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LGBT Previews August 2017 Part Two

The comics and trades you’ll find on this list are created by LGBT (and allies) writers and artists or feature LGBT characters or themes.  August marks Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday and both DC and Marvel are celebrating it. DC is publishing a handful of one shots featuring some of the characters Kirby created working at DC while Marvel is reprinting a good number of milestone comics Kirby drew for the bargain price of $1.00. Steve Orlando teaming up with Dan Jurgens on Kirby’s 1970s Sandman look the most exciting!

Supporting your local comic shop or bookstore is really important!  These comics and trades can also be purchased at Amazon in print or digital (Kindle and Comixology!) Just bookmark and use our affiliate link or any of the book titles with links to make some or all of your purchases and Gay League will earn a small commission! You pay the same price and your info remains confidential with Amazon. Anything Amazon sells from books to clothes to any of its subscription services is eligible!

Part one of the Previews list covering comics, trades, and graphic novels from publishers such as Boom, Archie, DE, small press, and indies is here!

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!

DARK HORSE

AMERICAN GODS: SHADOWS #6 $3.99 Page 44
Neil Gaiman and P Craig Russell
Now A Starz TV show! As Wednesday attempts to rally his fellow gods to fight, Shadow is kidnapped by men in black-Mr. Wood and Mr. Stone, who brutally interrogate and beat him for answers on the coming god war.
The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a comic series for the first time!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 11 #10 $3.99 Page 51
Christos Gage and Megan Levens
Despite not knowing who their Big Bad is, Buffy and the Scoobies know where the fruits of his or her evil labors are-and they’re going in to destroy those fruits . . . er, maybe. Hopefully, along the way, they’ll figure out who-or what-is behind the plot to remove magic from the world in time to save magical beings everywhere!

HARLEQUIN VALENTINE $12.99 Page 45
Neil Gaiman and John Bolton
The story of the legendary commedia dell’arte has been beautifully redesigned in a new hardbound edition. When a buffoonish Harlequin offers his heart to the beautiful, oblivious Columbine, neither of them is prepared for the charming surprise that awaits them both! Gorgeously redesigned new edition! Back in print for the first time in years!

ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #21 $3.99 Page 59
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
Throughout the entirety of ElfQuest, Cutter and Skywise have been “brothers in all but blood.” Now the Stargazer must make an inescapable choice-remain on the World of Two Moons with his heart-family, or travel among the stars as he has always longed. Can his bond with Cutter survive? Meanwhile, human invaders once again threaten a sacred elf-home with fire, and there is only one who can stand in their way.=

SERENITY EVERYTHING’S SHINY ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $14.99 Page 62
Pablo Churin & Various
Based on creator Joss Whedon’s space-pirate crew and all the elements of their futuristic, western-inspired universe, the original illustrations in this volume celebrate characters, locations, and the essence of everything that began in the cult-classic television series Firefly and continued in the film Serenity. Includes 45 pieces of highly detailed, original black-and-white artwork to color!

ZODIAC STARFORCE: CRIES OF THE FIRE PRINCE #2 $3.99 Page 63
Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
Winter break isn’t so relaxing for the team! A creature from the dark dimension Nephos has been summoned to their town by unknown enemies. The girls also discover they aren’t the only Zodiac Starforce team-are they friend . . . or foe?

DC

ACTION #985 & 986 $2.99 Page 74
Rob Williams and Guillem March
“Eve of Destruction” part one! Superman finds himself side by side with Lex Luthor once more, but is his former foe truly committed to being a hero, or is it just a ruse to gain the Man of Steel’s trust? As world events point to something dark on the horizon, the mysterious Mr. Oz makes his final move against the Man of Tomorrow. [Maggie Sawyer is in the cast.]

“Eve of Destruction” part two! Superman finds himself side by side with Lex Luthor once more, but is his former foe truly committed to being a hero, or is it just a ruse to gain the Man of Steel’s trust? As world events point to something dark on the horizon, the mysterious Mr. Oz makes his final move against the Man of Tomorrow.

BATGIRL #14 $3.99 Page 77
Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose
“Summer of Lies” part one! Batgirl and Nightwing’s feelings for each other have always run deep…but is their bond built on more than Bat Family loyalty and a long-ago childhood crush? When an old villain comes back into Babs’ life, she and Dick will have to reopen painful wounds and remember a time they’d hoped would remain forgotten. This is an event no Batgirl or Nightwing fan will want to miss!

BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 HC $24.99 Page 134
Jeff Parker, Marc Andreyko, and David Hahn
What mysteries are hidden in the book Ra’s al Ghul hired Catwoman to steal? And why does this caper lead Batman down memory lane — to his childhood fight against actual Nazis? Witness the Caped Crusader’s first encounter with one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Wonder Woman! Collecting the six-issue miniseries!

BATMAN THE SHADOW #5 $3.99 Page 112
Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, and Riley Rossmo
The Stag and The Joker have kidnapped the Shadow’s greatest allies and are preparing to enter Shamba-La. It’s Batman and the Shadow’s last stand–if they don’t stop the evil duo from entering Shamba-La, it will mean an eternity of darkness in a world ruled by crime!

BATWOMAN #56 $3.99 Page 81
Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, and Steve Epting
“Open Fire” part one! Return to the brief flash of the future seen in Batwoman: Rebirth and meet Commander Kane–a battle-hardened version of Batwoman! Hurting from battles unknown, she’s taken control of the deadly Colony and declared war on Gotham City! What could possibly cause Kate Kane to bring the battlefront to her home? Find out here!

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #32 & 33 $3.99 Page 113
Marguerite Bennett, Mirka Andolfo, and Sandy Jarrell
Supergirl fights Faora, and Hugo Strange unleashes his failed lab experiments on Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s circus. Meanwhile, Killer Frost directs her mythical army into the city, and the supernatural Nazi invasion begins!

In this final issue, will Power Girl join Faora in creating a new Krypton? When given the chance to avenge her family on Hugo Strange, will Lois Lane take the shot? Then, find out which side Lex Luthor has truly been on, and what this means for the future of the Bombshells! Watch for the return of the Bombshells in an all-new series coming soon!

DEATHSTROKE #22 $3.99 Page 84
Christopher Priest and Diogenes Neves
“Defiance” part two! With his new team assembled, Deathstroke takes Team Defiance on their first mission to retake control of a U.S. Embassy held hostage in a small foreign country. But while the team fights for their lives against a mysterious new villain known as the Radiant Man, Slade abandons his team to address some unfinished business with an old friend: Dr. Light! [So, Jericho is in the book as an out gay…villain?]

DETECTIVE #962 & 963 $2.99 Page 85
James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez, and Carmen Nunez Carnero
“Intelligence” finale! Ascalon, the deadly artificial intelligence created by the Order of St. Dumas, is ready to replace Azrael and purify Gotham City… and all that stands in the way of the world’s most flawless computer brain is the mind of Batman himself!

“Longer Chains” part one! Having exiled herself from Batman’s world, Spoiler has nearly destroyed herself trying to expose the corruption of Gotham City’s vigilantes. Fortunately for her, help has arrived…but unfortunately for the city, it’s in the form of the mysterious Anarky! Is he truly on the side of the people, or is he a dangerous lunatic?

FLASH #28 & 29 $2.99 Page 86
Joshua WIlliamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico
“Negative” part one! It’s a bleak new day as the citizens of Central City meet Negative-Flash! He’s got a terrible attitude and volatile powers that leave a wake of destruction wherever he goes. Exactly the kind of person you’d want The Flash to put behind bars. There’s just one problem: he is The Flash! Can Barry Allen get his new powers under control before they kill him?

“Negative” part two! What’s a Rogue to do when The Flash goes bad? Get worse. Operating from behind bars in Iron Heights, the incarcerated Rogues graduate from costumed crooks to true kingpins of crime, unleashing the new villain known as Shrapnel upon the chaotic and unprotected streets of Central City.

HARLEY QUINN #25 & 26 $3.99/ $2.99 Page 90
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin
“Birthday!” It’s an oversize anniversary issue as Harley’s entire cast of crazy characters comes together to celebrate the birthday of cyborg senior citizen Sy Borgman…but is there actually a bigger secret behind this gathering? And in ‘Harley Loves Joker’ part nine, Harley’s spent a fortune building out The Joker Gang’s new hideout, and now they’re gonna have to take drastic measures to pay the bill!

“Mean Streets!” Harley’s been doing her best to hold her corner of New York City together, but the mayor’s been doing his best to tip the whole town into corruption! Harley’s gonna have to hammer some sense into this guy once and for all…and in “Harley Loves Joker” part ten, The Joker’s vendetta against the thief who’s been scalping all his prime jobs threatens to get everyone killed!

