While a new story featuring the original kid-sized incarnation of the Super-Sons has been hailed as a major selling point for the recently released DC. Saved by Belle Reef Comic, the pair’s return did not focus on their relationship or plot lines, but rather on their introduction and teaching the concept of non-binary identities.
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Arriving on shelves August 31, the simply titled One-Shot features offer readers a selection of school-themed stories set throughout the DCU, such as one where The Suicide Squad must emerge as teachers in order to protect a politician’s son, The other that sees Batgirl and Nightwing in an ambush by Mr. Friese on prom night, and a new class at Gotham Academy.
As noted above, one particular story that sparked anticipation for this issue was a new one featuring John Kent and Damian Wayne, as penned by original series writer and concept creator Peter J. Tomasi, which is first set in its pages.
Little did readers know, however, that the story would focus on a new addition to their social circle rather than the titular offspring of the best in the world.
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The story, titled “Back to School,” centers on John and Damian as they return from summer vacation and begin their first day of the new school year at West-Reeve Academy (named after the prominent actors who portrayed the Dark Knight on TV. The Man of Steel. in the movie, Adam West and Christopher Reeve, respectively).
Eventually the two made it to their first lunch break of the year and noticed a new pink-haired student sitting alone in the cafeteria.
John desires a warm welcome, and moves in to invite the new baby to eat with him and his friends.
However, before he could even get out of his seat, the lone student had a tray of food thrown at them by a pair of bullies.
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Rescued from further trouble by Jon and Damian before they in turn turn away from a potential fist fight, the new baby proceeds to introduce himself to the pair and, without either prompting, reveals that they both know they are not binary.
“Last year, I changed my name to Sydney,” he explains of the Coast City move. “I felt like the name my parents gave me was locked into a traditional gender that didn’t really feel like who I was. I’m not binary.”
(It should be noted that there is no evidence, visual or in text, regarding the type of birth in Sydney.)
The rest of the afternoon reads like FAQs about gender, as Sydney spends the next few paintings detailing the concept of non-binary identities and pronouns.
“Some people feel that they are … a mixture of both sexes,” their new companion told them. “While others don’t feel they identify with either gender.”
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Turning to herself, Sidney asserts, “I deal with both,” before emphasizing that, as such, “I use their/them pronouns.”
“Some non-binary people like me use the gender-netural pronouns they and ’em instead of she/she or he/she,” they tell the curious pair.
Over the next few days, John and Damien communicate with Sydney in their own unique way, with the former lending their ears to their troubles while the latter teaching them hand-to-hand combat techniques so that they can defend themselves in case the bullies hit them. repeatedly.
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Sure enough, the next day, two brunch announcers returned to harass Sydney, this time casting insults explicitly directed at their non-binary identity, giving them a mustache of mashed potatoes and declaring “You can play Santa, or you might prefer Mrs. Claus” before throwing the mob over their heads and teasing, “” Long hair is definitely you! Make up your mind, girl or boy!”
In response, instead of turning the other cheek, Sydney applies the movements they’ve learned from Damien, missing two strokes causing both bullies to fall to the ground in constant seconds.
Away from the scene, John quipped to his new friend, “I guess you decided not to turn the other cheek,” to which he replies “I’ve decided to turn his cheek this time” because their jacket makes way for a T-shirt with the words “Not him, not her, just me” printed above the icon. Non-binary sex.
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