DC Pride is an annual LGBTQIA+ themed comic book anthology first published by DC Comics in June 2021.[1] The second anthology was published in June 2022. The third anthology was released in May 2023.

DC Pride
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
Genresee below
Publication date2021 - present
No. of issues3
Creative team
Written byVarious

Publication and promotion edit

DC Pride was first announced in March 2021 as an 80-page anthology comic focusing on DC Comics' various LGBT characters.[2] It was published in June as a celebration of Pride Month.[3] The anthology is also meant to celebrate the LGBT creators working at DC, with the anthology's writers and artists being members of the LGBT community.[4][5]

As part of their celebration of Pride Month, DC also announced the limited series Crush & Lobo, focusing on the mercenary Lobo and his lesbian daughter Crush;[6] June would also see the release of the graphic novel Poison Ivy: Thorns.[5][7] DC Pride also marks the first instance of Nia Nal / Dreamer appearing in comics, with the story written by Nicole Maines. The character first appeared in the live-action series Supergirl, played by Maines. Maines described herself as very excited at getting the opportunity to write the character.[8]

A second anthology, DC Pride 2022, was released in June 2022.[9] DC Comics stated that it is a "100+ page Prestige format annual anthology comic".[10]

In 2023, DC Comics published three titles for Pride Month: DC Pride 2023 #1 (released in May), DC Pride: Through the Years #1 (released in June) and The DC Book of Pride (released on May 16). DC Pride 2023 #1 is the annual 100+ page prestige format anthology. DC Pride: Through the Years #1 is a reprint "collection of three older DC comics that featured LGBTQ+ characters".[11] The DC Book of Pride, by Jadzia Axelrod, is a character guidebook on the 50+ LGBTQ+ DC characters.[11]

Content edit

2021 edit

DC Pride was released on June 8, 2021 and consisted of the following stories:[12]

2022 edit

DC Pride 2022 was released on June 14, 2022 and featured a foreword from Nicole Maines. The anthology consisted of the following stories:[13]

  • "Super Pride" (Devin Grayson, Nick Robles, Triona Farrell and Aditya Bidikar): Jon Kent/Superman, a bisexual man, as he, his boyfriend Jay Nakamura and best friend Damian Wayne attend Metropolis Pride and Jon begins to embrace his identity and status as a symbol for both the people of Earth and the LGBT+ community.[14]
  • "Confessions" (Stephanie Williams, Meghan Hetrick, Marissa Louise, and Ariana Maher): Queen Nubia reveals to her partner Io, a blacksmith, that the sword she made for her was destroyed in a wrestling match with Giganta rather than in an epic battle.[15]
  • "Special Delivery" (Travis Moore, Enrica Eren Angiolini, and Ariana Maher): Newly out hero Tim Drake races to meet up with his new boyfriend Bernard so that they can attend their first Pride together despite being distracted by local criminals.[16]
  • "Are You Ready for This?" (Danny Lore & Ivan Cohen, Brittney Williams, Enrica Eren Angiolini, and Ariana Maher): Non-binary Earth-11 speedster Jess Chambers (Kid Quick) tries to prove themself as a hero.
  • "A World Kept Just For Me" (Alyssa Wong, W. Scott Forbes, and Ariana Maher): Jackson Hyde/Aquaman struggles to be open with his new boyfriend about his childhood in New Mexico.
  • "The Gumshoe in Green" (Tini Howard, Evan Cagle, and Lucas Gattoni): Jo Mullein/Green Lantern investigates a suspicious couple on an alien planet in this neo-noir thriller.[17]
  • "Think of Me" (Ted Brandt & Ro Stein and Frank Cvetkovic): Connor Hawke battles Music Meister while trying to write a letter to his mother explaining his asexuality.[18]
  • "Public Display of the Electromagnetic Spectrum" (Greg Lockard, Giulio Macaione, and Aditya Bidikar): The Ray struggles to publicly express his affection towards his boyfriend Xenos.
  • "The Hunt" (Dani Fernandez, Zoe Thorogood, Jeremy Lawson, and Aditya Bidikar): Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy face a mysterious foe.
  • "Bat's in the Cradle" (Stephanie Philips, Samantha Dodge, Marissa Louise, and Lucas Gattoni): Jacob Kane reflects upon his relationship with his daughter Kate.
  • "Up at Bat" (Jadzia Axelrod, Lynne Yoshii, Tamra Bonvillain, and Ariana Maher): Alysia Yeoh is forced into a fight with Killer Moth when a wounded Barbara Gordon approaches her for help.
  • "Finding Batman" (Kevin Conroy with art by J. Bone and Aditya Bidikar): An autobiographical story where Conroy describes how his portrayal of Batman drew from his painful experiences as a gay man.[19]

