Hold onto those hats! Marvel’s newest hero is a queen for the people.

When Sina Grace joined the Marvel ranks, we knew things were going to be good but this new hero has us over the moon.

The fourth issue of the recently launched Iceman series introduced a new mutant — and she came to slay.

Her name is Shade and she possesses the power of teleportation and she can create and enter a pocket dimension inside her unfolding fan. She’s Marvel’s first drag queen superhero and in her first appearance she really mixed things up.

Iceman is the only running Marvel series to feature a queer lead character. Bobby Drake, the alter-ego of Iceman, is an openly gay man who struggles with his multiple identities throughout the spin-off series.

Grace was determined to use her voice to explore the queer experience.

“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 said in a recent interview with The Advocate. “There’s a million different queer perspectives and we’re only scratching the surface.”

Shade has only recently made her first appearance, so there’s plenty more of the mutant queen to come. The hero makes an appearance in Iceman #5 and will also make an appearance in X-Men: Winter’s End, which is a special annual issue that will be released in February.


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