Escapade in “Permanent Sleepover”
In last year’s MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE, Steve Orlando and Luciano Vecchio introduced the dreamy mutant hero Somnus, who now stars in the ongoing X-Men series MARAUDERS. New York Times-bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders and artist duo and Eisner-nominated cartoonists Ro Stein and Ted Brandt continues this tradition with the debut of Escapade! Readers will meet this all-new trans mutant super hero in a 20-page adventure that will introduce her career as a super thief and set the stage for her exciting future.
"I have loved the Marvel Universe for as long as I can remember, and may or may not sing the Spider-Man cartoon theme in the shower on a regular basis. So I was so thrilled to be able to introduce a brand-new hero to stand alongside all of my favorites,” Anders said. “I hope that Escapade and Morgan Red will inspire trans and non-binary people everywhere to believe that they, too, can fight for justice with the power of creativity and chosen family."
“Now more than ever, we need a hero like Shela Sexton for people to look up to,” Brandt explained. “It was a real honor and a privilege to be a part of her creation process!”
“It’s very exciting to be part of bringing a new character into Marvel comics,” Stein added. “Working with Charlie Jane’s script was a lot of fun, and I hope people enjoy reading about Escapade as much as we did putting together her first outing on the page.”
Valkyrie (Rúna) in “Over the Rainbow”
Valkyrie Rúna puts on the first ever Asgard Pride celebration in television writer and podcaster Ira Madison III and artist Lorenzo Susi's Marvel Comics debut.
"The Valkyries are bad bitches and Runa should become a Marvel icon," Madison stated. "Plus, I've always wanted to write for the Loki and Thor (the Goofus and Gallant of Marvel), and who doesn't love Pride???"
"It was a great experience and really exciting to make my debut in MARVEL'S VOICES: PRIDE #1," Susi shared. "As a member of the LGBTIQA+ community, it means a lot to me and getting the chance to draw the first Pride celebration in Asgard was crazy. I liked that it was Rúna, a character I fell in love with at first sight, to start the rainbow celebrations in distant Asgard. That’s all I could ask for.”
Hercules and Marvel Boy in “Ancient & Modern”
Shuster and Eisner-winning writer Andrew Wheeler makes his Marvel debut alongside PATSY WALKER artist Brittney L. Williams in an action-packed story about Marvel’s newest power couple: Hercules and Marvel Boy!
“As a longtime advocate for LGBTQIA+ voices, I'm really honored to make my Marvel debut alongside so many other talented creators in MARVEL'S VOICES: PRIDE!" Wheeler said. "I wanted to tell a story about Hercules because his bisexuality has been downplayed or erased for literally centuries. It's a sign of how much progress we've made that we can now explore this side of the character in a Marvel comic!"
“Contributing to MARVEL'S VOICES: PRIDE has been a super cool experience. I love the dynamic partnership between Herc and Noh, it was so fun drawing these two for Pride,” Williams added.
Moondragon in “Stay Outta My Mind Turf, Jack”
“I’m incredibly honored to be a part of MARVEL'S VOICES: PRIDE this year and had a blast tackling Moondragon in her own solo story. I wanted to bust Moondragon out of her usual meditative discipline and do something more outlandish…so we did a biker story," Cantwell explained. "I loved pulling in imagery from that genre—which has its own fascinating queer history—as a way to shake up Moondragon and Phyla-Vell, and also have some crazy fun.”
“As a member of the queer community, I'm proud to draw this LGBTQIA+ character's story," Zama shared. "I enjoyed drawing every scene because these pages are full of punk/rock/metal vibes, and I also loved making punk designs for Moondragon and Phyla-Vell. It was so fun.”
The Young Avengers in “All My Exes in the Nexus”
Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus-award winner Alyssa Wong and fan-favorite artist Stephen Byrne reunite the Young Avengers in a story guaranteed to please fans new and old! Byrne will also depict the team in one of the issue’s variant covers.
“YOUNG AVENGERS is one of my cornerstone comics: fun, romantic, hilarious, ambitious, queer, and utterly buck wild. 'All My Exes In the Nexus' is a love letter to the queer chaos, camaraderie, and joy that the Young Avengers embody. (And it's a Loki story, because of course it is),” Wong teased.
“I couldn’t be more excited to work on the Young Avengers story for MARVEL'S VOICES: PRIDE. The Gillen/McKelvie run was one of my earliest encounters with queer representation in comics and it is an exciting honor to be drawing them now,” Byrne added.
D-Man in “LGBT-D”
Comedy writer Grace Freud (Rick and Morty, The Eric Andre Show) brings her talents to Marvel with a story about the power of responsibility featuring the Marvel Universe’s favorite gay ginger, D-Man! She’s joined by Eisner-nominated artist Scott B. Henderson in his first work for Marvel.
“I worked at a comic shop all of high school and college, so writing for Marvel was already a dream come true, but the fact that I was able to create four new trans teen heroes with Scott is totally surreal," Freud shared. "I wanted D-Man, one of Marvel's gayest and goofiest characters, to find a new purpose working at an LGBT youth center and mentoring this ragtag group of fruity knuckleheads. Hope you like it, LGBTrue Believers!”
“It was a thrill to be asked to contribute to MARVEL'S VOICES: PRIDE," Henderson said. "Like D-Man, I want to help the LGBTQIA+ community, and it was such an honor to work with Grace Freud in the creation of four new transgender super heroes. I can’t wait to see how their stories unfold in the future.”
Taku and Venomm in “Perfectly Scene”
Writer Danny Lore and artist Lucas Werneck revisit the legacy of Taku and Venomm, two Black Panther characters long left in the closet, in a tale of love and redemption.
"I'm honored to contribute once again to MARVEL'S VOICES," Lore shared. "It's exciting to tell stories where I get to highlight and celebrate the many aspects of our identities, especially when so many parts of today's world want us to fall silent. It's even cooler when I get to make the love story of Taku and Venomm explicit on the page – a powerful reminder that queer characters always exist, that creators that want queer characters have always been writing them."
“First of all, I'd like to express how glad I am to be invited to be part of such an important and innovative project like this one. In my teenage years, I felt excluded because I did not see myself represented in any comic character,” Werneck recalled. “As a result, I never imagined to be part of something where LGBTQIA+ relationships are explored like this. It’s even more special when we think about this amazing couple, Taku and Venomm, that I have the one a have a pleasure to give life to. I hope this story touches the next generation in a way I wish I had experienced when in my younger days.”