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LGBT Previews June 2015

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Some new monthly comics added this time around! You’ve read about it at CBR, Comics Alliance, and other places — Renee Montoya is FINALLY returning! Look for her as Harvey Bullocks’ new partner in Detective. I know you’re saying “Be careful what you wish for”, especially from DC of the past 4 and a half years. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato were really outstanding together on Flash so I’m optimistic with how they’ll handle Montoya now. Marvel is reviving Runaways with Lumberjanes writer Noelle Stevenson as part of its massive event. Enjoy it while it’s here because who knows what Marvel’s universe will look like once the dust begins to settle. Also, over at DC is the first issue of the new Midnighter series from Steve Orlando and ACO along with Sinestro and Green Lantern: Lost Army!

Ant Man’s newish monthly comic would appear here because GL contributor Mike McDermott told me there’s been a sighting of a gay character who may become part of the supporting cast — but it takes a break for June. Are you thinking of a size related joke? Finding an LGBT character or two in Black Canary won’t surprise me since writer Brendan Fletcher from Batgirl is involved with it and Annie Wu illustrated the Kate Bishop Hawkeye stories that had a gay couple. Just mentioning it here as a heads up in case you want to look through issues in your comics shop.

Not to be forgotten – Liz Prince (Tomboy) writes Clarence, a kid oriented mini, and Curt Pires (of Black Mask’s Mayday with a trans character) starts The Fiction, both for Boom. And the first issue of the new Archie comic is listed because I wonder if we’ll see Kevin Keller here. Missed out on Massive – Gay Erotic Manga & The Men Who Make it? Fantagraphics comes out with a second edition. And First Second relists Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki’s beautiful This One Summer. Indy favorite Hopeless Savages returns!

Oh, yeah, George Perez’s Wonder Woman run gets the deluxe omnibus treatment too!

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People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Credit to Andy Mangels whose idea this is originally.

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING #34 $3.99 Page 254
Terry Moore
Zoe can count her friends on two fingers. So when Rachel goes missing, Zoe turns Manson up-side down looking for her – and heaven help anyone who stands in her way!

ARCHIE

archie1ARCHIE #1 $3.99 Page 272
Mark Waid and Fiona Staples
Comic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples reimagine an icon! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun-but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens — and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue! [Hoping Kevin Keller makes his “relaunch” debut here too.]

BLACK MASK COMICS

MAYDAY #4 $3.99 Page 290
Curt Pires and Chris Peterson
Route 66. The end of the line. Welcome to Black Hole Sun. [One of the main characters is described as a transgender bartender.]

BOOM

BRAVEST WARRIORS #33 $3.99 Page 316
Kate Leth and Ian McGinty
The Bravest Warriors are on the case in this special choose-your-ending “whodunnit” issue! Jelly Kid has been murdered! But he regenerates…and is murdered again! Can the Bravest Warriors figure out who keeps killing Jelly Kid?

CLARENCE #1 $3.99 Page 313
Liz Prince and Evan Palmer
We’ve all been Clarence at one point. He’s an optimistic kid who sees the best in everyone and is happy to play the day away with his best friends, Jeff and Sumo. Liz Prince (Tomboy) and artist Evan Palmer (Munchkin) bring all the heart from the hit Cartoon Network animated series to comics for the first time. Take a moment to relive childhood! Clarence is a typical fourth grader who’s always on the search for fun with everyone, finding adventures everywhere from the classroom to his own imagination. Life might throw a bully or a grumpy adult in his path, but Clarence puts a stop to that with kindness and treating everyone like a friend.

fiction1THE FICTION #1 $3.99 Page 299
Curt Pires and David Rubin
Curt Pires is a fountain of fascinating ideas, and we’re excited to publish his latest offering, The Fiction. Fans of titles like Locke & Key and The Unwritten will take to its story about a group of childhood friends who discover doorways to other worlds through a set of strange books. Bringing this story to life is David Rubin, who Paul Pope dubbed “…a big talent and the real deal.” Four childhood friends discover a box of strange books that, when read aloud, can transport them to the beautiful, imaginary worlds described within. But when one of them goes missing, the others vow never to reveal where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. Years later, when one of the remaining kids, now an adult, also mysteriously disappears, it’s up to the last two of the group to dig up their dusty books to find him and finally figure out what happened to their friend all those years ago.[Pires is the writer of Mayday from Black Mask above, which has an LGBT character.]

