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LGBT Previews For October 2015

ALTERNATIVE COMICS

winnersWINNERS GN $14.95 Page 260
Anna Ehrlemark
Swedish Ehrlemark is well known in Eastern Europe for her unconventional, twisted narratives and her striking visual style. Her comics explore feminist, queer, anti-capitalist themes and she has been published by the Balkan collectives Stripburger, Fijuk, and Komikaze. Winners collects 128 pages of her stories about family, nostalgia, chance, witchcraft, sex, abstinence, economy, and revenge. Science fiction in a future that is already old.

BOOM

COGNETIC #1 $4.99 Page 296
James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan
The creative team behind the award-nominated Memetic are back with another apocalyptic tale! We obviously love working with James Tynion IV (see The Woods, UFOlogy, and the aforementioned Memetic), and we know partnering him once again with artist Eryk Donovan will lead to another great-looking story. In Cognetic, Tynion and Donovan offer a look at the fundamentally human desire for control–that deep-seated belief we all feel in our darkest moments that if we had total, absolute power, we would be able to create a perfect world. Every human believes that they are self-reliant, self-determined individuals, each set on their own course. They’ve built civilizations, they’ve built culture, they’ve built lives… But what if that isn’t the right track? What if there is a singular mind ready to take back control and finally right the destiny of mankind and build a better tomorrow? Cognetic is the story of a powerful psychic being that once controlled one-third of the world’s population as a part of its hivemind, and his return to humanity in modern-day New York City. It’s a psychic action thriller, precariously positioned on the edge of outright apocalypse. It’s also the story of a young woman, the assistant to the director of the FBI, who might be the only one who can save humanity, but at a terrible, terrible cost. Each issue in this miniseries is oversized with 48 pages!

lumberjanes19LUMBERJANES #19 $3.99 Page 308
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak
April does her best to repair the mermaids’ friendship, but she just keeps making things worse!

LUMBERJANES Vol 2 $14.99 Page 304
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen
The second collection of the award-nominated Lumberjanes is here! Five girls become instant best friends when they go to camp and discover there is a lot more to the summer than learning to how to paddle a canoe. Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types is not your average summer camp and Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers. Between the river monsters, magic, and myths, this summer is only just beginning! Collects issues #5-8.
Lumberjanes Vol. 2

LUMBERJANES: BEYOND BAY LEAF #1 $4.99 Page 299
Faith Erin Hicks and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
It’s our first-ever Lumberjanes special and we could not be more excited to welcome writer Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and newcomer artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell to our growing Lumberteam. This self-contained story perfectly captures the spirit of what the Lumberjanes are: hardcore lady-types who can fend for themselves, but also quick to help those who are in need! In this special one-shot issue, a monster is terrorizing the Lumberjanes camp and the girls go to stop it. However, it turns out that the monster is being framed and now the girls have to figure out who’s doing it and to what end! Join April, Jo, Mal, Molly and Ripley as they earn their Beyond Bay Leaf pin!

MEMETIC TP $14.99 Page 297
James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan
Memetic is truly an event comic, and a wholly unique take on the disaster genre. Much like his work on The Woods, writer James Tynion IV–with the help of fantastic newcomer Eryk Donovan brings horror to a whole new generation of fans of J-horror films like Uzumaki and The Ring. Plus, Memetic was nominated for the 2015 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Comic! A meme is an idea that starts with an individual, and then virally spreads to multiple persons and potentially entire societies. Richard Dawkins suggests a meme’s success comes from its effectiveness to the host. But history shows that destructive memes can spread just as rapidly through society. Memetic shows the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a “meme” in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything. Collects the complete three-issue miniseries. [Offered again.] Memetic

powerup4POWER UP #4 $3.99 Page 308
Kate Leth and Matt Cummings
When Kevin has to face a brutal baddie on his own, he learns an important lesson about self-perception and true strength!

CONUNDRUM PRESS

LONG RED HAIR GN $17.00 Page 314
Meags Fitzgerald In this graphic memoir, Fitzgerald paints a childhood full of sleepovers, playing dress-up, amateur fortune-telling and renting scary movies. Yet, Fitzgerald suspects that she is unlike her friends. Long Red Hair alluringly delves into the mystique of red hair and the beguiling nature of alternative romantic relationships. The follow up to her award-winning Photobooth: A Biography. [Keying in on the phrase “alternative romantic relationship”.] Long Red Hair

DARK HORSE

BUFFY SEASON 10 #20 $3.50 Page 48
Christos Gage and Megan Levens
Called in for a supernatural-crimes case, Buffy and Spike discover an incubus demon is targeting women in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Xander and Giles work on an exorcism that stirs up some questions about Ghost Anya. Guest artist Megan Levens.

