Love Is Love. IDW/DC. Dec. 2016. 144p. ed. by Sarah Gaydos & Jamie S. Rich. ISBN 9781631409394. pap. $9.99. ANTHOLOGIES
Amid the tsunami of outrage triggered by the Orlando, FL, Pulse nightclub shooting last June, writer Marc Andreyko (DC Comics) set out to curate a comics anthology to benefit victims, survivors, and their families. Responses poured in within hours of his call for contributions, yielding this beautiful and touching volume named after a popular Twitter hashtag. Copublished by DC and IDW, some 120-plus short selections represent more than 200 creators, from artist Jim Lee's rendering of Harry Potter characters flying the rainbow flag (requested by J.K. Rowling herself) to work from Brian Michael Bendis, Gail Simone, and Dan Parent. Personal reactions to the terrible news, vignettes about victims, and stories of love overcoming hate all appear. Cameos from well-known characters pop up throughout, including DC's Apollo and Midnighter, Batwoman, Superman, and The Spirit, as well as additional gay comics notables: Kevin Keller (Archie Comics), Wuvable Oaf (Fantagraphics), and syndicated strip characters from Paige Braddock's Jane's World, Jeff Krell's Jayson, and Greg Fox's Kyle's Bed & Breakfast. Sale proceeds will go to Equality Florida, which is handling distribution. Verdict A model of how art becomes therapeutic after tragedy, this uplifting collection resurrects hope and love in heartfelt messages for older teens and adults.
Martha Cornog, Philadelphia