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LGBT Previews April 2016

That’s Xena up there! As if you needed to be told. DE is launching the warrior princess in a new ongoing series headed by writer Genevieve Valentine who had an excellent year long run on Catwoman which gave Selina a female love interest. Those of you who are trade waiters have some tempting trades, mostly from Marvel with a couple from DC and the second Jem collection from IDW. Take a look for yoursel and check out Improper Book’s Knight and Dragon drawn by the witty and wonderful Bevis Musson!

We’d really appreciate if you’ll do us the favor and bookmark Gay League’s Amazon affiliate link to do any or all of your Amazon shopping! Commissions go to pay our new contributors! Thank you! Most books listed below include links to book’s Amazon listing.
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People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Thanks where thanks is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and to Mike McDermott and Steven Leitman for their suggestions and input about several series that have been added to the list!

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING #41 $3.99 Page 256
Terry Moore
Rachel and Lilith execute an elaborate plan to get rid of Malus, forever. But Malus has a plan of his own and Rachel is forced to make a terrible choice that could bring her long life to an abrupt end.

AFTERSHOCK

INSEXTS #4 $3.99 Page 270
Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina
Ambushed by an ancient and mysterious order, the lovers battle monsters in the shadows of London. With their true enemy revealed at last, Lady and Mariah jackpot1race to rescue the stolen women from the clutches of the Hag! [Forbidden love in the Victorian Age? Sounds like homosexuality to me, and Bennett writes DC Comics Bombshells with Batwoman and Maggie Sawyer in a relationship.]

JACKPOT #1 $1.99 (Special intro price) Page 267
Ray Fawkes and Marco Failla
Meet the World’s Greatest Con Artists on the eve of the greatest scam in human history — ripping off the Gods themselves! The high-stakes, high-octane story of Jackpot! begins here! Ray Fawkes, acclaimed creator of Interset teams up with Marco Failla to bring a new mind-bending, genre-busting monthly series from AfterShock!

ARCHIE

ARCHIE #8 $3.99 Page 288
Mark Waid and Veronica Fish
Veronica’s father (and Archie’s arch-nemesis!), Hiram Lodge, is running for Mayor of Riverdale! But will he save, and even improve the town — or will he destroy it? Find out in this next installment of the hottest comic of the year! [Kevin Keller in the cast.]

JUGHEAD #6 $3.99 Page 288
Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson
The time has come. It’s Jughead Vs. Principal Stanger: The Final Showdown! With the whole gang at his side, Jughead puts it all on the line: Either Stanger goes, jughead6or Jughead does! You won’t want to miss this! [Jughead is confirmed to be asexual and Kevin Keller appears here too!]

THE SHIELD #4 $3.99 Page 286
Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig, and Rachel Deering & Various
“Daughter of the Revolution,” Part 4. She has served her country well, fighting for US interests the world over. But when the Shield’s next mission ends in tragedy on American soil — a tragedy televised live to every home in the country — the true nature of Black Seven is revealed as the superhero the world has been waiting generations for becomes Public Enemy Number 1! [Resolicited]

AVATAR

PROVIDENCE #8 $4.99 Page 295
Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows
Robert Black has seen the cracks in reality and felt the cold touch of the supernatural. Now as the horrors that lie below the surface of our mundane world start to flood into his consciousness his hold on the construct of sanity begins to slip from his grasp. Alan Moore and artist Jacen Burrows have created the most realized version of Moore’s Lovecraftian vision ever published. Fans and classical scholars have flocked to the pages of Providence to decipher the many layers of story being told in this masterpiece. Moore has written every cover detail, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create an unforgettable series. Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! [The main character is a gay man.]

BOOM

THE FICTION TP $14.99 Page 314
Curt Pires and David Rubin
Written by Curt Pires and illustrated by David Rubin, The Fiction is a fountain of fascinating ideas about a group of childhood friends who discover that the past will always come back to find you. What It Is: Four childhood friends discover a box of strange books that, when read aloud, can transport them to the beautiful, imaginary worlds described within. But when one of them goes missing, the others vow never to reveal where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. Years later, when one of the remaining kids, now an adult, also mysteriously disappears, it’s up to the last two of the group to dig up their dusty books to find him and finally figure out what happened to their friend all those years ago. Collects the complete mini-series.
The Fiction

lumerjanes25LUMBERJANES #25 $4.99 Page 310
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, Cyhna Clugston-Flores, Brooke Allen, and Laura Lewis
Oversized anniversary issue, and artist Brooke Allen returns! The High Council is coming to camp and Jen is determined to make everything perfect, even though a storm is brewing and kittens are suddenly getting magical powers. Includes a special back-up story by Chynna Clugston-Flores and Laura Lewis.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #2 $3.99 Page 315
Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
Scorpina goes for Tommy where it hurts the most. Rita won’t give up on her Green Ranger that easily. With Tommy’s life hanging in the balance, the Rangers must get together to save their friend, or risk losing him forever.

