Northstar just can’t catch a break in any universe, can he?
After surviving the worst coming-out scene in comics history, a mystery cough and an extended stay in Asgard — during which time he thought he wasn’t a mutant but half-elf, or something — he was killed off in the span of one month in three different Marvel timelines: Wolverine #25, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, and X-Men: The End.
Granted, he was resurrected in the mainstream universe as a zombie. Or something. So I suppose he should count his blessings.
That leaves the Ultimate Universe, where Northstar is happily dating Colossus, right? Right?
Well … Apparently, the latest Ultimate X-Men storyline, which introduces Alpha Flight to that imprint, also keeps Northstar’s depressing impressive Redshirt record intact.
At AfterElton.com, Lyle Masaki addresses the “troubling turns” for Colossus and Northstar, and talks with new Ultimate X-Men writer Aron E. Coleite (Heroes) about the “Absolute Power” arc:
“I wanted to tell an epic love story. Whether its Romeo & Juliet or Colossus & Northstar, everybody loves an amazing love story and I think what I really wanted to be able to tell was that Colossus -– especially with Northstar -– was a relationship that people found relatable and ended tragically. There are some surprises to come but getting to that point –- doing everything that he’s done only to lose him in that moment while he was desperate to save him. For me it doesn’t matter if it’s Scott and Jean or Colossus and Northstar, it’s a love story and I think the audience is adult enough and sophisticated enough and savvy enough, it doesn’t matter if they’re heterosexual or homosexual. It’s just a love story between two people who really care for each other.”