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Or Rob Liefeild thinking Shatterstar is RUINED FOREVER because a subsequent writer made him gay.
And gender? Two words - Power Girl. One ,ore word - stripperiffic, as in costume. DC seems to be ahead of Marvel in this respect (Batwoman, The Question) while Marvel has ... Girl Comics. (Perhaps I missed it but I haven't seen the second issue of that.)
while Marvel has ... Girl Comics. (Perhaps I missed it but I haven't seen the second issue of that.)
Speaking as a member of the GLBTQ community, I just don't look to mainstream superhero comics for anything insightful or even reflective when it comes to my people.
Possibly the poorest plotted element of The Runaways has been the marriage of Karolina Dean to Xavin. For those not familiar with the series, Karolina Dean is a lesbian character who is one of a group of crimefighting teens. Shortly after it is revealed that she is in love with Nico, the series conveniently has her leave planet earth because she is betrothed to Xavin, a Skrull. Xavin appears in the form of a man but when Karolina reveals she's gay, Xavin shapeshifts into a woman. Later Karolina and Xavin join back up with the Runaways. Getting beyond the arranged marriage aspect (which is extremely disturbing and in poor taste in itself), Xavin stays in male form quite a bit (apparently because Xavin needs to be for battle...ummm okay). In a series called Civil War, Xavin is always in male form. Joss Whedon recently cleaned up these problems smartly repairing the damage done. In issue # 29, it is revealed that when not focused enough to stay in a shape, Xavin's non-shifting gender is female. Nice save by Whedon who also has Xavin in female form through most of his 6 issues.