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LGBT Previews For June 2016

Robert Rodi and Jackie Lewis give a queer reading to Robin Hood and the Merry Men, as you can see with Robin Hood kissing another guy in the grass in that image up top! It’s a new title from Oni which is also publishing a hardcover edition of Fresh Romance. If you like Chad Sell’s drag queen work you might want to check out Miss US of Heya under Alternative Comics – but still support Chad too! Gotham Academy and Lumberjanes start a crossover! Find it under Boom. For the nerd who loves comics history, Canton Street Press is publishing the Senate Committee Hearings on Juvenile Delinquency. There are a couple of He-Man/ MOTU books and what looks like a prose Man From Atlantis novel by Patrick Duffy for all the gay guys who squeed over Duffy as tweens or teens. And lots more stuff! This was a devil putting together this time around! Go look!

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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!

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING: DUST TO DUST TP Vol 7 $16.99 Page 186
Terry Moore
Rachel saves Zoe’s life and finds the elusive demon Malus by looking through the eyes of his last victim. In an earth-shattering showdown, Lilith confronts Malus and fights for the future of humanity. Dust To Dust is the final book in the Rachel Rising story, collecting issues #37-42.

AFTERSHOCK

JACKPOT #3 $3.99 Page 195
Ray Fawkes and Marco Failla
Time and Space are twisting into knots all around them, but the Jackpot crew know every way there is to untie a knot! What is the power they’ve run afoul of–and what kind of deadly surprises do Dominique and her team have ready to spring?

missusheyaALTERNATIVE COMICS

MISS U.S. OF HEYA ONE SHOT $8.00 Page 23
Menorah Horwitz
She’s a beauty and gives face, she might spray you with mace. Welcome to the Miss U.S. of Heya Pageant, where the rule to win is simple: be, like, totally unforgettable. This highly collectible visual history of the world’s favoritest pageant will take you behind the scenes. A Floating World Comics production. [About the artist: “Menorah Horwitz is the drag alter ego of Portland based artist Michael Horwitz. Michael is a current Rainmaker resident. He received his BFA in Film and Television studies from New York University and his MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Previous printed projects include the self-published “My Boyfriend Walt Whitman” and “The Wookie Woof Book”. His work has been featured in PDX Contemporary Art, PICA’s Time Based Arts Festival, Disjecta, and Linework NW. In 2015 he was named “A Queer to Watch” by Advocate.com.”] http://www.rainmakerartistresidency.org/news/miss-us-of-heya

ARCHIE

ARCHIE #9 $3.99 Page 212
Mark Waid and Veronica Fish
Archie is forever barred from Lodge Manor! Now Veronica has to live in Archie’s world if she wants to see him — and she’s turning the whole Andrews family upside-down! [Kevin Keller is in the cast.]

JUGHEAD #7 $3.99 Page 212
Chip Zdarsky and Derek Charm
Summertime is here! Jughead convinces Archie to join him at a cottage, away from all the madness of Riverdale, but the madness of Riverdale cannot be escaped. The madness of Riverdale is everywhere.

jugheadvol1JUGHEAD Vol 1 TPB $19.99 Page 212
Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson
In the grand tradition of comic book reboots like Archie, Archie Comics proudly presents… JUGHEAD VOL. 1-from the comics dream team of Chip Zdarsky (Howard the Duck) and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)! Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, Jughead Jones swears vengeance! Well, I mean, he doesn’t “swear.” This is still Archie Comics after all. Collects issues #1-6.
Jughead Vol 1

AVATAR

PROVIDENCE #9 $4.99 Page 222
Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows
The world of H.P. Lovecraft has begun to invade the mind of Robert Black. His quest began as project to write a book but the more he is exposed to these horrors the closer to the edge of insanity he is pushed. The cracks in the world seem to be widening as he nears some inexplicable crescendo of horror. Alan Moore and artist Jacen Burrows have created the most realized version of Moore’s Lovecraftian vision ever published. Fans and classical scholars have flocked to the pages of Providence to decipher the many layers of story being told in this masterpiece. Moore has written every cover detail, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create an unforgettable series. Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows. [The central character is a gay man.]

BLACK MASK COMICS

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 $3.99 Page 227
Katy Rex and Fabian Lelay
In this new series that mashes The Breakfast Club with Sailor Moon, Kai, Saba, Noemi, Divya, and Emma are (bad) students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for magical girls. When they all meet for the first time in a totally unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class and discover the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even more sinister than they suspected. With JSPS, the creative team of writer Katy Rex, penciler/inker Fabian Lelay, colorist Mara Jayne Carpenter, and series cover artists Annie Wu and Kiki Jenkins channel Black Mask’s edgy, subversive sensibility into a whipsmart adventure for delinquents young and old.