HARLEY QUINN A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS HC $34.99 Page 137
Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and various
Twenty-five years? Seriously? Okay, yes, it’s true: It’s been a quarter of a century since Dr. Harleen Quinzel showed up and stole our hearts, our wallets and our dignity. Celebrate 25 years of Harley in this new hardcover that guest stars The Joker, Batman, Poison Ivy and many more!

HARLEY QUINN REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTION HC BOOK 1 $34.99 Page 130
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, and John Timms
In these stories from Harley Quinn #1-13, Harley’s gotta protect her neighborhood against an all-out zombie apocalypse! Break out the chainsaws, everybody! Then, Harley must set out on a journey that will take her around the world–and into the clutches of a bizarre robotic enemy! And The Joker is back — and he’s out to win Harley’s heart back, no matter who gets in the way…especially not Red Tool!

HARLEY QUINN: RED MEAT Vol 3 TP (REBIRTH) $16.99 Page 130
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Timms, and various
When homeless people start to disappear, it’s Harley Quinn to the rescue! And when she learns that it’s the mayor who’s behind it all, Harley must put a stop to his scheme. Then, Harley Sinn is released from prison and is out to hurt The Joker! But when he goes missing, both Harleys are on the hunt! Collects issues #14-16 and the lead stories from issues #17-21.

HELLBLAZER #13 $3.99 Page 91
Simon Oliver and Jesus Merino
“The Spirit Hunter” part one! Home from Paris, John gets in a drunken argument, has a terrible dream about a dead teenager, and then finds the corpse. Did someone use his imagination as a weapon, or has his distaste for humanity made him a murderer?

INJUSTICE 2 #7 and 8 $2.99 Page 113
Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, and Juan Albarran
The heroes come together again to mourn a fallen comrade. Later, Batman is confronted by Blue Beetle, and Black Canary is visited by someone from her past. Then, just as Batman and his team think they’re going to have a rare moment of happiness, the Suicide Squad gets ready to spoil the party.

INJUSTICE GROUND ZERO HC Vol 2 #24.99 Page 138
Christopher Sebela, Pop Mhan, and various
In these stories from issues #7-12, Harley and The Joker are back together, but is Harley Quinn a pawn in an evil plot, or is she setting an elaborate trap? And as the world moves ever closer to mass destruction, heroes fall and villains rise in Injustice: Ground Zero Vol 2, setting the stage for the new game Injustice 2!

GREEN LANTERNS #28 & 29 $2.99 Page 88
Sam Humphries, Eduardo Pansica, and Julio Ferreira
“Out of Time” part two! Simon and Jessica go from basic training on Mogo to training some of the first beings in the universe to wear green rings! Trapped in the past, the Green Lanterns of Earth must rally the first seven Lanterns to defeat a threat that could destroy the cosmos! [A female Green Lantern is queer.]

“Out of Time” part three! The death of one of their own shakes the new Green Lanterns’ resolve. Simon and Jess step up to lead the charge that may be their only hope of ever returning home to their own time.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #12 & 13 $2.99 Page 93
Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis
“Crisis in the Microverse” part one! It’s the story you’ve been waiting for! Ryan Choi leads the JLA on a rescue mission into the microverse to rescue his long-lost mentor, Ray Palmer, the original Atom, and unravel the mystery of his disappearance in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1!

“Crisis in the Microverse” part two! Disaster strikes when the JLA’s shrink ship crashes on a strange world, where the team encounters a mysterious being who claims a connection to the missing Ray Palmer. But nobody’s going anywhere without the help of Shahn-Zi, a sentient planet with the power to find Palmer.

JUSTICE LEAGUE POWER RANGERS #5 $3.99 Page 115
Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne
The Justice League and the Power Rangers have arrived in the Rangers’ home dimension, but the heroes of these two worlds are too late to prevent Angel Grove’s shocking fate. With the Earth now on the chopping block, can these teams come together to undo the damage wrought by Zedd and Brainiac? Co-published with BOOM! Studios.

NIGHTWING #26 & 27 $2.99 Page 95
Tim Seeley and Javi Fernandez
“Spyral” part one! Huntress comes back into Nightwing’s life at his lowest moment. But is she here to help him find the man who killed one of Dick’s closest allies? Or is she here to carry out a mission of her own?

