‘Marvel’s Voices: Pride’ #1 Lines Up All-Star LGBTQ+ Creative Line-Up
by James Ferguson
Marvel Comics is honoring Pride Month this June with Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1, an anthology one-shot celebrating LGBTQ+ characters and creators. This follows Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices and Marvel’s Voices: Legacy featuring stories of inspiration and empowerment brought together by an all-star line-up of writers including 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, and more, and artists such as Javier Garrón, Jim Cheung, Kris Anka, Jen Hickman, Paulina Ganucheau, Jethro Morales, Britney Williams, J.J. Kirby, Luciano Vecchio, Jan Bazaldua, and more. Check out the cover by Luciano Vecchio below.
“It blew my mind when I learned this special was being put together. Something that not too long ago seemed a wild dream is finally happening! I think this is one of those history-making touchstones for LGBTQ+ representation in Marvel, one of those moments that sets the bar higher and starts a lasting paradigm shift, and I’m just grateful to be lucky enough to be asked to contribute to it,” artist Luciano Vecchio said. “And on a more personal note, after my short story in the first Marvel’s Voices special last year, this feels like an organic progression in the right direction, and I can’t stop smiling about it.”
The characters featured in Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 include Northstar, Mystique, Destiny, Nico Minoru, Karolina Dean, Iceman, Daken, Karma, and more. It will also have the long-awaited return of Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung to Wiccan and Hulkling.
“When I was a very closeted, very lonely kid, these characters saved my life,” writer Anthony Oliveira expressed. “It’s an honor to tell stories about them and to see the kind of stories queer people can tell about queer people deepen and grow.”
“What an honor to be part of Marvel’s Voices: Pride! I could not be more excited to help spotlight LGBTQ+ characters new and old at the House of Ideas, as well as joining a stable of LGBTQ+ creators behind the scenes for this special,” Steve Orlando said.
Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 is set for release on June 23rd, 2021.