BOOM

BRAVEST WARRIORS Vol 7 TP $14.99 Page 240
Kate Leth and Ian McGinty
The Bravest Warriors get a distress call to a planet with a giant monster problem that turns out to be more than they can handle on their own. Luckily, they befriend a brilliant local scientist named Peach who also happens to be a huge fan of the team. So much so, she’s built each of the Warriors a colossal robot to pilot and take the fight back to the monsters! It’s giant monsters versus giant robots with the Bravest Warriors at the helm! This volume features the debut of Catbug’s evil brother Bugcat! Collects issues # 25-28.
Bravest Warriors Vol 7

LUMBERJANES #27 $3.99 Page 244
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, and Ayme Sotuyo
The Lumberjanes and Barney try to figure out how to woo giant mystical birds, while the Zodiac cabin has some things to say to the Roanokes about their friend Diane, who they miss dearly.

lumberjanesGA1LUMBERJANES/ GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 $3.99 Page 234
Chynna Clugston-Flores, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Mingjue Chen, and Brooke Allen
We adore DC’s Gotham Academy and it’s been on our wish list to have them somehow meet the Lumberjanes. From the great characters to the fun stories, we saw a world in which these two groups could coexist. Fast forward and here we are–the crossover event we’ve dreamed about and can’t wait to bring to you! Something sinister is happening at a mysterious building deep in the woods, drawing the Lumberjanes and the Gotham Academy kids separately to investigate. Is it a weird cabin? An abandoned asylum? The two groups band together to find out what exactly is going on. Featuring a connecting subscription cover by Brooke Allen!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #4 $3.99 Page 243
Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
Tommy must overcome his failures and hallucinations to be the Ranger his team needs in order to survive Rita Repulsa’s plan, which is the greatest threat the Rangers have ever faced!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: PINK #2 $3.99 Page 243
Brendan Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, and Daniele Di Nicuolo
One a ranger, always a ranger. Kimberly must embrace her past to become the hero the world needs. The return of Angel Grove’s original Pink Ranger is here.

POWER UP TP $19.99 Page 312
Kate Leth and Matt Cummings
New York Times bestselling author Kate Leth and artist Matt Cummings create a new, original series that takes the magical girl story where it’s never, ever been before. Combining a deep love of Sailor Moon with the tongue-in-cheek humor of Scott Pilgrim, Power Up is the story of the most unlikely people (and goldfish) taking on the roles of Magical Girls, whether they want it or not. What It Is: It has been foretold that four noble warriors of incredible strength would be gifted with cosmic abilities at a moment of planetary alignment…which, yeah, something definitely went wrong here. Amie is a disaffected twentysomething with a lot of attitude, Kevin is a washed-up athlete way past his prime, Sandy’s a mother of two teenagers, and Silas…is a goldfish. Just a normal goldfish. Are we sure we read that prophecy right? Collects the complete limited series.
Power Up

THE WOODS #23 $3.99 Page 242
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
Karen reveals to the leaders of The Horde and Bay Point that one of their own knows how to activate the Black City and take full control of the planet, terrifying everyone.

CANTON STREET PRESS

THE SENATE HEARINGS ON JUVENILE DELINQUENCY MMPB $22.99 Page 250
For three days in 1954, the US Senate debated comic books and their impact on juvenile delinquency. These Senate hearings almost destroyed the entire comic book industry and resulted in the adoption of the Comics Code. Entire comic lines and publishers ceased to exist following these hearings. CSP presents these historic hearings in their entirety. Read the testimony of comic legends Willima Gaines, Walt Kelly, Milton Caniff, and others.

DARK HORSE

alabastergoodbadbirdALABASTER: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BIRD HC $19.99 Page 60
Caitlin Kiernan and Daniel Warren Johnson
A year after her death in a burning barn, Dancy Flammarion now finds herself in a hell of her own creation. A new evil haunts the sun-scorched back roads and ghost towns of the American South: murderous twins who command a legion of ghouls. Once again, she must face down demons, both those who walk the world unchallenged and those in her own shattered mind. Collects the five-issue miniseries.
The Good, the Bad, and the Bird

BUFFY SEASON 10 #28 $3.99 Page 62
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
Xander and Dawn take on an incredible journey of dimension hopping, trying their best to return home. Meanwhile, things are bad between Buffy and all the Scoobies. Think the world can learn to look out for itself?

COMPLETE ELFQUEST Vol 3 TP $24.99 Page 74
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
The epic story of Wendy and Richard Pini’s ElfQuest continues! Experience the dreams of the Wolfriders during their deep sleep as they await the passage of ten thousand years to reunite the tribes–and enjoy the lavishly colored stories of the tribe’s history. Collects ElfQuest: Dreamtime and ElfQuest: Hidden Years.
Complete Elfquest Vol 3

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #23 $4.99 Page 49
Carla Speed McNeil, Rich Woodall, Dennis Calero, Alan Gordon, Michael T Gilbert, Bo Hampton, Craig Rousseau, Dean Motter, and Mike Mignola
This month, return to the urban jungle in The Once and Future Tarzan, written by Alan Gordon with art by Bo Hampton! Then, Dean Motter takes us back to Radiant City with a new Mister X story: Pokerface! Plus, Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Chase the Lady, Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, and Michael T. Gilbert’s Mr. Monster continue! Finally, Dennis Calero’s The Suit reaches its thrilling conclusion–all in this issue of Dark Horse Presents!

hemancompleteHE MAN & MASTERS UNIVERSE COMPLETE GUIDE CLASSIC HC 39.99 Page 64
James Eatock
He-Man and She-Ra entranced boys and girls everywhere with their animated adventures that offered cartoon excitement and moral guidance. Now, Dark Horse Books is proud to present the official companion to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power, featuring story synopses, animation processes, and trivia for every episode! Written by animator and He-Man expert James Eatock!
He Man & She Ra!

