So last week, I wrote up a press release and was not very kind about it. This week we have the opposite story, in which I saw a press release and had to write about it because I’m overwhelmed with joy and a feeling of representation that is a rarity in comics. This morning DC Comics announced their Pride Month plans and honestly it’s the biggest indication yet that we are definitely out of the Dan DiDio and Bob Harras era of the publisher. Leading the way for a big Pride campaign is DC Pride #1, an anthology focusing on both queer creators and queer characters.
After doing some research, it looks like every writer, penciler, and inker working on stories for this anthology are some flavor of LGBT, which is an absolutely wonderful part of this announcement. Elevating queer voices to tell queer stories is something that is needed more often in comics, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for an anthology.
To top it off, the anthology is introducing something incredibly special to me in particular into the DC Universe. Supergirl’s Dreamer has been an incredibly big part of my career, from my first sets of TV show interviews to some incredibly important episodes of television that I’ve had the privilege to write about. Now, she’s joining the comics universe that I have loved so dearly since I was 8 years old, in a story written by the actress who brings her to life on TV, Nicole Maines. This is the part of the press release where I started bawling.
Along with DC Pride #1, DC is also releasing nine Pride-themed variant covers for books like Batman, Superman, and Nightwing. Rounding out the Pride month announcements (this go-round, the press release promises more to come before June), is the announcement of Mariko Tamaki and Amancay Nahuelpan doing an eight-issue Crush & Lobo mini-series.
Here’s the full announcement and a smattering of the announced variant covers.
DC Proudly Announces ‘DC Pride’ Anthology Comic to arrive June 8 and ‘Crush & Lobo’ Comic Book Miniseries Launching on June 1
Nine Pride themed variant covers will feature artwork by Kris Anka, Jen Bartel, Stephen Byrne, Paulina Ganucheau, Travis G. Moore, David Talaski, Kevin Wada and Yoshi Yoshitani
Young Adult books ‘Poison Ivy: Thorns’ and ‘I Am Not Starfire’ make their 2021 debut, and GLAAD-nominated ‘Suicide Squad: Bad Blood’ brings LGBTQIA+ characters to the forefront of DC’s publishing line
BURBANK, CA, March 11, 2021 — DC today announced DC Pride, an 80-page anthology comic featuring LGBTQIA+ characters from across the DC Universe, and Crush & Lobo, a new eight-issue miniseries written by Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) with art by Amancay Nahuelpan (Nightwing, Wonder Woman). Crush & Lobo will launch on June 1 and DC Pride will publish on June 8. DC will also publish a series of nine Pride themed variant covers in June, showcasing DC’s top characters as realized by the comic book industry’s leading artists.
DC Pride #1 will feature LGBTQIA+ characters from all corners of DC’s ever-expanding Universe, including cameos by fan favorites Batwoman, Renee Montoya, Alan Scott, Midnighter, Apollo, Extraño, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Constantine, and more. The DC Pride creative teams, and the characters they’re developing stories for, are:
- Batwoman (Kate Kane) by James Tynion IV & Trung Le Nguyen
- Poison Ivy & Harley Quinn by Mariko Tamaki & Amy Reeder
- Midnighter by Steve Orlando & Stephen Byrne
- Flash of Earth-11 (Jess Chambers) by Danny Lore & Lisa Sterle
- Green Lantern (Alan Scott) & Obsidian by Sam Johns & Klaus Janson
- Aqualad (Jackson Hyde) by Andrew Wheeler & Luciano Vecchio
- Dreamer by Nicole Maines & Rachel Stott
- Renee Montoya by Vita Ayala and Skylar Patridge
- Pied Piper by Sina Grace, Ro Stein & Ted Brandt
Additionally, DC Pride #1 will include full-page profiles of DCTV’s LGBTQIA+ characters and the actors who play them, and fans of The CW’s Supergirl will be thrilled to see the first comic book appearance of Dreamer, a trans woman superhero, in a story written by actor Nicole Maines, who plays Nia Nal/Dreamer on Supergirl.
Rounding out the DC Pride anthology is a forward by Marc Andreyko (Love is Love), single-page pin-ups by artists Kris Anka, Sophie Campbell, Mildred Louis, Travis Moore, Nick Robles and Kevin Wada, with more surprises to come! The DC Pride #1 cover is by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Tamra Bonvillain.
DC will also release a series of Pride themed variant covers showcasing DC’s leading characters through the month of June, giving fans the opportunity to purchase comics featuring covers with Batman, Harley, Ivy, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more, all by cutting-edge comic book artists!
Batman #109 Pride variant cover by Jen Bartel
Crush & Lobo #1 Pride variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani
DC Pride #1 Pride variant cover by Jen Bartel
Harley Quinn #4 Pride variant cover by Kris Anka
Nightwing #81 Pride variant cover by Travis G. Moore
Superman #32 Pride variant cover by David Talaski
Teen Titans Academy #4 Pride variant cover by Stephen Byrne
Wonder Girl #2 Pride variant cover by Kevin Wada
Wonder Woman #774 Pride variant cover by Paulina Ganucheau
But DC’s Pride plans aren’t limited to June! Crush & Lobo by Tamaki and Nahuelpan, spinning out of the pages of Teen Titans Academy, will debut with a cover by Kris Anka, a Pride variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani, a 1:25 ratio variant by Christian Ward, plus an exclusive Dan Hipp team variant for participating retailers. In this new eight-issue miniseries publishing between June 2021 and January 2022, Crush, daughter of the Czarnian bounty hunter Lobo, is in full-on self-destruct mode! After rage-quitting the Teen Titans and blowing up her relationship with her girlfriend Katie, Crush decides it’s time to finally confront her father in space jail and get her baggage sorted before she wrecks everything. Like father, like daughter?
DC will also publish GLAAD Media Award-nominated Suicide Squad: Bad Blood by Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us) and Bruno Redondo (Nightwing) on April 27, DC’s gothic LGBTQIA+ romance Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger (The DUFF) and Sara Kipin on June 1, and Mariko Tamaki and Yoshi Yoshitani’s highly anticipated YA graphic novel, I Am Not Starfire, will publish on July 27 as part of the publisher’s overall Pride plans in 2021. Lois Lane by Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins, Far Sector by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell and You Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sánchez and Julie Maroh have also been nominated for GLAAD Media Awards in 2021!
Stay tuned for more Pride announcements from DC between now and June! #DCPride