One of the surprise hit titles out of Marvel recently (especially given the low expectations of the premise in the beginning) is Young Avengers. It’s gained quite a following, mostly due to the writing of ex-O.C. scribe Allen Heinberg.
From the first issue, readers with developed gaydar have sensed something more than friendship going on between two of the characters, Hulkling and Asgardian, both male. This has led to rampant speculation, and a lot of debate in comics-related circles, about gay characters in comics. A lot of it is the usual stuff about necessity, appropriateness, portrayal, what defines “in your face,” whether a gay relationship is a sensitive issue towards the target audience (the title is rated T for teen), and so on. Reports have it that Heinberg, formly coy about the question, confirmed that the two ARE gay, and in love, stating his surprise that his subtle early clues were picked up so quickly (the relationship wasn’t supposed to be officially revealed for another 8 issues).
So I’d like to toss out the basis for a discussion about this whole thing, and the larger issues. What do you think of the hubbub (exemplified in message board threads like this and this? Would the controversy be as big if it were two female characters? How will this affect sales of the title? There seem to be, in my eyes, a lot more positive visible fan reaction than negative, but of course, that’s visible.