COLDER: TOSS THE BONES #2 $3.99 Page 44
Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
Ever feel that someone is watching, staring at you as you go about your day, murdering people all around you, feasting on the madness of the unfortunate insane? Ever feel that someone is sitting in your home, unseen, grinning a gap-toothed smile, waiting to feast? You should–you’re not alone. * Written by Eisner winner Paul Tobin! Art by Juan Ferreyra ! “Visually, this book is leaps and bounds above 99% of the other books on the stands.

DHPfinder15DARK HORSE PRESENTS #15 $4.99 Page 51
Carla Speed McNeil, Alex de Campi, Brendan McCarthy, Shawn Aldridge, Steve Horton, David Chelsea, Jerry Ordway, Julius Gopez, and Chris Marrinan
Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder returns to Dark Horse Presents with a new serial entitled “Torch.” Shawn Aldridge and Julius Gopez weave a terminal tale of superheroism in Last Act. Steve Horton and Chris Marrinan’s Mike Fortune delivers adventure, and David Chelsea brings us a Snow Angel Halloween! Plus, new chapters of Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s Semiautomagic and Brendan McCarthy’s Dream Gang! “By providing creators with a forum for creative expression for almost 30 years, Dark Horse Presents ensures that while the comics anthology may never be as prevalent as it once was, it will always have a place in the medium.”

MULAN: REVELATIONS $3.99 Pag368
Marc Andreyko, Robert Alter, and Micah Kaneshiro
Amid a conflict between gods and demons, Mulan is faced with a destiny-altering decision: will she allow the world to toil under eternal tyranny, or can she right the universe’s wrongs by making the ultimate sacrifice?

THE TOMORROWS #4 $3.99 Page 57
Curt Pires and Andrew MacLean
The past and the future are colliding. The truth is revealing itself. See how it all began in a mind-altering look into the yesterday of the Tomorrows, from Curt Pires and Andrew MacLean [Pires wrote the May Day mini that featured a transgender character, published by Black Mask.]

WITCHER: FOX CHILDREN Vol 2 TP $17.99 Page 64
Paul Tobin and Joe Querio
Geralt’s journey leads him aboard a ship of fools, renegades, and criminals–but some passengers are more dangerous than others, and one hides a heinous secret that could lead crew and passengers to a bitter and hideous fate at the hand of a vengeful fox mother! Collects The Witcher: Fox Children #1-#5. The Witcher games have collectively earned over 250 industry awards and have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide! For fans of Hellboy and B.P.R.D.!
The Witcher: Volume 2 – Fox Children

DC

ACTION #45 $23.99 Page 102
Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder
As this new epic begins, the Man of Steel’s identity as Clark Kent has been exposed. He’s been beaten and pushed to the brink in his quest to regain his powers while his enemies have gathered their forces. And now, Clark must ask himself the ultimate question: Should he even continue as Superman? As the action begins, a new hero emerges to fight for Justice–and against Superman! [Greg Pak is added to the list after I noticed he became a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]

BATGIRL #45 $2.99 Page 108
Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, and Babs Tarr
As Barbara’s friends gather for a major celebration, a familiar face from her past returns…and he’s got a lot to say about their future together!

BATMAN ’66 #28 $3.99 Page 110
Jeff Parker and Lukas Ketner
Two new additions to the ’66 Rogues Gallery are introduced in two stories. The Scarecrow is here to say “boo” to the good citizens of Gotham City, and to chase off the Caped Crusader. Then, a former henchman of King Tut has taken on a green, scaly look and roams the sewers under the city streets! [Okay, I’m including this title for the sheer camp factor of the TV series and how much it has meant to gay guys over the years even though probably won’t be any overtly LGBT characters or themes.

batmanrobineternal1BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #1 – 4 $2.99 Page 77
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando (#4 only), Tony Daniel, Paul Pelletier, Scot Eaton
It’s here at last–the sequel to the blockbuster weekly series Batman Eternal! Five years ago, Batman and Robin worked the most disturbing case of their crimefighting careers–bringing down the organization of the ultimate human trafficker, the mysterious woman known only as Mother. At the time, Dick Grayson never quite understood the scope of that case, but now its darkest secrets are coming back to haunt him and everyone else who ever worked with Batman! With Bruce Wayne now lost to them, Dick and all his allies are out in the cold! Who can they trust? Is someone among them not who they say they are? And who is the deadly, silent young woman in black who’s come to Gotham City looking for Batman? Prepare yourself for six months of international intrigue, twists and turns, and new additions to the world of Batman and Robin, from showrunners James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder, and writers Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, Genevieve Valentine, Ed Brisson, and Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelley!

