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Get a Sneak Peek at DC Pride 2022

DC Pride 2022’s storytellers have ambitious goals: to deliver new stories, highlight DC’s fan-favorite LGBTQIA+ characters, and show fans more pride than ever before. DC has released more details about DC Pride 2022, including an excerpt from Nicole Maines’ introduction, the addition of Kevin Conroy (the iconic voice of Batman in Batman: The Animated Series), J. Bone and Aditya Bidikar to an already packed roster of talent, a first look at some of the artwork coming in from the creative teams, and more. Local comic shops are taking preorders through May 1 and the 104-page Prestige format comic will publish in print and on digital platforms on May 31.

So, what’s inside DC Pride 2022? Will there be a Harley and Ivy story? Will there be a Tim Drake story? What other characters are getting a spotlight? The answers are “yes, yes, and wait and see!” but before DC reveals of the full list of talent contributing to DC Pride 2022, please take a moment to read a passage from Nicole Maines’ introduction. The author, actress and real-life superhero is on the front lines of activism and has an important message for readers:

“Representation is something that so many take for granted. But as queer people, we have always understood not only its necessity, but its power. Seeing yourself in the media you consume is validating in a way that says, “You are not alone.”

Seeing yourself in comic books, though, in your favorite superheroes, is especially powerful. It tells us that not only are there other people like us out there (something that this young trans girl growing up in rural Maine desperately needed), but that they stand alongside the very best of us.

They are the best of us.

Superheroes set the bar and they set it high. Because if you can be a superhero, you can be anything. And superheroes are categorized as such not due to their superhuman abilities, extraterrestrial origins, or truly fabulous fashion choices. They are superheroes because they stand up for what is right against any odds.

It is their courage that sets them apart.” —Nicole Maines, DC Pride 2022

DC Pride 2022

Check out all the incredible stories that DC Pride 2022 will include and the talent behind them, then scroll down for a few sneak-peek previews and more!

The DC Pride 2022 creative teams will include:

  • “Super Pride” by Devin Grayson, Nick Robles, Triona Farrell and Aditya Bidikar
  • “Confessions” by Stephanie Williams, Meghan Hetrick, Marissa Louise and Ariana Maher
  • “Special Delivery” by Travis Moore, Enrica Eren Angiolini and Ariana Maher
  • “Are You Ready for This?” by Danny Lore & Ivan Cohen, Brittney Williams, Enrica Eren Angiolini and Ariana Maher
  • “A World Kept Just For Me” by Alyssa Wong, W. Scott Forbes and Ariana Maher
  • “The Gumshoe in Green” by Tini Howard, Evan Cagle and Lucas Gattoni
  • “Think of Me” by Ted Brandt & Ro Stein and Frank Cvetkovic
  • “Public Display of the Electromagnetic Spectrum” by Greg Lockard, Giulio Macaione and Aditya Bidikar
  • “The Hunt” by Dani Fernandez, Zoe Thorogood, Jeremy Lawson and Aditya Bidikar
  • “Bat’s in the Cradle” by Stephanie Philips, Samantha Dodge, Marissa Louise and Lucas Gattoni
  • “Up at Bat” by Jadzia Axelrod, Lynne Yoshii, Tamra Bonvillain and Ariana Maher
  • and “Finding Batman,” a personal story by Kevin Conroy with art by J. Bone and Aditya Bidikar

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. Here’s a sneak peek into what a few of the teams will be delivering:

“Confessions” by Stephanie Williams, Meghan Hetrick, Marissa Louise and Ariana Maher
“Public Display of the Electromagnetic Spectrum” by Greg Lockard, Giulio Macaione and Aditya Bidikar
“Special Delivery” by Travis Moore, Enrica Eren Angiolini and Ariana Maher
“Up at Bat” by Jadzia Axelrod, Lynne Yoshii, Tamra Bonvillain and Ariana Maher
“Are You Ready for This?” by Danny Lore & Ivan Cohen, Brittney Williams, Enrica Eren Angiolini and Ariana Maher
“Think of Me” by Ted Brandt & Ro Stein and Frank Cvetkovic

Preview: Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #4

Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #4

(W) James Asmus (A) Jarrett Williams, Jeremy Lawson, Crank!