HE-MAN & MASTERS OF UNIVERSE HC MINICOMIC COLLECTION $29.99 Page 64
Various
The toy juggernaut Masters of the Universe and its subsequent action figure lines featured memorable pack-in minicomics that aided in playtime for children across the world. This oversized hardcover collection features sixty-eight U.S. releases, including all minicomics from the ’80s Masters of the Universe line, the ’80s Princess of Power line, and the ’80s and ’90s He-Man line, plus an introduction to the minicomics in the current Masters of the Universe Classics toy line. Relive the illustrated adventures that fueled your imagination! Over 1000 pages of minicomics collected for the first time featuring interviews with the original comics creators!
He Man & MOTU Mini Comics

LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: SURVIVING MEGALOPOLIS #6 $3.99 Page 88
Gail Simone and J Calafiore
A twisted love story gone wrong gets even more wrong as our small band of survivors are forced to ask for help from the only people more dangerous than the city’s heroes . . . the supervillains. Don’t miss this terrifying conclusion of the sequel to the incredible Kickstarter monster hit Leaving Megalopolis!

Miss the Kickstarter? There’s a HC collection to catch you up!
Leaving Megalopolis

tombraiderII-5TOMB RAIDER II #5 $3.99 Page 73
Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Sevy
Lara arrives at a cave in pursuit of Professor Demur. He has been taken captive by the Knights of the Spore, who seek to use his knowledge to locate a mushroom to grant immortality![Tamaki wrote the teen lesbian coming of age story Skim and This One Summer with her cousin Jillian doing the art.]

DC

DC has its own Previews supplement this month. It’s free or maybe it’s free buy a copy of the main Previews catalog. Right now I can’t say if this is a one time thing or not.

BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURLES HC
James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II
The sold-out, smash-hit 6-issue miniseries co-published with IDW is collected in hardcover. It all starts in Gotham City, as a series of deadly raids leads Batman to believe he is up against a group of highly trained ninjas. Somehow, the Foot Clan has crossed over to another dimension–but they haven’t come alone: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are on their trail!
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CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #13 $2.99 Page 59
Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, and Eryk Donovan
John Constantine has been to Hell so many times it feels like home–and he knows that it’s no place to leave two scared little girls trapped. He’s got one shot to save Oliver’s kids, but he’ll have to fight Faerie, Blythe, Papa Midnite and a host of even worse things while he tries to fix this latest mistake.

dccomicsbombshells14DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #14 $3.99 Page 67
Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, and Mirka Andolfo
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy make it to Berlin to find the Joker’s cabaret in the hands of the Joker’s Daughter, who has banished a magic-less Zatanna and Constantine onto the streets of Nazi-occupied Germany. Meanwhile, find out what happened to Mera at the Battle of Britain after being captured by Nereus as a prisoner of war.

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS TP VOL 2 $16.99 Page 74
Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Marguerite Sauvage, Mirko Andolfo, and Elizabeth Torque
In these tales from issues #7-12, meet the Batgirls! While Batwoman is away in Europe, a group of young women decide to pick up her mantle and protect the streets of Gotham City themselves! Supergirl and Stargirl wonder if they are being used as instruments of propaganda, while mythological creatures attack the Allied forces, bringing Wonder Woman into the fray.
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DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 $2.99 Page 33
Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, and Phil Jimenez
It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! THEY SAID IT: “Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe,” says writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “It brings back what has been lost, the legacy of the characters, the love and the hope of the DCU!”

DETECTIVE #934 & 935 $2.99 Pages 40 & 41
James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, and Eber Ferreira
“Rise of the Batmen” chapter one An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. It’s up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat! What now: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, but is the villainous Clayface ready for redemption?
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Chapter two Batman and team find themselves in the crosshairs as the villain they’ve begun hunting turns the tables on them. Batman and Batwoman have the skills to survive, but do their young teammates? Is this where hero training ends in tragedy? They said it: “The ideas are boiling inside my brain,” boasts artist Eddy Barrows. “James and I intend to elevate Batman to a whole new level, with amazing and exciting stories, and artwork. To sum it up in one sentence–it’s going to be epic!”

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #12 $2.99 Page 60
Dan Abnett and Frederico Dallocchio
Can the device that Fury used to bring back the Amazons also provide the means to power up the new Earth-2, a world without natural resources? Hawkgirl thinks so, but given Fury’s background and history, can she convince the other Wonders and the rest of the world? Sides will be chosen as the future of the entire world may very well hang in the balance. [Alan Scott recently got a spotlight but he’s still as neutered as Northstar used to be.]

FLASH #1 $2.99 Page 45
Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico
Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC Universe: Rebirth #1, the fastest man alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads. Do not read this issue until after you read DC Universe: Rebirth #1! [Presumably Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple and Barry Allen and Rathaway are still roommates!]

GOTHAM ACADEMY
Missing this book? Check out the Lumberjanes & Gotham Academy crossover in the Boom section above!

