Marvel comics’ groundbreaking series specifically created to celebrate diversity, Marvel’s Voices, is returning this June with Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1. In honor of Pride Month, the book will feature LGBTQ characters and creators in Marvel comics.
Some of the characters and books celebrated will include America Chavez: Made in the U.S.A., X-Factor, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Since 1992’s revolutionary ALPHA FLIGHT #106 proudly confirmed Northstar’s sexuality, Marvel has represented LGBTQ+ identities with a wide array of characters and stories. MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 will continue this legacy with thrilling adventures starring Mystique and Destiny, Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean, Iceman, Daken, Karma, and more. Plus, writer Allan Heinberg and artist Jim Cheung make their long-awaited return to Marvel Comics with a new chapter in the love story of their hit creations: Wiccan and Hulkling! MARVEL VOICES: PRIDE #1 will also revisit some of Marvel’s groundbreaking moments and explore the history of LGBTQ+ inclusion and storytelling at Marvel Comics. Don’t miss this extraordinary one-shot when MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 hits stands on June 23rd. For more information, visit Marvel.com.
As part of the book’s release, Marvel has tapped some of its top artists to create variant covers, including Olivier Coipel and Luciano Vecchio. Vecchio’s special frame variant is an homage to the iconic Marvel 25th Anniversary covers released in 1985. This cover spotlights Marvel’s tapestry of LGBTQ+ characters and will reveal a brand-new hero who is set to make their debut within the upcoming one-shot.
It’s exciting that a brand new character will be revealed in Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 and I’m eager to see where Marvel will plan to take the character going forward. Will they get their own series immediately? Will they begin appearing regularly in other books? It will be an interesting test case for this series to potentially introduce additional diverse characters into the Marvel comics universe.
Often, when it comes to the push for more diversity in comics, there’s a tension between changing an existing character (for example, potentially race-bending a character like Namor into an Asian character), or giving a new character a legacy title (like Miles Morales as Spider-Man). The reality is that both approaches, as well as introducing a completely new character with their own identity, are necessary and welcome. I look forward to seeing Marvel continue to use its Marvel’s Voices line to celebrate diversity in comics and introduce new characters.
Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 releases June 23rd at your local comic book shop!
MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1
Written by KIERON GILLEN, ALLAN HEINBERG, ANTHONY OLIVEIRA, STEVE ORLANDO, TINI HOWARD, LEAH WILLIAMS, MARIKO TAMAKI, TERRY BLAS, CRYSTAL FRASIER, VITA AYALA, J.J. KIRBY, LUCIANO VECCHIO & MORE!
Art by JAVIER GARRÓN, JIM CHEUNG, KRIS ANKA, JEN HICKMAN, PAULINA GANUCHEAU, JETHRO MORALES, BRITNEY WILLIAMS, J.J. KIRBY, LUCIANO VECCHIO, JAN BAZALDUA & MORE!
On Sale 6/23
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