DC Comics heroes, Midnighter and Apollo, will reunite on the page for a new comic book series. Starting in October, Midnighter and Apollo will be a six-issue miniseries and will be written by Steve Orlando with art from Fernando Blanco.
First appearing in the DC/Wildstorm comics Stormwatch and The Authority in 1998, the two were created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch and also happen to some of the first openly queer superheroes in mainstream comics!
Since their introduction into the comic book world, Apollo and Midnighter have had an on-again off-again relationship, got married and have also adopted a child. While Midnighter had headlined his own series as part of DC's New 52 from 2015-16, this will be the first time the both of them have headlined a comic together.
Often compared to Batman (Midnighter) and Superman (Apollo), Midnighter has enhanced physical attributes, temporary pain suppression and enhanced reflexes while Apollo can absorb solar energy and convert it into physical speed and strength, flight, laser-like heat vision and is practically invulnerable.
Steve Orlando, who wrote the New 52 Midnighter series, had this to say about the characters;
“Midnighter and Apollo have spent time apart—figuring out who they were when defined on their own instead of by their relationship. They have a firmer idea of who they are and they've become stronger and more confident together. Midnighter and Apollo are back to remind the world that it truly is a bad time to be bastards. This is the World's Finest Couple—kicking back and making each other better than they are on their own.”
Here are just a few achievements from the Midnighter/Apollo comic history:
- Midnighter was ranked #17 on ComicsAlliances' list of the "50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics."
- The Midnighter series was nominated in the 2016 GLAAD Awards for Outstanding Comic Book.
- The Midnighter series was also the first DC Comics to be headlined by a gay male superhero.
- Midnighter and Apollo also happen to have had one of the first gay weddings in a mainstream comics.
As well as checking out this review on Midnighter #1, take a look at the History of LGBT characters at DC Comics.
If you can't wait for October, here are just 3 comics with LGBT characters you can read whilst you wait:
- Hulkling and Young Wiccan in Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.
- The New 52 reboot of Batwoman by W. Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III
- Barbara Gordon's roommate Alysia in Gail Simone's Batgirl #19.
MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO #1 will hit the shelves on October 5th, 2016.
Will you be grabbing this comic in October? Are you a fan of the couple? Comment below.
(Source: DC Comics)