Blogathon: Eighteenth Hour

And for slightly lighter fare, that doesn’t require quite as much brain power, here’s a list of every good guy metahuman, non-powered superhero, and human agent or operative with metahuman organizations, agencies or teams or whatever, in the DCnU:

  1. Superman
  2. Batman
  3. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
  4. Wonder Woman
  5. Cyborg
  6. Aquaman
  7. The Flash
  8. Green Arrow
  9. Batwoman
  10. Batgirl
  11. Robin
  12. Red Robin
  13. Red Hood
  14. Nightwing
  15. Knight
  16. The Hood
  17. El Gaucho
  18. Nightrunner
  19. Batwing
  20. Black Canary
  21. Starling
  22. Poison Ivy
  23. Katana
  24. Catwoman
  25. Huntress
  26. Superboy
  27. Supergirl
  28. Power Girl
  29. Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
  30. Green Lantern (Guy Gardner)
  31. Green Lantern (John Stewart)
  32. Star Sapphire (Carol Ferris)
  33. Apollo
  34. Midnighter
  35. Jack Hawksmoor
  36. Martian Manhunter
  37. Adam One
  38. Jenny Quantum
  39. The Projectionist
  40. The Engineer
  41. Harry Tanner
  42. Bunker
  43. Skitter
  44. Wonder Girl
  45. Kid Flash
  46. Danny The Street
  47. Solstice
  48. Ridge
  49. Terra
  50. Fairchild
  51. Lightning
  52. Thunder
  53. Beast Boy
  54. Blue Beetle
  55. Static
  56. Miss Martian
  57. Raven
  58. Starfire
  59. Arsenal
  60. Dawnstar
  61. Wildfire
  62. Tyroc
  63. Timber Wolf
  64. Tellus
  65. Firestorm 1
  66. Firestorm 2
  67. Captain Atom
  68. Fire
  69. Ice
  70. Red Rocket
  71. August General in Iron
  72. Booster Gold
  73. Godiva
  74. Vixen
  75. Mr. Terrific
  76. Steve Trevor
  77. Etta Candy
  78. Hawk
  79. Dove
  80. Hawkman
  81. Silver Banshee
  82. Voodoo
  83. Grifter
  84. Father Time
  85. Frankenstein
  86. Bride Of Frankenstein
  87. Dr. Ray Palmer
  88. Nina Mazursky
  89. Vincent Valero
  90. Warren Griffith
  91. Khalis
  92. John Constantine
  93. Black Orchid
  94. Shade The Changing Man
  95. Deadman
  96. Mind Warp
  97. Andrew Bennett
  98. Zatanna
  99. Madame Xanadu
  100. Etrigan / Jason Blood
  101. The Shining Knight
  102. Vandal Savage
  103. The Phantom Stranger
  104. The Question
  105. Amanda Waller
  106. El Diablo
  107. Black Spider
  108. Deadshot
  109. King Shark
  110. Pied Piper
  111. Amethyst
  112. Resurrection Man
  113. Swamp Thing
  114. Animal Man
  115. Lennox
  116. OMAC
  117. Enchantress

A few points to make: Earth 2 characters aren’t included because that’s a parallel universe, gods aren’t included because they’re gods, I’m only counting people we can reasonably assume to be alive in the “present day”, and sadly, in light of The Question’s new “Trinity Of Sin” origin, I have to assume Renee Montoya is just a regular GCPD detective in the New 52… albeit an extremely badass one.

Anyway…

There are a total of 11 queer characters, assuming that sexual identities established as canonical in previous iterations of the characters are still true (and there’s so far no reason to suspect otherwise)

Pied Piper (gay)

Apollo (gay)

Midnighter (gay)

Bunker (gay)

John Constantine (bisexual)

Madame Xanadu (bisexual)

Batwoman (lesbian)

Starling (lesbian)

Danny The Street (drag queen / cross-dresser)

Father Time (male identified but presently occupying a female body)

The Shining Knight (trans man)

There’s also still a bit of a chance that Poison Ivy might also be kinda-sorta bi too.

There are also 23 PoC:

Tyroc

Mr. Terrific

Etta Candy

Blue Beetle

Cyborg

Static

Vixen

Solstice

Skitter

Bunker

August General in Iron

Fire

Lightning

Katana

Amanda Waller

El Diablo

Black Spider (I think?)

Batwing

Green Lantern (John Stewart)

One of the two Firestorms

Voodoo

El Gaucho

Jenny Quantum

The thing is, percentage wise, this isn’t actually all that far off from real North American demographics.

I mean, there are a few noticeable issues. Like the fact that women account for noticeably less than half the total number of heroes, and that there are only two black women for some ten black men.

But honestly? I think it says some good things about the possibility that we’re heading in the right direction.

Now if just characters like Static, Cyborg, Vixen and Mr. Terrific could be given the creative teams and support they deserve in order to reach their potential… none of those characters are intrinsically limited, boring, or “just tokens”. Almost all the queer and PoC characters have potential to be really interesting characters. All they need is the right writers and artists, and to be given a chance. I mean… think about Batman of the silver age. Was he REALLY a “better character” than Static? Seriously? Fuck no. He became an interesting character because talented writers took him and found interesting things in his potential. And that can just as readily be done for female and minority characters as well, if the industry is just willing to put aside their ridiculous skepticism and cynical, self-fulfilling prophecies about “what the fans want” and let it happen.