GRAYSON ANNUAL #3 $4.99 Page 64
Jackson Lanning, Collin Kelly, Roge Antonio, Javier Fernandez, Christian Duce, Flaviano Armentaro and Natasha Alterici
Determined to find out the identity of Spyral’s Agent 37, detective Jim Corrigan gathers a collection of heroes who have seen the swirl-faced spy in order to hear their accounts. With guest appearances by Harley Quinn, Azrael, John Constantine and Green Lantern Simon Baz, get ready for some of Dick Grayson’s greatest hits!

HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #4 $4.99 Page 65
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Billy Tucci
Harley’s been to some very strange places in her bizarre life…but an alternate-reality time-travel trip is a new one even for her! Somehow, some way, Harley’s managed to find herself in the world of the Bombshells, a universe where female heroes have taken to the battlefield of World War II! And most unbelievably of all…she’s gonna meet herself?! Our heads hurt already.

HARLEY QUINN & HER GANG OF HARLEYS #4 $3.99 Page 65
Jimmy Palmiottoi, Frank Tieri, and Mauricet
Held captive by the mysterious Harley Sinn, Harley Quinn tries to learn the identity of her captor and what Sinn intends to do with her! But the most significant question of all is why Sinn has been conducting surveillance on the family members of the rest of the Gang of Harleys, and what does she intend to do with them?

HARLEY QUINN #29 $3.99 Page 64
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin
What’s that you said? We couldn’t quite hear you. Did you say “Boy, I sure would love to see Harley fight giant transforming robots”? Well, that’s definitely what we heard! So we’re delivering! [According to an interview at The Mary Sue, Harley and Ivy are girlfriends “without the jealousy of monotony” ]

HARLEY QUINN BOOK AND MASK SET $34.99 Page 70
Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Stephane Roux, and others
Harley Quinn leaps into a new book and mask set that includes a highly detailed PVC mask plus a copy of the HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: HOT IN THE CITY TP, collecting issues #0-8 of her smash-hit series.
More Harley!

poisonivy6POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE & DEATH #6 $2.99 Page 66
Amy Chu and Clay Mann
Poison Ivy and her Sporelings battle for survival in the epic final chapter of “Cycle of Life and Death”! The monster Grim makes his final move, the murderer is revealed, and Pamela Isley’s life will be forever changed! Plus, someone, or someTHING, joins the fray! [Poison Ivy and Harley were always making out together and Harley writer Amanda Connor said Harley is bi. Whether Chu addresses Pamela’s sexuality in this mini remains to be seen.]

ROBIN SON OF BATMAN #13 $3.99 Page 66
Ray Fawkes and Ramon Bachs
The series conclusion to Damian Wayne’s quest for atonement! In the wake of a victory, Damian, Maya and Goliath discover that there is still one enemy left to vanquish–the most terrible of all. Only together, and with the help of unlikely allies, will they be able to save humanity from destruction…but will they all survive this final battle?

TEEN TITANS #21 $2.99 Page 62
Greg Pak and Ian Churchill
While attempting to clean up their public image, the Teen Titans unexpectedly encounter an dangerous threat–the dastardly duo known as Monsieur Mallah and the Brain!

TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #2 $4.99 Page 63
Scott Lobdell and Cory Smith
A rare night off for the Teen Titans turns into a disaster when partygoers begin to mutate into bizarre, uncontrollable animals! Is this the work of Brother Blood? Or someone even more deadly?

VERTIGO

ASTRO CITY #36 $3.99 Page 82
Kurt Busiek and Ron Randall
When the original Jack-in-the-Box died, it shattered two families and gave rise to new heroes…and new villains. Now, the true secrets of that day are revealed–and they may end the Jack-in-the-Box dynasty forever. Also featuring: The Drama Queen, Chekov’s Gun, the Weirdies, the Trouble Boys and more. Part 2 of a 2-part look into one of Astro City’s most popular heroes, illustrated by guest artist Ron Randall. [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]

ASTRO CITY HONOR GUARD HC $29.99 Page 83
Kurt Busiek, Jesus Merino, Joe Infurnari, Gary Chaloner, and Wade Von Grawbadger
In the latest collection, the Living Nightmare–the embodiment of fear itself–goes up against the Honor Guard, and all its secrets come to light. Plus, Starfighter has been enjoying a hero’s reward for decades. But with dark forces stirring in the cosmos, will he be called back to action? Or are there other paths? Collects ASTRO CITY #13, #22, #25, #27-28, and #31.
Astro City Honor Guard

CLEAN ROOM #9 $3.99 Page 84
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
Enigmatic exorcist Astrid Mueller and her arch-rival Chloe Pierce get locked in the Clean Room as the Windy City meets a blood-starved army of Blue Utopians. But is being stuck in a hermetically sealed chamber far below the Chicago streets with someone who knows your darkest, damaged desires any safer than a city on fire?

redthorn7RED THORN #8 $3.99 Page 86
David Baillie and Megan Hetrick
Thorn discovers kilts, the Stepping Orc visits the Whitburn Wiccan and the Upstart Gods rain bloody chaos down on Glasgow. But where are Isla and Tarek? And what secret does the Couril of the Callanish Stone Circle so jealously protect? Meghan Hetrick and David Baillie answer all of these questions and more in “A Wicked Garden,” the eighth chapter of RED THORN, and the start of a whole new arc!. [The male lead character is bi.]

