Christmas is about a week and a half away as this is posted. Here’s hoping you’ve finished your shopping and stress hasn’t gotten you down for the holidays! Below you’ll find comics and books that may interest you. Books like Rachel Deering’s Anethema graphic novel that had a Kickstarter campaign appears as a hardcover from Titan. There’s a second print collection of Bandette as a Dark Horse offering. A new Love & Rockets from the Hernandez Brothers and Elf Quest and Sensation Comics get the first volume treatment. Oh, and Sailor Moon season 1 part 2 from Viz and other surprises!
On your right you’ll see the front cover for The Untold History of Black Comic Books from Bill Foster and Craig Yoe, published by IDW. The book spans the 1940s to today and it’s notable mentioning as these earlier comics and the people whose contributions made them up are, as the title suggests, little known and rarely discussed today.
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Amazon & Gay League
People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Credit to Andy Mangels whose idea this is originally.
RACHEL RISING #32 3.99 Page 246
A new murder similar to her own leads Rachel to suspect one of the town’s most famous residents — a highly-acclaimed but reclusive author. Meanwhile, Zoe sets a deadly trap for a child predator.
AMAZE INK/ SLAVE LABOR
STITCH GN $10.95 Page 251
Representing the first work by Wonderland writer Tommy Kovac! In an eerie attic filled with living toys and dolls, one rag doll named Stitch begins to awaken from his cotton-filled amnesia. Why does Granny Pairley keep Stitch and his rag doll cousins captive in the playroom? Taunted and menaced, Stitich finds comfort with Simon, and together they find the hidden passageways to a dreadful secret room.
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MAGAZINE #5 $4.99 Page 258
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“Escape from Riverdale,” Part 5 of 5:
The do or die moment has arrived! With Lodge Manor under siege by flesh-eating zombies, and the rest of Riverdale in flames, the surviving members of our beloved gang must make a fateful decision: Do they stay in the only home they’ve ever known, or take their (slim) chances in the outside world? And if they go, where will they go? And does that mean they leave their undead pals ‘n gals behind forever? The most earth-shattering decisions will be made in Riverdale history, plus bonus behind-the-scenes features in the magazine version of this award-winning TEEN + series!
TOE TAG RIOT #4 $3.50 Pae 276
Matt Miner and Sean Van Gorman
The showdown you’ve been waiting for! It’s our Zombie Punks versus the Westboro Baptist Church in an all-out gorefest battle royale! Who will live? Who will die? What do Shirley Phelps’ guts look like? What part will Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley play now that he’s joined the band and gone full-zombie? How absolutely friggin’ insanely awesome will this issue be? All those questions answered in this final blood soaked masterpiece of comedic comic book carnage named Toe Tag Riot! [Apologies for not seeing previous issues in Previews. I hope this will be collected.]
BRAVEST WARRIORS #29 $3.99 Page 295
Kate Leth and Ian McGinty
It’s a Littlest Warriors one shot! This adorable stand-alone story of the Bravest Warriors on one of Danny’s earliest birthday parties is filled with all the mischief you could expect when the gang is unleashed upon intergalactic skee-ball, arcades, and ball pits!
CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #10 $3.99 Page 285
Marc Andreyko and Emmanuel Xerx Javier
As Midian crumbles, the Nightbreed are forced to the surface world once more to face all of mankind’s hate and zealot rage. After betraying his people for the woman he loves, Boone now finds a new fire burning within him. The Chosen One will finally have to make the choice to live up to his title.
LUMBERJANES #11 $3.99 Page 290
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen
Mal and Molly are on an adventure they don’t really understand, but they will rely on each other to make it back to their friends and camp. What is the Bear Woman up to this time? And what are Jo, April, and Ripley up to while their friends fight for their lives?
