The Super Queer-oes Series: Issue #1

19 Apr

I was so excited about my last post that I immediately jumped on the opportunity to begin this series.

First up is groundbreaking lesbian villainess couple, Mystique and Destiny:

Anyone who knows even a little bit about the X-Men recognizes Mystique as the fiery-haired, blue-skinned, shape-shifter played by Rebecca Romijn in the three X-Men films. An incredibly popular character, Mystique is probably the most recognized villain in X-Men 2nd to Magneto, and has been ranked as the 18th greatest comic book villain of all time.

Created By Chris Claremont, Mystique was first introduced in 1978 and has since garnered a whole slew of complex story-lines, some of which include being the mother of Nightcrawler and foster-mother of Rogue (also both popular X-Men). Although Mystique’s shapeshifting ability has permitted her over the years to take both genders and seduce all sorts of male characters (she also had a child with fellow male villain Sabretooth) Mystique’s greatest and most permanent relationship was with a woman.

As far back as 1981, Destiny was created by Claremont to be the lover of teammate Mystique. Destiny, also known as Irene Adler, was a blind precognitive villainess who filled diaries with the future of mankind. Originally, Mystique and Destiny were supposed to be the biological parents of Nightcrawler, with Mystique shapeshifting into a male in order to conceive. However, the Comics Code Authority at the time prohibited LGBT characters, and so Nightcrawler was given a father and Destiny was constantly reduced to being Mystique’s very close friend.

Destiny at work

But they were in fact lovers, and together the pair formed and headed The Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants, and adopted and raised Rogue. Sadly, however, Destiny was killed while serving on the Freedom Force by the multiple-personality disordered villain Legion. There’s even a touching scene where Mystique (in shapeshift form) scatters Destiny’s ashes, and I’ve found it for you:

Although understated, the coupling of Mystique and Destiny nevertheless marks what is likely one of the first LGBT relationships in comic book history, especially one for such a leading character like Mystique.  In addition, Destiny and Mystique were probably the first same-sex parents to ever be portrayed when they adopted and raised Rogue as a unit.  But what I love most about this pair is that they were not a lesbian couple intended to objectify women and turn on male readers with steamy sex scenes. In fact Destiny is hardly a looker (she’s often elderly looking) and Mystique is only appealing if your into blue skin and yellow eyes.  Instead, this relationship was a complex one, with Destiny serving as an emotional rock to the troubled and frequent cold blood murderer that Mystique was. This was a gay relationship built on love and emotion, and one which I still wish Marvel Comics would one day explore further.

Destiny Comforts Mystique


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