Archive for the ‘LGBT Characters’ Category

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.

Scott & Gavin Price

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Scott was raised from a young age by his grandfather after his parents died in a car wreck. Gramps may have been estranged from the family as he’s referred to as the kind of relative who only showed up on holidays. Scott quickly bonded with Gramps after learning he was the voice of popular cartoon character “Mr Chimps”. With the onset of puberty Scott discovers an interest in comics and all things geek, a development that irritates Gramps, who keeps nagging Scott to start meeting girls. A rift begins, culminating in Scott leaving to attend college in Eugene, OR.

One night with a full moon, Scott was walking home from work when he found a dying dog on the sidewalk. He reached out to touch it and felt an electrical shock as it took its dying breath. Before reaching home Scott had his first transformation into a were-terrier. Most simply put, writer Chris Roberson describes Scott as a “thrope”, a person infected by the “undersoul” of an animal, periodically taking on the animal’s characteristics. Life wasn’t affected too drastically for Scott. On the one night he changed he simply stayed in at home. Lame excuses provided material for coworkers, best friends and fellow geeks Ashok Patel and Vincent Tan to tease Scott about the idea of being gay. Scott is always at a loss for words at these jokes though he does seem to have fallen in love with Gwen when he sees (and later meets) her at local diner Dixie’s Firehouse. Soon he confides his were secret in both Gwen and her friend Ellie. They’re unfazed and why shouldn’t they be, seeing that Gwen is a zombie and Ellie a ghost.

One day Scott, Ashok, and Vincent are at their comic shop. A blond man (who we later learn is Gavin Price and also Gwen’s brother) approaches Scott about his “Space Captain” shirt. Scott’s happy to talk geek and is intrigued to learn that Gavin draws comics; that he’s an amateur doesn’t matter. Gavin has to run and writes his number on Scott’s hand, insisting that Scott call. Cue ribbing from Ashok and Vincent.

Art by Michael Allred

Gavin and Scott finally get together at his house to watch old episodes of the Phantasm. As the marathon ends, Gavin focuses on Scott, who nervously tries to redirect the conversation. Scott relents with a gently reassuring touch and tone of voice from Gavin. In a Comics Alliance interview Roberson mentions how this scene in issue #19 has been building since the series’ beginning.

Scott’s first appearance is in a short story published in House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1 (2009). Gavin Price is first seen in a cameo in iZOMBIE #1. Scott and Gavin’s date takes place in #19. This bio will be updated when I catch up on my iZOMBIE reading. Thanks to Francois Peneaud for pointing out the above interview to me!

© and ® Monkey Brain Inc and Michael Allred. All rights reserved. Created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred.

Max Modell

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Art by Humberto Ramos

Modell is a renowned scientist and head of Horizon Labs, an innovative tech development firm. In Amazing Spider-Man #648 Modell became Peter Parker’s boss. While chatting, Parker notices a watch that Modell is wearing. Modell comments that it’s an early birthday gift from his partner Hector.

Modell is introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #648 and is confirmed as gay in #678. Created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.

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Thanks to Mart for the info and image.

Pylothia

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Art by Gianluca Gugliotta

Py’lothia is a Cepniac’n, an alien race existing in the Ninth Dimension in which every female can absorb energy and every male can manipulate and expel it. Py’lothia is an exception to Cepniac’n biology as sie was born bigender/ intersexed and doesn’t want to choose. The decision created friction at home and within the larger community to the degree that Py’lothia was given by hir parents to the Kryl. The space-faring and conquering race strongly suspected hir great power and kept hir in solitary confinement until Mr Terrific, newly freed himself after being taken prisoner after arrival, frees Py’lothia. Sie resists Mr Terrific’s attempts to persuade hir of hir untapped power (“You don’t know what it’s like hating yourself. Thinking you deserve to die, because you’ve discovered something about yourself you can’t stand.”); hir power being the only hope they have of survival against a Kryl mothership bent on their total elimination. Py’lothia finally starts to believe in Mr Terrific’s words and in deus ex machina style single handedly saves them.  Upon their farewell, Py’lothia reveals sie will return to Cepniac’n to reach out to others who were similarly made into outcasts, and then turn to fighting the oppressive Kryl. The name Py’lothia is also the Cepniac’n word for harmony.