LUMBERJANES #15 $3.99 Page 312
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen
As the unnatural blizzard rages on, the Lumberjanes continue their search for Jen, who learns more about the mysterious bear woman and her ties to Rosie and the Lumberjanes.

UFOLOGY #3 $3.99 Page 306
James Tynion IV and Noah Yuenkel
Becky is determined to be normal, but her scar is glowing and she keeps saying strange things, and Malcolm is doggedly trying to get her to work with him on solving this mystery. She doesn’t want to be special, but she doesn’t seem to have any choice.

THE WOODS #13 $3.99 Page 306
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
New Story Arc! Bay Point Prep, one year later. The students have survived a year in the Woods, settling into their new roles at Bay Point. Isaac and Ben are together and would be perfectly happy if not for the dreams Isaac has of Adrian and his anger toward Karen for her role in his disappearance. Karen is training to be a Hunter, while Sanami and Maria handle the day-to-day running of the school. Calder is missing. The Black City is still out there, and the students will need to mend the rift that’s grown between them to find it.

DARK HORSE

ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #15 $3.50 Page 65
Kei McDonald and Cliff Richards
Taking a break from the stress of reality in London, Angel and Fred hop on a ferry to Angel’s homeland! Though both were hoping for a leisurely holiday, something is rotten in the Emerald Isle. Angel can’t resist helping the helpless–but will that be the best thing for Fred . . . and Illyria?

ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 9 LIBRARY EDITION HC Vol 2 $29.99 Page 65
Christos Gage, Victor Gischler, Rebekah Isaacs, David Lapham, Paul Lee. Lee Garbett, and Cliff Richards
Willow arrives in London looking for help from Angel so she can get to the fearsome hell dimension Quor’toth and restore magic to earth! And Spike identifies some hard truths when a pack of demons and a succubus rip him from a melancholic reverie and take him on an unexpected adventure. Collects Angel & Faith Volume 3 and Spike: A Dark Place
Angel and Faith: Season Nine Library Edition Volume 2

BUFFY SEASON 10 #16 $3.50 Page 66
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
After discovering that the powerful demon Archaeus has deep connections to both Spike and Angel, Buffy invites her former beau for a visit. Things are awkward, and everyone is behaving just a little juvenile–but in order to beat the threat Archaeus brings, the team is going to have to overcome the past.

EMPOWERED Vol 9 TP $17.99 Page 50
Adam Warren
Already under suspicion and suspended from her superteam, costumed crime fighter Empowered finds herself the bewildered target of every major supervillain in the cape-and-tights field for her supposed access to alien technology. Underestimated as she is, can our long-suffering but plucky heroine outwit her tormentors–and escape the sinister Fleshmaster’s revenge?
Empowered Volume 9

mulan1MULAN: REVELATIONS #1 $3.99 Page 60
Marc Andreyko an Micha Kaneshiro
Though the future boasts endless technological wonders, only a very few can afford access to them. As a new virus rages through the rich and poor, threatening all of humanity, a warrior is awakened to stop the evil puppeteers behind it all! Centuries after her ancestor and namesake fought for China, a new Mulan has been chosen by the ancient Chinese immortals in a final battle for the world!

THE WITCHER: FOX CHILDREN #3 $3.99 Page 63
Paul Tobin and Joe Querio
As Geralt and the stranded crew of the Prophet explore their swampy surroundings, the Fox Mother uses her animal guile and magical prowess to tempt the sinners to their doom! But in her rage, does the Fox Mother care if an innocent should fall in her trap as well?

