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LGBT Previews For December 2016 Part 2

Mariko Tamaki makes her simultaneous debut at Marvel and DC with an ongoing Hulk series starring Jennifer Walters and a Supergirl 4 part prestige format mini series! He Man & Masters of the Universe fans can enjoy Dark Horses hardcover collecting the newspaper strips! ICYMI all the other times, Image issues a new print of Gillen and McKelvie’s Phonogram: Rue Brittania volume 1 trade! Look for Kris Anka to draw Peter Quill all sexy like now that he’s drawing the new Star-Lord!

And now for the elephant in the room. IDW & DC jointly publish the Love Is Love anthology honoring our LGBT family members slain in the horrific Orlando night club massacre and benefitting Equality Florida. At the same time, Gay League acknowledges the points raised about the lack of Puerto Rican/ Latinx LGBT creators represented in the project. Whether to support this anthology or not is a decision that only you can decide.

Looking for the Wonder Woman and Bionic Woman teamup? You’ll find it in the DE section of part 1 along with other smaller publishers!

Care to do us a favor while shopping on Amazon? Just bookmark and use our affiliate link to make some or all of your purchases so Gay League can earn a small commission! You pay the same price and your info remains confidential with Amazon.

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

BOUNTY Vol 1 TPB $9.99 Page 62
Kurtis Wiebe and Mindy Lee
The Gadflies were the most wanted criminals in the galaxy–robbing corporations to redistribute wealth to the destitute. Now, with a bounty to match their reputation, the Gadflies are forced to abandon banditry for a career as bounty hunters . . . ’cause if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em–then rob ’em blind! Collects issues #1-#5.

buffyseason11-2BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 11 #2 $3.99 Page 61
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
Following the magic-related disaster in San Francisco, Buffy and her friends are trying to help put the city back together, while their own lives are also still in chaos. When the government begins introducing some special rules and regulations for folks with magical connections, Buffy may have to face being divided from the people for whom she cares the most.

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #29 $7.99 Page 62
Paul Levitz, Carla Speed McNeil, Kaare Andrews, Dean Haspiel, John Nadeau, Dan Jolley, Francesco Francavilla, Tim Hamilton, and Troy Nixey
This month, Dark Horse is celebrating a decade of Francesco Francavilla in comics! Features a stunning cover as well as the continuation of Francavilla’s The Black Beetle in Kara Bocek! Plus, Dean Haspiel brings his popular webcomic The Red Hook to print! This issue also features the continuation of favorites Brooklyn Blood by Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton; Finder: Chase the Lady by Carla Speed McNeil; The Black Sinister by Kaare Andrews, Troy Nixey, and Dave McCaig; and Murder Society by John Nadeau and Dan Jolley!

HE-MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: THE NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS $29.99 Page 54
James Shull, Chris Weber, Karen Willson, Gerald Forton, and Connie Schurr
For over four years, Masters of the Universe had its own newspaper comic strip! This story continued the tales from the Filmation cartoon and bridged the saga to the space-themed New Adventures of He-Man cartoon relaunch. The comic strip only ran in selected newspapers and was never reprinted, so most fans have never read it… hemanmotucomicstripsuntil now! For the first time ever, Dark Horse brings you a collection of these strips, restored and ready for you to unleash the power! * Never-before-collected material in a beautiful oversized hardcover with restored art!

SERENITY: NO POWER IN THE UNIVERSE #3 $3.99 Page 61
Chris Roberson and Georges Jeanty
With River still away from the Serenity, Mal and the crew are forced to conduct a rescue mission without her. Simon and Inara go deep undercover to locate their old friend at an Alliance headquarters while Mal finds his new partnership may include more than he bargained for!

SPELL ON WHEELS #2 $3.99 Page 63
Kate Leth and Megan Levens
Witches meet WASPs! The girls head to suburbia to find their stolen spell books and planchette, but before hitting the road again they must help a group of nonmagical women with a very supernatural problem.

TOMB RAIDER 2016 #11 $3.99 Page 50
Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Sevy
Lara Croft is intent on saving her friend Sam Nishimura from the grip of the sun goddess Himiko. Trinity, the shadowy organization with ties to Lara’s father, is after Sam for their own sinister reasons. Lucky for both of them, Sam is easy to find these days: she’s leaving a path of destruction in her wake, on an international quest to fully sacrifice herself to Himiko. When everyone’s paths converge, Lara finds herself facing off against both old friends and old enemies. [Tamaki wrote the teen lesbian coming of age story Skim and This One Summer with her cousin Jillian doing the art.]