Py’lothia first and probably only appearance is in Mr Terrific #5.

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Twitch Hopeless Savage & Henry Shi

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Twitch (middle name Strummer) is the third of four children born to punk rockers Dirk Hopeless and Nikki Savage. While the rest of the family is rooted in punk, with oldest child Rat being the exception during his rebellious phase, Twitch is odd man out because of his identification with mod culture and music. In his introductory scene Twitch is shown having been up all night working on a painting and joking that he’s used crack to keep himself awake.

Twitch has something in common with sister Arsenal: they’re dating brothers Henry and Claude Shi. Younger brother Henry is a musician. Henty and Twitch have had an on and off relationship. In the short story “Romance #1″ Van Meter shows Twitch and Henry as teens meeting for the first time at a martial arts match between their older siblings. The boys have such a good conversation that by the time of the match’s end they’re going out on a date, which attracts the attention of a couple bullies who are put in their place by Arsenal and Claude. Their break after nearly five years came as a result of Julliard accepting Henry’s application to study but rejecting Twitch for lack of “sufficient focus”. Twitch insisted Henry follow through with his dream. Several relationships follow for Twitch, but they’re mismatched and mostly unhappy from the glimpses that writer Jen Van Meter shows. Van Meter’s decision to tell Twitch’s story in the context of giving little sister Zero advice about boys and “not settling for less” is very well written and touching. As fate would have it, the two are reunited when Henry unexpectedly reappears at the family’s doorstep one night during a rainstorm.

Art by Chynna Clugston Flores

Their newly rekindled romance is not without its bumps as seen when the men travel with Claude and Arsenal to Hong Kong so Arsenal can compete in a Kung Fu competition. Henry and Claude’s grandmother lives in Hong Kong and she is both revered and feared as a witch. Grandmother Shi spares no words when she reads the fortunes of the quartet. The future for Twitch, she says, shows that he’ll leave Henry for a woman. Her predictions create a lot of stress before the guys realize how silly it was to let her words get to them. The short story “Music/ Boxes” sees Twitch and Henry moving into their first home together with the help of family. and friends.

Twitch, Henry and the entire Hopeless Savage clan are © and ® Jen Van Meter. All rights reserved. Visit Jen Van Meter’s site.

Aaron And Eric

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Aaron and Eric are both members of the Alexandria Safe Zone, a walled off neighborhood section where a small number of post apocalyptic survivors live. Aaron and Eric work together as scouts looking for other and spying on other survivors to decide if they’re worthy to bring in to the Safe Zone. It’s in this capacity that Aaron is first seen when he approaches Rick and Abraham one night after their group has stopped for the night. Aaron is a friendly and calm person, the latter demonstrated when he regains consciousness after being punched in the face and knocked out by a suspicious Rick for surprising them. Interrogated by Rick, Aaron admits that he’s a kind of recruiter, explaining that he comes from a small community of normal humans who’ve banded together. Hearing his promises of safety and food, first Michonne and then others strongly express desire to join the strangers. Rick agrees. Shortly after a very early start, the band is surprised to find another unknown man waiting by the side of the road. Apprehensive as usual, Rick explodes at Aaron upon learning that Eric, the new stranger, is Aaron’s partner and “insurance policy” in the event that something went wrong with the encounter with Rick’s group. The pair of men hand over their weapons and supplies to prove themselves to Rick. Before resuming their journey, Aaron is pulled aside by Eric for a private conversation. The nature of “partner” is defined when Eric rests his hand on Aaron’s neck, leans in, and says: “Next time…no more overnighters, okay? My nerves can’t take it.”

Aaron and Eric prove to be quick thinking and brave when they see a shooting flare about an hour away from the Alexandria Safe Zone and deduce that it was fired by someone in one of their runner groups who’ve gone into the city for supplies.  After they’ve all safely arrived at their destination, Aaron acts as a sort of liason between Rick and his people and Douglas Monroe, the defacto leader of the Safe Zone.