BATMAN/ SUPERMAN #25 $2.99 Page 103
Greg Pak and Ardian Syaf
What impact will the revelation of Superman’s secret identity have on the rest of the heroes of the DC Universe? As Superman seeks to serve justice to the villains behind his power loss, find out who the Man of Steel’s new crimefighting partner will be!

CATWOMAN #45 $2.99 Page 110
Genevieve Valentine and David Messina
In the wake of a tragedy, Selina and Eiko try to pick up the pieces. Can they each control their side of the turf war when a shocking development in Selina’s quest to find Batman is revealed?

CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #5 $2.99 Page 88
Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, and Riley Rossmo
John Constantine’s first new adventure comes to a harrowing conclusion when he and Georgiana come face to face with a supernatural serial killer. The conclusion of this vicious mystery will shake the Hellblazer to the very core of his filthy little soul.

dcombshells3DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #3 $3.99
Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage
A dark ritual is performed in a German cabaret, and a supernatural servant is brought forth to serve the Reich– has Zatanna been manipulated by The Joker’s Daughter? Plus, Batwoman leaves Gotham City, and Amanda Waller introduces her to an unearthly ally. And Wonder Woman gets into combat as she joins Mera on the European war front.

DETECTIVE #45 $2.99 Page 112
Peter Tomasi and Marcio Takara
A brand-new epic begins as the superstar team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Marcio Takara takes the new Batman on his first mission with the Justice League! When Jim Gordon is approached by the Justice League to solve a series of mysterious mass murders, he must turn his focus away from Gotham City and test his mettle with the World’s Greatest Heroes! [Renee Montoya is back!]

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #4 $2.99 Page 90
Daniel S Wilson and Jorge Jimenez
As the hunt for the traitor who stalks Earth-2 comes to a close, the Fastest Man Alive may not be quick enough to escape his fate on this new world!

FLASH #44 $2.99 Page 92
Robert Vendetti, Van Jenson, and Brett Booth
Assault on Central City! Professor Zoom’s attack against The Flash turns personal as Zoom’s team targets the Central City Police Department! Barry Allen’s closest friends are drawn into the battle, and he’ll need the help of some unlikely allies to prevent the destruction of all he holds dear. [Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple. Barry Allen and Rathaway are now roommates!]

GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #10 $2.99 Page 113
Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferrerya
After the shocking ending of the Internal Affairs investigation into the Midnight Shift, Drake and Corrigan find themselves on the run from the GCPD! Can Corrigan face The Spectre once and for all in order to save Drake…and all of Gotham City? [You heard about that scene in the annual with the Gentleman Ghost confronting COrrigan over possible sexual interest in him?]

GRAYSON #13 $2.99 Page 116
Tom King, Tim Seeley, and Mikel Janin
Back on the job at Spyral, Dick now has a mission all his own: find out more about Agent Zero. What could this mysterious shadow leader want with Agent 37?

GREEN LANTERN: THE LOST ARMY #5 $2.99 Page 119
Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz
John Stewart desperately tries to keep his small band of Lanterns alive. And if they’re going to make their way home, they will have to team up with some of their deadliest former foes! [Bunn teases an LGBT character in this article.]