DC

ACTION 967 & 968 $2.99 Page 82
Dan Jurgens and Tyler Kirkham
“Men of Steel” part three! Trapped on the Godslayer’s home world, Superman and Lex Luthor must unite if they want to make it back to Earth! But does Luthor deserve his freedom or should the Man of Steel make sure he stays locked away? [Maggie Sawyer has returned to Metropolis.]

“Men of Steel” part four! Godslayer’s origin reveals him to be very different than the Man of Steel imagined! Will even the threat of universal Armageddon be enough to make Superman sacrifice Lex Luthor?

checkmatetpbCHECKMATE TPB $19.99 Page 134
Greg Rucka, Christina Weir, Nunzio DeFillipis, Jesus Saiz, Jesus Merino, Cliff Richards and others
After the explosive events of Infinite Crisis and The Omac Project, the U.N. formed Checkmate to bring down heroes and villains that get out of line. Using their unique abilities to deputize human and metahuman forces, this agency pulls out all the stops to maintain balance between worlds. Having finally secured the political backing they needed to survive, Checkmate’s operations begin in earnest, as an agent tries to infiltrate the terrorist group Kobra! But someone within Checkmate is working against them, and a compromised agent is forced to make a deadly choice! Collects issues #1-12. [Ensemble cast member Tommy Jagger is gay.]

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #20 $3.99 Page 118
Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage Laura Braga, and Mirka Andolfo
After a flashback to the 1936 Olympics, learn how Vixen and Hawkgirl helped Amanda Waller form the Bombshells. Then, it’s back to the present, where Vixen invites Batwoman, Renee Montoya and Catwoman to her queendom in Zambesi. There they uncover the truth behind a dig site’s mysteriously engraved–and dangerously alive–mechanical beasts!

DC REBIRTH HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1 $9.99 Page 80
Paul Dini, James Tynion IV, Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, Cullen Bunn, Tim Seely, James Asmus, Heath Corson, K Perkins, Robbie Rodriguez, Gustavo Duarte and others
DC’s biggest and brightest heroes celebrate the holidays in this new special! Don’t miss a Chanukah crisis for Huntress, a Flash family Christmas, Wonder Woman interrupting John Constantine’s hellblazing pagan party and more–including the return of Detective Chimp! Today’s top talents bring you a very special holiday gift that’ll keep on giving through the New Year! And writer Paul Dini crafts a Harley holiday tale featuring DCU guests that bridges all the stories in the weirdest, wildest way.

deadmandarkmansion2DEADMAN DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE #2 $5.99 Page 119
Sarah Vaughn and Lan Medina
The bimonthly miniseries continues! After Deadman and Adelia’s sudden disappearance, Berenice begins to unlock the mysteries of Glencourt Manor. With evil lurking around every corner, Berenice longs to confide in her boyfriend Nathan about what she has discovered, but she fears what he may think of her…instead, Berenice finds a sympathetic ear in Sam, who shows Berenice what it means to be a true friend.

DEATH OF HAWKMAN* #3 $3.99 Page 116
Mark Andreyko and Aaron Lopresti
With both Adam Strange and Hawkman on the run as intergalactic fugitives with bounties on their heads, the march to war between Thanagar and Rann intensifies! In order to stop it, the heroes must secretly try to unravel who–or what–is instigating hostilities while dodging pursuit from all corners of the universe! And if you thought you knew Despero, you were wrong! * (Formerly HAWKMAN & ADAM STRANGE)

DETECTIVE #946 & 947 $2.99 Pages 91
James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, and Ever Ferreira
“The Victim Syndicate” part four! The Victim Syndicate is taking their message to the streets in an attempt to turn the citizens of Gotham City against Batman and his allies! They can fight villains, but what happens when the whole city turns against them?

“The Victim Syndicate” conclusion! Has the First Victim succeeded in dividing and conquering Batman’s team? The final attack will come from someone they’d all put their faith in.

