Sunday Reviews by JoeLovesComics #3 | DC Pride #1

Welcome to the third installment of Sunday Reviews with JoeLovesComics, a segment on here where I talk about comics I enjoyed, and why I liked them!

This review will contain some spoilers for DC Pride #1.

DC Pride #1

I remember back in March one day scrolling through Twitter and this incredible cover (by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and gorgeous colours by Tamra Bonvillain) catching my eye.

Oh that's some dope art, I thought, immediately discounting it as some unofficial piece some fan had put together. Even going as far to think, shame this'll probably never happen. Then I actually saw the official account the tweet had been posted from and read the tweet itself.

Oh snap. This was happening. A few months wait later and wow, felt so good to finally hold it in my hands and what an awesome, brilliant and excellent read this was.

So without further ado, let's get into the individual stories themselves!

What an opening story this was!

Immediately I just went, "Wow". Not realyl sure how to put it into words, but the art is like a fairy tale, fitting perfectly with the theme of the story. The colours are absolutely beautiful, the red of Batwoman's costume and her hair is so rich and deep and contrasts perfectly with the more muted dark blue tones of the background.

Then there's the lettering. I love how again can't exactly put into words what I like about the font, but it has the exact same feel as the art. Has that "wishy washy" psychedelic feel that again along with the art makes you uneasy, like how she feels in this story like something isn't quite right. I especially like the distinction between her speech bubbles and and the circular speech bubbles of someone who you can find out the identity of for yourself.

But speaking of identity, overall this one is a really powerful story about it. This speech near the end of the story perfectly sums it up and it's filled with so much emotion and heart.

It just touches on so many things, feeling like you're "wrong" or alone. But then the liberating and amazing feeling of seeing yourself represented, finding other people like you and realising you don't have to be alone anymore.

In terms of raw emotion, this was such a brilliant choice to kick off the anthology with, as it is easily one of the strongest in the book.

Whereas the previous one was more emotional, this was just lots of fun. A little on the nose, but really enjoyable. Covered up the dialogue on the page opposite because I don't want to spoil the idea whilst still showing off the awesome art here. I just adored the art style, how it looks like a full on animation flat on the page itself. The epicness of the castle in the background against the night sky, the vibrancy and smoothness of the characters drawn here, just a joy to soak in. There's a couple of awesome action pages in this story that really show off his art that you should check out for yourself if you can.

In general, it's a really neat, simple but effective story idea. It's executed brilliantly all round, and every page of action is so fresh and vibrant and animated like I've already said, another great read.

This was the shortest story in the anthology but easily the most awesome. This was a short, punchy detective story featuring The Question (Renee Montoya). I loved how everything was utilised in this story. Every panel, every speech bubble was effective to make for an epic tale.

The art was perfect for the tone of the story, dark, gritty and then the use of bright colour every so often more properly ecenutated against the darker colours everywhere else. For example below, very dark and mysterious, with the red panels almost bursting standing out against the night sky. Not much else to say about this one, just an awesome short action packed detective story featuring some great representation like all stories in this anthology.