DC Is Honoring the Creator of Their First Trans Superhero With a Special Pride Issue

Nearly a year after award-winning transgender writer Rachel Pollack died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, DC Comics has announced a special edition of two of her most beloved stories, including one that has never been reprinted before.

This year’s DC Pride line-up of LGBTQ+ superhero comics will include the 96-page special edition DC Pride: A Celebration of Rachel Pollack, the company announced in a press release this week. The special will reprint two individual Pollack-written comics: Doom Patrol #70, a 1993 issue in which Pollack introduced Coagula, DC Comics’ first trans superhero; and Vertigo Visions: The Geek, a lesser-known work featuring the surrealist character Brother Power (with art by industry legend Michael Allred). It will also include a new short story featuring Coagula written by Joe Corallo, with whom Pollack collaborated on the 2022 miniseries The Never Ending Party.

Pollack fans will likely already be familiar with her work on Doom Patrol, a complete collection of which was finally released in late 2022. But her Visions special, originally published in 1993, has never been reissued in print. There’s no time like the present to fix that oversight, though, because Pollack’s The Geek is exactly the kind of weird queer art we love, stuffing themes of lesbian separatism, sexual autonomy, and what it really means to be a “freak” into a single beautiful barrel.

There are plenty of other titles for LGBTQ+ comics fans in the full DC Pride 2024 lineup, including The Strange Case of Harleen and Ivy by Melissa Marr and Jenn St-Onge, a young adult graphic novel retelling the fan-favorite villains’ love story; Bad Dream, the long-awaited origin story of Supergirl’s Dreamer written by originating actress Nicole Maines with art by Rye Hickman; and of course, DC Pride 2024, the company’s third annual Pride anthology featuring stories by LGBTQ+ creative teams. But it’s particularly gratifying to see Pollack honored with a dedicated special, reprinting work that should be more widely known in honor of a writer who was truly ahead of her time.

DC Pride: A Celebration of Rachel Pollack is one of several projects aiming to posthumously distribute Pollack’s work to a wider audience. Artist Chris Weston, who collaborated with Pollack on the 1997 miniseries Time Breakers, is currently raising funds to republish the series in a new collected edition, raising $8,400 of his $10,000 goal as of this writing. Meanwhile, her work outside of comics lives on just as vibrantly, if not more so: The Shining Tribe Tarot, Pollack’s personally designed Tarot deck and accompanying guide, will be reprinted in a “definitive edition” this April from book publisher Red Wheel Weiser.

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