Northstar is another Marvel hero, originally of the Canadian team Alpha Flight, later of the X-Men. His powers have to do with superspeed, but without the mystical associations of the Flash. He’s more of the Superman type than anything else, by virtue of his secondary powers — invulnerability, flight, etc. Mostly those are related to the superspeed, for instance having to be invulnerable to withstand that kind of friction.
Northstar has landmark status for two reasons: First openly gay character in Marvel Comics after coming out in 1992, and his wedding to Kyle Jinadu in 2012. That was another big media thing, because some anti-gay organizations latched onto it… I don’t think many little kids were reading Astonishing X-Men at that point, and if they were all the mind control plots would’ve been a lot more traumatic than a wedding constituting the one bright spot in the arc, but you know.
Some fans actually take have a problem with Northstar and Kyle’s wedding because the comic jumps from “serious relationship problems” straight to “marriage,” and with that I agree. They weren’t ready to get married. However, they’d just been through an intense arc, and I can understand them wanting to make the connection while they could!
I don’t know Northstar terribly well, just from one book and an alternate-universe appearance, but he’s a very interesting character and a good one to know if you’re into LGBT+ representation!
- Astonishing X-Men Vol. 10: Northstar by Marjorie Liu. (pub. 2013, ISBN not included because there’s some confusion on Amazon, but the title’ll do ya). This volume comes in the middle of an arc, so some things don’t have introductions or conclusions, but you get a pretty good grasp on the arc and the character from this, and it includes the wedding. The volume also contains the (terrible) old coming-out issue. But if you’re looking for those individually, the wedding is Astonishing X-Men #51 and the coming-out issue is Alpha Flight #106.