Marvel Comics is finally debuting its long-promised “non-binary” superhero as part of their New Warriors reboot, and their name is “Snowflake” — an obvious jab at “transphobic” detractors.
Bounding into Comics revealed the trailer for Marvel’s New Warriors reboot earlier this week, and both Snowflake, and their twin, Safespace, feature prominently (though Snowflake seems to have a slightly bigger role).
The original New Warriors debuted in the early 1990s, as a selection of rebel mutants somewhat junior to the more experienced Avengers. They came along at a time when Marvel was trying to retool a number of its characters for a younger audience used to edgier, more relevant storylines.
The series has already re-launched twice (once around the year 2000 and again in 2006), but this iteration will feature a team of “new” New Warriors, mentored by the now-mature older generation of rebel mutants.
“My editors on the previous books that I’d done like Loki and Black Panther vs Deadpool asked if I’d be interested in doing a New Warriors tie-in that actually poses them as the authority figures in this conflict instead of the rebels. And I really liked the attention of that,” New Warriors author Dave Kibblesmith told Marvel. “So because the New Warriors are the authority figures in this story they have to be mentoring new New Warriors who are under 21 and subject to the laws that triggered the Outlawed event. This new law is making it illegal to be a vigilante under the age of 21.”
“I wanted to have teen characters who felt as ‘now’ as the New Warriors did in 1990,” Kibblesmith added, suggesting why he chose to make at least one of the characters openly “non-binary.” “The New Warriors have been zeitgeist characters from the beginning, you get edgy skateboarding Night Thrasher in the ’90s and the Reality TV team in the 2000s, and now in 2020, we have New Warriors who have never grown up without the Internet, and one character who appears to essentially live inside it.”
Every member of the group has a “modern” affliction. One is a foster kid, one is patched permanently into the Internet and exists as one with the world wide web, “Snowflake and Safespace are the twins. And their names are very similar to Screentime. It’s this idea that these are terms that get thrown around on the internet that they don’t see as derogatory. To take those words and kind of wear them as badges of honor.”
Snowflake’s superpower is…generating snowflakes.
“Snowflake is non-binary and goes by they/them,” Kibblesmith said. “Snowflake has the power to generate individual crystallized snowflake-shaped shurikens. The connotations of the word snowflake in our culture right now are something fragile. And this is a character who is turning it into something sharp. Snowflake is the person who has the more offensive power and Safespace is the person who has the more defensive power. The idea is that they would mirror each other and complement each other.”
Marvel’s decision to incorporate a non-binary character is in line with its decision to make its newer comic arcs “woke” — a decision that hasn’t proven fiscally responsible. According to ScreenRant, the entire comic book industry is now “close to failing.”