Ever since 1934, DC Comics has roped nerds and other comic fanatics into a dynamic universe filled with iconic characters such as Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, Deathstroke, Superman, the Flash and, of course, Batman. However, none of these characters are as unique as this one:
With the ever increasing popularity and discrimination of the LGBTQ community, DC Comics has decided to “protest” against this. They created an adult comic book series based on one member of this community who, according to CEO Diane Nelson, is the daughter of Starfire from Teen Titans. Her name is Mandy and, according to Nelson, “she is constantly trying to get out from under the shadow of her bright, bubbly, scantily clad, and famous mother.” Therefore, she needs to lead a lifestyle different from the societal norm.
In order to do so, according to Nelson, “she dyes her bright orange hair black and spends her days at school avoiding Teen Titans superfans.” However, this task is easier said than done as Mandy begins to develop feelings for a popular and sexy woman at school named Claire. She plans to move to France with her and drops out of school in order to do so. Therefore, according to Nelson, she “is particularly quiet as she’s keeping one secret from her alien mother: Mandy walked out of her SAT.”
The conflict of withholding Mandy’s identity begins to increase as she is paired with her crush for a school project. According to the press release, “Their friendship develops into something more and a self confidence unknown to Mandy begins to bloom. Clair begins to like Mandy for Mandy, not for being the daughter of Starfire.”
Themes that the comic hopes to present, according to the press release, include “perseverance, heroism, and finding your voice to make change in your community.” This change especially applies to the LGBTQ community due to Mandy’s lesbian nature and the acceptance of the character. People should not be respected for their social status, but for their personality, regardless of race. With a bit of confidence and persistence, anybody can be as successful and jocular as Mandy.