DC Comics has today announced plans for its Pride 2022 celebrations. The acclaimed DC Pride Anthology will be returning in June with DC Pride 2022 to spotlight LGBTQIA+ fan-favorite characters by a host of diverse talent, from Alysia Yeoh and Batgirl by Jadzia Axelrod and Lynne Yoshii, to Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy by Dani Fernandez and Zoe Thorogood, to The Ray by Greg Lockard and Giulio Macaione, and many, many more.
DC Pride 2022 will also be forwarded by an introduction from Nicole Maines; activist, actress, and real-life superhero. With a main cover from Phil Jimenez and Arif Prianto, variant covers from Joshua “Sway” Swaby and Jen Bartel, pinups by P. Craig Russell, J.J. Kirby, and more, there is plenty to look forward to in this 100+ page celebration of LGBTQIA+ talent.
But that’s not all of DC’s Pride celebrations; launching in June and continuing throughout the year are a variety of ongoing comics, limited series, one-shots, and graphic novels spotlighting LGBTQIA+ characters.
These include Nubia: Queen of the Amazons, a new miniseries by Stephanie Williams, Alitha Martinez, and Mark Morales following on from the first miniseries featuring Nubia. G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara will be launching Poison Ivy a self-titled ongoing series, seeing Ivy leaving Gotham to complete her greatest work.
Meghan Fitzmartin, Belén Ortega, and Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque return to Tim Drake following their acclaimed work with the Robin in Batman: Urban Legends for DC Pride: Tim Drake Special, a one-shot starring the boy wonder teaming up with his former Young Justice teammates and the Batgirls. Check out our interview with Meghan from last year to find out her thoughts on taking Tim Drake through his journey of self-discovery.
Kid Quick and the young heroes of Earth-11 will star in Multiversity: Teen Justice, a six-issue miniseries by Ivan Cohen, Danny Lore, Marco Failla, and Enrica Eren Angiolini which will see the secrets of Earth-11’s newest heroes and villains unfold in DC’s most exciting new team title.
Launching ahead of DC’s Pride celebrations on May 17, Galaxy: The Prettiest Star is a young adult graphic novel about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars from writer Jadzia Axelrod and artist Jess Taylor. If you can’t wait to meet the characters of Galaxy: The Prettiest Star, a free preview will be released as part of Free Comic Book Day on May 7.
There’s plenty more to be excited about from DC’s Pride celebrations, with further announcements to follow between now and June, but make sure to stay tuned to GateCrashers for a special podcast episode where we sit down with Ivan Cohen and Danny Lore to discuss their work on Multiversity: Teen Justice.
And if you missed it, we covered last year’s DC Pride anthology in our own unique way with an in-universe news report on the events taking place within the book. Check it out here. Also as part of our DC Pride celebrations, we did character spotlights for various LGBTQIA+ heroes from across the DC universe. These included Renee Montoya, Green Lantern Alan Scott, and the soon-to-be lead of Multiversity: Teen Justice, Kid Quick.
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DC’S ANNUAL PRIDE ANTHOLOGY TO RETURN IN JUNE 2022
100+ pages of new content, an introduction from Nicole Maines, and more!
YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL GALAXY: THE PRETTIEST STAR INTRODUCES TAYLOR, THE GALAXY CROWNED
It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power.
NEW COMICS LAUNCHING DURING JUNE TO CONTINUE DC PRIDE ALL YEAR
Poison Ivy to headline new Poison Ivy comic,
Nubia to rule Themyscira in Nubia: Queen of the Amazons,
Kid Quick returns to Earth-11 in Multiversity: Teen Justice,
Tim Drake’s journey continues in DC Pride: Tim Drake Special,
and more to come!
DC’s 2022 Pride celebration will be available at your local comics shop, bookstore, library, and beyond this June with more stories, more characters, and more pride than ever. In addition to DC Pride 2022, a new 100+ page Prestige format annual anthology comic, in the coming months DC will also publish a new young adult graphic novel, launch three new comic book series, publish a new Tim Drake special, feature DC Pride variant covers on multiple series, deliver a new slate of books to readers everywhere, and turn a spotlight (the Bat-Signal, too!) on the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.
In the book market and available everywhere books are sold, Galaxy: The Prettiest Star from writer Jadzia Axelrod and artist Jess Taylor will publish on May 17 to introduce entirely new characters to DC’s pantheon of heroes. DC can’t wait for you to meet Taylor, the Galaxy Crowned, and so is delivering Galaxy: The Prettiest Star FCBD Special Edition 2022 #1, a free preview on Free Comic Book Day of the young adult graphic novel about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars, to your local comics shop on May 7. It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power!
DC Pride 2022, containing all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan-favorites, is DC’s annual Pride-themed anthology comic. The 104-page Prestige format comic, publishing on May 31, will have an introduction by activist, actress, and real-life superhero Nicole Maines (including a teaser for her upcoming DC project!) and will feature a main cover by Phil Jimenez and Arif Prianto, an open-to-order wraparound variant cover by Joshua “Sway” Swaby, and a 1:25 variant cover by Jen Bartel. The DC Pride 2022 creative teams, and the characters they’re developing stories for, are:
- Alysia Yeoh and Batgirl by Jadzia Axelrod and Lynne Yoshii
- Aquaman/Jackson Hyde by Alyssa Wong and W. Scott Forbes
- Green Lantern/Jo Mullein by Tini Howard and Evan Cagle
- Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy by Dani Fernandez and Zoe Thorogood
- The Ray by Greg Lockard and Giulio Macaione
- Superman/Jon Kent by Devin Grayson and Nick Robles
- Tim Drake by Travis Moore
- and more to come!
