More gay superhero action: Batwoman's marriage proposal, Wolverine with Hercules?
Warning: Spoiler alert.
Gay comic book characters coming out and getting married has proved to be big business.
Cramming in as many hot-button issues as possible, Archie Comics garnered much media attention and sales (not to mention opposition from One Million Busybodies Moms) with a gay, interracial, military wedding.
Northstar, who was Marvel's first out superhero, married his boyfriend last year.
Now several other major superheroes are following in their wake.
In Marvel Comics, virile Hercules has slept with many women: Snowbird, Black Widow, Alfyse, She-Hulk, and more. But he didn't just sleep with women.
It's been hinted that he has also slept with Northstar.
But Hercules has announced his love for another superhero associated with the Great White North: the iconic Wolverine.
Mind you, this all takes place in an alternate universe, with Wolverine as Governor-General James Howlett of the Dominion of Canada. (So alas, we presumably won't be seeing Hugh Jackman getting it on with Kevin Sorbo in the movie version.)
In X-Treme X-Men No. 9, a scantily clad Hercules and Wolverine (as James Howlett) exchange fliratious banter about wearing leather.
But it's not until the following issue that man-on-man action between the two actually gets shown. The two are depicted in a lip-lock (with Hercules carrying one helluva huge sword—because apparently size matters).
But it's all actually keeping in character since the Greek mythological figure, who the comic book version is based upon, apparently had both female and male lovers.
Meanwhile, it's wedding bells for Batwoman. The superhero, who was reintroduced as a lesbian in 2006, proposed to her girlfriend, police captain Maggie Sawyer, in Batwoman No. 17.
And it couldn't be more timely. Batwoman's marriage proposal arrived amid controversy and protest about homophobic author Orson Scott Card, who has expressed anti-gay views and is opposed to same-sex marriage, being chosen by DC Comics to write an upcoming issue of Adventures of Superman.
In response to the news, Ottawa's Comic Book Shoppe has refused to carry the issue. (The store didn't stop there and is also removing all of the writer's other work from their shelves.)
But imagine that the more that we see these depictions, soon same-sex romances in comics won't even be an issue. And we'll get there one kiss at a time.