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I think all superheroes should be queer by default. I can’t imagine being a superhero with unique abilities and being drawn to a genre. It sounds so boring. I mean, think about it. If you could throw planets or lift buildings with your bare hands, why would you limit yourself to just one genre? Damn, why limit yourself to just one species?
Don’t get me wrong, I feel the same about aliens and gods. It feels like making characters straight by default is doing them a disservice. It’s also one of the reasons I read more manga these days. The manga doesn’t feel as limited as most American comics. With manga, I can find almost anything I want. But with American comics, it often feels like some publishers are reluctant to bring the mainstream queer characters who have same-sex relationships to the page and not as a plot device. As a viewer and a fan, you can always tell which character feels more developed than the rest. Right now my favorite comic book show with LGBTQ + portrayal is HBO Max. Harley quinn. It’s funny, it’s gay, it’s violent, and you get a few life lessons along the way. But that should be the norm for LGBTQ + comic book characters across the board, not just in some cases.
LGBTQ + comic characters on TV
We’re all so excited to see LGBTQ + comic book characters come onto the screen, but when they’re underdeveloped, it’s frustrating. For example, Xena: warrior princess is often lauded as a lesbian superhero, but when it first aired, that was only implied. Granted, it was on the air in the late ’90s, but TV executives didn’t want to show anything that would suggest there is WLW (Woman Loving Woman), according to Newsweek. However, if you still have doubts about Xena’s sexuality, you can also read Vita Ayala’s run of. Xena for visual confirmation.
Then there’s Toni Topaz from CW’s Riverdale. If you’re an Archie Comics fan, you might know the bad girl with pink hair who does what she wants, when she wants. At Riverdale, she is dating Cheryl Blossom. However, in the series, her character had no real development until Vanessa Morgan, the actress who plays Toni, took to Twitter to express her disdain for the way her character was written, as reported by Vulture.
from amazon Invincible has a character named William Clockwell who is a proud and proud teenager. He is Mark Grayson’s best friend who is not gay. I think the importance of showing this contrast is to normalize straight men having healthy, platonic friendships with gay men. Mark trusts William and always tells his friend the truth.
Overall, mainstream comics tend to prioritize cis and straight men.
LGBTQ + independent comic characters
Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Not only is Saga one of the best comics ever, the characters stay with you in your mind and heart. Petrichor is a warrior and served in the military for years. She was in the shower when a young Hazel walked over her and saw that she was visibly intersex. I appreciate that Petrichor was not disrespectful or forced to endure the phobias of those close to him. She’s iconic because not only is she a fierce fighter, but she’s beautiful and has a good moral compass.
MPLS sound by Hannibal Tabu, Joseph Phillip Illidge and Meredith Laxton
Theresa wants to start a band and she has enough motivation to do so. In MPLS sound, she is the boss and she has the last word. Nothing is bigger than his dream, not even The Purple One. Theresa has a specific vision for herself and her band and even a superstar like Prince can’t change her mind. She has a trendy romance and things get hectic, but she maintains her position until the end.
CREMA (comiXology Originals) by Johnnie Christmas and Dante Luiz
A beautiful ghost story that involves coffee and ghosts. Esme can see ghosts when she is not having coffee, which is often due to the fact that she works as a barista. Esme is tasked by a ghost to travel to Brazil so that he can return to a haunted coffee farm. Yara is Esme’s love interest, and while ghosts can be scary, it’s the loving moments that Esme and Yara share that take the cake.
Marvel LGBTQ + characters
Black Panther: the world of Wakanda By Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne, Alitha Martinez, Afua Richardson, Joe Bennett
I was delighted to read this version of the Dora Milaje because I didn’t like the way they were previously described. Roxane Gay breathes new life into Marvel’s deadliest warriors by creating a Sapphic romance between Ayo and Aneka. Women love Wakanda, but watching them determine if they love themselves more than their homework is a race that is relatable.
DEADPOOL’S SECRET WARS # 3 by Matteo Lolli, Jacopo Camagni, Cullen Bunn
Rumor has it that the next dead Pool The film will further highlight the character’s sexuality. In the comics, Deadpool flirts with everyone. In the movies he’s only been with women, and some fans, myself included, want to see a more romantic and expressive Deadpool. While his sexuality is used as a comedic relief in some cases, we would still love to see him love another man on screen.
Loki: Agent of Asgard Volume 1: Trust me by Al Ewing, Lee Garbett, Jenny Frison
With the new hit show on Disney +, Loki is confirmed to be genderfluid and pansexual. If you haven’t been following the show, it casually confirms it in an ironic way. Again, I believe the gods should be weird and Loki doesn’t disappoint.
DC Comics LGBTQ + Characters
Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger and Sara Kipin
This graphic novel is a dark origin story about DC’s deadliest villain, Poison Ivy. As this particular story follows a young Poison Ivy in high school, it’s a journey to see her come into her own identity. Poison Ivy has always had a slight flair of misandry about her, even in animated shows, which are entertaining. Her evolving relationship with Harley Quinn is fun to watch.
Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette
In my heart, Wonder Woman is a lesbian without a doubt, but somehow the DCEU doesn’t want her to have relationships with women on screen. I can’t lie and say I’m not upset that Wonder Woman falls for a man in the movies and never gets to fall in love with the women on screen. There are tracks where Wonder Woman has women as lovers, and in the Nubia graphic novel, Nubia’s parents, Wonder Woman’s twins, are two women.
DC Comics: Bombs Vol. 4: Queens by Marguerite Bennett
I keep talking about Harley quinn lively show because it’s so perfect. Now that Harley and Poison Ivy have finally shared a kiss on the page, it’s time to turn the heat up and embark on more WLW adventures in the comics. Fresh bleeding reported this Love Bingo‘s Tee Franklin announced that she was writing a Harley quinn run which will be in stores this fall. His race will center the marriage of Harley and Poison Ivy.
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