The Green Lantern Is… Gay?!
In June 2013, the newest story of The Green Lantern will hit the stands – written by James Robertson and art by Nicola Scott. The new series is called Earth 2 and in it, not only is Allan Scott (aka: The Green Lantern) a much younger man, but he is GAY! Is anyone else praying that Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role?
Allan Scott first appeared seventy years ago in an alternate universe known as DC Comics. Ever since, he has become a huge fan favorite in the comic book world. For those of you who aren’t very familiar with the Green Lantern, let me give you some back story.
He first appeared as a formerly married man with two children. His weakness is wood (of all things) and he is the most powerful superhero in the world. Later on in the books, his son actually comes out as gay – something that Robertson had to sacrifice since in the new version, Allan Scott was a much younger man. So what’s the alternative? Make him gay of course!
When Robertson pitched the idea to DC Comics, they said yes without hesitation. Good job folks! In DC Comics’ history, there have been 7,200 Green Lantern appearances or books. I guess it’s better late than never.
Of course, a lot of moms are coming out of the woodwork to scream their outrage about it. The organization “One Million Moms” actually created a Facebook page to warn people about this atrocity, claiming that the Green Lantern has gone “pink” – oh no they didn’t!
Turns out, because of so many pro-gay comments, they took it down. It makes me curious as to what they are actually angry about. Obviously, a lot of young boys love comics. There just released images of Earth 2 where Allan Scott and his lover are kissing, and apparently they don’t want their sons to start puberty a little too early, if you know what I’m saying.
Listen, being gay is not contagious from a picture or a book. That’s like saying I’m going to become a wizard if I read too many Harry Potter books – if only it were true.
The fact that such a beloved superhero like the Green Lantern is coming out of the closet, will it open up the minds of young readers? Most comic books are full of violence and murder with macho masculine superheros as the one who saves the day.
About Earth 2, Robertson says, “Alan Scott is super-heroic, he’s super gallant, he’ll die for the earth, he’ll die for its people, he’s everything you want in a hero… he’s also gay.”
Given the fact that most young readers have been categorizing these attributes with heterosexuals all these years, it might change how they view gay people when they get older.
Now I’m just waiting for Barney to come out as a pansexual…