Written By Chiara Rossi
DC raises the flag for the LGBTQ+ community as they unveil their new DC Pride anthology centering on its most prominent gay characters and superheroes.
Stories by members of the LGBTQ+ community will be upfront along with themed covers and a new eight-issue miniseries with a gay co-star.
So exactly what can we expect from DC this June?
The DC Pride anthology will feature nine stories from DC favorites like James Tynion IV; Steve Orlando; and Mariko Tamaki.
There are also rising stars including Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, and Rachael Stott.
Nicole Maines, of the CW’s Supergirl, will write a story based on the character she plays, Dreamer.
She is a trans female superhero. It is one of the things we can look forward to.
The DC Pride one-shot will sport a main cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Tamra Bonvillain.
The full line-up of characters we can expect for DC Pride are as follows:· Batwoman (Kate Kane) by James Tynion IV and Trung Le Nguyen; Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn by Mariko Tamaki and Amy Reeder; Midnighter by Steve Orlando and Stephen Byrne; Flash of Earth-11 (Jess Chambers) by Danny Lore and Lisa Sterle; Green Lantern (Alan Scott) and Obsidian by Sam Johns and Klaus Janson; Aqualad (Jackson Hyde) by Andrew Wheeler and Luciano Vecchio; Dreamer by Nicole Maines and Rachael Stott; Renee Montoya by Vita Ayala and Skylar Patridge; Pied Piper by Sina Grace, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt.
DC Pride Anthology Spotlights LGBTQ+ Superheroes
The introduction of Supergirl’s Dreamer will bring a previous lack of trans representation in DC to an end.
Another example would be Alysia Yeoh, Barbara Gordon’s friend and former roommate.
Jess Chambers, a.k.a. the Flash of Earth-11, will be the second non-binary character next to The Blue Snowman.
Crush and Lobo, a new eight-issue miniseries by Tamaki and artists Amancay Nahuelpan and Tamra Bonvillain will also go along with the anthology one-shot.
It will be spun out of the events of Teen Titans Academy, and follows Crush after she will finally comes face-to-face with her father Lobo.
A trio of collections and graphic novels featuring LGBTQ+ characters will be released in June.
They are Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo’s Suicide Squad: Bad Blood; Kody Keplinger and Sara Kipin’s Poison Ivy: Thorns; and Tamaki and Yoshitani’s I Am Not Starfire.
DC was never shy of its share of LGBTQ+ heroes; nevertheless, it’s nice to have them have a spotlight of their own in DC Pride.
Crush and Lobo No. 1 (of eight) will have an in-store and digital release on Tuesday, June 8 with themed variants releasing throughout the month.