RED THORN: GLASGOW KISS VOl 1 TP $14.99 Page 86
David Baillie and Megan Hetrick
On the rain-soaked streets of Glasgow, a girl whose drawings somehow come to life has just stumbled across her one true love. And thousands of miles below those streets, an ancient demi-god plots his escape from the prison where he’s been held for nearly two thousand years. In these tales from the first seven issues of RED THORN, evil forces are at play and no one is safe as the legends of Scottish mythology collide with the modern world. Fans of Fables and The Sandman won’t want to miss this riveting dark fantasy epic!
Red Thorn Vol 1

D.E.

redsonjavol3-6RED SONJA #6 Vol 3 $3.99 Page 272
Marguerite Bennett and Aneke
In the second of our two-part finale, the Hyrkanian forces clashes, sister against brother, in bloody civil war for the Falcon Throne. Revelations, explosions, betrayals, and triumph await as the soul of Hyrkania – and Sonja herself – hang in the balance

VAMPIRELLA #4 Vol 3 $3.99 Page 274
Kate Leth and Eman Casallos
After receiving a threatening invitation to a party at Slade’s manor, Vampirella and her coven of friends are forced to walk into an obvious trap. Can they outwit Slade at her own game, or will things get even bloodier?

XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS #2 $3.99 Page 334
Genevieve Valentine and Ariel Medel
The fight is on! Xena and Gabrielle battle for their lives against the Harpies, who quickly reveal themselves to be more than they seem – but what happens when Gabrielle finds herself trapped between the past and the future?

DIGITAL MANGA

BORDER Vol 5 $13.95 Page 280
Kazuma Kodaka
Drowning in despair amidst a great tragedy, these two beautiful men–merely boys then–would forge their special bond, a bond that would stand the test of time. But nothing is unbreakable. Tempers rise as boundaries are tested and things long since buried return with a vengeance. What will be left when the dust settles?
Border Vol 5

FIRST SECOND

thisonesummerTHIS ONE SUMMER GN $17.99 Page 294
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rose’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens, just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy, is caught up in something bad. It’s a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.
This One Summer

LAST GASP

BEST OF BISHONEN GN $29.95 Page 318
Shishunnki and Various
A collection of “beautiful boy” art from Japan! Best of Bishonen is an indispensable book for anyone wishing to sample the visual pulse of this exciting trend. This is the most complete Yaoi art collection to date! Features 79 artists, with details in Japanese and English. Additionally, five artists have created new original works exclusively for this project.
Bishonen

IDW/ TOPSHELF

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #16 3.99 Page 104
Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell
Dark Jem oncludes! Pizzazz rejoins the Misfits in time to confront looming threat of Silica. But it will take everyone working together–and performing together–in one super show to stop Silica and The Sickness’s spread once and for all. Silica’s band The Sickness take over the Misfits’ Tour–and the Holograms have to work with the Misfits to stop her! And just as things look hopeless, an unexpected guest shows up in appropriately dramatic fashion to help save the day… or maybe bask in their destruction!

ORPHAN BLACK: HELSINKI TP $19.99 Page 108
Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy, Denton J. Tipton, and Alan Quah
Spoken in hushed tones, the word means almost certain death for the clones of Project Leda. Learn the dark secrets of this codename in this special event miniseries by co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.
Orphan Black: Helsinki

rocketeeratwarROCKETEER AT WARP $19.99 Page 115
Marc Guggenheim, Dave Bullock, and J Bone
Europe, 1942-the world is at war! As the Allies battle against the Axis, able bodied men everywhere enlist in the war effort, including Cliff Secord. Secord, also known as The Rocketeer, has been thrust full throttle into the heat of battle, and-with or without his jet pack-he will depend on his wits and daring if he is to survive! Collects issues #1-4.
Rocketeer At War

IMAGE

BEAUTY #8 $3.99 Page 148
Jeremy Haun, Jason A Hurley, and Brett Weldele
Ezerae’s entire life has been about change. Can she find happiness in the world of The Beauty? [Lesbian characters in the last arc.]

CRY HAVOC #6 $3.99 Page 150
Simon Spurrier and Ryan Kelly
End of a story arc. A climactic battle for the folked-up future with fang-gnashing throat-ripping bulletstorm insanity. [Gay and lesbian characters have shown up.]

INVINCIBLE #129 $2.99 Page 154
Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Nathan Fairburn
Cory Walker’s epic stint as artist continues! Thragg is making moves, conquering more worlds as he rebuilds the Viltrum Empire. Meanwhile, Mark, Eve, and Terra take a trip to Earth to visit Grandma and Grandpa. [Kirkman showed Invincible’s best friend is gay. I can’t say if the character is still around though.]

monstressvol1MONSTRESS Vol 1 TP $9.99 Page 172
Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, Monstress tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both. Collects issues #1-6
Mostress Vol 1

PAPER GIRLS #6 $2.99 Page 143
Brian K Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
The smash-hit ongoing series returns with a bold new direction, as Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future.

PAPER GIRLS Vol 1 is offered for $9.99 too!
Pape Girls Vol 1

wickeddivine20WALKING DEAD #155 $2.99 Page 166
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
The tip of the spear. [One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, two other gay people in the cast.]

THE WICKED + DIVINE #20 $3.50 Page 166
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
“Rising Action” part 3: So… why is Laura still alive anyway?