THE SPIRE #8 $3.99 Page 317
Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely
Oversized final issue featuring 28 pages of story! The killer’s identity and the truth behind the Pax 30 years ago are both revealed! [Coming to this series late after discovering a police detective in the cast is lesbian.]

THE WOODS #21 $3.99 Page 316
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
Karen leads the survivors into the woods to regroup and plan revenge.

DARK HORSE

ALABASTER: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BIRD #5 $3.99 Page 72
Caitlin R Kiernan and Daniel Warren
Trapped in the twisted grip of the Asquith sisters, Dancy and Maisie have resigned themselves to certain fate–but even as the end approaches, Dancy uncovers a horrifying secret that could shake her entire world to its core!

BUFFY SEASON 10 #26 $3.99 Page 70
Christos Gage and Megan Levens
The Scoobies are falling apart–and so is the world they are trying to save. While demon lords are still on the loose, Buffy has become distracted, and a bit enraged, by another crisis that is affecting those closest to her…

buffyhighschoolBUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS FREAKS & GEEKS TP $10.99 Page 61
Faith Erin Hicks and Yishan Li
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is back in classic action in a tale set during her first year at Sunnydale High School! Burdened with the stress of a new school, making new friends, and sleepless nights spent slaying the undead, Buffy becomes the target of a group of nerdy vampires hoping to climb the vampire social ladder.
Buffy: The High School Years–Freaks & Geeks

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #21 $4.99 Page 63
Carla Speed McNeil, Paul Levitz, John Arcudi, Rich Woodall, Adam P Knave, Craig Rousseau. Robert Wilson IV, Maxim Simic, Tim Hamilton, Rich Woodall, Dennis Calero, and Aaron Lopresti
Writer and artist Dennis Calero returns to DHP with the next thrilling installment of The Suit! Also new for this issue, Aaron Lopresti gives his take on the Cimmerian sword swinger in Conan: The Swamp King! This issue also features continuations of Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton’s Brooklyn Blood and Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl. Finally, tune in for the conclusions of two stories: John Arcudi and Maxim Ximi?’s Worlds Apart, and Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride, and Robert Wilson IV’s Laser Joan and the Rayguns!

LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: SURVIVING MEGALOPOLIS #4 $3.99 Page 65
leavingmegalopolis4Gail Simone and J Calafiore
On the day all the superheroes turned bad, a horrifying creature emerged from a giant hole in the middle of the city. No one has dared look too deeply into that abyss. Until now. What horrors lie at the other end, and what is yet to come through? Our band of ordinary citizens find themselves with answers too terrifying to comprehend as the sequel to the Kickstarter megahit Leaving Megalopolis continues!

Miss the Kickstarter? There’s a HC collection to catch you up!
Leaving Megalopolis

TOMB RAIDER II #3 $3.99 Page 56
Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Sevy
After Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft’s adventure continues with Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki! Lara and Jonah travel to China in search of a cave said to house an immortality-granting mushroom! However, a monsoon, the lethal Knights of the Spore, and disappearing allies and supplies could spell death for them both! [Apologies for overlooking the first issue. Tamaki wrote the teen lesbian coming of age story Skim and This One Summer with her cousin Jillian doing the art.]

DC

BATGIRL #51 $2.99 Page 99
Brendan Fletcher and Eleanor Carlini
After the events of issue #50, Barbara Gordon is at a crossroads in her life–will new horizons beckon her away from her home in Burnside?

CATWOMAN #51 $2.99 Page 115
Frank Tieri and Inaki Miranda
The Faceless Mask is an ancient and essential part of the history of the False Face Society…as well as the history of both Gotham City and Selina Kyle! So when the artifact resurfaces in the present day after countless generations, will a piece of Catwoman’s past long believed to be gone return with it? [So far Tieri seems uninterested in giving Selina a romantic interest, male or female, so Catwoman may disappear from this list unless Tieri in some way addresses her sexuality soon.]

CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #11 $2.99 Page 90
Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, and Riley Rossmo
Neron’s hostile takeover of New York City has left thousands of magical folk homeless, including John Constantine! But just when the Hellblazer has resolved himself to life as a refugee in Los Angeles, a relentless supernatural force attempts to compel him out of the City of Angels and back into the fight: Boston Brand, a.k.a. Deadman!

dccomicsbomshells11DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #11 $3.99 Page 126
Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, and Laura Braga
The first of a two-part epic finale to the first year of the war! Tenebrus unleashes an undead army upon London as the Battle of Britain begins, and Amanda Waller’s Bombshells are united at last. But will even the combined might of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batwoman, Stargirl, Aquawoman, Dr. Light and Big Barda be enough to protect a city under siege? Or will one of the Bombshells be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice? This issue’s cover joins with the cover to issue #12 to make one big image!

DETECTIVE #51 $3.99 Page 113
Peter Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, and Matt Ryan
When Jim Gordon gets a call from his old Marine Corps friends, he sets off to their base to investigate a potential crime–and he’s bringing his Batman suit along, just in case. [Renee Montoya returned though she’s been MIA for a few issues.]

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #11 $2.99 Page 93
Dan Abnett and Jorge Jimenez
Green Lantern learns that even a god can sometimes be powerless in the face of ordinary men. With the new world escalating toward war, Batman, Red Arrow and Ted Grant confront the double menace of Hourman and The Mist. Meanwhile, in distant Amazonia, Hawkgirl learns the dark and dreadful secret of the Amazon nation! Action, adventure and power-plays on a global scale! [Alan Scott recently got a spotlight but he’s still as neutered as Northstar used to be.]

FLASH #51 $3.99 Page 91
Robert Vendetti, Van Jensen, and Jesus Merino
The Flash’s world is in utter chaos: he’s wanted by the police, headed by his adoptive father. His enemies, The Rogues, have been deputized to take him in. And it couldn’t be a worse time for The Riddler to stake his claim as the most dangerous man in Central City! [Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple. Barry Allen and Rathaway are now roommates!]

GOTHAM ACADEMY #17 $2.99 Page 120
Brenden Fletcher, Faith Erin Hicks, Michael Dialynas, David Peterson, Adam Archer, and Colleen Coover
It’s the final chapter of “Yearbgothamacademy17ook”! Maps and Olive now have the entire gang involved in putting together the perfect yearbook–but which story will come out on top? With art and story by Eisner Award winners Faith Erin Hicks, David Petersen, and Michael Dialynas

GRAYSON #19 $3.99 Page 116
Jackson Lanning, Collin Kelly, and Carmine Di Giadomenico
It’s the ultimate spy showdown! Civil war has broken out at Spyral, with Dick Grayson stuck in the middle. When true allegiances are revealed, which agents will be left standing–if any?

GRAYSON: NEMESIS Vol 3 TP $16.99 Page 131
Tim Seeley, Tom King, and Mikel Janin
In these stories from issues #9-12, ANNUAL #1 and the Sneak Peek story from CONVERGENCE: HAWKMAN #2, Grayson faces some of his most difficult challenges! Not only must he take on Lex Luthor, and risk losing his position with Spyral, but Dick learns that to save Agent 1 he must face off with…himself! And who is the mysterious shadow leader behind Spyral, and what does he want with Dick? The super-spy finds himself in a clandestine hunt for the true identity of Agent Zero!
Grayson Vol. 3: Nemesis

HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #3 $4.99 Page 118
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiottoi, Jospeh Michael Linsner
The most ghost-filled mansion on Coney Island has been demolished–and unfortunately, every one of its spirits has decided that Harley’s hacienda is the hot new hangout to haunt! It sure is convenient, then, that Zatanna is currently booked at Big Tony’s cabaret show! It’s up to Harley and Zatanna to convince all of those ghosts to move on to the next world…but if you think Harley’s got problems now, just wait until you see the ectoplasmic baggage these specters are packing!

HARLEY QUINN #27 $3.99 Page 119
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and John Timms
Harley’s known for her even temperament and economy of language–oh, we can’t even finish that sentence. Let’s face it: she’s crazy, and she talks too much. So what happens when she discovers a nemesis even more insane and more hyper-loquacious? It’s Harley vs. the unbelievable Redtool! [According to an interview at The Mary Sue, Harley and Ivy are girlfriends “without the jealousy of monotony” http://www.themarysue.com/harley-ivy-girlfriends/]

DC has a couple other Harley titles for April too. Harley Quinn & The Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special is a one shot by Rob Williams, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Sean Galloway for $4.99. The other is Harley Quinn & Her Gang Of Harleys mini series for $3.99. Find them on pages 82 and 83.

