Kick-ass trans superhero to make comic book debut this year
A trans superhero is hitting the shelves this year in the world of comics from a writer who has worked on Spider-Man and Wolverine.
The character, Chalice, will make her debut in the Alters series, a comic about several outcasts who end up with superpowers.
A trans woman, Chalice rocks a miniskirt and cloak, and her power means she is able to control quantum mechanics.
Others in the series include a quadriplegic man, and another character who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Speaking to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, creator Paul Jenkins said: “Her transition is an important part of the story… But the fact is, why is she great? Because she kicks ass.”
The first issue featuring Chalice will have a special release in North Carolina, the state in which the anti-LGBT HB2 was introduced earlier this year.
HB2 bans transgender people from using a bathroom other than that which corresponds to the sex assigned at birth.
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The special cover might feature bathroom signs.
“We’re just kind of addressing the absurdity of it, frankly,” Jenkins added.
The creator, Jenkins, has already worked on Spider-Man, Wolverine and Inhumans, all published by Marvel.
Batwoman made a splash back in 2006, when her alter-ego Kate Kane came out as a lesbian in a watershed moment for comic books.
In 2013, two Batwoman writers quit the DC Comics series – after the publisher blocked plans for the character to marry her same-sex partner.
Marvel comics featured a same-sex wedding for a hero back in 2012 – when out mutant Northstar tied the knot with his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in an issue of ‘Astonishing X-Men’.