Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gay Marriage in the Marvel Universe

AKA "What you didn't see on The View today"
AKA "98% of the comic book people I know don't really care"

(BTW..if that's Storm over there..WTF?!)

Why? Because once you've opened your mind to the possibility of planet eating aliens, radioactive super-power enabling spiders, a mutant gene, unstable molecules and the enigma of Deadpool's popularity...Gay Marriage isn't all that mind blowing! Never the less, Marvel will make this a headline, so for those of you who don't watch the View..which is all of you..here's the skinny...

The X-Men, one of the world’s most popular super hero teams, have always been at the forefront of the biggest stories in comic history; and today is no different as Marvel is proud to announce the wedding that has everyone talking! Today, fans worldwide learned on ABC’s The View, that Jean-Paul Beaubier, AKA Northstar and a popular member of the X-Men, proposes to his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in Astonishing X-Men #50, on-sale tomorrow in comic stores, on the Marvel Comics app and at the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. The creative team of New York Times best-sellers Marjorie Liu (X-23¸ the urban fantasy Hunter Kiss series and the Dirk & Steele paranormal romances) and Mike Perkins (Stephen King’s The Stand) have put Northstar and Kyle’s relationship to the test—and now they’re about to take their biggest step yet. But will their path to wedded matrimony in New York City be smooth or are there hidden dangers around the corner?

“The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in that reality,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor in Chief. “We’ve been working on this story for over a year to ensure Northstar and Kyle's wedding reflects Marvel's "world outside your window" tradition."

Then, on June 20th, don’t miss the wedding of Northstar and Kyle in the pages of Astonishing X-Men #51! This unforgettable issue features covers by Dustin Weaver and Marko Djurdjevic, along with a special “Create Your Own Wedding” blank variant cover! Select comic book retailers nationwide will host wedding parties at their stores to celebrate this joyous occasion, with special items exclusively available at participating stores! (oh man...so many jokes in my head I can't even stand up straight..~thud~)

“The story of Northstar and Kyle is universal, and at the core of everything I write: a powerful love between two people who have to fight for it against all odds,” said Liu. “This is the quintessential Marvel story, one that blends the modern world with the fantasy of super heroes in order to tell an exciting story that begins with a wedding—and continues in ways you can’t imagine.”

Northstar was first introduced to comic fans in the pages of 1979’s Uncanny X-Men #120, a member of the super hero team Alpha Flight and antagonist to the popular super heroes. A gold medal winning Olympian and successful businessman, the French-Canadian super hero quickly became one of the most popular members of Alpha Flight when its ongoing series launched in 1983. In 1992’s historic Alpha Flight #106, Northstar became the first openly gay super hero when he announced his sexual identity through national media. Since then, Northstar has not only joined the X-Men but become one of their most popular new members. Northstar and Kyle have been a couple since 2009, garnering a large fan following since their first appearance together.

“As a long-time fan of the X-Men, it’s not only a true honor to be part of such a historically significant story but also a complete joy,” explained Perkins.

Don’t miss the proposal everyone’s talking in Astonishing X-Men #50, available tomorrow in comic stores, on the Marvel Comics app and at the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. And then save the date for June 20, as Northstar and Kyle tie the knot in Astonishing X-Men #51

ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 (MAR120623) Written by MARJORIE LIU, Art by MIKE PERKINS, Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER, Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY, Sketch Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY (that's THREEE covers, folks) Rated T+ …$3.99 ON SALE 5/23/12

ASTONISHING X-MEN #51 (APR120665) Written by MARJORIE LIU, Art by MIKE PERKINS, Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER, Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC, Create Your Own Wedding Variant also available. Rated T+ …$3.99 FOC—5/28/12, On-Sale—6/20/12

I was going to tack on a series of pictures of male superheroes making out at the bottom of this, as I know whenever I set foot in an Anime convention, there's some creepy mofo selling art of this, but after typing Yaoi into google (don't ever, ever, ever do this..sooo many penises), I'm calling it quits. As a consolation prize, here's classic Superman tonguing classic Batman and my favorite Marvel Comics gays, Rictor and Shatterstar. Enjoy!

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