Batwoman (Kathy Kane) was outed as a lesbian in 2006, and now DC Comics, all for diversity, is raising her profile as she debuts this June in Detective Comics 854. Writer Greg Rucka said Batwoman, who first appeared in 1957 but was killed off in 1979, was quoted about the character in Newsweek.

“Yes, she’s a lesbian. She’s also a redhead. It is an element of her character. It is not her character. If people are going to have problems with it, that’s their issue. Frankly, she should be judged on her merits.”

Rucka says he expects readers to be shocked when they read the first issue. “I think people are going to fall out of their seats,” he said, providing the first few pages of the comic at his blog.