STEVEN UNIVERSE #7 $3.99 Page 293
Jeremy Sorese and Coleman Engle
Steven just wanted a nice day with his friends, maybe some gardening with a slight chance of rain. Too bad some bugs have different ideas! Beach City is infested! What is going on with these bugs and why is Steven suddenly alone in this mission? [Visit Jeremy Sorese’s site. http://jeremysorese.com/ ]
THE WOODS #10 $3.99 Page 21
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
The more the crew finds out about the woods, the deeper the mystery gets. With Clay and the Duke teaming up to try and force the school into servitude for the New London army, the kids need to think up a plan to save their peers, and fast. Can they escape New London and make it back to the school in time to warn everyone? And with Adrian uncontrollable and on the loose, no one knows what his next move will be.
ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 1$3.50 Page 36
Victor Gischler and Will Conrad
Faith Lehane returns to London! Long missing from the scene in Magic Town, the Slayer is back and ready for action–which is going to come as a surprise to her old evil-fighting teammate, Angel…
BANDETTE: STEALERS, KEEPRS! Vol 2 HC $14.99 Page 56
Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, and various
The Eisner Award-winning digital series is back to steal readers’ hearts once again! The Great Thieving Race is on, as Bandette and rival Monsieur compete to steal priceless artifacts from a criminal organization. But its response could make this Bandette’s final crime spree! Collects Bandette #6-#9, plus bonus stories!
BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL WENT UNDERGROUND $125.00 Pahe 65
Stan Lee, Art Spiegelman, Kim Deitch, Harvey Pekar, Trina Robbins, Skip Williamson, S. Clay Wilson, Basil Wolverton, Justin Green, Howard Cruse, Denis Kitchen, and Peter Poplaski
The Best of Comix Book showcases 150 pages of classic underground comics (printed on newsprint, as they originally appeared), many never before reprinted, and features an informative essay filled with unpublished artwork and an introduction by Stan Lee. This special edition of The Best of Comix Book is limited to 250 copies and is signed by both Denis Kitchen and Stan Lee!
The Best of Comix Book (Unsigned edition from Kitchen Sink) (Also a much more reasonable price.)
BUFFY SEASON 10 #12 $3.50 Page 37
Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon, and Megan Levins
Buffy and her crew are on the cusp of some monumental relationship stuff, but entanglements are waylaid when they’re forced to fight a new evil and the flesh homunculi he creates…
BUFFY SEASON 10: I WISH Vol 2 TP $18.99 Page 37
Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon, and Rebekah Isaacs
Buffy and her crew get their fight on against the new vampires and take a trip to Sunnydale, where Andrew is up to his good/bad/old tricks again. And everyone is tempted by what the new rules of magic can do for them . . . just like the Big Bads who have come knocking on Buffy’s door! Collects Buffy Season 10 #6-#10
Buffy: Season Ten Volume 2 – I Wish (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
COLDER: THE BAD SEED #5 $3.99 Page 40
Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
Reece is trapped in the hungry world, Swivel’s torture of Declan reaches a devastating climax, and a familiar face makes a terrifying reappearance!
CONAN & RED SONJA #2 $3.99 Page 47
Gail Simone, Jim Zub, and Dan Panosian
Conan and Red Sonja unite to stop a sorcerer-priest from creating a new age in Hyborian warfare! Exposed to a deadly toxin, barbarian and she-devil race against time to save themselves!
ELF QUEST: THE FINAL QUEST Vol 1 TP $17.99 Page 51
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
The dream that Chief Cutter and his Wolfriders fought and died for, the Palace of the High Ones, may be the very thing destroying them. The skills that helped them survive the harsh world are fading, and there is a growing threat from a tyrant obsessed with exterminating all elves–creating a disastrous brew that must surely boil over. Collects ElfQuest: The Final Quest #1-#6 and The Final Quest Special.
PROMETHEUS: FIRE & STONE TP $14.99 Page 44
Paul Tobin an Juan Ferreyra
When the Prometheus never returned from its fateful journey to LV-223, the questions surrounding the origins of man went unanswered. Now a new team of explorers seeks to uncover the dark mystery that holds not only the fate of the original mission, but possibly their own damnation. Collects the four-issue miniseries.