Aaron’s views about his purpose and life in the Safe Zone are affected after Eric is stabbed by a woman the pair were going to recruit after observing her. Despite Eric and Dr Cloyd’s assurances that the wound is superficial, Aaron is visibly shaken and decides to persuade Douglas that the time for recruitment is over.The couple’s acceptance is evidenced by the comforting smiles and stances the artist gives both Dr Cloyd and Rick. Douglas is grief stricken by the accidental death of his wife. Instead of addressing Aaron’s concerns Douglas decides to confess his feelings of shame, fear, and inadequacy within his marriage and as the Safe Zone’s leader. Aaron tries his best to support Douglas with comforting words but their conversation is cut short by gunshots due to a walker incident from a wall breach. Unable to secure the gap, the zone is overrun by zombies. Seeing the heroic efforts led by Rick, Aaron rushes to help while a recovering Eric insists on also joining to protect their safety.

Art by Charlie Adlard

My reading of the Walking Dead is by trades from my library, so my first hand knowledge of Aaron and Eric stops with volume 14, “No Way Out”. Everyone in this arc seems accepting or at least not openly bothered by Aaron and Eric’s sexuality and relationship. This Walking Dead site lists them both as currently alive. This entry will be updated as I get further ahead in my reading.

Aaron’s first appearance is Walking Dead #67 and Eric appears in #68, which reveals their relationship.

The Walking Dead and all its characters are © and ® Robert Kirkman. All rights reserved.

Faceoff

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Art by Jimmy Broxton

Faceoff is a costumed, urban vigilante operating in the London area. When writer Paul Cornell introduces Faceoff, he’s just one of the many costumed heroes and villains gathering at “The Time in a Bottle” pub’s “first Thursday of the month” affairs. This monthly event is a peaceful one because it’s shielded by Merlin’s “truce magic”, thanks to a statue of the wizard secured on the 400 year old building’s premesis. Faceoff confronts newcomer Shrike, who’s being given a tour by Squire, after overhearing him mskr an offhand gay comment about a pair of villains. Definitely out and unashamed, he’s also a man who believes in the ends justifying the means, as we’re shown when writer Cornell reveals Faceoff conspired with Cornwall Boy to interfere with the truce mage by interrupting its source. Cornwall Boy was frustrated by his mentor Captain Cornwall’s heroic philosophy. If he’d succeeded in killing the Captain he’d have inherited his powers, which Cornwall Boy believes the Captain uses as “just a chance to dress up.” Faceoff, whose attitude and costume makes him a parody of gritty anti-heroes, simply wanted an opportunity to physically harm if not kill villains. Neither get their wishes. While Cornwall Boy is apprehended by Knight and Squire, Faceoff makes a getaway until he’s later enlisted in issue #6 to aid Knight and Squire in their plan to stop the Joker, to pursue his own vendetta against his wacky and non-lethal British counterpart, Jarvis Poker. Faceoff redeems himself of his shameful deeds and has yet to be seen again.

Faceoff first appeared and confirmed his sexual orientation in Knight and Squire #1.

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Mirza

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Image provided by Fernando de PaulaContributed by Fernando de Paula

Mirza was born in Cracóvia with the name Mirela Zamanova. Her entire family was decimated because of an ancient legend that says that one daughter of a family without a male first born would become victim of a curse.

She became a vampire after suffering  sexual abuse. She married with a man of advanced age because of debt, but killed him during the honeymoon. Mirza left her country and changed her name. Afterwards, she became a famous top model, rich and high society member and an important figure in their parties. Mirza chose Brazil to be her permanent home, but she travels around the world searching for adventures, hunting for the blood that keep her alive and constantly young. Her butler Brooks, an old and short hunchback man, is her loyal follower, admirer and accomplice. Both have committed several crimes and almost without leaving any clues.

Eugênio Colonnese created Mirza in 1967. Her stories had highly erotic content for their time. She was harassed by many men and women that trying come closer, making love promises, sexual propositions, and even forced attempts to have sex, but she always (or in the most of times) interrupted that tentative killing the pretendant by drinking his or her blood.

