Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bullying, Suicide, and Superheroes

The January 2011 solicitations are out and Marvel's shows a very interesting development: two X-Factor books in one month, one of them dedicated to bullying-related suicide! With teen suicide the current rallying cry of queer-related politics, it will be especially interesting to see what the details of this story are. Will the bullying have been homophobia related?
X-Factor has
the highest percentage of queer characters in a single book on the market today, so it has heroes who would be personally affected by a queer-centric soryline. The only thing I know for certain is that, with the consummate Peter David at the helm, this is going to be a seminal comic book no matter how the story unfurls:

Written by Peter David
Penciled by Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover by David Yardin
The suicide of a high school student triggers X-Factor's most personal case as X-Factor is hired to learn the identities of the bullies who drove the student to take his own life. But once they have the names, do they turn that information over to the authorities...or to the student's angry family, who may well take punishment into their own hands?

And remember:
Homophobia Literally Kills
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