Marvel Debuts Its First Trans Mutant Superhero

Marvel Comics has finally come up with an official preview for 2022’s version of Marvel’s Voices: Pride, which consists of — among many more stories — the anticipated high-flying debut of Escapade/Shela Sexton, the new transgender mutant hero at the House of Ideas.

Apart from Escapade herself, Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 — which goes on sale on Wednesday — also debuts her best friend Morgan Red, also a transgender mutant.

“Some people have an epic romance. I have Morgan. My best friend,” Shela explains. “We’re ride-or-die trans mutant besties from way back.” Morgan’s pet that stays on her shoulder is Hibbert, an engineered flying turtle. As a supposed Easter egg, Morgan has a framed image of the Northstar’s wedding (Marvel Comic’s first openly gay hero) and Kyle Jinadu from Astonishing X-Men #51 (2012).

 

MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1

  • Art by STEPHEN BYRNE, BRITTNEY WILLIAMS, SCOTT B. HENDERSON & more!
  • Written by CHARLIE JANE ANDERS, CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL, ANDREW WHEELER, ALYSSA WONG, GRACE FREUD, IRA MADISON III, & DANNY LORE
  • Variant Cover by STEPHEN BYRNE• Cover by NICK ROBLES
  • Cover by NICK ROBLES
  • VARIANT COVER BY AMY REEDER • VARIANT COVER BY OLIVIER COIPEL
  • VARIANT COVER BY JEN BARTEL • VARIANT COVER BY STEPHEN BYRNE
  • Hot off a GLAAD Award nomination for 2021’s anthology, MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE returns for a jam-packed celebration of LGBTQI+ characters and creators! New York Times-bestselling, multi-award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders introduces a new hero to the Marvel Universe – and it won’t be the last you see of them. Get in on the ground floor here! IRON MAN scribe and lauded TV showrunner Christopher Cantwell takes on Moondragon’s complex legacy for a heart-bending story across space and time. Shuster and Eisner-winning writer Andrew Wheeler makes his Marvel debut with the MU’s real god of love – Hercules! Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus-award winner Alyssa Wong reunites the Young Avengers in a story guaranteed to please fans new and old! And that’s just the first slice of the rainbow. MARVEL’S VOICES continues its groundbreaking anthology series with another swoon-worthy glimpse of the world outside your window!
  • 88 PAGES/ONE-SHOT/RATED T+…$9.99

When the character was initially announced, Marvel gave some details about the powers of Escapade, revealing that she can “instantaneously switch physical locations with another person or trade any specific physical or abstract attribute such as possessions, organizational status, skills, superhuman powers, and even situations!” However, she “is only able to maintain the power for a few hours at a time and must be within 7 feet of her target, and the more complex the switch, the higher the chance of a mishap.”

“I have loved the Marvel Universe for as long as I can remember, and may or may not sing the Spider-Man cartoon theme in the shower on a regular basis. So I was so thrilled to be able to introduce a brand-new hero to stand alongside all of my favorites,” Anders said at the time. “I hope that Escapade and Morgan Red will inspire trans and non-binary people everywhere to believe that they, too, can fight for justice with the power of creativity and chosen family.”

“Now more than ever, we need a hero like Shela Sexton for people to look up to. It was a real honor and a privilege to be a part of her creation process!” Brandt explained. “It’s very exciting to be part of bringing a new character into Marvel comics. Working with Charlie Jane’s script was a lot of fun, and I hope people enjoy reading about Escapade as much as we did putting together her first outing on the page,” Stein added.

Written by Christopher Cantwell, Charlie Jane Anders, Alyssa Wong, Andrew Wheeler, Ira Madison III, Grace Freud, and Danny Illustrations by Brittney Williams, Stephen Byrne, Scott B. Henderson, and more, Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 will be on sale June 22 onwards from Marvel Comics.

 

Source: Marvel Comics.

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