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(A total of 17 pages are used, 4 from issue 1, 3 from issue 2, 6 from issue 3, and 4 from issue 4. For about 1/5th the total pages)

So a while back I found out about the comic Deathwish, part of the Milestone imprint for DC comics headed up by the late Dwayne McDuffie... the point of the imprint was to give a voice to people to tell their own experiences, particularly minority writers. As such it birthed many great PoC characters created by writers of the same background; it also gave birth to one of the only transgender Lesbian characters I know of Marissa Rahm.

The comic was created by Maddie Blaustein (credited here under her assigned name Adam Blaustein), an intersex woman who transitioned socially from male to female and championed Transgender rights. She is more well known for her voice work then her comics (I only found out about her comics from one that made a review on Atop the Fourth Wall which is how I managed to look up Deathwish), where she voiced many male and female characters notably Meowth for a good chunk of the Pokemon dub before her death. Blaustein`s writing is accompanied by early art of the amazing JH Williams III.

The story of Deathwish focuses on on Marissa a police officer who is investigating a series of serial killings of Trans women and drag queens in the city of Dakota, where the victims are made to pose in "artistic poses". Over the course of her investigation she transitioned socially, and fell in love with the only known survivor of one of the killer's, Boots', attacks. Also involved is Deathwish a vigilante who is basically Punisher: SVU, it is now four years later and things are quickly reaching their climax.

I`ve only included the pages that deal with Marissa and Dini`s relationship specifically but there`s huge spoilers involved for the story. As a note if you want to track this one down be aware that it is quite graphic and may be triggery.

At this point the villain Boots, abducts Dini to use her as bait for Marissa.

While Marissa goes off to save Dini and confront Boots, Dini makes good her own escape.

Date: 2013-07-21 05:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexanderlucard
Meowth penned comics!

Date: 2013-07-21 05:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
"That's right!"

Date: 2013-07-21 05:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Interesting stuff, though, showing my jaded nature, within one panel of his appearance I'd guessed that Thorne was going to be the killer.

I'd suggest that you add the approriate trigger warning tags.

Date: 2013-07-21 09:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] salinea
Yeah, I'm sorry, we've reached maximum for the tags on the comm, so nobody can't create any new ones :(

I could rename the homophobia as homophobia/transphobia if you want?

Date: 2013-07-21 08:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quatoria
Jesus, that's depressing. Really hit me where I live.

Date: 2013-07-21 09:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thanekos
And then she got cyber-symbiotically impregnated by a German AI that kidnapped kids and made a black dude into its catspaw Cyber-Bwana.

Or however that Hardware storyline ended..

Date: 2013-07-22 04:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beyondthefringe
. . .
I don't remember that. I may have to go and dig that one up again.

Date: 2013-07-22 04:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beyondthefringe
I'm glad people besides me remember that this story existed. It always kind of disturbed me, but it wasn't exactly meant to be a happy shiny story.

Milestone was one of my my favorite imprints.companies back in the day, because they took chances and really pushed outside the comfort zone. Trans people, queer people, teen pregnancy, diversity everywhere, social issues, a wide range of voices....

Date: 2016-11-09 07:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lb_lee
Added this to my memories, because this comic (and Milestone in general) figure prominently in the talk I'm giving on trans comics this weekend! Thanks so much for putting these scans up and making my research easier, ozaline!


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