HARLEY QUINN #21 $3.99 Page 114
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and John Timms
Harley’s trip to California takes a dangerous turn–she stole a stone-cold killer’s gig, and he’s not taking it well! They say Hollywood has a dark side…but so does Harley Quinn! [According to an interview at The Mary Sue, Harley and Ivy are girlfriends “without the jealousy of monotony“. ]

HARLEY QUINN & POWER GIRL #5 #3.99 Page 115
Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey, and Stephane Roux
battle against Oreth Odeox reaches its climax–and so does Wait wait no stop right there! [This new version of the Bronze Age daddy Vartox is revealed as bisexual in #2.]

harleykissbangHARLEY QUINN: KISS KISS BANG STAB HC Vol 3 $24.99 Page 126
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, John Timms, Ben Caldwell, Thony Silas, and Darwyn Cooke
Harley was certain she could have it all. She could be the world’s best landlord, protect Coney Island from the scum of the Earth, woo Mason Macabre, work her day job as a psychiatrist, volunteer at the puppy shelter…but that’s a lot of spinning plates, and eventually they’re bound to start breaking! What happens when a psychopath cracks up? Is it possible for Harley to go even more insane?! Don’t miss this big helping of Harley from HARLEY QUINN #14-16, ANNUAL #1, VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL #1, and HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1
Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab (New 52)

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MEN – SHAZAM #1 $3.99 Page 83
Steve Orlando and Scott Kollins
A boy becomes an army of Gods! No longer does Billy Batson have access to the powers of the Old Gods. Now, he commands the combined might of Highfather, Mantis and other New Gods. But these Gods are not passive. And they will sooner destroy Billy than give up control of their power.

MIDNIGHTER #5 $2.99 Page 95
Steve Orlando and Stephen Mooney
Grayson and Midnighter have finally cornered the man selling the tech that was stolen from the God Garden! Unfortunately for them, he’s saved all the best toys for himself! Somebody’s not leaving Russia alive…

PHANTOM STRANGER TP $19.99 Page 128
Paul Kupperberg, Mike Mignola, P Craig Russell, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, and Andy Kubert
The enigmatic mystic hero called The Phantom Stranger battles the forces of evil in this new title collecting Phantom Stranger #1-4, Action Comics Weekly #610, 613-614, 617, 623, 631-634, 636, 641, Secret ORigins #10, and DC Comics Presents #72, featuring art by Mike Mignola and others!
The Phantom Stranger

secretsix7SECRET SIX #7 $2.99 Page 99
Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham
A new epic begins, and a major turning point in the life of Black Alice gets underway! With the world drained of all its arcane energies, the great mages of the DC Universe gather to learn who–or what–is responsible. The answer points to the Secret Six’s most powerful member, and it’s going to drag the team into unfamiliar territory: the realm of magic.

SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #15 $3.99 Page 100
Adam Beechen, Carla Speed McNeil, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Kevin Nowlan, and Scott Hanna
In “Our Little Dance,” when the well-meaning members of Debbi Domaine’s family argue that Cheetah needs rehabilitation more than incarceration, Wonder Woman is dragged into court! And Diana teaches a young thug a lesson about how having a pet forces you to train “Both Ends of the Leash.”

SINESTRO #16 $2.99 Page 119
Cullen Bunnn, Brad Walker, and Andrew Hennessy
The leader of the Sinestro Corps must travel to Earth to seek help from Black Adam, the one man who may be able to help Sinestro end his conflict with the Paling. [Cullen Bunn wrote Dez Trevius’ back story in Sinestro annual #2 to show he’d been romantically involved with another man from his home world.]

TEEN TITANS #12 $2.99 Page 99
Will Pfeiffer and Ricken
With Superboy’s fate revealed and the world turned against them, the Teen Titans must decide a new course–or go their separate ways!

wonderwoman77special2WONDER WOMAN ’77 SPECIAL #2 $7.99 Page 100
Marc Andreyko, Cat Staggs, Richard Ortiz, Drew Johnson, and Jason Badower
Get ready for three new stories based on the classic television series starring Lynda Carter! A scientist who is intensely jealous of Wonder Woman becomes empowered by an ancient artifact and Cheetah is born! A woman with the powers of both fire and ice seeks revenge against a corrupt politician. And, Halloween finds the princess up against an undead adversary.