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #19 $2.99 Page 119
Dan Abnett and Bruno Redondo
Fury’s gamble has paid off! Earth-2 is born again, but it’s not the world the heroes remember. As outsiders and the only people alive who know what existed before, they struggle to make sense of their new surroundings. On the surface, it seems to be a glorious new world–but from underneath, a hidden menace surfaces. [Alan Scott recently got a spotlight but he’s still as neutered as Northstar used to be.]

FLASH #12 & 13 $2.99 Page 92
Joshua Williamson, Davide Gianfelice, and Neil Googe
“The Speed of Darkness” part three! Time is running out for The Flash and Kid Flash as they race to help the Shade regain control of the Shadowlands, the dimension of pure darkness from which the Shade draws his terrible power, before it reaches our world and consumes the light forever. [Presumably Captain Singh and Hartley are a couple and Barry Allen and Rathaway are still roommates!]

“Date Night” It’s holiday season in Central City and Barry Allen goes on a date with a brand new sweetheart. But things never go as planned for The Flash, who finds himself saddled with an unexpected wingman.

flintstones6FLINTSTONES #6 $3.99 Page 123
Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
The Great Gazoo is working on his report card for the human race, and so far humanity has earned a big fat “F.” When the Church of Gerard starts selling Indulgences, Bedrock descends into violence and debauchery. Meanwhile, a miner gets trapped at Slate’s Quarry. Might there be an honest citizen in this burgeoning civilization willing to come to his rescue?

GRAYSON: SPYRAL’S END Vol 5 $16.99 Page 136
Tom King, Tim Seeley, Jackson Lanzing, Colin Kelly, Carmine Di Giadomenico, and Roge Antonio
In these stories from issues #17-20 and Annual #3, the spy stands alone. Grayson must go rogue from all his former allies, find the truth within the web of lies and take down Spyral once and for all. But with one of his closest allies now his greatest foe, Dick Grayson will have to make his greatest sacrifice to save those he loves.

HARLEY QUINN #9 & 10 $2.99 Page 96
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brandon Peterson, and Moritat
In issue #9, can anyone truly understand the mind of the world’s craziest psychiatrist? Harley’s about to get a shrink of her very own…what are the odds he won’t go insane himself?

Come spend the holidays with Harley in issue #10’s collection of wintry short stories–just don’t expect to make it to New Year’s in one piece!

HARLEY QUINN: THE JOKER’S LAST LAUGH Vol 5 TP $16.99 Page 135
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin
In these stories from issues #22-25, Harley’s got a friend to save, but she has to get through Arkham Asylum first–and she definitely isn’t ready to face a certain someone at the end of a dark hallway. Plus: in a story featuring art by Amanda Conner, Harley finds a genie in a bottle–and redefines the phrase “be careful what you wish for”!

hellblazer5HELLBLAZER #5 $2.99 Page 97
Simon Oliver and Pia Guerra
“The Poison Truth” part five! John’s gotten the djinn off his back, at least for the moment. Now he needs Mercury. As they leave English shores behind, it’s time for a heart-to-heart as Mercury tells John what happened to her while Swamp Thing was battling the Rot.

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG GROUND ZERO #1 & 2 $2.99 Page 114
Chris Sebela, Pop Mhan, and Tom Derenick
Don’t miss the start of this new series bridging the gap between the recently concluded Injustice digital first series and the upcoming Injustice 2 game! The story of the first Injustice: Gods Among Us videogame is told in comic book format for the first time, but from the skewed perspective of Harley Quinn. As heroes from the parallel Earth arrive to tip the balance against Superman’s regime, Harley’s determined to cause her own brand of mayhem with her newly formed Joker Clan!

When a violent protest against Superman’s regime breaks out on the streets of Gotham City, Sinestro arrives to put down the participants by any means necessary. But the timely appearance of Wonder Woman and Green Arrow from the parallel Earth prevents a possible slaughter. Meanwhile, on the streets, Harley and her gang plan to use the cover of the riot to strike a blow against Superman…until parallel Earth Batman shows up!

LOVE IS LOVE $9.99 Page 127
Phil Jimenez, Cat Staggs, Steve Orlando, Dennis Cowan, Paul Dini, Ming Doyle, Brian Michael Bendis, Emma Vicelli, Ed Luce, Kieron Gillen, Jay Edidin, and others!
The comic book industry comes together to honor those killed in Orlando this year. From IDW Publishing, with assistance from DC Entertainment, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talents in comics – – mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world. All material has been kindly donated, from the creative to the production, with all proceeds going to the victims, survivors and their families via Equality Florida. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is that you love. [Gay League acknowledges a controversy over the anthology’s lack of queer Puerto Rican representation in talent. As with all personal matters, please make your own decision. IDW is also soliciting this anthology. Check your comic shop’s IDW section to order it.]

midnighterapollo3MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO #3 $3.99 Page 116
Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco
With Henry Bendix’s trap sprung, it’ll be a long road for Midnighter to be reunited with Apollo–and the path will take him straight through the gates of Hell itself!

