While struggling to figure out how to defeat Dr. Doom, save the world, etc., Tong discovers that she is, in fact, a girl. After donning a dress, she makes this announcement to her ‘brother’s’ (explanation for scare quotes below), and throughout the rest of the series she is identified as female. (Read more)
Roy Cook, "Is Tong Transgender?" The Hooded Utilitarian, May 2014.
This event wasn’t hyped by Marvel. It simply appeared, waiting for readers to experience it, as if a relative or friend might be telling them without any advance notice. Take into consideration that these four siblings had been deliberately osctracized and imprisoned for their differences (and others like them had died from similar treatment or outright killed) and how they bonded after being rescued. Fraction’s writing here is very subtle though the message of love for and acceptance of trans individuals, and the importance of familial bonds for them resonates. (Read more)
Joe Palmer, "Tong," The Gay League, September 5, 2017.