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Charlie's family thinks that their son has a good, normal life. What they don't realize is that Charlie has two secret identities: One, Charlie is an Alteration, or Differently Powered Individual. Two, Charlie is a trans woman and starting hormone therapy to transition, and her alter ego—Chalice—represents the person Charlie knows she is.

Shortly after Charlie debuts, they are recruited by The Gateway Army, a group of superheroes dedicated to protecting people and helping other alters, whether by training them or protecting them and their family from the terrorist group led by Matter Man. Matter Man has demanded that all Alters join him, or perish.

This series began on September 2016, and is produced by Aftershock Comics.


This comic provides examples of:

  • Big Good: Doctor Octavian is the leader of the Gateway Army responsible for opposing Matter Man and his terrorist group.
  • Eats Babies: Matter Man admits to it during his first encounter with Chalice.
  • Enemy Mine: Patient Nein and the rest of Matter Man's Alter minions briefly band with Chalice to stop Matter Man in order to prevent him from wiping out the East Coast.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Matter Man, or at the very least he claims to be. He admits to eating a baby, and actually specifies that he won't cannibalize Teddy during his battle with Chalice.
  • Instant Costume Change: Chalice can instantly change into her costume thanks to her quantum tunneling abilities.
  • Mind over Matter: Charlie's brother Teddy is also secretly an Alter with this ability.
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  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Chalice can sense the presence of other Alters, describing the feeling as seeing a sort of light surrounding them.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Chalice delivers one to Matter Man during their final confrontation.
  • Playing with Fire: Ember's Alter abilities grant her this.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Matter Man refers to Charlie's brother Teddy, who has cerebral palsy, as a cripple.
  • Reality Warper: Matter Man can do damn near anything from reshaping the world around him to teleporting across the planet instantly. The only actual limit to his powers is that they only last sixty-one seconds, and they take a whole day to recharge.
  • Secret-Keeper: Charlie comes out to her brother Teddy about her transition. In turn, Charlie keeps Teddy's Alteration a secret.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Chalice has the power of quantum tunneling, which lets her jump in and out of reality to teleport to anywhere on Earth.
  • Western Terrorists: Matter Man is the head of a terrorist organization in the East Coast.