DC

ARROW SEASON 2.5 #9 $2.99 Page 107
Marc Guggenheim, Keto Shimizu, Joe Bennett, Craig Yeungm and Szymon Kudranski
Caleb Green’s been supercharged with Mirakuru – and he’s got a beef with Oliver Queen! Will Oliver’s past finally catch up with him? [Making the list because Guggenheim contributed to Northwest Press’ anti bullying comic listed below.]

BATGIRL #41 $2.99 Page 119
Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, and Babs Tarr
There’s a new Batman in town…and that spells bad news for Barbara Gordon! She’s already got enough upheaval in her life, with her roommate Frankie in on her biggest secret…and now she’s looking to get even more involved in Batgirl’s business!

BATMAN ’66 #24 $3.99 Page 121
Ray Fawkes and Jon Bogdanoce
Please note: These contents were previously scheduled to run in issue #22. The guest team of writer Ray Fawkes and artist Jon Bogdanov bring back Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, for another bejeweled bout with the Dynamic Duo. When she strikes at a gala ball for Gotham City’s elite, will even guests Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson fall under her spell? [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.]

BATMAN ETERNAL TP Vol 2 $39.99 Page 131
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley, Jason Fabok, R M Guerra, Fernando Pasarin, and others
After Commissioner Gordon’s arrest, Batman’s world is turned upside down in these stories from issues #22-34 of the hit weekly series. New allies emerge, old allies fall and his rogues gallery of villains are not quite who they seem. With a new power structure being established in Gotham City amid rising tension and chaos, can Batman adapt to the changing status quo?
Batman Eternal Vol. 2 (The New 52)

BATMAN/ SUPERMAN #21 $2.99 Page 115
Greg Pak and Ardian Syaf
The epic new storyline “Truth” continues! In this chapter, what are the consequences of a bond broken? BATWOMAN: THE UNKNOWNS TP Vol 6 $16.99 Page 132
marc Andreyko, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, and Juan Jose Ryp.

BATWOMAN: THE UNKNOWNS TP Vol 6 $16.99 Page 132
Marc Andreyko, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, and Juan Jose Ryp.
In these stories from issues #35-40, Batwoman is neck-deep in danger with her new allies Ragman, The Demon, Clayface and Red Alice! What is going on? And how did Batwoman end up here? Also includes Batwoman: Futures End #1 and a story from Secret Origins #3.
Batwoman Vol. 6: The Unknowns (The New 52)

catwoman41CATWOMAN #41 $2.99 Page 122
Genevieve Valentine and David Messina
She’s still Gotham’s queen of crime – but now, in order to work all the angles, Selina Kyle is back as Catwoman!

CATWOMAN: KEEPER OF THE CASTLE TP Vol 6 $16.00 Page 135
Genevieve Valentine and Garry Brown
Meet Selina Kyle – Crime Boss of Gotham City! Spinning out of the events in Batman Eternal, Selina has accepted the family mantle and embraced her true criminal side, but is Gotham City ready for her reign? And with the Cat away, who’s the stranger haunting the empty rooftops of the city? Don’t miss the start of a bold new direction for Selina Kyle from Catwoman#35-40 and annual #2
Catwoman Vol. 6: Keeper of the Castle (The New 52)

CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #1 $2.99 Page 87
Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo
The dark adventures of DC’s foremost occult detective continue in an all-new series as he investigates the cruelest case he’s ever come across – his own dark history!

DETECTIVE #41 $2.99 Page 122
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelllato
Following the events of “Endgame,” get ready to ride with the GCPD in a whole new city! Harvey Bullock is leading a Bat task force, but what are his duties, and can he be trusted? And what kind of welcome awaits his new partner, Renee Montoya?

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #1 $2.99 Paage 90
Daniel S Wilson and Jorge Jimenez
The survivors of Earth-2’s war with Apokolips find themselves on a new world, but can Green Lantern, Power Girl, a new Batman and the other heroes of Earth-2 create a new world that’s better than the last, or will their interference and good intentions doom this world, just like the old one?

