Marvel writer Matthew Rosenberg has apologized for some content that's been deemed insensitive and inciting transgender-panic in the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men.
Uncanny X-Men #17 revealed how Rahne Sinclair, the mutant Wolfsbane, died in a flashback that depicted her being accosted by a group of men in a park. After she rebuffed one of the men's advances, the group began aggressively harassing her. After she revealed her mutant powers by briefly shifting into her werewolf-esque form, her attacker insisted that she was trying "to trap normal guys" as they began beating her to death.
In the wake of the issue's release, commentators at Women Write About Comics , The Beat and elsewhere said that the scene was an insensitive depiction of transmisogony that trivialized the kinds of violence that trans individuals experience in the real world.
Yesterday, Rosenberg responded to those criticisms on Twitter.
Also, if you've been reading our book and enjoying it, or disliking it I guess, I'd urge you to consider making a donation to @TransLifeline and help support the vital work they do.https://t.co/9PYNTF2HMF— 𝙼𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚠 𝚁𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚐 (@AshcanPress) May 2, 2019
"I just want to say that I am listening to all the criticism and taking it in," he tweeted. "I want to let other voices lead the conversation here. With that said, I do want to apologize to people hurt by our story. That was never, ever our intention."
He also encouraged readers to make a donation to TransLifeline, an organization that helps trans people in times of crisis.
Rosenberg started writing Uncanny X-Men as part of a team when the title relaunched late last year. He's been the book's sole writer since Uncanny X-Men #11, and his run has already drawn criticism for its depiction of suicide as part of a storyline that's seen the deaths of several characters.
According to Marvel's solicits, his run appears to be building up to a finale with Uncanny X-Men #22, which is set to be released in July.