MARVEL

Thanks to Mike McDermott for his advice with post Secret War Marvel books, including paraphrased info included here! Alas, a fond farewell to Angela and Sera for now with a TPB collecton.

AGENTS OF SHIELD #6 $3.99 Page 75
Marc Guggenheim and German Peralta
“The Coulson Protocols” concludes! Coulson’s strategies could kill every super-hero in the Marvel Universe, unless the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have something to say about it. Guest starring as many super-heroes as we cram into 20 pages. Plus: The moment you’ve been waiting for: Coulson vs. Ward! [Guggenheim is an LGBT ally.]

AGENTS OF SHIELD: THE COULSON PROTOCOLS Vol 1 TP $17.99 Page 136
Marc Guggenheim and German Peralta
The stars of hit TV show explore the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe, rubbing shoulders with heroes like Tony Stark, Spider-Man and Wolverine! Phil Coulson is reunited with his great love, Lola — no, not the flying car — but this old flame has turned his mind into a weapon that could destroy everything! And if they survive, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be forced into a STANDOFF against the New Avengers! Fitz risks his life; Simmons battles for hers; May is the cavalry; and Quake, Mockingbird and Deathlok add the super-hero credentials. But are the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ready for Grant Ward? Collecting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-6 and material from All New All Different Point One #1.
Agents of SHIELD

ALL NEW INHUMANS #8 $3.99 Page 66
James Asmus and Stefano Caseli
Flint is finally reunited with his family! But are they and their Inhuman tribe all that they appear to be? And what exactly is Anna Kravinoff up to? [James Asmus has also revealed that one of the new Inhuman characters will be gay.] angelafunderworld
ALL NEW X-MEN #10 $3.99 Page 86
Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
Apocalypse Wars continues! The All-New X-Men are on a mission to write their own futures…and none is more determined to escape their destiny than Evan Sabahnur, who is to one day become the next host for the genocidal villain Apocalypse. But now, by way of unintentional intervention by his teammate Beast, Evan finds himself thousands of years in the past, in Egypt…and on the run alongside his predecessor, En Sabah Nur, the boy who will one day become Apocalypse himself! To change his future, will Evan literally change the course of history? Or will he instead be Apocalypse’s first victim??

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13 & 13 $3.99 Page 44
Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
Power Play continues! Things aren’t going well between the Amazing Spider-Man and the Invincible Iron Man and their conflict is opening the door for Regent and his plan against our heroes! Now that Regent has started imprisoning HEROES and stealing their powers things have gone from bad to worse. [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

ANGELA, QUEEN OF HEL: JOURNEY TO FUNDERWORLD TP $24.99 Page 141
Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto, and Stephanie Hans
Hel hath a new fury! She was stolen from Asgard, exiled from Heven and robbed of her greatest companion — now Angela plunges into the blackest depths to save Sera. But once there, the lost princess will claim a throne of her own. To rescue her beloved, Angela must conquer this domain and rewrite laws as old as death! All hail Angela, the new Queen of Hel?! Not if the old one, Hela, has anything to say about it! And they aren’t the only monarchs in the mix — an ancient evil known as the Faustian Queen plans to reimagine the world into a fable of her own making! Perhaps the new Thor could lend a hand — and a hammer — to this underworld uprising! Follow the Guardian Angel as she falls all the way to Hel! Collecting issues #1-7.
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blackpanther3ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #9 $3.99 Page 43
Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas
It’s Ant-Man’s Eleven! To pull off the job of a lifetime and stop a mastermind criminal, Scott has to pull together a new gang of… yeah, you guessed it. Criminals. It’s a vicious cycle. Wait, are you allowed to count yourself in the eleven? This is confusing… [Gay Machinesmith has carried over from the previous series. We’ll have to wait and see if the same holds true of the gay Indian-American man who inherited Giant Man’s suit.]

BLACK PANTHER #3 $3.99 Page 70
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Steelfreeze
The Midnight Angels continue the liberation of Wakanda with extreme prejudice, and T’Challa’s indecisions could cost him more than just the throne. Coates and Stelfreeze weave a quintessential Black Panther tale that will change the tapestry of the Marvel Universe forever. [A sub plot focuses on two lesbian characters.]

CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 $3.99 Page 18
Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, and Kris Anka
Civil War II tie in. Old friends face off as enemies in an event that will change Captain Marvel’s life forever. As war erupts, Carol finds herself at the forefront of battle. But after tragedy hits too close to home, how far will Carol go to fight for what she believes in? This is Captain Marvel at her finest. In her toughest fight yet.

CAPTAIN MARVEL: RISE OF ALPHA FLIGHT TP Vol 1 $15.99 Page 124
captainmarvel6Michele Fazekis, Tara Butters, and Kris Anka
Oh Captain, my Captain! Carol Danvers soars higher than ever with her greatest mission yet — leading Earth’s first line of defense, the all-new Alpha Flight space program! And some alums of the old-school Flight are along for the ride: Puck, Aurora and Sasquatch! It’s a bold new frontier for Captain Marvel, but can she handle being a diplomat first and a soldier second? She’ll face negotiations with alien delegates, passive-aggressive power struggles with Flight Commander Abigail Brand, an insatiable itch to be out on the front lines and the mystery of a ghost ship bearing the Star of Hala — the very symbol she wears on her chest! Plus: Carol’s powers are on the fritz, and all evidence says Alpha Flight has a traitor in its midst. You think your job is tough? Try Captain Marvel’s! Collecting issues (2016) #1-5.
Captain Marvel Rise of Alpha Flight

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #11 $3.99 Page 71
Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos
“Apocalypse Wars” continues here in “Omega World”: Part 4! Trapped one thousand years in the future on a world ruled by the genocidal tyrant Apocalypse, the X-Men are literally mutantkind’s last hope! But in fighting Apocalypse’s newest horsemen, the X-Men’s future is slipping away from them, especially when one of those horsemen is a Wolverine with a Venom symbiote!