2023 edit

DC Pride 2023 #1 was released on May 30, 2023. It featured a foreword from Phil Jimenez and an extended tribute to the trailblazing writer Rachel Pollack, who passed away before she could begin working on a story for the book. The anthology consists of the following stories:[11][20]

  • A Multiversity story by Grant Morrison and Hayden Sherman.
  • A Tim Drake and Connor Hawke story by Nadia Shammas and Bruka Jones.
  • A Circuit Breaker and the Flash of Earth-11 story by A.L. Kaplan.
  • A Midnighter, Apollo and Alan Scott Green Lantern story by Josh Trujillo and Don Aguillo.
  • A Ghost-Maker and Catman vs. Cannon and Saber story by Rex Ogle and Stephen Sadowski.
  • A Jon Kent and John Constantine story by Christopher Cantwell and Skylar Patridge.
  • A Natasha Irons and Nubia story by Mildred Louis.
  • A Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Crush story by Leah Williams and Paulina Ganucheau.
  • A preview of an upcoming Dreamer story by Nicole Maines and Rye Hickman.

DC Pride: Through the Years #1, released on June 13, contains:

  • "The Flash #53 by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque, in which the Pied Piper comes out to the Flash".[11]
  • "Detective Comics #854, by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams, which launched Batwoman on her solo series".[11]
  • "Supergirl #19, by Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, and Jamal Campbell, in which nonbinary teen Lee Serrano becomes friends with Supergirl".[11]
  • An original story, by Tim Sheridan and Cian Tormey, "about Green Lantern Alan Scott, which will lay the groundwork for that character's next storyline".[11]

Reception edit

Upon release, DC Pride #1 received widespread acclaim from comics critics. At the review aggregator website Comic Book Roundup, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 10 to reviews from comics critics, the series received an average score of 9.2 based on 17 reviews.[21] Oliver Sava, for The A.V. Club, wrote: "Corporate offerings celebrating Pride Month often feel like disingenuous attempts to cash in on a social movement, but DC Pride #1 succeeds by showcasing the ways DC Comics has been pushing LGBTQ+ representation for years. [...] Many of the stories in DC Pride feel like the start of something more, and ideally there's enough interest in this one-shot that these heroes can spend more than a month in the spotlight".[22] Sava compared this issue to Marvel Voices Pride and called Marvel's issue "more of a mixed bag". Sava wrote that "while Marvel has dragged its feet in regards to meaningful LGBTQ+ representation in film and television, DC has spent the last decade expanding representation across all of its media".[22]

References edit

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  13. ^ "DC Comics' 2022 Pride Anthology Gets a Boost From the Best Batman Ever". Gizmodo. 13 April 2022. Retrieved 2022-04-19.
  14. ^ Michael Doran (May 5, 2022). "Superman gets a new cape for DC Pride 2022". gamesradar.
  15. ^ Theron, Clint (June 7, 2022). "DC Pride 2022: Nubia in "Confessions"".
  16. ^ Jesus, Gabriel De (June 7, 2022). "DC Pride 2022: Tim Drake in "Special Delivery"".
  17. ^ Hochwender, Lillian (June 7, 2022). "DC Pride 2022: "The Gumshoe in Green": The Bi Sleep".
  18. ^ "Discovering Asexuality with Connor Hawke". DC. June 9, 2022.
  19. ^ ""Finding Batman" By Kevin Conroy Is A Story For The Ages". June 13, 2022.
  20. ^ "DC Reveals First Look at DC Pride 2023 Specials and Variant Covers". ComicBook.com. March 13, 2023. Retrieved March 13, 2023.
  21. ^ "DC Pride #1 Reviews (2021)". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on March 16, 2022. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  22. ^ a b "DC Pride highlights the publisher's commitment to LGBTQ+ stories". The A.V. Club. June 29, 2021. Retrieved April 19, 2022.