The first threat to The Pride is defeated. Where will the heroes go next now that they’re in the public eye more than ever before?
With the core of The Pride in place, Wolf rolls out his plan to expand the team with members from around the world to show that The Pride stands for everyone. However, the team’s newfound fame will throw a number of obstacles in their path — with regular attacks on a pop star’s audience and members of the team suffering personal attacks from the media, will the core team be spread too thin?
Although it may seem obvious, The Pride is a series that excellently examines modern perceptions of gender and sexuality, and every moment is handled fabulously. Every character feels carefully considered, with even the most perfect among heroes shown to make mistakes, and perhaps more importantly working past those mistakes. Aside from the themes you may expect from The Pride, this second season does examine other important real world issues, including identity and body image, which are also approached masterfully. The Pride constantly shows that even the most fantastic of characters have the same human flaws and concerns as everyone else.
The Pride is more than just its themes, though — it’s also a great superhero story. There’s an immediate comparison to be made with more mainstream superhero teams, which is understandable; any new superhero group will always borrow something from what’s come beforehand and while that’s true here, I do think The Pride feels noticeably different — a superhero book with a difference, forging its own path in a world of repetition. Every member of the team remains interesting and feels like they bring something different to the team, something that can often get lost within the confines of a team book, and most of all each member feels like more than just a set of ideals.
In a departure from the first installment of The Pride, Season Two features a consistent artist throughout the arc, Cem Iroz. He’s not an artist I’m overly familiar with, but through these six issues I’ve definitely grown to be a fan. In the first issue Iroz gives the members of The Pride a makeover, and I must admit every character looks better than ever. With these strong character designs in place, dramatic action sequences and great attention to detail in the more emotional moments, Cem Iroz brings The Pride to life brilliantly.
Joe Glass has returned to The Pride in triumphant fashion. Where the first volume presented a cast of heroes who work wonders for representation, this continuation moves forward in exactly the way the series needed to, in keeping with the modern world and showing that it’s entirely possible for everyone to see themselves within the superhero genre.