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LGBT Previews August 2015

Hi there! Last night after Rachel Maddow said SCOTUS would announce some of its rulings Thursday morning I got really excited by the possibility that a ruling on marriage equality would be one of them. You can imagine the sad face I made when the SCOTUS blog announced the decisions and SSM wasn’t one of them. So now we’ll have to wait for the 22nd, 25th, or 29th according to their schedule. Crossing fingers!

Until then, it’s that time again! If money weren’t a problem Dark Horse’s Murder Mysteries & Other Stories gallery edition of P Craig Russell illustrated stories would make my list. My splurge will be Patrick Atangan’s Fires Above Hyperion from NBM. Something about him set off my gaydar years ago. Oh, yeah, Gillen and McKelvie return to Phonogram too! See that image up there?

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ABSTRACT STUDIOS

rachelrising36RACHEL RISING #36 $3.99 Page 242
Terry Moore
Rachel has a heart to heart with the Angel of Death and learns the shocking truth about her connection to Lilith. Once the past is fully revealed to her, Rachel must choose between life and death, and either choice will exact a terrible price.

ARCHIE

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE Vol 1 TP $17.99 Page 258
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Franceso Francavilla, and Jack Morelli
If you haven’t discovered Archie’s Afterlife with Archie yet, the PREVIEWS Exclusive cover is now in its final printing, and the regular edition is back in stock with a new printing! When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion — Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same — and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale! Collects issues 1-5 featuring the first storyline “Escape from Riverdale” from the new ongoing comic book horror series Afterlife with Archie. [New print]

Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #7 $3.99 Page 258
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Franceso Francavilla
“Betty, RIP,” Part 1 of 6. It’s been weeks since Archie and his friends left Riverdale. Now, they are wandering the deserted highways of America, one step ahead of the ever-pursuing vicious zombie horde. When they decide to set down roots to observe their first post-apocalypse Thanksgiving, Mr. Lodge leads a team into the forests of Pennsylvania to find dinner, but the hunters soon become the hunted, and not all of the gang will make it out of the woods alive! [2nd printing]

archie2ARCHIE #2 $3.99 Page 258
Mark Waid and Fiona Staples
Comic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples continue their reimagining of an icon! The new school year continues to bring with it daunting new challenges and interesting changes for the teens of Riverdale High. But there’s one thing that remains constant: Archie’s car is still a piece of garbage! With car problems comes money problems, which means that Archie’s on the hunt for a new job. Fortunately, a mysterious new building in Riverdale is offering some career opportunities for Archie and his friends. Who’s behind this new conglomerate and what are their intentions for Riverdale? Find out in the second issue of this all-new Archie series! [Added to the list as the best possibility for seeing Kevin Keller.]

SABRINA #2 $3.99 Page 258
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! [2nd printing]

BOOM

BRAVEST WARRIORS # $3.99 Page 310
Kate Leth and Ian McGinty
Penultimate issue! It’s the Bravest Warriors biggest adventure yet, and it’ll take all of them working together to make it through this one!

CLARENCE #3 $3.99 Page 294
Liz Prince and Evan Palmer
Clarence, Sumo, and Jeff start a lemonade stand in order to get money for a trip to the arcade, but they can’t make up their minds on what lemonade actually is!

nexttestamentvol3CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT Vol 3 TP $14.99 Page 286
Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and HaemiJang
Montes In the final chapter of the Harvey Award-nominated epic, Tristan and Elspeth desperately race to a library in Providence, Rhode Island, where their only hope of defeating Wick awaits. Meanwhile, Wick finds a new apprentice and Julian’s final fate is revealed. Collects issues #9-12. [Re-offered]

Clive Barker’s Next Testament Vol. 3

THE FICTION #3 $3.99 Page 289
Curt Pires and David Rubin
Kassie, Max, and Tyler are held captive by the Corruption in the Fiction. [Pires is the writer of the recently finished Mayday from Black Mask which had an LGBT character.]

