Here it is August and the dog days of summer have finally arrived here after a nice, long string of days in the 70s and low 80s. School just seemed to let out and classes are starting already for students. How’s your summer going?
A couple things make me shout “Take my money!” One is Arrow Season 2 on DVD and Bluray but I think this will go on my Christmas wish list. The other is Mike Madrid’s Vixes, Vamps & Vipers booklooking at a number of Golden Age villainesses. Look for it under Exteriminating Angel Press.
The Ambiguously Gay Duo Monitor Mate on page 550 and selling for $11.99 in this month’s Previews caught my eye too. Amazon has what looks to be the same thing only branded as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive with a $50 price tag to match. Save yourself some money and order this from your comic shop! Here’s how it’s described in Previews: “That’s right, friend-of-friend! It’s Saturday Night Live’s Ambiguously Gay Duo, Ace and Gary! Straight from SNL and the hilarious Saturday Night Live cartoon that never would have passed Saturday morning censors, comes the crime fighting Ambiguously Gay Duo — Ace and Gary — saving the city from a bunch of gawkers that can’t keep their eyes off them. Bif Bang Pow! presents the Saturday Night Live: The Ambiguously Gay Duo Monitor Mate Bobble Head! The exclusive 4-inch scale mini bobble head sticks to the top of your computer monitor!”
So hey. A few words about being an Amazon affiliate again. Sure, there’s a small commission on each sale you make if you make purchases by clicking any of the links in this list or through that widget thing in the sidebar or if you bookmark the link below. Supporting your local comic shop and bookstore is really important too. Being an Amazon affiliate isn’t just about commissions on specifically linked books and DVDs though, so don’t be shy about using these links to make your other non-book related purchases!
Credit to Andy Mangels who compiled many such lists before me. People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT or supportive.
RACHEL RISING #29 $3.99 each Page 252
Jet and Zoe team up to track down a deadly menace that lurks beneath the streets of Manson. Meanwhile, Rachel executes a daring plan to expose a wicked cult that is doing everything it can to stop her!
SABRINA #2 $3.99 Page 268
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
After the shocking revelations of last issue, Sabrina’s mortal boyfriend Harvey doesn’t quite seem himself. In fact, he doesn’t seem human. His body’s there, but his soul is… elsewhere. When the Witches’ Council refuses to help her, Sabrina turns to Madame Satan for comfort, playing right into her evil schemes. This dark re-imagining of everyone’s favorite teen witch continues!
CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #6 $3.99 Page 294
Marc Andreyko, and Piotr Kowalski
Boone must learn what it means to be a god of man and a god of beast. In Annastajia’s search for beauty, a monster will be born from her imperfections. Lude, the demon of a god long past, will live a lifetime of jest in the face of an eternity of chaos. All creatures of the night must learn that life is a fickle thing.
HELLRAISER DARK WATCH TP Vol 3 $19.99 Page 294
Clive Barker and Brandon Seifert
The three people to serve as Pinhead, Elliott Spencer, Kirsty Cotton, and Harry D’Amour, have been thrown into various factions fighting a war between Hells that threatens to destroy all of humanity. As the divisions between dimensions dissolve, each of the Hell Popes must decide how far they are willing to go to win the war and to ensure their survival. Collects Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #9-12 and Hellraiser Annual 2013.
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Dark Watch Vol. 3
LUMBERJANES #7 $3.99 Page 301
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen
It’s a race through the woods and through everyone’s favorite cave of doom as the Lumberjanes make their way through previous obstacles. Now they know what answers they’re looking for and they are not going to leave until everything is out in the open. Only it looks like the boys’ camp might have other ideas… [Late in adding this title. Look for the series to continue as an ongoing.]
MEMETIC #1 $4.99 Page 291
James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan
After launching James Tynion IV’s The Woods to much acclaim, we were eager to see what other ideas he had. When James, one of our favorite new voices in comics pitched us MeMeTiCas a tale of the apocalypse in three parts, we were sold! Memetic is truly an event comic–three oversized 48 page issues detailing the end of the world over the course of three days, and a wholly unique take on the disaster genre. Much like his work on The Woods, James Tynion IV and fantastic newcomer Eryk Donovan (The House in the Wall)will bring horror to a whole new generation and fans of J-horror films like Uzumaki and The Ring. A meme is an idea that starts with an individual, and then spreads throughout multiple persons and potentially entire societies. Richard Dawkins suggests a meme’s success comes from its effectiveness to the host. But history shows that destructive memes can spread just as rapidly through society. Memetic shows the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet. A “meme” in the popular sense; a meme that changes everything.