FLASH #41 $2.99 Page 106
Robert Vendetti, Van Jenson, and Brett Booth
Professor Zoom is back, and he’s not alone! Who’s along for the ride to kill the fastest man alive? Find out here!

FLASH SEASON ZERO #9 $2.99 Page 106
Andrew Kreisberg, Kai Yu Wu an Lauren Cento
Armed with information from Oliver Queen about the Suicide Squad, The Flash and the S.T.A.R. Labs team decide to break into A.R.G.U.S.! [Making the list because Andy Mientus’ playing Pied Piper in the TV show and I suspect Piper and Captain Singh will be featured in the comic adaptation.]

GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #6 42.99 Page 124
Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferrerya
The Midnight Shift is in danger from both its members and the rest of the GCPD! In a deadly new Gotham City, does the paranormal really still pose a threat? As the task force struggles to rebuild after their tragic loss, their only weapon against the supernatural and Internal Affairs both might be in the form of attorney Kate Spencer. Ray Fawkes and new series artist Juan Ferreyra are ready to take Jim Corrigan and his motley crew on the adventure of their lives – or afterlives!

GRAYSON #9 $2.99 Page 125
Tom King, Tim Seeley, and Mikel Janin
Everything changes as Helena takes over SPYRAL! Plus: Grayson gets a new partner!

GREEN LANTERN: THE LOST ARMY #1 42.99 Page 91
Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz
Imagine waking up in a strange place where you didn’t recognize anything, and everyone you knew and loved was nowhere to be found. Now imagine that you are a Green Lantern. The rest of the Corps is missing, you don’t know where you are and there’s not a Power Battery to be found for as far as your ring can scan. Where are you? How did you get here? Those are just two of the many questions facing our heroes. Starring John Stewart, Two-Six, Kilowog and Arisia, and featuring a surprise guest-star we promise you’ll never predict, Lost Armyis an incredible journey of discovery, survival, morality and heartbreak. Never has the Corps been challenged in this way – and not everyone is going to make it home! [Bunn teases an LGBT character in this Advocate article.]

midnighter1MIDNIGHTER #1 $2.99 Page 95
Steve Orlando and ACO
Spinning out of Grayson comes a solo series starring the man who can predict your every move… but no one will be able to predict what he’ll do next! A theft at the God Garden has unleashed a wave of dangerous biotech weapons on the world, and Midnighter intends to put that genie back in the bottle by any means necessary. But something else was stolen from the Garden as well…the secret history of Lucas Trent, the man Midnighter once was!

SECRET SIX #3 $2.99 Page 110
Gail Simone, Ken Lashley and Dale Eaglesham
The last we saw these reluctant teammates, they were being hunted in Gotham. Prepare for a strange interlude with “The Nine Levels of Suburbia.” It’s a place where deadly assassins find themselves doing things they really never should do.

SINESTRO #12 $2.99 Page 127
Cullen Bunnn, Brad Walker, and Andrew Hennessy
There’s a traitor in the Sinestro Corps who has set New Korugar on a path to certain destruction! The smart move would be to evacuate the Korugarian refugees from the planet, but Sinestro knows finding the identity of the traitor is more crucial, which leads to an unexpected betrayal from someone you would never expect, and a punishment from Sinestro that will alter someone’s life irrevocably! [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.]

