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LGBT Previews July 2016 Part 2

This time around the Previews list is in two parts. This half has the “Big 5” publishers: Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, and Marvel. You’ll find the other half of the list with all its goodies over here! What do you think>? Does having two sections instead of one massive posting make things easier?

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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!

DARK HORSE

BOUNTY #1 $3.99 Page 48
Kurtis Wiebe and Mindy Lee
Rat Queens meets Firefly! The Gadflies were the most wanted criminals in the galaxy–robbing corporations to redistribute wealth to the destitute. Now, with a bounty to match their reputation, the Gadflies are forced to abandon banditry for a career as bounty hunters… ’cause if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em–then rob ’em blind! Also features an exclusive bonus story and other special content.

BUFFY SEASON 10 #29 $3.99 Page 75
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
The Big Bad is revealed — and so is Ghost Anya! Buffy and the Scoobies know what they are up against, but will they be able to stop the current world-ending course of events?

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #24 $4.99 Page 62
Carla Speed McNeil, Rich Woodall, Caleb Goeliner, Alan Gordon, Michael T Gilbert, Buster Moody, Craig Rousseau, Dean Motter, Bo Hampton andGeof Darrow
This month, follow reluctant astronaut Brad as he traverses an unknown planet in the hilarious space adventure Slothed in Space, featuring the work of Caleb Goellner and Buster Moody! Plus, all-new chapters of Al Gordon and Bo Hampton’s The Once and Future Tarzan, Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Chase the Lady, Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, Michael T. Gilbert’s Mr. Monster, and Dean Motter’s Mister X: Pokerface!

korraposterELFQUEST: THE FINAL QUEST #15 $3.99 Page 66
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
After months of tracking, the Wolfrider rescue party finally discovers Cutter in the clutches of an eerie new tribe of elves. But are they too late to reclaim their chief from the edge of madness? Meanwhile, the Djunslander warships have reached the shores of Iceholt, home of the reborn Father Tree. Will the elves’ cherished home fall to the hordes of human mercenaries?

LEGEND OF KORRA POSTER COLLECTION $24.99 Page 557
Various
Regarded as one of the highest-quality shows on TV, The Legend of Korra has garnered critical acclaim, dozens of awards, and thousands of fans since its 2012 debut. Relive all of your favorite moments with this oversized poster collection packed with stunning scenery and extraordinary characters! Full-color pages can be easily removed for display!

neiltrollNEIL GAIMAN’S TROLL BRIDGE $14.99 Page 55
Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran
Young Jack’s world was full of ghosts and ghouls, but one monster — a ravenous and hideous troll — would haunt him long into manhood. As the beast sups upon a lifetime of Jack’s fear and regret, Jack must find the courage within himself to face the fiend once and for all!

TOMB RAIDER II #6 $3.99 Page 68
Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Sevy
Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki’s exhilarating first arc comes to a close! Professor Demur has located a mushroom said to grant the impossible in a feat that nearly cost him his life–and Lara’s! However, danger still lingers, and it’s stalking Lara Croft! [Tamaki wrote the teen lesbian coming of age story Skim and This One Summer with her cousin Jillian doing the art.]

DC

The DC portion of the list will reflect the state of flux the publisher is in regarding its series and any LGBT characters and content in them. A lot of concern was expressed at the loss of Midnighter, Catwoman, and Secret Six. Marvel’s cancelation of Angela underscores that concern. Some uncertainty went hand in hand with Marvel’s change last year just as a fair amount of speculation accompanied DC with its 2011 relaunch.

Batgirl and Green Arrow may be books to watch for LGBT characters and content. Batgirl simply because of its inclusivity by past writers and Green Arrow because I’ve seen “SJW” attached as a descriptive. Neither affords a guarantee though. Wonder Woman seems like a safe bet to add with Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott working on the series.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL #5 2.99 Page 113
Sterling Gates, Cat Stagg, and Emma Vieceli
Supergirl has met her match in Facet, who sends her back to the DEO with questions: what did Alura have to do with Facet’s past–and what is her continuing mission on advsupergirl5Earth? And now Kara’s foster family is threatened by the diamond-hard former head of Fort Rozz!

