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Marvel Releases Variant Cover For Gay X-Man's Wedding


We've already seen the wrap-around cover for the forthcoming Astonishing X-Men #51 featuring the wedding of gay hero Northstar to his boyfriend, Kyle. Now Marvel's ramping up the PR machine by releasing a variant cover.

Meanwhile, Andrew Wheeler at Comics Alliance, explains why he does not support Marvel's decision to marry Northstar off:

This is clearly going to be one of the most heavily publicized weddings in superhero comic history, up there with the wedding of Clark Kent and Lois Lane in 1996 and the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary-Jane Watson in 1987. But look at how those marriages turned out. One was erased from history when three timelines were merged together; the other was wiped out because Spider-Man made a deal with the devil. I think that the way those weddings were annulled was sloppy, but I also think that letting those characters get married in the first place was a bigger mistake, because the writers and editors at those companies found those marriages limiting. That is why I don't want Northstar to get married.

Weddings force endings on characters who aren't meant to have endings. It ties up love stories and limits interactions. Marriage does create some new story ideas of its own, but perhaps not enough to balance out the story opportunities that are lost.

But, as a reader pointed out last week, Northstar still has unresolved feelings for the at-times sexually ambiguous Iceman (seen on the right in the image above), so perhaps the marriage is only the beginning of the X-drama, rather than the end?

Take a look at the full variant cover AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. It's always the Ice Man, isn't it? Hopefully the story just gets more interesting.

    Posted by: RONTEX | May 24, 2012 1:57:59 PM

  2. Oh, please. This is SO unrealistic. The grooms are wearing expertly tailored tuxedos, but all the other X-Men are wearing their respective battle uniforms. Are they expecting trouble that day or something?
    At least Storm is there to keep their happy day free of rain; I bet she'd make a killing if she went into the wedding business...

    Posted by: Blake | May 24, 2012 2:05:39 PM

  3. I would dig an Ice Man drama add in to juice it up, that's the fun of the comics. Even Cyclops and Jean had their tension.

    Posted by: Tony | May 24, 2012 2:08:13 PM

  4. Interracial Gay Marriage on Comic Book Cover???
    The religious right is going to go double bonkers...LMAO

    Posted by: Mickey | May 24, 2012 2:15:43 PM

  5. Awesome!
    I clearly prefer this one to the first one, it's more "romantic". :)

    Posted by: Peter M. | May 24, 2012 2:37:45 PM

  6. I think Wheeler missed Apollo and Midnighter's union and adoption of the little girl who was the embodiment of the 21st Century. Nothing was limiting--storywise--from that coupling.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 24, 2012 3:02:39 PM

  7. @woodroad34 ... nice catch with Apollo and Midnighter of The Authority ... they are the homo comic couple to follow.

    Posted by: badlydrawnbear | May 24, 2012 3:09:48 PM

  8. Super homos! I love it!

    Posted by: Stuff Queer People Need To Know | May 24, 2012 3:30:03 PM

  9. Beautiful cover - love the roses and the handsome couple. (Squirm religious right, squirm!)

    Posted by: OS2Guy | May 24, 2012 3:59:59 PM

  10. Beautiful romantic image...

    Posted by: jaragon | May 24, 2012 5:38:28 PM

  11. I would love to see Black Canary come out and reveal that Ollie Queen/Green Arrow has just been her beard all these years and he really was doing all those things with Green Lantern that I always imagined.......

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | May 24, 2012 6:34:51 PM

  12. If Black Canary came out, Green Arrow would not be her beard....he'd be her goatee. ;)

    Posted by: wonderdallas | May 24, 2012 10:25:09 PM

  13. .....and One Million (40,000) Moms will be hitting their computer keys just as soon as their migraines calm down enough to let them see the light of the horror of all this filth being foisted on the vulnerable children. Launch begins after a countdown of 10, 9, 8, 7, ........well, that is if they can break away from harassing Starbucks, and the Gap, and JCPennys, and Target, and Home Depot, and Pepsi, and Ben and Jerry's (I miss my Schweddy Balls), and Magnums-Ice cream bars-not rubbers. Where do they get the time?

    Posted by: vanndean | May 25, 2012 12:59:18 AM

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