DC’s Pride anthology comic will also include contributions from J. Bone, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Samantha Dodge, Brittney Williams, and others; and new pinups by P. Craig Russell, J.J. Kirby, and more. With over 100 pages of original stories and content, DC Pride 2022 celebrates the strength and courage it takes to be a DC Super Hero.
But DC’s Pride plans aren’t limited to June! In addition to DC Pride 2022, the following comics will launch during Pride Month and continue through the year:
Poison Ivy, by G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara, with covers by Jessica Fong (main), Warren Louw (open-to-order variant and 1:100 foil variant), Nick Robles (1:25 variant), Frank Cho (1:50 variant), and Dan Mora (team variant), launches on June 7. In her new series, Ivy leaves Gotham City and sets out to complete her greatest work—a gift to the world that will heal the damage humanity has dealt to it! DC is proud to present the unbelievable next chapter in Poison Ivy’s ever-growing library in a six-issue story arc by the incredible creative team of G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara.
Nubia: Queen of the Amazons, a new series by Stephanie Williams, Alitha Martinez, and Mark Morales, with covers by Khary Randolph (main), Jae Lee (open-to-order variant), and Alitha Martinez (1:25 variant), debuts on June 7. Taking place right after the Nubia: Coronation Special, a second miniseries for the fan-favorite Amazon begins! You won’t want to miss the exciting new adventures of the one true queen, brought to you by the creative team behind Nubia & the Amazons—writer Stephanie Williams and artist Alitha Martinez! Williams, Martinez, and Morales’s new series is planned for four issues.
DC Pride: Tim Drake Special, by Meghan Fitzmartin, Belén Ortega, and Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, with covers by Ortega (main) and Travis Moore (open-to-order variant), collects the breakout story from Batman: Urban Legends in one volume for the very first time! This 64-page one-shot comic arriving on June 14 also features a brand-new story that sees Tim teaming up with his former Young Justice teammates and the Batgirls! Tim Drake’s 2022 path starts here!
Multiversity: Teen Justice by Ivan Cohen, Danny Lore, Marco Failla, and Enrica Eren Angiolini, with covers by Robbi Rodriguez (main), Stephanie Hans (open-to-order variant), Bengal (1:25 variant), and Failla (1:50 variant), features Kid Quick—the Future State Flash—and the other young heroes of Earth-11. Launching on June 7, the secrets of Earth-11’s newest heroes and villains unfold in DC’s most exciting new team title! And what role will the mysterious Raven—the brooding hero who has refused to join the team in the past—play in the brand-new series? Cohen, Lore, Failla, and Angiolini’s new series is planned for six issues.
Throughout DC’s line of monthly comics, DC’s 2022 Pride-themed variant covers will feature artwork by Amy Reeder (Batman #124), David Talaski (Superman: Son of Kal-El #12), Derek Charm (Action Comics #1044), Joe Phillips (Aquamen #5), Kevin Wada (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1), Kris Anka (Poison Ivy #1), Nick Robles (Nightwing #93), Nicole Goux (Wonder Woman #788), Olivier Coipel (Harley Quinn #16), Stephen Byrne (Multiversity: Teen Justice #1), and more.
New DC books arriving in the coming months to add to your TBR piles, pull lists, DC Pride book clubs, in-store Pride displays, and to share with friends on TikTok will include:
- DC Pride 2021 (4/26)
- Galaxy: The Prettiest Star (5/17)
- Crush & Lobo (5/17)
- Midnighter: The Complete Collection (5/24)
- Aquaman: The Becoming (5/24)
- Batman: Urban Legends Vol. 2 (5/24)
- Superman: Son of Kal-El Vol. 1: The Truth (5/31)
- DC Poster Portfolio: DC Pride (5/31)
- Doom Patrol by Rachel Pollack Omnibus (7/5)
- Harley Quinn: The Animated Series – The Eat. Bang! KillTour Vol. 1(8/30)
DC’s award-winning backlist of bestselling titles featuring LGBTQIA+ characters can be purchased everywhere books are sold:
- Batwoman: Elegy
- Batwoman: Haunted Tides
- DC Comics: Bombshells
- Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles
- Gotham Central Omnibus
- Harley and Ivy: The Deluxe Edition
- Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
- I Am Not Starfire
- Poison Ivy: Thorns
- Suicide Squad: Bad Blood
- The Low, Low Woods
- You Brought Me the Ocean
- and more!
Fans can celebrate DC Pride and read comics featuring DC’s LGBTQIA+ characters year-round by visiting the DC UNIVERSE PRIDE hub page on DC UNIVERSE INFINITE, DC’s premium digital comic book service. New titles are added every month, and a selection of free-to-read titles will be featured for registered users during Pride! The first two issues of Superman: Son of Kal-El are available now for subscribers, with the groundbreaking big issue featuring Jon Kent and Jay Nakamura—Superman: Son of Kal-El #5—arriving on DC UNIVERSE INFINITE in June!
DC and WarnerMedia are proud to be working in partnership with LGBTQIA+ organizations such as PFLAG, The Trevor Project, Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, Mermaids (UK), Inside Out (Canada), and more, to celebrate Pride in 2022. WarnerMedia and its brands have longstanding relationships with these nonprofit partners through the ongoing support of their work and year-round collaboration on social impact initiatives.
Through paneling, events, advertising, outreach and more, these partnerships help to create a more inclusive and compassionate culture for all Super Hero fans and provide resources for readers looking to learn more about these nonprofit organizations.
Stay tuned for more Pride announcements from DC and WarnerMedia between now and June! #DCPride