NIGHTWING #10 & 11 $2.99 Page 100
Tim Seeley and Marcus To
“Bludhaven” part one! Following “Night of the Monster Men” and his battle with Raptor, Nightwing heads to Bludhaven for a fresh start. But that doesn’t last long when he runs into a crew of former Bat-villains!

“Bludhaven” part two!They call themselves the Run-Offs! And now, this group of villains that Batman and Nightwing ran out of Gotham City plan to do the same to the former Boy Wonder! But can he find the serial killer terrorizing the city before the Run-Offs catch up with him?

NIGHTWING: BETTER THAN BATMAN Vol 1 TP $16.99 Page 131
Tim Seeley and Javier Fernandez
Dick Grayson is back in Gotham City, fighting to reclaim the life that was taken from him! But when a new evil threatens those closest to him, he must once again tear himself away from his home in order to combat this dark force as Nightwing! Collects Nightwing: Rebirth #1 and Nightwing #1-4, 7 and 8.

SUPERGIRL #4 $2.99 Page 102
Steve Orlando and Brian Ching
“Reign of the Cyborg Superman” part four. Supergirl struggles to escape the perverse reincarnation of Argo City as her father, the Cyborg Superman, attacks National City and her new home with the DEO! To face her ultimate test as a hero, Kara must let go of her past and embrace the future.

SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER #1 $5.99 Page 115
supergirlbeing1Mariko Tamaki and Joelle Jones
Flying and crushing coal into diamonds may come easy, but try popping a Kryptonian zit! Caldecott Honor-winning and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) teams with Eisner Award-nominated artist Joelle Jones (Lady Killer) for a coming-of-age tale like you’ve never seen before. But while growing pains shake up Kara’s world, a deadly earthquake rocks the small town of Midvale beneath her feet! The Girl of Steel has a choice: let her world die, or overcome her adolescent insecurities and be super! Prestige format.

SUPERWOMAN #5 $2.99 Page 104
Phil Jimenez and Matt Santorelli
“Who Is Superwoman?” part five! With her powers killing her every time she uses them, Superwoman must work with Steel to mount a last-ditch counterattack as Ultra Woman lays siege to Metropolis! Will Lana Lang be the second Superwoman to die protecting the City of Tomorrow

WONDER WOMAN #12 & 13 $2.99 Page 108
Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Matthew Clark
“Wonder Woman Year One” chapter five: The threat is named, and now Wonder Woman and her new allies must rise to meet the coming darkness.

Following the conclusion of “The Lies,” Steve Trevor must grapple with revelations about not only Wonder Woman, but himself as well!

See Part 1 for the Wonder Woman & Bionic Woman teamup that’s published by DE!

VERTIGO/ YOUNG ANIMAL

CLEAN ROOM #15 $3.99 Page 141
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
A young woman devastated by the violent loss of her husband finds comfort in Astrid Mueller’s teachings, only to face the woman herself in the most nightmarish reaches of the Clean Room!

doompatrol4DOOM PATROL #4 $3.99 Page 111
Gerard Way and Nick Derington
Everything is getting stranger and stranger for Casey Brinke. The secrets she’s learned about her true origin do a little to explain the bizarre new surroundings she finds herself in, but not why she’s attracting the members of Doom Patrol like so many flies. Also, find out the secret ingredient that makes Danny Burgers so delicious! This issue features a variant cover by Paul Rentler that combines with this month’s other variant covers from DC’S Young Animal to form a single image. [Danny the Street returns!]

EVER AFTER: FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES #4 $3.99 Page 141
Dave Justus, Matthew Sturges, Travis Moore, and Michael Wiggam
The situation on Alcatraz reaches a boiling point as Peter rushes to help Connor escape Paco’s brutal revenge. With their location now compromised and the Shadow Players set to enjoy the upper hand, Tanner and her crew go rogue and throw a fatal wrench in Winona’s plan. There’s no such thing as a smooth resurrection, but nobody saw this mess coming.

