Picture This, A Falling Singularity
So I know I’m supposed to write about strong women in comics, but what about those characters that are sort of female but not really defined, yet we’re pretty much agreed that they’re female? Also what about the ones who are totally a galaxy but kinda just an acidic hallucination-lookin’ thing, in addition to being rreally amazingly beautiful but at the same time make you go huh? and tilt your head like a cute little puppy doggy.
Ladies and gentlebeasts, say hello to Singularity. For the sake of making things a bit easier, I’ll continue to refer to this intriguing creature as a she. Singularity is a pretty new character, her first official appearance being in A-Force #1. Though if you’re a real nittypicky about it, there’s a little snippet of her in Previews.
A-Force is written by the trailblazers that are G. WIllow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett. These magnificent women have an entirely new take on writing female characters, which is precisely what makes Singularity so fascinating. Combine that with the amazing artistic talent of Jorge Molina and you have some incredible females brought to life. Wilson stated that she wanted to question what gender was, and making a genderless and genderfluid character that chooses to manifest as as woman as time goes on was the answer to such a question.
So exactly who is this strange genderfluid critter? We first meet her when she falls from the sky and literally right into Nico Minoru during the Secret Wars. The two quickly become friends as Nico gets over her initial shock of “Uh, who or what are you?” The other members of A-Force are suspicious of Singularity at first, and even suspect that she is a creature conjured up by Nico. Who can blame them? They don’t exactly have the easiest time on their beautiful planet of Arcadia. After Singularity helps A-Force fight against an assortment of enemies, they come to trust her and think of her as one of the team. A-Force was a pretty awesome team before, but adding a magical star creature to their roster gives them a little extra boost. Singularity doesn’t talk much but her personality is very cute and playful, like that of a child. She can turn on a dime and unleash some great fighting power when her new friends are in trouble, so don’t trust those giggles. The little talking she does do always backs up her innocent nature. So she’s not great for conversations, meh. People talk too much anyway.
Singularity is being called the first genderfluid character of the Marvel universe, which is a great accomplishment. She’s a creature that is totally new to this world, and seeing things for the first time like a newborn, and she chooses to be a woman. In A-Force, the women are strong and powerful people who are not without faults, Singularity drinks all this in with the thirst of a spacey elephant. As she grows, she adopts many of her new friends’ characteristics. Their bravery, camaraderie, and love are not lost among her. You don’t even see her gender and rather, focus on the person that is developing issue after issue. This is a powerful example of why, even though gender is there, it is not something we should focus on first. It should be character first, gender as a fluttering afterthought.
I sincerely hope we get to see more of Singularity soon, and the complex creature that she is. Beautiful and playful, does it really matter what shape she chooses to manifest as? Female, male, and everything in between, who cares? Gender does not define character, and Singularity is a whole lotta character wrapped up in one galaxy of a living being.