DC believes a new superhero with powers the opposite of The Flash who’s debuting on Valentine’s Day is going to be a hit. This character named Circuit Breaker is a “trans-man” hero coming to us from the creative team behind the upcoming Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1, which is headlined by queer sci-fi writer and artist A.L. Kaplan.
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He provided a tease for Breaker whose true identity, most importantly to DC editorial, is the trans nonbinary Jules Jourdain and whose pronouns are “he/they.” “Meet Jules Jourdain (he/they, aka Circuit Breaker),” Kaplan tweeted. “’Can a new hero channel the inexorable Still Force energy to fend off evil?’ – Debuting in DC’s Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1, out on Valentine’s Day.”
You read that correctly; Circuit Breaker channels the Still Force – a creation of Scott Snyder’s that exists as a type of dark energy in contrast to the Speed Force that powers Barry Allen and other Speedsters. However, that is secondary to Jourdain’s gender identity as Kaplan confirms. “Yeah! Trans man, but not super into the binary,” he tweeted, adding a Trans flag.
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DC editor Andrea Shea responded to Kaplan’s post and artwork with further hype for Jourdain’s debut. “CIRCUIT BREAKER is gonna be your new favorite character! [Kaplan] breathes life into Jules Jourdain’s first adventure this February, in which our new hero is blessed (or cursed?) with the dreaded Still Force during LAZARUS PLANET: DARK FATE,” Shea tweeted. “Don’t miss his debut 2/14!”
Saying Circuit Breaker “is gonna be your new favorite character” indicates Shea believes in this character and, why not, when she, as it turns out, is proudly part of creating. “Working with @alkcomics as he developed this amazing new character and we planned the road ahead has been a non-stop joy ride,” Shea tweeted in a reply.
“I’ll have so much more to say about it soon, but the DCU is SO lucky for the brilliance and care and love that Alan built into Jules’ story and world,” she added.
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“NEW THREATS WILL RISE! When the Lazarus storm touches down, people from every walk of life stand to be affected. People who are kind, people who are good…and people who are evil,” reads the synopsis of Lazarus Planet. “This epic issue will spotlight the…disastrous new villains created by the Lazarus event and the heroes who stand ready to stop them from doing harm…”
It continues, “What sinister threat brings a new chapter to the Doom Patrol saga? Can a new hero channel the inexorable Still Force energy to fend off evil? What lurks in the corners of the Spirit World for [the] new character Xanthe? And what early clue to the new direction in Arkham Tower will spell disaster for Gotham City?”
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