Character Overview

Gender: Male

Orientation: Gay

Publisher: Marvel

Character Type: Primary

Alignment: Good

AKA: Brandon Sharpe

Character Details

Summary: As a famous child actor, Brandon Sharpe's powers manifested when his manager attempted to take advantage of him, resulting in the manager receiving serious injuries and totaling a limousine. Sharpe adopted the name Striker and became determined to become a superhero, eventually joining the Avengers Academy. During this time, Striker admits that he has been attempting to "prove his manhood" by denying his sexuality. However, after a conversation with Julie Powers, Striker calls a press conference to announce his sexuality to the world

Database Links: Marvel Wiki, Comic Vine

Important Issues: Striker comes out in Avengers Academy #23, in which he and Julie Powers discuss their own sexualities.

Articles about Striker

As for what makes this the right time [to come out], Striker now finds himself around Julie Power, a.k.a. Lightspeed, who is older and more comfortable with her sexuality (she's bisexual). So he finally has someone he feels he can open up to about the things that he's been struggling with -- matters he didn't feel able to discuss with his straight peers. I think a lot of gay kids, especially those living in smaller towns, don't know (or don't think they know) any other gay people they can talk to, and it's difficult for them, as it was for Striker. (Read more)

Brett White, "Christos Gage speaks out on Avenger Academy's Striker coming out," CBR, December 1, 2011.