Character Type: Primary
Summary: Shatterstar is technically his own grandfather due to the fact that his father, Longshot, was created from his DNA when he was sent back in time to find the X-Men. Born as a mutant and mutate hybrid, Shatterstar was raised 100 years in the future to be a gladiator on MojoWorld. However, after escaping and traveling back in time, he enjoys a new modern-day life. In 2009, Shatterstar and Rictor shared the first gay kiss ever depicted in a Marvel publication.
Important Issues: Shatterstar and Rictor share the first gay kiss in a mainstream Marvel publication in X-Factor (Vol. 3) #45.
X-Factor is relaunching this month with #200, which sees the team moving to New York City and Shatterstar becoming a full member. We talked with David about where Rictor and Shatterstar may be heading, what they add to the dynamic of X-Factor, as well as the challenges Marvel’s first major gay character, Northstar, faced after coming out. (Read more)
Lyle Masaki, "Superheroes in Love: When Rictor Met Shatterstar," Logo, December 10, 2009.
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 -├é 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.
Rob Liefeld isn't happy about the latest plot development involving Shatterstar, the Marvel superhero he introduced 18 years ago. Last week's X-Factor #45 ended years of speculation, and in-story hints, about the relationship between Shatterstar and Rictor by showing the former X-Force teammates -- both C-list players in the X-Men universe -- reuniting with a kiss. (Read more)
Kevin Melrose, "Liefeld 'can't wait to someday undo' Shatterstar development," CBR, July 3, 2009.