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Mama Deb
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Comics, homophobia and jerks

I'm a Green Lantern fan. I've been one since I was a kid, if only because Hal Jordan was the handsomest hero with the *best* costume. I was eleven. - that was my criteria. A lot of *stuff* happened during my hiatus, with John Stewart and Guy Gardner and the Emerald Twilight, and now Kyle Rayner.

Kyle Rayner...well, I've slashed him, so you know I like him. And I like his writer, Judd Winnick, too. But a lot of GL fans don't like either one. And some of them hate them so much that neither writer nor character can do anything good in their eyes. And a lot of them...well.

One of the characters that Judd introduced is Terry Berg. Terry is a fifteen year old boy who is paid to be Kyle's assistant - getting him supplies, making sure he meets deadline, delivering his finished comics to the Cosmolike magazine that publishes them. That sort of thing. And, for a year, with some really minor hints, that's what Terry was. A good, level headed kid who liked his somewhat mercurial boss, despite his long and frequent absences. Just a minor character who still made his presence felt.

Then it turned out that Terry had a crush on Kyle. Because Terry is gay. Horrors! A gay kid in a comic book! That might corrupt all the many kids who are reading the comic. All ten of them. Maybe. The semi-nude scenes, the unmarried couple in bed together, the violence and blood and such, those are okay. A kid coming to terms with his sexuality...that's bad. And Kyle (not Judd, just Kyle) handled it poorly because Kyle is clumsy with other people. This is an established part of his character. But Judd is evil and Kyle is evil and Terry is especially evil. And comics should not be used as a soap box.

Except that a few months ago, Peter David did an equally blatant piece about racism after September 11 in his "Young Justice" and it was greeted with universal approval (including my own.) It's still a double standard. But everyone likes Peter David and everyone likes Young Justice, and racism is not a button issue.

Among the issues are, "If only Judd had developed Terry before making him a stereotype."

Hello. Terry was around for a year. And even now, he's no stereotype. He's a normal teen age boy who happens to date boys. And. I'm annoyed.

I'm also annoyed at batfans who don't like a *one page* scene in the latest Gotham Knights because it features a middle aged m/m couple. Who are celebrating the anniversary of the day that Batman saved one of their lives. *Sigh*.

Current Mood: irritatedirritated
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Just remember that there are hundreds of people out there who recognize, realize, and understand the homoeroticism that permeates *most* of the comic book industry. There will always be idiots. The Will to be Stupid is very great. Try not to let them raise your blood pressure, though. Such things are not worth your efforts.

I'm also annoyed at batfans who don't like a *one page* scene in the latest Gotham Knights because it features a middle aged m/m couple. Who are celebrating the anniversary of the day that Batman saved one of their lives. *Sigh*.

I felt like that scene was a wonderful Devin Grayson goodbye kiss to the title, as she goes over to write Nightwing. Devin Grayson's bi, a vocal supporter of gay characters in comics, and an inveterate slasher. athough she's always toed the line -- barely -- on Bruce/Dick. I think it must have pleased her to show an actual gay couple. There's no kissing, even -- just sweet married people being married.

And the suggestion I got, although it's not made clear, is that Batman foiled a gay-bashing. Because he's, you know, for justice? That thing?

But then, I liked "24/7" all around; it felt inclusive of all of Gotham City, and the ways they've been affected by the one man in his two roles.

And there may be a reason why I'm obsessed with most things Bat but have almost entirely ignored mainstream comics fandom ("dude! Batgirl's *hot*! And she doesn't even talk!"). Yargh.