the top, I don’t think so. I wanted you to know he might be gay as soon as you see him. Our TT is partly about diversity of ANY kind, its about all kinds of teens getting together to help each other. It is a very difficult line to walk, will he be as I’ve read in some of the comments ‘fruity’? Not that I’m aware of. Will he be more effeminate than what we’ve seen before, the ‘typical’ gay male comic character, yes. Does it scare the shit out of me that I might inadvertently piss off the group I want to reflect in a positive way, you’re damn straight (pun intended!)”

Bunker has the ability to create and project psionic bricks, initially in the form of a wall though he has shown some degree of control in forming simple shapes, in contrast to the often elaborate constructions made by various Green Lanterns with power rings.   Bunker’s first appearance is a brief, non-speaking cameo in Teen Titans #1 (2011) and is introduced into the book in #3. Bunker may not have shouted “I AM GAY!” on the cover of Teen Titans #3, but Booth’s depiction from clothing to gestures sure would have set off gaydar alarms if media interviews prior to issue #3′s publication hadn’t focused on the character’s sexuality.

Bunker created by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth.

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Green Lantern

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Once upon  a time, Green Lantern had many adventures, often solo, sometimes with comedic sidekick Doiby Dickles or with the Justice Society of America. Then superheroes became unpopular and  many disappeared, including Green Lantern, until DC editor Julius Schwartz and a select few artists and writers began to modernize various superheroes, starting with Flash and then Green Lantern, for a new generation. Then, Flash writer Gardner Fox created the idea of Earth-Two, which became home to many of DC’s Golden Age superheroes. The concept provided the foundation for annual teamups between the Justice League and Justice Society and the occasional meets between namesake heroes such as Flash, Green Lantern, and Atom. Roy Thomas expanded the lives of Earth Two characters in enormous detail, whether in relating new stories or expanding on original events of the Golden Age heroes in All Star Squadron or introducing new characters in Infinity, Inc that were the adult children of or otherwise connected to Earth Two’s original heroes. Alan Scott came to learn that he had fathered two children, Jenny and Todd, who as Jade and Obsidian were superheroes in their own rights. Then came Crisis of Infinite Earths, re-writing and condensing character history. Alan, Todd, and Jenny transitioned to an Earth that had been reconfigured as the sole nexus of the DC’s universe. Eventually writer Marc Andreyko took Todd/ Obsidian from being  the poster boy of emo metahumans and transformed him into a happier, gay man who was in a relationship with Damon Matthews that would last and become a family with children (thanks to a flash forward story). Father Alan was uncomfortable with his son’s sexuality and relationship with Damon, though it is my opinion writers were showing Scott progression from being uncomfortable to accepting and supportive. Then came Flashpoint and DC’s superheroes were relaunched across the board. The multiverse is restored and Earth Two is being re-introduced and repopulated with updated versions of mainstay heroes, all of whom are in their 20′s or early 30′s, and thus eliminating the Infinity Inc heroes including Obsidian and Jade for the foreseeable future. We can always read Manhunter trades to remember a happy Todd and Damon.

Now:

Alan Scott is a well known, wealthy media mogul with private jets and a number of private residences, including a penthouse in Hong Kong.  Alan has a boyfriend named Sam that is introduced in Earth Two #2. Sam appears to be thoughtful and caring and the two men look to be very much in love. How writer James Robinson relates Alan’s transformation into a superhero who will lead a new Justice Society and Alan and Sam’s relationship will unfold in future stories. Some sort of wreckage is in the background of Alan’s one panel cameo in The New 52 FCBD Special Edition. Check back for updates!

Green Lantern was created by artist Martin Nodell who collaborated with writer Bill Finger. His first appearance was in All-American Comics #16 (July, 1940), where he continued to appear for some years as well as in the pages of All Star Comics in which he was a charter member of the Justice Society.

