Warren Ellis originally created Midnighter in 1998 as part of the “Stormwatch” series for DC Comics. Midnighter, along with fellow super hero Apollo, would go on to be among DC’s strongest gay protagonists — the two even got married in 2002’s “Transfer of Power” graphic novel.
Enter Steve Orlando, who, 17 years later, is the writer for the new “Midnighter” series — one that promises to show a more thoroughly integrated character. Readers will find the comic’s protagonist without Apollo, trying to date in the modern gay world. But a super hero’s life is never easy, and a new enemy threatens Midnighter and those closest to him.
Fans of super hero stories will appreciate Orlando’s frank style of storytelling as he navigates Midnight through contemporary gay dating, which includes the use of a Grindr-inspired sex app. ACO and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.’s artwork is eye candy for diehard fans and those new to the series, alike.
“Midnighter” is rated T+ (Teen plus) for violence and mild sexual content. The first issue sold out quickly in most of New York’s comic shops, but viewers can catch the second issue in early July.
Steve Orlando. | MICHAEL SHIREY