LUMBERJANES #17 $3.99 Page 293
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen
With the annual Lumberjanes festival on the horizon, Rosie challenges the camp counselors with a contest: whoever makes the best presentation gets to choose what the festival will be celebrating. Featuring guest artist Kat Leyh.

powerup2POWER UP #2 $3.99 Page 300
Kate Leth and Matt Cummings
Sander and Calder try to rally their friends and warn them of the coming Horde, while Karen does her best to break free and make it back to the school before it’s too late.
UFOLOGY #5 $3.99 Page 291
James Tynion IV and Noah Yuenkel
Malcolm and Becky face off against the D/H agent and unpleasant truths are revealed.

THE WOODS #1 $3.99 Page 291
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
Sander and Calder try to rally their friends and warn them of the coming Horde, while Karen does her best to break free and make it back to the school before it’s too late.

DARK HORSE

ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #17 $3.50 Page 54
Victor Gischler and Cliff Richards
Investigating Angel’s nightmares and real-life missing students, Faith and Fred have discovered a group of teenage vampires at St. Cuthbert’s Preparatory School, where the girls are working undercover! Delving deeper into the origins of the teen vamps, Slayer and scientist are walking a dangerous road when they uncover a fearsome foe!

BUFFY SEASON 10 #18 $3.50 Page 55
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
The Slayer’s advantage against a powerful demon–having super-awesome friends–may be her undoing as Archaeus pits Spike and Angel against one another.

fifthbeatleTHE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY TP $14.99 Page 43
Vivek K Tiwary, Andrew C Robinson, and Kyle Baker
The Fifth Beatle recounts the untold story of visionary Beatles manager Brian Epstein–who created Beatlemania and guided the band from basement gigs to unprecedented international stardom. This multiple-award-winning graphic novel has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, and a film adaptation begins shooting in 2015! [Tiwary’s story very much shows Epstein’s sexuality and was a Lambda Literary Award finaist for Best LGBT graphic novel.]

MULAN: REVELATIONS #3 $3.99 Page 38
Marc Andreyko and Micha Kaneshiro
As Mulan prepares for her destiny as the avatar of an ancient cosmic messiah, an unforeseen betrayal starts a war among the gods that could put the entire universe at risk!

pcrmurdermysteriesgalleryP CRAIG RUSSELL’S MURDER MYSTERIES & OTHER STORIES GALLERY EDITION $125.00 Page 43
Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Mike Mignola, H P Lovecraft, Oscar Wilde, P Craig Russell, and others
This gallery edition features high-quality scans of master illustrator P. Craig Russell’s original art, printed at art-board size, in a collection of stunning, complete adaptations of works by Neil Gaiman, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Mike Mignola, Clive Barker, and Oscar Wilde; the Spirit story “Art Walk”; and much more stunning artwork by this legendary graphic storyteller.’
Murder Mysteries and Other Stories Gallery Edition

PROMETHEUS: THE COMPLETE FIRE & STONE HC $49.99 Page 44
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Paul Tobin, Chris Roberson, Christopher Sebela, Joshua Williamson, Juan Ferreyra, Patric Reynolds, Ariel Olivetti, Chris Mooneyham, and Agustin Alessio
The moon of LV-223–resting place of the doomed Prometheus expedition, enigmatic source of all organic life, and nightmarish source of ultimate destruction. Now a new generation of explorers hope to uncover the mysteries of this strange and dangerous world, but what they find may lead to humanity’s undoing. Collects Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1-#4, Aliens: Fire and Stone #1-#4, Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1-#4, Predator: Fire and Stone #1-#4, and the Prometheus: Fire and Stone–Omega one-shot. Collects the complete blockbuster crossover event! Over 80 pages of never-before-seen content!
Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone

THE TOMORROWS #2 $3.99 Page 37
Curt Pires and Jason Copland
Rio. One of the Tomorrows is dead. It’s up to Claudius to find out who killed him. Also: a vision of the future. [Pires wrote the May Day mini that featured a transgender character, published by Black Mask.]

