Week in Geek: The Best of 2012

By: Jase Peeples

Young Avengers’ Gay Teens Share On-Panel Kiss

While the number of LGBT characters in mainstream comics continues to grow, the industry is notorious for having a majority of same-sex romance occur off-panel. However, Marvel Comic’s young gay couple Teddy (Hulkling) Altman and Billy (Wiccan) Kaplan shared an on-panel kiss in Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #9 this year. The kiss was the first for the gay teen heroes since their introduction 7 years ago. Thankfully, it looks like fans won’t have to wait another 7 years to see more of Marvel’s high-profile gay teens. The company plans to relaunch the Young Avengers comic in January of 2013 and has promised the boys will be the primary romantic couple in the series.


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JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for Gay.net and a contributor for Advocate.com, Out.com, and She Wired. He lives in San Francisco with his partner.

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