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In an interview with Vaneta Rogers, James Robinson confirmed what LGBT advocates had been fearing for months. Obsidian, one of DC's oldest gay superheroes has been deleted from the universe.
Obsidian, who's sexuality was first hinted at in 1996 and finally confirmed almost a decade later, is the son of Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern. According to Rogers' interview at Newsarama, Robinson admitted that he decided to make the new version of Alan Scott gay as the powers that be had decided that Obsidian would no longer exist in the "simplified" continuity of the New 52. In his words, "DC lost a gay character", which led Robinson to decide to make the character's father gay instead.
While Obsidian was not the first openly gay superhero at DC (that honor belonged to the effeminate Extrano), Obsidian, for a while, was the most prominent gay superhero in the DC universe until the buxom lipstick lesbian Batwoman was introduced in 52. DC also added LGBT characters Apollo, Midnighter, Voodoo and Bunker into the ranks during last September's relaunch while simultaneously hinting at Renee Montoya's demise.
While this reporter is disappointed that DC has decided to trade one gay superhero for another, I am grateful that they decided to make a hero that has often been depicted as flaming and has a known weakness against wood as the newest, most prominent gay hero they have. Surely, no blog or site in their right mind would ever, ever make a joke about that.
Written or Contributed by: ThanosCopter