I finally got my hands on the newest issue. I loved it. I was so excited to see the easter eggs, the return of new and old characters.
One of the characters/groups is returning is ALAN SCOTT, the Sentinel.
In the issue, he talks with Jade and Obsidian and he delivers some rather jaw-dropping news:
Now, I know what you are thinking: There are already LGBTQ+ characters in DC. Negative Man, Batwoman, Midnighter (my personal fave), etc, etc. Why is this notable??
Here’s why. Alan Scott is a long-established character, and he has been presented as straight until now. He has had two children in a heterosexual relationship.
I know as well as anyone the idea of suppression, and that being a child of an age where being ‘queer’ was a socially outcasting fact. Obviously, his being in hetero’ relationships is more a sign of the times than anything else.
So, this brings me to my point. I have incredibly mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I love the representation. I especially love it in the context of a well-loved character. Plus, we only had a few panels, but it was handled wonderfully. The awkward stumbling, the way his children just smiled and accepted, it was beautiful, heartwarming, and it hit very close to home.
On the other hand, I’m worried that this might be A. Mishandled (the transition the characters understanding, as well as the ret-conning, could prove hard) and B. a simple inclusion grab
Anyway, those are the thoughts I gathered. How do you guys feel about the shift? Do you think the writing team will handle it well? Are you ready for the Golden Age Green Lantern becoming the Rainbow Lantern in his Golden Years?