Character Overview

Gender: Male

Orientation: Gay

Publisher: Marvel

Character Type: Primary

Alignment: Good

AKA: Julio Esteban Richter

Character Details

Summary: Rictor is a mutant with the ability to generate and manipulate seismic energies. He has been a member of the X-Force, X-Terminators, New Mutants, X-Corporation, and most recently, Excalibur. His relationship with Shatterstar featured the first on-panel gay kiss in any mainstream Marvel publication.

Important Issues: Rictor finally shares a kiss with Shatterstar and the two begin a steady romantic relationship in X-Factor (Vol. 3) #45.

Articles about Rictor

Though in the case of Peter David's work on Marvel's X-Factor, working minority issues into the plot as part and parcel of the series' ongoing character arcs ended up making waves in an unexpected manner. As many who follow the comics blogosphere know, Shatterstar and Rictor - two mutant characters hinted at having a "special bond" for almost twenty years - finally put all rumors to rest in the first on-panel kiss between two major male superhero characters in last fall's issue #45. (Read more)

Chaos McKenzie, "Peter David's 'X-Factor': Earth Moving, Star Shattering," CBR, February 25, 2010.