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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Reader's Diary #2044 - Various writers and artists: DC Pride 2021

Though I'm much more a fan of Marvel than DC Comics, where it comes to LGBTQ characters, I think most people acknowledge that DC Comics has historically done a better job. They tend to have more LGBT characters and started earlier. Still, they're far from perfect either. Many previous earlier examples exist where such characters were not shown positively and/or as crude stereotypes. In the Batman comics, it seems like every female character is bisexual or lesbian, but sometimes those examples seemed to have been primarily drawn and written for heterosexual men with lesbian fetishes. Still, as the world progresses slowly, so do the comics and this collection certainly celebrates and highlights that.

Unlike the similar Pride anthology by Marvel, the stories in this one feel less didactic and I so I prefer it. The stories were more engaging and told actual stories in which the characters by and large just happened to be queer, though admittedly everything is pretty low stakes. I liked hearing of some characters I hadn't heard of before, like Lobo's daughter Crush and Jess Chambers, a female Flash (I've often wondered why all the speedsters in comics seemed to be male) but I also was glad to see more recognizable names that are out: Batwoman, Harley Quinn, and Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern. Notably though, bisexual Wonder Woman was missing for some reason.

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