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LGBT Previews January 2017 Part 2

Welcome to January’s LGBT Previews part 2! Here you’ll find comics and trades from Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, and Marvel! You’ll find comics and books from other publishers listed in Previews, like Boom, Oni, Fantagraphics, and the like in part 1.

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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!


angel11-1ANGEL SEASON 11 #1 $3.99 Page 42
Corinna Bechko and Geraldo Borges
Vampire Angel is tormented by a vision linking his shameful past to something very big-and very bad-that is coming. The goddess Illyria gives Angel some insight and incentive. Then she really gets involved, and Angel discovers that it might be possible to change the future by changing the past.

Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
With the magical folk in the US being cataloged and relocated to a “safe” place, Buffy and her friends will have to decide if they will be divided . . . Or if they will try to run. With Slayers being recruited to help police the magical folk, escaping might not be so easy.

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #30 $4.99 Page 57
Paul Levitz, Carla Speed McNeil, Kaare Andrews, Dean Haspiel, John Nadeau, Dan Jolley, Francesco Francavilla, Tim Hamilton, and Troy Nixey
Continuing stories include Dean Haspiel’s The Red Hook; Dan Jolley and John Nadeau’s Murder Society; and The Black Sinister by Kaare Andrews, Troy Nixey, and Dave McCaig; as well as McNeil’s Finder, Francavilla’s The Black Beetle, and Levitz’s Brooklyn Blood, illustrated by Tim Hamilton!

Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
It’s been thousands of years since the hidden key in Cutter’s sword, New Moon, was first used. The Wolf Chief’s followers are stunned as the goal of their mysterious new quest is revealed. Elsewhere, Shuna feels a resurgence of the warrior spirit she once embraced as she and her elfin allies prepare Iceholt’s native humans for invasion. Bonds of love and loyalty deepen, and Cutter’s leadership is needed more than ever. But is he, after all he has endured, up to the task?

Chris Roberson and Georges Jeanty
While Serenity’s crew nervously awaits the results of Mal’s rescue mission, they’re taken by surprise when a fresh kind of trouble begins at the ship. One problem has become two, and it will take all they have to get off the planet alive and all accounted for . . .

spellonwheels4SPELL ON WHEELS #4 $3.99 Page 62
Kate Leth and Megan Levens
A rundown house in the woods is home to a legendary man that even the witches didn’t believe existed, and he might be able to help them find out who’s messing with their powers.

TOMB RAIDER #12 $3.99 Page 67
Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Sevy
Sam Nishimura has killed Lara Croft. Or at least, she thinks she has. With Lara out of the way, Sam, possessed by the Sun Goddess Himiko, plans to return to Yamatai and ascend her ancient throne. But Lara Croft is the ultimate survivor, and she’ll do anything to save a friend. It’s a battle for Sam’s soul as Lara faces off against Himiko once and for all! [Tamaki wrote the teen lesbian coming of age story Skim and This One Summer with her cousin Jillian doing the art.]


ACTION #969 & 970 $2.99 Page 84
Dan Jurgens and Tyler Kirkham
“Men of Steel” part 5. The deadly, intergalactic Remnants loom over Superman as he fights to protect Lex Luthor, but can the Man of Steel prove his greatest adversary deserves a fair trial, or will Superman be forced to become judge, jury and executioner? [Maggie Sawyer has returned to Metropolis.]

“Men of Steel” conclusion! Superman’s found a way to save Lex Luthor’s life, but it may cost the Man of Tomorrow his own future!

You may want to evaluate any decision to read and support any of Dan Jurgens works in comics based on your reaction to this series of tweets he wrote.

Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo, and various
The first crossover of the “Rebirth” era is here! As a huge storm approaches Gotham City, Batman, Batwoman and Nightwing try and prepare for the worst, but nothing can prepare them for enormous monsters rampaging through the streets! Batman will need all of his allies to unite in order to stop these mad science monsters from tearing their city apart! Will the Dark Knight, Batwoman, Nightwing, Robin, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface be enough? And who is the mastermind behind it all? Collects Batman #7-8, Nightwing #5-6 and Detective #941-942.

batman66ww77-1BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 #1 $3.99 Page 115
Jeff Parker, Marc Andreyko, David Hahn, and Karl Kesel
What mysteries are hidden in the book Ra’s al Ghul hired Catwoman to steal? And why does this caper lead Batman down memory lane–to his childhood fight against actual Nazis? Witness the Caped Crusader’s first encounter with one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Wonder Woman! This epic team-up is brought to you by writers Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker, with fantastic artists David Hahn and Karl Kesel. It’s a time- and space-spanning adventure unlike anything you’ve seen before!

