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LGBT Previews February 2018 Part 1

Hitwoman. Mother to be. That’s Lon Eisley, the protagonist in the Beautiful Canvas trade by Sami Kivela and Ryan K Lindsay and coming from publisher Black Mask. That’s a striking image! Also from Black Mask –The Wilds by Vita Ayala and Emily Pearson stands out! Good news if you loved and miss the Backstagers! Tynion and Sygh and friends return with a Valentine’s special! Check out the rest when you have a minute between watching The Last Jedi and holiday shopping!

The “fine print”! People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Thanks where thanks is due – to 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.

The beg! Please think about 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! Diamond order codes provided for easy ordering with your comic shop!

Hey, if this is part 1 where’s part 2? Oh, over here!


Terry Moore
Rachel rises from the grave to track down her own murderer in this chilling tale of suspense. With the help of a 10-year old serial killer carrying the remains of Satan’s sword, and a sister who is literally the first woman to ever exist, Rachel uncovers the wicked secrets of small town Manson and its terrible role in earth’s final days. Can Rachel learn from her past in time to save the future? Find out in this collection of the critically acclaimed series from Terry Moore! DEC170969


Jeremy Whitley and Christine Hipp
It’s been a month since the devastating attack on the ship and Raven and her crew are finally back on course. Some wounds are healing, but some are a little deeper. Now that everyone is beginning to come to terms with the loss of Sunshine, Ximena is wondering if it’s finally okay to make her move on Raven. Somebody will end up kissing by the end of the night, but it’s not who you think. And, hey, what ever did happen to Sunshine? DEC170995

PRINCELESS DELUXE HC Vol 3 $19.99 Page 251
Jeremy Whitley and Ro Stein
Adrienne and Bedelia have been on a quest to save Adrienne’s sisters, but when they stumbles upon an unknown princess trapped in a tower, they decide they can’t just leave her locked up. But they’re about to find off they’ve bit of more than they can chew when they rescue Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the pirate king. Adrienne has met her match and if she’s not careful, Raven may steal the dragon right out from under her. Read the volume of Princeless that launched the critically acclaimed spinoff, Raven: The Pirate Princess, now in deluxe format with never before seen behind the scenes special features. DEC170993

Jeremy Whitley and Xenia Pamfil
Year 2 of Raven’s quest for Love and Revenge begins! With the whole crew back together in one piece, it’s time for a celebration. But some of the crew have ulterior motives for this party and they’ll take a romantic twist! What no one expects is the party to be cut short by an attack that will tear some relationships apart, push others closer together, and leave our crew one lady short. DEC170994


ALTERS #10 $3.99 Page 261
Paul Jenkins and Leila Leiz
Faced with the loss of her child, or the loss of her own life, the newest Alter on the team may find her career ended before it has ever begun. The is the climactic end to the story of No Damn Name, where the emergence of the most powerful and dangerous Alter yet may change the balance of power, or even lead to the entire destruction of Earth. From the writer of Wolverine: Origin, Sentry and Hellblazer with artwork by AfterShock’s very own Leila Leiz! DEC171039

ALTERS Vol 1 TP $14.99 Page 263
Paul Jenkins and Leila Leiz
As the world struggles to accept the emergence of a new kind of human species known as alterations, or “Alters,” a young woman must navigate the path to becoming her true self, while struggling with the complications of her civilian life and the responsibilities of her newfound power. This groundbreaking series — years in the making — begins the saga of a young woman who can only really be herself… whenever she is not herself. Collecting issues 1-5 of the critically-acclaimed series, plus the original short story from AfterShock Genesis one-shot. Written by Eisner winner Paul Jenkins and illustrated by Leila Leiz. Offered again. DEC171042

ANIMOSITY COLORING BOOK TP See below for price Page 257
Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latorre
Over 60 pages of gorgeous black-and-white artwork from your favorite AfterShock series, Animosity! Now you too can join the adult coloring book movement by by breathing colorful life of your own into countless pages of Animosity artwork, specially printed on heavy paper stock! From the brilliant mind of creator/writer Marguerite Bennett  with artwork by Russ Manning Award nominee Rafael De Latorre. [The Previews catalog lists the price as $3.99. The site this list is compiled from lists it as $14.99. Check with your comic shop to confirm the price before ordering!} DEC171031

