“I am the (gay) Law”

DreddReally not what I expected to read this evening.

Judge Dredd might be gay? Interesting.

I have to admit, I’m not a massive Dredd/2000AD fan, but I dip in and out from time to time. Dredd is just so asexual, what he does in bed – and with whom – is just not something I’ve ever dwelt on. He’s barely human, to be honest.

The writers of the legendary lawman Judge Dredd have caused a stir among fans by suggesting he might be gay. The latest edition of the comic 2000 AD is titledCloset and deals with the issue of a teenager coming out. The first page has been released on the internet and apparently shows Dredd – a judge/policeman form the future – kissing the youth in a gay club.

I will pick this up all the same, just to see what they do with it. Especially now it’s available on the iPad. Very convenient.

Based on every issue of this comic I’ve ever read, my money’s on the club turning into a bloodbath before the night is over.

Dredd is anything but subtle.

There aren’t that many gay comic characters. Though last year Northstar of the X-Men (and my much-missed Alpha Flight) married his boyfriend. Rictor and Shatterstar of X-Factor are also a couple (albeit a rather disturbing one). And of course, Batwoman is now a lesbian.

My favourites are definitely Wiccan and Hulking of the Young Avengers, who are portrayed as normal, loving young guys. Well, yes – one has magical powers and the other’s a shape-shifting alien.

But that aside, normal.

It all comes down to the writing. Peter David’s writing on X-Factor has been amazing. Subtle, intricate, engaging and satisfying. I’m assuming (but open to being proven wrong on this) that Judge Dredd’s treatment of sexuality won’t be as full of nuance. And will instead focus on the discharge of enormous weapons.

Into people’s faces.

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