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #20 $3.99 Page 119
Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage Laura Braga, and others
Batwoman and Renee Montoya’s pasts come back to haunt them as Cheetah appears and reminds them how she shot Jason Todd to death. As Cheetah makes a connection to the mechanical cheetah god by bonding to its broken wires, we get a glimpse inside her memories and into her abusive foster home and childhood. Meanwhile, Hawkgirl leads the Bombshells into a cavern where she believes the other mechanical gods are located.

DEATH OF HAWKMAN* #4 $3.99 Page 120
Mark Andreyko and Aaron Lopresti
Having uncovered Despero’s plans to acquire the Zeta energy, Hawkman and Adam Strange realize that hundreds of thousands of Thanagarians could perish in the process! But is it already too late for Thanagar? * (Formerly HAWKMAN & ADAM STRANGE)

DETECTIVE #948 & 949 $2.99 Pages 94
James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett, Eddy Barrows, and Ever Ferreira
“Batwoman Begins” part one! This special two-part interlude spotlights team leader Batwoman! In the wake of the “Night of the Monster Men,” A.R.G.U.S. has built a secret research city around the corpse of the megamonster that collapsed in Gotham Harbor…creating Gotham City’s newest and most dangerous neighborhood, Monstertown!

“Batwoman Begins” part two! This special two-part interlude spotlights team leader Batwoman! Batman and Batwoman need to get in there to find out who’s been weaponizing monster blood–but who will they have to fight through to do it?

James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, and various
The Dark Knight teams up with Batwoman to take on new proteges Red Robin, Spoiler and the former villain known as Clayface! The only problem is, neither of these instructors knows what they’re in for as a mysterious army takes Gotham City! This new DC Rebirth collection features issues #934-940!

earth2society20EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #20 $2.99 Page 121
Dan Abnett and Bruno Redondo
On the streets of New Metropolis, the Wonders battle the army of Sandmen sent to destroy them. But on this reborn world, no one recognizes the heroes, and their presence sends the citizens into a panic. Behind the scenes, the identity of the world-ruling Director is revealed. And he has a secret weapon that’s equally shocking. [Alan Scott recently got a spotlight but he’s still as neutered as Northstar used to be.]

FLASH #12 & 13 $2.99 Page 95
Joshua Williamson, Davide Gianfelice, and Neil Googe
“Rogues Reloaded” part one! part one! Central City is quiet…a little too quiet. Which means one thing: the Rogues are up to something, and only The Flash can stop them! But first Barry Allen needs to track down his classic cadre of villains, who’ve vanished in advance of their greatest plan ever. Plus, artist extraordinaire Carmine Di Giadomenico returns! [Presumably Captain Singh and Hartley are a couple and Barry Allen and Rathaway are still roommates!]

“Rogues Reloaded” part two! Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Golden Glider, Weather Wizard and Heat Wave are back! In part two of this epic heist story, The Flash travels overseas to stop the Rogues from committing the greatest caper of all time! But not everything is as it seems in this international game of cat-and-mouse as the Rogues spring a trap on the unsuspecting hero.

FLINTSTONES #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?

harleyquinn11HARLEY QUINN #11 & 12 $2.99 Page 99
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and John Timms
“Joker Loves Harley” part one! For months now, strange reminders of Harley’s time with the Joker have been popping up in the most unexpected places…is this coincidence? Or a message? As our tale begins, Harley is introduced to a newer, kinder Joker…and Red Tool is not happy about it!

“Joker Loves Harley” part two! Don’t ship Joker and Harley too hard! In this issue, the “reformed” Joker deceives Harley, and when that happens, she goes for his throat!

HELLBLAZER #5 $2.99 Page 100
Simon Oliver and Pia Guerra
“The Poison Truth” part six! In London, Marid is selling the assembled underworld on his plans for humanity. On a train to Paris, Mercury relives her time in the Creator’s realm she visited–and she’s hoping she avoids death this time as well.

Chris Sebela, Pop Mhan, and Tom Derenick
Batman has been taken prisoner! That’s good news for Superman, until he figures out it’s not the same Batman he’s been pursuing all these years.

