The superhero Green Lantern has come out of the closet.
DC Comics has revealed that a rebooted version of the character, which is one of its most popular ones, is openly gay. This information is revealed in the upcoming issue of "Earth 2," which hits stores on Wednesday, June 6 and shows the green costumed galactic space cop's alter ego, Alan Scott, kissing a man (see pictured, above).
Scott was the first Green Lantern and made his debut in a 1940 comic book titled "All-American Comics" No. 16. Ryan Reynolds played a different Green Lantern alter ego - Hal Jordan - in a 2011 movie.
"A team leader with a Type-A personality and an appetite for justice, Alan also happens to be homosexual," according to a DC Comics blog post about the new, rebooted character. "And while his origins won't be shown in full detail until issue #3, we can tease that a traumatic event will serve as the catalyst for him assuming his superhero identity as The Green Lantern."
DC Comics has included other gay characters, such as Batwoman Kate Kane. while Marvel Entertainment has the superhero Northstar, who is engaged to his boyfriend. Green Lantern is now the highest-profile gay superhero.
His costume will also get a makeover, DC Comics' post said, adding that Scott's storyline was rebooted as part of the company's "New 52" initiative aimed at rejuvenating its characters. It said that "it is also important to note that while Alan is a gay man, his sexuality is merely only one part of his multi-layered character."
"Oh, and on Earth 2 there is only one Green Lantern, so Alan's title is The Green Lantern," series writer James Robinson said. "Alan's sexuality is just one facet of him, along with his innate goodness, valor, charisma and skill at leadership that makes him the perfect man to wield the power of the green light in the world of Earth 2."