May 31st, 2006

Northstar X-Men
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A True Homo Strong and Free

Title: A True Homo Strong and Free
Character: Jean-Paul “Northstar” Beaubier
Fandom: X-Men
Spoilers: Alpha Flight Issue #106, but it was 14 years ago, so I doubt it’s a problem
Author: mofic
Email: and I love to talk about this guy!

I don’t remember where I first heard about Northstar. I feel like I’ve always known him, although I didn’t know much about him. I was vaguely aware long before I was actively involved in fandom that there was a character peripheral to the X-Men by that name, and that he was both Canadian and openly gay. I write X-Men movieverse slash and write a deeply closeted Cyclops who’s struggling with coming out. I wanted to introduce a character who was further along in the coming out process so that he could talk about coming out with Cyclops. I remembered that there was a comic book character who fit the bill. So I went to investigate.

What I found fascinated me and really made me relate to him and want to write him for more than just that one scene. Collapse )
I would love to see Northstar featured in an X-Men movie. He could bring a perspective they haven’t had so far. I just hope if they do include him that they get the accent and the cultural context right. With Pyro and Colossus turning from English and Russian, respectively, in the comics to generic American in the movies, I fear they’d do the same to Jean-Paul. And an Americanized Jean-Paul would not be worth watching, I don’t think.

[ETCorrect] candrawest points out an error in the above. Pyro, although he has the very English name of St. John, is supposed to be Australian. Go know, as they say, although they probably don't say it in Australia. [Obliteraryallusion: My mom says some days are like that, even in Australia.]
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