Saturday, 2 July 2016

DC To Launch Gay Couple Lead Comic With 'Midnighter & Apollo'

DC's most iconic gay couple (since the inclusion of the Wildstorm universe into the main 'New 52' continuity) Midnighter and Apollo are returning to comics in their own series.

'Midnighter & Apollo' will be a six part limited series launching in October, that will see the two characters continuing on their adventures after the event of the 'Midnighter' solo series that came to a close last month.

In the solo series Midnighter was separated from his husband of 13 years, though by the end of the series the two of them had reconciled their relationship.

The new series will see the return of the same creative team behind the 'Midnighter' solo series, with Steve Orlando returning as writer and 'Midnighter' artist ACO returning to provide cover art.  The series interior art will be provided by 'Batman Eternal' artist Fernando Blanco.

Speaking on the upcoming series and the relationship between the two, Steve Orlando said 'They have a firmer idea of who they are, and they've become stronger and more confident together.  This is the World's Finest Couple - kicking back and making each other better than they are on their own.'

Midnighter is a character that possesses superhuman abilities through biological enhancements, including superhuman strength and endurance, as well as some form of precognitive abilities that allow him to predict his enemies actions as well as giving him resistance to telepathic attacks.

Apollo is much more powerful than Midnighter, and is a 'solar-based being' with the abilities of flight, superhuman strength and near invulnerability.  He can also release solar energy from his eyes and his hands in the form of laser-like blasts.  He has on more than one occasion been referred to as being on a similar power level as Superman.

The two characters were originally introduced as part of the DC imprint Wildstorm in issue #4 of 'Stormwatch' in 1998, where the two characters not only had multiple adventures as part of the titular superhero team, but also entered a relationship together, married and even adopted a child.

During the events of the DC story 'Flashpoint' multiple imprints and out of universe characters were folded into a new universe that incorporated the Wildstorm characters into the main DC continuity.  Thought this effectively erased much of the characters histories Steve Orlando has been passionate about re-exploring the two characters their relationship.

'Being able to present that type of character I think is very powerful', he said speaking about writing the two characters, 'because people need to know that you just have to be yourself, and you can be anything, you can still be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender.  There's no one way of doing things.'

'Midnighter & Apollo' #1 is scheduled for release on 1st October.


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