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LGBT Previews August 2017 Part 1

Happy Solstice!

This month’s feature image comes from I Hear The Sunspot from manga publisher One Peace. Yuki Fumino explores the intersectionality of being gay and disabled. Hi Fi Fight Club by Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueya looks to be an interesting mini following four young women working in a New Jersey record shop in the late 1990s. Marguerite Bennett brings her magic to a Sheena revival. Now’s the time to order a copy of Quantum Teens Are Go if you’re trade waiting! Tom Neely’s atypical Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever is collected in a hard cover and there’s also a coloring book! Speaking of coloring books…. The Power Rangers have one to tempt you and there’s also a Fauns and Fairies one intricately and sensuously drawn by Trungles in Oni’s solicits.

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! As much as we try, sometimes a book, series, or creator is overlooked. Send us a message if that’s the case or to let us know about your work that doesn’t appear in Previews. https://gayleague.com/contact/

Please consider using our Amazon affiliate link to order any of trades or graphic novels with links in the list (or any thing from Amazon). Of course, supporting your local comic shop and book stores is important too!

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

MOTOR GIRL #8 $3.99 Page 246
Terry Moore
As Walden’s fight against the UFOs escalates to a full-scale war, Sam is faced with the terrible choice of Life or Love. She can have one or the other, but not both, and she must decide quickly or lose it all. The mercury’s rising in Motor Girl’s desert standoff. Don’t miss the action!

AFTERSHOCK

ALTERS #6 $3.99 Page 260
Paul Jenkins and Leila Leiz
With her nemesis, Matter Man, finally under control, Chalice begins a new chapter of her life as spokeswoman and primary recruiter for the Gateway Army. However, when she encounters a brand new Alter living in extreme poverty, she is forced to recognize that not everyone wants to be found, giving her a new perspective on the complexity of her own situation.

ANIMOSITY #9 $3.99 Page 259
Marguerite Bennett and Rafael Latorre
Tensions run high as betrayal stings Jesse in a way she could have never imagined. Can Kyle shed his humanity enough to aid Jesse in her quest? Can Sandor forsake his bestial nature in order to save that which he loves? The answers lie within!

ARCHIE

ALL NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE YOUR PAL ARCHIE #2 $3.99 Page 281
Ty Templeton, Dan Parent, and Ty Templeton
Classic-style Archie makes his return in this all-new, all-ages comic! Now that Archie’s won the lottery, how will his life change? Also, something’s wrong with Reggie. He’s being nice to everybody!

ARCHIE #23 $3.99 Page 281
Mark Waid and Pete Woods
Brand new story arc! The fallout continues! One life has been destroyed, another family has been torn apart – and only the kids of Riverdale High can save their town from imploding! [Kevin Keller is in the cast.]

ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #281 $4.99 Page 282
Dan Parent, Tim Kennedy, and Pat Kennedy
It’s back to school for our double digests! In the brand-new story “It’s All Relative,” Archie’s Uncle Roy is a business success story-despite never finishing high school! He decides to go back and get his diploma at Riverdale High, and puts a cramp in Archie’s style!

BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FALL DIGEST ANNUAL $6.99 Page 282
Dan Parent and Pat Kennedy
It’s back to school for our double digests! In the brand new story “Don’t Test My Patience,” Veronica gets the highest score on the student aptitude test-but has there been some tampering with the results?

JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS #9 $3.99 Page 281
Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deordio
The Pussycats and their various musical allies and friends must unite to save the kidnapped Archies! Don’t miss the stunning finale to “Faster, Pussycats: Drift, Drift”!

JUGHEAD & ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #27 $5.99 Page 282
Dan Parent and Bill Galvan
It’s back to school for our double digests! In the all-new story “You Broke It, You Bought It,” Archie breaks Riverdale High’s prestigious football trophy, so it’s up to him and Jughead to fix it before anyone notices!

RIVERDALE #5 $3.99 Page 281
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Joe Eisma
Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, this issue gives us a peek into what makes Riverdale High hot-shots Reggie Mantle and Josie McCoy tick. Reggie’s used to getting what he wants, and sets his romantic sights on the lead singer of the Pussycats. But when Josie turns him down, just how far will Reggie go to convince her he’s worth an audition?