Glootie triumphant! Can it be? Have the corporate overlords mined every interesting thing from the Smith family? Find out in this action-packed finale!
Rick and Morty are reunited with the family, but is it too late to stop the evil machinations of Glootie and his Glom-Con cohorts?

Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #4

Preview: Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #2

Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #2

(W) James Asmus (A) Jarrett Williams, Jeremy Lawson, Crank!

Lights! Camera! Action! Things are getting weird at the Smith house as Glom-Con ramps up production on all things Rick, Morty, and the whole Smith family. Meanwhile, can Rick and Morty survive each other’s contempt long enough to escape from…wherever the heck they are?

Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #2

Early Review: You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife

You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife

Whether we’re talking about books or graphic novels, I love short fiction. In my opinion, anyone with fingers, writing implements, and adequate motivation can write a novel. Short stories however, take a lot more skill to get right. This is especially true for those printed in graphic novels because the author has to consider both how the story will be told and how it will be drawn. Because of my love for short fiction and comic books, I’m always on the look out for new graphic anthologies. As such, I’m excited that Iron Circus Comics provided me with a copy of one of their upcoming anthologies, You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife.

You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife is due out on March 23rd. This anthology is a collection of stories that all center around death and what comes after. The twenty-four stories in this anthology tackle this theme in different ways. Some focus on the departed, some focus on those the departed has left behind, and others focus on what lies in store for the departed now that they’ve left the mortal coil. One thing they all have in common, each story looks at death as a natural part of life. True to the death positivity movement, these stories treat death as something to be honored rather than dreaded or mourned.

What Eats Us” by Letty Wilson gives readers a glimpse into a portion of the circle of life that is rarely discussed. The detritivores of the animal kingdom are given center stage. It was a very wise choice on the part of editors Andrea Purcell and Kel McDonald to start the anthology with this story. Wilson draws decomposition in a fun, yet informative way, throughout the entire story. I loved the illustration style Ahueonao uses in the story “Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld”. This retelling of the Mesopotamian myth was a very entertaining read. It had a lot of humor and nods to the modern world, though I felt like it was a little too long.

James Maddox and Jeremy Lawson’sBeyond the Cosmos” is a very clever science-fiction tale. I love their interpretation of the grim reaper. He’s really cute and not what one usually expects out of a personification of death. The stunning art in “First Law” by M. Cat. White really blew me away. This story’s style is like a manga drawn as modern art. It’s one of the shorter stories in this anthology but leaves one of the largest impressions. White truly makes the most of every word that makes up the story. I really liked the plot of “Funeral in Foam” by Casey Gilly. It’s a fun little road trip story. Sort of a cross between National Lampoon’s Vacation and that scene in the Big Lebowski where they scatter Donny’s ashes. I wasn’t as impressed by Raina Telgemeir’s art, unfortunately. Some panels had great detail while others looked comparatively unrefined.

To quote what Caitlin Doughty says in the book’s forward, “You Died is a memento mori for the modern age.” These stories are a reminder that death comes for us all, but that doesn’t mean our end. Rather, it’s the start of the next part of our journey. I loved all the diversity featured in this anthology. There are stories that feature characters of many different cultures, racial-ethnic identities, and sexual orientations. As with any graphic anthology, the quality of the art varies, but I enjoyed seeing so many unique styles. For the most part, I’d say there are more stories with high quality art than there are with lower quality artwork. The sheer variety of different stories is impressive. There were some that are geared solely toward relaying information and I found those very boring. Others just didn’t make much sense. Luckily, there are just as many stories that are funny, inspiring, joyous, or a combination of all three. In the end, death comes for all of us. One way to prepare yourself for the inevitable…is to buy You Died when it releases on March 23rd.