Prometheus: Fire and Stone
ACTION #39 $2.99 Page 97
Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder
The terror from Smallville has spread across the globe, and now Superman must make a sacrifice to save it! Don’t miss the final chapter of “Horrorville”! [Greg Pak is added to the list after I noticed he became a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]
AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #10 $2.99 Page 79
Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina and Allen Martinez
Can it be? The death of an Other? [Female teammate Ya’Wara was revealed to have loved Kahina.]
BATGIRL #39 $2.99 Page 103
Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher and Babs Tarr
For months, Batgirl’s been hounded by an unseen threat claiming to be the “real” Batgirl…and the truth of her enemy’s identity will shock her to her very core! [Alysia Yeoh continues among the cast. Barbara’s new roomie is lesbian with an occasional bicurious bend.]
BATMAN ’66 #20 $3.99 Page 118
Rob Williams and Ruben Procopio
Gotham City has a new hero in town: Joker Man! Can it be? Has the Clown Prince of Crime now become a comedic crimefighter? This new Joker seems to be sincere about lassoing the lawless by rounding up all the criminals, including some of his former allies! In fact, he’s so good at it that the citizenry wonders if they still need Batman and Robin at all![Okay, I’m including this title for the sheer camp factor of the TV series and how much it has meant to gay guys over the years even though probably won’t be any overtly LGBT characters or themes.]
BATMAN ’66 Vol 3 HC $19.99 Page 125
Jeff Parker, Art Baltazar, Franco, Jonathan Case, Dario Brizulea, Ted Naifeh and more
In this third Batman’66 collection, The Dynamic Duo face The Joker, The Penguin, the Queen of Diamonds and a Bat-Robot of their own making…that may put Batman and Robin out of a job! Collects issues #11-16
BATMAN ETERNAL #44 – 47 $2.99 Page 100
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seely, Juan jose Ryp, Joe Quinones, and David Lafuente
One of the only people who knows what truly happened at Arkham Asylum is about to escape Gotham City…but not if Batman gets to him first!
Nothing in his experience with cutting-edge technology could prepare Batwing for a battle against the vengeful spirits who’ve taken control of his armor!
Is Batman eternal? Perhaps…but only one of the Dark Knight’s foes truly knows the meaning of the word!
In the new order of Gotham City, Selina Kyle holds all the cards…and now it’s up to master spy Julia Pennyworth to steal them back!
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #19 $3.99 Page 102
Greg Pak and Ardian Syaf
Superman and Batman have learned the devastating truth behind the identity of the unseen terrorists they’ve been pursuing. But will they recover in time to stop them from killing more innocents?
BATWOMAN #39 $2.99 Page 113
Marc Andreyko and Georges Jeanty
The mystery of Red Alice! Is Batwoman’s sister truly reformed?
CONSTANTINE #22 $2.99 Page 79
Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun
The stakes have never been higher for John Constantine as his plan to escape Earth 2 puts the fate of an entire universe at risk! [I decided not to read Constantine out of protest when the Vertigo Hellblazer series ended. Come to find out that writer Ray Fawkes acknowledged John’s bisexuality in #12. Hat tip to Andrew Wheeler at Comics Alliance.]
EARTH TWO #31 $2.99 Page 81
Tom Taylor, Marguerite Bennett, and Andy Smith
Dr. Fate makes his powerful presence known on Apokolips!
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #18 – 21 $2.99 Page 81
Daniel H Wilson , Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, and a hoohah load of artists
As Apokolips burns, Green Lantern falls – and the Earth is left unprotected.
Superman and Power Girl team up to turn the tide in the fight with Darkseid’s Furies.
Apokolips’s plans for Earth-2 are finally revealed, leaving the heroes in shock!
Does Oliver Queen hold the answers to saving Earth-2?
