AfterShock Comics, the makers of B.E.K black-eyed Kids, Rough Riders, The Revisionist and more are bringing a new series in September which will redefine what it means to be defined and what it means to be a superhero. Their new series, beginning in September is called Alters and stars a character named Chalice as the main protagonist.
Created by Paul Jenkins (of Wolverine Origins and Hellblazer fame) and illustrated by acclaimed artist Brian Stelfreeze, Alters tells the story of superheroine Chalice who also happens to be named Charlie Young. While dealing with the stresses and secrets of being a superhero, Charlie/Chalice must also handle the stresses or realities of transitioning from a male to a female all while managing life as a college student.
Paul Jenkins, in a recent interview with the New York Times said; “If we ever get to a point where issues such as race, sexuality and gender identity are a nonissue, we will have arrived,” … “That’s my Mum talking right there.”
He goes on in the same NYT piece to note; “The most important thing in approaching this book is for me to concentrate on these characters as heroes and villains, and to let these things come out during the process,”
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Leila Leiz
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
From a diverse team of creators composed of differing genders, gender identities, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations comes a groundbreaking new series featuring the world’s first transgender superhero!
As the world struggles to accept the emergence of a new kind of mutant species known as alterations, or “Alters,” a young woman begins her transition from male to female only to find herself also transitioning into a powerful Alter. Faced with persecution by the multi-powered fascist known only as Matter Man, she will face the world as Chalice–a hero for a new age. But as Chalice navigates the path to becoming her true self, she must juggle the complications of her civilian life and the responsibilities of her newfound power.
This groundbreaking series–years in the making–begins the saga of a young woman who can only really be herself…whenever she is not herself.
32pgs, FC $3.99