Supergirl’s Trans Hero Dreamer Needs Her Own Comic
With the end of the CW show, Supergirl’s trans hero Dreamer proved popular enough that she continued to live on in her own solo comic book series.
Superheroes were created to right wrongs in the world. As much as they’re an escape for readers, they also confront the injustices of everyday life and give us better endings than we’re used to, and they also show us how we can make things better too. It is becoming increasingly clear that for many minority groups the world is becoming a more dangerous place. This is especially true for trans people right now, with lawmakers in countries like the US and UK that are supposed to support LGBTQ+ rights trying to suppress trans rights. Now more than ever, it seems the comics need a trans superhero, and DC already has one waiting in the wings.
The CWs super girl The series introduced Nia Nal, the ancestor of Nura Nal from the Legion of Super-Heroes, as one of its main cast in season 4 in 2018. Since then, the precognitive superhero Dreamer has played a major role in the series until its end. A big part of why this character was so important was because she was the first transgender superhero on television.
Throughout her time on the show, Dreamer has proven herself to be a great superhero, and her journey to discovering her dream-based powers has been one of the most interesting and compelling, not just in the Arrowverse , but in superhero television in general. During her time on the show, she also confronted transphobia and brought to light the injustices that this part of the LGBTQ+ community faces on a daily basis. Dreamer wasn’t just a hero to look up to like Supergirl, she was a visible member of the trans community and that’s part of why she needs her own comic book series now.
Nia is more than capable of directing her own series. She proved during her time on super girl that she could hold her own stories, even entire episodes, and she’s already proven that in the comics too. She made her comic book debut in DC Pride “Date Night” anthology story written by super girl‘s Dreamer herself, Nicole Maines, alongside Rachael Stott, Enrica Eren Angiolini and Steve Wands. This story followed what was established on the CW show; his partnership with Kara Zor-El and his relationship with Brainiac-5. However, it also showed a Nia who was fully in touch with her powers, effortlessly taking on the League of Shadows on her own. It felt like a taste of what could be if Dreamer were to get his own ongoing comic book series.
The character also has strong ties to established DC history. Her descendant, Nura, is part of the 31st Century Legion of Superheroes, a group that once again returns to the spotlight in the new Justice League vs. Legion of Super-Heroes event by Brian Michael Bendis and Scott Godlewski. As part of such a large team, Nura never really had the chance to explore the depths of her powers. With a Nia solo book, that can be done, and in the current DC Universe where she can interact with the rest of DC’s heroes.
DC and Marvel have done a lot in recent years to increase the representation of LGBTQ+ characters in their comics. While there have been many characters introduced who are part of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities, the trans community has had very few, and absolutely none when it comes to the main characters. Just giving Dreamer his own series, even just a limited series, would fix that and add a dynamic new character to the DCU. With a very unique set of powers, it would be something wonderful for fans and creators to explore. DC has recently added a number of new heroes to its ranks, so why not Dreamer?
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