COLD WAR #1 SHERMAN $3.99 Page 256
Christopher Sebela and Hayden Sherman
Panacea Cryonics offered its customers life after death by keeping their heads frozen until the day technology could rebuild them, free of disease and death. However, as these everyday people from the past are revived, they’re not handed the keys to a new life, but a gun, body armor and an ultimatum. They must fight in a war against unknown opponents for unknown reasons, to secure their place in a brave new world that doesn’t want them around. From Chris Sebela, writer of Blue Beetle, Kiss/Vampirella and Evolution, and Hayden Sherman, artist of The Few and John Carter The End, comes the story that had to be told at AfterShock! DEC171028


AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE Vol 2 TP $19.99 Page 276
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
The dark plague of the undead has swallowed Riverdale whole, forcing the survivors led by Archie, Betty and Veronica to flee the formerly idyllic town in search of safe haven. Afterlife With Archie vol 2 compiles issues 6-10 from the smash hit horror series. For TEEN+ Readers. DEC171116

ARCHIE #28 $3.99 Page 276
Mark Waid, Ian Flynn, and Audrey Mok
With every last relationship in Riverdale in chaos, who’s with who? Archie has had to make some difficult choices in the last few months, but what does he do when the next choice he makes will spell disaster? DEC171120

Alex Simmons and Dan Parent
“Hot Times, Cold Nose” – Archie and his dog Vegas are spending a weekend in the woods-but when Vegas goes off to has his own wilderness adventure, will he make it back to his owner? DEC171133

ARCHIES #5 $3.99 Page 277
Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, and Joe Eisma
Featuring guest stars Tegan and Sara! After a wild, trippy ride to the 60s, the Archies find themselves back in the present day-and facing a major meltdown as one of the members quits. Can indie pop sirens Tegan and Sara help the band through the crisis, or has the tour gone kaput?, DEC171127

Dan Parent and Bill Golliher
Mr. Lodge’s connections with Hollywood get Betty and Veronica the chance to a visit a movie set-unfortunately, they won’t be the only ones seeing stars when they wreak havoc on set! DEC171135

Jamie L Rotante and Eva Cabrera
This is it! It’s the Serpents vs the Vixens! in a face-off where all of Riverdale is at stake; but when the Serpents up the ante, things might get deadly. DEC17112


BEAUTIFUL CANVAS Vol 1 TP $14.99 Page 289
Ryan Lindsay and Sami Kivela
Beautiful Canvas is 2017’s smash hit warped crime miniseries about Lon Eisley discovering the similarities and differences between her job as a hitwoman and her new role as a mother-to-be when she finds out her girlfriend is pregnant. Going from destroyer to creator/protector is a major swerve, but parents still have plenty of violent and brutal moments to contend with, especially when the world is full of pyrokinetic sleeper agents, animal/hybrid muscle-squads, and one hell of a nasty boss pulling your strings. From the creative team of Sami Kivela and Ryan K Lindsay comes this gonzo world of future noir, where the story aims to deliver a brutal blow to your heart and piss in your brainpan. DEC171184

THE WILDS #1 $3.99 Page 288
Vita Ayala and Emily Pearson
After a cataclysmic plague sweeps across America, survivors come together to form citystate-like communities for safety. Daisy Walker is a Runner for The Compound, a mix of post-apocalyptic postal service and black market salvaging operation. It is a Runner’s job to ferry items and people between settlements, and on occasion scavenge through the ruins of the old world. Daisy is the best there is at what she does. Out beyond the settlement walls are innumerable dangers: feral animals, crumbling structures, and Abominations — those that were touched by the plague and became something other. After a decade of surviving, Daisy isn’t phased by any of it — until her lover, another Runner named Heather, goes missing on a job. Desperate to find her, Daisy begins to see that there may be little difference between the world inside the walls and the horrors beyond. From writer Vita Ayala and Emily Pearson with colors by Marissa Louise and covers by Natasha Alterici, comes this bold tale of surviving in bleak times. DEC171180