SINESTRO: SACRIFICE Vol 2 TP $16.99 Page 135
Cullen Bunn, Dale Eaglesham, Ethan Van Scriver, Brad Walker and others
The Green Lantern Corps is on its last legs – which means it’s Sinestro and the Sinestro Corps to the rescue in these stories from issues #5-11, annual #1 and a story from Secret Origins #6. But is bringing their sworn enemies to the heart of their stronghold a good move? Sinestro’s actions and motivations are often two different things, and not all is as it seems.
Sinestro Vol. 2: Sacrifice (The New 52)

SUPERGIRL: CRUCIBLE TP Vol 6 $16.99 Page 135
Tony Bedard, K Perkins, Mike Johnson, Karl Moline, Jonboy Meyers and Emualuela Lupacchino
Kara must deal with the fallout of the green Kryptonite skies over a dead Earth, and the horrors still to come! This volume features a SUPERMAN: DOOMED tie-in from the pages of Supergirl #34-40, and Supergirl: Futures End #1. [Featuring a version of Maxima who is not straight.] Supergirl Vol. 6: Crucible (The New 52)

TEEN TITANS #9 $2.99 Page 111
Will Pfeiffer and Kenneth Rocafort
On the run with Superboy, the Titans must uncover the truth behind the Boy of Steel’s crimes – or they all might end up serving time with their former teammate.

WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS HC Vol 1 $75.00 Page 137
George Perez, Greg Potter and Len Wein
This omnibus collects the first two years of George Perez’s 1980s run on Wonder Woman including issues #1-24 and Wonder Woman annual #1. These stories reestablished Wonder Woman’s heroic career with appearances by the gods of Olympus and villains including Cheetah and Silver Swan.
Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus

VERTIGO

ASTRO CITY #24 $3.99 Page 140
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
It’s hard to be a talking ape in the big bad city. Especially when you set out to be a drummer and became a super hero instead. But will that be enough? Can fame and adventure replace lifelong dreams? Do we even have to ask? Featuring Reflex 6, Samaritan and a few surprises. [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]

FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US #6 $3.99 Page 143
Matthew Sturges, Dave Justs, Stephen Sadowski, Shawn McManus, and Travis Moore
No matter where Bigby goes – from the forests outside 17th-century Salem to the seedy clubs on the Crooked Mile – he’s surrounded by topless dancing women. It sounds like a fun job, until you remember he’s also got a decapitated hooker on his hands. Blackmail, black magic, black market glamours, and a little black book all take their turn on the main stage in our sleaziest, uneasiest issue yet!

D.E.

LEGENDERRY: RED SONJA #5 43.99 Page 336
Marc Andreyko and Aneke
After franken-monsters, submarine escapes, shark attacks, and shipwrecks, can a mentally and physically exhausted Red Sonja defeat the evil of Victor Frankenstein before he unleashes his master plan upon the world of Legenderry? What new monstrosities have sprung from Victor’s deranged and fractured psyche? And will the “rebuilt” Captain Nemo and Elizabeth Frankenstein help Red Sonja’s cause…or be the death of her? Find out all of the answers in the stunning conclusion to Red’s first Legenderry solo adventure!

swordsofsorrow2SWORDS OF SORROW #2 $3.99 Page 331
Gail Simone and Sergio Davila
Gail Simone and rising star Sergio Davila team to bring you this epic tale, featuring the most amazing, most beloved, and fiercest pulp heroines of all time! All the great Women of Dynamite are united against an unbeatable horror, and this historic issue features, for the first time ever, characters from the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard as Dejah Thoris and Red Sonja clash! The series is also supported by several companion one-shots, written by some of today’s hottest talents, like G.Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, and Erica Schultz!

DIGITAL MANGA

FINDER: TARGET IN VIEW FINDER Vol 1 – 7 $13.95 each Page 345
Ayano Yamane
While on assignment trying to document the illegal activities of the Japanese underworld, photographer Takaba crosses paths with the dark and mysterious leader Asami. Asami takes Takaba captive, in an attempt to subjugate and possess him. But when the son of the Chinese mafia enters demanding evidence that Takaba may have, will Takaba be able to survive being caught in the crosshairs of a deadly underworld feud?