THE WOODS #6 $3.99 Page 296
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
As the crew continues to track down their kidnapped classmates and the mysterious hunters in the woods, we flashback to Calder on the opening night of Bay Point’s rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #7 $3.50 Page 60
Victor Gischler and Will Conrad
Amy the Rat has been seeking favors in Magic Town, and Angel is on alert–what is this witch really after? Meanwhile, Faith has tracked Riley into the jungle to find a tribe of vicious new vampires! Casualties be happening.[Mike McDermott tells me that Kennedy is currently a cast member.]
ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON: WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE SEA Vol 1 $18.99 Page 60
Victor Gischler, Will Conrad and Derlis Santacruz
Angel’s work is never done. Last time he averted an apocalypse, part of London turned into a chaotic stew of supernatural forces. Who better to watch over it than Angel himself? Or so he thinks. Meanwhile, Faith begins a new chapter in her life, slaying the undead, and then going corporate . Collects Angel & Faith Season 10 #1-#5
BUFFY SEASON 10 #8 $3.50 Page59
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
A Halloween issue spectacular takes Buffy and crew back to Sunnydale as they follow the stolen Vampyr book, finding a massive magical party at the Hellmouth and a demon devouring revelers!
COLDER: THE BAD SEED #1 $3.99 Page 64
Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
Life goes on for Declan Thomas after his deadly encounter with the psychotic Nimble Jack, but Declan’s strange powers continue to develop, offering him a profound connection with the nature of insanity. Little does he know that the malevolent Swivel wishes to pick up where Nimble Jack left off!
PROMETHEUS: FIRE & STONE #2 $3.50 Page 39
Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
After landing on LV-223, a recovery crew uncovers the fate of the Prometheus’s doomed mission–and a horror unlike anything known to man!
TOMB RAIDER #9 $3.50 Page 41
Gail Simone, Rhiana Pratchett, and Derlis Santacruz
Roanoke: a desolate, cursed place, forgotten by history. Lara and her allies find themselves trapped in this terrifying lost colony as they try to escape the hired killer gunning for them. However . . . Lara will soon find out there are more terrifying things lurking in the dark than a trained hit man!
AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #6 $2.99 Page 97
Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina and Allen Martinez
The secret history of The Others threatens to kill them in the present day! [Female teammate Ya’Wara was revealed to have loved Kahina.]
BATGIRL #35 $2.99 Page 109
Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher and Babs Tarr
Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes, so when a fire destroys everything she owned, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl and discovers all-new threats preying on her peers! It’s a re-invention of Batgirl from the boots up, by the incredible creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and rising star Babs Tarr! [Alysa Yeoh continues among the cast.]
BATGIRL HC VOL 5 DEADLINE $24.99 Page 129
Gail Simone, arguerite Bennett, Robert Gill, Fernando Pasarin, and Jonathan Glapion
It’s a hazardous reunion between Batgirl and the former Court of Owls assassin Strix as they face off against the lethal new threat known as Silver – the man who knows the secret of Gotham City’s conspiracy of bats! Collects issues #27-34 and annual #2
BATMAN ’66 #16 $3.99 Page 125
Jeff Parker and Brent Schoonover
he Dynamic Duo are prisoners of General Gumm and trapped beneath a giant pasta stamp, about to be turned into Bat-spaghetti. Meanwhile, the explorer Signor Bollo is about to hit Gotham City with a crippling lawsuit for the loss of his valuable collection, and the authorities have no choice but to recruit the outlaw Green Hornet to help them recover it. Holy conundrums! The pot boils over in this penultimate issue! [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.]
And if you want more Batman ’66 then check out Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #4 (of 6) from Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman, and Ty Templeton. Co-published by DC and Dynamite. Look for it in Previews on page 124.
BATMAN ETERNAL #26 – 30 $2.99 Page 103
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seely, and a boat load of artists
Martial law is imposed on Gotham City! Learn the secret history of one of Batman’s most dangerous foes as he takes center stage!
In the grips of martial law, the criminal underground is going berserk – and the only person who can stop it is…Catwoman?!
