Marvel Comics' Rictor and Shatterstar Kiss!

In his latest installment of X-Factor, Marvel Comics writer Peter David has ended any speculation surrounding the sexual orientation of two fan favorite characters, Rictor and Shatterstar.

X-Factor #45

X-Factor #45

The two characters, which have websites like Shattering the Earth dedicated to them, share a kiss in X-Factor #45. According to one online review on iFanboy, this is the first "male/male romantic kiss ever to appear on-panel in a Marvel comic."

In recent interviews with Newsarama and CBR, David hinted at finally addressing the question of whether or not both characters were "more than friends" but that Shatterstar's future storyline was totally dependent on the response from readers.

Marvel Comics, which introduced its first openly gay character when Northstar was revealed to be gay back in the 1990s, has in recent years introduced more gay characters including Victor Borkowski and Jonas Graymalkin from Young X-Men, Karolina Dean from Runaways, and the gay teen couple Hulking and Wiccan in Young Avengers, which received the award for Outstanding Comic Book at the 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.