FLASH #38 $2.99 Page 84
Robert Vendetti, Van Jensen, and Brett Booth
Barry Allen is trapped in the Speed Force while an impostor wreaks havoc at home! Can The Fastest Man Alive make it back in time to put things right? [Central City Crime Lab Director David Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple.]
GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #4 $2.99 Page 107
Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith
Dr. Szandor Tarr is far from what anyone would consider social, but will it turn out he’s more at home with an insect monster savaging Gotham City than he is with the Midnight Shift?
GRAYSON #6 $2.99 Page 108
Tim Seeley, Tom King, and Mikel Janin
Grayson and Helena must battle their old foes, the Fist of Cain! [Grayson’s “cover” was blown in #4 and he was forced to adopt a a new one as a gay, gymnatic instructor. Midnighter is a recurring character.]
SECRET SIX #3 $2.99 Page 90
Gail Simone and Ken Lashley
Her name is Strix. What is her secret?!
SENSATION COMICS Vol 1 TP $14.99 Page 1274
Gail Simone, Amanda Diebert, Gilbert Hernandez, Ethan Van Scriver, Cat Staggs, and more
This new Wonder Woman series begins when Oracle calls for help after the entire Bat-Family is sidelined. And when Wonder Woman steps into the breach, Gotham City’s criminals get the surprise of their lives! Plus, Wonder Woman battles an otherdimensional science-villain, meets Ra’s al Ghul, and accepts a covert mission from Queen Hippolyta that takes her to Apokolips. Collects issues #1-5.
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 1
TEEN TITANS #7 $2.99 Page 93
Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort
There’s a monstrous evil lurking in the bowels of S.T.A.R. Labs! Can the Titans save the day before they become another experiment?
ASTRO CITY #20 $3.99 Page 132
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
Quarrel learns more about what makes her tick – through action, anger, and disastrous relationships with MPH and Crackerjack – as she tries to figure out her future. And Crackerjack can’t cope with the big 5-0. Plus: Honor Guard and the menace of the Black Lab. [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]
ASTRO CITY: VICTORY TP &16.00 Page 133
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
In these tales from ASTRO CITY #7-10, a major new epic features Winged Victory, Samaritan, and the Confessor. When criminal charges are brought against Winged Victory, the Confessor must investigate – and it leads to open combat with Samaritan! Can Astro City’s three greatest heroes find a way to work together against this mystery threat? Plus, ASTRO CITY VISITOR’S GUIDE #1, including a tale revealing Winged Victory’s origin!
Astro City: Victory
KING: JUNGLE JIM #1 $3.99 Page 316
Paul Tobin and Sandy Jarrell
Impossible transformation! Who, What, Where, Why, When and How is Jungle Jim? Should our band of Beast-Men and aliens ask for his help? Can he be trusted? Is he on the side of angels? And will he fully commit to wearing pants!? The weirdest corner of the King universe brought to you by Paul TObin and Sandy Jarrell!
LEGENDERRY: RED SONJA #1 43.99 Page 310
Marc Andreyko and Joe Benitez
One of the breakout stars of Legenderry gets her own series! After sailing the high seas, Red Sonja returns to the Big City for some R&R, but when she tries to stop a simple kidnapping, she discovers that things ain’t so simple! Red finds herself caught up in an adventure that will take her from the city to the sea to — well, you’ll find out! And who is that mysterious figure lurking in the shadows? All — well, some anyway — will be revealed in a story that had to be called “The Body Electric”
RED SONJA #100 $7.99 Page 312
Gail Simone, Roy Thomas, Luke Lieberman, Eric Trautmann, Michael Avon Oeming, Sergio Davila, Pablo Marcos, Dave Acosta, Taki Soma, Noah Salonga, Ed Benes, Robert Hack, Andrew Pepoy, Ken Haeser
Who knows how to celebrate ten years of Dynamite publishing better than the She-Devil with a Sword herself, Red Sonja? And she’s invited some serious barbarian bards to help! Past and present Sonja scribes Gail Simone, Luke Lieberman, Mike Oeming, Eric Trautmann, and Roy Thomas pair up with beloved artists for this phenomenal five-story, supersized anthology, celebrating Red Sonja and her many roles and sojourns throughout the Hyborian Age!
