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This gay male superhero will be getting his own solo series

This gay male superhero will be getting his own solo series

DC Comics has announced it will be the first mainstream publisher to release an ongoing series of solo comics featuring a gay male superhero in its central universe.

Midnighter, written by Steve Orlando and art by ACO, currently has no release date but will feature the title character and his long-term partner Apollo. It is expected around June.

Following lesbian superhero Batwoman’s monthly solo series, which started in 2011 and will be cancelled in March, critics are hailing this as a commitment to LGBTI representation.

On Twitter, Orlando said: ‘Midnighter was a huge character for me when I was young. Showed me there was no one way to be confident, LGBT and awesome.’

Midnighter, who was integrated into DC Comics’ mainstream universe in 2011, often shows him going on dangerous missions but remaining unknown to the larger superhero community.

He possesses superhuman strength, speed, and an ability to anticipate the moves of his opponents.

Other LGBTI superheroes include bisexual John Constantine, master of the dark arts, who will take center stage in his new adventure Constantine: The Hellblazer written by Ming Doyle, art by Riley Rossmo, due out in June.

The gay Green Lantern of Earth 2, gay Teen Titan Bunker and bisexual antihero Catman of Secret Six will all continue to feature prominently in their respective team lines.