ARROW: THE DARK ARCHER TP $16.99 Page 124
John Barrowman, Carol Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, and Juan Albarran
Set in the world of the hit TV show Arrow, actor John Barrowman and novelist Carole E. Barrowman pen the stunning, never-before-told origin of Malcolm Merlyn–the Dark Archer! In this tale in print for the first time, Malcolm retreats from his duties as Ra’s al Ghul to return to his secret research team in South America only to be met by a figure from his past who’s out for vengeance! Collecting all twelve chapters of the digital series!

BATGIRL: MINDFIELDS Vol 3 TP $16.99 Page 124
Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Rob Hayes, Elenora Carlini, Moritat, and Ming Doyle
Batgirl’s about to lose the greatest weapon in her arsenal…because her mind is failing her! Are her ragtag group of allies ready to pick up the slack? And while Batgirl is down, it’s Black Canary to the rescue to discover the identity of a malevolent mastermind menacing Burnside! Don’t miss these stories from issues #46-52. [Some minor appearances from Alyisah Yeoh.]

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #15 $3.99 Page 120
Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, and Mirka Andolfo
Mera adjusts to a life without her powers–and starts to fall in love with Arthur. Meanwhile, as Batwoman reunites with Renee Montoya in hopes of freeing Jewish prisoners from concentration camps, Harley and Ivy encounter Zatanna and Constantine, and plans to form a rebellion begin.

DETECTIVE #936 & 937 $2.99 Pages 6
James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, and Eber Ferreira
“Rise of the Batmen” Chapter Three: In issue #936, Batman is M.I.A., and it’s time for Batwoman to take the reins! But can she control a strike force that’s barely worked together…including unstable wildcard Clayface?

Chapter Four: In issue #937, Batman’s found his way into the heart of the Colony, the mysterious new organization cutting its way through Gotham City! Unfortunately, now that he’s in he may find there’s no way out!

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #14 $2.99 Page 60
Dan Abnett and Frederico Dallocchio
It’s Wonder against Wonder with the fate of Earth-2 in the balance. The world is barely holding on by its fingertips. Do they dare risk an attempt to reboot their planet with the mysterious Amazonian device? Meanwhile, a new enemy is on the move behind the scenes, attempting to take advantage of situation. [Alan Scott recently got a spotlight but he’s still as neutered as Northstar used to be.]

FLASH #2 & 3 $2.99 Page 97
Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico
“Lighin Strikes Twie” Chapter Two: In issue #2, The Flash trains novice speedster August Heart to help protect the people of Central City from the Black Hole, a new breed of rogue with a deadly agenda for the Fastest Men Alive. [Keeping Flash on the list since writer Van Jensen had Piper rescue Flash in #51 and mention that he’d been out of costume too long. Presumably Captain Singh and Hartley are a couple and Barry Allen and Rathaway are still roommates!]

In issue #3, dozens of innocent people mysteriously gain super-speed! But not all are heroic, and it’ll take everything The Flash and August have to harness the lightning before Black Hole does.

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

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 thflash2e 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 #30 $3.99 Page 64
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Elsa Charretier
As Harley’s monthly series comes to an end, the world prepares for twice as much Harley when her new series debuts in August! And you’d better believe Harley’s burning the place down on the way out the door… [According to an interview at The Mary Sue, Harley and Ivy are girlfriends “without the jealousy of monotony”]

HARLEY QUINN & HER GANG OF HARLEYS #4 $3.99 Page 107
Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Tieri and Mauricet
Sure, the Gang has finally figured out who Harley Sinn is and, more importantly, where she’s holding Harley hostage–but considering it’s a place called The Island of Horrible Death, they might be thinking twice about going there…

HARLEY QUINN: THE JOKER’S LAST LAUGH Vol 5 TP $24.99 Page 129
Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, an Chad hardin
At last, Harley Quinn and The Joker come face-to-face in these stories from issues #22-25! Harley’s got an endangered friend to save, but there’s just one problem: she’s got to get through Arkham Asylum first! Unsurprisingly, Harley’s not eager to set foot in the site of some of her darkest hours…and she definitely isn’t ready to face a certain someone who’s laughing at the end of a dark hallway. The life of Harley’s new love, Mason Macabre, is in The Joker’s hands…but can he or Harley survive another round of The Joker’s twisted mind games? Plus: for the first time in book form, it’s the story previously available only to Loot Crate subscribers! In this story featuring art by Amanda Conner, Harley finds a genie in a bottle–and redefines the phrase “be careful what you wish for”!

