By Steve Morris
In an interview with someone strangely familiar on Comics Bulletin, incoming ‘Gambit’ writer James Asmus has been discussing all the relevant topics regarding his lead character. His skills as a thief, charismatic personality, and of course his chiselled abs and willingness to be topless. Offering a counterpoint to Heidi’s belief that Marvel are not interested in courting a female readership, Asmus says:
My editor just told me that Gambit is apparently shirtless for exactly 20% of both issues 1 and 2! (Though butt shots are only in #1 so far.)
That’s right — it’s time for a comic which balances out the gratuitous female nudity in mainstream comics by offering some gratuitous male nudity in mainstream comics. And of course, this follows the recent evolution of “sexy Namor” in Uncanny X-Men, and the news that blonde bimbo Havok is set for a starring role in Rick Remender’s Uncanny Avengers series.
Heidi, it looks like Marvel have accepted your dainty feminine gauntlet!
In related male nudity-news, it appears that Andrew Wheeler of ‘him off of Comics Alliance‘ fame recently realised some powerful subtext has snuck into the main AvX event, as he ticked off the names of the members in Marvel’s Phoenix Five team:
- Piotr Rasputin
- Emma Frost
- Namor McKenzie
- Illyana Rasputin
- Scott Summers
Oh, Marvel! Always playing with yourself.