The world of superhero comic books is a vast and ever-developing platform, but unbelievably enough, a transgender character has never taken center stage until this point. Alysia YeohBatgirl’s roommate, and Wanda in Neil Gaiman’s Sandmanare two transgender characters featured in comics so far. Aftershock comics will be the first publication to give a transgender character center stage status in a new series titled Alters.

The story of Chalice

Chalice, also known as Charlie Young, is a middle brother of three siblings living with her family.

Her story begins while she is undergoing hormone therapy after making the big decision to switch genders. Her parents struggle to take care of one of her brothers who is suffering from cerebral palsy, and Charlie has a difficult time explaining her situation to her family during this testing period. Certain events transpire around the central protagonist as this arc develops, launching her into strange and unexpected adventures as an ‘Alter’.

Focus on social issues

The creators of this series have made it a point to note that the other ‘Alters’ or people with hyper-advantages, will include other marginalized communities such as a homeless character and a character suffering from PTSD.

They clearly have a message in mind with these thematic choices, and it will be interesting to see how these decision pan out. With the DC universe getting pummeled by critics, it will also be interesting to have more options as fans of the genre.

The team behind the project

Alters is being created by a highly credible team that includes artists with big titles to their names. It is being written by Paul Jenkins, a Marvel writer most famous for The Incredible Hulk, Spectacular Spider-Man and Wolverine Origins.

Leila Leiz will be handling the art work and Tamra Bonvillian will be responsible for coloring the frames.

Historic work in progress

It is very important that every section of society is duly represented in popular culture, and it is comforting to see that the transgender community will receive their moment in the sun pretty soon. Superheroes make us aspire to greater things, and there is no greater thought than the fact that any of us could become a superhero.

Are you excited about this series? Do you know any other important Transgender characters we may have missed out from the comic book world? Please leave your thoughts and comments below.

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