DC comics unveils new gender-fluid superhero called Kid Quick who moves at hypersonic speed and uses they/them pronouns
- DC has created first non-binary character in popular comic book series The Flash
- Character ‘Kid Quick’ will debut next month and will use they/them pronouns
- Will take on mantle of The Flash in upcoming Future State: Justice League series
It has created some of the most iconic superheroes – and heroines – in history, including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Now DC Comics has introduced the first non-binary character in its hugely popular comic book series The Flash.
‘Kid Quick’ will debut next month as part of an ‘alternate-universe’ version of ‘DC’s Merry Multiverse’, a holiday-themed comic book anthology. The character, which can move at hypersonic speed, will use they/them pronouns.
Kid Quick’ will debut next month as part of an ‘alternate-universe’ version of ‘DC’s Merry Multiverse’
The Flash, which was created in 1939, is based on a university student who gains ‘super-speed’ after being doused in chemicals that have been struck by lightning.
After appearing in the holiday special, Kid Quick, whose ‘Earth name’ is Jess Chambers, will take on the mantle of The Flash in an upcoming comic book series called Future State: Justice League.
Writer Ivan Cohen said: ‘There are so many Flash characters in the DC Multiverse and we knew anyone we added to that category had to be really different from the rest. We’ve got this super-fast character, Kid Quick, and I thought Kid can really be any gender.’
The newest character will join other classic DC Comics creations such as Wonder Woman (pictured), Superman and Batman
Kid Quick joins the ranks of other non-binary characters in the superhero and sci-fi universe. Last year, ‘Suicide Squad’ introduced The Aerie, a non-binary antihero, while TV show Star Trek: Discovery welcomed Adira, played by non-binary actor Blu del Barrio.
Marvel Comics introduced two non-binary characters called ‘Snowflake’ and ‘Safespace’ but the names were criticised as offensive.
Spencer Harvey, from LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, welcomed the arrival of Kid Quick, who he said would ‘help to reach new audiences that may not normally be exposed to these identities’ and would help accelerate ‘acceptance and understanding’.
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