Warning: Spoilers for Superman: Son of Kal-El #13 ahead
After her first comic appearance in last year's DC Pride 2021 anthology the fan-favorite Dreamer, first created for the CW's Supergirl and played by trans actress and activist Nicole Maines, is finally debuting in main DCU continuity in the pages of Superman: Son of Kal-El #13 written in collaboration with Tom Taylor and Maines herself. Nicole Maines has been given the unique opportunity to work closely with DC Comics to bring her original CW character, the first transgender superhero ever on TV, to life on the page, and this iconic trans superhero is about to make a huge splash in the DC Universe.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
Dreamer, civilian name Nia Nal, is a powerful superhero with the abilities of precognition, dreamwalking, astral projection, and energy projection, and acted as a perfect complement to Kara Zor-El in the CW's Supergirl. Nicole Maines beautifully portrayed Nia Nal, inspiring many queer fans with her honest and brave portrayal of a powerful young trans superhero, which Maines meaningfully reflected on in her recent foreword for DC Pride 2022.
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Dreamer's debut in Superman: Son of Kal-El #13 - written by the acclaimed author Tom Taylor alongside Nicole Maines with gorgeous art by Clayton Henry - has been in the works for a while, with Nia Nal apparently being an incredibly important part of Jonathan Kent and Jay Nakamura's battle against the villainous President Bendix. Tom Taylor, writer of Superman: Son of Kal-El as well as other beloved DC Comics series like Nightwing, DCeased, Injustice, and Dark Knights of Steel, shared a preview of the upcoming issue in a Twitter post welcoming Dreamer, and Nicole Maines, into the DC Universe. Commenting on the tweet Nicole Maines said, "There she is! And there I go, getting emotional!" indicating how important this comic must be for Maines, who is an incredible trans activist outside of her acting and now, comic writing. On Dreamer's debut in Superman: Son of Kal-El Nicole Maines had this to say,
"Jon Kent and Nia Nal are two characters that have a lot in common, both as superheroes with the weight of the world on their shoulders, and as young people with impossibly big shoes to fill. Weaving their stories together for Superman: Son of Kal-El with Tom was a complete pleasure, and there is only a little pun intended when I say that Superman and Dreamer make for a brilliant new Dream-Team."
Dreamer makes her DCU debut next week in Superman: Son of Kal-El #13. And Dreamer herself, @NicoleAMaines, joined me to write her first appearance.— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) July 8, 2022
Have a sneak peek.
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The preview for Son of Kal-El #13 shows boyfriends Jon and Jay Nakamura retreating to the Fortress of Solitude after Jay's identity as the voice of The Truth was revealed, only to discover that Dreamer has somehow broken into Superman's supposedly impenetrable Fortress! The dramatic preview goes on to reveal that Nia was able to enter the Fortress by dreamwalking through the dream of one of Clark's menagerie of exotic intergalactic animals he keeps in the Fortress, desperately doing so even though she has never attempted it before because she has dire news for Superman and Jay about Bendix's next move, and how his machinations are going to threaten the lives of all of DC's heroes. As this is Nia's first official debut in the DCU it will be fascinating to see if Tom Taylor and Nicole Maines decided to keep Dreamer's origin story as a half-alien ancestor of Nura Nal, the hero Dream Girl from the Legion of Super-Heroes, or if any of her backstory will even be revealed in Son of Kal-El.
It is honestly refreshing and uplifting to see a major comics publisher like DC Comics not only transport an original transgender character from a television show to the comics, but to also give Dreamer's original actress multiple chances to write and collaborate on her comics appearances, especially since Dreamer is also starring in her own original graphic novel written by Maines.