REVIEW: Midnighter/Apollo #6 Provides Stunning, Inevitable Conclusion

Yep.  This is it guys, my final review of my absolute favorite miniseries.  Midnighter and Apollo #6 dropped on the first of the month, and it created the inevitable ending that I needed.  Steve Orlando concludes this love story in the way you really need to.  Art from Fernando Blanco and Romulo Fajardo Jr. create stunning visuals that tie it all together.

We pick up where we left off last month.  Apollo has come to rescue Midnighter from Neron.  He reveals that Neron hadn’t defeated him at all back in issue #4, and had instead set him adrift to try and keep Apollo and Midnighter apart.  Then, he gathers up Midnighter in his arms, and together, they fly out of Hell.  They make it out before the portal Mid opened closes, and they kiss, and yes, they live happily ever after.

This comic gives me something I’ve looked for for basically my whole life: people like me, living happily ever after.

I don’t see that often, and I can’t name a single time I’ve seen it in this genre.

I’ve talked before about what this comic has meant to me, but I just want to reiterate a few points that I think the last issue adds to.

First of all, there’s a really beautiful quote from Apollo in this issue that goes:

“This is our story.  And in our story…we don’t die in the end.”

The fact that survival to the end of the story isn’t guaranteed for gay characters, the fact that seeing the gay couple alive and together hit me like a ton of bricks, is really sad.

But seeing that survival?  It matters to me.  So I’d rather be sad that I haven’t seen it enough, than to feel nothing because I don’t see myself at all.  Orlando’s thematic focus on love conquering death matters.  Seeing Blanco and Fajardo Jr. give gorgeous live to a big, bombastic, glowing kiss between two men matters.  Having one story that I trust stretch for six months and give me what I need matters.

I want more stories like this.  I deserve more stories like this.  And I recommend this story to anyone else like me:

Everyone who has ever felt like the monster, the tragedy, the joke.  Orlando wrote this story for us.  I talked at length about this on Twitter right after I read the comic, but overall, Midnighter and Apollo allowed me to see myself as a fully-realized person.  I’m not a man, but I spent a lot of my growing-up only able to see sorrow and potential tragedy in what I am.

Seeing Apollo outwit Hell itself with a story allowed me to see myself, whether I’m a monster or not, as the hero.  Midnighter descending into hell for love’s sake let me see myself as worthy of rescue and protection.  And the two of them, at the end, winking to the metaphorical camera as they get undressed for bed?  It reminds me that the thing that makes me different is not bad, or wrong, or shameful.

Everyone deserves to have a story like that.  And I am so thankful, so grateful, to the Midnighter and Apollo team for giving it to me so beautifully.

Murphy Leigh

Murphy is a vaguely femininish malady who spends most of their time worshipping at the altars of Lois Lane, Chloe Sullivan, Jean Grey, and Wanda Maximoff. Their first confirmable event-memory is Princess Leia at the start of A New Hope. Has more in common with Lex Luthor than Lex Luthor would probably like to admit.

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