VERTIGO

ASTRO CITY #28 $3.99 Page 137
Kurt Busiek, Gary Chaloner, and afe
A look into the life of Wolfspider, the Australian Honor Guard member. When Queenslaw, a cartoon super hero team from Wolfspider’s youth, suddenly turns up as real heroes, he has to deal with his origin, his childhood dreams, and deadly danger. Guest art by Australian comics star Gary Chaloner (Jackaroo, Red Kelso, John Law). Plus: a fistful of Australian super-villains, too! It’s a whole theme thing! [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]

cleanroom1CLEAN ROOM #1 $3.99 Page 135
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
It’s the start of the first Vertigo series from fan-favorite writer Gail Simone, with 2000AD artist Jon Davis-Hunt! Astrid Mueller is the enigmatic and compelling guru of a giant self-help organization–a devastatingly powerful figure in the industry between psychology and religion. Journalist Chloe Pierce’s fiance decided to pick up Astrid’s book, and within three months he was dead. Something in Astrid Mueller’s book made Philip blow his brains out all over Chloe’s new kitchen. Now Chloe is on a mission to find out who Astrid Mueller really is. What is this Clean Room she’s been hearing about where your deepest fear and worst moments are revealed? Chloe intends to immerse herself in the Clean Room and wreak havoc on Astrid’s empire.

FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US #10 $3.99 Page 139
Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus, Stephen Sadowski, Shawn McManus, and Travis Moore
A pigtailed girl, a white doe, and old-world magic collide in a New York City apartment! Bigby ties up loose ends from Salem and rips into clues about the dark corners of Fabletown. Plus: The origin story of Bloody Mary takes a shattering turn! First comes love, then comes marriage…and after what comes next, will Mary ever be able to look herself in the mirror again?

D.E.

SWORDS OF SORROW #6 $3.99 Page 332
Gail Simone and Sergio Davila
It all ends now. The planet-crushing finale to this epic crossover ends here! With a key player down for the count, can the remaining warriors (and their Swords of Sorrow) hold the tide against Purgatori and the other Chaos women, AND the Prince of All Dimensions as the universe collapses around them? Featuring the greatest pulp heroines of all time in the adventure no one ever imagined could happen!

DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING

EVEN SO I WILL LOVE YOU TENDERLY GN $13.95 Page 340
Kou Yoneda
Yro Onada is a straight guy and he is three years younger than Harumi Deguchi. They have nothing in common and, at first, they were just friends. But that’s not enough for Harumi; he wants more from Ryo and he realizes that he has fallen in love with him. Feeling anxious and emotional, he wants to tell him how he feels… but he can’t. Fearing rejection, he’d rather be just friends and not ruin hat he has with him. Here we have a story or pain, sorrow, and happiness of being in love.
Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly (Yaoi Manga)

classphotoFANTAGRAPHICS

CLASS PHOTO GN $14.99 Page 355
Robert Triptow
After stumbling across the class photo of a 1937 public school under a pile of garbage, Robert Triptow’s imagination took off. The result is a charming and completely original graphic novella where each student’s fictionalized life is depicted in one-page installments. Triptow weaves these lives in and out, mixing in social satire, elegant cartooning, occasionally disgusting hilarity, and plenty of good, clean fun. What began as an exercise has yielded one of the more engaging, original, and entertaining graphic books in recent memory.
Class Photo

completeimmensCOMPLETE WIMMENS COMIX HC BOX SET $100.00 Page 354
Trina Robbins editor
In 1972, ten women cartoonists got together in San Francisco to produce the first all-woman comics anthology, Wimmen’s Comix. Within two years the Wimmen’s Comix Collective had introduced and would go on to publish some of the most talented women cartoonists in America — Carol Tyler, Mary Fleener, Dori Seda, Phoebe Gloeckner, and many others. Long out of print, Fantagraphics presents a gorgeous two-volume slipcased set which includes It Ain’t Me, Babe, the first all-woman comic book ever published. Edited with an introduction by Trina Robbins.
The Complete Wimmen’s Comix

PRETTY IN INK: WOMEN CARTOONISTS 1896 – 2013 $29.99 Page 355
Trina Robbins editor
The ultimate, revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists by the preeminent historian of the subject, from the first pioneers to the current generation, full of startling new discoveries and colorful llustrations.
Pretty In Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013

FLESK PUBLICATIONS

elfquestartART OF ELFQUEST HC $50.00 Page 362
Richard Pini and Wendy Pini
Since its first appearance in 1978, Elfquest has touched the spirit of multiple generations thanks to the strength of Wendy Pini’s captivating storytelling and dynamic art. Nearly every piece of Pini’s original art, sketches, notes and scraps of paper dating back to the conception of her fantasy comic series has been meticulously catalogued and preserved by the artist and her husband-collaborator, Richard. After years of research and with unparalleled access to those files, we present The Art of Elfquest, which represents a complete overview of the very best artwork spanning nearly forty years. Each piece has been meticulously scanned directly from the original artwork and approved by the Pinis. No other collection has featured such a tremendous amount of material being revealed for the first time.
The Art of Elfquest

HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING

ZOT!THE COMPLETE B & W COMICS 1987 – 1991 TP $24.95 Page 374
Scott McCloud
Zachary T. Paleozogt, popularly known as Zot, is a blond-haired, blue-eyed teenage hero from an alternate Earth — this alternate reality is a retro-futuristic technological utopia. Zot eagerly takes on Earth’s challenges with the most amusing outcomes. New material includes sketches, designs, some of McCloud’s behind-the-scenes working methods, and lots and lots of commentary — “the story behind the stories” as it were.
Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991

IDW/ TOPSHELF

edwardscissorsvol2EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: WHOLE AGAIN Vol 2 TP $19.99 Page 168
Kate Leth and Drew Rausch
After settling in with Megs and her family, Edward becomes curious about a television “miracle doctor” named April Wells, and enlists the help of friends and townspeople to send her a homemade audition tape. While Megs struggles with her uncertainty about the whole situation, Edward has a quiet hope that, maybe, she could help him. Collects issues #6-10.

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #8 3.99 Page 170
Kelly Thompson and Emma Vieceli
“Viral,” Part 2! Jem and thefinish their new video with holographic supercomputer SYNERGY’s help and prepare for a house party celebrating the video’s world wide launch. Meanwhile, the Misfits bristle under the new management of… Eric Raymond!

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS: SHOWTIME Vol 1 TP $19.99 Page 170
Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell
Meet Jerrica Benton–a girl with a secret. She and her sisters team up with to become… Jem and the Holograms! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in Jem and the Holograms: Showtime!
Jem and the Holograms: Showtime

IMAGE

Image has returned to providing solicitation copy for select comics only.

cbldf2015CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2015 #0 $4.99 Page 202
John Arcudi, Peter Bagge, Jeffrey Brown, Joshua Fialkov, Ron marz, Gabe Soria, Art Spiegleman, Fred Van Lente, Tyler Crook, Evan Dorkin, Gabriel Hardman, Ed Luce, Katie Skelly, and more
Pointed Satire! Off-color Parody! Bawdy Laffs! Relive the days when adult humor magazines ruled the newsstand, with the 2015 CBLDF Libert Annual! An anthology of some of the funniest folks in comics, tipping sacred cows, writing stupid gags, and drawing the ridiculous. With an all-star line-up of talent, this 48 page monster benefits the Free Speech work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

JUPITER’S CIRCLE Vol 1 TP $9.99 Page 226
Mark Millar, Wilfredo Torres, and David Gianfelice
In midcentury America, a team of young superheroes faces epic threats in public while battling personal demons behind closed doors. Collects issues #1-6. [One of the characters is gay.] Jupiter’s Circle Volume 1

KAPTARA: FEAR NOT Vol 1 $9.99 Page 227
Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod
Keith Kanaga crash lands on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Come check out this sci-fi comedy from Zdarsky and McLeod that everyone is calling “published!” Collects issues #1-5
Kaptara Volume 1

ODY-C #8 $3.99 Page 211
Matt Fraction an Christian Ward
A gender bent retelling of the Oddessy.

papergirls1PAPER GIRLS $2.99 Page 192
Brian K Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
Cliff Chinag and Brian K Vaughn launch a brand-new ongoing series! In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds in this mysterious young adult adventure, starting with a spectacular double sized first issue for the regular price of just $2.99! [Given how often Vaughn works an LGBT character into his stories it seems like a sure bet that he’ll do the same here sooner or later.]

PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL #3 $3.99 Page 211
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
Turn around, bright eyes, every now and then we do a comic. Monthly. After years of delays and not doing it, but monthly now, honest.

RAT QUEENS #15 $3.99 Page 224
Kurtis J Wiebe and Stepjan Sejic
“Demons,” Part Five–A betrayal changes the Rat Queens forever! Prepare to be shocked! [Betty, one of the Rat Queens, is lesbian. Won a GLAAD award.]

THE TITHE #6 $3.99 Page 215
Matt Hawkins, Rahsa Ekedal, and Phillip Sevy
Ekedal is an LGBT ally.

wickeddivine15TREES #14 2.99 Page 217
Warren Ellis and Jason Howard
One of the characters is transgender.

WALKING DEAD #147 $2.99 Page 212
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, two other gay people in the cast.

