QOTD: Can Super-Hero Marriages Work?

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Dan Didio says that none of DC’s characters will get married, Marvel has withdrawn from most long-term relationships outside of the Fantastic Four, and it seems like the only stable couple in comics are Invincible and Atom Eve. With all the recent discussion of the role of marriage in comics, I wanted to ask our readers for their take on whether not marriages can work in super-hero comics.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

Can Super-Hero Marriages Work?

Discuss!

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Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He also hosts the weekly Infinite Crossover podcast in cooperation with Fanboys Inc. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and daytime supporter of all things technical. contact:joshuadepstein@gmail.com

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Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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  • Not only can they, but they need to! As you guys discussed last week on Infinite Crossover superhumans still need to feed their human side with emotion and relationships with others. It’s these relationships that define the characters, otherwise you’re just left with whatever arbitrary inner dialogue best suits an issue and no lasting impact with your audience. Even rebooting for a younger audience you need positive role models in every aspect of life if you TRULY want to make comics accessible to everyone. Beyond having diversity thru race, creed, color, gender & sexual orientation; there shod be diversity in how these characters bond. Why does everyone love Spider-Man growing up? Almost universally you’ll hear “because he’s relatable.” He has school issues, bullies, and issues dating. Great, now what happens when we grow up? Where’s Lois & Clark for the married crowd, Alana & Marko for the new parents, FF to inspire the formed family unit, or Ollie & Diana for the rocky/separated romance? They have a critical place if comics canon for a reason, the human element. It is this element that is overlooked when people stereotype comics as the fodder of fourteen year old boys continuously watching cartoon characters punch each other thru walls (insert jab at Man of Steel here). It was this very reason that Batwoman (the latest DC editorial victim and the catalyst for this very discussion) filled such an important void in comics culture. Kate & Maggie (to the best of my knowledge) had the most stable loving relationship of any lesbian couple in mainstream comics. DC seemed on track to be socially relevant allowing these characters to get engaged (though it was a seriously under hyped moment that, from a marketing standpoint, paled in comparison to Northstar’s wedding). They had garnered a fair amount of goodwill shying away from affiliation with Orson Scott Card during that whole controversy; and they could have been on the cutting edge of social relevancy as nationwide the effects of the Supreme Courts DOMA & prop-8 rulings are starting to be felt. Sadly, as the time came to pull the trigger the proverbial barrel was aimed squarely at their proverbial foot. Not only are we going to upset a creator of our upcoming mega release of Sandman (which stands to make even bigger waves than last years Before Watchmen event) by unapproving cleared storylines that have been in motion for months, but to actively deny this character any additional growth by decreeing this marriage will never happen. It’s a shame; I was a DC devotee growing up because these kind of relationships made characters accessible. Rucka and Williams had won this character awards multiple times over for having one of the most organic LGBT characters in comics history, humanizing with relevant stable relationships and painting her in a light that wasn’t hyper-sexualized. Maybe the next team can have her punch some holes in a wall and they can finally corner that 14 year old boy market who is so clearly driving Batwoman sales.

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