MIDNIGHTER #11 $2.99 Page 97
Steve Orlando, ACO, and Hugo Petrus
At last, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Apollo returns! Midnighter’s caught in the crossfire between the Suicide Squad and Spyral–now he must team up with his ex to stop Henry Bendix from creating a monster!

POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE & DEATH #4 $2.99 Page 117
Amy Chu and Clay Mann
Catwoman and Poison Ivy–reunited! As the body count rises at the Gotham Botanical Gardens labs, Ivy needs Selina’s help to solve the puzzle…a mystery that seems to involve Ivy’s blossoming children! [Poison Ivy and Harley were always making out together and Harley writer Amanda Connor said Harley is bi. Whether Chu addresses Pamela’s sexuality in this mini remains to be seen.]

ROBIN SON OF BATMAN #11 $3.99 Page 121
Ray Fawkes and Ramon bachs
Robin, Maya and Goliath must team up with an old foe to recover a relic from Damian’s past and keep the forces of evil at bay!

secretsix11SECRET SIX #1 $2.99 Page 102
Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham
The League of Assassins presses in on Strix and threatens to kill her friends in the Secret Six if she doesn’t cooperate. She is then confronted by twisted replicas of her teammates, who she must face in combat one at a time. If she is beaten by any of them, the corresponding real member of the Six will be killed. Disoriented and alone, what chance does she–or her teammates–have to survive?

SENSATION COMICS Vol 3 TP $17.99 Page 134
Josh Elder, Trina Robbins, Barbara Kesel, Adam Beechen, Jamal Igle, Tom Fowler, Georges Jeanty, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Scott Hampton, and Carla Speed McNeil
In these stories from issues #11-17, Wonder Woman’s vacation is disrupted when Solomon Grundy shows up! Plus, Diana keeps an eye on Cheetah’s transfer to her new home in a psychiatric unit and more!
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 3

SINESTRO #21 $2.99 Page 124
Cullen Bunn, Brad Walker, and Andrew Hennessy
The Sinestro Corps has a new leader…and a new set of problems! As Soranik Natu takes control of the most powerful police force in the universe, she discovers that walking in her father’s footsteps is no easy feat! With her every decision being second-guessed by those who follow her, will she lose control of the Yellow Lanterns? [Cullen Bunn wrote Dez Trevius’ back story in Sinestro annual #2 to show he’d been romantically involved with another man from his home world.]

starfire11STARFIRE #11 $2.99 Page 99
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Elsa Charretier
Starfire’s underground adventure continues as she, Atlee and Stella find themselves all shook up in the kingdom of Strata, where they form bonds before heading back to Key West–where things have gotten a little…weird. [Charretier is the artist who drew IDW’s Infinite Loop mini series which was a sci fi/time travel story with two women in love at the center of it.]

TEEN TITANS #19 $2.99 Page 102
Greg Pak and Ian Churchill
Life got confusing enough for the Teen Titans when Cassie Sandsmark discovered her true heritage. But now, the DC Universe’s greatest demigoddesses clash over the fate of Cassie’s soul! Don’t miss the shocking conclusion to “Who Is Wonder Girl”–and discover whether Cassie will walk with the gods…or stand with the Titans! Guest-starring Wonder Woman! [Greg Pak was a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]

VERTIGO

ASTRO CITY #34 $3.99 Page 140
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
Steeljack goes up against Death Itself to save Cutlass. And that’s just for starters. But even if he survives, is he being set up to be the fall guy? A climactic tale of money, nostalgia, alibis, collecting, jail time and pure indestructible stubbornness. [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]

CLEAN ROOM #7 $3.99 Page 141
Gail Simone and Eri Canete
In this spectacularly disturbing standalone issue, we delve into the depths of Astrid’s terrifying personal history, and why demons have haunted her since birth.

RED THORN #6 $3.99 Page 145
David baillie and Meghan hetrick
“Glasgow Kiss,” the first Red Thorn epic, comes to an end–and nothing in this world will ever be the same again. In our nerve-shredding finale, you’ll discover the nature of Thorn’s grand plan, and truly understand the many reasons for his rage. But in the end, there’s only one question that counts: can Isla possibly survive this, her greatest trial? {The male lead character is bi.]

D.E.

RED SONJA #4 Vol 3 $3.99 Page 346
Marguerite Bennett and Aneke
Hunted by the elite assassins of her own King, Sonja is forced to hide – even among her ex-lovers! With the aid of those from her past, she must rally a rebellion against the new despot, ending his dreams of conquest. Sonja plots a desperate gambit of her own as Hyrkania teeters on the brink of civil war!