WICKED & DIVINE #15 $3.50 Page 212
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Kate Brown, an Matt Wilson
Stephanie Hans’ Amaterasu alternate cover was so stunning we figured doing a whole issue of that would be a good idea. Plus JAMIE and MATT on a back-up, obv.

INSIGHT EDITIONS

worldwonderwomanWORLD ACCORDING TO WONDER WOMAN HC $24.95 Page460
Matthew K. Manning
As the demigod daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, Wonder Woman has been trained from birth as a Themysciran representative for the human world. In this exciting new volume, Diana shares her unique perspective on the world, as both a fearless warrior and an ambassador of peace. Filled with insight on everything from growing up on Themyscira to being a member of the Justice League and becoming the God of War, The World According to Wonder Woman divulges all the information aspiring superheroes need to step into her boots
The World According to Wonder Woman (Insight Legends)

MARVEL

1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #4 $3.99 Page 19
Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, and Kody Chamberlain
Spurred by revenge, Angela races to meet Enchantress’s endgame as the gates of Faerie are wrenched open! * The dead walk and speak (and tell terrible jokes), and Kieron and Kody Chamberlain lead the revels, as Angela embarks on the Wild Hunt for Serah’s soul!

antman1ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1 $3.99 Page 32
Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas
Scott Lang was a down-on-his-luck, divorced ex-con — until he stole renowned scientist and super hero Hank Pym’s size-altering technology in the hopes of saving his daughter’s life. Through that act of doing wrong for the right reasons, Scott inadvertently learned how to be a hero himself. with Pym’s blessing and his daughter Cassie at his side, he became… The Astonishing Ant-Man! But when a curveball upends Scott’s life, will he continue to be a hero, or will he return to his former life of crime? [The previous series, also written by Spencer,included the gay Machinesmith and introduced a gay man likely to become the new Giant Man. Cue the jokes! This is the post Secret Wars version and we’re guessing the same characters show up at some point.]

HOUSE OF M #4 $3.99 Page 16
Dennis Hopeless, Cullen Bunn, and Ario Anindito
Will our heroes triumph against NAMOR and his Atlantean army? * Will MAGNETO rule supreme, as he once did? * Or will HOUSE MAGNUS fall, like so much rubble that was once their Genoshan palace? [Wiccan sighting.]

newavengers1NEW AVENGERS #1 & 2 $3.99 Page 50
Al Ewing and Gerardo Sandoval
Everything is new. In the wake of Secret Wars, the old order changeth – and Bobby DaCosta, Sunspot, is just the man to changeth it. Welcome to Avengers Idea Mechanics – a super-scientific global rescue squad of tomorrow’s heroes… today! America doesn’t want them! SHIELD doesn’t know what to do with them! But Earth might not survive without… the New Avengers!

SQUADRON SINISTER TP $3.99 Page 93
Marc Guggenheim, Carlos Pacheco, Roy Thomas, and Sal Buscema
They’re the world’s greatest villains: the Squadron Sinister! And they’re taking Battleworld by force in this SECRET WARS tie-in for fans of crime epics like The Godfather, The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy. But will controlling one domain be enough for Hyperion and his gang? Not hardly. First, the Squadron Sinister take on the Frightful Four for control over the Combat domain. Which group of villains will be the ones to take out the Howling Commandos, the Leatherneck Raiders, and the Deadly Dozen? Then, it’s all-out war between the Squadron and the New Universe heroes of Nutopia! But what’s up with that Starbrand army? Are the Sinisters a greater danger to themselves than their foes? And which member is going to die?! Plus: the Squadron Sinister’s classic debut! Collecting the recent mini and Avengers (1963) #69-70.
Squadron Sinister

UNCANNY X-MEN HC Vol 1 $34.99 Page 99
Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo, Frazer Irving, Kris Anka, and Marco Rudy
The flagship X-Men series returns! In the wake of the Phoenix event and Professor X’s death, what are Cyclops and his outlaw X-Men: visionary revolutionaries or dangerous terrorists? Whatever the truth, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto and Magik are gathering new mutants and redefining the name “Uncanny X-Men.” But they face harsh challenges: Robotic Sentinels hunt mutants once again, there’s a mole on Cyclops’ squad, and a villain is secretly posing as their former ally! As a new team of students forms, a weakened Magneto must prove he’s still the Master of Magnetism, and Magik faces the evil Dormammu! School is in session — but as the new recruits learn what it means to be an X-Man, they wonder what exactly they’re being trained for. Plus: Kitty Pryde! Inhumanity! And more! Collecting Uncanny X-Men (2013) #1-11, #14, #15.INH and #16-18.
Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1

