Marvel Voices: Pride star Escapade joins the New Mutants

New Mutants #31 cover art
New Mutants #31 cover art by Rafael De Latorre (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

A new mutant is joining the New Mutants.

Escapade, the trans superhero who debuted in June's Marvel's Voices: Pride #1 one-shot special, will return in October's New Mutants #31, as part of a three-issue guest art by the character's co-creator, writer Charlie Jane Anders, along with artist Alberto Alburquerque.

Marvel previously announced escapade's appearance in New Mutants.

According to the publisher, Escapade will join the team to try to learn to control her unique "swap" abilities (displayed on the cover and see below for more info) to prevent a deadly prophecy by Destiny from coming true… 

Recruited by Emma Frost, Shela Sexton AKA Escapade reluctantly goes to Krakoa - the homeland of her fellow mutants - hoping that the X-Men can help prevent the death of her best friend, assuming Emma Frost is telling her the truth about her wife's prophecy. It is, Emma Frost, after all.

The New Mutants story arc follows Shela as she adjusts to life on the island and being part of the New Mutants.

New Mutants #31 cover by Rafael De Latorre (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

"I have been such a fan of everything Vita Ayala, Rod Reis et al. have been doing in New Mutants, so it was a total thrill to bring Escapade, Morgan, and Hibbert into their world," Anders says in Marvel's announcement.

"The characters we introduced in Marvel's Voices: Pride #1 took on a whole new life when they were hanging around with the New Mutants and the Lost Club, and I've been having unconscionable amounts of fun. And as a huge admirer of Alberto Alburquerque's work on No One's Rose and other comics, I was psyched to hear that he'd be bringing this tale to life. It's going to be a wild ride!"

The New Mutants arc will also feature comic strips drawn by Escapade's other co-creators, cartoonists Ro Stein and Ted Brandt.

New Mutants #31 goes on sale October 26 with a cover by Rafael De Latorre. See below for more information about Escapade...

Original story follows...

For its annual Pride Month celebration, this year Marvel Comics will introduce a brand new character in Marvel's Voices: Pride #1 – Shela Sexton, aka Escapade, a trans mutant with a really cool power. Co-created by writer Charlie Jane Anders and artists Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Escapade can instantaneously switch locations or trade any specific physical or abstract attribute with another person, including items, powers, and skills.

However, Escapade can't use her powers at will. She can only maintain her powers for a few hours and has to be within seven feet of her target, which is a very short range. Plus, there's every opportunity for things to go awry – the more complicated the switch, the more likely the flub.

But Escapade isn't acting alone. She has a super stocked tool belt and a very tech-savvy best friend, Morgan Red. The pair are professional thieves on a winning streak, but in Marvel's Voices: Pride #1, Shela meets Emma Frost and Destiny, and everything changes.

Escapade character design by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

"I have loved the Marvel Universe for as long as I can remember, and may or may not sing the Spider-Man cartoon theme in the shower on a regular basis. So I was so thrilled to be able to introduce a brand-new hero to stand alongside all of my favorites," Anders says in Escapades' reveal announcement. "I hope that Escapade and Morgan Red will inspire trans and non-binary people everywhere to believe that they, too, can fight for justice with the power of creativity and chosen family."

"Now more than ever, we need a hero like Shela Sexton for people to look up to," Brandt adds. "It was a real honor and a privilege to be a part of her creation process!"

Stein agrees, stating, "It's very exciting to be part of bringing a new character into Marvel comics. Working with Charlie Jane's script was a lot of fun, and I hope people enjoy reading about Escapade as much as we did putting together her first outing on the page."

Escapade art by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, with colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Marvel's Voices: Pride #1 will introduce Escapade and Morgan Red, and set the pair up to join the broader Marvel Universe through the X-Men. Marvel says there's a deadly prophecy involved, and Escapade will be joining New Mutants through a special arc written by Anders.

In a Twitter thread following the announcement, Anders says, "Shela is a thief and a trickster, who uses gadgets to pull off her heists. She doesn't like to rely on her mutant power, for reasons that will become obvious once you've read the story. She identifies as a supervillain — but a supervillain who only helps people." 

She also adds that Shela and Morgan live with a genetically modified flying turtle named Hibbert, whom they seemingly acquired on a heist.

In addition to writing by Anders and art by Stein and Brandt, Escapade's tale in Marvel's Voices: Pride #1 will feature colors by Tamra Bonvillain. Additional contributors to the anthology-style issue include Christopher Cantwell, Andrew Wheeler, Alyssa Wong, Grace Freud, Ira Madison III, Danny Lore, Stephen Byrne, Lorenzo Suzi, Brittney Williams, Kei Zama, Scott B. Henderson, and Lucas Werneck.

Marvel's Voices: Pride #1 will be released June 22, with a main cover by Nick Robles.

What we want to know is where Escapade falls in the four major X-Men mutant classifications.

Samantha Puc
Editor, Newsarama

Samantha Puc (she/they) is an editor at Newsarama and an avid comics fan. Their writing has been featured on Refinery29, Bitch Media, them., The Beat, The Mary Sue, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction at The New School.