Twitchy was introduced recently by Jim McCann in New Avengers: The Reunion and his character continued to appear in Hawkeye & Mockingbird. While these books focus on the relationship between Clint Barton and Bobbi Morse, they’re also evolving into a team book.
Bobbi is a spy and the founder and field operations commander of the World Counter-Terrorism Agency (W.C.A.). Twitchy is her senior intelligence analyst.
Knockout is a female fury from the nightmare world Apokolips, where she was raised and trained by Granny Goodness. When Big Barda escaped Apokolips, Knockout followed in suite and traveled via boom tube to Earth. Like the other furies and New Gods, she’s a skilled warrior and possess super strength, durability, healing, and endurance.
When Knockout first arrives on Earth, she becomes a nuisance in Superboy’s life. At first, he helps her keep away the Female Furies who follow her to take her home. Superboy believes that Knockout could be a good person. However, after it’s revealed that she killed a policeman who got in her way, Superboy puts her in prison.
Studies say that reading about a queer character (or watching one on TV), who’s portrayed in a good light, is like having a queer friend. Not to mention, it’s also important for queer people to see representations of people like them. And there’s nothing better than diversity in children’s comic books. Some people were surprised when Kevin Keller showed up in Riverdale and the world of Archie Comics. But others, like myself, said it’s about time.
Kevin first appears in the storyline “Isn’t It Bromantic?”. Veronica hits on him, and he turns her down. When Jughead questions him, Kevin simply expresses that he isn’t interested in her because he’s gay. He also becomes best friends with Betty. Kevin seems to love food just as much as Judghead. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Characters: Kevin Keller (Oct 20th)”
Kennedy is introduced as Willow Rosenberg’s love interest in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, and her character continues into the comic book series. She’s portrayed as arrogant, self-assured, cocky, and raised upper class in New York City. (Some have speculated that she is supposed to be part of the Kennedy family.) Kennedy also starts immediately hitting on Willow upon her introduction.
Casey Bullocks-Femur is the peppy, bisexual aerobics instructor from Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise. While the comic mostly focuses on the on-and-off-again romance of Katchoo and Francine, Casey manages to burst her way into the plot several times throughout the series.
Scandal’s first appearance was in Villains United #1, and she was created by Gail Simone. She is the daughter of the immortal Vandal Savage. While she vows not to be like her father, Scandal is still a villain and an anti-hero. She sees the world as broken down between noble and ignoble actions.
Scandal was raised in Brazil by her human mother. However, Vandal came around to teach her combat skills and seemingly wanted her around as an heir. (How an immortal can have a true heir, I don’t know either.) He gave her a set of Lamentation Blades, which marked her as a Savage. Scandal also seemingly inherited some of his immortality, or at least, she has healing powers. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Character: Scandal Savage (Oct 17th)”
Valerie Page could’ve been just a side-note in Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, but her story plays a central role in both convincing V and later Evey to fight against the fascist Norsefire party in this dystopian Great Britian. Valerie’s story brings a deep humanity to those put into prison camps and killed by the government for being “different.”
Valerie was an acclaimed actress who originally came from Nottingham. While in grammar school, she meets her first girlfriend. Valerie’s teachers dismiss lesbianism as an adolescent phase. Later as an adult, she comes out to her parents and is kicked out the house. She heads off to London to pursue her film dreams. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Character: Valerie Page (Oct 16th)”
Jazinda was introduced in Peter David’s run on She-Hulk, where she becomes She-Hulk’s bounty-hunting business partner and roommate. Together, the two live in a mobile home and go after super-powered beings who’ve skipped on their bail.
Jazinda is a Skrull and the daughter of famous Super Skrull Kl’rt. Like most Skrulls, she has the ability to shape-shift into any form she chooses. Originally, Jazinda is sent on a mission to steal the Sy-Torak gem from the Kree. However, when her mission goes south, Jazinda swallows the gem in order to hide it. However, it ends up bonding with her body and making her immortal and unkillable. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Character: Jazinda (Oct 15th)”
Mulholland Black made her debut and died in Matt Fraction’s The Order. She was an angry, tight-lipped young woman who’d grown up on the streets after her famous rockstar parents died. Mulholland was a mutant who could turn emotions into energy bursts. She lost her powers on M-Day.
Like the other characters in The Order, Mulholland was given powers via a virus Hank Pym developed and funded by Tony Stark. The powers would only last for one year or whenever they were taken away by the Initiative. The Order was based in California, specifically Los Angeles where they were treated like celebrities. Mulholland signed up, not because she felt the need to do good, but because she missed not having powers. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Character: Mulholland Black (Oct 14th)”
Heather Douglas aka Moondragon is featured prominently in Marvel’s cosmic tales. In the past, she’s gone back and forth between being a good guy and a villain, but these days, she’s mostly a hero. Moondragon has a great telepathic power. In fact, she may be the most powerful telepath in the Marvel universe, and writers seem to run into the trouble as she can be too powerful. Especially when going against Marvel’s favorite male characters like Thor, Doctor Strange, and Thanos. At one point, she even possessed the Mind Gem, one of the Infinity Gems.