HELLBLAZER: REBIRTH #1 $2.99 Page 90
Simon Oliver and Moritat
John Constantine’s lost weekend in New York City was fun, but London’s where his heart is–only a pissed-off demon and a curse on his soul stand in his way. Even Constantine’s questionable ethics are pushed to the limit when he puts eight million souls on the line to get what he wants….

nightwing1NIGHTWING #1 42.99 Page 89
Tim Seeley and Javier Fernandez
“Better Than Batman” Chapter One: Batman taught Nightwing everything he knows–but what if everything he taught him is wrong? When Dick is stuck with a new mentor who challenges everything Batman taught him, Nightwing has to shatter his concept of justice in order to fight for what he knows is right. Writer Tim Seeley launches Nightwing onto a new quest alongside rising talent Javier Fernandez. [Seeley continues writingg Dick after the homo erotic filled Grayson.]

NIGHTWING: REBIRTH #1 $2.99 Page 88
Tim Seeley and Yanick Paquette
He’s been Robin, Batman, a spy, a ghost. Now, Dick Grayson returns to Gotham City to reclaim the life that was taken from him. But when a new evil threatens those he loves most, Nightwing faces being torn away from home once again in order to destroy the dark force once and for all. Powerhouse artist Yanick Paquette (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) joins series writer Tim Seeley to return Nightwing to the DC superhero stage!

TEEN TITANS #22 $2.99 Page 111
Greg Pak and Ian Churchill
When the Teen Titans find themselves at odds with the law, an unlikely enemy emerges: Amanda Waller! Can the team prove they really are heroes before “The Wall” hunts them all down?

WONDER WOMAN #2 & 3 $2.99 Page 102
Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp
“Wonder Woman Year One” Chapter One: Running parallel to Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp’s “The Lies,” Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector.

“The Lies” Chapter Two: Wonder Woman must team up with one of her greatest enemies to solve a growing mystery about Themyscira as “The Lies” continues!

WONDER WOMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS $39.99 Page 138
William Moulton Maston, Robert Khnaigar, Brian Azzarello, Phil Jimenez, Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, H Peters, Mike Sekowsky, Mike Deodato, Cliff Chiang, and others
Celebrate over seven decades of the awe-inspiring Wonder Woman, from early years as one of the first female superheroes in the comics industry, to today. This character has seen countless waves of feminism in her time as one of DC’s favorite heroes, what better way to honor her than by collecting the best Wonder Woman stories!

WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ Vol 1 TP $24.99 Page 137
George Perez, Greg Potter, Len Wein, and rue Patterson
In this new paperback collecting WONDER WOMAN #1-14, the Amazon Princess’ first assignment takes her to Man’s World to teach humanity the ways of the goddess Gaea–no matter who objects!

WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS $75.00 Page 138
William Moulton Marston and H G Peter
Wonder Woman, arguably the best-known female superhero in the world, and star of her own monthly comics, was introduced in the early 1940s in these quirky tales written by the inventor of the lie detector, psychologist William Moulton Marston. In these stories, Wonder Woman travels from Paradise Island to Man’s World, where she serves as an emissary of peace, using her bracelets and lasso of truth to stop injustice. These stories introduce the mythology of Wonder Woman as she battles the powers of evil–from crooked business owners to Nazi spies. Collects All Star #8, Sensation #1-24, Wonder Woman #1-7, and stories from Comic Cavalcade #1-4

TITAN BOOKS

BATMAN CELEBRATION OF CLASSIC TV SERIES HC $50.00 Page 443
Bob Garcia and Joe Desris
Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series is the definitive book for all fans of the popular Sixties show. Presented in a lavish hardcover edition, the book features classic images, rare stills, photography and production art and serves as the ultimate tribute for fans of the series. Now, collectors and fans alike can indulge in a detailed and in-depth look at the show that inspired generations. During its three years on air, the show compiled 120 episodes and a tie-in feature film. The series had a tremendous cultural impact and continues to resonate to this day. Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series 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.

VERTIGO

ASTRO CITY #37 $3.99 Page 142
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
The Broken Man returns, revealing secrets that will draw you deep into his broken life, and into turn-of-the-century Astro City, when it was still Romeyn Falls, Dame redthorn9Progress patrolled the skies, and a rebellious power was growing, seething to break free. Featuring Mister Cakewalk, Jazzbaby and a very strange home called the Dream House. Beginning a whole arc of revelations about Astro City’s past, and a dire threat to its future. [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]

CLEAN ROOM #10 $3.99 Page 141
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
The terror multiplies as Astrid and Chloe face an unfathomable betrayal, and the ultimate force of unknowable darkness steps from our nightmares into public awareness!