VAMPIRELLA #2 Vol 3 $3.99 Page 347
Kate Leth and Eman Casallos
Vampirella makes her stage debut as an icon, but the spotlight can be deadly. Everyone in Hollywood seems to have their secrets, from the mysterious Slade to Vampi’s new agent, Juliette Court. As her star rises, so do… (wait for it) …the stakes!

xena1XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS #1 $3.99 Page 336
Genevieve Valentine and Ariel Medel
After the Twilight of the Gods, the world is precariously uncertain – and Xena and Gabrielle have been missing from it for twenty-five years. Even without Livia, the power of Rome is growing: Caesar is determined to conquer by lies what he can’t conquer by force, and the people at its edges know what’s coming. (All roads lead to Rome, and Rome is hunting.) Xena and Gabrielle scramble to stop him before they have to wage war against a man they once called a friend. But along the way, Xena will have to confront her past against a rogue band of women warriors, and Gabrielle, whose secret visions are becoming prophecy, will have to protect Xena – at any cost.

DIGITAL MANGA

BORDER Vol 4 $13.95 page 355
Kazuma Kodaka
Yamato and Sogo have an extra-special bond that’s stood the test of time! But how did their remarkable friendship get off the ground? What was high school like for two gorgeous guys when they were merely boys? Border blends playful feelings and passionate temptation in a tug-of-war between beautiful men! Can history help explain a tangled web of relationships…or will revisiting the past only stir up long-forgotten trouble?
Border Volume 4 (Yaoi Manga) (Border (Yaoi Manga))

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

MOOMIN AND THE MARTIANS GN $9.95 Page 359
Tove Jansson
Another classic Moomin story reworked in full color, with a kid-proof but kid-friendly size, price, and format. Moominmamma wakes up one morning to find a flying saucer has crash-landed in her cabbage patch. There’s a strange machine dangling out of it that seems like it could be used to fix their broken radio, but when Moominpappa starts fiddling with it, he turns himself and Moomin invisible! Each knob on the machine causes strange and unlikely events to transpire, until the Martian finally recovers possession of its property.
Moomin and the Martians

HARPER COLLINS

nimonaNIMONA GN $12.99 Page 377
Noelle Stevenson
Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past.
Nimona

IDW/ TOPSHELF

THE EIGHTH SEAL #5 $3.99 Page 190
James Tynion IV and Jeremy Rock
The fate of the United States of America rests in the hands of First Lady Amelia Greene, but the creature inside of her has left her mind in shambles, and there may be no hope.

jemvol2JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #14 3.99 Page 179
Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell
The Holograms reluctantly try to disconnect Synergy to stop the Dark Jem infection from spreading–but it’s far too late. Synergy is gone… and what’s taken her place isn’t under anyone’s control. In fact–Silica is striking out on her own!

JEM & THE HOLGRAMS: VIRAL Vol 2 TP $19.99 Page 179
Kelly Thompson, Emma Vieceli, Corin Howell, Amy Mebberson, Arielle Jovellanos, Rebekah Isaacs, Jen Bartel, Agnes Garbowska, and Sophie Campbell
Jerrica and her sisters face their biggest threat yet–success! Meanwhile, the Misfits aren’t taking these upstarts lying down… as they find themselves under new management. Plus, go behind the scenes and see the Holograms and the Misfits from a whole new perspective… that of music columnist Rio Pacheco! Collects issues #7-10, the Outrageous Annual 2015, and the 2015 Holiday Special.

IMAGE

BITCH PLANET #9 $3.99 page 220
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
Meet Eleanor Doane: President Bitch.

CRY HAVOC #4 $3.99 Page 221
Simon Spurrier and Ryan Kelly
cryhavoc4My thing in action. [Gay and lesbian characters have shown up.]

INVINCIBLE #127 $2.99 Page 212
Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Nathan Fairburn
New story arc! Mark has returned from the past… to a very different future. Now he has to pick up the pieces of his life and try to put them back together. Invincible co-creator Cory Walker returns to the book to set the stage for the next chapter of Invincible’s life! [Kirkman showed Invincible’s best friend is gay. I can’t say if the character is still around though.]

JUPITER’S CIRCLE #6 Vol 2 $3.50 Page 223
Mark Millar and Wilfredo Torres
The team’s adventures lead them down unexpected paths. [One of the heroes is a gay man.]

MONSTRESS #5 $3.99 Page 224
Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Maika struggles with the monster inside.

