A Complete Guide to ‘Marvel’s Voices: Pride’ #1
Get a sneak peek at 12 all-new stories featuring some of Marvel’s brightest LGBTQ+ characters like Mystique, Nico Minoru, Iceman, Karma, and more!
Hitting shelves June 23, MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 honors Pride Month with our first-ever queer-centered special spotlighting Marvel’s growing tapestry of LGBTQ+ characters. These stories of inspiration and empowerment will be brought to life by an assembly of writers and artists from all walks of life including Kieron Gillen, Olivier Coipel, Steve Orlando, Anthony Oliveira, Tini Howard, Vita Ayala, Kris Anka, Javier Garrón, and many more!
Today, we’re giving you an EXCLUSIVE inside look at some of the all-new tales along with what their creators have to say about the issue! Let’s dive right in!
I didn’t think I’d ever write these two again, or any of the Young Avengers kids,” said Kieron Gillen. “But when editor Sarah Brunstad asked me to write a story, this little slice-of-life-and-slice-of-pizza story just burst into my head. Getting to do something personal and intimate like this, in a book like this, is a huge honour.
“To be able to participate in this issue is an a blessing,” said Vita Ayala. “And to get to write a Karma-centric story for it is so exciting! She deserves the spotlight and the love!”
“I’ve been reading Marvel Comics since I was a painfully shy, painfully closeted kid, and I always recognized in Iceman’s long struggle something of my own,” shared Anthony Oliveira. “When he tried to come out to his friends and couldn’t when his home life was difficult and closed off when he blanketed his world in snow instead of confronting what was wrong…it always felt like Bobby and I were finding our way together. I wanted to honour that history, and these characters who made a lonely queer kid like me feel less alone.”
“MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE is here!” exclaimed Steve Orlando. “And with it, a chapter of Daken’s early life we’ve never seen before. And why not? He’s kept that one night with Somnus a secret since it went down! But the Krakoan Era makes him rethink that night, and Daken realizes there’s little point in utopia if we can’t pay it forward. This is that story, a bow to the past and an eye to the future. A grateful acknowledgment of just how far we’ve come as a community, as well as the fact that we’ve got more work to do. With Daken and Somnus at our side, let’s explore a story that celebrates our strides, and tackles the challenges to come.”
In case you missed it, discover how Steve Orlando and Luciano Vecchio dreamt up the character Somnus’ debut, as well as a sneak peek at how Vecchio spotlighted Marvel’s LGQBT+ characters and moments in the introduction for this issue!
“[Editor] Sarah Brunstad and I have worked together several times in the past, and we’re always enjoying a chance to spotlight and write about queer characters—especially complicated women and the women they love,” said Tini Howard. “While we were brainstorming, Sarah pointed out that this year is the 40th anniversary of Irene Adler, aka the mutant precognitive known as Destiny. I mostly work in the X-office these days, and if you’re reading those books right now, you know that Mystique’s love for Destiny is a central, heartbreaking part of Krakoa’s story. I couldn’t help but want to tell a story from their past that strengthens that story in the present.”
STARRING BLACK CAT AND JESSIE DRAKE
“Sarah Brunstad was an incredible editor in bringing this anthology together,” stated Leah Williams. “It was such a fun project to contribute to, and it’s an honour to introduce readers to Krakoa’s newest superstar by reintroducing an important Marvel legacy—Jessie Drake!”
STARRING NICO MINORU AND KAROLINA DEAN
“When I was young, I’d never have dreamed a comic like this would be made, and with awesome Marvel Super Heroes!” said Terry Blas. “I feel so honoured to contribute a story, especially one about Anole, a character that struggles with his physical self-confidence but is reminded of how great he is by Jonas Graymalkin. I wanted to tell a story about the importance of having gay friends and how they can lift you up and understand and support you.”
STARRING ELEKTRA AND DR. CHARLENE MCGOWAN
I wanted to do a story that had a trans character at its heart, and say a little something about being trans, but I wanted it to be good, silly fun and not anything serious or overwhelming,” shared Lilah Sturges. “So much of what we see about trans people in the media can be negative and upsetting, even when it’s coming from a good place, so it was such a thrill for me to provide a happy trans story to Marvel’s first-ever Pride special. I hope folks like it!”
“I was so excited when Sarah offered me the chance to work with Marvel and even more excited that she approved my She-Hulk story,” said Crystal Frasier. “She-Hulk meant so much to me when I was little, and I put a lot of my own childhood experience into the pages of that story. It’s a genuine honour to be telling stories to help a new generation find themselves, love who they are, and figure out who they can be.”
“When Jim Cheung and I started working on YOUNG AVENGERS in 2004, I could not have imagined the existence of a Marvel Comics Pride special, let alone that Wiccan and Hulkling would be part of it,” said Allan Heinberg. “I’m eternally grateful to Jim, Marcello Maiolo, Sarah Brunstad, Tom Brevoort, and everyone at Marvel for inviting us back to celebrate Pride with the Young Avengers.”
Pick up A Complete Guide to ‘Marvel’s Voices: Pride’ #1 in stores on June 23!
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