“Spyral” part two! Nightwing and Huntress have been ambushed by Spyral, and their old friend Tiger is leading the charge! Will the duo find out what corrupted their former agency–or are they about to be disavowed and burned?

SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 $4.99 Page 122
Dan Jurgens, Steve Orlando, Jon Bogdanove, and Rick Leonardi
Don’t miss two new tales starring Jack Kirby’s costumed Master of Nightmares from the 1970s. Sandman, Brute and Glob battle an onslaught of dreams so powerful that they are invading the dreams of other people! Then, a grown-up Jed Walker returns to his childhood home, only to find himself haunted by dreams from the past. Plus: a seldom-seen Sandman story from the 1970s!

SUPERGIRL #12 $3.99 Page 98
Steve Orlando and Robson Rocha
“Emerald Eradication” part one! Emerald Empress’ attack on Supergirl begins as her new Fatal Five assembles. Empress’ plan to destroy Supergirl’s present to preserve her future goes into full swing as Supergirl tries to hold her own–but soon even her abilities are out of her control.

SUPERWOMAN #13 $2.99 Page 101
Kate Perkins and Stephen Segovia
“Return to Smallville” Searching for an explanation of the source of her powers, Lana traces her steps back to high school with a teenage Clark Kent in Smallville. With Lana’s role as Superwoman hanging in the balance, Lex Luthor makes an unexpected appearance.

TEEN TITANS #11 $3.99 Page 102
Ben Percy and Khoi Pham
“Blood of the Manta” part three! Everything comes crashing down when Black Manta reveals his son’s true origin, and the shock is almost too much for Jackson to bear! Meanwhile, the Teen Titans have tracked Black Manta down–but is it too little, too late? Will the Teen Titans save their new friend…or make a new enemy? [In last year’s 80 paged Rebirth special it was learned that this Aqualad is gay.]

WILD STORM returns in September

WONDER WOMAN #28 & 29 $2.99 Page 105
Shea Fontana and David Messina
“Heart of the Amazon” part three! With the immediate threat subdued, Diana thought she could take time to help Etta Candy recover from her wounds…but will her presence put Etta in even more danger?

“Heart of the Amazon” part four! No single bounty hunter would be enough to draw blood from Wonder Woman–which is why the cabal that’s so desperate to get their hands on Amazon DNA has sent five!

VERTIGO

EVERAFTER #12 $3.99 Page 143
Dave Justus, Lilah Sturges, and Travis Moore
This is the end of the fairy tale. Will anyone live happily ever after? Will anyone live, period? While the Shadow Players face down the big guns of the Lone Star State, Feathertop calls in a favor to resolve the crisis at the school. But will Mundy-turned-Fable Bobby Speckland ever be the same after his reeducation? And will the rest of the team survive to see another mission? Find out here, in our fateful — and fatal — final issue!

YOUNG ANIMAL

DOOM PATROL #8 $3.99 Page 12
Gerard Way and Nick Derington
What is S**t, and why is everyone eating it? Cliff doesn’t like it, but Casey can’t get enough. Sure, Cliff doesn’t like a lot of stuff, but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong to be suspicious this time around. Meanwhile, we find out where Lotion the cat got off to, and how his journey has changed him. Life on the streets has made him an entirely different animal! [Danny is featured in this series.]

IDW/ TOPSHELF

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS INFINITE #3 $3.99 Page 162
Kelly Thompson and Stacey Lee
The first ever Jem/Misfits Crossover Event continues here with the penultimate issue – “Infinite Jems: part five!” In order to defeat the evil Jemcorp and wrest away control of Synergy, The Holograms are going to need all the help they can get, which means teaming up with frequent archenemies the Misfits. Can a common enemy join them together to save the day?

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS MISFITS INFINITE #3 $3.99 Page 162
Kelly Thompson and Jenn St Onge
The first ever Jem/Misfits Crossover Event continues here with the penultimate issue – “Infinite Jems: part six!” Teaming up with Jem and The Holograms has never had higher stakes. Can they set aside their differences long enough to make a difference in this world? And if they can succeed, then what’s next now that The Misfits know The Holograms greatest secret? Bullet points: Can the Holograms really trust The Misfits with their secret once everything is over? After everything they’ve seen…what on earth could be next for these bands?!? Interconnecting subscription covers on both Jem: Infinite and Jem: The Misfits: Infinite by Veronica Fish!