RED THORN #9 $3.99 Page 145
David Baillie and Megan Hetrick
There have been many secrets and many questions since Thorn broke free from his prison beneath the Earth nine months ago–but all of that is about to change. There is a woman stalking the streets of Glasgow who won’t rest until she has the answers she seeks. And what she discovers will alter the fates of two worlds forever. Join us on this epic journey as Lura Investigations gets to the bottom of what makes this dark Celtic fantasy tick. [The male lead character is bi.]

IDW/ TOPSHELF

EIGHTH SEAL TP $19.99 Page 182
James Tynion IV and Jeremy Rock
eighthsealtpFirst Lady Amelia Greene has been suffering from horrific visions–visions of herself transforming into something unnatural and bloodthirsty. As the hallucinations worsen, she seeks professional help, but this all must be kept secret for fear of a political scandal. While her husband and members of the White House staff grow increasingly concerned, Amelia learns those closest to her know more about these visions than they let on

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #17 3.99 Page 173
Kelly Thompson and Jen Bartel
The Stingers part one! The Holograms had it rough when they had to team up with their nemeses to battle their holographic supercomputer gone rogue–but just wait until they meet the European super group taking the U.S. by storm…The Stingers! Meet Riot, Rapture, Minx, and…Raya!?! Whaaaat?

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS OUTRAGEOUS EDITION OVERSIZED H $49.99 Page 172
Kelly Thompson, Sophie Campbell, Emma Vieceli, Corin Howell, Jen Bartel, and more
It’s showtime! Synergy, Jerrica Benton and her sisters Kimber, Aja, and Shana are trying to make it as a band… but Jerrica’s stage fright is holding them back. But when they make a shocking discovery in their father’s secret laboratory, the mysterious Synergy changes everything, and Jem and the Holograms are born… just wait till Pizzazz and the Misfits find out they have competition! This beautiful oversized hardcover collects the first 10 issues of the critically acclaimed series, plus the double-length Annual, the Holiday Special, and the Valentine Special! HC

SATELLITE FALLING #3 $3.99 Page 180
Steve Horton and Stephen Thompson
We look to the past, as Lilly and Eva deal with an ugly truth about a fallen Earth. In the present, Lilly recruits a team to spy on that huge ship on the far side of the gas giant…and find out just what they want! [Main character Lilly is lesbian.] Thanks, SteveN!

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BEAUTY #9 $3.99 Page 218
Jeremy Haun, Jason A Hurley, and Brett Weldele
Some believe everything is perfect in life, love, and beauty. When it comes to The Beauty, perfection is dangerous. [Lesbian characters in the last arc.]

bitchplanetvol2BITCH PLANET: PRESIDENT BITCH Vol 2 $14.99 Page 240
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Taki Soma
A few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords results in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. But what happened on Earth that this new world order came to pass in the first place? Return to the grim corridors of Auxiliary Compliance Outpost #2, to uncover the first clues to the history of the world as we know it… and meet President Bitch. Collects issues #6-10.

CRY HAVOC: MYTHING IN ACTION Vol 1 $9.99 Page 237
Simon Spurrier and Ryan Kelly
Meet Lou: a street musician savaged by a supernatural terror; meet Lou: crossing war-torn Afghanistan with a unit of shapeshifting soldiers; meet Lou: a monstress held captive by the rogue beast she was sent to kill. Cry Havoc interweaves three stages of a remarkable life into a critically-exalted saga of military, myth, and mania. [Gay and lesbian characters have shown up.]

LAZARUS #23 $3.99 Page 225
Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
“Cull,” Part Two. The Carlyle counterattack begins. A Lazarus falls.

PAPER GIRLS #7 $2.99 Page 227
Brian K Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
Trapped in a dark future, Erin and her fellow deliverers from 1988 uncover shocking truths about their own fates.

RAT QUEENS #18 Page 228
Kurtis Wiebe and Tess Fowler
“When Beards Collide” part 3. The return of Violet’s brother arrie has completely upended life in Palisade. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any beardier!

ringside6RINGSIDE #6 43.99 Page 215
Joe Keatinge, Nick Barber, and Simon Gough
“Work,” Part One! New story arc. Danny Knossos has made a deal with the devil to save the life of his beloved, but as his new arrangement crosses over with his past life in the ring, he’s in for more than he ever bargained for. Perfect for fans of Criminal, Southern Bastards, and the Walking Dead! [The rookie character is gay and is in a relationship and another character possibly may be gay.]

