Peter David's X-Factor, 45 - a best-selling X-Men related title - goes where no D.C. or Marvel Comic has gone before: the issue features mainstream comics' first same-sex kiss between Rictor and Shatterstar.
Though their relationship has been hinted at throughout the series, the panel confirms their deeper feelings, and David is quick to reassure that "no, it’s not a fake out. A number of people seem to be concerned that Star is still under Cortex’s control. Or that Rictor is going to freak out the next panel and say, 'Dude, what the hell?' That would be cheap. I don’t do cheap. Okay, sometimes I do, but not this time. I’m not interested in having people say, 'Peter David introduced this and then chickened out.'"
Good for him!