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Pride Month Comic Book Spotlight: InSexts (Aftershock Comics)

It’s Pride Month, so for the rest of June we will be running a special series of articles to spotlight LGBTQ representation in various mediums — comic books, film, etc.

Personally, as the co-comic book editor, naturally I want to focus on comic books for this. The spotlight will look at writers, artists, and/or characters. To be honest, while this representation might not be as vast as we would like (though, I’d say it’s growing!) great demonstrations of LGBTQ+ content can be found within many publishers.

The first series I want to spotlight is InSexts, which was originally released in 2015. Written and co-created by Marguerite Bennett with art by co-creator Ariela Kristantina, and published by AfterShock Comics. Jessica Kholine and Bryan Valenza served as the colorists on InSexts, while A Larger world worked as the letterer.

InSexts takes place during the Victorian era and follows a pair of vengeful vixens, Mariah and Lady, as they discover a newfound ability to transform into insectoid-like creatures.

Now able to rid themselves of their chains, they descend into a dark world they didn’t know existed where they must fight, and kill, more than just their human oppressors in order to live a happy life with each other and their child.

I also want to spotlight writer, Marguerite Bennett, because not only is she one of my favorite writers and incredibly talented, she is an openly queer woman whose LGBTQ+ stories and characters have been nominated for GLAAD Media Awards.

Plus, she was the first queer creator to work on a Batwoman series, which is baffling to me because Batwoman is a lesbian.

Aftershock Comics’ InSexts is now available at comic book retailers everywhere.

Rachel Freeman
Rachel Freeman
Rachel Freeman is a staff writer and comic review editor at Pop Break. She regularly contributes comic book reviews, such as The Power of the Dark Crystal, Savage Things, Mother Panic, Dark Nights: Metal, Rose, and more. She also contributes anime reviews, such as Berserk, Garo: Vanishing Line and Attack on Titan as well as TV reviews. She has been part of The BreakCast for the Definitive Defenders Podcast. Outside of her writing for Pop Break, Rachel is currently a pre-school teacher. She is a college graduate with her BA in History and MAED. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @Raychikinesis.

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