Marvel Comic’s Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier) has proposed to his partner, Kyle Jinadu, in this week’s issue of Astonishing X-Men (2004-present). The fiftieth issue of the series has Northstar in his civilian guise down on one knee, presenting a shocked Jinadu with a ring.
“When gay marriage became legal in New York State, it raised obvious questions since most of our heroes reside in New York State. Northstar is the first openly gay character in comics and he’s been in a longterm relationship with his partner Kyle so the big question was – how would this change his relationship?,” Marvel Comics editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso explains. “Our comics are always best when they respond to and reflect developments in the real world. We’ve been doing that for decades, and this is just the latest expression of that.”
The couple will be married in next month’s release, Issue 51, in a ceremony in New York City’s Central Park. Midtown Comics in Times Square is using this occasion to celebrate same-sex marriages by looking for same-sex couples to have their own weddings in the store on the same day North Star and Jinadu tie the knot.
Astonishing X-Men writer Marjorie Liu saw the relationship between Northstar and Jinadu as an inspiring story and one that fits in well with the X-Men’s overall theme of minority cultures struggling to find their place in the world.
“Here are two people, trying to live their lives – mutant and gay, black and gay – empowered in their own ways, but also fringe-dwellers,” states Liu. “And they’re making it happen. They’re living life on their own terms. It doesn’t matter that it’s a superhero comic, the message is: You can do the same thing.”
Comic books have utilized gay characters in their storylines long before this, however – Northstar was revealed to be gay in 1992. But in 2012, gay comic book characters are certainly becoming increasingly more common: Archie Comics debuted their first gay character in 2010.
DC Comics has also recently announced that a superhero in the DC universe will soon be revealed to be gay.
Astonishing X-Men’s wedding issue will be released on June 20th.