The Joker tries to rally the worshipful clan Harley has organized, as Nightwing, Hawkgirl and a swarm of soldiers move in to take them all prisoner. But the timely arrival of Batman and the Wonder Woman from the parallel world may tip the balance–if they can get their heads around the concept of having to rescue The Joker.

Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis
Spinning out of the pages of Justice League vs Suicide Squad! Meet Ryan Choi, prodigious theoretical physics student with severe allergies and crippling social anxiety. But little does young Ryan know, his first day at Ivy University marks the start of an epic journey into the very heart of the DC Universe!

Steve Orlando, Jody Houser, and Mirka Andolfo
Spinning out of the pages of Justice League vs Suicide Squad! What happens to a super-villain on their last day in Belle Reve Prison? Against all odds, Killer Frost is up for parole from the Suicide Squad, but you can bet Amanda Waller isn’t going to make it easy for Frost to join the new JLA.

justiceleagueray1JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA THE RAY REBIRTH #1 $2.99 Page 82
Steve Orlando and Stephen Byrne
Spinning out of the pages of Justice League vs Suicide Squad! Locked indoors, raised in the dark and told his medical condition could be fatal to himself and anyone he meets, Ray Terrill is dangerous. A freak. Broken. Or is he…? Witness the amazing power of realizing your true self and stepping into the light in this moving rebirth of a long-lost hero for a new generation.

Steve Orlando, Jody Houser, and Jamal Campbell
Spinning out of the pages of Justice League vs Suicide Squad!
She’s one of the country’s most successful businesswomen, an iconic fashion pioneer, a crusader for social justice and an incredibly powerful member of the Justice League of America. But Mari McCabe’s life wasn’t always this way. Follow her path to becoming the heroic Vixen in this crucial special!

Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne
Two of comics greatest teams team up for the very first time! Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove! When the Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged, Zack is flung into another universe, where he’s mistaken for a villain by a mysterious masked vigilante. Can the other Power Rangers get to their friend in time to save him from Batman? Co-published with BOOM! Studios.

midnighterapollo4MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO #4 $3.99 Page 121
Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco
Apollo’s in Hell, and the only weapon that can kill his captor has been destroyed! Does Midnighter have a plan? Why are you even asking that question?

NIGHTWING #10 & 11 $2.99 Page 102
Tim Seeley and Marcus To
“Bludhaven” part three! The body count in Bludhaven continues to rise! Nightwing will have to team up with the Run-Offs to discover who the murderer is and clear the name of the Defacer. But before they can even begin they cross paths with the killer, Orca, and her Whaler Gang.

“Bludhaven” part four! The Run-Offs abandon Nightwing, leaving him to fend for himself in the harsh streets of Bludhaven. And he finds himself the next target of the Bludhaven serial killer’s obsession!

SUPERGIRL #4 $2.99 Page 104
Steve Orlando and Brian Ching
“Reign of the Cyborg Superman” part five. As National City becomes a war zone, Cyborg Superman’s plan to resurrect Argo City reaches its deadly final phase: rain Argo City itself down upon the earth! Supergirl is all that stands in the way of total destruction–but with the clock ticking and the stakes rising she’ll need more than just brute force. She’ll need the help of…Cat Grant?

superwoman6SUPERWOMAN #5 $2.99 Page 106
Phil Jimenez and Matt Santorelli
“Who Is Superwoman?” part six! In this penultimate chapter, Lana Lang prepares to grapple with the insane, god-like Lena Luthor as her army of allies launches their assault on the Bizaress swarm! Will the combined might of Steel, Natasha, Maggie Sawyer and the MSCU, Atomic Skull and Lex Luthor be enough to win the day? Plus, the secret origin of Lena Luthor is revealed!

WONDER WOMAN #14 & 15 $2.99 Page 110
Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharpe
“Wonder Woman Year One” chapter conclusion! With Steve Trevor by her side, Diana faces the God of War and embraces her destiny as Wonder Woman!

“The Truth” part one! Diana has finally seen the full scope of how her life and history have been transformed…unfortunately, the knowledge has driven her completely insane!

WONDER WOMAN: THE LIES Vol 1 TP $16.99 Page 127
Grek Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Matthew Clark
New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman! After suffering an unimaginable loss, Diana must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. However, in the midst of her grief, her Lasso of Truth stopped working! Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present! This new title collects Wonder Woman #1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11, plus Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1.