SABRINA #8 $4.99 Page 280
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Robert Hack
“Witch-War,” part two of six. Edward Spellman, trapped in Harvey’s body, has been reunited with Madame Satan, who is finally realizing her grand plan of revenge. But Edward has his own dark agenda, and with Sabrina cut off from her aunts, the Spellman ladies are more vulnerable than ever as Round Two of the “Witch-War” commences!

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #71 $4.99 Page 282
Dan Parent and Bill Galvan
It’s back to school for our double digests! In the brand new story “Hitting a Sour Note,” Archie’s musicianship lands him the opportunity to go to a private music school. When he realizes that his skills are not up to par with his peers, is it too late to go back to RHS?

AVATAR

PROVIDENCE ACT #3 $21.99 Page 286
Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows
The soul-crushed final arc of Providence is unveiled in this special hardcover-only edition! Everything Robert Black thought he knew is called into question as the tapestry of history and the stories of H.P. Lovecraft get wound ever tighter. All the secrets are revealed and nothing will ever be the same by the end of Providence! Alan Moore’s quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying reinvention of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore’s most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other and a true must-have addition to his essential works in the field. We present a collected Providence Act 3 Hard Cover edition that contains Providence issues #9-12, and all the back matter, in this one-time printing of this edition.

BLACK MASK

THE FOREVERS #5 $3.99 Page 289
Curt Pires and Eric Pfeiffer
The end.

KIM & KIM: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD #2 $3.99 Page 288
Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrrera
The Fighting Kims are broke and stranded. So what do they do about it? The answer, as usual, is “nothing helpful.” Featuring a journey into the afterlife and an action scene in a fruit stand and also some legit relationship stuff. And now it’s an Eisner-nominated series!

QUANTUM TEENS ARE GO Vol 1 TP $12.99 Page 288
Magdalene Visaggio and Eryk Donovan
Mad science is the punkest s*** there is. Teenage sweethearts Nat & Sumesh spend their nights breaking into abandoned superlabs to steal the parts they need to build a time machine – and they’ve just found the most important piece. But mysterious entities keep trying to stop them from turning it on. Now all they’ve gotta do is hang on long enough to figure out why. Magdalene Visaggio (Eisner-nominated Kim & Kim) and Eryk Donovan (Memetic) bring you a high-octane adventure full of robots, muscle cars, and queer-a** skater punks.

BOOM

AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL 2017 GRAB BAG #1 $7.99 Page 299
Kate Sherron, Jorgan Gibson, Terry Blas, Max Davidson, Brittany Peer, Gustavo Borgess, Ted Anderson, Kate Sherron, Jordan Gibson, and Jen Hickman
It’s a brand-new collection of hilarious shorts from Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball!
Elmore Junior High dig up a time capsule from 1987 that unleash a cloud of germs that turn people into…the 1980s! Plus, Gumball, Darwin, and Anais experience a snow day in the middle of summer, Nicole and Richard’s date night goes horribly awry, and more!

COADY & THE CREEPIES TP $14.99 Page 297
Liz Prince and Amanda Kirk
Sisters Coady, Corey, and Criss are The Creepies, a trio of punk rockers determined to play every gig in Pinmageddon. They’re heading out on their first tour since a freak accident left Coady eerily unscathed…and, well, technically dead. It may prove a little difficult to be the greatest band that ever lived when your drummer is a ghost!
Collects the complete limited series.

GODSHAPER #5 $3.99 Page 303
Simon Spurrier and Jonas Goonface
Abandoning Bud and his quest for musical stardom, Ennay joins the dastardly Cumpa crew that has been hounding him since Chicago.

GO GO POWER RANGERS #2 $3.99 Page 304
Ryan Parrott and Dan Mora
The team explores the added everyday benefits-and drawbacks-of being a teenager with Morphin powers, while Rita concocts a plan to uncover the Rangers true identities!