DOES THE FLOWER BLOSSOM Vol 2 $12.95 Page 327
When Sakurai’s small world is taken over by a strange and otherworldly young painter, he can’t tell if the fascination is mutual. Will a man with a battered heart welcome a mysterious new friend with open arms? Does the Flower Blossom mixes curious attraction and feisty friendship to create a picture-perfect tale! Can two men with wildly different histories put their pasts aside and grow in the light of new love?
801 MEDIA INC
HEY CLASS PRESIDENT Vol 1 $15.95 Page 333
From Anime News Network: Even as he tries to keep the student council president—who flaunts his powerful, man-seducing charm—out of trouble, Vice President Chiga-kun finds himself being drawn to the president’s strength and power. Chiga-kun wonders how he, being such an intelligent individual, can be so unwillingly taken with a boy who is so country and simple… But watch out, because the president has a temper.
LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP Vol 7 $14.99 Page 336
Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
The multiple 2014 Eisner Award winning series returns! In what will surely be a fan favorite, Jaime sends Maggie and Hopey on a road trip to Hoppers, while Ray’s jealously threatens to get the better of him back home. Meanwhile, Gilbert offers a sweeping epic of derring-do in which Morgan Le Fey teams up with Aladdin to stop Circle from obtaining the magic lamp, as well as “Daughters and Mothers and Daughters,” in which flshbacks to Luba’s mother Maria reveal how ugly secrets of the past affect their family today. Plus other surprises!
LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP Vol 6 $14.99 Page 337
The 30th Anniversary issue! Gilbert brings his current character “Killer” into the Palomar milieu in a much anticipated homecoming; Jaime delves deeper into the sordid world surrounding Vivian “the Frogmouth.”
Love And Rockets: New Stories No. 6 (Vol. 6) (Love and Rockets)
LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP Vol 5 $14.99 Page 337
Gilbert’s new star Killer begins to delve into her family’s twisted history in Palomar and beyond; Jaime’s Tonta tries to fiure out why her new swim coach knows her, while something sinister brews behind the scenes…
Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 5 (Vol. 5) (Love and Rockets)
WANDERING SON Vol 1 $19.99 Page 337
A sensitive masterpiece from Japan’s most prominent creator of LGBT manga. Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be by a boy. Shimura portrays their journey with affection, sensitivity and humor.
Wandering Son, Book 1
BRAINSTORM #6 $3.99 Page 339
Jeffrey Morris and Ira Livingston
The final battle ensues in the Man-Vs-Nature-Vs-Man saga of Brainstorm. Having reunited with his old friend David, Dr. Cale Issacs and the ‘Nado Ninjas make their way to Devils Tower where they will directly confront the terrifying intelligence of Hurricane Brandon in the thrilling climax. [Another series I’ve been told features a gay character.]
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #5 $3.99 Page 164
Kate Leth and Drew Rausch
Everything comes to a head as Megs and Edward scramble to reunite a kidnapped boy with his parents before it’s too late, dealing with a dangerous and unpredictable villain. As the dark night gets longer, the unlikely duo face off against both Eli and a misguided mob of townspeople out for blood, led in part by Megs’ own mother. [Last of a mini series. Hopefully IDW collects it.]
LITTLE NEMO: RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #4 $3.99 Page 164
Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodiguez
Nemo’s first new adventure in Slumberland concludes in gorgeous and surreal fashion, courtesy of Shanower and Rodriguez!
LOCKE & KEY MASTER EDITION Vol 1 $49.99 Page 177
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
The Locke & Key Master Edition, Vol. 1 features the first two arcs, “Welcome to Lovecraft” and “Headgames,” with all-new cover art and design by co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez.
