‘The View’ Gals Awkwardly Announce Which X-Man is Getting Gay Married (Video)
***Update: Real talk, when I’m not gay blogging it up I have my nose buried in a comic book. Which is why I know that the current Robin, Damian Wayne is is fact Batman’s ten-year-old son. Yes, I know that Joy Behar doesn’t realize there have been five Robins. That’s kind of my point. The venues for both the story (Astonishing X-Men) and the announcement (The View) just hardly seem relevant. Now don’t ever question my fanboy wisdom again or I’ll have to put a hurtin’ on you. Smooch!
Whoopi and Joy awkwardly announced that longtime X-Man Northstar will be tying the knot with his boyfriend in next month’s Astonishing X-Men #51 on this morning’s broadcast of The View.
Which is appreciated for sure, but hardly the major earth-quaking announcement that Marvel has been building this up to be for the past two months. The View is hardly the most effective vessel for breaking superhero news, and Joy’s Batman & Robin joke only confirms this.
Also not helping matters is the fact that Astonishing X-Men, once the crown jewel of the entire Marvel line under the helm of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, has long since stopped being relevant thanks to lackluster runs by Warren Ellis, Greg Pak and now Marjorie Liu.
So while this whole Northstar getting married thing is quite nice, it all sort of begs the question, “if a gay superhero marries his boyfriend in a comic that only 31,000 people are reading (an embarrassing #65 on the sales charts) and Joy Behar uses the announcement to make a pedophilia joke about Batman and his son, does anyone actually give a rat’s ass?
Rival publisher DC is already stealing Marvel’s gay thunder today with the leak that they’ll be ushering an alternate universe Superman out of the closet in the coming months.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m a diehard Marvel fan and pretty much the gay blog world Hulk, but this news is a total dud reeking of poorly executed PR move. The whole thing just seems so tremendously uncool.
In any case, congratulations to the newlyweds. Here’s hoping that Kyle doesn’t go all Women in Refrigerators and bite the dust before the end of Liu’s run.
What do you think of Northstar’s wedding announcement?