WALKING DEAD #153 $2.99 Page 234
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
Queen and King. [One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, two other gay people in the cast.]

THE WICKED + DIVINE #21 $3.50 Page 234
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
“Rising Action” part 4: Fight! Fight! Fight! But don’t worry, it’s probably a metaphor for the creative process or the Hegelian dialectic or something clever so we’ll still get taken seriously. Fight!

MARVEL

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

aforce7A-FORCE #7 $3.99 Page 41
Kelly Thompson and Ben Caldwell
After narrowly escaping a grisly death at the hands of one of their own, a weary but determined A-FORCE make bold moves to free Nico and the town from Countess’s control. However, saving the day is going to take more than just super-powered punches. A-Force is going to have to go deeper than that – changing Countess’s very mind – which is not exactly something super villains readily embrace. Meanwhile, developments with the team’s sparkly Thor rock A-Force to the core. [Dazzler, you know.]

AGENTS OF SHIELD #7 $3.99 Page 30
Marc Guggenheim and German Peralta
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are thrust into the middle of a war between heroes, and nothing will ever be the same for S.H.I.E.L.D. itself and for our beloved team. This arc will have lasting ramifications for Coulson and his intrepid agents. [Guggenheim is an LGBT ally.]

ALL NEW INHUMANS #9 $3.99 Page 57
James Asmus and Stefano Caseli
Gorgon stands trial! What crime could Gorgon have committed to land him in an Inhuman jail? And what does Ana Kravinoff have to do with it all? [James Asmus has also revealed that one of the new Inhuman characters will be gay.]

ALL NEW X-MEN #11 $3.99 Page 70
Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
Destined to one day become the next host of the genocidal villain Apocalypse, Evan Sabahnur is determined to change his fate. And now, thousands years in the past, in Ancient Egypt, Evan has allied himself with En Sabah Nur, the boy who will one day become Apocalypse himself! But will the lessons Evan learns in the past seal his fate…or enable him to avert it?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15 $3.99 Page 47
Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
“Power Play” comes to its rousing conclusion! Regent’s master plan is working until Mary Jane Watson gets into the fray! [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #10 $3.99 Page 42
Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas
The epic conclusion of “Small Time Criminal”! It’s Ant-Man vs. Darren Cross vs. The Power Broker! Finally learn how Scott landed in prison. Seriously. We promise. Dragged that one out enough. [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.]

blackpanther4BLACK PANTHER #4 $3.99 Page 63
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Steelfreeze
“A Nation Under Our Feet,” the first arc of the new hit Black Panther series, comes to a startling conclusion! Suicide bombers terrorize the people of Wakanda, further eroding any last bits of goodwill towards the royal family…T’Challa struggles to unite his citizens, who are choosing to side with Zenzi and The People in growing numbers. A familiar villain reveals his part in T’Challa’s current ruination…and it’s not who you think! [A sub plot focuses on two lesbian characters.]

CAPTAIN MARVEL #7 $3.99 Page 24
Ruth & Chris Gage, and Kris Anka
Captain Marvel’s determination reaches new heights as her rift with Iron Man gets deeper. It’s a fight for the future as Carol and the Alpha Flight recruit more to their cause. But will forces outside of Captain Marvel destroy everything she’s trying to protect? Ruth and Chris Gage, the talented writing duo from Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, bring you a Captain Marvel Civil War story you will never forget!

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #12 $3.99 Page 71
Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos
Trapped a thousand years in the future on a world ruled by the genocidal tyrant Apocalypse, the X-Men are literally mutantkind’s last hope! With the fate of the next generation of mutants hanging in the balance, the X-Men square off against Apocalypse and his Horsemen one last time. But with some of their own in Apocalypse’s ranks, how can the X-Men hope to win the day? In what’s sure to be a battle for the ages, one thing is certain: not all of the X-Men will emerge unscathed!

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #9 $3.99 Page 56
Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustsos
The epic battle everyone’s been waiting for: Moon Girl vs kid Kree! Kid Kree makes his big move to capture Moon Girl and Devil Dino! Meanwhile, Lunella makes a major discovery about her new abilities!