ADVENTURE TIME Vol 14 TP $14.99 Page 306
Mariko Tamaki and Ian McGinty
The competition for Best Princess Ever is in full swing! As Lumpy Space Princess, Fire Princess, Muscle Princess, and more compete for the title, it’s discovered that someone is sabotaging the games. With Finn and Jake on the case, Princess Bubblegum will have to keep the show going until they can track down the true culprit and save the day. Written by The New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Ian McGinty. Collects issues #62-65. DEC171256

James TynionIV, Rian Sygh, and various
It’s Valentine’s Day at St. Genesius Prep and the Backstagers are back in (stage) blacks for some romantic adventures in the mysterious world behind the scenes! Featuring bonus tales from a variety of special guests, including Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina, and more! It’s the “seasons of love” for your favorite backstage boys! (No, you can’t wear pink backstage. Or red. Or glitter. Or cherub wings, Sasha.) DEC171206

FENCE #4 $3.99 Page 305
C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Nicholas begins to overthink everything as he struggles to prove he deserves his place at Kings Row. DEC171238

GIANT DAYS #35 $3.99 Page 305
John Allison, Max Sarin, and Liz Fleming
With the prospect of living apart for the first time since they all met as first years just over the horizon, Daisy, Esther, and Susan spend their last summer together before beginning their third year of university.
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99, DEC171240

GOLDIE VANCE Vol 4 TP $14.99 Page 299
Jackie Ball and Elle Power
Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity and dreams of one day becoming a detective. Luckily for Goldie, with the St. Pascal Rockin’ the Beach Music Festival coming to town, there’s plenty of inexplicable shenanigans keeping her gumshoe brain busy, from mysterious power outages, to missing musicians, to Russian spies hiding in the shadows! Created by The New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning creator Hope Larson and Brittney Williams, writer Jackie Ball and artist Elle Power bring you a rockin’ new mystery in this Goldie Vance original graphic novel! DEC171208

Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueva
Film and TV director Carly Usdin 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 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! Collects the complete limited series. DEC171239

LUMBERJANES #47 $3.99 Page 305
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Ayme Sotuyo
After their new friend Emmy goes missing in search of a jackalope, it’s up to the Lumberjane scouts to track her down and help get her back home to her herd. DEC171241

Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
Billy makes a devastating discovery within the heart of Promethea that threatens to break the Ranger’s alliance with Grace, just as Finster’s monsters activate en masse.
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99, DEC171219

Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
As the dust settles from Rita’s global takeover, a still reeling group of Rangers must come together as they make new allies and discover new threats. Collects issues #17-20. DEC171223

Grace Kraft and Rii Abrego
Greg Universe is doing a comeback concert… hopefully this one will go better than the last few times he’s tried. DEC171248


FANTOMAH SEASON 2 #2 $1.99 Page 316
Ray Fawkes and Soo Lee
The Chapterverse continues at a new price point of $1.99! Paz Gallegosis is alone and confused, convinced that she’s endangering her loved ones because she can’t control her monstrous alter ego, Fantomah. On the run, without a plan or a destination, Paz still can’t fight Fantomah’s need to defend — or avenge — the unprotected, and this time she’s being lured towards the flames of forest fires. Dr. Destine and Rugged are on her trail, and another interested party has joined the fray. Who is Mister Lord,and what is behind his obsession with the supernatural? DEC171350

FREELANCE SEASON 2 #2 $1.99 Page 317
Andrew Wheeler and Juan Samu
The Chapterverse continues at a new price point of $1.99! A new era of adventures continues for one of Canada’s original heroes! With a team member down following a violent confrontation with the assassin Sabre, the team recruits Sidika Khan to infiltrate an American military base for information on their super-powered opponent. But can Lance Valiant hold it together long enough for them toget what they need, or is their new enemy better prepared than they expected? DEC171351


AGENT 47 BIRTH OF HITMAN #4 $3.99 Page 334
Christopher Sebela and Jonathan Lau
Since taking control of her mentor’s criminal operation, Diana Burnwood’s life has blossomed into a world of possibilities she could only ever dream of. As her quest for revenge nears completion, her targets begin to fight back with an unlikely ally. Meanwhile, 47, recaptured by The Institute after his attack, goes underground with the remaining Subjects and Dr. Ort-Meyer. Having sacrificed his freedom and his humanity, 47 takes his first steps onto the road to becoming the Hitman. DEC171469

