Later this month, Marvel Comics superhero Northstar will marry his boyfriend in a highly publicized and controversial same-sex superhero wedding in the pages of Astonishing X-Men #51. Now it seems that Marvel's rival DC Comics might be launching a same-sex wedding saga of its own.
We've known for a few days now that DC is officially outing Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, in the pages of Earth 2 #2, which goes on sale at comics stores today. What we didn't know until the comic finally hit was that Scott doesn't just have a boyfriend. He's apparently also about to have a fiance.
A page from Earth 2 #2 in which Scott proposes to his boyfriend Sam in the middle of a train journey has just hit the 'net. The page doesn't complete the picture, but Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston notes that the story is "very different to how Marvel managed their marriage proposal." For spoilers beyond that, you'll just have to pick up the comic.
Now comes the question of whether a wedding between these two will actually happen. After all, life gets in the way quite often for superheroes, so we could be in for a very long engagement (or, for that matter, no engagement at all). Another question comes to mind: How much did Marvel and DC know about each other's same-sex superhero exploits at any given time? These are both storylines planned (and written and drawn) months in advance of their release, and yet they're both happening within a month of each other. Were the rival comics giants racing? Maybe, but the more interesting question is, after all the PR dust has settled, which one will come out on top story-wise?
Check out the full proposal page below (click to enlarge).
(Via Comic Book Movie)