THE WITCHER: FOX CHILDREN #5 $3.99 Page 52
Paul Tobin and Joe Querio
Chaos erupts aboard the Prophet as the madness sown by the Fox Mother runs red across the deck boards. Geralt seizes upon his last opportunity to assuage the vixen’s maternal rage, but in doing so, he may seal his own fate!

DC

ACTION #43 $23.99 Page 100
Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder
“Truth” continues as Superman defies the Metropolis police and faces a new threat from the shadows! [Greg Pak is added to the list after I noticed he became a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]

ARROW SEASON 2.5 #12 $2.99 Page 96
Marc Guggenheim, Joe Bennett, and Craig Yeung
Get ready for a dramatic showdown between Oliver Queen and Caleb Green at the abandoned Queen Mansion! [Making the list because Guggenheim contributed to Northwest Press’ anti bullying comic and because he tried to school John Byrne about trans issues.]

ARROW SEASON 2.5 TP $19.99 Page 128
Marc Guggenheim, Keto Sjimizu, Joe Bennett, Jack jadson, and Sxymon Kuduranski
Bridging the gap between seasons 2 and 3 of the hit TV series Arrow, these tales from issues #1-12 start with Oliver Queen’s battle against the Church of Blood, with the fate of Starling City hanging in the balance.
Arrow Season 2.5

batgirl43BATGIRL #43 $2.99 Page 106
Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, and Babs Tarr
Tech genius Luke Fox has brought his startup to Burnside, and he seems to be hiring all of Barbara’s friends…but not her! Unfortunately, someone else is setting up shop in Burnside as well…the mysterious Velvet Tiger!

BATMAN ’66 #26 $3.99 Page 108
Jeff Parker and Lukas Ketner
Can it be? Is Louie the Lilac really pushing up daisies? Batman’s investigation of the criminal’s apparent demise leads him to the abandoned Isley Nursery. But it’s a floral trap that awaits the Dynamic Duo as they encounter a new villainess, the one and only Poison Ivy! [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/ SUPERMAN #23 $2.99 Page 101
Greg Pak and Ardian Syaf
“Truth” continues as Superman must learn to depend on the new Batman’s help–but can he trust him?

CATWOMAN #43 $2.99 Page 108
Genevieve Valentine and David Messina
While Selina investigates the mystery of whatever happened to Batman, Spoiler finds a mentor in Eiko. Plus: Antonia makes a dangerous bargain.

CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #3 $2.99 Page 78
Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, and Riley Rossmo
Someone is murdering ghosts, a supernatural crime so impossible to solve that John Constantine is forced to return to London and seek help from the one person he hates more than any other; a magician above reproach, a darling of London high society, and a friend to superheroes everywhere. She is Georgiana Snow…the Heckblazer!

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #1 $3.99 Page 72
Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage
The ultra-popular statues from DC Collectibles come to life in their own ongoing comic book series! Learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.

DETECTIVE #43 $2.99 Page 110
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelllato
Batman and his new team are after a band of thieves in Gotham City–but they’re about to develop a new weapon that will make them much harder to stop! [Renee Montoya is back!]

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #3 $2.99 Page 81
Daniel S Wilson and Jorge Jimenez
The utopic society of Earth-2 begins to show cracks as the new world reacts to the assassination plot that’s left a huge power vacuum on the planet. Which hero can step up to fill the void?

FLASH #43 $2.99 Page 82
Robert Vendetti, Van Jenson, and Brett Booth
Barry Allen is a man divided, forced to either help his father remain on the run from the law, or bring him to justice. As Barry grapples with that impossible choice, The Flash becomes a target of the Folded Man, a mysterious deadly new villain to Central City who’s hell-bent on tearing The Flash apart–literally![Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple. Rathaway hasn’t appeared in some time though.]

FLASH SEASON ZERO #12 $2.99 Page 82
Andrew Kreisberg, Kai Yu Wu an Lauren Cento
What was Leonard Snart like before he acquired his cold gun and became one of The Flash’s most dangerous enemies? The origin of Captain Cold is revealed! [Making the list because Andy Mientus’ playing Pied Piper in the TV show and I suspect Piper and Captain Singh will be featured in the comic adaptation.]

GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT # $2.99 Page 111
Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferrerya
Two of Gotham City’s top news anchors seem to be swaying the minds of the public with sinister supernatural intentions.

GRAYSON #11 $2.99 Page 112
Tom King, Tim Seeley, and Mikel Janin
It’s Grayson versus…Grayson? To save Agent 1, Dick must face his most dangerous enemy yet: himself.

GREEN LANTERN: THE LOST ARMY #3 $2.99 Page 129
Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz
Some very unlikely allies aid the lost Green Lanterns as John Stewart and Guy Gardner come into conflict over how to find their way home. [Bunn teases an LGBT character in this Advocate article.]

harleyquinnroadtripHARLEY QUINN ROAD TRIP SPECIAL #1 $5.99 Page 114
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Bret Blevins and others
It’s the great American summer tradition, but you’ve never seen a road trip quite like this before! Harley, Ivy, and Catwoman are burning rubber across the U.S. of A! We recommend you all stay off the roads for the month of August, just to be safe. [Harley and Ivy are girlfriends “without the jealousy of monotony”.]

MIDNIGHTER #3 $2.99 Page 90
Steve Orlando and ACO
Midnighter’s up against Multiplex, the man with the power of infinite self-replication–in other words, all his dreams are coming true! Infinite clones mean infinite bones to break…

SECRET SIX # $2.99 Page 98
Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham
After the initial attack on Big Shot’s home (and the shocking revelation of one member’s true identity), the team’s suburban retreat has been exposed. As the team starts to fracture, this highly dysfunctional band of outcasts prepares for the next strike from Mockingbird!

SINESTRO #14 $2.99 Page 127
Cullen Bunnn, Brad Walker, and Andrew Hennessy
ith the absence of the Green Lantern Corps, the Sinestro Corps’ influence is growing! And now, it’s spreading from Sinestro’s base on Warworld across the universe! [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.]

TEEN TITANS #11 $2.99 Page 97
Will Pfeiffer and Kenneth Rocafort
Red Robin draws closer to proving Superboy’s innocence! But with the Titans trapped behind bars, in a prison built to house superpowered criminals, how will the truth ever be revealed?

VERTIGO

ASTRO CITY #26 $3.99 Page 135
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
It’s the big 20th anniversary issue! It all began in 1995 with a look at Samaritan’s dreams of flight. But what’s Samaritan dreaming about now–and how will it affect Astro City’s future? This self-contained issue features a host of Astro City characters, setting the stage for major developments to come. Whether you’re new to the book or you’ve been reading all along, this issue is not to be missed. [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]

D.E.

SWORDS OF SORROW #4 $3.99 Page 308
Gail Simone and Sergio Davila
The genre-busting, time-hopping epic heroine crossover continues! In the midst of WWII, reluctant allies Miss Fury and the Black Sparrow are joined by an epic host of heroines from different worlds and eras to fight an invasion taking place right on Broadway! Featuring Red Sonja, Eva (the daughter of Dracula), Lady Zorro, Red Sonja, and more! Don’t miss the funnest, bawdiest, sword-slingingest crossover event ever!

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

moomingoldentailMOOMIN & GOLDEN TAIL GN $9.95 Page 323
Tove Jansson
Another classic Moomin story reworked in full color, with a kid-proof but kid-friendly size, price, and format. One day Moomin notices that his tail seems to be thinning. Worried that Snorkmaiden will no longer love him if his tail goes bald, he consults the family doctor and several tail specialists, and even gets an X-ray. Nothing helps! Finally Moominmamma cooks up a magic potion, and it works like a charm, but now Moomin’s lustrous new tail is, well, solid gold!
Moomin and the Golden Tail

MOOMIN AND THE MARTIANS GN $9.95 Page 323
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 is a lighthearted romp that reaffirms the importance of family.
Moomin and the Martians

