DC announced today the release of DC Pride, an 80-page anthology comic showcasing LGBTQIA+ characters from around the DC Universe, as well as Crush & Lobo, an eight-issue miniseries written by Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and illustrated by Amancay Nahuelpan (Nightwing, Wonder Woman). On June 1, Crush & Lobo will be released, while DC Pride will be released on June 8. In June, DC will release a series of nine Pride-themed variant covers featuring DC’s iconic characters as imagined by the industry’s finest illustrators.
Featuring cameos by fan favorites Batwoman, Renee Montoya, Alan Scott, Midnighter, Apollo, Extra, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Constantine, and more, DC Pride #1 will include LGBTQIA+ characters from all corners of DC’s ever-expanding Universe. The DC Pride creative teams, as well as the characters for whom they’re writing tales, are:
James Tynion IV and Trung Le Nguyen’s Batwoman (Kate Kane)
Mariko Tamaki and Amy Reeder’s Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn
Steve Orlando and Stephen Byrne’s Midnighter
Green Lantern (Alan Scott) & Obsidian by Sam Johns & Klaus Janson Aqualad (Jackson Hyde) by Andrew Wheeler & Luciano Vecchio Flash of Earth-11 (Jess Chambers) by Danny Lore & Lisa Sterle Green Lantern (Alan Scott) & Obsidian by Sam Johns & Klaus Janson
Nicole Maines and Rachael Stott’s Dreamer
Vita Ayala’s Renee Montoya and Skylar Patridge
Sina Grace, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt’s Pied Piper
In addition, DC Pride #1 will feature full-page profiles of DCTV’s LGBTQIA+ characters and the actors who play them. Fans of The CW’s Supergirl will be delighted to see Dreamer, a trans woman superhero, make her first comic book appearance in a story written by Nicole Maines, who plays Nia Nal/Dreamer on Supergirl.
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 round out the DC Pride anthology, with more surprises to follow! Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Tamra Bonvillain created the cover for DC Pride #1.
Throughout June, DC will release a series of Pride-themed variant covers starring DC’s biggest characters, allowing fans the chance to buy books with covers featuring Batman, Harley Quinn, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more, all created by cutting-edge comic book artists!
#109 Batman Jen Bartel created a Pride alternative cover.
#1 Crush & Lobo Yoshi Yoshitani’s Pride variation cover
DC Pride No. 1 Jen Bartel created a Pride alternative cover.
#4 Harley Quinn Nightwing #81 has a Pride variant cover by Kris Anka. Travis G. Moore created a Pride variant cover.
#32 of Superman David Talaski created a Pride alternative cover.
#4 in the Teen Titans Academy series Stephen Byrne’s Pride variation cover
Wonder Girl 2 is the sequel to Wonder Girl. Kevin Wada’s Pride variation cover
#773 Wonder Woman Paulina Ganucheau created a Pride alternative cover.
However, DC’s Pride activities aren’t only for June! Crush & Lobo by Tamaki and Nahuelpan, a spin-off from Teen Titans Academy, will premiere with a Kris Anka cover, a Yoshi Yoshitani Pride variation cover, and a Christian Ward 1:25 ratio variant, and an exclusive Dan Hipp team variant for participating stores. Crush, the daughter of Czarnian bounty hunter Lobo, is in full-on self-destruct mode in this new eight-issue miniseries, which will be released between June 2021 and January 2022. Crush thinks it’s time to meet her father in space jail and sort out her baggage before she loses everything after rage-quitting the Teen Titans and blowing up her relationship with her fiancée Katie. Similar to your father, similar to your daughter?
As part of DC’s overall Pride plans in 2021, Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us) and Bruno Redondo (Nightwing) will publish Suicide Squad: Bad Blood 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 Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins’ Lois Lane, N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell’s Far Sector and Alex Sánchez, and Julie Maroh’s You Brought Me The Ocean have all been nominated for GLAAD Media Awards in 2021!