This iteration of Green Lantern/ Alan scott first appeared in Earth Two #1 and is shown as gay in Earth Two #2. Previews pages of this issue were released by DC to various media outlets on June 1st 2012, creating a flurry of reactions.

Read also Obsidian’s and Damon Matthews‘ entries.

Art by Nicola Scott. Image nicked from Washington Post

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David Singh

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

David Singh is the director of the Central City Police Department’s crime lab. Singh’s emphasis on quantity of work rather than quality is creating a source of friction in the department, noticeably with James Forrest and Patty Spivot. Singh himself may feel pressured by Captain Frye’s demands on his police officers and the crime lab in particular. Singh is feeling stress in most of his life. Central City residents are dealing with the aftermath of an EMP caused by the Flash. Singh does not hold a favorable view of vigilantes, which he considers Flash to be.

The first clue about Singh’s personal life appears in issue #7 when Patty Spivot unexpectedly arrives at his home one night. She too is rather disturbed by the misery inadvertently caused by Flash, though she harbors additional emotion because of Barry Allen’s disappearance, never dreaming they’re one and the same person. During her visit she remarks about a collection of flutes; Singh comments that he has no musical talent and they belong to someone else. Despite his hardnosed work policy, he has empathy for Patty when she confesses her secret love for Barry. Who these flutes belong to becomes clear in the following issue in a scene that opens with a memorial to fallen police officers which opens with Hartley Rathaway conducting the Central City Symphony. People are mingling after the ceremony. Hartley overhears Singh expressing his opinion that Flash is a self-serving vigilante, to which Hartley tries to charmingly disagree with. Facial expressions and body language underscore that this is an unwelcomed intrusion, and Singh introduces Hartley to Patty and Forrest as simply his friend.

Art by Francis Manapul

Differences in opinions increase when Singh is told by Hartley of his intent to resume being Pied Piper. That the conversation takes place after Hartley shows up in his office doesn’t set well, a point that gets turned back on Singh when Hartley argues that Singh is ashamed of their relationship. The discussion is interrupted when Patty Spivot walks in the office. It shouldn’t be long before she learns her boss’ secret.

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato talk about writing Singh and Piper among other Flash related topics in an interview with Newsarama. See Pied Piper’s entry.

Singh first appeared in Flash Secret Files & Origins (2010) and in then in Flash #1 (2011).

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Colossus

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Contributed by Terence W. Ng

Please note this profile is for the Ultimate version of Colossus. The character’s 616 version is not gay.

In the Ultimate universe, Piotr (Peter) Rasputin originally worked in arms dealings for the Russian Mob to support his family in Siberia, but eventually left after he was recruited by Xavier to join the X-Men. Dissatisfied with the X-Men after several missions and carrying feelings of exclusion by the other team members, he eventually left. Cyclops and Marvel Girl pursued him, whereupon he gave them the aforementioned reasons for leaving, to which Jean Grey protested saying that he actually left because of his attraction to an undisclosed teammate. He quickly dismissed them. However, he returned when the X-Men needed his help to save a Russian submarine that sank in the ocean.

For a long time, it was hinted that Colossus was attracted to Wolverine. The two worked on missions together and Colossus often supported Wolverine during battle. During the Return of the King arc, Colossus tells Wolverine that if they do not survive, he wants to tell him what is in his heart, though Wolverine tells him, fully aware of what it is, that he should best leave that unsaid.

In issue #31, the X-Men attempt to stop Magneto who is blowing up power plants in an attempt to destroy humanity, and they have all been defeated and are under Magneto’s power. Colossus is pinned to the ground due to his organic-metallic body, but when he sees that Wolverine’s life is threatened by the master of magnetism, he slowly makes his way towards Magneto, who taunts him, and finally overcomes his powers, landing a devastating punch to the stomach and head to the very surprised villain. As his freed teammates watch on in shock as Colossus pummels Magneto into the ground, he yells that no one lays a hand on Wolverine before sending Magneto flying into a wall with an uppercut to the chin. His perseverance allowed the other X-Men to defeat magneto and save thousands of human lives. The whole event lent even stronger evidence to the idea that Colossus had a crush on Wolverine.

