At Nothing But Comics, we’re excited to read the upcoming Midnighter series from DC Comics, by writer Steve Orlando and artist ACO. So we tasked DC Comics super-villain the Brain with asking Orlando to briefly describe the Midnighter character.
The debut of Midnighter is the most zero fucks given comic I’ve read from a major publisher in god knows how long in all the best ways possible. Writer Steve Orlando packs the debut with content to make for an engrossing character study on the Warren Ellis creation that gives the protagonist a new level of dimension without losing anything at it’s core. Here’s the thing, Midnighter is a man’s man through the prism of modern pop culture iconography, he’s the bad ass action hero and Orlando doesn’t shy away from that in all it’s bombastic glory. Here’s the other thing, Midnighter is a homosexual and Orlando doesn’t shy away from that either unapologeticly and that in of itself is pretty fucking awesome. It’s this smart balance where having gay representation on a core DC title is clearly important but by having it be just one dimension of many, it’s not the only thing that’s important, it’s just plainly a fact of the matter which is how it should be; it’s normalized. So with that, there is this sort of in your face subversiveness to the whole thing where Midnighter happens to be a gay male but is primarily just a bad motherfucker and it doesn’t shy away from any of that. But what makes it powerful is, because there is still a large swath of the population that wants to deny the right to a person of that sexual orientations existence, Midnighter is flying in the face of that. Like more then just the American idiot brigade but whole entire countries. And what about those straight people that don’t hate gays but don’t think male homosexuals can be representations of classic action hero masculinity? Or what about those pussies ass straight dudes that are gonna flinch at seeing some gay sex? Midnighter is like a middle finger playing the flaming double guitar in Mad Max that’s curb stomping all of that bullshit and it’s really brilliant on multiple levels in that way. It’s not that having it there makes it so great, it’s that it’s so great while having it there that elevates it from being just a great super hero comic to something more political, but one doesn’t weight down the other in any way. The art is amazing, it’s vibrantly dynamic and fluid in a way that brings the entire story to life. Aco is so on his game here, whether he’s drawing a shot of earth from space, Midnighter kicking a bunch of peoples asses, drinking whiskey or getting down pre-coitus; it’s strikingly effective in driving the narrative. This is perhaps the coolest solo superhero debut issue since Warren Ellis George Bushed the button on Moon Knight, Midnighter is as worthy a successor to that book and it’s properties creator as were going to get.