Edited by: Andrea Purcell and Kel McDonald
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Buy

Iron Circus provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Get a First Look at Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger and Sara Kipin

Just in time for Pride Month, DC has tapped acclaimed author Kody Keplinger and artist Sara Kipin to reimagine Poison Ivy—one of DC’s most popular antiheroes—in Poison Ivy: Thorns, a new teen romance with a gothic-horror twist. 

There’s something unusual about Pamela Isley––the girl who hides behind her bright red hair. The girl who won’t let anyone inside to see what’s lurking behind the curtains. The girl who goes to extreme lengths to care for a few plants. Pamela Isley doesn’t trust other people, especially men. They always want something from her. Something she’s not willing to give. 

When cute goth girl Alice Oh comes into Pamela’s life after an accident at the local park, she makes Pamela feel like pulling back the curtains and letting the sunshine in. But there are dark secrets deep within the Isley house. Secrets Pamela’s father has warned must remain hidden. Secrets that could turn deadly and destroy the one person who ever cared about Pamela, or as her mom preferred to call her…Ivy. 

Will Pamela open herself up to the possibilities of love, or will she forever be transformed by the thorny vines of revenge?

Poison Ivy: Thorns marks both Keplinger and Kipin’s first graphic novel and first work with DC. It features colors by Jeremy Lawson and lettering by Steve Wands. The book is available to preorder now and hits stores everywhere books are sold on June 1, 2021.

Poison Ivy: Thorns

Preview: Ghosted in L.A. #9

Ghosted in L.A. #9

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Sina Grace
Artist: Siobhan Keenan
Colorist: Cathy Le and Jeremy Lawson
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Cover Artists:
 
    Main Cover: Siobhan Keenan
    Variant Cover: Sina Grace
Price: $3.99

The ghosts of Rycroft Manor must come face to face with their own mortality… so to speak. With Shirley ready to move to the Great Beyond, the other ghosts are reeling from the emotional fallout. And Daphne has to decide whether she is ready to move on herself, in a slightly less permanent way.

Ghosted in L.A. #9

DC Reveals a Look at Swamp Thing: Twin Branches, a New Young Adult Graphic Novel Out October 2020

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Written by Maggie Stiefvater
Illustrated by Morgan Beem
Colored by Jeremy Lawson
Lettered by Ariana Maher
On Sale October 13, 2020
MSRP: $16.99

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater (the Raven Cycle series) and artist Morgan Beem unearth the primal power of memory and how it twists the bond between two brothers.

Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but they are inseparable. For their last summer before college, the two leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths than they could have imagined. 

While Walker carves their names into the new social scene, Alec recedes into a summer school laboratory, because he brought something from home on their trip—it’s an experiment that will soon consume him. This season, both brothers must confront truths ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches is a story of shadows literal and imagined—and those that take form and haunt us. 

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Preview: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book Trade Paperback Edition

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book Trade Paperback Edition

(W) Leighton Gray, Vernon Shaw, Josh Trujillo, Wendy Xu, Lee C.A., C. Spike Trotman
(A) DJ Kirkland, Drew Green, Jarett Williams, Jack Gross, Ryan Maniulit
(C) Matt Herms, Reed Black, Jeremy Lawson (CA) Kris Anka
Age Rating: Teen, 15+ — Genre: Video Games/LGBTQ/ Romance
Price: $19.99 — Page Count: 129

Oni Press presents Dream Daddy, a comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game!

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads, their kids, and their relationships with one another. Dive into entirely new stories featuring the backstories and adventures of your favorite Dads, told by game co-creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, along with the comic industry’s top indie talent like C. Spike Trotman, Josh Trujillo, and Kris Anka!

Includes an introduction by Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, plus bonus creator commentary!

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book Trade Paperback Edition

Review: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale

DC Ink‘s latest release, Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale feels like it needs one big warning. The graphic novel aimed at teenage readers deals with topics such as abuse, animal abuse, cutting, and more. Watch our full review to find out if this is really one for the teenage reader.

Story: Lauren Myracle
Art: Isaac Goodhart
Color: Jeremy Lawson
Letterer: Deron Bennett

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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