Homozone 5 was a three issue self-published comic created by Robyn Adams AKA Robyn Scott between 1991-93 in San Francisco, CA.
The book had limited distribution in independent bookstores that carried zines and at Comics Experience in San Francisco. Mostly it was positively received, but I think the wordiness and heavy themes of the book didn’t vibe with the glamorous celebratory nature of the 90s queer club scene that it was born in. Personal issues slowed me down and I eventually stopped the story as I sank into a depression.
Returning to HZ5 today seems worthwhile, as the Trump era is in full swing and the assault on our rights and liberties I feared 30 years ago are coming to life in shocking and comprehensive ways. Suddenly a story of queers rounded up in ghettos by a right wing religious military seems less like speculative fiction.
HZ5 is the product of a young artist raised on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller stories (combining the team oriented soap opera of X-Men with the violent paranoia of Ronin/Elektra:Assassin/Give Me Liberty books) and influenced by Bill Sienkiewicz and the early 90s vanguard of artists like Jim Lee and Rob Leifeld. There’s a Phoenix/Kitty Pryde character, a ninja, and a character who seems a bit like X-Force’s Cable in drag.
Politically, it’s the product of a young person fearful of right wing religious fascism in the Reagan/Bush era, fearful of Central American and Middle East wars and the covert operations of the CIA. As a newly out queer/femme person I was trying to find my way in AIDS era San Francisco, seeing Act-Up and Queer Nation actions and witnessing the AB101 Riot in San Francisco.
Personally, it’s the product of a newly out queer not-quite-trans-femme trying to find their place in a wonderous new world of drag queens, gender fuckers and the queer underground scene of clubs such as Uranus and Klubstitute. When I was first was exposed to the great drag queens and gender performers of the time, Ms. X, Veronica Klaus, Pussy Tourette, God’s Girlfriend Brigit Brat among others, I was inspired with their otherworldy super heroic power . The cult classic “Vegas In Space” had also just premiered and I had found myself in with some of the people who made it. The spirits of the late Doris Fish and Tippi were in the air and very much in this work.