Is comic book hero Judge Dredd gay?
The writers of the legendary lawman Judge Dredd have caused a stir among fans by suggesting that he might be gay.
The latest edition of the comic 2000 AD is titled 'Closet' and deals with the issue of a teenager coming out.
The first page has been released on the internet and apparently shows Dredd - a judge/policeman from the future - kissing the youth in a gay club, the Mirror reported.
Reaction to the teaser, which was released online last month, has been mixed, with some fans so hostile to the idea that they have threatened to burn the comic.
"Dredd has always been satirical, while touching on serious issues. This is another example of this," a spokesman said.
There is a twist in the tale, with all not being as it seems, the spokesman added.
Writer Rob Williams said Dredd's sexuality - whatever it is - was buried beneath his love for the law.
"Although, can you imagine what would happen if that repression ever fell away, just for an instant? Sure, Dredd could be gay," he said.
He said that Dredd's feeling are so deeply hidden, he is extremely unlikely to ever let them show.