Hell is bursting out of Arkham Asylum, and the only being that can stop it is The Spectre – but first he must stop himself from razing all of Gotham City!
The last time Deacon Blackfire took control of Gotham City, Batman nearly died…How will the city fare now that he wields unspeakable power?
BATWOMAN #35 $2.99 Page 110
Marc Andreyko and Jason Masters
The new storyline “Batwoman and the Unknowns” starts now with new artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)! Batwoman is neck-deep in danger with her new allies Ragman, The Demon, Clayface and Red Alice! What is going on and how did Batwoman end up here? Find out beginning in this issue!
BATWOMAN: WEBS Vol 5 TP $19.99 Page 131
Marc Andreyko, Trevor McCarthy ad Jeremy Haun
Batwoman faces a threat that might make her rethink her career as a hero! But that’s not Kate’s only concern, as Maggie has a surprising revelation – and her angry ex-husband shows up! Can Kate and Maggie work together to discover the secret of the Wolf Spider? Collects annual #1 and issues #25-31.
EARTH TWO #27 $2.99 Page78
Tom Taylor, Marguerite Bennett, and Andy Smith
World’s End is here! Everything the Wonders of Earth 2 have fought for stands to be destroyed. Be here as their powers are tested and hard choices are made!
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #1 – 4 $2.99 Page 77
Daniel H Wilson , Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, and a hoohah load of artists
Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, delves into the world of EARTH 2 for the start of a new weekly series that will see the origins of a world much like the New 52 Earth, but yet so different. A world that saw its greatest heroes die – and new ones take their places. A world where Superman became it’ greatest villain, and a man named Zod seeks to save it, along with Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and other heroes. A world they can only save from the forces of Apokolips through great personal sacrifice! Death and destruction will follow each week, and you’ll never know who will live and who will die! It all begins with this extra-sized debut issue.
Huntress and Power Girl returned to Earth 2 to help save it from the threat of Apokolips, but even their combined power isn’t enough to protect against the first of four furies from that deadly world: the girl known as War.
With Earth 2’s United Kingdom falling under the rule of one of Apokolips’s invaders, Hawkgirl and Doctor Fate race to London. But with Nabu in control, Fate’s motives might not be as pure as they seem.
Aquawoman returns to Atlantis – too late!
FLASH #35 $2.99 Page 98
Robert Vendetti, Van Jensen, and Brett Booth
It’s The Flash vs. Future Flash as these two super-speedsters battle for the fate of Wally West! Will a Flash die? [Central City Crime Lab Director David Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple.]
GRAYSON #3 $2.99 Page 105
Tim Seeley, Tom King, and Mikel Janin
A secret mission. A partner in danger. Dick Grayson draws his gun. Will the heir to Batman pull the trigger? Also featuring the stunning, not to be missed debut of a new key player in the DC Universe: the world’s greatest spy, the Tiger. [Midnighter appeared in the previous 2 issues and will be a recurring character.]
TEEN TITANS #3 $2.99 Page 88
Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort
A free night out for Raven leads the Titans into another battle! And that brings them one step closer to a dark secret at the heart of S.T.A.R. Labs.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES TP $24.99 Page 133
Colleen Doran, B Clay Moore, Tony Shasteen, and Cat Staggs
Elena, Stefan and Damon make their comics debut in a new collection that includes digital chapters #1-39 of their adventures! This anthology graphic novel will bring some of comics’ greatest talents to Mystic Falls and set them loose to bring the characters to life. Or death.
VERTIGO QUARTERLY: YELLOW #1 $7.99 Page 144
Steve Orlando, Marguerite Bennett, Gerard Way, Fabio Moon, Philip Bond, Bill Sienkiewicz, Lucas Varela, Emilio Utero, Joao Lemos and Toril Orelesky
Just in time for fall, pumpkin picking, changing leaves and candy corn is the Vertigo Quarterly Yellow! Take in the crisp autumn air with some of the best talent in comics for an experiment in word association only Vertigo can deliver!
