DC Comics is going all-in on their retconning of Batman sidekick and Robin, Tim Drake, as they are now using the character as part of their virtue signal for what they are calling “DC’s 2022 Pride celebration.”
Drake will be featured in a new one-shot titled DC Pride: Tim Drake Special.
DC Comics and writer Meghan Fitzmartin and artist Belén Ortega retconned Tim Drake in Batman: Urban Legends #6. After defeating the Chaos Cult and rescuing his friend Bernard the story concludes with Drake showing up at Bernard’s house.
Bernard proceeds to ask him out on a date saying, “Tim Drake…do you want to go on a date with me?”
Drake answers, “Yeah…Yeah, I think I want that.”
The DC Pride: Tim Drake Special by Meghan Fitzmartin, Belén Ortega, and Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque will collect the story retconning Drake.
In a press release, DC Comics explains that DC Pride: Time Drake Special “collects the breakout story from Batman: Urban Legends in one volume for the very first time!”
However, they also note the special will feature “a brand-new story that sees Tim teaming up with his former Young Justice teammates and the Batgirls!”
The book will arrive in stores on June 14th.
Along with this Tim Drake one-shot, DC Comics also announced they will be introducing a brand new character in Galaxy: The Prettiest Star by Jadzia Axelrod and Jess Taylor.
This new character is Taylor, the Galaxy Crowned. DC Comics provided a brief synopsis for the graphic novel, “It takes strength to live as your true self, and one alien princess disguised as a human boy is about to test her power.”
Along with this new graphic novel, DC Comics will be giving away a free preview of the graphic novel during Free Comic Book Day. They also explain the book is “about gender identity, romance, and shining as bright as the stars.”
The book has been described “as a metaphor for transness” by Supergirl and transgender actor Benjamin Maines who now calls himself Nicole Maines.
DC Comics will also publish a 104-page comic titled DC Pride 2022. The comic will have an itnroduction by Maines and feature a main cover by Phil Jimenez and Arif Prianto. There will also be a wraparound cover by Joshua “Sway” Swaby, and a 1:25 variant cover by Jen Bartel.
The book will include the following stories:
- Alysia Yeoh and Batgirl by Jadzia Axelrod and Lynne Yoshii
- Aquaman/Jackson Hyde by Alyssa Wong and W. Scott Forbes
- Green Lantern/Jo Mullein by Tini Howard and Evan Cagle
- Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy by Dani Fernandez and Zoe Thorogood
- The Ray by Greg Lockard and Giulio Macaione
- Superman/Jon Kent by Devin Grayson and Nick Robles
- Tim Drake by Travis G. Moore
The comic also features “contributions from J. Bone, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Samantha Dodge, Brittney William.” There will also be pinups by P. Craig Russell, J.J. Kirby, and more.
DC Comics will also publish a new Poison Ivy series, a new Nubia: Queen of the Amazons series, and a series titled Multiversity: Teen Justice.
The Poison Ivy series will be written by G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara. It will feature covers by Jessica Fong and Warren Louw, Nick Robles, Frank Cho, and Dan Mora.
The official description states, “In her new series, Ivy leaves Gotham City and sets out to complete her greatest work—a gift to the world that will heal the damage humanity has dealt to it!” They note it will be “six-issue story arc.”
The Nubia: Queen of the Amazon series is done by Stephanie Williams, Alitha Martinez, and Mark Morales. It features covers by Khary Randolph, Jae Lee, and Martinez.
DC Comics did not provide any details on the story’s plot other than it takes “place right after the Nubia: Coronation Special.” The series will only be four issues long.
Multiversity: Teen Justice comes from the creative team of Ivan Cohen, Danny Lore, Marco Faila, and Enrica Eren Angiolini.
The book will also feature covers by Robbi Rodriguez, who infamously sent photos of a male anus to Cyberfrog creator Ethan Van Sciver. Other cover artists include Stephanie Hans, Bengal, and Faila.
The book will feature Kid Quick, the Future State Flash, and other characters from Earth-11. A description for the six-issue series states, “The secrets of Earth-11’s newest heroes and villains unfold in DC’s most exciting new team title! And what role will the mysterious Raven—the brooding hero who has refused to join the team in the past—play in the brand-new series?”
Finally, DC Comics announced they will feature Pride-themed variant covers on a number of their ongoing series including by Amy Reeder (Batman #124), David Talaski (Superman: Son of Kal-El #12), Derek Charm (Action Comics #1044), Joe Phillips (Aquamen #5), Kevin Wada (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1), Kris Anka (Poison Ivy #1), Nick Robles (Nightwing #93), Nicole Goux (Wonder Woman #788), Olivier Coipel (Harley Quinn #16), Stephen Byrne (Multiversity: Teen Justice #1).
As noted by the Catechism of the Catholic “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
The Catechism continues, “The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for more of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”
“Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection,” the Catechism asserts.
What do you make of DC Comics using Tim Drake to promote their “pride celebration?” What do you make of these other titles?