HI-FI FIGHT CLUB #1 $3.99 Page 296
Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueya
Film and TV director Carly Usdin (Suicide Kale, RuPaul’s Drag Race) teams up with breakout artist Nina Vakueva for a new series that’s music to our ears!
New Jersey, 1998. Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store. She’s prepared to deal with anything-misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie. But when Rory Gory, the staff’s favorite singer, mysteriously vanishes the night before her band’s show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl…her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club

LUMBERJANES #41 $3.99 Page 307
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Ayme Sotuyo
When Jo builds a device that can control time, the Lumberjane scouts get stoked on science! But for Molly, Jo’s invention could mean something else entirely…the chance to make their summer at camp last forever!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #18 $3.99 Page 304
Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
As the dust settles from Rita’s global takeover, the government begins investigating the Power Rangers in an operation that will strike right to the very core of the team.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Vol 4 TP $16.99 Page 305
Kyle Higgins, Ryan Ferrier, and Hendry Prasetya
With Tommy and Billy trapped in a dystopian future, they’ll have to join the resistance in the fight against the evil Lord Drakkon if they want to make home. But with Jason, Kimberly, Trini, and Zack batting for control of the Command Center from Rita Repulsa, will there even be a home to return to? It’s the ultimate test of strength and will with an epic conclusion that will send ripples throughout the entire Mighty Morphin universe. Collects issues #13-16.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ADULT COLORING BOOK $16.99 Page 305
Various
Colors are an important part of how Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, Billy and Tommy identify themselves as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and now the power to showcase those colors is in your hands. Featuring over 90 black-and-white illustrations from an array of artists such as Goni Montes, Paul Pope, David Rubin, Hendry Prasetya, Daniele Di Nicuolo, and many more, it’s color mophin time in the first-ever Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book. Fans, colorists, and even Bulk and Skull now hold the power to bring a unique look to the Rangers, zords, villains, and city of Angels Grove. Stay inside the lines, and may the Power protect you.!

STEVEN UNIVERSE #7 $3.99 Page 308
Melanie Gilman and Katy Farina
Steven and Pearl spend a night in playing board games.

STEVEN UNIVERSE TP #1 WARP TOUR $14.99 Page 308
Melanie Gillman and Katy Farina
Writer Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) and artist Katy Farina (The Amazing World of Gumball) team up for the start of a new series of adventures!. This first collected edition includes stories where the Gems help a lost baby bird, enter a food truck competition, go to a prom, and take part in a Renaissance Faire! Includes Steven Universe #1-4.

THE WOODS #34 $3.99 Page 303
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
The war rages on both at home and in the stars, and not everyone will make it out alive.

CHAPTERHOUSE

DIE KITTY DIE HOLLYWOOD OR BUST #3 $3.99 Page 319
Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz
Lights! Camera! Action! That beautiful witch, Kitty Ravencraft, is in Hollywood to make a movie about herself, but someone is out to kill her again and it’s not just the critics!

FANTOMAH #4 $3.99 Page 319
Ray Fawkes and Djibril Morisette
Paz Gallegos, the dreaded Fantomah, now finds herself the prey as she is hunted by an evil force hellbent on stopping her deadly path of retribution. But while she may be injured, Fantomah is far from helpless. Nothing will stop her from reaching her sisters. The questions is: once she finds them, how much of Paz Gallegos will be left within the monster she must become?

D.E.

RED SONJA #8 $3.99 Page 345
Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez
Buckle up for a wild journey as Sonja treks across America looking for a way back to Hyrkania. But as she heads further West, all she seems to find is trouble..

SHEENA #0 $3.9 Page 324
Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujillo, and Moritat
In this riveting relaunch, the guardian of the jungle, Sheena, pursues a mysterious invader that has come to spy on the Amazon’s most ancient secrets… Following the path of the trespasser, she encounters a forbidden ruin in which even more deadly dangers lie in wait — and begins an adventure that will take her beyond her wildest imaginings!

SOVEREIGNS #4 $3.99 Page 333
Ray Fawkes, Aubrey Sitterson, Johnny Desjardins, and Dylan Burnett
Because you demanded it! Tragg and Lorn return, but not even slightly in the place they’re supposed to be! Samson’s perilous journey across the dead Earth takes a fateful turn, and Magnus prepares to meet his destiny. Oh, and the moon explodes. Also: Doc Spektor, Part 3! The story of the all-new master (and we use the term lightly) sorcerer continues…as Doc clashes with one tough pixie who’s come to collect – and then goes Dutch on a date!