FANTAGRAPHICS

MASSIVE – GAY MANGA & THE MEN WHO MAKE IT $35.00 Page 361
Various artists; Edited by Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, & Chip Kidd
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre.
Massive: Gay Japanese Manga And The Men Who Make It

01: FIRST SECOND

thisonesummerTHIS ONE SUMMER TP/HC $17.99/ $21.99 Page 358
Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rose’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens, just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy, is caught up in something bad. It’s a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.
This One Summer

HOUGHTON MIFLIN

MANGA MAN $9.99 Page 369
Barry Lyga and Colleen Doran
When Ryoko Kiyami, a manga character from a manga world, falls through the Rip into the “real” Western world, he must learn to survive as an outsider at a typical American high school. He must find a way back through the Rip to his manga world, but things tangle up when he develops “hearts for eyes” for a beautiful girl from the wrong kind of comic book. This metafictive masterpiece blends manga and traditional Western comic book styles to create a complex comic hybrid that’s both hilarious and heartbreaking.

IDW

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #8$3.99 Page 174
Kate Leth and Drew Rausch
Part 4 of the epic second arc of Edward Scissorhands!

THE INFINITE LOOP #3 $3.99 Page 180
Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier
The two women seek refuge in a time wrap created by Teddy and start to build a life together, away from their old world. But they must confront the morality of hiding while others human anomalies are being killed…

jem4JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #2 3.99 Page 175
Kelly Thompson and Sophia Campbell
Jem and The Holograms do their first live show at The Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser — but a rabid Misfits fan is determined to sabotage their performance… at any cost!

ORPHAN BLACK #5 $3.99 Page 168
John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, Jody Houser, and Cat Staggs
Rachel is ruthless corporate efficiency personified. She’s a clone raised self-aware of her genetic identity, occupying an elite position with the Dyad group of companies.

IMAGE

INTERSECT #8 $3.50 Page 234
Ray Fawkes
The intersected story of New Orleans begins with the introduction of a whole new cast of characters! But what strange connection do they share with the Intersected of Detroit? And where will the Lady Flock finally land?

kaptara3KAPTARA #3 $3.50 Page 235
Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod
Enter: Melvon! But remember: Abandon all hope ye who enter: Melvon! To save their own lives, our heroes must slay the famed, sensual wizard of The Unchanted Forest! A great jumping-on point for anyone who reads!

MORNING GLORIEs #47 $3.50 Page 237
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
“The debate”.

NO MERCY #3 $2.99 Page 238
Alex De Campi and Carla Speed McNeil
A long and vicious night ends in savage recriminations, fire…and death. Sister Ines, along with the evening’s unlikely hero, go in search of rescue.

PISCES #3 $3.99 Page 239
Kurtis J Wiebe and Johnnie Christmas
With a new start in Houston, Texas, Dillon begins to find a semblance of a normal life. But even with a beautiful new home to stay in and the pleasant company of an old friend, Dillon begins to show signs of decay. There’s a sickness corroding his very flesh. And his mind

RAT QUEENS #12 $3.99 Page 239
Kurtis J Wiebe and Stepjan Sejic
“Demons” Part two. Along the deadly mountain trail leading to Mage University, Hannah stumbles across an old friend from an old life. The mysterious figure knows a secret past that Hannah wants no one else to ever know about.

SAGA #29 $2.99 Page 240
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
The Last Revolution makes their move.

TREES #10 $2.99 Page 243
Warren Ellis and Jason Howard
Continuing the second Trees story, “Two Forests.” The new mayor of New York City has a plan, and it involves the drowned Downtown area. Dr. Jo Creasy doesn’t have a plan at all, and that’s why she’s been dropped into the remote Orkney Islands in search of something that might end the world. [One of the characters is transgender.]

