Comic book-maker, Marvel, has been making great strides to include LGBTQI representation in their superhero universe.
And why not? There’s no denying the impact superheroes have on people, especially kids. In many cases, they represent a hyperbolized version of humanity that gives youngsters a can-do attitude and an anything-is-possible drive.
So as such,
It wasn’t that long ago that Marvel revived the comic book Iceman and revealed the superhero’s true identity as gay. Now, they are back at it by introducing their first drag queen superhero, Shade, an ultra-fabulous mutant who’s able to teleport with the
In a statement to The Advocate, Iceman creator Sina Grace spoke on his decision to make the diva character Shade. And the importance of LGBTQI representation in comic books as a whole.
“I really wanted this series to push readers to new and better stories about the whole queer experience and how it applies to
beingboth a mutant and a superhero,” Grace explained to The Advocate. “ There’sa million different queer perspectives and we’re only scratching the surface.”
Shade has all the sass and charismatic qualities of any fab drag queen. Her first debut was in the fourth issue of Iceman, where she worked as the emcee for a mutant pride event that took place in Manhattan.
But it wasn’t until the fifth issue that her quick-witted personality shined through making it absolutely clear why she was aptly named Shade. From that point on readers were intrigued to get to know more about the sassy superhero character.
Now, rumors are swirling that there’s much more to come for the fabulous mutant diva starting with a likely appearance in the Uncanny X-Men: Winter’s End, set to be released in February.
Boy Oh Boy, it’s going to be interesting to see the next gag Shade will pull on us.