NO MERCY #8 $3.99 Page 224
Alex De Campi and Carla Speed McNeil
Flashback issue: Charlene’s parents make inadvisable schooling decisions.

ratqueens16RAT QUEENS #16 $3.99 Page 216
Kurtis J Wiebe, Tess Fowler, and Tamra Bonvillain
“When Beards Collide” Part 1: The Rat Queens return to Palisade to find that the world has moved on without them. The tavern is infested with would be heroes, drinking all the ale and getting in all the fights. What’s a warrior girl to do?

SAGA #36 $2.99 Page 237
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Freedom…?

WALKING DEAD #153 $2.99 Page 229
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
Heavy hangs he head. [One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, two other gay people in the cast.]

THE WICKED + DIVINE #18 $3.50 Page 219
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
An ideal jumping-on point. Persephone, live. The question is, will it be for more than one night? Don’t call it a comeback, as Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson return to the Wic + Div for the most rock-and-roll everything-explodes arc of the hit series.

wickeddivine18THE WICKED DIVINE BOOK ONE HC $39.99 Page 238
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matthew Wilson return with an Eisner Award-nominated modern fantasy where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. Revel in the opulence of this oversized hardback! Revel in it! Collects The Wiked + Divine #1-11.
The Wicked + The Divine Deluxe Edition: Year One

Image is offering PHONOGRAM Vols 1 – 3 again for $14.99 each.
Phonogram TPBS

IMPROPER BOOKS

knightdragonKNIGHT AND DRAGON $14.99 Page 380
Matt Gibbs and Bevis Musson
Knight & Dragon playfully subverts the story of a heroic Knight defeating a ferocious Dragon to rescue the fair Maiden, by offering variant paths and multiple outcomes to the classic fairy tale adventure. Inspired by the Choose Your Own Adventure series, Knight & Dragon is suitable for children and adults of all ages.

MARVEL

Thanks to Mike McDermott for his advice with post Secret War Marvel books, including paraphrased info included here! Greg Pak has a history of LGBT inclusiveness so his Totally Awesome Hulk may be a book to watch. Could readers see Wiccan guest star in Scarlet Witch? And with other heroes rotating in to A-Force will any be LGBT? Will the new Hercules series acknowledge the incorrigible demi-god’s bisexuality?

AGENTS OF SHIELD #4 $3.99 Page 33
Marc Guggenheim and German Peralta
A Standoof tie in. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. take on the New Avengers! Plus, the world’s craziest Wolverine cameo continues! Check out the book that everyone has been raving about.

ALL NEW INHUMANS #6 $3.99 Page 64
Charles Soule and Andre Aruajo
Something in the mysterious SKYSPEAR has changed Crystal from the Inhumans leader to their greatest threat! * Can The Amazing Spider-Man and the rest of the Inhumans stop a woman who controls the four elements? [James Asmus, former (?) cowriter, has also revealed that one of the new Inhuman characters will be gay.]

ALL NEW INHUMANS: GLOBAL OUTREACH Vol 1 TP $15.99 Page 124
Charles Soule, James Asmus, and Stefano Caselli
As the terrigen clouds continue to spread across the world, they leave in their wake the ruined lives of the Inhumanized. Now, Crystal — Inhuman princess and former elemental Avenger — leads her own team tasked to help as many of these NuHumans as possible. But Medusa’s sister has her work cut out for her. After all, the reactions of the newly super-powered vary wildly — from fear to amazement to outright anger. Then there are the mysterious Skyspears that recently crashed into the Earth, making life even more complicated. But worst of all, there’s a dictator hell-bent on turning Inhumans into weapons of mass destruction. As Crystal’s team comes together, she’d better hope Gorgon’s training pays off — or they won’t all make it out of their first mission alive, even with Spider-Man’s help! Collecting All-New Inhumans #1-4 and material from All-New, All Different Point One #1.
All-New Inhumans Vol. 1: Global Outreach

ALL NEW X-MEN #8 $3.99 Page 92
Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
Mutants and magic?! As young Beast continues to struggle with his new life in the present day Marvel Universe, he turns to another man of science for guidance–former surgeon and present day sorcerer supreme, Doctor Strange! But seeing as Strange has put down his scalpel to pick up a spellbook, Beast might be receiving very different answers than he was hoping for…

allnewxmeninevitableALL NEW X-MEN: INEVITABLE Vol 1 TP $15.99 Page 126
Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
More than ever, hatred and fear have made the world a dangerous place for mutants. But as the few remaining X-Men retreat into seclusion, a handful of mutant teenagers refuse to allow their destiny to be decided for them! And no one is more concerned about their fate than Scott Summers, whose young shoulders must bear the heavy weight of the terrible acts committed by his adult counterpart. Cyclops is joined by three of his time-torn teammates — Beast, Iceman and Angel — as well as the All-New Wolverine, Kid Apocalypse and Oya. Together, they’re heading out on the highway, looking for adventure, intent on writing their own futures! But when they encounter the baleful Blob, their road trip may end before it begins! Collects #1 – 6 (2015).
All-New X-Men: Inevitable Vol. 1: Ghost of the Cyclops

