The writer of the X-Men comic in which regular character Iceman reveals his sexuality has said not everybody is pleased with the plot twist.
Brian Michael Bendis – who penned All New X-Men #40, published earlier this week – told Radio 1’s Newsbeat that the response had been largely positive, but that he had also received homophobic abuse on social media as a result.
‘I don’t want to overstate the negative,’ he said.
‘But it was almost comical that the harsh reactions were from people who created an account just to be angry and ignorant in my direction.’
The issue sees Iceman – aka Bobby Drake – outed during a conversation with fellow X-Men regular Jean Grey, during which she accuses him of being overly flirtatious with a teacher to cover up the fact he is gay.
The character goes on to deny the claims, saying that the older version of his character cannot possibly be gay due to his relationships with women – but Grey disputes this
Bendis previously explained the plot would be ‘the first little chapter of a much larger story which will be told.’
He has also retweeted some of the more positive messages he received from fans in the wake of the comic’s publication.
‘A lot of people thought Jean was rude, but I don’t see it that way,’ he claimed.
‘I read her comment as her not wanting him to continue lying to himself under another label, which was awesome.’