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #8 $3.99 Page 67
Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustsos
Cosmic Cuties continues! Nothing scares fearless genius Lunella Lafayette more than change. So of course, big change is at her doorstep! How big? How about finding her mind trapped in Devil Dinosaur’s body? And how does the big red T-Rex feel about being trapped in a 9-year old human girl’s body…during a test? All this and the first appearance of Moon Girl’s new 9-year old super-powered rival: Kid Kree!

NEW AVENGERS #12 $3.99 Page 22
Al Ewing and Gerardo Sandoval
Civil War II is raging through the Marvel U — but some wars are less civil than others! Roberto Da Costa’s mission, should he choose to accept it, is to play the ultimate secret agents at their own game… with the free world as the stakes! This is sky-high spy-fi the way you crave it, true believer! This is… A.I.M. versus S.H.I.E.L.D.!

PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT #6 $3.99 Page 78
Kate Leth and Brittney L Williams
“Best Frenemies” starts now! Guest starring Jessica Jones! Fun in the sun can’t last forever — I mean, the sun’s going to explode in a couple billion years, right? With none other than Jessica Jones back in her life for the first time, nobody knows this like Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!

silk9SILK #9 $3.99 Page 53
Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee
Cindy Moon learns how her Earth-65 counterpart has affected her life in the Marvel Universe. Both Mockingbird and Black Cat confront Silk – and they ain’t happy!

SPIDER-WOMEN TP $29.99 Page 123
Robbie Thompson, Jason Latour, Dennis Hopeless, Vanesa Del Rey, Tana Ford, Bengal, Javier Rodriguez, and Joelle Jones
The Spider-Women of two worlds join Silk for a story too big for just one of their books! New mother Jessica Drew is taking a mentor role with Silk and Spider-Gwen, and the trio enjoys a brunch break on Gwen’s Earth-65. But when nefarious spy organization S.I.L.K. and its leader — a certain Cindy Moon — notice the interdimensional interlopers, everything goes wrong! Can the arachnid adventurers find a way home, or will they be trapped in a world they never made? And if they do escape Earth-65, will their troubles follow? Jess meets the Mary Janes, and Silk comes face-to-face with her counterpart’s family — but who’s looking after little baby Drew? It’s an epic that will shake all three Spider-Women to the core! Collecting Spider-Women Alpha and Omega. Sill #7 – 8 (2015), Spider-Gwen #7 – 8, (2015) and Spider-Woman #6 – 7 (2015).
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SQUADRON SUPREME #8 $3.99 Page 40
James Robinson and Leonard Kirk
As Doctor Spectrum learns the reason she was rescued from her dying Earth by Black Bolt…even though her hunt for answers takes her to the Inhuman home base and the throne of Medusa herself. And in the aftermath of Nighthawk’s battle with Kyle Richmond, the Nighthawk, the mystery of who the alien Myriad deepens. A mystery that leads to their treacherous ex-teammate Warrior Woman. [In terms of LGBT content, Thundra is shown on the cover to issue #1, and she was outed as bisexual in Peter David’s She-Hulk series a few years ago. There has also been a lot of fan speculation about this version of Hyperion from Hickman’s Avengers run.]

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #7 $3.99 Page 16
Greg Pak and Alan Davis
Civil War II tie in. Bruce Banner’s fate during the 8-month gap post-Secret Wars is revealed! Was he really cured by Amadesu Cho? Did he survive? Has Amadeus made a disastrous miscalculation? [Greg Pak was a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK: CHO TIME Vol 1 TPB $17.99 Page 133
Greg Pak, Frank Cho, Mike Cho, and Takeshi Miyazawa
There’s a brand-new Hulk in town, and his name is Amadeus Cho! Get ready for gamma-fueled entertainment as the newly empowered kid genius decides he’s gonna be the best Hulk ever — and just possibly brings the entire world crashing down into chaos! Cho is taking on the biggest monsters in the Marvel Universe, but can he handle the danger posed by Lady Hellbender? What will She-Hulk and Spider-Man make of this very different Green Goliath? What will the Enchantress make him do? And what, exactly, happened to Bruce Banner? With monster mayhem in the Mighty Marvel Manner, this is better than incredible — it’s totally awesome! Plus: amazing science, SECRET WARS style, starring the Amadeus Cho of Battleworld! Collecting issues #1-6 and material from Planet Hulk #1.
Totally Awesome Hul Vol 1

THE ULTIMATES #8 $3.99 Page 21
Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort
Civil War II tie in. Thanos has come to Earth. It’s the Ultimates’ job to stop him. And they won’t be enough. And even if they win this battle — will the ultimate superteam survive the cost of victory? Plus: the origin of the Ultimates… and of their greatest enemy! [Ms America may have a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast, based on the short-story in the Avengers #0 one-shot.]

