Column by Steve Bennett
Posted by Steve Bennett on June 16, 2021 @ 1:14 pm CT
I realize I’ve already written about Pride Month (see "Confessions of a Comic Book Guy -- Do Yourself Proud"), but it seems I wasn’t quite done. Both Marvel’s Voices: Pride and DC Pride got a nice write-up in The Hollywood Reporter that featured this quote from Marvel’s Voices: Pride editor Sarah Brunstad really encapsulates why publishers should do comics like this; “We were seeing this desire for untold stories”. It also promotes Aquaman: The Becoming by Brandon Thomas and Diego Olortegui, a new six-issue limited series coming out in September, that features Jackson Hyde the Aqualad who just happens to be gay.
follows Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy as they abscond following the events of Ivy's disastrous failed wedding to Kite-Man, indulging their own long-simmering romance on a journey to, well, eat, bang, and kill their way to freedom.”
Entirely apropos for Pride Month, though I’m fairly confident it was more by coincidence than done by deliberate design, it was confirmed in a recent trailer for the Disney+ Loki series that the character is genderfluid. Online the question is often parsed as "is Loki genderfluid now" when, according to Norse Mythology, he’s always been, apparently. Thanks toThor comics, I read a lot of the Norse myths when I was a kid, but I somehow completely missed the one where “Loki lived as a milkmaid for eight winters under the earth in the land of the dead” Now, that’s a plot for a comic I want to read.
Loki Charms cereal that could only be purchased online. They sold out in seconds; imagine how many boxes would have sold in the direct market.
And while Hercules does make a brief appearance in Marvel’s Voices: Pride, that’s all he gets for Pride Month. Now that the character has finally been allowed to develop into something like an actual, well, character (beyond that of a hedonistic goofball brawler), one more in keeping with the mythological demigod -- I also read a lot about Greek and Roman myths thanks to Thor comics. This canonically bisexual hero really deserves a comic of his own.
Marvel’s Rawhide Kid Is No Straight Shooter”). Written by Ron Zimmerman and drawn by the late, great John Severin, it was controversial for not just having a gay hero, but for the campy way, it dealt with Western genre cliches and homosexual stereotypes. It was a pretty big deal, at the time, but now the Kid doesn’t even merit a cameo in Marvel’s Voices: Pride.
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