‘Joker’ Gets Eight-Minute Standing Ovation at World PremiereReview: ‘DC Universe Online’ Soars on Nintendo Switch It’s Women’s History Month, and we here at Geek want to celebrate that by highlighting some of the most important Women in geek history. Today I’d like to highlight a world-renowned Tarot expert, author, and comics writer, Rachel Pollack.Photograph by Rubi RoseWhile a large body of her prose writing is nonfiction work regarding Tarot, Pollack has written multiple award-winning fiction novels with a focus on urban fantasy/magical realism. Her novel Unquenchable Fire won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1989 and the follow-up, Temporary Agency, was nominated for the Nebula Award in 1994. In the world of comics, she broke new ground in the mainstream with her run on Doom Patrol.Following on the heels of Grant Morrison’s celebrated run, Pollack took over as it moved from the DC mainline to the new Vertigo imprint in March ’93. Richard Case stayed on as illustrator for the first arch and soon changed hands with Linda Medley. And eventually Ted McKeever with occasional fill-ins from artists like Scott Eaton. Rachel along with Nancy Collins were the first women to write under the Vertigo imprint. Rachel was also the first trans woman to write a comic at any of the major comic publishers in the U.S. Shortly into her run, she created the character Kate Godwin (named after trans activists Kate Bornstein and Chelsea Goodwin) aka Coagula, the first openly trans superhero who first appeared in Doom Patrol #70 with the power to coagulate liquids and dissolve solids at will. Coagula was groundbreaking in her portrayal as a proud and powerful trans woman who openly adorned a pin stating, ‘Put A Transsexual Lesbian On The Supreme Court,’ as she discussed how the Justice League was transphobic. Later in the issue, she would go on to single-handedly defeat the villainous Codpiece, a pathetic cishet white man who perfectly personified toxic masculinity.Coagula would be an integral part of the team throughout Rachel’s run. She even perfectly explained to Robotman how gender identity works. After all, he is a brain in a robot that identifies as male. Rachel’s tenure on Doom Patrol would last until it’s cancellation with issue #87 when her editor Lou Stathis had passed away, a proud champion of Rachel Pollack’s work, and Axel Alonso took over. Coagula would appear one more time in Doom Patrol #9 by Jon Arcudi and Tan Eng Huat so she could be killed off-panel in a flashback. Beyond Doom Patrol, Rachel had worked at Vertigo on Brother Power The Geek and Tomahawk one-shots, a creator-owned series Time Breakers with Chris Weston for the Helix imprint, and New Gods at DC Comics proper making her the only out trans person to ever write for the main line at DC to date.As I’m writing this, none of her groundbreaking comics work at DC Comics has ever been collected in trades. However, everything with the exception of Time Breakers is available on Comixology. A collected edition of the first half of her Doom Patrol run was announced last year but was abruptly canceled with no explanation. Recently she has been working to get back into comics an wrote a short story in the Mine! anthology and the foreword for We’re Still Here to be released this year.Pollack is an important and groundbreaking figure in (women’s) comic history and is often looked over largely because people just don’t know about her work. Comic fans should definitely head to Comixology and to pick up her groundbreaking work. In particular, Doom Patrol #70. Maybe if we can show that there is interest and DC may just uncancel the print plans for that first trade. There is currently a Doom Patrol comic by Gerard Way through his curated Young Animal imprint. He’s a big fan of Pollack and a fan of Coagula, so it’s possible that we may see Coagula once again.In the world of comics, so many first appearances are key issues that become hot tickets. I really want to see the day where the first trans woman to write a mainstream comic with the first trans superhero becomes a collector’s item. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.