INTERSECT #4 $3.50 Page 220
One of our travelers in the warped city is destroyed and the streets are buckling with grief. Flowers grow in the blood of a hero. The Lady of Birds descends for love Every month, a new facet of the riddle of Intersect reveals itself…
LI’L DEPRESSED BOY: SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TOO #4 $3.99 Page 221
Steven Struble and Sina Grace
LDB and Spike return to work after their suspension.
MORNING GLORIES #46 $3.50 Page 222
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
ODY-C #4 $3.50 Page 224
Matt Fraction and Christian Ward
The core of a fabled starship may make Odyssia’s journey home a matter of moments rather than months–but it comes at a price. [A gender swapping interpretration of the Odyssey.]
PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX #4 $2.99 Page 225
Michael Stock and Sina Grace
On the third day of Christmas, Penny Dora found herself face-to-face with a horde of fire-breathing dragons, oodles of monsters, and at least seven dwarves. All thanks to the girl she used to call best friend, now known as Princess Elizabeth, who ruled over all the lands with her all-powerful Wishing Box.
PETER PANZERFAUST #24 $3.50 page 225
Kurtis J Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins
“On Till Morning” Part Four–With the final clue uncovered, Peter, the Lost Boys and an entire squad of the Mermaids track down the Hook to his secret base in Cherbourg. It’s the first meeting of the greatest adversaries in a year and the fate of the entire French Resistance depends on a final clash of swords.
SAGA #25 $2.99 Page 203
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Saga is back, as is almost the entire cast! And as thanks to retailers and readers for helping our audience continue to grow every new arc, Fiona Staples created an wraparound cover for this action-packed issue, which is still only$2.99, the best deal in comics!
SPARKS NEVADA: MARSHAL ON MARS #1 $3.99
Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and J Bone
Based on the hit Nerdist podcast! Shine your astro spurs and don your robot fists! Justice rides a rocket steed across the crimson plains of the fourth planet, where one man brings fear to robots and aliens…and hope to humans who make this frontier planet their home. He is…Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars!
THE SURFACE #1 $3.50 Page 196
Ales Kot and Langdon Foss
What would happen if Moebius and District 9 had a baby? Maybe The Surface! Welcome to Africa. Ebola is no longer a problem. The West and the East are moving in–and three hacker lovers are searching Tanzania for the place that can change everything: The Surface! The first issue of a mind-bending action SF epic drawn by the esteemed Langdon Foss and colored by the Eisner-winning Jordie Bellaire! [Is it wrong to think that “three hacker lovers” means three people who are lovers and also hackers?]
TREES Vol 1 TP $14.99 Page 209
Warren Ellis and Jason Howard
Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. TREES, a new science fiction novel by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, looks at a near-future world where life goes on in the shadows of the Trees: in China, where a young painter arrives in the “special cultural zone” of a city under a Tree; in Italy, where a young woman under the menacing protection of a fascist gang meets an old man who wants to teach her terrible skills; and in Svalbard, where a research team is discovering, by accident, that the Trees may not be dormant after all, and the awful threat they truly represent.
Trees Volume 1
WALKING DEAD #137 $2.99 Page 235
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
A future uncertain. [One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, another gay person in the cast.]
WALKING DEAD BOOK 11 HC $34.99 Page 210
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
After Alexandria is destroyed by Negan, the remaining communities unite for one last stand against the Saviors. The aftermath to their war leads to the biggest status quo change in the history of this acclaimed series. Collects issues #121-132
The Walking Dead Book 11
AMAZING X-MEN #17 $3.99 Page 67
Chris Yost and Jorge Fornes
Sure, the Juggernaut is bad. But what’s the worst case scenario of possessing that power? You’re about to see. “Unstoppable” takes on a whole new meaning as someone finally gets their hands on Cyttorak’s gem. The X-Men have fallen. The Juggernaut rises. Bring a change of underwear.
ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #3 $3.99 Page 43
Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez, and Stephanie Hans
The Tenth Realm of Heven crashes into… wait, which number is Vanaheim? Well, Vanaheim. We’re going to Vanaheim for adventures, fun and bleak existential horror! Does Loki join the pursuit of Angela and her tiny, diaper-wearing charge? Well, we’d have to be really cruel to mention him here if he’s not going to turn up. Loki Lies, not solicits. Solicits are always 100% honest. Plus, find out why saying “All good angels go to heaven” would get you stabbed by Angela. She’s a little touchy on the topic of the afterlife.
Jonathan Hickman, writer of both Avengers and New Avengers, was recently asked if any LGBT characters would appear in these series, and went on record to say “Yes, but it’ll be like Secret Warriors where I don’t tell anyone unless it’s directly story related”. YMMV and all that, but Hickman’s approach makes including both series in this list difficult unless something contextual occurs at the least. Thanks to Mike McDermott for bringing this to my attention!
HAWKEYE: AVENGING ARCHER TP $34.99 Page 80
Jim McCann, Duane Swierczynski, David Lopez, Manuel Garcia., and Paco Diaz
Hawkeye, the world’s greatest marksman, is reunited with his ex-wife — super-spy Mockingbird! Thought dead for years, Mockingbird is eager to punch some bad guys. But when Clint tags along on her mission, can they ignore their feelings long enough to save the day? Or will old foes Crossfire and the Phantom Rider destroy them first? Plus: When Mockingbird is targeted for death along with Hawkeye’s former flame the Black Widow, Hawk and Mock must discover who’s killing Marvel’s super-spies — and the shock ending will leave Clint blindsided! It’s high-octane action and intrigue as Hawkeye and Mockingbird take on the world’s biggest threats — and each other! Collecting New Avengers: The Reunion #1-4, Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1-6, Widowaker #1-4, Hawkeye: Blindspot #1-4, Hawkeye & Mockingbird Sketchbook, and material from Dark Reign: New Nation #1 and Enter The Heroic Age #1.
The Walking Dead Book 11
LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #11 $3.99 Page 52
Al Ewing and Lee Garbett
Loki faces the punishment of the Gods! Have his sins found him out at last? Featuring: the pain of Volstagg! The verdict of Sif! The fury of Freyja! The strange wisdom of Odin! And in the midst of all this drama… where’s King Loki?
LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD: I CANNOT TELL A LIE Vol 2 TP $17.99 Page 98
Al Ewing, Jorge Coelho and Lee Garbett
Loki faces his greatest challenge yet: Dr. Doom! But with Valeria Richards in the mix, who’s the hero of this story — and who’s the villain? Loki learns that Doom has sentenced him to death for the crimes of his future self! But with the Red Skull drowning Doom, Latveria and the entire world in a wave of telepathic hate, will there even be a future left to save? And when the events of AXIS invert Loki, he begins a noble quest for truth, justice and the Asgardian way — which pits him against the Enchantress, Lorelei…and the brutish Thor, god of evil?! Loki’s inversion has another side effect, one that looks like it will stick around: the God of Lies can now only ever speak the truth. This might not go so well. Collecting issues #6-11.
Loki: Agent of Asgard Volume 2: I Cannot Tell a Lie
STORM #8 $3.99 Page 66
Greg Pak and Phil Briones
On the run and trying to clear her name, Storm pursues the mastermind who made her a fugitive from the law! * And in order to do it, she just might call in help from some unexpected places.
WOLVERINES #5 – 8 $3.99 Page 20
Charles Soule, Ray Fawkes, Jonthan Marks, Jason Masters, Kris Anka, Juan Doe
The team from Paradise and the Wolverines team up for the Assault on Mr. Sinister and his snowy fortress but what surprises lay in store when they figure out the front door is actually the easiest way in? Sinister has more than plans for Logan’s body in his lair…but how are the Amazing X-Men involved in his plans for destruction and perfection?