MOOMIN BUILDS A HOUSE GN $9.95 Page 323
Tove Jansson
Another classic Moomin story reworked in full color, with a kid-proof but kid-friendly size, price, and format. After Mymble’s family comes to visit the Moomins, her littlest and most badly behaved sister, Little My, is left behind. She promises to behave if she is given Moomin’s bedroom; Moomin, tired of being forced out of his room, decides to build a house where all the rooms will belong to him. With Little My helping out, things are sure to go awry, but in the end, Moomin’s house-building misadventures teach him the value of a home.
Moomin Builds a House

moomin1MOOMIN COMPLETE TOVE JANSSON COMIC STRIP HC VOL 1 $24.95 Page 323
Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children’s authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the Moomins. The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of the world’s largest newspaper, the London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in forty countries. This is the first time the strip has been published in any form in North America and has deservedly placed Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.
Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip – Book One

MOOMIN COMPLETE LARS JANSSON COMIC STRIP HC VOL 10 $24.95 Page 323
Lars Jansson
Moomin: The Complete Lars Jansson Comic Strip Volume 10 welcomes readers back to the beloved world of Moominvalley, where pancakes and jam are a perfectly acceptable supper and wealthy aunts can be altogether too fierce to handle. The tenth volume of Tove and Lars Jansson’s classic comic strip features the macabre and hilarious “Moomin and the Vampire” and “The Underdeveloped Moomins” story. Together, the four stories in this collection display the poignancy, whimsy, and philosophical bent that constitute the Moomins’ enduring appeal.

MOOMIN DESERT ISLAND GN $9.95 Page 323
Tove Jansson
Another classic Moomin story reworked in full color, with a kid-proof but kid-friendly size, price, and format. After a disastrous helicopter ride through a thunderstorm, the entire Moomin family is stranded on a desert island, the very island their ancestors came from! They make the best of it, hunting for their supper, exploring mysterious tunnels, and salvaging items from a wrecked pirate ship (including the Mymble!), but their ancestors don’t let them live in peace and quiet for too long. Soon the whole island will have to deal with the explosive consequences of their ancestors’ misbehavior.
Moomin’s Desert Island

MOOMIN ON THE RIVIERA GN $9.95 Page 323
Tove Jansson
As springtime dawns in Moominvalley and the first northern crocus opens, Moominpappa and Snorkmaiden, glamorized by the prospects of movie stars and gambling, insist the whole family take a trip down to the Riviera. Reluctantly Moomin and Moominmamma agree to go along, and the Moomins set off on a grand adventure, complete with butlers, luxury shops, indoor swimming pools, and duels at dawn. With their innocent curiosity about everything, the Moomins prove the perfect foil for the cynical, world-weary residents of the Riviera.
Moomin on the Riviera

MOOMIN DELUXE ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC $69.95
Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson’s Moomin stories made her one of the most beloved Scandinavian authors of the 20th-century. Jansson’s whimsical tales of Moominvalley resonate with children for their light-hearted spirit, and with adults for their incisive commentary on the banality of everyday life. Drawn & Quarterly celebrates the centenary of Jansson’s birth with Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition, a slipcased, hardcover collection of the complete Tove Jansson-penned Moomin comic strip, replete with all of her most popular storylines and original pencil sketches. The volume celebrates the classic comics the world adores, and will feature essays about Tove’s work on the Moomin strip.
Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition

IDW/ TOPSHELF

infiniteloop5THE INFINITE LOOP #5 $3.99 Page 160
Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier
As she explores the intricate hallways of the anomalies storage facility, Teddy’s never been closer to unlocking the mysteries of time paradoxes…But, will she be able to bring Ano back?

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #6 3.99 Page 171
Kelly Thompson and Sophia Campbell
Showtime showdown! The Battle of the Bands is here–Jem and The Holograms will face off against The Misfits…or will they? Battle lines are drawn! Nemeses are born!

