Teen Gay Suicide And The X-Men

Posted by June 22, 2011 Comment

On July the 20th, Marvel will be publishing a very special comic.

Uncanny X-Men writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie, creators of the comic Phonogram, are reuniting to tell a story about teenage gay suicide in the X-Men comic, Generation Hope #9.

Based on recent prominent news stories, and  public awareness campaigns, Kieron Gillen finds the topic ideally suited to the X-books. He told iFanboy;

“It’s not the type of story that fits in any other major superhero book. It’s simply not what those books are about. But the X-Men? X-Men is a book about mutants, used as a metaphor about prejudice. And of the X-Men books, Generation Hope is fundamentally about new mutants trying to survive dealing with the fact they’re mutants. With the metaphor in place, you can not just do a story about it – I dare say you should tell a story about it. In a real way, it’s the sort of story Generation Hope exists to tell. If we can’t tell this story and tell it as well as we can, the book may as well not exist.”

Here’s an art preview from that issue.

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