Assault on Mr. Sinister’s fortress – part two! Logan’s remains are located – but which team winds up keeping the goods? And for what purpose? When Mr. Sinister pleads his cause, it hits home to more than one team member…does this mean a change in allegiance?
Romance is in the air – for both old and new lovers alike, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! Mystique’s power play is kicking into full gear as more is revealed about her plans to control her destiny. And what happens when she gets one of the very last control words, and with it the power to get everything she ever wanted.
Betryal! Lies! This is what happens when the Paradise Group and the Wolverines share more than alliances…And what happens when an old buddy of Wolverine shows up for a boondoggle weekend – enter Fang! Lady Deathstrike is finally coming to the conclusion that she doesn’t have to be alone, but will this moment of vulnerability come back to stab her in the back?
DASH #5 $3.99 Page 351
Dave Ebersole and Delia Gable
While an ancient Egyptian mummy stalks the streets of Los Angeles, Dash searches for the ancient relic that can stop him. But when his search brings him to his deceased lover’s house, will he be able to face the ghosts of his past to stop the horror all around him?
MEANWHILE #1 $7.95 Page 366
Gary Spencer Millidge and various
It’s back, and better than ever! Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven continues. Plus The Bad, Bad Place, a new series by David Hine and Mark Stafford. Chris Geary’s future spy-story, Melody Baker. 10 Minutes by Yuko Rabbit. Sally Jane Thompson’s Heavy. Rounding out the first issue of Meanwhile, 2014 British Library & Arts Thread Comics Unmasked Competition Winners. [ I understand Strangehaven has featured a gay shaman.]
WORLDS GREATEST FIRST LOVE GN Vol 1 $12.99 Page 367
Tired of accusations that family connections got him his current position, Ritsu Onodera quits his job as an editor at his father’s company and transfers to Marukawa Publishing. Once there, he is assigned to the shojo manga editorial department – something he has no interest in and no experience with! Having sworn he’d never fall in love again, the last thing he wants to do is work on love stories. To make matters worse, it turns out that his overbearing boss, Masamune Takano, is actually his first love from high school!
ANETHEMA GN Vol 1 $16.99 Page 368
Rachel Deering, Chris Mooneyham, and Wesley St Clair
How far will one woman go for the salvation of her beloved? Mercy Barlowe’s love for Sarah brings down Hell when her puritanical father discovers them together — and has his own daughter burned at the stake. A modern take on the horror classics of the past from Rachel Deering, Chris Mooneyham, and Wesley St. Claire.
LOU SCHEIMER: CREATING THE FILMATION GENERATION $29.95 Page 379
Andy Mangels and Lou Scheimer
Hailed as one of the fathers of Saturday morning television, Lou Scheimer was the co-founder of Filmation Studios, which for over 25 years provided animated excitement for TV and film. Now, with best-selling co-author Andy Mangels, Scheimer tells the entire story, including memories of the comic books of the Golden Age, schooling with Andy Warhol, and what it meant to lead the last all-American animation company through nearly thirty years of innovation and fun! Profusely illustrated with photos, model sheets, storyboards, presentation art, looks at rare and unproduced series, and more, this book shows the Filmation Generation the story behind the stories!
Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation
SAILOR MOON SEASON 1 PART 2 $69.99/ $44.82 Page 530
From VIZ Media! Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, guardian of love and justice! Now Usagi must work with Luna to find the other Sailor Guardians and the Moon Princess, whose Legendary Silver Crystal is Earth’s only hope against the dark forces of the evil Queen Beryl!
TIGER & BUNNY Vol 6 $14.99 Page 399
Masafumi Nishida and Mizuki Sakakibara
The NEXT supremacist Jake Martinez has declared that all NEXT should join him in ruling over humanity! After issuing his call to rebellion, he heads for Justice Tower intending to seize it and establish his rule. The heroes find themselves scrambling to confront him as other old enemies appear, and Barnaby, faced at last with the man who murdered his parents, can no longer hold himself…
Tiger & Bunny, Vol. 6