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The Polyamory And Fluid Sexuality In Uncanny X-Force

Mike Hogan writes;

When the creative team behind the new volume of Uncanny X-Force was announced, I wondered if Sam Humphries would bring the same kind of boundary-challenging ideas that we've seen in Our Love is Real to the new Uncanny X-Force. That answer came quickly when two-thirds of the fractured Fantomex ended the first issue with a kiss. From UXF #1.

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Now, a week after possibly losing a popular queer character, the Marvel Universe may have just gained its biggest queer hero yet. From today's UXF #8.

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Because Psylocke apparently needed more twists added to her Wiki, Humphries has revealed Betsy's affair with Cluster, one third of the recently-split Fantomax triad. If last issue is any indication, this isn't just a physical relationship. From UXF #7.Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 7.34.19 PM


"So, how did you two lovebirds meet?"


Humphries doesn't just soften Psylocke's sexuality in this issue. He continues to set the foundation for what could be comics' first polyamorous superhero relationship.

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Before you scoff, remember it's not impossible. Polygamy is a concept Gail Simone almost had a chance to explore two years ago. From Secret Six #36.

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Will Humphries get the chance to explore the Psylocke/Fantomex/Cluster question? Maybe. But after today's Longshot/Shatterstar reveal, I could use a little less complication in my X-characters.

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