June is LGBTQ Pride month and, in honor of it, I’m starting my month of Gay Pride-related posts off by sharing the news that’s been simmering in the comic geek/gay comic geek/green lantern fan/gay green lantern fan universes and finally burst into the mainstream:
This is not the GL many of you may be familiar with. This was the original GL, created in the 1940’s, with a magical ring and battery. He also happens to be my favorite GL, although I love ’em all.
DC Comics, the company that owns and publishes stories using this character, recently rebooted their entire fictional super-hero universe. It is way too long and complicated to go into here…like trying to explain years of soap opera plots to a newbie… but suffice it to say that Alan Scott (the Green lantern mentioned above) was not gay prior to the reboot. In fact, he had 2 children, one of whom was gay: Todd Rice , also known as the superhero Obsidian.
In this newly rebooted Universe, we have discovered Alan is gay, has a boyfriend and thus far, can only assume he has no children (moreso given his age – 20 something – than merely the fact that he is gay, as we all know gay does not equal no children.)
What this means for the fate of Obsidian (and sister Jade) and whether they will exist at all, remains to be seen. What it means for me is that I am having a total “gay, Green Lantern, Alan Scott, comic geek” orgasm over this. Comics needs more LGBTQ characters and I’m thrilled Alan Scott is now one of them.
P.S. Anyone up for making me an Alan Scott Green Lantern Costume for Halloween this year?