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

BERLIN #20 $5.95 Page 354
Jason Lutes
With its twentieth issue, one of the biggest graphic novel events of the early 21st-century is fast-approaching-the completion of Jason Lutes’ epic Berlin series. Here, the inevitable antagonist of the tale of pre-WWII Germany begins to take center stage. Marthe and Kurt find their way back to each other-he, from the bottom of the bottle and she, from a one-sided relationship. Fascism creeps into every corner of society, but some can see it better than others. (Offered again)

BERLIN TP BOOK 1 $22.95 Page 354
Jason Lutes
Berlin: City of Stones presents the first part of Jason Lutes’ captivating trilogy, set in the twilight years of Germany’s Weimar Republic. Kurt Severing, a journalist, and Marthe Muller, an art student, are the central figures. City of Stones covers eight months in Berlin, from September 1928 to May Day, 1929, meticulously documenting the hopes and struggles of its inhabitants as their future is darkened by a glowing shadow.

BERLIN TP BOOK 2 CITY OF SMOKE $22.95 Page 354
Jason Lutes
The people of Weimar Berlin search for answers after the lethal May Day demonstration of 1929. Tension builds along with the dividing wall between communists and nationalists, Jews and gentiles, as the dawn of the Second World War draws closer. The lives of the characters within Lutes’s epic weave together to create a seamless portrait of this transitory city. Marthe Muller follows lover Kurt Severing as he interviews participants in the May Day demonstration, but moonlights in the city’s lesbian nightlife. Lutes creates a sense of anxiety and imminent doom.

MOOMIN BEGINS A NEW LIFE GN $9.99 Page 354
Tove Jansson
When a charismatic prophet comes to town, the residents of Moominvalley are easily convinced to follow his doctrine for true happiness. Intrigued by their friends and neighbors’ lifestyle changes, the impressionable Moomins find themselves attempting to adopt the teachings of their new spiritual leader. But the freer they get, the more miserable they feel. Moominvalley’s state of divine chaos is further complicated by the prophet’s well-intentioned decree to free all of the jail’s inmates. Moomin Begins a New Life is an eccentric all-ages adventure from the acclaimed Finnish cartoonist Tove Jansson that explores the appeal of self-transformation and the pursuit of happiness.

FANTAGRAPHICS

LOVE & ROCKETS MAGAZINE #3 $3.99 Page 358
Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez
What is “punk”? What did it all mean? What does it mean now? What will it mean in the end? The Locas girls’s punk reunion has come to a close but the evening has just begun. Also, the Animus situation has gotten too BIG for reunited sisters Lumina and Isla. Meanwhile, on the Gilbert side: Fritz starred in a Dr. Who ripoff only to see her 10-year-old daughter take over the role before returning to the show’s last episode 5 years later. Meanwhile, Fritz’s newly reunited twin daughters get to (uncomfortably) know one another and meet a classic Palomar character (or three)!

MICROCOSM PUBLISHING

HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER AND EVER HC $25.95 Page 389
Tom Neely and various
Two myths. One legend. The greatest love story ever told has finally been released in graphic novel form, featuring 29 short stories about the domestic life of “Henry” and “Glenn” and sometimes their neighbors “Daryl” and “John.” Glenn deals with issues with his mother while Henry, “a loud guy with a good work ethic,” shows his darker side and indifference to a fan as he drinks black coffee and bonds with Glenn over their distaste for their own bands. These are two men who truly suffer best together. This book collects four serialized comics, adds even more never-before-published pages than the previous collective edition, and will have a spiffy hardcover.

HENRY AND GLENN ADULT COLORING BOOK $12.95 Page 389
Tom Neely and Igloo Tornado
Love is so metal! Get pumped on inspirational love with the coloring book of the century, celebrating the romance of the millennium: Henry & Glenn Forever. Bust out your rainbow crayons and make your own mark on the ongoing story of two tough men learning to express their emotions together.

ONE PEACE BOOKS

I HEAR THE SUNSPOT GN $12.95 Page 391
Yuki Fumino
Because of a hearing disability, Kohei is often misunderstood and has trouble integrating into life on campus, so he learns to keep his distance. That is until he meets the outspoken and cheerful Taichi. He tells Kohei that his hearing loss is not his fault. Taichi’s words cut through Kohei’s usual defense mechanisms and open his heart. More than friends, less than lovers, their relationship changes Kohei forever.

