Well, come now – they’ve got killer gym bodies, they like showing em’ off in spandex, and oft times they employ equally hot sidekicks. Some superheroes GOTTA be playing for our team. For those of you who are not comic book geeks like me, DC Comics revamped their entire line of comic books this year and basically started from scratch. Every series got a new #1, and the reboot meant that creators could do whatever they damn well wanted without being chained by continuity. One of the changes was to add a gay hero called Bunker (ugh, not winning points with that name) to their longtime Teen Titans hero group. That’s him up there in his civilian identity, and in costume fighting the re-imagined Robin…while wearing purple footies. Oh dear.
His real name is Miguel Jose Barragan. He was raised in a very small Mexican village called El Chilar. He was very loved by his family and the village as well — and they were as accepting of his homosexuality as they were to his super powers when they first manifested. To that end he grew up in an angst-free environment. He was born out of the closet and so he has a very refreshing outlook on life.
Teen Titans artist Brett Booth also added that Bunker (whose power appears to be have something to do with pink armor, oh dear) was created to be flamboyant from the get-go:
We wanted to show an interesting character who’s homosexuality is part of him, not something that’s hidden. Sure they are gay people who you wouldn’t know are gay right off the bat, but there are others who are a more flamboyant, and we thought it would be nice to actually see them portrayed in comics. Did we go over the top, I don’t think so.
Makes sense to me. We’re a pretty varied community. And if you weren’t aware, Bunker isn’t the first superhero in a mainstream comic to be gay. There’s more than a few now, and two of em’ are (or were, not sure in this new DC universe) married! Check out Manhunt’s Gay Superfriends Roll Call after the jump!
Northstar is a French-Canadian Olympic skier and member of the X-Men. He’s superfast. (Marvel Comics)
Wiccan and Hulkling are a young gay couple who can cast spells and shape-shift, respectively. They’re also members of the Young Avengers. (Marvel Comics)
Obsidian controls shadows, and has a hot outfit. He’s also occasionally evil but dates a district attorney so it all balances out. (DC Comics)
Shatterstar (redhead, he wields a sword) and Rictor (the guy he’s kissing, can create earthquakes) were hinted at having a relationship on the DL for years until writer Peter David finally acknowledged it for reals in a title called X-Factor. (Marvel Comics)
Apollo and Midnighter are based on Superman and Batman, and they’re fully in love. In fact, they were the first gay superheroes to be married in a comic book. Hopefully, they stay that way. (DC Comics)