THE LOST BOYS #3 $3.99 Page 143
Tim Seeley and Scott Godlewski
It’s getting to be so a guy can’t go out on a Friday night in Santa Carla without somebody trying to sink their teeth into his neck! The Blood Belles are wreaking havoc across town. The Frog Brothers are missing, Star has run away, and Sam and Michael are one step ahead of having their blood drained. Only the mysterious vamp hunter known as the Believer can help them now!

IDW/ TOPSHELF

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #22 3.99 Page 166
Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren
The Stingers part four! Jem and The Holograms new drummer is incredible and everyone knows it–too bad she’s a spy working for The Misfits! What secrets will she discover when let into the inner sanctum of Jem?! As both The Stingers and Holograms gear up for their Masquerade Ball performances, some stars that are not so happy to be put in the corner threaten to tear it all down. Meanwhile, Shana’s new best friend in Milan may be turning into her best enemy?!

JEM: THE MISFITS #1 $3.99 Page 167
Kelly Thompson and Jenn St Onge
“Green Is The New Everything” part 1! Their songs may be better, but the Misfits have lost their label and nobody will touch them in the music business. On the ropes and desperate to get back on top, they’re forced to consider the worst case scenario…a Misfits reality TV show. Though it promises the chance to get them back in the spotlight, it comes with a heavy, privacy-destroying price

lockekeysmallworldLOCKE & KEY SMALL WORLD #1 $4.99 Page 154
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez & Jay Fotos
Three years after wrapping up their award-winning, best-selling Locke & Key saga, the team that built Keyhouse returns to Lovecraft, Massachusetts with a new tale of terror and suspense! An impossible birthday gift for two little girls unexpectedly throws open a door to a monster on eight legs!

LOVE IS LOVE $9.99 Page 177
Phil Jimenez, Cat Staggs, Steve Orlando, Dennis Cowan, Paul Dini, Ming Doyle, Brian Michael Bendis, Emma Vicelli, Ed Luce, Kieron Gillen, Jay Edidin, and others!
The comic book industry comes together to honor those killed in Orlando this year. From IDW Publishing, with assistance from DC Entertainment, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talents in comics – – mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world. All material has been kindly donated, from the creative to the production, with all proceeds going to the victims, survivors and their families via Equality Florida. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is that you love. [Gay League acknowledges a controversy over the anthology’s lack of queer Puerto Rican representation in talent. As with all personal matters, please make your own decision.]

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THE BEAUTY Vol 2 TPB $14.99 Page 232
Jeremy Haun, Jason Hurley, Mike Huddleston, Brett Weldele, and Stephen Green
After the shocking events of Issue 6, we’re introduced to Timo, Ezerae, and a host of new characters, as well as your favorites from the first arc, to further explore a dark and demented world tainted by The Beauty, where perfection is a fatal disease, and not everyone wants a cure. The disturbing world of The Beauty expands with new stories featuring guest artists. Collects issues #7-11.

DEMONIC #5 $2.99 Page 207
Christopher Sebela, Niko Walter, and Dan Brown
The trap is set. The streets of NY are now a gauntlet for Demonic to run. But Scott Graves didn’t sell his soul to be caught by cops. He has his own idea of justice, that doesn’t rely on the values of weak men.

midnightsoultpbMIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL TP $$9.99 Page 229
Howard Chaykin and Aburtov
Joel Breakstone, a GI liberator of Buchenwald and brutally damaged goods, follows a path of vengeance that leads to redemption in a violent journey into his own heart of darkness–in a spiritual adventure from comics’ contemporary master of crime and punishment, Howard Chaykin Collects issues #1-5. [Two of the main gang members central to the story are either gay or bi.]

MONSTRESS #9 $2.99 Page 215
Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
A terrible force rises from the heart of the sea, intent on consuming Maika–and the monster inside her.

NO MERCY #12 $3.99 Page 215
Alex De Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee
“Endless Summer” part three. Tiffani can now add “negotiating black-market arms deals” to her summer resume.

