DC Pride #1: “Clothes Makeup Gift” – Gay Speed Dating

Up up to now, Jess Chambers — Kid Quick and future Flash of Earth-11 — hasn’t been a lot of a personality in their very own proper. It’s extremely beautiful seeing them lastly get their second to shine. Jess’ solely earlier look was in DC’s Very Merry Multiverse anthology, and I hope readers get to see extra of their adventures outdoors of anthologies sooner or later. The quick comedian’s title itself — “Clothes Makeup Gift” — comes from Jess’ to-do record, which they repeat continuously all through the comedian to ensure they don’t neglect any aspect of making ready for his or her date with their girlfriend. Set sooner or later when Jess is Flash quite than merely Kid Quick, it’s a enjoyable and lightweight-hearted learn as Flash struggles to finish their errands whereas balancing the duties of being a superhero. The story’s author, Danny Lore, is nonbinary themself and offers nonbinary readers a lot-craved illustration in Jess. Free of angst,”Clothes Makeup Gift” is what fanfic writers would possibly name “fluff,” but it surely’s some splendidly written, humorous fluff. It’s particularly wanted for nonbinary readers like me, who hardly ever get to see ourselves freed of trauma, or because the heroes, or just occurring dates. The artwork by Lisa Sterle is, merely put, charming. While Flash’s costume design covers a majority of their face, Sterle makes the character’s eyes stay extremely expressive and this stylistic alternative greater than overcomes the masks’s setback. Similarly, Flash’s new nemesis wears a full face-masks and, if something, proves how succesful Sterle is at depicting a way of expressiveness and movement with physique language alone. While just a few panels can really feel barely too sketchy or below-rendered, it’s a small flaw in an in any other case fantastic comedian. The colours by Enrica Angiolini are a beautiful tonal match for Lore’s story and Sterle’s artwork. Over all, they radiate a sense of heat, as if the entire of Earth-11 had been having fun with the proper late afternoon. In their shiny crimson outfit, Flash at all times stays the main focus of the web page. Strangely, one of many comedian’s finest moments comes within the type of Jesse choosing out their outfit for the date. Trans dressing and undressing scenes are sometimes executed voyeuristically and present transness being one thing that may be “taken off.” (I’ve written extensively in regards to the trope right here.) In “Clothes Makeup Gift,” the “garments” second is just a enjoyable trend montage. As a nonbinary reader, it feels not simply cute however refreshing. The DC Pride Anthology’s cowl is a bunch shot and it feels extra vital to see the characters it represents than to see how they’ve been represented. Ultimately, a number of of the Pride Anthology variants really feel each extra attention-grabbing as compositions and emotionally vital in how they painting characters. Generally, it’s a really static group shot, but it surely’s beautiful to see this new Flash make the principle cowl. 

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