Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those times.
Warning: minor spoilers.
Billy: “You’re fabulous! I just wish everyone else knew it…”
Fabman: “Maybe someday they will. Maybe someday they will…”
Time to dig into the first indie comic I picked up at True Believers – The Pride #1. This is written and self-published by Joe Glass under the banner of Queer Comix. A small army of artists – Gavin Mitchell, Marc Ellerby and JD Faith, along with Kris Carter on colouring and Kris Anka taking the cover art took care of the images for this comic. Looking at their website you can see many of these artists have quite the professional background, from Dr Who to X-Men. It shows, the front cover drew me to this comic, it has a polished professional look above many indie comics I’ve seen out there. As for the pictures inside, they have again been produced with a high level of professionaliam.
As for the world the comic is set in, it’s depicted as big, whacky crazy old school comic stories take place. In the opening pages we learn that Crabman saved the planet from the angry moon-people out to destroy the world, using a nuclear trout! (Unfortunately Lobsterboy IV died in the explosion, but hey, the public get to vote on who they want for Lobsterboy V!). As you can see there’s a playful tribute to old school comics going on here and the first impression you get is this is a fun, zany world. The thing is, there’s a darker underside to this that many people have to endure. Although Fabman, aka Stephen Wainright, tomorrow’s fabulous man, is celebrated as a hero himself but still faces a hell of a tough battle. As with our world there’s a lot of homophobia and anti-LGBT attitudes in this one.
Fabman has decided to do something about this, he calls to many of his allies – Frost, The Bear (one of my favourite super powers: that of turning into an actual bear), Angel, Sapphire, White Trash and their newest member Twink – to form The Pride. An all new super team trying to get fair representation for the LGBT community amongst the swarms of other super teams already out doing good in the world.
While this is being put together we get introduced to our first villain, it seems we have a more than slightly evil preacher with monstrous goons they’ll have to deal with eventually.
Finally Fabman seeks out Wolf, who appears to be this world’s Batman. Who’ll need to make a choice, as the Justice Division also have their eye on him.
One thing I really liked about this was how the Fabman feels powerful. He saves a bunch of civilians at the start of the comic and you get the impression that generally he can handle the super hero bit. He’s clearly strong and seems like this world’s Superman. As I mentioned Wolf has a real Batman feel to him and I spotted a few other tributes to big name super heroes throughout. But even though he’s that powerful he still has a real challenge when it comes to the societies he and the other heroes live in.
As you can tell I enjoyed this a lot. The plot so far has been very simple, more to be a vehicle for the character interactions and their personalities than major twists so far. My main criticism would be it almost feels like too much is packed into the first issue. There are a lot of characters here I’d love to get to know more. If the comic had been paced over two books we could have had a little more background/history on each of them which would have been great, though if that wasn’t an option then just a couple more text boxes with a note on how they got their powers or a little more info on who they are would have been perfect.
If The Pride sounds like your sort of thing, check out all of the issues here or on Comixology!
Final Score – 8.75 Slam Dunked Drug Dealers out of 10!