DC Comic’s artist Brett Booth has announced that an openly gay superpowered teen is joining DC Comics’ flagship team of teenage heroes in the relaunch of Tean Titans.
The newest hero known as Bunker
will debut in November’s Teen Titans #3
. Bunker will apparently come from an accepting background that’s contributed to a slightly more flamboyant attitude than fans might have seen from other gay and lesbian characters in the DC Universe so far., According to writer Scott Lobdell “He (his character)
was born out of the closet and so he has a very refreshing outlook on life.” Bunker’s powers, as described by Booth
, include the ability to create small force fields that look like bricks (As in making a Stonewall?)
We wanted to show an interesting character whose homosexuality is part of him, not something that’s hidden. Sure they are gay people who you wouldn’t know are gay right off the bat, but there are others who are a more flamboyant, and we thought it would be nice to actually see them portrayed in comics. Did we go over the top, I don’t think so. I wanted you to know he might be gay as soon as you see him. Our Teen Titan is partly about diversity of ANY kind, its about all kinds of teens getting together to help each other. It is a very difficult line to walk, will he be as I’ve read in some of the comments ‘fruity’? Not that I’m aware of. Will he be more effeminate than what we’ve seen before, the ‘typical’ gay male comic character, yes. Does it scare the sh*t out of me that I might inadvertently piss off the group I want to reflect in a positive way, you’re damn straight (pun intended!)
Well personally I am thankful for the diversity but I do hope that DC Comics is very careful and aware of what they do with Bunker’s character and hopefully writer Lobdell’s work has grown a bit. I believe he also wrote Alpha Flight back in the early 90s when Northstar came out of the closet which really wasn’t handeled all that well. But we’ll see in Novemember