PETER PANZERFAUST #25 $3.99 Page 2083
Kurtis J Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins
Series finale! “Neverland” The grand finale of Peter’s journey and the one interview John Parsons has been building toward: Wendy Darling. The woman who knew Peter as no other reveals her secrets, and the mystery behind the man will finally be revealed. A double- sized issue of intrigue, love, and heroism, and a final goodbye to Peter Panzerfaust.

phonogramruebritanniaPHONOGRAM: RUE BRITANNA Vol 1 $16.99 Page 235
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Britannia is ten years dead. Phonomancer David Kohl hadn’t spared his old patron a thought for almost as long…at which point his mind starts to unravel. Can he discover what’s happened to the Mod-Goddess of Britpop while there’s still something of himself left? A dark modern fantasy in a world where msuic is magic, where a song can save your life or end it. New printing!

RINGSIDE #10 $3.99 Page 217
Joe Keatinge, Nick Barber, and Simon Gough
“Work” conclusion–Ringside’s second act ends with everyone down for the count. Ringside will return February 2017. [One of the boxers is gay or bisexual.]

ROCKET GIRL Vol 1 TP $9.99 Page 236
Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder
A teenage cop from a hightech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City. Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintem Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time. As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the “future” she calls home — an alt reality version of 2014 shouldn’t exist at all.

SAGA #41 $2.99 Page 218
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
“The War For Phang” part five. Alana and Marko get their war on.

SHUTTER #25 $3.99 Page 204
shutter25Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Luca, and Owen Gieni
A story twenty-five issues in the making! Kate Kristopher comes face-to-face with the force behind every single moment in Shutter thus far for a showdown unlike any other, including: the creation of the universe! The end of the universe! An explanation for all existence threatens to wipe out everything that ever was and only Kate can stop it! But why doesn’t she want to? [Alain Vian in the supporting cast is transgender.]

WALKING DEAD #161 $2.99 Page 223
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
“The Whisperer War” part five.

WICKED + DIVINE #23 $3.50 Page 224
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
New story arc! “Imperial Phase 1” part two. It’s January 1st. Happy New Year. For a WicDiv-ian value of happy.

MARVEL

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

ALL NEW X-MEN #16 $3.99 Page 85
allnewxmen16Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
The All New X-Men throw down with the Goblin Queen! And when repressed Idie finally lets loose, there’s hell to pay! Plus: One X-Man will do the unthinkable to save the day.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22 $4.99/ $3.99 Page 31
Dan Slott, Christos Gage, and Giuseppe Camuncoli
Clone Conspiracy tie in. Miles Warren, a.k.a. the Jackal, has been a thorn in Peter Parker’s side since college. What spurred his latest rebranding and master plan? Find out here! [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE Vol 4 TP $15.99 Page 116
Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Javier Garron
Going global means a world of problems for the wall-crawler! First, there’s an accident to deal with at Parker Industries. How far will Peter Parker go to save his employees,both as CEO and as Spider-Man? Meanwhile, stand-in Spidey — the Prowler — meets the shocking, all-new Electro! Then, the moment you’ve been waiting for: Doctor Octopus has been trapped in the Living Brain’s body for too long — now it’s time for him to act! And when someone in Peter’s orbit dies, he must once again choose between his personal life and the responsibility of being Spider-Man — and that choice won’t go well for him! Plus: both sides of a special tale setting the scene for the sensational Spider-Event “Dead No More”! Collecting Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #16-19 and material from FCBD 2016 (Captain America) #1

BLACK PANTHER #9 $3.99 Page 60
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Steelfreeze
THe beginning of the end! Ramonda’s bombing injuries worsen and recovery is starting to seem like an impossibility. Plus: Shuri returns from the Djalia…but is she still herself? Or something more? [A sub plot in the first arc focused on Ayo and Aneke, a lesbian couple. They’ve moved onto their own series, see below. This series may be dropped from the list if no further LGBT content appears.]

BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET Vol 2 TPB $15.99 Page 115
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Spouse, Don McGregor, and Rich Buckler
Counting down the final days of the kingdom of Wakanda! As Zenzi and The People poison Wakanda’s citizens against the Black Panther, a cabal of nation-breakers is assembled. And Ayo and Aneka, the Midnight Angels, are courted to raise their land to new glory! His allies dwindling, T’Challa must rely on his elite secret police, the Hatut Zeraze, and fellow Avenger Eden Fesi, a.k.a. Manifold! And with T’Challa’s back truly against the wall, some old friends lend a hand: Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Storm! But Wakanda may be too far gone for this all-new, all-different crew — and there’s one job the Panther must handle alone. Only he can voyage into the Djalia! Getting there is hard enough, but can he even find his sister Shuri inside Wakanda’s collective memory? Collecting Black Panther (2016) #5-8, plus Jungle Action #6-7 and bonus content.

bpworldwakanda2BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #12 $4.99 Page 61
Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E Martinez
Training Day! Ayo and Aneka are given their first assignments as Dora Milaje: protect Queen Shuri at all costs! Meanwhile, T’Challa the former king lies with bedfellows so dark, disgrace is inevitable. See a major plot point from Hickman’s New Avengers run from a completely new point of view: one that changes everything.