DEJAH THORIS #1 $3.99 Page 320
Amy Chu and Pasquale Qualano
Dejah Thoris, obsessed with finding the legendary Gardens of Mars, recruits her own expedition team of scientists. But once outside the palace walls, things don’t go as planned, and the Princess learns the hard way just how dangerous Barsoom really is. DEC171362

LEGENDERRY RED SONJA #1 $3.99 Page 328
Marc Andrekyo and Igor Lima
Last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed lover bringing them to the brink of war!
32pgs, FC (1 of 5) SRP: $3.99, DEC171413

RED SONJA #14 $3.99 Page 331
Amy Chu, Erik Burnham, and Carlos Gomez
Red Sonja and Wallace have faced the darkness and made their way out from Hell – or have they? They’ve crossed the River Styx, but the land of the living looks just as desolate as the land of the Dead – and it soon becomes all too clear that this is the handiwork of Kulan Gath, enraging Sonja. She didn’t travel back and forth through time and escape from Hell just to find her homelands in ruin…Kulan Gath may be more powerful than ever, but a reckoning is coming! DEC171429

SHADOW/ BATMAN #5 $3.99 Page 337
Steve Orlando and Giovanni Timpano
The Silent Seven fight a war on multiple fronts. But if you follow the strings high enough, are Batman, the Shadow, and Robin still just puppets? Robin and the Shadow fight for their lives, while the actions of the Seven leave Batman unsure if he can trust anyone in his life, including himself. Three generations of crimefighting are deserted and alone, but if they can come together to finally confront the Seven where they live, is it their final victory? Or exactly what the Seven has wanted all along? DEC171500

SHEENA #6 $3.99 Page 336
Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
The start of a bold new adventure! Mother Forest is beset by a terrible plague that sickens the very jungle, but this deadly evil is not the only danger Sheena must face. A ruthless huntress prowls the forest, seeking a girl with golden hair, and the mark of the jaguar. DEC171489

Ray Fawkes and Johnny Desjardins
The epic that will redefine the Gold Key heroes continues! The year is 2025, Turok has gone missing and Magnus is good and worried about that. When even a time traveling mission to confer with Doctor Spektor and the creature once known as Solar don’t yield any answers, Magnus must brave the unknown to track the missing hero down. DEC171506


YELLOW GN Vol 3 $12.95 Page 341
Makoto Tateno
Goro and Taki work as underground drugs and arm snatchers! Their fate begins to twist when people that claim to be Taki’s “foster parents” show up. As Taki’s mysterious past becomes unraveled, the two become exceedingly closer. And finally! Offered again. DEC171517

YELLOW GN Vol 4 $12.95 Page 341
Makoto Tateno
The curtains for the shocking final stage will now be drawn! Just when their love for each other was finally realized, Gou and Taki’s relationship is torn apart by the killer Sandfish. It’s now time to come to terms with Taki’s dark past! Includes a newly drawn honeymoon episode you can only see here! Offered again. DEC171518

YELLOW II GN Vol 2 $6.95 Page 341
Makoto Tateno
Straight and macho Taki partners with feminine and gay Goh to form an expert team of bandits hired by the police to steal from the mafia. Their unrequited love with genre-bending trimmings of action and suspense. Offered again. DEC171519


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. DEC171538

MOOMIN WINTER GN $9.95 Page 343
Tove Jansson
As the Moomins prepare to hibernate through what is going to be the worst winter yet, several unwelcome guests take advantage of the Moomins’ generosity and keep the family awake throughout the long winter. Their quirky but needy guests prevent the Moomins from hibernating and the chaos only increases with the arrival of a little nibling determined to find out everyone’s secrets. But everyone is ashamed of what the nibling has seen and is determined to keep their secret activities, well, a secret! DEC171532