uncannyxmenomegaUNCANNY X-MEN TP VOL 5 OMEGA MUTANT $16.99 Page 103
Brian Michael Bendis, Kris Anka, and Chris Bachalo
The X-Men gather to unseal the last will and testament of their beloved leader, Charles Xavier — but what they learn will change Xavier’s entire legacy! And as they hunt an all-powerful mutant whom Charles had secreted away, Scott Summers faces his own past. Thanks to his Phoenix-possessed murder of Professor X, Cyclops destroyed his former life and has become one of the world’s most wanted men. But is the greatest threat to his safety lurking within the dark recesses of his own mind? Then, Magneto returns to the X-Men, but they’re certainly not happy to see him. In the fallout from AXIS, the team members return to the school to lick their wounds and search for an identity. Are they terrorists, revolutionaries, teachers…or something else entirely? Collecting Uncanny X-Men (2013) #26-31.
Uncanny X-Men Vol. 5: The Omega Mutant

NBM

storyofleevol2THE STORY OF LEE GN Vol 2 $11.99 Page 387
Sean Michael Wilson and Nami Tamura
Finally Lee’s dream comes true, as she moves from her native Hong Kong to her dream location: the UK. And with her dream handsome guy: Matt. Exciting! But of course, then comes the reality of being in a new country, of actually living together, and that might not be so easy, especially as Matt’s best friend, Richard, seems more than a little jealous. And once again, wise Uncle Jun turns up to offer his advice. With art by Nami Tamura, a Japanese artist published by Kodansha. [So, the lead male character is more than jealous around the lead female? Sounds like he’s secretly in love.] The Story of Lee: Volume 2

STORY OF LEE GN VOL 1 $11.99 Page 388
Sean Michael Wilson and Chie Kutsuwada
Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Scot. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee’s dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee’s heart, a young Chinese man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt’s relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds? [Nothing pings my gaydar in this solicitation.]

ONI PRESS

STRINGERS #3 $3.99 Page 395
Marc Guggenheim and Austin Greenwood
After barely escaping from Speziali unscathed (well, maybe some scathes) by tricking him into taking a blank tape, Nick and Paul drop off their actual footage at the news station with Michelle. During their late-night slurpee break, Paul breaks the news he’s being holding onto: he’s going to USC to get his degree and become a “legitimate journalist.” Nick is less than pleased, but it turns out that Speziali had the worst night… those cops came back, and Nick was right: they were definitely crooked. They put Speziali in the hospital searching for the tape, and now Nick, Paul, and Michelle are in danger. [Guggenheim is an ally.]

stumptownvol3-9STUMPTOWN #9 $3.99 Pagee 397
Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood
The Barista Mafia makes their move as Dex plays “which bean is which” with two over-caffeinated billionaires. The stakes? Over $100K in gold coins… and bragging rights for Portland’s Best Coffee.

SUBLIME

WORLDS GREATEST FIRST LOVE GN Vol 3 $12.99 Page 404
Shungiku Nakamura
Ritsu Onodera, an editor in the shojo manga department at Marukawa Publishing, has one archnemesis, editor-in-chief and hotshot boss Masamune Takano, the very same man who also happens to be Ritsu’s first love! Though it hasn’t been easy working Takano, Ritsu has finally decided to do his best at becoming a proper manga editor. Concerned over the sales of his first manga, he visits a local bookstore only to run into sales rep Yokozawa, who promptly tells Ritsu he’s dating Takano!
The Story of Lee: Volume 2

TITAN BOOKS

batmancelebrationtvBATMAN CELEBRATION OF CLASSIC TV SERIES HC $50.00 Page 469
Bob Garcia
Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series is the definitive book for all fans of the popular 1960s show. This is a remarkably detailed and lavishly presented coffee table book that features all the legendary heroes and villains of the show in all their timeless glory, such as The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, and The Riddler. The book features classic images, rare stills, photography and production art and serves as the ultimate tribute for fans of the series. Features an introduction by star Adam West, and full of never before seen material from Adam West’s personal archive.
Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series

September 5, 2017
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