DR STRANGE & THE SORCERERS SUPREME #3 $3.99 Page 63
Robbie Thompson and Javier Radriguez
One of the Sorcerers Supreme dies at the hands of the Forgotten! The biggest magical threat to the world is on the rise, and none of the Sorcerers have ever felt this weak before!

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #17 $3.99 Page 6
Jeff Lemire and Victor Ibanez
Inhumans vs X-Men tie in. The X-Men have just learned that the Terrigen Mist–the source of the Inhumans’ powers that through a cruel twist of fate is lethal to Mutants–has reached an irreversible saturation point, rendering Earth uninhabitable to their kind. And now they see no other option than to strike against the Inhumans to ensure their own survival. But one X-Man doesn’t take the decision lightly. Storm has literally led the X-Men through hell and back, but will she lead them against their longtime friends and allies?

GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #2 $3.99 Page 42
Zac Gorman and Will Robson
With Mister Immortal back from the grave (literally), the team finds themselves in a real pickle (figuratively) while trying to decide on a new team leader. Things go from bad to double bad when the GLA gets shut down by the city right when they’re needed the most! Also, fighting…finally! And a special look into Flatman’s secret origin! [Flat Man is gay.]

HAWKEYE #1 $3.99 Page 14
Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero
Remember Hawkeye? No not that Hawkeye, our favorite Hawkeye, the chick who puts the hawk in Hawkeye, the butt-kicking hero who had to save the other Hawkeye’s butt all the time. Yup, you know her, it’s the dazzling Kate Bishop making her solo comics debut! Kate is heading west and returning to Los Angeles, with her bow and arrow and P.I. badge in tow. There are crimes to solve and she’s the best archer to handle ’em! The City of Angels has a new guardian angel. The talented duo of Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero bring you a Kate Bishop like you’ve never seen her before, in a brand-new ongoing series that really hits the mark! [The gay couple from Kate’s solo stories of the Fraction run are slated to be appear occasionally in this series.]

hulk1Hulk #1 $3.99 Page 13
Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon
Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War…barely…and having risen from the rubble, she re-enters the world a different kind of hero. Fueled by a quiet rage, she is determined to move forward, to go on with her life, but the pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger Jen’s transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over.

MIGHTY THOR: THUNDER IN HER VEINS Vol 1 TPB $19.99 Page 128
Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
Dr. Jane Foster is the Goddess of Thunder — and it’s killing her. Her enemies are many as Asgard descends further into chaos, and unrest threatens to spread throughout the Ten Realms. Yet she wages her greatest battle against a far more personal foe: the cancer killing her mortal form. When Loki steps back into Thor’s life, will it ease her troubles or only add to her pain? There’s no such question about Malekith as he continues to fan the flames of a looming War of Realms — when he isn’t wedding-planning, that is! And as Asgard is torn apart, the skies will shake in one of the bloodiest battles of all time: It’s Thor vs. Odin like never before! Collecting Mighty Thor (2015) #1-5.

MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR #14 $3.99 Page 75
Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustsos
“The Smartest There Is” part two. Lunella Lafayette has always been the smartest person in the Marvel U, but now she’s gotta prove it! There used to be another guy at the top of the list, but he’s traveling apparently. Good thing his best pal Benjamin J Grimm’s here to defend his pole position!

MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR: COSMIC COOTIES Vol 2 TPB $17.99 Page 119
Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Marco Failla, and Natasha Bustos
She’s been so busy worrying about the Terrigen Cloud turning her Inhuman, Lunella Lafayette might instead fall prey to…Cosmic Cooties?! Because when a new boy moves to town from far, far away, he’s oddly interested in her. Meanwhile, the most wanted T. rex in NYC is running out of places to lie low — a problem that won’t get any easier when our darling duo undergo a body swap! It’s a big change-up that will see Luna spending a freaky Friday (or whatever day it happens to be) as Devil Dinosaur, and vice versa! Will Luna evade capture? Will DD get a passing grade? And who exactly is Moon Girl’s new 9-year-old archnemesis, Kid Kree? Luna’s got a huge future in the Marvel Universe, if only she can survive the present! Collecting issues #7-12.

patsywalker13PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT #13 $3.99 Page 72
Kate Leth and Brittney L Williams
Hellcat’s had enough bad luck with Black Cat crossing her path, but now that Felicia’s got a whole girl gang in her claws, how can Patsy possibly win this cat fight?! Especially with her best friend on the fence, and distracted by an old flame.

SILK #15 $3.99 Page 30
Robbie Thompson and Irene Strychalski
Clone Conspiracy tie in. Silk faces off against a Spider-Woman! New U has given J. Jonah Jameson his life back. First, his wife Marla was brought back from the dead, and now his adopted daughter, Mattie Franklin, a.k.a. Spider-Woman, is alive again as well! It should be a time for celebration, but Cindy Moon, a.k.a. SILK, is feeling anything but festive, especially since her boss’ entire family has been resurrected and is setting off her spider-sense! [Artist Tana Ford is on a break but Lola and Rafferty are still part of the cast!]

SQUADRON SUPREME #14 $4.99 Page 76
James Robinson and Leonard Kirk
Blur and Thundra may be the prisoners of Jim Hammond and S.H.I.E.L.D., but their rescue seems imminent when Nighthawk reappears to free them. But how will the resurrection of Namor affect their bid for freedom? Will he be friend or foe to the Squadron Supreme? Plus: Hyperion and Doctor Spectrum each make decisions about their futures with the Squadron. And as one hero returns from the dead, will another fall? The startling fate of Jim Hammond. [In terms of LGBT content, Thundra was outed as bisexual in Peter David’s She-Hulk series a few years ago. Hyperion is involved with Thundra in his series though this doesn’t rule out the possibility of the character being bisexual.]

starlord1STAR LORD #1 $3.99 Page 24
Chip Zdarsky and Kris Anka
“Grounded”. Peter Quill might have been born on Earth, but he’s been away a long time. How does a man go from soaring through the stars as the legendary Star-Lord to living with his feet planted firmly on the ground? What kind of job options are available for a guy whose CV mostly consists of “guarding the galaxy”? One thing is certain, Earth has a new guardian. Also, a new bartender.

THE ULTIMATES2 # $3.99 Page 73
Al Ewing and Travel Foreman
It’s deep, dark December. A time for long nights, jingle bells…and ghost stories. Now imagine the Ultimate Ghost, haunting the largest house of all. A specter that haunts a whole reality. The Shaper’s Ghost is at the door of Taa II and the Ultimates have to catch it! [Ms America has a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast.]

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #14 Page 77
Ryan North and Erica Henderson
When the Taskmaster comes to town – and brings with him his ability to duplicate anyone’s sweet moves – who stands between him and total domination? See, I can tell you’re glancing at the title of this comic and whispering “Well, it’s probably Squirrel Girl,” but guess what? This time it’s actually Nancy’s cat Mew, who has no powers whatsover! Thrill as Mew loafs around the house! Gasp as Mew chases a mouse and then has a nap! Boggle as you wonder how we possibly managed to pitch “an issue entirely from the cat’s point of view” to Marvel, a multinational corporation with a lot invested in our comic continuing to star a squirrel and/or girl! They knew the risks when they let Hawkeye have that Pizza Dog issue though, so this was clearly inevitable. [Koi Boi is transgender.]

usavengers1US AVENGERS #1 $3.99 Page 8
Al Ewing and Paco Medina
In a world beset by danger, the United States of America needs a team of heroes they can rely on. Welcome to… American Intelligence Mechanics! A.I.M. will dare any danger – no matter how awesome that danger might be – to save their nation from the wildest, weirdest threats of all! The most patriotic super-group ever is here to save the day. And they’ll do it all looking tried and true in the red, white & blue! Can you live without… the U.S.Avengers? ][ Pod and Dr Toni Ho, whom it seemed were beginning to have some sort of relationship in the making at the tail end of New Avengers, move to this series.]

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