- Posted by Johanna on April 2, 2008 at 10:33 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Marvel
Wiccan and his brother Speed are heading off to find their mother, the Scarlet Witch. (This series is pretty much an umbrella anthology, with each issue featuring a different Young Avengers member.) So Wiccan needs to say a temporary goodbye to his boyfriend Hulkling. I was curious to see how explicitly this would be handled, given the hoo-hah that’s arisen in the past from conservatives who don’t like gay in their stories of well-built men in tights. Let’s read along together.
Page three: Billy (Wiccan) has been explaining how he’s been having nightmares, which motivate his quest.
Will readers know what “BFs” or “P-town” means, or only those already “in the know”?
Speed shows up on page four and hurries them along. Then the two say goodbye on page five:
At this point I am yelling at the comic. You do TOO have to say it! It’s important to be explicit so your relationship can’t later be retconned or ignored or handwaved away! And to quit caving in to the frightened who think it’s just fine for Superman and Lois to be shown in the sack but a cute, hand-holding gay relationship is “shoving their sexuality in our faces”.
This was somewhat redeemed by the first panel on the next page.
So overall, touching, subtle, but unarguable. The rest of the issue wasn’t nearly so interesting to me, as the two boys tour various Marvel locales and find not much. Then there’s a battle and a lecture and ultimately, nothing changes.