Gay Green Lantern debuts today

We reported recently about the big news in the comic book world (other than the huge success of The Avengers): First Marvel announced the long-time gay character Northstar would marry his boyfriend (that takes place in the issue coming out June 20). Then DC Comics — which last fall reintroduced its entire superhero universe with all-new No. 1 issues — revealed that the iconic Green Lantern (who I like to call Queen Lantern) would come out as gay.

Well, not exactly.

Yes, the character of the Green Lantern is gay. But not really coming out.

As part of the relaunch, DC has modernized the tales of most of the characters. Many of the heroes were introduced in the 1940s as Nazi fighters, including the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, who was blond and wore a cape. In the 1960s, he was replaced by the modern Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, and the green-and-black bodysuit was introduced.

Well, Alan Scott is back. But so is Hal Jordan. It’s not really all that confusing.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones