For the first time in the history of Marvel, there is a drag queen superhero.
Shade, a mutant who is part of the X-Men, was introduced in the fourth installment of Marvel’s “Iceman” comic. She has the power of teleportation and can create “pocket voids” through her handheld fan. Shade makes her first appearance at the Mutant Pride Parade.
“‘Ello Manhattan! It’s your emcee, Shade,” she says.
“And I got none to throw at Dazzler’s set!” Shade says about another mutant’s performance.. “Let’s give her another round of applause.”
Shade was the brain child of out writer Sina Grace and artist Nathan Stockman.
“I really wanted this series to push readers to new and better stories about the whole queer experience and how it applies to being both a mutant and a superhero,” Grace told The Advocate. “There’s a million different queer perspectives and we’re only scratching the surface.”
Grace also told NewNowNext that his inspiration for Shade came from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants Shea Couleé, Monét X Change, The Vixen and Dax ExclamationPoint.
Shade returns in the fifth issue of “Iceman” (available now) and in “X-Men: Winter’s End,” which will be released in February.