THE ULTIMATES: START WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE Vol 1 TP $17.99 Page 135
Al Ewing, Kenneth Rocafort, and Christian Ward
Black Panther! Captain Marvel! Ms. America! Spectrum! Blue Marvel! Together, they form the ultimate super team, finding and fixing problems beyond the limits of the infinite! From cosmic forces lurking on Earth to whatever waits beyond the omniverse — they start with the impossible and take it from there! And what’s more impossible than ending the threat of Galactus…forever? The devourer of worlds is beyond good and evil. He’s a necessary part of the universe. The Ultimates have heard it all before — and respectfully, they disagree. The bigger they are, the harder they fall — but if they succeed in taking him down, what will take his place? Another problem: Spacetime is broken. And to solve that, the Ultimates can’t just think within the box. They need to go…outside! Collecting issues #1-6 (2015 series) and material from Avengers #0.
Ultimates Vol 1

ONI PRESS

freshromanceFRESH ROMANCE $24.99 Page 331
Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sally Jane Thompson, and Trungles
The critically-acclaimed anthology Fresh Romance is finally available in print! Have you been wondering what the fuss is all about? FRESH ROMANCE is an exciting collection of romance comics from some of comics’ most talented creators, including Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, and Trungles. From unhappy historical marriages to covert teenage romances, there’s something for everyone in FRESH ROMANCE.
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MERRY MEN #1 $3.99 Page 324
Robert Rodi and Jackie Lewis
13th century England. Robert Godwinson, former lover of King Richard, lives with his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest, away from the watchful eye of Prince John, who has outlawed homosexuality. Though isolated, the men live in peace-that is, until a stranger approaches their camp asking for aid to a nearby town under siege by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robert-nicknamed Robin-is reluctant to help, but equally eager to get rid of this perplexing stranger… and to put his formidable bow-and-arrow to use. It’s Robin Hood like you’ve never seen him before, based on scholarly speculation about what’s really behind the outlaw’s legend.

PERMUTED PLATINUM

manfromatlantisMAN FROM ATLANTIS SC $16.00 Page 414
Patrick G Duffy
When TV unveiled the series Man from Atlantis no one knew the how, where and why of Mark Harris. Over time the show’s star Patrick Duffy formulated his own version of the history of Mark and his people. Here at last is the book that gives every reader and fan of the show the life and mythology of Atlantis, who they were and where they came from. Patrick Duffy’s close connection to his fictional character makes this a behind the scenes fantasy story. Mark Harris, the Man from Atlantis, has been quietly living under the protection of Dr. Elizabeth Merrill who saved his life in 1976. As he discovers his past Mark’s origins and genealogy finally come to the surface. [Purely for the nostalgia of all the gay men who got butterflies in their stomach as young proto gay boys while watching Patrick Duffy.] Man From Atlantis

SUBLIME

DONT BE CRUEL 2IN1 TP VOL 1 $16.99 Page 338
Yonezou Nekota
Playboy Maya catches studious Nemugasa cheating on a test, and to ensure his silence Maya blackmails Nemugasa into doing whatever he wants. Twice a week Nemugasa must go to Maya’s room for some steamy action, but as dense and oblivious as Nemugasa is, he fails to notice Maya’s true feelings for him. With college entrance exams around the corner, Nemugasa must focus on his studies, but Maya won’t stop distracting him, causing him to finally snap! Can a relationship built on harassment ever be more? For mature audiences.
Don’t Be Cruel

HIS FAVORITE GN Vol 9 $12.99 Page 338
Suzuki Tanaka
Awkward Yoshida’s life got flipped upside down when the hottest guy in school started going out with him. Things should be easier for Yoshida now that his whole class knows about his relationship, but it’s never that simple with Saito as a boyfriend. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Yoshida has quite the challenge ahead of him if he hopes to satisfy Saito’s demand for a special treat. For older teen audiences.
His Favorite Vol 9

TITAN

BUFFY SLAYER COLLECTION: BEWITCHED, BOTHERED, & BEWILDERED SC Vol 3 $19.99 Page 362
Titan Studios Revisit some of Buffy’s most memorable magical encounters, from powerful witches and warlocks to musical take-overs, dangerous love potions to amnesia-inducing spells. A little magic can be a dangerous thing, as the Slayer discovered on more than one occasion. Featuring cast interviews, behind-the-scenes secrets from the writers, plus many more entertaining features, this collection is essential reading for Buffy fans old and new. Features content previously published in the official Buffy the Vampire Slayer Magazine.
Buffy Slayer Collection Vol 3
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SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #1 $$4.99 Pages 342/ 361
Steven Moffat and Jay
The Japanese Sherlock manga comes to the USA and UK for the first time ever! Adapting the episodes of the smash-hit Hartswood Films/Masterpiece television series that sees Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) tackling brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London, this stunning manga is presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialised. Each oversized issue comes with a selection of brand-new covers by some of the best Sherlock artists around! #1 kicks things off with a 52-page special. Meet Sherlock and Watson for the first time, all over again!

April 17, 2016
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