LGBTQ Pride doesn't stop on July 1, and DC Comics got the memo.
The comics giant will be releasing a host of queer-inclusive content throughout 2021, its parent company, WarnerMedia, announced today. The biggest drop is the first installment of DC Pride, an 80-page anthology highlighting LGBTQ characters across the DC Universe. It will publish on June 8.
DC Pride #1 will also feature full-page profiles of LGBTQ characters from DCTV shows and the actors who play them. That includes Nia Nal/Dreamer from The CW's Supergirl, a trans woman superhero. She is played by trans actress Nicole Maines, who also wrote Dreamer's comic-book debut for DC Pride #1.
The cover of DC Pride #1 by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Tamra Bonvillain.
DC plans to release Pride-themed variants of its standard comic-book covers during June. Beyond Pride Month, DC's LGBTQ offerings will include the GLAAD Media Award-nominated Suicide Squad: Bad Blood, out April 27; an eight-issue run of the comic Crush & Lobo, publishing from June 1, 2021, through January 2022; and the YA graphic novel I Am Not Starfire, out July 27.
This year's expansive Pride campaign is hardly DC's first foray into queer-inclusive content. Last November, the brand introduced a newbie hero called Kid Quick, who became its second nonbinary character alongside Suicide Squad's The Aerie. That's in addition to queer characters like Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Queer people have always had an affinity for superheroes, and we're glad that the comic-book industry seems to be catching up.