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Supurbia Gossip: Twilight is gay, and no one Cares!

Comic Booked 02/07/2013 Features

Gio Taviani, aka Agent Twilight, recently “came out” as a homosexual in the pages of Grace Randolph’s Supurbia. The thing about it though, is that there is no “thing,” and no one seems to care. Both the worlds of comic book journalism and mainstream media have more or less left it alone to be a non-issue. I’m very torn here – I’m really not sure if I should be outraged or celebrating. Where is the controversy, where’s all the noise? At the very least the story seems ripe for discussion about what the coming out process means, or what it’s like in this day an age, but I don’t see much out there. It doesn’t seem that long ago we were all complicit in allowing DC and Marvel to play dueling homos* with Green Lantern and Northstar, but why have we gone silent on this? Even just the last Wiccan/Hulkling kiss received more fanfare. Not to put down my own article, but the reason there’s no hype machine here is probably fairly obvious: BOOM! Studios just isn’t as newsworthy a publisher as Marvel or DC. Maybe that’s fair, as they are comparatively new to the game, and the characters of Supurbia haven’t had as much time to imprint themselves on our public consciousness. I like to pretend there’s a different reason though. I like to imagine we simply live in a world where something like this just isn’t a big deal. As someone who firmly opposes any and all discrimination or intolerance along these lines, I actually debated if I even wanted to write this up or not. I often fear dignifying absurd notions by even acknowledging them, and wonder if I should just take the silence whenever I can get it. Pretending we live in a perfect world doesn’t make it so though, does it? I guess technically in my ideal world a coming out story wouldn’t even be possible unless told in some kind of flashback, or set in the past. I’d love to see a world where the story wouldn’t work because people wouldn’t even have any frame of reference to understand it, but in the meantime you tell me, what should I do? Should I continue the dialogue, or enjoy the silence?

 Supurbia Gay Gossip

The story will continue soon in the pages of Supurbia, and there will be plenty more Supurbia Gossip!





*This comment is meant to represent the pinnacle of snark, not to be disparaging.

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  1. kcassidy 02/07/2013 at 1:51 pm

    I think part of the reason that we haven't seen any furor over it is that the characters were out immediately from the start of the series. Now, I admit, I have not read the first miniseries of Supurbia, but I think you hit the nail on the head when it was a major character who came out and not a minor one. Green Lantern? He has so much history I can understand the upset. Northstar? He came out a LONG time ago but it was this wedding story in Astonishing X-Men that made the news. Wiccan and Hulkling? Most people will go "who?" and that will be the end of it. I think it's more when a character with history suddenly changes direction as these characters have been built up for a long time – over 50 years for Alan Scott – and they make this change. If it was a brand new character, that's one thing; an established one just for the sake of selling a few issues, that's another. I personally was upset over the Alan Scott choice by DC, but not because they put a gay character into the mix but because of who it was. With Earth-2, they could have created a whole plethora of new characters and make that part of the character from the ground up. By using Alan Scott, they garnered attention but also (to me) spit on the previous 50 years of history of the character and potentially nullified his having 2 children who also played a major role in the DCU (Well, one of them anyway…).

    • Scorp_Moonopoly 02/07/2013 at 5:53 pm

      Green Lantern wasn't already gay? I mean come on, his power is magical jewelry! I get what you're saying though, a lot of people are going to be unhappy with any re-imagining, it just comes with the territory. With Gio, he was out to the reader from the start, but is just now coming out in-universe.

  2. jeffhillwriter 02/07/2013 at 4:56 pm

    Dueling homos… Ha.

    • Scorp_Moonopoly 02/07/2013 at 5:38 pm

      I know I know lol, that is SO what it was though!

  3. Knighti2 02/08/2013 at 1:04 pm

    It is simple. BOOM! is not the marketing juggernaut of the other two. Those stories were nothing more than a means to an end for Marvel and DC, sell more comics, story being largely irrelevant.

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