DC Comics has launched a new comic series for underrepresented creators called Represent!. The series will be digital-first with the first issue now available and future stories coming in 2021. The first issue tells the story “It’s a Bird” by writer Christian Cooper and artist Alitha E. Martinez. Marie Javins, executive editor, released the following statement about the series and first issue:
This digital series is designed to showcase and introduce creators traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream comic book medium. We’ll highlight both new and familiar voices, beginning with ‘It’s a Bird’ by writer Christian Cooper and artist Alitha E. Martinez, a semi-fictionalized account of Christian’s very real evolution from a kid with a pair of binoculars to a man in an unexpected media spotlight after an altercation with a woman walking her dog in Central Park.
I hope young people read it in particular, and that they’re inspired to keep the focus where it needs to be, which is on those we have lost and how we keep from losing more. I wish this story could have been that punctuation of, ‘…and we all lived happily ever after.’ But it just keeps coming.
Other creators working on Represent! stories include Mark Morales, Emilio Lopez, and Rob Clark Jr. You can read Represent! #1 from multiple digital outlets including ReadDC.com, comiXology, Apple Books, and more.