JUNCTION TRUE $29.99 Page 178
Ray Fawkes and Vince Locke
“It’s the freaks who always change the world.” “We brought down the genome patents and open-sourced the medical profession. That was us. We crashed the plastic surgery business. We paved the way for parasite chic. The body became a new kind of playground and we, celebrating the future, we became the Neumod.” In the near-future Neumod culture of parasite addicts and hardcore one-upmanship, Dirk Brody has found love. He’ll do anything to prove himself to the woman of his dreams — even if it means blurring the boundaries of his flesh with the radical, illegal Junction True procedure. Once he starts, he can never go back…
Junction True

VOICE OF THE FIRE 414.95 Page 179
Alan Moore and Jose Villarrubia
In a story full of lust, madness, and ecstasy, we meet twelve distinctive characters that lived in the same region of central England over the span of six thousand years. Their narratives are woven together in patterns of recurring events, strange traditions, and uncanny visions. First, a cave-boy loses his mother, falls in love, and learns a deadly lesson. He is followed by an extraordinary cast of characters: a murderess who impersonates her victim, a fisherman who believes he has become a different species, a Roman emissary who realizes the bitter truth about the Empire, a crippled nun who is healed miraculously by a disturbing apparition, an old crusader whose faith is destroyed by witnessing the ultimate relic, two witches, lovers, who burn at the stake. Each interconnected tale traces a path in a journey of discovery of the secrets of the land. In the tradition of Kipling’s Puck of Pook’s Hill, Schwob’s Imaginary Lives, and Borges’ A Universal History of Infamy, Alan Moore (Watchmen, From Hell, Lost Girls) travels through history blending truth and conjecture, in a novel that is dazzling, moving, sometimes tragic, but always mesmerizing. Now available in paperback for the first time in America! With an Introduction by Neil Gaiman, a signature of full-color plates by Jose Villarrubia, and a cover design by Chip Kidd.
Voice of the Fire

IMAGE

Looks like Image decided not to write solicitation copy except for the few new books and trades debuting each month. Yay.

JUPITER’S CIRCLE #6 $3.60 Pages 219
Mark Millar and Davide Gianfelice
Issues #2 and 3 featured one of the male heroes leading a closeted double life and being blackmailed.

kaptara5KAPTARA #5 $3.50 Page 216
Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod
The main character is gay.

MORNING GLORIEs #50 $3.50 Page 204
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
Five years, fifty issues, and it all comes down to this — a very special fifth anniversary edition that also marks our season-finale and the end of this volume of Morning Glories. Simply put, it’s our biggest, boldest issue yet– with an ending that will leave everyone talking. The next exciting phase in one of comics longest running epics starts right here, as the Election arc reaching its stunning conclusion. [Jun and Guillaume seem to have a complicated relationship. Spencer talks about it briefly in this Newsarama interview.]

ODY-C #6 $3.99 Page 205
Matt Fraction an Christian Ward
What happened to Ene the Conqueror and He of Troiia after they departed for their home at the end of the Great War?

PISCES #5 $3.99 Page 216
Kurtis J Wiebe and Johnnie Christmas
Written by the same guy who writes Rat Queens.

phonogramimmaterial1PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL #1 $3.99 Page 184
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
The team behind the New York Times bestselling and Eisner-nominated smash hit THE WICKED + THE DIVINE return to the acclaimed urban-fantasy where they first made their names. Nearly a decade ago, Emily Aster sold half her personality for the power to rule a coven of phonomancers. I’m sure nothing could go horribly, monstrously wrong now. In a world where Music is Magic, a song can save or ruin your life. In The Immaterial Girl, we discover what a video can do.

RAT QUEENS #14 $3.99 Page 213
Kurtis J Wiebe and Stepjan Sejic
Betty, one of the Rat Queens, is lesbian. Won a GLAAD award.

SAGA #3 $2.99 Page 225
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Nominated for a GLAAD award. Izabel, one of the supporting characters, is lesbian. And a ghost.

