Marvel Comics character Wolverine is the latest character to come out as gay, as he and demigod Hercules announce their love for one another in the latest issue of the comic.

The Marvel comic, X-Treme X-Men, has featured for some time suggestions of a romance between a version of Wolverine, real name James Howlett, who comes from an alternate universe, and the pansexual demigod, Hercules.

In issue number 10, the pair reveal their love for one another and engage in a gay kiss.

The comic has been commended, as more and more publishers depict LGBT characters, many of whom have serious or long term relationships.

Last week, DC Comics’ Batwoman proposed to her girlfriend in the latest instalment of the comic strip, amidst controversy surrounding the publisher’s decision to hire a writer with anti-gay views to write for another title.

Batwoman was reintroduced as a lesbian by DC Comics in 2006, in a new title which aimed to reflect modern society more accurate than previous comics.

DC Comics have been heavily criticised recently for its decision to hire anti-gay writer, Orson Scott Card, author of Enders Game, to write the first two instalments of its new digital-first comic, Adventures of Superman. Some fans called for a boycott of the company, and of the comic. 

Marvel‘s Northstar, the first openly gay hero, tied the knot with his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in an issue of ‘Astonishing X-Men’, last year, and recently the creators of Judge Dredd suggested that he could be gay.

Last year, Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer, introduced a new, gay, male, vampire slayer named Billy, and spoke about the issues around creating such a character.