ARROW: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON $59.98/ 69.97 Page 571
Starling City has been torn apart by the Undertaking, so the need for the hooded vigilante, now known as The Arrow, is more urgent than ever in the explosive second season of the hit action series based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow. After retreating to the island on which he was once stranded, Oliver Queen returns to protect his mother, sister and besieged company, but comes to realize that allies and enemies have switched sides, and the stranglehold of evil on family, friends and city is diabolically linked to his fateful shipwreck. A once-tight comrade-at-arms and a strength-enhancing, yet mind-warping serum may prove to be the mightiest adversaries The Arrow has ever encountered. Can justice find its target in this breathlessly exciting, 23-episode Season Two? Or will all fall before the fury of Deathstroke? Combo Pack includes both Blu-Ray and DVD formats. Also available in standard DVD format.
CHASTITY #4 $3.99 Page 321
Marc Andreyko and Dave Acosta
What could be worse than being half-vampire and half-human? How about… high school? And while chas tries to reacclimate herself to a normal life, Alyce continues her flagrant attacks on humans! But this has caught the attention of the enigmatic council as well as a new cop on the case with a few secrets of his own!
RED SONJA #16 $3.99 Page 331
Gail Simone and Walter Geovani
From the acclaimed creative team of Gail Simone and Walter Geovanni, the final chapter in the epic “Forgiving of Monsters” saga finds the She-Devil with a Sword besieged from every side. A parasitic infestation, an intensely personal grudge, an imperiled Astronomer, and an entire kingdom on the verge of homicidal fury have all led to a showdown so bloody and explosive, it surely lives up to — or even exceeds — the Red Sonja series’ reputation of swords-and-sorcery excellence!
VAMPIRELLA: FEARY TALES #1 $3.99 Page 315
Nancy A. Collins, Devin Grayson, John Shirley, Jack Jadson, Ronilson Freire, Elmo Eklabuz, Jay Anacleto, Joe Jusko, Arthur Adams, Fabiano Neves
Author Nancy A. Collins has called upon some of today’s finest creative talents, including Gail Simone, Steve Niles, Joe R. Lansdale, Devin Grayson, and Stephen R. Bissette, to celebrate Vampirella’s 45th Anniversary by crafting five issues of twisted tales, bizarre bedtime stories, and fearsome fables in the tradition of the original Warren magazines, each featuring everyone’s favorite sexy, kick-ass vampire-turned-monster hunter. And, boy, have they delivered! While exploring the Transylvanian castle she’s recently inherited, Vampirella discovers a strange old book of “Feary Tales” that seems oddly familiar. Upon opening it, she is sucked inside its pages and lands in a weird alternate reality, where she is compelled by a disembodied voice calling itself The Storyteller to live out each of the ‘feary tales’ if she ever hopes to return to reality. In the first issue, Vampirella is surprised to discover herself married to an infamous wife-killer in “Bluebeard’s Blood” by Devin Grayson (Nightwing, Batman: Gotham Knights, Titans), and then finds herself both the belle and the bete of the ball in “Cinderella? Vampirella!” by John Shirley (award-winning horror & science fiction author, and screenwriter for the 1994 cult classic film, The Crow).
APPLE AND HONEY ROSE COLORED LIFE Vol 2 $12.95 Page 337
Natsuki Matsuda, twenty-years-old, has proudly identified as gay since age fifteen. Then Komano, nineteen-years-old, comes into his life. He’s always been popular with the ladies, but he’s a free-spirit who cannot be tamed — by man or woman! This is the story of their love. Can Natsuki handle Komano’s bohemian nature in the long haul or will jealousy and possessiveness get the best of him? It’s the return of the sweet, sweet couple from “Apple and Honey”!
DOES THE FLOWER BLOSSOM GN Vol 1 $12.95 Page 336
Sakurai slaves away his days as a veteran ad man… but at what cost? Although his heart was broken years ago, he hasn’t found the time (or courage) to move on. Will a mysterious young painter finally help him grow past his mistakes? Does the Flower Blossom bursts to life with surprise friendships and new beginnings! Can two lonely men truly reach out? And will the first strokes on a fresh canvas reveal the shape of beautiful things to come?
MURMUR OF THE HEART GN $12.95 Page 337
Two well-respected heart surgeons at a top notch hospital in Tokyo; they spend their entire days and nights caring and fixing patient’s hearts. It’s a fierce competition for these two doctors- an opportunity to climb the hospital promotion ladder to become a hospital chief-of-staff. While working together, they start to have feelings for each other. But they must not let their personal emotion get in a way of success and hospital duties. They care for each other- can they work on fixing their own hearts? Tateno Makoto — this creator is the most notable yaoi manga artist in the US. DMP has published close to 12 books of hers and hands down, her storyline is the best and interesting. An exciting yaoi medical drama is all contained in this one book. Simultaneous digital and print release is being planned for this book.
