DC Pride 2024 Review: “The Best Short Story I’ve Read In Comics This Year”

dc pride 2024 review

Read our review of DC Pride 2024 from DC Comics, an anthology featuring the LGBTQ+ members of the DC Universe.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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DC Pride 2024 Review:

In this anthology, we’re getting stories focusing on everyone from Harley Quinn, to Dreamer, to Jon Kent. But the real standout? An autobiographical story by Phil Jimenez that focuses on his relationship to Wonder Woman.

“It’s maybe the best short story I’ve read in comics this year,” said host Justin Tyler. “It’s Phil Jimenez talking about how Wonder Woman was so important to him when he was a kid, and then you can really follow him… And the passion he feels when he talks about how he got to create a new Thymescria, and then it gets destroyed in continuity. And it’s so sad. You feel his feelings… It’s such a beautiful story. It’s beautiful, the art is so nice.”

Alex Zalben noted that in last year’s Pride issue, Jimenez wrote a forward that was wonderful and “tear-inducing” as well. “So the fact that, he got the front matter last year and crushed it. He got the back matter this year and crushed it. I don’t know how he’s going to top it next year. But he wins Pride.”

Zalben also loved the Star Man story towards the beginning, while Tyler thought the Dreamer story was “excellent.”

Host Pete LePage also shouted out the Harley and Ivy stories, and the Aquaman story as being “enjoyable.” Another stand-out to him is the Constantine story titled “Stealing Time,” and added that, “the art on everything is great for a lot of different reasons, but it’s a really impressive collection they’ve put together here.”

DC Pride 2024 Official Synopsis:

DC’s Eisner and Ringo award-winning Pride anthology returns in the form of a universe-spanning travelogue like you’ve never seen! In its pages, Dreamer makes a first-time pilgrimage to her ancestral planet, Naltor! Poison Ivy and Janet from HR go spore-hunting on Portworld! Superman (Jon Kent) gets the boys together for a night out in A-Town, but things go sideways when The Ray vanishes into thin air! Steel (Natasha Irons) works up the courage to face Traci 13 at the Oblivion Bar’s Pride party for the first time since they broke up!

Aquaman (Jackson Hyde) catches an unexpected ride to the Fourth World just in time for their annual Love Festival! All this and more in a volume celebrating how the LGBTQIA+ community is everywhere and belongs anywhere—even the very furthest reaches of the universe.Plus, this year’s anthology features a special preview of the upcoming YA OGN The Strange Case of Harleen and Harley, as well as an unmissable autobiographical story written by industry legend Phil Jimenez about the fantastical worlds that shaped him, brought to life by Giulio Macaione!

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