In order: Adrian Alphona art for Runaways vol.1, vol.2, Ms. Marvel vol.1, Ms. Marvel vol.2 and variant cover for Runaways vol.5 #1.
I’m glad he did that last one because when you compare Runaways and Ms. Marvel you can see how much his style has evolved and from manga-inspired and restrained (since some of his character designs for that book already show what he unleashed in Ms. Marvel) moved more and more towards being stylized and clearly taking from western animation, giving Kamala’s adventures a very unique feel. I was curious how would he draw his earlier creation, had he returned to them now. The result feels….oddly melancholic, at least in this particular picture.
I will always recommend people interested in the artistic side of comics or being aspiring artists to compare his works on those two books, I find it really inspiring how far he has gone from an already solid level over the years.
As a source of media, comic books trend towards the science fiction and fantasy genres much more heavily than other forms. As a result, trans representation within comic books also tends toward these genres as well.
One example of this is the propensity of characters who are genderfluid to also have the power to shapeshift. One character the is an example of this is Xavin from The Runaways. Xavin is a member of a species of shapeshifting aliens called skrulls. In Xavin’s first appearance (The Runaways Vol. 2 Issue 7), they state that for Skrulls “changing gender is as easy as changing hair color.” Xavin also has an ongoing narrative of finding their “true form”
Another shapeshifting character who identifies as genderfluid is Loki from Thor. Loki is a trickster god who has magical powers which tend towards illusions. In the series, Loki: Agent of Asgard, Loki began being written as a shitching between male and female presenting forms at will. When asked about shapeshift later, Loki respinds that they can change into anything “as long as it’s me”
Yet another example is Sera from Angela: Asgard’s Assasin and Angela Queen of Hel. Sera comes from the realm of Heven where gender dynamics are very different than human ones. Women are winged warriors who run their society while the men are weak and remain cloistered and protected as Anchorites. Sera was among the anchorites but was not truly one of them. Enlisting the help of her future lover Angela, Sera was able to escape and become her true self.
[Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Miyazawa, Takeshi (p), Yeung, Craig (i).] Runaways, Vol. 2 #7 (2005). [Marvel Comics].
[Ewing, Al (w), Garbett, Lee (p/i).] Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1 #1-17 (2005). [Marvel Comics].
Xavin is a Skrull who came to Earth to marry Karolina Dean, a member of the Runaways.
As one of the Super-Skrull trainees, Xavin is able to manifest the abilities of the Fantastic Four, powers that include invisibility, superhuman strength, elasticity, and fire control. Being a Skrull, Xavin also has the natural ability to shapeshift. Xavin generally takes the form of a black human female. She has also taken the form of a black human male and occasionally a more Skrull-like appearance. Xavin first appeared in Runaways vol. 2 #7.
First appeared in the pages of Runaways Vol. 2 #1 and was created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona.
Like the rest of the Runaways gang, Victor is the child of a super villain… although his lineage is a bit more convoluted. It turns out that Victor is actually a cyborg, ‘fathered’ by the Avengers villain, Ultron.
Ultron had created Victor as part of an elaborate scheme to infiltrate The Avengers. Victor was raised by his mother, a sculpture of Hispanic heritage who had come across Ultron’s disembodied head while searching through a junkyard. Combining this woman’s organic material with his own mechanics, Ultron create Victor and he grew up completely unaware that he was a cyborg.
Victor’s electromagnetic powers and sophisticated cybernetic mind has been of great benefit to The Runaways in their many adventures. He later joined an iteration of the Avengers and was last scene applying for a position as head of security at Stark Industries.