A Murmur of the Heart
ETERMINATING ANGEL PRESS
VIXENS, VAMPS, & VIPERS: LOST VILLAINESSES OF THE GOLDEN AGE SC $16.95 Page 426
Between the covers of Vixens, Vamps & Vipers, fans will rediscover the original bad girls of comics, as fierce and full of surprises as they were when the comic book industry was born. From murderous Madame Doom to He-She, Mike Madrid resurrects twenty-two glorious evildoers in fully reproduced comics and explores the ways they both transcend and become ensnared in a web of cultural stereotypes. These women may have been overlooked in the annals of history, but their influence, on popular culture and the archenemies that thrill us today, is unmistakable.
LITTLE NEMO: RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #2 $3.99 Page 162
Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez
Betrayal and a kiss! Scratchy clothes and the threat of a tea party! Nemo just wants to get away from Slumberland–and his wish may come true when the insufferable Flip brings the sun to melt it all. Can this already be the final adventure in this exciting new vision of Winsor McKay’s classic comic strip?
LOCKE & KEY: ALPHA & OMEGA Vol 6 TP $24.99 Page 168
Joe Hill and Gabriel Raodriguez
The final trade paperback of the award-winning series is here! It took two lifetimes and countless victims, but Lucas “Dodge” Caravaggio has his terrible prize at last: the key that will open The Black Door. The final tragedy unfolds… a confrontation between decency and hate in the caverns a hundred feet beneath Keyhouse, at the threshold of an evil kept for generations under lock and key.
BURN THE ORHPANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR Vol 2 $12.99 Page 220
Daniel Freedman and Sina Grace
The video game send-up returns for another pulse-pounding volume! Orphan Rock returns home only to find his city under siege by the MannCorp robots…it’s up to him and him and his friends to take down the evil corporation once and for all!
LI’L DEPRESSED BOY: SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TOO #1 $3.99 Page 211
Steven Struble and Sina Grace
The fan-favorite LI’L DEPRESSED BOY returns for the everyday adventures of love, life, and vinyl. LDB enjoys his new relationship in spite of work woes. But how will he cope when the last person he wants to see reappears?
MORNING GLORIES #44 $3.50 Page 232
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
MORNING GLORIES Vol 3 DELUXE EDITION HC $49.99 Page 221
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
The hit, epic series about a sinister boarding school and the kids trapped there, trying to solve the mysteries of time and space–presented once again in the beautiful oversized deluxe hardcover format, and including copious bonus materials: sketches, character designs, cover galleries, and more! Collects issues #26 – 38.
Morning Glories Deluxe Edition Volume 3
PETER PANZERFAUST #23 $3.50 Page 234
Kurtis J Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins
“On Till Morning” Part three. Paris burns. Ammunition depots are blown sky high, fueling stations burn in a raging inferno, and no German official is safe from the vengeance hand of the Lost Boys. A war is coming.
PETER PANZERFAUST Vol 2 DELUXE HC $3.50 Page 222
Kurtis J Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins
The continued adventures of Peter, the Darlings, and the Lost Boys as they enter full out war with the German army from a remote mountain base in France. Having escaped the nefarious Kapitan Haken, they are now dogged by his personal friends and former war comrades, The Hunters! It is a war that shapes their future, changes their lives and an experience from which no one comes out unscathed. See the world of Peter Panzerfaust through the eyes of Felix and Tiger Lily, and discover what the indomitable Peter sacrificed to save them! Featuring a full military-themed dossier for each character plus never-seen-before behind the scenes process art! Collects issues #11-20.
Peter Panzerfaust Deluxe Edition Volume 2 HC
RAT QUEENS #10 $3.50 Page 234
Kurtis J Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
Palisade is shattered and recovering from the grand battle against the Spawn of N’Rygoth while the Rat Queens try to pick up the pieces of their fractured bond. Hey, we never promised it would all be candy and drugs.
SAGA #25 $2.99 Page 236
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Hey, it’s The Brand and Sweet Boy!
WALKING DEAD #132 & 133 $2.99 Page 216
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
Happiness. Impending doom. [One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, another gay person in the cast.]
SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN HC $29.95 Page 426
Jill Lepore Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. In the more than seven decades since she first appeared, her comic books have never been out of print. In years of interviews and archival research, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator. The Secret History of Wonder Woman reveals that Wonder Woman is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights.
A TOWN CALLED DRAGON #2 $3.99 Page 359
Judd Winick and Geoff Shaw
Enter the town of Dragon, Colorado — a mountain community desperately trying to exploit their fantastical folklore in a hopeless attempt to lure in tourists. But the town’s true legend is greater than they could possibly imagine. When a German excavation team accidentally unearths the world’s last remaining dragon egg, an ancient beast is born, destroying everything in its path. Now this menacing creature threatens to wipe the entire town off the map. How can one group of ordinary citizens stand against a monster when they can’t even stand each other?
ALL NEW INVADERS #11 $3.99 Page 52
James Robinson and Steve Pugh
Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch has been driven mad by the events of Issue #10. Now it’s up to Naor to stop his rampage! Plus the return of Radiance and the all new Iron Cross! And in England, Spitdire and Union Jack must face a different kind of invader. [I understand Robinson will incorporate either material relating to Union Jack and Destroyer or the characters in some way. Oh look, Union Jack is in this issue.]
ALL NEW X-FACTOR #15 $3.99 Page 10
Peter David and Carmine Di Giandomenico
Traveling to alternate universes seems to be a rite of passage for any young mutant calling themself an X-Man. And it looks like it’s the All-New X-Men squad’s turn to pass the test! But will it Ultimately be too much for the time-displaced youngsters? Guest starring Miles Morales, this is a showdown you won’t want to miss! [Gambit is bi, right? That’s what I hear. And hey, it’s written by PAD. Only a matter of time before some LGBT character or content shows up.]
AMAZING X-MEN #12 $3.99 Page 71
Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, and Carlo Barberi
This is it! The conclusion to WORLD WAR WENDIGO! Will the combined forces of the X-Men and Alpha Flight be enough to save an entire nation from this deadly, cannibalistic plague? And how do the Great Beasts fit into the mayhem that surrounds Canada?
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!
LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #7 $3.99 Page 10
Al Ewing and Jorge Coelho
Victor Von Doom has Loki sentenced 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 unstoppable telepathic hate. Is there even a future left to save?
PAINKILLER JANE: THE 22 BRIDES #3 $3.99 Page 74
Jimmy Palmiotti, Juan Santacruz, and Steve Mannion
We continue the assault as Jane takes the fight to the air and finds out who’s behind all the bombings! Plus: One of the Bride’s lives is changed forever. the 22 Brides concludes here! [People have told me Jane is bi.]
A WASTE OF TIME #3 $4.99 Page 361
Rickets the broken robot and Prester the born again teddy bear finally discover the whereabouts of the elusive Bill Watterson; he’s spent decades as the prisoner of a deranged Jim Davis, forced to draw Garfield comics! Can our heroes rescue Watterson from the clutches of this commercial enterprise, or have they arrived too late>
DASH #2 $3.99 Page 361
Dave Ebersole and Delia Gable
After the shocking events of the last issue, Dash is now on the hunt for the mysterious Zita Makara. But will a violent interrogation by his former colleague turned rival, Detective Bruno Fernez, prevent him from stopping another murder?
STUMPTOWN #2 $3.99 Page 368
Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood
After discovering her dear friend Mercury beaten to within an inch of his life, Dex is determined to find the culprit at any cost. But when her path again crosses with Seattle-based investigator C.K. Banes, will Dex have an ally or yet another obstacle? Greg Rucka’s fan-favorite detective is back in the second issue of her new ongoing series with artist Justin Greenwood.
BLUE MORNING GN Vol 5 $12.99 Page 383
Still reeling from Katsuragi’s confession, Akihito attends Marquise Moriyama’s evening ball. There he comes face-to-face with his late father’s half brother, Naotsugu. Though Katsuragi arranged the meeting with the intention of helping both Akihito and the Kuze family name, Akihito decides against giving the family over to Naotsugu, bringing Akihito to the unsettling realization that he may not fully trust Katsuragi. Meanwhile, Katsuragi meets with Marquise Moriyama and boldly demands recompense for all that he has done.
Volumes 1 – 4 are also offered.