CLEAN ROOM takes a break this month.

everafter5EVER AFTER: FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES #5 $3.99 Page 141
Dave Justus, Matthew Sturges, Travis Moore, and Michael Wiggam
Bo’s hunt for Jordan gets bloody! Meanwhile, it’s damage control for the rest of the Shadow Players as San Francisco is under siege by a horde of enraged and undead warriors. Desperate to stop an imminent Mundy massacre at the hands of this ghost battalion, Feathertop is forced to make a bargain with potentially disastrous consequences.

THE LOST BOYS #4 $3.99 Page 143
Tim Seeley and Scott Godlewski
Star has rejoined the vampires, the Frog Brothers are M.I.A. and David’s kidnapped Michael to appease the Blood Belles. It looks like it’s up to Sam and the mysterious musical muscleman known as the Believer to save the day. Those dirty bloodsuckers better get ready for some sweet tunes!

David Baillie, Meghan Hetrick, and Ryan Kelly
Following the “Glasgow Kiss” epic, Isla must pick up the pieces of her shattered reality. How will she cope with the devastating consequences of her greatest trial? Evil forces are at play and no one is safe as the legends of Scottish mythology collide with the modern world. Collects issues #8-13. [The main character is bisexual.]

David Baillie, Meghan Hetrick, and Ryan Kelly
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.


motherpanic3DOOM PATROL #5 $3.99 Page 112
Gerard Way and Nick Derington
The team is back together at last, though why they are back together remains an unanswered riddle. After the mind- blowing revelations of the previous issues, Casey Brinke has to figure out what this all means going forward. Or maybe it’s just the end of everything after all? Plus, Robotman punches stuff! [Danny the Street returns!]

MOTHER PANIC ##3 $3.99 Page 113
Jody Houser, Jim Krueger, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Phil Hester
Mother Panic is hot on the trail of the murderous artist Gala! Only one person stands in her way…Batwoman?! Is there a place for Violet among the heroes of Gotham City, or will her quest for vengeance take her down a darker path? This issue also features an original “Gotham Radio” back-up feature by Jim Krueger and Phil Hester. [Lead character Violet LePaige is queer.]


D4VEOCRACY #1 $3.99 Page 177
Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon
d4veocracy1Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon are back with D4VEOCRACY, the third arc of the acclaimed D4VE series. In the wake of a robo-political assassination, D4VE begins a presidential campaign. A hip new app startup has other plans for the robot society, however, and creates the perfect political rival.[Gay robots, people! You can order volume 1 too!]

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #22 3.99 Page 164
Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren
The Stingers part five! It all comes down to this! The Misfits latest attempt to ruin Jem & The Holograms comes to fruition, and with Jem and The Holograms performance officially sabotaged will The Misfits have finally succeeded? Or will Jem and The Holograms live to fight–‘er sing!–another day!? Meanwhile, recent events mean The Stingers are shaping up to be not just reasonably friendly adversaries, but potential nemeses. Can Jem and The Holograms really have two nemeses?!?

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS ANNUAL 2017 #1 $7.99 Page 164
Kelly Thompson, M. Victoria Robado, and various
The Starlight Girls have been writing and drawing an “exquisite corpse” style fan fiction comic that reimagines their favorite pop stars — Jem & The Holograms — as pop stars by day and renegade space heroes by night. Follow the adventures of Jem and The Holograms as you’ve never seen them before — superheroes fighting to save the universe from the evil Majestrix Pizzazz and her… army of Mecha-Spider-Pizzes?!?! OMG.

JEM: THE MISFITS #2 $3.99 Page 164
Kelly Thompson and Jenn St Onge
“Green Is The New Everything” part 2! The band is getting a whole new taste of fame via an intrusive “Misfits!” reality TV show, and not everyone is excited about it. Some of them are even terrified. Roxanne Pelligrini has been fearing this day for a long time – the day the world might learn that she’s functionally illiterate. Will Roxy finally be forced to come clean? How did this happen, and who has known her secret all along? Learn how The Misfits first came together! Will a Misfits Reality Show be the thing that will finally tear them apart… forever?! Misfit’s first ever series of their own!

tmnt66TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE HC $21.99 Page 181
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Joe Hill’s nerve-shredding re-imagining of Tales from the Darkside never made it to TV… but the dead are restless and refuse to stay buried! Adapts the episodes written by Hill and illustrated by Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez! Four stories of the macabre and malevolent! One coulda-been, shoulda-been TV epic on paper with pictures that don’t move! Step out of the warm, sunlit world you think of as reality and get ready to take a chilling walk… on the Darkside.

