Alysia Yeoh – A Future DC Comics Transgender Superhero?


When Alysia Yeoh was introduced to the cast of Batgirl, as the roommate of Barbara Gordon, it took some time for her history to be made known to the readers. And in doing so, became the became the first transgender character in a Marvel or DC superhero comic who hadn't used magic, wasn't an alien, or used science fiction to facilitate that in some way. She just was. While there had been strides in the LGBT representation in comics, that T was somewhat lacking, and when present was often treated as, well, a superpower.

When Batgirl got revamped after writer Gail Simone left the book, Alisa became a lesser character, living in Gotham as Barbara moved to Burnside. But she did still appear in occasional scenes.


And in the conclusion of the comic, by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr before Convergence, we get another appearance and reference. Assembled in one position by the Barbara Gordon algorithm looking to wipe out crime by any means possible, it predicts the actions by individuals that will lead to many more deaths, in order to eliminate them. Including Alysa Yeoh.

batgirlWe have no idea who Bella Mavrodaphne is. There are no results on Google. But DC's apparently planned future will give Alysa a vigilante role… for which we are totally led to read "superhero".

Add to Porcelain in the current Secret Six comic, also written by Gail Simone and maybe it's the start of something.


I do hope Abigail Brady's new comic comes out sooner rather than later…. it does seem to be the right time.


About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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