Midnighter And Apollo #1 – Preview
Midnighter And Apollo is one of those titles that fans of Steve Orlando’s Mignighter series have been eagerly awaiting. Fans of the characters’ story in the pages of the Authority have also been clamoring for them to be reunited after events unfolded in the New 52 that saw new versions of them meet and once again become a couple, only to split in Midnighter.
For those that don’t know, Midnighter and Apollo were the Batman and Superman analog used by Warren Ellis in his Stormwatch story A Finer World. Later, in The Authority, Ellis revealed that they were a gay couple. Mark Millar developed this relationship further and the pair were eventually wed and adopted their young teammate, Jenny Quantum. The pair were extremely violent, especially Midnighter, and in the early 2000s, they were one of the most positive and non-stereotypical representations of gay men in comics. Steve Orlando’s Midnighter series was a continuation of this tradition and has been lauded for it’s depiction of a gay super-hero, not emphasizing his sexuality but treating him in the same manner as he would any heterosexual super-hero.
By the way, MIDNIGHTER VOL. 1: OUT is now available at your local comic shop and booksellers nationwide. MIDNIGHTER VOL. 2: HARD arrives on October 19th to comic shops and six days later to booksellers
Here is the press release we received from DC Comics, followed by the solicitation and preview pages.
Finally, the world’s finest couple strikes back! Following up on MIDNIGHTER, one of the best action books of 2015/2016, DC’s new miniseries, MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO hits back with more explosive, creative, page-bursting action than ever before. From their days as founding members of The Authority, the heroes Midnighter and Apollo have been forever linked both professionally and romantically. On October 5th, they’ll be back, badder than ever, in a six-issue miniseries to continue Midnighter’s story, written by Steve Orlando with art by Fernando Blanco, colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr., letters by Josh Reed and covers by ACO & Fajardo Jr.
“MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO is the book we need right now, as comics’ most iconic queer couple face down a new enemy and show us that we can never give in to fear, hatred, and evil,” says Orlando. “And they do it with their own brand of action movie wit… and punching. I won’t just deliver fans the much-anticipated return of Apollo. I’ll also feature the Lords of the Gun and the iconic Mawzir from DC’s seminal Hitman, as well as Underworld Unleashed’s Neron. And that’s just the beginning. It’s a knockdown, drag out, DC Universe western revenge thriller that starts kicking from page one!”
MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO #1 debuts October 5th, 2016. Final order cutoff at your local comic book store is Monday September 12th.
(A) Fernando Blanco
(CA) Howard Porter
You wanted it? You got it-six more issues of Midnighter madness! Together again after too long apart, Midnighter and Apollo take on subway pirates in Los Angeles and demons in Opal City…but their reunion is about to take a shocking turn and send them both on an epic journey beyond all belief!
In Shops: Oct 05, 2016