Galaxy: The Prettiest Star (2022)


It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power. A vibrant story about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars.

Taylor Barzelay has the perfect life. Good looks, good grades, a starting position on the basketball team, a loving family, even an adorable corgi. Every day in Taylor’s life is perfect. And every day is torture.

Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alien princess from the planet Cyandii, and one of the few survivors of an intergalactic war. For six long, painful years, Taylor has accepted her duty to remain in hiding as a boy on Earth.

That all changes when Taylor meets Metropolis girl Katherine “call me Kat” Silverberg, whose confidence is electrifying. Suddenly, Taylor no longer wants to hide, even if exposing her true identity could attract her greatest enemies. From the charming and brilliant mind behind the popular podcast The Voice of Free Planet X, Jadzia Axelrod, and with stunningly colorful artwork by Jess Taylor comes the story of a girl in hiding who must face her fears to see herself as others see her: the prettiest star.

From: DC Comics

Notes on This Title

The focal character of this title is a female alien who is forced to go into hiding as a male human. Parallels between this character’s experience and the trans experience are drawn. A black lesbian with a prosthetic leg is a major supporting character.

There are sequences in which characters demonstrate anti-alien bias in a manner that evokes real world racism and transphobia.




Starred Review: “Axelrod thoughtfully encapsulates the exhaustion of hiding and the exhilaration of being oneself in this hilarious and gorgeously illustrated narrative featuring queer romance, talking dogs, and a galaxy of the prettiest stars.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)

“With Galaxy: The Prettiest Star, Axelrod, Taylor, and Maher coalesce stardust to create a vividly beautiful and poignant story that speaks to the unique shine in all of us.” (Source: AIPT)


The Beat: “Trans Celebration with Jadzia Axelrod & Jess Taylor on GALAXY: THE PRETTIEST STAR

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