When I was 11, I would not leave the house without my X-Men encyclopedia. To be without it was to abandon my kin, an entire world of individuals who were special because they were different. At the time, I don’t think I quite understood what was drawing me to the X-Men universe, why the characters who were the most outside of their communities, like Psylocke, were so intriguing to me but now, 20 years later, it makes perfect sense. The power of the X-Men has always been how its characters’ otherness is their power, their inability to blend in with…

Arya Davachi

A Los Angeles-based writer and curator at TBWA\Chiat\Day L.A.

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