The Superhero Issue

The 2021 Inverse Superhero Issue challenges the most dominant idea in our culture today.

New stories are added daily, October 11-22, 2021.

Takeia Marie

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A letter from the editor

Roxane Gay introduces the 2021 Inverse Superhero Issue.

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What’s wrong with wanting to be saved?

Just because I’m a Black, queer, woman, and ostensibly un-Christian doesn’t mean I don’t want a Sky Daddy to come and make things easier for me.

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Superhero stories have a disability problem

In both our real and superhero-filled worlds, the fear of anything imperfect and different is seen as something to fix or destroy.

Emilio Lopez

The Black Superman paradox

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In defense of supervillains

“I want to know what it is that a superhero can offer me, what problem a superhero solves for a skeptical black queer woman with a book and a customer service job. I want to know what I need a superhero for, exactly.”

“I like to call myself Marvel trash.”

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We, the Super Ones

Black women are already superheroes, even if Hollywood doesn’t see it.

Takeia Marie

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Afrofuturist and horror writer Tananarive Due: “Invite more Black creators to the table”

The award-winning author discussed her work as a pioneer of horror, how she got her start, and the future of Afrofuturism.

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The Batman screenwriter reveals the secrets of his cerebral approach to the Dark Knight

Mattson Tomlin, writer of 2022’s The Batman and Batman: The Imposter, explains why Gotham needs Batman.

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Lashana Lynch doesn’t want to be the next James Bond. She’s thinking bigger.

“We’ve been focusing on James Bond for so long,” Lynch tells Inverse. “Who else is here?”

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“I feel like I’m a different person.”

Carlos Adama

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What if the Avengers weren't white?

Illustrator Takeia Marie reimagines the Avengers to reflect “overlooked parts of the world.”

“I always wanted Snake Eyes to be Asian.”

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Who's the best superhero of all time? Science reveals the surprising answer

Spoiler alert: It’s not Batman.

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Superheroines and the monstrous feminine

The oral history of The Infinity Gauntlet, Marvel's game-changing comic event

30 years ago, Marvel redefined comics and superheroes forever. Here’s how.

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How Mark Hamill helped make the trippiest sci-fi superhero movie of the ‘90s

Cyborg superheroes, evil aliens, and Luke Skywalker: why The Guyver still rules on its 30th anniversary.

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Is Captain America bisexual? Why a queer Steve Rogers matters

This Marvel fan fiction is more important than you think.

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How Captain Planet inspired a generation of Millennials to save the world

“You all are now Captain Planet,” says Barbara Pyle, who helped create the eco-friendly superhero. “You are now the superheroes.”

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Africa's first kid superhero is “liberating” a generation of fans

Super Sema has a chance to inspire a new generation with its positive outlook on science and technology.

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The real science of Poison Ivy reveals an even deadlier real-life villain

This misanthrope is more relevant than ever.

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