ORPHAN BLACK: DEVIATIONS #6 $3.99 Page 183
Heli Kennedy and Wayne Nichols
In a world where Sarah managed to save Beth from taking her own life! With this single twist of fate, the Clone Club comes together in a completely different manner and the mystery of Project LEDA unfolds in new, exiting ways! See all your favorite characters return in an all-new light!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES DIMENSION X #5 $3.99 Page 155
Devin Grayson and Craig Rousseau
The Turtles’ travel to the strangest planet of them all… one where all organisms function in perfect harmony… except for a group of new mutants who could destabilize the ecosystem of the whole planet. Mutants who aren’t the TMNT!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES UNIVERSE #13 $3.99 Page 156
Erik Burnham and Sophie Campbell
“Karai’s Path,” part 2 of 4. As Karai becomes embroiled in the Tokyo underworld, an ancient sword may show her the true path forward… if she can overcome the obstacles guarding it! A vision from the past will reveal the future of the Foot Clan!

IMAGE

BEAUTY Vol 3 TP $16.99 Page 210
Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley, and Thomas Nachlik
The Beauty returns, merging characters and storylines from earlier arcs into a twisting tale of vanity, power, and the quest to obtain both at any cost. In a world where achieving pure beauty means dying for it, the question of what life is actually worth becomes more important than ever. Collects issues #12-16

BITCH PLANET TRIPLE FEATURE #3 $3.99 Page 210
Alissa Sallah, Alec Valerius, and various
Back for more?? Three talented teams bring the hot, hot heat to entrenched patriarchy everywhere. New stories from the front lines of BITCH PLANET…and all the backmatter you can handle. 100% Grade-A satire. Funny ’til it hurts.

CROSSWIND #3 $3.99 Page 213
Gail Simone and Cat Staggs
The acclaimed thriller from writer Gail Simone and artist Cat Staggs continues! Slick Chicago hitman Cason Bennett and downtrodden Seattle housewife Juniper Blue have somehow switched bodies, while a remorseless killer hunts them both, leaving a trail of corpses in his wake. What happens when he catches up with the two targets, both out of their element and out of time?

ETERNAL EMPIRE #4 $3.99 Page 216
Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna
Tair and Rion head toward Nifaal, the last free country in Saia. But in order to reach it, they must travel through Kadei, the Empire’s latest conquest. There will be trouble.

MOONSTRUCK #2 $3.99 Page 223
Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kate Leth
Julie, Selena & third-wheel Chet go on a werewolf-y date to a shady magic show. Something terrible happens, and for once it’s not Mark or Lindi’s fault!

PAPER GIRLS Vol 3 TP $12.99 Page 224
Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiage continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel…or risk never returning home to 1988. Collects issues #11-15

RAT QUEENS #5 $3.99 Page 225
Kurtis J. Wiebe and Owen Gieni
“Cat Kings and Other Garys,” conclusion. A deeper delve into a dark dungeon. With monsters, traps, and worse waiting for them, the Queens must work together or be forever forgotten in the maze beneath the mountain.

RINGSIDE #11 $3.99 Page 227
Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber
New story arc! “Shoot,” part one–The critically acclaimed ensemble drama interweaving the bombastic world of professional wrestling, the lives of those broken by it, and the gritty underworld cashing in on their demise returns for its third act. Retired veteran wrestler Daniel Knossos has seemingly turned against the one person he’s ever loved. Up-and-coming wrestler Reynolds loses everything before he ever had it. And just when everything seems to be at its worst, the Minotaur returns.

ROCKET GIRL #8 $3.99 Page 204
Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder
Bck in time! New issues #8-10 in August, September, and October. DaYoung Johansson relaunches her investigation into crimes against time as the teen-cop-from-the-future’s adventures in the ’80s pick up.

SAGA #45 $2.99 Page 229
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
An operation and a farewell.

SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #3 $3.99 Page 231
Jody LeHeup, Sebastian Girner, and Nil Vendrell,
he mighty Shirtless is in the clutches of Fuzzy Wipes(TM) CEO Jaxson Logger, and it’s up to rogue FBI agent Suzie Silva to bust him out! Don’t miss bear-brawls, golden toilets, and…Betrayal in Shirtless Bear.

UNDERWINTER #6 $3.99 Page 233
Ray Fawkes
“Symphony,” conclusion. The final performance of the quartet comes to a bloody crescendo, and the battle for the future of the living world is decided.