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, and Sophie Campbell
Alopex is alone, her psyche reeling from Kitsune’s mind control. With Raphael and Nobody searching for her, will Alopex be able to find her way back to the side of good?Sophie Campbell returns to TMNT for a very special issue! Part of IDW’s Artist’s Edition Cover Month!


DEMONIC #6 $2.99 Page 212
Christopher Sebela, Niko Walter, and Dan Brown
demonic6Jamie Graves learns the horrible truth about what her husband has become, as his final confrontation with Novo brings hell on Earth.

NO MERCY #13 $3.99 Page 219
Alex De Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee
“Endless Summer” part four. LIfe’s a beach and then you die.

SAGA #41 $2.99 Page 221
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
“The War For Phang” The Epic conclusion! Hell is war, as Hazel and her family learn the hardest way.

SHUTTER #26 $3.99 Page 222
Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Luca, and Owen Gieni
“So Far Beyond,” Part Four. Kate vs. Cassius. Creation vs. Entropy. Everything’s been leading up to this. [Alain Vian in the supporting cast is transgender.]

WALKING DEAD #161 $2.99 Page 226
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
wickeddivine25“The Whisperer War” conclusion.

WICKED + DIVINE #25 $3.50 Page 209
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
“Imperial Phase 1” part three. The comic that says, “What could possibly go wrong?” and then looks at the camera and stares until we all start crying releases another issue.


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

ALL NEW X-MEN #17 $3.99 Page 35
Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
IVX tie in! The X-Men have waged war on the Inhumans! But caught in the crossfire are Iceman and his new crush, Romeo…who unfortunately happens to be an Inhuman. In the end, will Iceman stand with his species…or with his first love?

Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
allnewxmenvol3One is a time-displaced, cosmically powered mutant. The other is a homicidal clone struggling to fulfill her dead mentor’s legacy. But who says two crazy kids like Angel and Wolverine can’t make their relationship work? Meanwhile, another romance will put one member at odds with the rest of the team! The X-Men spend so much time worrying about hate and fear–but love sure hurts, too! So does the Terrigen Mist — so much so that it spells doom for their entire species! But can the same be said for Genesis? Will he continue to fight his destiny as the maniacal villain Apocalypse — or surrender to it? Plus: A wheelchair-bound Cyclops plays out his own version of Rear Window with a suspicious-looking Beast, and the Goblin Queen’s return forces the team members to confront their demons — literally! Collecting issues #12-16 (2015).

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23 $3.99 Page 39
Dan Slott, Christos Gage, and Giuseppe Camuncoli
A Clone Conspiracy tie in. Gwen Stacy is back in the land of the living and in league with The Jackal. But why? She’s not evil. She’s not being mind-controlled. What would push the one of the most beloved characters in Marvel history to join one of Spider-Man’s worst villains?! [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

BLACK PANTHER #10 $3.99 Page 66
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Steelfreeze
Return of the Queen! Shuri is reborn anew… New powers, a new codename and a new target: the Midnight Angels. The newly independent Dora Milaje make their final accord with Tetu and The People. T’Challa takes an audience with the voice of dissent, Changamire. But will both men finally listen to reason? [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.]

Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E Martinez
Dora Milaje no more! T’Challa betrays all of Wakanda, forcing Ayo and Aneka to make the biggest decision of their lives…

Ruth Gage, Christos Gage, and Kris Anka
Old friends face off as bitter enemies in an event that will change Captain Marvel’s life forever! As a new Civil War erupts, Carol Danvers finds herself at the very forefront of the conflict. But when tragedy hits too close to home, how far will she go to fight for what she believes in? As the rift between her and Iron Man grows ever deeper, Carol and the Alpha Flight recruit more to their cause: changing the future to protect the present. Carol knows her mission is the right one — the trouble is, not everyone agrees. Carol Danvers truly is one of Earth’s mightiest heroes, and this is the story that proves it. It’s Captain Marvel at her finest, in the fight of her life! Collecting issues #6-10 (2016).