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 & 11 $3.99 Page 20
Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
The 13th sign of the Zodiac is the Spider?!?!?! Scorpio is on the verge of controlling the future and Spider-Man’s fight will take him on both sides of the English Channel. But when Scorpio compromises Parker Industries, what will this mean for Peter moving forward?! [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

ANGELA QUEEN OF HEL #7 $3.99 Page 78
Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto, and Stephanie Hans
An ancient evil slithers into New York City, making living horrors out of fables and folklore. Angela, Sera, Leah, and Thor race to defeat the Faustian Queen before she rewrites the world into a story of her very own. [Angela and Sera were confirmed as lovers in #2.]

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #7 $3.99 Page 40
Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas
“Small Time Criminal” When The Power Broker hits Ant-Man where he’s most vulnerable, he’ll respond the only way he knows how: That’s right. By breaking the law. Lots of laws, actually. The secret of how Scott landed back in jail is revealed here. (Because that’s what happens when you break a bunch of laws, genius.) [Gay Machinesmith has carried over from the previous series. We’ll have to wait and see if the same holds true of the gay Indian-American man who inherited Giant Man’s suit.]

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN: EVERYBODY LOVES TEAM UPS Vol 1 TO $19.99 Page 132
Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas
Scott Lang’s All-New, All-Different life as Ant-Man is a social whirl — including a team-up with Sam Wilson, the new Captain America! But Scott’s reunion with ex-girlfriend Darla Deeling, a.k.a. Ms. Thing, may be a lot less amicable. Business is on the up, but Scott’s still a little guy with giant-size problems. Like his daughter. His love life. An old foe crossing his path. And Hench, the super-villain app that’s sending a steady stream of enemies his way. If being a hero is this hard, Scott, why not go back to a life of crime? Hey, there’s an idea! Plus: Ant-Man is seeking some friends for the end of the world — and beyond! Pals like Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man — and a Golden Age dance partner! Collecting issues #1-4, Ant-Man: Last Days #1 and annual #1.
The Astonishing Ant-Man Vol. 1: Everybody Loves Team-Ups

captmarvel4CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 $3.99 Page 45
Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, and Kris Anka
As the situation with the Eridani delegates escalates, Captain Marvel and her crew struggle to make sense of what happened on the mysterious alien craft But between her powers failing and Wendy’s character being called into question, Carol’s command of Alpha Flight is slowly slipping from her grasp.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #9 $3.99 Page 86
Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos
“Apocalypse Wars” Part two! Trapped in the distant future, Colossus and his team of Young X-Men race across a dying Earth to protect the key to mutantkind’s survival! But Apocalypse and his new horsemen are in hot pursuit, eager to take it from them. Will the Extraordinary X-Men arrive in time to save the future of their species AND their friends?

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN: X-HAVEN Vol 1 TP $15.99 Page 127
Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos
With the fate of mutantkind in the balance, it’s an All-New, All-Different beginning for the X-Men! Staring down a threat to her race like nothing seen before, Storm pulls together the group she’ll need to ensure mutants’ survival — including Iceman, Jean Grey, Colossus and Magik! But can Storm and Iceman protect the last remaining mutants from a demonic attack? As a new child of the atom discovers her terrifying power, an old foe compounds the horror: Mister Sinister will bring the team face-to-face with their greatest fear. But can anyone be ready for the very first meeting of Old Man Logan and young Jean Grey? Bring all the hate and fear you want, they will fight to their last breath to survive the experience. They’re the X-Men, they’re facing down extinction, and they will be Extraordinary! Collecting issues #1 – 5.
Extraordinary X-Men Vol. 1: X-Haven

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #6 $3.99 Page 67
Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare
The Killer Folk have the Nightstone, the key to curing Lunella’s Inhuman gene! Devil Dinosaur is trapped in the Museum of Natural History! Lunella Lafayette must decide between saving her new best friend…or saving her own humanity!

NEW AVENGERS #9 & 10 $3.99 Page 28
Al Ewing and Marcus To
A Standoff tie-in! Up from the depths! Thirty stories high! He salutes the flag and eats apple pie! Corporal Todd Ziller is the American Kaiju – America’s ultimate weapon against renegade super-science! And he’s going to get the Whisperer back in custody – if he has to break Avengers Island in two!