Danielle Corsetto
Girls with Slingshots follows the adventures of group of close-knit friends as they navigate their 20s and beyond, dealing with subjects like unemployment, marriage, and their sexuality. The various plotlines of the strip focus on friends Hazel Tellington and Jamie McJack, and has hit every storytelling note over its 11-year run, from earnest self-examination to satire. DEC171649


SUMMIT #3 $3.99 Page 372
Amy Chu and Jan Duursema
The road to recovery continues for sole survivor Valentina Resnick Baker, as memories of her girlfriend Kay still haunt her. In between memories of Kay and hallucinations of her fallen teammates, Val must deal with how to save Fiona from the hands of mysterious mercenaries in the Peruvian jungle. Luckily, Val isn’t as alone as she thinks she is, with her ex husband JD and his team of young scientists on her side. DEC171686


P Craig Russell
Combining three beautiful clothbound volumes into one elegant set, this collection captures classic adaptations in stunning comic art, from The Magic Flute, Richard Wagner’s Parsifal, “The Clowns” from Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, and Pelleas and Melisande to Strauss’ Salome, Maeterlinck, and Dukas’ Ariane and Bluebeard, and “The Godfather’s Code” from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Two songs by Mahler — “The Drinking Song of Earth’s Sorrow” and “Unto This World” — are also featured. A set of 3 beautiful clothbound volumes at a special price. DEC171699

TALES OF OSCAR WILDE COMPLETE TP SET Vol 1-5 $39.99 (TP) / $79.99 (HC) Page 378
P. Craig Russell
A complete collection of the prize-winning and greatly acclaimed adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s works, this specially priced set brings each story to life with brilliant illustrations by a master of comic art. Each of the paperback volumes of Wilde’s compelling tales are assembled here with close to 200 pages of exquisite comics, including such classics as “The Selfish Giant” who won’t let the children play in his garden until the dire consequences make him see the light, “The Devoted Friend” on what constitutes real friendship, “The Nightingale and the Rose” a stirring story of sacrifice to love with a cruel twist, “The Birthday of the Infanta” where a hideous dwarf discovers that his good humor and tricks may not be the reason he receives such attention, and “The Happy Prince” where a once spoiled young prince finds what it means to make sacrifices. $39.99, DEC171700 (TP) / DEC171701 (HC)


Yuki Fumino
Due to the overwhelming success of I Hear the Sunspot, the sequel has finally arrived, I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness! How will this “more than friends, less than lovers” relationship evolve? — he can’t hear… ? Because of a hearing disability Kohei is often alone. Taichi is outspoken and cheerful. At first, Kohei keeps himself well guarded, but after he meets Taichi he slowly learns to open up. DEC171707

I HEAR THE SUNSPOT Vol 1 $12.95 Page 378
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. DEC171708


Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth
Dex Parios, the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, has a new office and a long list of clients she can’t take on because of their involvement with crime lord Hector Marenco. So when Mim Bracca walks into her life with an open-and-shut case of a missing guitar, Dex is eager to get started, especially when the rock star pays her up front. But Dex soon discovers that it’s not just the guitar that’s gone missing… and she’s not the only one looking for it. DEC171726


Tsuta Suzuki
Now that Akio Yamane’s guardian deity has cured him of his illness caused by a family curse, it’s time for him to come to terms with this new furry roommate he’s named Setsu. Although their relationship got off to a rocky start, is it possible what he’s feeling now are the first stirrings of love? DEC171804

AWKWARD SILENCE GN Vol 6 $12.99 Page 400
Hinako Takanaga
It is time for college entrance exams and Satoru takes on the challenge. Will he get accepted to the most competitive art school in the country and become a college student alongside Keigo?! And what will happen to their plans of living together after graduation…?
For mature audiences. DEC171805

Yonezou Nekota
Crime boss Ryuichi Asami puts everything on the line to save his lover, Akihito Takaba, from the hands of his enemy. Unfortunately for them, Fei Long has grown quite fond of his captive. Meanwhile, Russian mafioso Mikhail Arbatov takes advantage of the situation to plot something devious. When three of the underworld’s biggest crime bosses clash, will Akihito be the one caught in the cross fire? DEC171806


Mark Gatiss and Jay
Collecting the latest series of the brilliant manga adaption of the fanatically followed TV show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman! DEC171842

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