Futuristic comic book hero and lawman Judge Dredd has got fans furious as the writers suggest he might be gay.
The latest edition of the comic 2000 AD, set in 2135, is titled Closet and deals with coming out as gay.
When the first page was released online, it showed a figure that looks like Dredd kissing a youth in a gay club.
Some fans have become so hostile to the idea they have threatened to burn the comic if the masculine hero is revealed to be homosexual.
Writer Rob Williams has continued to tease the idea of the character being gay.