Love is love. I wish it was something we could all agree on. To me, it seems just so simple. But there’s a lot of folks out there that for ridiculous reasons just don’t see it that way. I have no time for them, and if you’re reading this, I hope you feel the same way.
Love is love, and June is Pride month, celebrating the LGBTQ2S+ community. Superhero stories have been increasingly ripes with stories not just based on cis-gender characters, from Mystique to Northstar to Iceman, and it’s been wonderful to see the increased representation. However you identify, I do think it’s important for readers to see themselves in characters, to find something relatable to keep you reading and invested. Marvel Comics is supposed to be the world outside your door, and they’re doing a wonderful job of actually delivering monthly.
This past week, Marvel Comics released their excellent anthology book Marvel Voices: Pride, which tells stories about massive group of characters across the LGBTQ2S+ spectrum. It begins with a thoughtful overview of representation throughout the Marvel Universe, beautifully written, illustrated and researched by Luciano Vecchio and Mike O’Sullivan. The book then breaks off into short stories from an excellent assortment of talent; some tales are romantic, others humourous, while others are action-packed. All of them have one things in common – it’s a celebration of all of these characters.
Marvel should be given massive props for making representation and inclusivity a significant part of their publishing schedule. Earlier this year, they also published Marvel Voices: Indigenous Voices. With June also National Indigenous History Month and considering the horrible residential school discoveries across Canada that we’re reckoning with here right now, that book also feels not just important, but vital and necessary.
Marvel Voices: Pride and Marvel Voices: Indigenous Voices are entertaining books that anyone can pick up and enjoy, but they’re also ones that should give innumerable readers genuine joy and comfort to see themselves reflected on the page.