drstrangesorcerer4DR STRANGE & THE SORCERERS SUPREME #4 $3.99 Page 73
Robbie Thompson and Javier Radriguez
The Sorcerers are losing the battle to the Unforgotten. The strongest among them is dead. Doctor Strange is weaker than ever. Can Demon Rider, the Ghost Rider of the 1800s turn the tide? Or the Conjurer?! Or perhaps the young man who will become the Ancient One? The climax of the first arc is here and not everyone will make it home.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #18 $3.99 Page 32
Jeff Lemire and Victor Ibanez
The X-MEN have waged war on the Inhumans! And the X-Men’s resident genius, Forge, has just been dispatched on a mission crucial to not just the X-Men’s success, but their survival. But will Forge’s unrequited love for Storm drive him to start a war of his own when he’s partnered with the X-Man receiving her affections — old Man Logan?

Jeff Lemire, Ollie Masters, Brandon Montclaire, and Humberto Ramos*
An ancient evil stirs in the periphery of Limbo, consuming mystical realms — and little does Magik suspect that the X-Men’s newest charge is drawing this World-Eater straight to X-Haven! Meanwhile, Colossus rampages across Earth as a Horseman of Apocalypse! Can Nightcrawler and Iceman wrest their friend from his evil influence? As the World-Eater bears down on Limbo, everything Magik cares about is on the line: her ward, her brother and the world’s surviving mutants. What will it cost to save them all? Plus: When the Terrigen Cloud threatens a jail, and the warden refuses to protect its mutant inmates, the Extraordinary X-Men take matters into their own hands and stage a prison break! And when Moon Girl takes it upon herself to solve the Terrigen crisis, she may just find an unlikely ally! Collecting issues #13 – 15 and annual #1.
*Humberto Ramos publicly stated he will not travel to any states whose electoral college votes went to  Trump.

Zac Gorman and Will Robson
It’s a bottle episode! Things get tense inside GLA HQ after the team holds a local politician (and super villain) hostage despite being forbidden from all super hero-related activities. Featuring special guest star Ant-Man (if you squint really hard and pretend that maybe he’s just so small that you can’t see him, and also he doesn’t talk for some reason)! [Flat Man is gay.]

hawkeye2HAWKEYE #2 $3.99 Page 82
Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero
Solve first case as a P.I. – check. Make new friends – working on it. Realize that first case isn’t quite solved and that there’s a much larger conspiracy at work – aw, dang! Kate Bishop’s move to L.A. was off to such a great start, but when the first client of her new P.I. firm, Hawkeye Investigations, goes missing, Kate’s got to put in some serious overtime to find out who’s behind the shady business plaguing Venice Beach. [The gay couple from Kate’s solo stories of the Fraction run are slated to be appear occasionally in this series.]

HULK #2 $3.99 Page 65
Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon
How can you fight the monster when the monster is you? As Jen continues to struggle with the Hulk (and anger) within herself, her newest client struggles with her own dark secrets. What happens when a terrified recluse is forced into the world against her will? When fear is pushed into the light? Can Jen reconcile the two halves of herself in time to help her client?

MIGHTY THOR #15 $3.99 Page 12
Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
The Asgard/ Shi’Ar war starts here! As Malekith’s campaign to conquer the Ten Realms rages on, Thor and her League of Heroes lead the charge against the Dark Elf’s forces. But far across the galaxy, another conflict is brewing and the most powerful super-army in the cosmos is preparing a surprise attack on the city of the gods. The Shi’ar Empire will lay siege to Asgardia. Their target: the Goddess of Thunder.

MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR #15 $3.99 Page 62
Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustsos
Because you demanded it! Guest-Starring Riri Williams, Ironheart! There’s room for two young, black, gifted girls in the Marvel U, isn’t there?

MS MARVEL #14 $3.99 Page 61
G Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa
Kamala’s home life, super hero life and online life converge when a member of her World of Battlecraft guild reveals that he’s discovered her secret identity. And it’s not just talk…he knows a disturbing number of details about her day-to-day life. But is he…human? [Wilson wrote a coming out story for cast member Zoe Zimmer.]

silk16Kate Leth and Brittney L Williams
Cat scratch fever! t’s the big showdown! Gato a gato! As Black Cat’s reign of terror grows, how can Patsy hope to stop them? Especially when she keeps losing her friends…to the other team!