ONI

FAUNS AND FAIRIES ADULT COLORING BOOK $11.99 Page 402
Trungles
Fauns & Fairies: The Adult Fantasy Coloring Book is an erotic coloring book for adults, offering a steamy interpretation of traditional fantasy characters. From succubi to knights to pixies, the beautiful art nouveau-inspired illustrations show classic characters in sensuous poses sure to please. The delicate and detailed artwork is ideal for adult coloring book enthusiasts!

HEARTTHROB SEASON 2 #3 $3.99 Page 397
Christopher Sebela and Robert Wilson Iv
True love conquers all. Common sense, friends, new jobs and newer boyfriends fall by the wayside as Callie backslidesinto her life of crime. Ditching her crew and rekindling her on-again off-again thing with Mercer, Callie sets off on a crime spree to prove herself and to Mercer that she’s one of the best. But is Mercer an angel or devil whispering in her ear? And is Callie setting herself up to fall not only on him, but for two countries’worth of law enforcement?

PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER HC $12.99 Page 392
Katie O’Neill
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress, who wants to get rid of Sadie once and for all. Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what “happily ever after” really means–and how they can find it with each other. (OFFERED AGAIN)

STUMPTOWN GN Vol 1 $10.00 Page 401
Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth, and various
Join the investigation on Dex Parios’s first case for just $10! Dex is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented P.I. Unfortunately, she’s less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. Her recent streak has left her beyond broke — she’s into the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex’s luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast’s casino operation, will clear Dex’ debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne’s missing granddaughter. Is this job Dex’s way out of the hole or a shove down one much much deeper?

THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY $17.99 Page 392
Katie O’Neill
From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives–and eventually her own.

SUBLIME

FINDER DELUXE: CAUGHT IN A CAGE ED GN Vol 2 $14.99 Page 415
Ayano Yamane
Impulsive freelance photographer Akihito Takaba isn’t one to back down from a challenge. Undeterred by the ravaging his body took at the hands of crime lord Asami Ryuichi, Akihito stakes out the handsome crime boss’s club hoping to get the information he needs to take him down. Meanwhile, rival mafioso Fei Long returns to Hong Kong after his run-in with Asami and reminisces about their time together seven years earlier. What could the future possibly hold for this very deadly love triangle?

TEN COUNT GN Vol 5 $12.99 Page 415
Rihito Takarai
Seeing Kurose for the first time in two months, Shirotani takes a big step forward in their relationship — and his treatment — by holding hands with Kurose. Then, after Kurose fails to invite him home, Shirotani chases after him! Could this new, more impulsive side of Shirotani signal a new phase in this tumultuous relationship?

TITAN

SHERLOCK THE GREAT GAME #1 $4.99 Page 423
Stephen Thompson, Jay, and various
Manga adaptation of the hit tv show starring worldwide superstars Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit)!

VALIANT

HARBINGER RENEGADES #6 $3.99 Page 444
Rafer Roberts and Juan Jose Ryp
Brutal Beginnings! Centuries ago, at the height of the dark ages, one of the world’s first psiots has made a terrible discovery… he is not alone. Lurking in the shadows of humanity awaits the ‘The Strombringer,’ a psiot with it a darkness so great, it will destroy everyone with special abilities around him. But what great secret about these legendary figures will finally be exposed…and how will it shape the catastrophic Harbinger War that is to come? ‘Massacre’ presents an insidious interlude traveling back to the origins of evil itself, as Harvey Award nominated writer Rafer Roberts and superstar artist Darick Robertson unveil the origins of the Valiant Universe’s next major villain… and reveal an untold confrontation between H.A.R.D. Corps. Leader Charlie Palmer and Alexander Solomon. [Kris and her girlfriend are queer and or non binary.]

VAULT

HEATHEN #5 $3.99 Page 452
Natasha Alterici
Natasha Alterici’s smash hit, Heathen, continues! Once again Aydis finds herself alone. Now she must journey to the elusive place known as Heimdall, the living gateway to the land of the gods. To get there, she must brave the treacherous waters of the Northern Sea. But hiring a ship proves trickier than she imagined.

VERTICAL

WHAT DID YOU EAT YESTERDAY GN Vol 12 $12.99 Page 453
Fumi Yoshinaga
From the James Tripee Award Winning author, Fumi Yoshinaga, comes a casual romance between two 40-year-old men and the many meals they share together. A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals!
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