THE SURFACE TP $14.99 Page 229
Ales Kot, Langdon Foss, Jordie Bellaire, and Tom Muller
What if everything you ever imagined could come true? Welcome to Africa, 2034. The West and the East are moving in and three hackers are searching Tanzania for the place that can change the world: the Surface. When they discover it, love, imagination, and survival go on a collision course as things change beyond their wildest dreams! Welcome to the universe of a mind-bending, action SF epic drawn by the esteemed Langdon Foss (Get Jiro!, Winter Soldier) and colored by the Eisner-winning Jordie Bellaire (Zero, Pretty Deadly, Moon Knight).
The Surface Volume 1

TREES #12 $2.99 Page 218
Warren Ellis and Jason Howard
One of the characters is transgend.

WALKING DEAD #145 $2.99 Page 214
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, two other gay people in the cast.

WICKED & DIVINE #13 $3.50 Page 210
Kieron GilleN, Jamie McKelvie, Kate Brown, an Matt Wilson
It’s written by Gillen. Something or someone is going to be queer.

MARVEL

amgela1602-31602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #3 $3.99 Page 42
Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, and Frazier Irving
Enchantress’s prophecy strangles Angela and Sera from all sides when they are forced to ride hell (and a few other realms, too) for leather to the distant coast. In a haunted castle, a tormented witchbreed girl named Anna Maria — a.k.a. the 1602 Rogue – makes a deadly deal – with a shocking price! Kieron and Frazer Irving bring to life the first tale Angela tells that is her very own – as the forces of Faerie close in!

A-FORCE #4 $3.99 Page 39
Marguerite Bennett, G Willow Wilson, and Jorge Molina
With the fate of Arcadia hanging in the balance, a traitor in A-FORCE’s ranks is revealed! But why would she sell out her teammates? [Hey, it’s got Miss America from Young Avengers in it!]

FUTURE IMPERFECT #4 $3.99 Page 36
Peter David and Greg Land
The Maesyto, the Thing, and the rest of the crew go looking for the Destroyer in Norseheim… and find way more than they bargained for. What’s a visit to Norseheim without an all-out battle against a guy named Ulik and an army of trolls? A face from the past returns–could this spell trouble for the Baron of Dystopi? [There’s a possibility that Peter David may use Rictor and Shatterstar here.]

KORVAC SAGA #3 $3.99 Page 37
Dan Abnett and Otto Schmidt
A dark and potentially catastrophic madness haunts the domain of The Forest Hills, and has caused an unthinkable tragedy. Lord Michael Korvac, governor of the domain, has commanded his loyal Guardians to neutralize the threat aas fast as possible, as a crucial peaace sumit with Korvac’s rival, the Wonder Man Simon Williams, is at risk But can even the powerful Starhak locate the problem? And if he can, can he survive it? [Moondragon should appear here since she appeared in the original. She was shown as straight back then, so it’s uncertain how she’ll be in this Secret Wars tie in.]

LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #17 $3.99 Page 10
Al Ewing and Lee Garbett
The last day of Loki! As the Marvel Universe dies, there’s just time for one last story — the story of the showdown you’ve been waiting for! It’s Loki versus Loki at the very end of all that is – and only one will take a bow when the curtain falls! That’s all, folks!

runawaysnew3RUNAWAYS #3 $3.99 Page 16
Noelle Stevenson and Sanford Greene
With the Winter Soldier hot on their tail, the Runaways flee to the Wild West of the 1872 domain! Plus, Jubilee is in for the shock of her life! And Molly gets a cowboy hat! (You guys, are we still saying “adorbs”?)

SECRET WARS JOURNAL #4 $3.99 Page 20
Mike Benson, Sina Grace, Laura Braga, and Victor Ibanez
No one goes AWOL from the SHIELD without the Punisher’s punishment! Mike Benson and Laura Braga chronicle Frank’s first patrol with new partner Iron Fist–but something sinister lurking beneath the surface may just make it their last! And hiding amongst the humans in the Days of Future Past, Psylocke finally decides it’s time to make her move and liberate her fellow mutants! But can one psychic ninja hope to take on an endless army of Sentinels? [A possibility of a Wiccan and Hulking appearance.]