WALKING DEAD #170 $2.99 Page 234
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
Eugene’s journey begins on a hopeful note, but he could be leading his friends to a slaughter.

WICKED + DIVINE #30 $3.99 Page 234
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Wherein Dionysus sits in the darkness for most of an issue, but in an awesome way. Honestly, you’ll love it. Also: other stuff.

MARVEL

Thanks to Mike McDermott for his advice with post Secret War Marvel books, including paraphrased info included here!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31 $3.99 Page 19
Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen
A Secret Empire tie in. On orders from Captain America, the Superior Octopus is taking the fight to Parker Industries. Peter must use the full force of his company to stop Ock and Hydra, butt will it be enough? [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

AMERICA #6 $3.99 Page 59
Gabby Rivera, Kelly Thompson, and Ramon Villalobos
Fight Night! America reconnects with a childhood crush – but kissing is not what Magdalena has in mind! Can Kate Bishop pull America out of the ring before Magdalena’s mysterious employers spring their trap? Probably not, with one of the Marvel Universe’s heaviest-hitting villains making a surprise appearance! Sin City goes for the KO – and this is one punch even a Chavez can’t dodge!

ASTONISHING X-MEN #2 4.99 Page 76
Charles Soule and Mike Deodato
Enter: the Astral Plane! In the next chapter of this action-packed X-Men epic, Psylocke, Rogue, Old Man Logan and the rest of their impromptu team travel to the astral plane in pursuit of the dastardly Shadow King. But on the astral plane, not everything is as it seems, and reality is only as reliable as what you think it is… Will the X-Men be able to contain the chaos from spilling out into the world?

BLACK PANTHER #17 $3.99 Page 68
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chris Sprouse
Forever my lady! T’Challa’s got royalty in his DNA, but does he have the loyalty of a goddess in his corner? Ororo Munroe, also known as Storm of the X-Men and former queen of Wakanda, is back in T’Challa’s life. But is it for good this time? Or will country come between a man and his queen again?

CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 $3.99 Page 15
Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz
Secret Empire tie in. Two heroes, one mantle, zero quarter! [The two Cap books have “merged”. D-Man came out recently and has been a cast member and a new Quasar (Avril Kincaid who was featured in the Rogers version, is lesbian.]

DR STRANGE & THE SORCERERS SUPREME #11 $3.99 Page 61
Robbie Thompson and Nathan Stockman
The Sorcerers Supreme travel through the future and into Hell to save one of their own! But who rules the Underworld of Tomorrow? The answer is not who you’d expect!

GENERATION X #5 $3.99 Page 85
Christina Strain and Alberto Albuquerque
All eyes on Eye-Boy! The most diligent student at the Xavier School for Mutant Education and Outreach is about to learn the most difficult lesson of all: When you can see everything, you end up seeing some things you wish you hadn’t! [Bling is on the team.]

HAWKEYE #9 $3.99 Page 60
Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero
Hawkeye tries to solve a case with too many uncomfortable similarities to her own life, almost as if fixing things for her young client will fix things for herself (spoiler alert: That’s not how it works, Kate)! At least she’s getting to punch through her frustrations courtesy of the. Worst. Fight. Club. Ever. Right? And just when she thinks she’s coming to terms with her new reality (thank you, therapeutic violence!), Kate gets thrown a curve ball she never saw coming…but maybe should have!

HULK #8 $3.99 Page 33
Mariko Tamaki and Julian Lopez
Valley of the Hulks! When a drug hits the street that publicly transforms a man into a Hulk-like monster, Jennifer Walters steps in to investigate! Will Jennifer find an antidote to the transformation, or will the drug – and its horrific effects – continue to spread? Guest-starring Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat!

ICEMAN #4 $3.99 Page 86
Sina Grace and Edgar Salazar
Iceman is still learning to be comfortable in his own skin. And he’s about to run into a man who’s perhaps too comfortable in his! The X-Men’s coolest operator is about to learn a thing or two from the Son of Wolverine himself, Daken!

MIGHTY THOR #22 $3.99 Page 35
Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
Everything burns! Thor and the Ultimate Thor go face-to-flame with the Queen of Cinders! But even the fire of Muspelheim pales beside the fury of the Ultimate Thor… And with his thunder comes his vengeance.

