• Jay

Review: Astonishing X-Men Vol. 10: Northstar

Updated: Jun 23, 2019



Here I am again, with another Prideful review! This one was picked not just because of the characters being gay, but for what the final part really represents. I’d also like to mention this review will probably be the closest I ever get to spoiling a comic due to the wedding happening at the end of volume ten.

So, Spoiler Alert!

As a quick recap: The comic is already deep into one of the many X-Men Mysteries. There’s a battle between the Marauders and our heroes, one of which has been ongoing for a couple of issues up to this point. But, Volume Ten tells the story from the perspective of Northstar and his boyfriend Kyle. They recently moved in together in an apartment in Manhattan but life is far from perfect for them. Kyle feels a little bit like an afterthought in Northstar’s world, considering that would is a fantastical place of epic battles and fights for the world. It’s enough to make anyone question their worth in a relationship with someone super powered.

And the sudden proposal just seemed like a way of trying to quick fix what was already seemingly broken.

I really appreciate how real this entire situation was. As a human with no powers that I’m willing to unveil to the world, I can really get behind Kyle’s fears and worries about where he fit into Northstar’s life. After all, it’s hard to argue with the history of superhero/civilian romance. It never works out for the non-powered member of that dynamic.

But then comes the wedding. In the world of the comic, it happened shortly after the proposal. But, with so many people who had so many different abilities, it still looked like a nice party. And it only makes sense that someone like Northstar would have the wedding so quickly after proposing.

It also did show a bit of realism in the form of people not approving of the marriage. By the time of the release, Gay marraige was still mostly illegal in the United States and not at all recognized in New York. So, the sad truth of it is not everyone would approve. And that came across clear through one exchange at the wedding. But those who don’t approve didn’t matter.

What mattered was the hope represented in this.

Of course, it is still a superhero wedding so something goes wrong, but that’s not because of them. It’s because superheroes gotta superhero.

It also did show a bit of realism in the form of people not approving of the marriage. By the time of the release, Gay marriage was still mostly illegal in the United States and not at all recognized in New York. So, the sad truth of it is not everyone would approve. And that came across clear through one exchange at the wedding. But those who don’t approve didn’t matter. from perfect for them. Kyle feels a little bit like an afterthought in Northstar’s world, considering that would is a fantastical place of epic battles and fights for the world. It’s enough to make anyone question their worth in a relationship with someone super powered.

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