In issue #47, Colossus first meets Jean-Paul Beaubier (introduced and outed as a gay mutant in New York in #46), having spent the night watching over him in the hospital after he was shot by the mutant-killer Mr. Sinister (he survived due to his mutant speed/reflexes). Jean-Paul’s first response to Jean Grey is to ask whether or not Piotr is single. This humorously causes Piotr to immediately shift into his metal form (getting hard) as a smiling Jean Grey drags him away telling the “stud” that they have work to do.

The two do not meet again until the Magnetic North arc where Polaris has been framed for murder and Emma Frost’s team of mutants, of which include Jean-Paul as Northstar, try to break her out of a government facility. The X-Men try to stop them before they can reach the facility to avoid a government debacle, but run into conflict with the Avengers who want to use the X-Men to their advantage.

When Marvel Girl reports that Northstar is headed their way, Piotr responds with surprise, asking if he is indeed coming. Jean Grey comments that this isn’t prom and he should remain focused. He is knocked out by an impatient Havok after a moment of confusion from a conflict of interest after being given an offer by Northstar to join their side,. Northstar is left to comment sadly that at the end of this, at least Havok will get lucky tonight for saving Polaris, his girlfriend.

During the entire run of the Ultimate series, Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) and Piotr have been close friends. There have been awkward moments for Piotr such as when Kurt comments that if all the girls start going out with the guys, soon they’ll have no girls left to date, leaving Piotr to brood in silence.

After the whole Magnetic North debacle, it is revealed that Jean-Paul and Piotr have been communicating via email and phone, as Piotr is shown talking to Jean-Paul over the phone, discussing the previous battle. In this issue (#65), after hanging up, Piotr informs Kurt that Jean-Paul invited him to go to the Homecoming Dance with him. He states that if a person such as Kurt does not have to hide himself, then certainly he should not have to either. Shocked, Kurt reacts badly and teleports away leaving Piotr in silence. Later on, the two spend some time together to check on an injured teammate, leading to an uncomfortable moment for Kurt when they hide in the closet to avoid being seen by a nurse.

Kurt, who constantly despairs because many girls do not find him attractive, fails to notice that Piotr certainly finds him attractive, though he is focused on Northstar. The evening culminates in a discussion between the two in which Piotr professes that he is the same friend Kurt has always known. Kurt coldly responds that he wonders if it wasn’t that he just did not know his “friend” so well up until now. The jagged relationship between Kurt and himself obviously hurts him as he also spends the aftermath of this conversation outside and alone, thinking in silence. Whether or not Kurt will come around has yet to be seen in the series. The Homecoming festivities are interrupted when the Brotherhood of Mutants crash onto the scene, and a fight breaks out. Hopefully, the much anticipated, by me at least, Homecoming dance appears after the battle is won.

Colossus’ powers are basically the same as his powers in the 616 Universe. He has incredible stamina, endurance, strength and invulnerability. He has survived nuclear blasts, Cyclops’ kinetic eyeblasts, Wolverine’s adamantium claws, temperatures hotter than the Sun and extreme cold, without being harmed. He also has the hand to hand combat skills and strength enough to defeat other powerhouses such as Ultimate Thor, and Ultimate Iron Man and can lift over 100 tons. The two main differences are that his body no longer has the segmented plates like in the 616 Universe, instead becoming entirely smooth metal. The other difference is that Colossus’ eyes do not turn to organic metal whereas his 616 counterpart’s eyes do. In metallic form, Colossus does not need to eat, drink, or breathe and can survive in the vacuum of space. He retains his characteristics as a trusting, caring, and gentle soul, though his attachment to the arts in the 616 Universe has not been replicated in the Ultimate series.

This version first appeared in Ultimate X-Men #1 and is confirmed gay in Ultimate X-Men #65.