THOR BY JASON AARON & RUSSELL DAUTERMAN HC VOL 2 $34.99 Page 112
When Dr. Jane Foster lifts the mystic hammer Mjolnir, she is transformed into the Goddess of Thunder, the Mighty Thor! Her enemies are many — including Loki, Malekith and Roxxon — as Asgard descends further into chaos, and unrest threatens to spread throughout the Ten Realms. Yet her greatest battle is against a far more personal foe: the cancer that is killing her mortal form. And as Asgard is torn apart from without and within, prepare for a Thor vs. Odin battle like none you’ve ever seen! Plus: A tale of the young Thor Odinson has hulking great implications in the present! S.H.I.E.L.D. targets Jane Foster! Millions of lives may depend on Thor saving Roxxon’s evil executive, Dario Agger! And the secret origin of Mjolnir! Collecting Mighty Thor (2015) #1-12.

MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR #22 $3.99 Page 50
Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustsos
Versus Ego the Living Planet! Lunella Lafayette isn’t just smart, she’s the smartest person on the planet…but what good is that when she goes intergalactic? L.L. and Devil are in for a world of hurt when Ego the Living Planet is done playing nice…

MS MARVEL #21 $3.99 Page 48
G Willow Wilson and Marco Failla
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer – a familiar adage for a veteran hero like Ms. Marvel. But when Kamala discovers that one of her old friends has joined forces with her enemies, things get a lot more complicated…[Wilson wrote a coming out story for cast member Zoe Zimmer.]

ROYALS #6 $3.99 Page 51
Al Ewing and Kevin Libranda
Family reunion! The mysterious Progenitors have been revealed! But to seek them out, the Royals will need help. Enter the Universal Inhumans, alien beings engineered by the Kree – the Inhumans’ brothers and sisters in the stars! And sometimes, brothers and sisters fight…[Swain is lesbian and Noh-Varr (aka Marvel Boy) was said to have had some sort of same sex experimentation in Kieron Gillen’s Young Avengers.]

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #22 $3.99 Page 32
Greg Pak and Mahmud Asrar
“Weapons of Mutant Destruction!” part six. The Weapon X program’s twisted head scientists have finally completed their magnum opus! Now Batch H is awake, and it’s mad as hell. [A supporting character has come out. Thanks, Mike!]

THE ULTIMATES 2 #100 $3.99 Page 28
Al Ewing and Travel Foreman
A double-sized issue celebrating Ultimates #100! Eternity is free – but can even he stand against the might of the First Firmament? Or does the embodiment of everything need help…from Outside? Featuring the Ultimates and…the Ultimates?[Ms America has a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast.]

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #23 Page 58
Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Remember last issue, when we went to the Savage Land, the nature preserve full of dinosaurs? Guess what? We’re still in the amazing Savage Land, and there’re even more dinosaurs! Will Squirrel Girl FIGHT a dinosaur? Will Squirrel Girl fight TWO dinosaurs? Will we come up with really excellent reasons why these fights would take place, reasons that both justify the fights while also telling the story of what led to this dinosaur-punching smashup: a story which, even though it stars dinosaurs and Squirrel Girls, contains within it the chance for us to recognize, perhaps for the first time, our most personal and secret selves?? Of course we will; that’s literally our job.
This issue also features jokes and a super villain who’s causing major problems, so it’s the complete package, really.[Koi Boi is transgender.]

UNSTOPPABLE WASP #8 $3.99 Page 62
Jeremy Whitley, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt
When you need something smashed, you call a Hulk. When you need to win a war, you call a Captain America. But when you need to make the world worth saving, you call the Wasp. Everything Nadia has been building is in ruins, but she has Janet Van Dyne on her side and there’s nothing the two of them can’t handle together.

US AVENGERS #9 $3.99 Page 20
Al Ewing and Paco Medina
A Secret Empire tie in. As Steve Rogers’ prisoners of war attempt to break out of Hydra’s top-secret prison…the other half of the U.S.Avengers – and a host of international guest stars – break into America! Plus: The fate of the Red Hulk! And what’s going on with Cannonball? Did we kill him, or what?

X-MEN BLUE #9 & 10 $3.99 Page 17
Cullen Bunn and Corey Smith
A Secret Empire tie in. Jean and Jimmy continue their assault on Emma’s stronghold, trying to free their teammates. Meanwhile, Cyclops must fight to free himself from a particularly hellish mindscape. Can the X-MEN win against Hydra when all hope is lost?

 

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