The panelists for this edition of Secret Identities were Charles Battersby, Marjorie Liu, Kristen Enos, and Marguerite Bennett, discussing transgender themes in comics as well as gender change with characters who are not necessarily trans.
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin by Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett brings the continuity from Neil Gaiman‘s Image book into the Marvel U. Most importantly, that continuity relies on a vision of Heaven that is populated mostly by women. In Asgard’s Assassin, there will be a side-story at the end of each issue about Sera, one of Angela’s companions. Sera, who is rescued by Angela, provides a foil for Angela’s rigid dedication. Sera, while being a trans character, is not revealed to be trans until the third issue of Asgard’s Assassin.
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Brian Michael Bendis dropped hints and brags at Special Edition: NYC at his Spotlight Panel, attended by Bleeding Cool reporter Madeline Ricchiuto. She writes,
On announcing that it is Tony in the post-Secret Wars Iron Man book: “We have so many good things coming after Secret Wars we didn’t need to pretend it’s not Tony.” Read the rest at BleedingCool.
Third update: Added some more details below from Derek Trum and Madeline Ricchiuto at the show for Bleeding Cool.
Second Update: After both Newsarama and ComicBook.com mistakenly read Bleeding Cool’s report and ran their PR-arranged releases early, the project has now actually been announced at NYC Special Edition’s Marvel panel. And PR-based reporting has had its sausage making process revealed.
But anyway, the new Invincible Iron Man by Bendis and Marquez is about to have his biological parents revealed, and will be getting a new armour that can transform into other armours, a new villain, new friends who aren’t Avengers – and a new girlfriend. Marvel’s Tom Breevort had something to do with the planning of this book, which has been in the works for the last 10 years… Read the rest at BleedingCool.