SILK #16 $3.99 Page 38
Robbie Thompson and Irene Strychalski
A Clone Conspiracy tie in! To protect her identity while in San Francisco dealing with the Clone Conspiracy, Silk tries a new costume and moniker! J. Jonah Jameson is in deep with The Jackal and he may be dragging Cindy in with him! [Artist Tana Ford is on a break but Lola and Rafferty are still part of the cast!]

SQUADRON SUPREME #15 $4.99 Page 64
James Robinson and Leonard Kirk
Clash of the Titans! Will Hyperion and Nighthawk come to blows? Can Thundra, Blur, and Zarda finally work as a team to stop Warrior Woman and Modred in their nefarious quest to rule the world? Find out in this epic issue of Squadron Supreme! [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.]

STAR LORD #2 $3.99 Page 86
Chip Zdarsky and Kris Anka
starlord2“Grounded”. Peter Quill has seen all the dangers the galaxy has to offer, but has he ever had to face…community service?

THE ULTIMATES2 #3 $3.99 Page 47
Al Ewing and Travel Foreman
Master Order and Lord Chaos will do what they must to save the cosmic hierarchy…even if they have to destroy it in the process! Galactus defeated them once — can he do it again? Or will his quest end before it starts? Meanwhile, the Troubleshooters are still watching the Ultimates — and they don’t like what they see…[Ms America has a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast.]

Ryan North and Erica Henderson
It’s the 25th anniversary of Squirrel Girl! Twenty-five years ago THIS MONTH, she made her first appearance in MARVEL SUPER-HEROES vol. 2 #8, way back in January 1992! Then nothing really happened with her for like a decade, until 2005, when she appeared in – wait, what am I, Wikipedia? Wikipedia has all this stuff, and people don’t read comic solicits for a history lesson: they read them for some sweet spoilers on what will be in their comics several months from now! So let’s spoil some comics, huh?? Spoilers begin!. In celebration of 25 years of Squirrel Girl, we’ve brought back Squirrel Girl’s co-creator, Will Murray, to write only his second Squirrel Girl story ever! It’s Squirrel Girl’s 15th birthday, and she’s gotten the greatest present of all: a run-in with the Incredible Hulk? Also, your regular Squirrel Girl team is here to also tell a story, so that’s cool too (Erica’s drawing both)! Two stories, two writers, one artist, and one quarter of a century with a character! It’s a special one-shot you won’t want to miss! Spoilers over. Now try to act surprised when you read it, okay?? [Koi Boi is transgender.]

Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky, and Erica Henderson
With her unique combination of wit, empathy and squirrel powers, computer-science student Doreen Green is all that stands between the Earth and total destruction. Well, Doreen plus her friends Tippy-Toe (a squirrel) and Nancy (a regular human). So mainly Squirrel Girl. Then what hope does Earth have if she gets hurled back in time and erased from history? Some hope, hopefully, as Howard the Duck is waiting impatiently for a crossover! If that animal encounter isn’t enough, prepare for Swarm, a buzzkill made of bees, and Mole Man, the subterranean super villain looking for love! But you’re not here for flowers and kissing, you’re all about computer science and super heroics. Get both — and more — in a showdown with Count Nefaria! You go, Squirrel Girl! Collecting issues #1-11 (2015B) and Howard The Duck #6 (2015B).

unstoppablewasp1UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1 $3.99 Page 26
Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier
Girl. Genius. Hero. Unstoppable. Nadia spent the entire first half of her life a captive of The Red Room, but now this teenage super-scientist is on her own for the first time, and she’s ready to spread her wings! Hank Pym’s daughter has a lot of time to make up for and she’s determined to change the world. You know, if she can get her U.S. citizenship first. Guest-starring Ms. Marvel and Mockingbird!

US AVENGERS #1 or 2* $3.99 Page 11
Al Ewing and Paco Medina
*The debut issue may have been pushed back to January instead of December though Marvel’s January Previews lists issue #1 while comic shop solicitation info gives copy for issue #2. Covering bases with info for both issues!

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.]

Welcome to the $kullocracy! The Golden Skull launches his takeover bid — and it’s so crazy it just might work! How do the U.S.Avengers respond to the looming threat? Tuxedos. Really well-fitted tuxedos. Plus! Where were you on Zero Day — the day Captain America died?

November 19, 2016
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