Queer characters have been popping up left and right in the world of comics. Following Marvel's queer latina superhero, X-Men writer Scott Lobdell is giving us all the life with his new protagonist. Lobdell's latest, “No World,” for Aspen Comics, will star a 250 pound black trans woman, who's also a former NFL player.
Though she doesn’t have a name just yet, the character does have cover art and a potential catchphrase—"Passing is for football," a play on the term, "passing," which generally refers to a trans person's ability to pass as cisgender in everyday society.
Lobdell tweeted, “She’s here. She’s Trans. She’s gonna kick evil’s ass!”
— Scott Lobdell (@ScottyLobdell) January 31, 2017
When asked if he worked with trans people to develop this new hero, Lobdell responded saying his close friends in L.A. will keep him in check: "I live in L.A. and have a few close friends who will keep me honest!” He also tagged trans writer-filmmaker Christian Beranek and actress Shakina Nayfack in the tweet.
@ScottyLobdell As a sincere question, have you talked with any trans people about this? As consultants or just for opinions on language etc.
— Mia Violet (@OhMiaGod) January 31, 2017
With Marvel’s announcement last week about queer latina inclusion and now Lobdell's, hopefully this means we’ll continue to be graced with much-needed characters that allow everyone to find a hero they can relate to.