NEW AVENGERS #13 & 14 $3.99 Page 29
Al Ewing and Paco Medina
As Civil War II heats up, the Maker reveals his master plan for the Marvel Universe! And with A.I.M. in hiding from the forces of S.H.I.E.L.D. it’s time for the New Revengers to strike! Plus: What’s wrong with Dum Dum Dugan? And what’s Songbird going to do about it?All-action issue! Will the New Revengers take down A.I.M. or will S.H.I.E.L.D. get there first? And will anyone be left to stop W.H.I.S.P.E.R. before it’s too late? Featuring White Tiger vs. White Tiger — the rematch! And more twists and turns than a plate of spaghetti, True Believer!

newavengersvol2tpNEW AVENGERS: STANDOFF Vol 2 TP $15.99 Page 105
Al Ewing, Joshua Cassara, Gerardo Sandoval, and Marcus To
Avengers Idea Mechanics continues to fight the good fight, no matter what! The Maker is back! But what does the strange head of W.H.I.S.P.E.R. want with the White Tiger? And wait, which White Tiger is he targeting? Then, the New Avengers will be drawn into a STANDOFF involving all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. They’re a global rescue force, but what happens when they have to rescue someone from the clutches of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself? War is coming — and so is the American Kaiju! Up from the depths! Thirty stories high! He salutes the flag and eats apple pie! But how can Avengers Island possibly survive the ultimate weapon against renegade super-science? Maybe with Avenger Five, the ultimate mighty vehicle! Plus: A traitor is revealed! And so are Sunspot’s secrets, as everything comes tumbling down! Collecting issues (2015) #7-11.

PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT #8 $3.99 Page 22
Kate Leth and Brittney L Williams
When fallout from the battlefields of Civil War II hits close to home, Patsy is forced to take stock of her life as a hero — and to face what it really costs to be A.K.A Hellcat!

SILK #10 $3.99 Page 46
Robbie Thompson and Tana Ford
It’s the battle of the century as Black Cat uncovers the truth about Silk’s allegiance!

SQUADRON SUPREME #9 $4.99 Page 18
James Robinson and ACO
Now that Warrior Woman has revealed her true identity to the Squadron Supreme, we focus on her life — her past, present and future — in a special solo issue. Now the ruler of her own country and sovereign leader of the Alien Myriad, Warrior Woman plans an even greater feat of world conquest. But to do this, it will first require a vision from the Profiler…and the resurrection of Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Also, learn the surprising fate of the Power Princess whose identity Warrior Woman stole [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.]

thor9THOR #9 43.99 Page 43
Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
Marvel’s most corrupt corporations are up to something sinister, but Thor and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Roz Solomon are determined to stop them. At the heart of the ultimate white-collar crime? None other than the Silver Samurai and the Exterminatrix! Oh! And it turns out millions of lives depend on the God of Thunder saving Roxxon’s own evil executive Dario Agger.

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #8 & 9 $3.99 Page 21
Greg Pak, Alan Davis, and Mike Del Mundo
Amadeus Cho has lost someone very close to him. Now he’s mad. very mad. No one would like him when he’s very mad. Introducing new series artist, the critically acclaimed Mike del Mundo! [Greg Pak was a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]

THE ULTIMATES #9 $3.99 Page 27
Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort
The Ultimates race against time to stop the foretold coming of… The Macronaut! But behind the scenes, the cracks in the ultimate super-team are widening and Thanos isn’t the only one waiting for his moment to strike. [Ms America may have a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast, based on the short-story in the Avengers #0 one-shot.]

UNCANNY X-MEN: STORYVILLE Vol 6 TP $19.99 Page 103
Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo, Stuart Immonen, Mahmud Asrar, Kris Anka, and Frazer Irving
The final explosive story in Brian Michael Bendis’ epic X-Men saga! Cyclops’ revolution comes to a head! Will the morally compromised Scott Summers save himself from ruin — or will he make that fateful leap?! Meanwhile, Kitty Pryde and Illyana Rasputin take on an assignment neither of them thought they would tackle: facing off against a legion of monsters! And Mystique returns, out for vengeance against Cyclops’ revolutionary team! Will Magik’s soulsword be enough to halt the shape-shifter’s wrath? The Jean Grey School, the New Xavier School, the time-tossed young X-Men — it’s all going to change! The X-Men are at a crossroads. And not everyone will make it through in one piece. Collecting Uncanny X-Men (2013) #32-35 and #600.

May 17, 2016
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