By Dennis Farr
“We both know this will be DC’s attempt to convince us that a second-string character is more major than he actually is, right?” When DC first announced it would be outing a major character in its universe, my straight roommate expressed his skepticism. It was one I didn’t wish to hold on to, and so I kept hope that we would have a big name. Fortunately (or not), my experience with DC tends toward their Vertigo line, picking up some of their books about Bats and Magic every so often, meaning my own litmus test for whether the character was major would be whether or not I’d even heard of him. Though in an age of HeroClix and Wikis clicked late at night, I’ve gleaned far more surface knowledge than the average non-comics fan.
When DC’s announcement came down, the name Alan Scott didn’t ring any bells, though Green Lantern certainly did. Having a fair amount of LGBT folk in my various social network feeds (most of them not really that interested in comics, but interested in having more representation in all forms of pop culture), they were excited until I informed them that no, this was not Hal Jordon. Which is to say, from the start, in choosing this particular icon, DC’s marketing has seemed a little off. Who were they targeting with this announcement? And how big was it really? Complicating those questions was the fact that the story was picked up and spread quite quickly to many mainstream sites, as well as the more niche queer-centered news blogs. Coupled with Marvel’s same-sex marriage storyline featuring Northstar, it seemed like there was major news in every corner. DC could not have believed it would only reach the fans who are more knowledgeable than I on DC’s main universe.
And upon reading the Earth 2 comics, I was left even more confused.