A ‘total goofball’ with ‘profound loyalty to her friends’ – New York Daily News

Meet Marvel’s new mutant.

A new superhero is getting ready to make her comic debut: Shela Sexton, aka Escapade, is described as a “total goofball” who’s extremely loyal to her friends and has “a super-strong sense of justice.”

She’s also transgender, which according to her co-creator Charlie Jane Anders, has led her to experience “some rejection,” but also shaped her into becoming the superhero she is today.

Escapade, whose real name is Shela Sexton, will debut as Marvel's new trans mutant super hero.

“She has also found an amazing community that supports her and lifts her up, and this has changed how she thinks about being a hero for sure,” Anders said in an interview published on Marvel’s website on Wednesday.

Escapade has the ability to switch circumstances with another person, which is “super fun to write, because it has so many different possible applications.”

If someone is holding her at gunpoint, for example, she can reverse the situation so that she’s the one holding the person at gunpoint. “If you’re the mayor of New York and she gets close to you, she can become the mayor of New York for a while,” said Anders, adding that her circumstance-switching power can also get her into a little bit of trouble .

It has a “lot of potential pitfalls, and there are plenty of ways it can go wrong,” Anders said.

Escapade, whose real name is Shela Sexton, will debut as Marvel's new trans mutant super hero.

“I had thought of this superpower a few years ago and had been looking for the right place to use it – and Shela seemed like the perfect person to wield this mighty power,” she added.

Escapade will be introduced to the world in the pages of “Marvel’s Voices: Pride # 1,” set to be released on June 22 as part of the publisher’s Pride Month celebrations.

She’ll also bring along her best friend and fellow trans mutant Morgan Red, as well as their genetically engineered flying turtle Hibbert.

The collection is described as a “queer-centered anthology brought together by an amazing lineup of writers and artists from all walks of life,” and it will feature eight adventures that will take place all throughout the Marvel Universe.

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