SQUADRON SINISTER #3 $3.99 Page 43
Marc Guggenheim and Carlos Pacheco
It’s all-out war between the New Universe heroes of Nutopia and the Squadron Sinister! But are the Sinisters a greater danger to themselves? And which Sinister is going to die? [Making the list because Guggenheim contributed to Northwest Press’ anti bullying comic and his effort to educate John Byrne about trans people in Bryne’s forum.]

WOLVERINES: DESTINY Vol 4 TP $15.99 Page 91
Charles Soule, Ray Fawkes, Ario Anindito, Juan Cabal, Jonathan Marks, Ariela Kristantina, and Juan Doe
Mister Sinister was robbed of his prize — the Adamantium-covered body of Wolverine — when the X-Men stole it from his Finland fortress. But they left something behind — another piece of the puzzle, something else that was taken from our team. Now, Sinister has his revenge! And in the aftermath of his brutal attack, which heroes will remain standing — and who will not survive?! As the dust settles, the final pieces of the puzzle fall into place, and Mystique’s endgame stands fully revealed. But she’s not just trying to resurrect her long-lost love Destiny. Where does this leave the Wolverines? Find out how it all ends as everything comes crashing down! Collecting issues #16-20.
Wolverines Vol. 4: Destiny

X-TINCTION AGENDA # $3.99 Page 60
Marc Guggenheim and Carmine Di Giandomenico
It’s all-out war as the X-Men invade Genosha to retrieve their captured allies! But a shadow from their past may pose a far greater threat than they realize. And be prepared for the rise of…WarLocke!!! [Preview art has revealed that Rictor, Anole, Greymalkin, Mystique and Karma are all part of the cast.Plus, see Guggenheim seems LGBT supportive in general.]

NBM

fireshyperionFIRES ABOVE HYPERION GN $14.99 Page 350
Patrick Atangan
Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown. “One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years. Twenty years. It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.” In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life, from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break-up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.
Fires Above Hyperion

INVINCIBLE DAYS HC $19.99 Page 350
Patrick Atangan
From the artist of The Yellow Jar, this collection of short stories forms a singular narrative that reveals the tiny moments when you realize you are at the precious end-days of youth. Atangan creates an intricate mosaic from his own childhood memories as well as those gathered from friends and family. Bittersweet, joyful and reflective, these are the type of marking moments that best define us as adults
Invincible Days

ONI PRESS

STRINGERS #1 $3.99 Page 353
Marc Guggenheim and Austin Greenwood
Paul and Nick are the guys who shoot the news. Filming car chases, fires, and shootouts in their busted-up rig, they put their (uninsured, unsalaried) lives on the line every night so that the good citizens of Los Angeles can get their daily update. But when a firefight between the LAPD and the MS-13 goes wrong, Nick and Paul find themselves on the run.

STUMPTOWN # Vol 3 $3.99 Page 358
Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood
On one side, homicidal hipster barristas. On the other, the mysterious Mister Dove and his anonymous employer. In the middle, Dex, 3lbs of coffee beans, and a sister she’d gladly sell for beer money…

RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

HILO GN VOL 1 BOY WHO CRASHED TO EARTH $13.99 Page 362
Judd Winick
Introducing HILO, a funny, action-packed, full-color new middle-grade graphic novel series that Bone creator Jeff Smith calls “delightful.” D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. But that was before a mysterious boy came crashing down from the sky! Hilo doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only your underwear is a bad idea!)…But what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of his past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? And are D.J. and Gina ready to save the world?
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

SUBLIME

EMBRACING LOVE 2IN1 GN VOL 3 $16.99 Page 367
Youka Nitta
Once again, passions flare as Iwaki and Katou’s lives are turned upside down by the antics of their new personal assistant, Asano. The devious newcomer misses no opportunity to drive a wedge between the star-crossed lovers, and he takes full advantage of the friction he’s created between them. This volume contains the popular bonus side story “Winter Cicada” as well as additional stories about a romantic honeymoon and a photo shoot that turns sexy!
Embracing Love, Vol. 3 (Embracing Love (2-in-1))

September 5, 2017
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