Despite the fact that the storyline this scene takes place in as more to do with Chase, I loved this moment between Molly and Xavin. It’s really, really damn hard to find well written and characterized transgender characters and plots in media, but Xavin’s was handed so, so well.
For those unfamiliar with Runaways, a quick recap: Xavin is introduced as physically male with the ability to shapeshift, and in order to still be with the girl he was betrothed to, he starts spending more and more time as a woman, only to realize that beyond doing this to keep the woman he loves close, he may actually be more female than male at heart.
The rest of the group is, understandably confused and a little weirded out by this. It’s natural, they’re kids who grew up with rather established gender roles, especially Molly who’s the youngest. She even asks Xavin at one point that, if Karolina likes him better as her then why isn’t Xavin a girl all the time? Xavin tries to address gender a societal expectations and bias, but it falls flat because that’s not exactly something Molly really understands yet. The two spend most of the issue at a standstill, until this scene.
It’s short and beautiful and says everything that needs to be said about the issue in essentially two speech bubbles.