So, Pride Month is once again upon us! A yearly celebration of the LGBTQ+ umbrella and all who fall under its expanse.
This year, I want to use this time to get back to basics — back to the point of this whole blogging enterpise: I goddamn love me some queer and queer-coded monsters. Monsters and mutants got me here, and the time’s come to come home to them.
So, this month, every Wednesday, I’ll be making a post about some queer or queer-coded X-Men character, with a focus on villains and monsters like Mystique, Pyro, Magneto, and my favorite Phoenix Vessel, Quentin Quire. I want to return to the themes that started me into geek media analysis: who is allowed to be a hero? Who is doomed?
And what does that say about us?
The X-Men and the Brotherhood gave me funhouse mirrors, back when I needed them the most. They’re not perfect; they’re often problematic; they often imply things they shouldn’t.
But I think I wouldn’t be me without them, and I think we often use “problematic” as a dismissive catch-all anyway, instead of, you know, discussing the problems.
So, that’s what I want to celebrate this month.
This week, I’ll be analyzing my favorite arc of Wolverine and the X-Men, “Tomorrow Never Learns,” and celebrating the implications of its tragedy.