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DC Lays Out Plans for Latest Annual Pride Anthology, Company Celebrates Legacy of LGBTQIA+ Characters

DC has announced the latest edition of its annual Pride Anthology and other plans to celebrate LGBTQIA+ characters in 2023

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DC Pride connecting covers for Harley Quinn #31 and Poison Ivy #13 by Claire Roe

DC Pride is back! The long-running publisher returns again with a brave, bold, and all-new collection of stories starring DC’s stable of fan-favorite LGBTQIA+ characters—many of whom will find themselves in thrilling team-ups the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

DC’s 2023 Pride collection of books and comics will be available at your local comic book shop, bookstore, library, and beyond, delivering bold stories, brave characters, and more pride than ever. DC Pride 2023 #1DC’s annual anthology containing all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan favorites, will be published on May 30. The 104-page Prestige format comic will feature an introduction by Phil Jimenez, a main cover by Mateus Manhanini, and open-to-order variant covers by Gabriel Picolo (wraparound), Jen Bartel (spot foil), and Oscar Vega (cardstock).

The DC Pride 2023 creative teams and the characters they are developing stories for include:

  • Tim Drake and Connor Hawke by Nadia Shammas and Bruka Jones
  • Circuit Breaker and the Flash of Earth-11 by A.L. Kaplan
  • Midnighter, Apollo and Alan Scott Green Lantern by Josh Trujillo and Don Aguillo
  • Ghost-Maker and Catman vs. Cannon and Saber by Rex Ogle and Stephen Sadowski
  • Jon Kent and John Constantine by Christopher Cantwell and Skylar Patridge
  • Natasha Irons and Nubia by Mildred Louis
  • Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Crush by Leah Williams and Paulina Ganucheau
  • Multiversity by Grant Morrison and Hayden Sherman and more!
DC Pride 2023 #1 wraparound variant cover by Gabriel Picolo

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy go to extreme measures to get a little alone time…but there’s nowhere on the planet Crush can’t crash. Jon Kent gets a comprehensive course in dark magic when John Constantine sics a golem on him. Tim Drake and Connor Hawke learn that there is nothing more awkward than reuniting with an old friend after you’ve both come out and one of you was indoctrinated by the League of Shadows for a while. Circuit Breaker struggles to stifle his powers after the Flash of Earth-11 leaps out of the time stream and knocks them both into another dimension. Just how far would Flashlight go to honor his lost love? Discover all these stories and many more in DC Pride 2023!

DC’s Pride anthology comic will also include a five-page preview of an upcoming Dreamer story by Nicole Maines and Rye Hickman. Pinup pages in DC Pride 2023 will feature artwork by Maria Llovet, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Travis Moore, Noah Dao, Claire Roe, Babs Tarr, and more. With over 100 pages of original stories and content, DC Pride 2023 celebrates the boldest and bravest of DC’s Super Heroes!

But that isn’t all, an official collaboration between DK and Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products, The DC Book of Pride is an inspiring illustrated hardcover that profiles more than 50 LGBTQIA+ characters in detail, including Harley Quinn, Jon Kent, Nubia, Tim Drake, Batwoman, Aquaman, Dreamer, new character Circuit Breaker, and many more. Authored by Galaxy: The Prettiest Star writer Jadzia Axelrod, it illustrates the rich histories, fascinating origins, amazing superpowers, and key storylines of DC’s leading queer Super Heroes and Super-Villains. With stunning interior artwork and an exclusive cover by renowned illustrator Paulina Ganucheau, this DK book is a wonderful guide for DC fans that arrives just in time for Pride Month on May 16.

Here’s a look at the cover art:

DC will also be publishing a special-edition comic book, DC Pride: Through the Years #1, collecting three out-of-print comics in an oversize new release. Take a journey through over 30 years of fan-favorite LGBTQIA+ characters in the DC Universe with this collection that not only remembers and celebrates landmark issues of days past but also teases exciting new stories yet to come!

DC Pride: Through the Years (80 pages), with a cover by Derek Charm, will publish on June 13 and contains reprints of The Flash #53 by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque, in which villain turned hero Pied Piper comes out to his friend the Flash and helps thwart a dastardly villain; Detective Comics #854 by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams, featuring the thrilling beginning of Batwoman’s first solo series, which launched her into stardom; andSupergirl #19 by Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, and Jamal Campbell, which tells the story of Lee Serrano, a nonbinary teenager who befriends the Girl of Steel. It also includes an all-new story by Tim Sheridan and Cian Tormey featuring Alan Scott as Green Lantern, teasing exciting new stories that will light the way for Alan’s next great adventure.

Throughout its line of monthly comic books, DC will highlight Pride-themed variant covers on series that feature queer characters in regular and lead roles. This year, look for DC Pride covers on Steelworks #1 (Joshua “Sway” Swaby), Spirit World #2 (Jessica Fong), Green Arrow #3 (Luciano Vecchio), Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #4 (Stephen Byrne), Superman #5 (W. Scott Forbes), Batman Incorporated #9 (Rosi Kämpe), Tim Drake: Robin#10 (Travis Moore), Poison Ivy #13 and Harley Quinn #31 (connecting covers by Claire Roe),Nightwing #105 (Yoshi Yoshitani), Wonder Woman #800 (Ted Brandt and Ro Stein), andDetective Comics #1073 (Amy Reeder).

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DC’s Pride plans aren’t limited to June! In addition to DC Pride 2023, new DC books to add to your TBR piles, pull lists, Pride book clubs, or in-store Pride displays and to share with friends year-round include:

  • DC Pride: The New Generation hardcover (5/23)
  • Doom Patrol by Rachel Pollack Omnibus hardcover (3/14)—second printing
  • Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Verdict hardcover (3/21)
  • Multiversity: Teen Justice trade paperback (3/21)
  • Poison Ivy Vol. 1: The Virtuous Cycle hardcover (5/16)
  • The Authority Book One trade paperback (4/25)—2023 edition
  • Superman: Son of Kal-El Vol. 3: Battle for Gamorra hardcover (5/9)
  • Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons hardcover (6/6) and more!

Fans can also celebrate DC Pride and read comics featuring LGBTQIA+ characters online 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!

DC and Warner Bros. Discovery are proud to be working in partnership with LGBTQIA+ organizations such as Trans LifelinePFLAG NationalThe Trevor ProjectFamily Equality,Human Rights Campaign, and Athlete Ally, and more, to celebrate Pride in 2023. Warner Bros. Discovery and its brands have long-standing 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 superhero fans and provide resources for readers looking to learn more about these nonprofit organizations.

Stay tuned for more Pride announcements from DC and Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products between now and June! #DCPride

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