Mirza had many affairs and flirtations with men. In three of her stories, even at that time, had the harassment of women that approached to try seduced her.In “Bird’s Orgy” (“Orgia Das Aves”) she was invited to a wealthy businessman’s party, where the women in animal costumes were to be hunted by men in an erotic and sexual game. However, one of the girls named Claudia, who had invited Mirza, approached Mirza before any of the men and declares be very attracted for her.During a party in “Mirza’s Birthday” (“O Aniversario De Mirza”) Mirza attracted several men in order to kill them. She does so in her huge garden, leaving Brooks to bury them at the bottom of the pool. Another guest named Dalila goes after Mirza and declares herself in love with her. Dalila finds her death at Mirza’s hands, too.

In “Tea For Two Girls” (“Chá Para Duas”), Brooks leaves to take a vacation. Due to his concern for Mirza, Brooks contracts the services of a young girl through a newspaper ad. However, he does not notice that it isn’t just domestic services, but also intimate company and services of an escort that the girl offers. The servant/escort girl named Giovanna, had the practice of seducing and then killing her clients during the sex act so she could steal their possessions. She committed her last mistake by attempting this routine with Mirza.

Mirza first appeared in 1967 in the pages of Mirza, a Mulher Vampiro. Created by Eugênio Colonnese.

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Kevin Keller

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Kevin Keller is Archie Comics’ first gay character if one puts aside sub-text, innuendo, reader wishes, and slash. Keller debuted in a story titled “Isn’t It Bromantic?”. Writer/ artist Dan Parent created Keller as a blond, blue-eyed teen next door and planted him into the Archie world by relocating his family to Riverdale. In this first appearance Kevin is presented as a serious contender for Jughead’s legendary bottomless stomach, besting him in a hamburger eating contest and later losing another contest by a single hot wing. Quickly bonding, Keller confides to Jughead the news that he’s gay. Jughead is completely unfazed though he recognizes an opportunity to make Veronica the butt of a joke when he sees one, and persuades Kevin to withhold telling Veronica, getting him to naively play along as long as possible. Parent succeeds in creating some cute scenes built around this without condescending or pandering before allowing Veronica to discover Jughead’s scheme, and ending the story in typical, amiable Riverdale fashion. Parent is not above letting readers romantically speculate about Kevin by having him text William and giving no clues to their relationship till Kevin’s third appearance. In a nod to comics readers, Parent has made Kevin a collector of old comics, as well as giving him another common interest with Jughead.

By the time of his next appearance, Keller and Veronica have become BFF’s. The new relationship is the vehicle for Parent to further integrate Keller and explore the meaning of friendship while fleshing Keller out a little more as a character. Here we’re told that Kevin is an aspiring journalist and his father is a retired Army colonel.Kevin’s background comes more fully to life with the character’s third appearance. Here we meet Wendy and William, the boy Kevin texted in the first story. Kevin’s invited his best friends from a former school to Riverdale for a Fourth of July celebration in which his father, Thomas, will be the parade’s guest of honor. The visit is an opportunity for Kevin to catch up with his old friends since their “Muska-dweeb” days in Bricktown. Parent shows Kevin to be a loyal friend, sticking with and standing up for Wendy and William and fighting a mean kid who plans to break Wendy’s heart by standing her up for a dance after pretending to be interested in her. Kevin’s further devotion is demonstrated when he reassures Wendy and William that he won’t dump them for a place with the popular kids after a growth spurt transforms from nerd status to hottie. The enduring friendship between William and Kevin underscores the reality that gay and straight males of any age can and do have non-romantic/ non-sexual relationships. Most importantly, Parent conveys the dual messages for unconditional parental acceptance of LGBT children and that patriotism is not limited to heterosexuals in a scene in which Thomas reassures Kevin of his love during a heartfelt father-son talk

Kevin has proven to be a hugely popular character for the publisher and his story will continue in the remainder of this mini series as well as a solo Keller title in 2012. This entry will occasionally be updated to reflect new and relevant details. Kevin’s first appearance is in and shown as gay in Veronica #202. Other appearances include Veronica #205 and the Kevin Keller mini series (under the Veronica title). Kevin Keller created by Dan Parent.

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