What could possibly hold its own against the American Kaiju? None other than – Avenger Five! Five New Avengers in the ultimate ultra-vehicle – fighting to save A.I.M.! But are they giving up their freedom – or their lives? Plus: The traitor revealed! Sunspot’s secret schemes! And the guest-star reveal you’ve been waiting for!

patsywalker5PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT #5 $3.99 Page 71
Kate Leth and Brittney L Williams
Hellcat’s out of the bag! I guess she was never in one, but she is trapped, along with her favorite shieldmaiden, Valkyrie! Not only that, but she’s late for a very important meeting with the infamous Hedy Wolfe. Can Patsy and friends make it out of this one? Answer: no! They all die and the series is over. April Fool’s…Or is it?!?!

SILK #7 $3.99 Page 17
Robbie Thompson and Tana Ford
Silk comes face-to-face with the Earth-65 Cindy Moon and her family. That’s not all she finds digging into S.I.L.K., and her discoveries change everything about this event! [Will the lesbian couple in the previous volume’s support cast return?]

SILK: SINISTER Vol 1 TP $19.99 Page 128
Robbie Thomspon, Stacey Lee, and Veronica Fish
Silk is back and badder than ever! Cindy Moon — the other victim of the radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker — has been working to find the missing members of her family since she escaped the bunker that was her home for so many years. But Silk’s quest has taken her down a darker path than expected, and now she’s in cahoots with the most ferocious feline in the Marvel Universe: the Black Cat! But not everyone in the Cat’s criminal crew is happy about the arrangement. Nor is a certain friendly neighborhood CEO of Parker Industries, and that will bring Cindy into conflict with Spider-Man and the Goblin King! What could have led her to this? Who is Espectro? And will Cindy go so far there’s no redeeming the Sinister Silk? Collecting issues (2015B) #1-6 and material from Amazing spider-Man (2015) #1.
Silk Vol. 1: Sinister

SQUADRON SUPREME #6 $3.99 Page 36
James Robinson and Leonard Kirk
“Through The Lens” As the Squadron gets closer to the answer–who is the cabal of alien races on Earth and what threat do they pose to the planet? – things get personal for Doctor Spectrum as she confronts the man who helped destroy her Earth and save her life…Black Bolt! Also, the Squadron’s Nighthawk vs. the Nighthawk of the Marvel Universe?? [In terms of LGBT content, Thundra is shown on the cover to issue #1, and she was outed as bisexual in Peter David’s She-Hulk series a few years ago. There has also been a lot of fan speculation about this version of Hyperion from Hickman’s Avengers run.]

totallyhulk5TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #5 $3.99 Page 47
Greg Pak and Mike Choi
Amadeus Cho loves being the Hulk — and he’s determined to be the greatest hero the world’s ever seen. But if the Hulk is driven by rage, what lies within Amadeus? Unfortunately for him, the Enchantress, Amora of Asgard, is hell-bent on finding out! [Greg Pak was a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]

THE ULTIMATES #6 $3.99 Page 44
Al Ewing and Christian Ward
Once he was the Devourer of Worlds — but now, at long last, his endless hunger has been cured. But is there a hidden price? What does it mean to wring new life from death? What does it mean to be…Galactus? Special guest artist Christian Ward takes us into the life of the Lifebringer — for the most cosmic issue yet! [Ms America may have a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast, based on the short-story in the Avengers #0 one-shot.]

ONI PRESS

anothercastle2ANOTHER CASTLE #2 $3.99 Page 399
Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau
Pete, while steadfast and good-hearted, is not the best at defeating monsters. He does, however, have the only sword that can kill Badlug and free Grimoire from tyranny. Misty and Gorga need to clear the way for Pete; thankfully, they meet Zurrd, a witch with (somewhat) impressive powers and the key to Pete’s deliverance. Unfortunately, it’s in the Dark Treasury, which is nigh impossible to break into. Nigh impossible is still technically possible, though!

SUBLIME

MIDNIGHT STRANGER Vol 1 $12.99 Page 413
Bohra Naono
Roy, a black goat spirit, is getting bullied when out of nowhere he’s rescued by the beautiful fire god Siu. Siu gives Roy the ability to take human form, and a grateful Roy decides to serve Siu as his new master. Now by Siu’s side every day, Roy wishes to become more than just his servant. Painfully aware of just how ugly he is, Roy believes Siu could never care about him, and one day something happens to bring Siu’s wrath down on Roy. What must he do to curry the fire god’s favor?
Midnight Stranger, Vol. 1

February 21, 2016
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