WALKING DEAD #142 & 143 $2.99 Page 244
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
A gathering. A union. [One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, another two other gay people in the cast.]

wickeddivinevol2WICKED & DIVINE: FANDEMONIUM Vol 2 TP $14.99
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
The critically-lauded best-selling hyphen-abusing series of stardom, divinity, and death returns with a second volume that’s even grander than the first, because it contains six issues instead of five. The Faust Act is over. Welcome to Fandemoniun. Includes cover gallery and anything else we’ll cram in the back, because we just can’t help ourselves. Collects issues #6-11. [Yeah, how was this not included before, right?] The Wicked + The Divine Volume 2: Fandemonium

MARVEL

1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #1 $3.99 Page 34
Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Stephanie Hans, and Marguerite Sauvage
In the altered realms of Battleword, Angela and Sera are Withc Hunters, the scourges of King James’ England, 1602. In a land beset by magic and monstrosity, they seek a new and seductive evil. not witchbreed, but deal-making Faustians, who bargain with ancient creatures for unnatural power! Moral ambiguity? Fancy allusions? Marguerite making the most of that English degree? tl;dr – try 1602: Witch Hunter Angela #1!

FANTASTIC FOUR TP $24.99 Page 144
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Steve McNiven
It’s the Fantastic Four like you’ve never seen them before, courtesy of comics superstars Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Steve McNiven! The members of Marvel’s First Family face their most personal crisis yet: bankruptcy! To overcome it, they’ll need to call on the humor, determination and family ties that have delivered them from danger time and again. Metal-faced despots, intergalactic deities and subterranean savages couldn’t destroy the Fantastic Four, but will the team be torn apart by the realities of life? Then, Reed, Sue and Ben take Franklin and his friends camping in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. But their getaway takes a terrifying turn when the campers realize something otherworldly is stalking them in the woods. Could it be the mysterious Jersey Devil? All this, and a classic knock-down, drag-out brawl between the Thing and the Human Torch! Collecting Marvel Knights 4 #1-7.

FUTURE IMPERFECT #1 & 2 $3.99 Page 52
Peter David and Greg Land
On Battleword, the dictator of Dystopis is a fmailiar face. The Maestro rules but there are those who want him dethroned! What role does Ruby Summers have in the plan for this dangerous rebellion? Have the rebels genuinely found Odin, the father of The Gods, as an ally against the Maestro?

A battle royale between the Maestro and the Thing! But is it the Ben Grimm we know and love under that rocky hide? What X-Factor member will show up as an unexpected ally of the rebels? [There’s a possibility that Peter David may use Rictor and Shatterstar here.]

hawkeyevol2HAWKEYE Vol 2 HC $34.99 Page 128
Matt Fraction David Ajam Francesco Francavilla, Annie Wu, Chris Eliopoulous, and Javier Pulido
Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Eisner Award-winning (and GLAAD 2015 nominated) reinvention of the arrowed Avenger concludes! Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles to get away from New York and Clint Barton — but she can’t escape trouble, because Madame Masque is hanging out poolside! As Kate helps a reclusive artist find his lost masterpiece, Madame Masque finds Kate. By which we mean tries to kill her again. Meanwhile, back in New York, Hawkeye is reeling from recent events. And just when Clint’s rock bottom couldn’t arrive fast enough, his brother shows up. After a lifetime of bad decisions, Clint and Barney Barton realize they’ll have to save one another — if they don’t kill each other first. And when Clown and the Tracksuit Draculas lay siege to their building, it doesn’t go well! Read this book, bro! Collecting issues #12-22 and annual #1.

KORVAC SAGA #1 $3.99 Page 52
Dan Abnett and Otto Schmidt
Lord Michael Korvac governs the Forest Hills, but his domain is threatened by rival lords, chaotic threats from beyond the Wall, and, worst of all, a dark madness that is spreading through the population. Led by the noble Major Victory, Korvac’s loyal Guardians must find the source of the evil before it corrupts the world as they know it. [Moondragon should appear here since she appeared in the original. She was shown as straight back then, so it’s uncertain how she’ll be in this Secret Wars tie in.]

LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #15 $3.99 Page 12
Al Ewing and Lee Garbett
The Last Days of Loki continue! All-out war in the heavens! Asgardia under siege! Freyja fights back! And which heroes of Asgard will return to face the evil King Loki? Meanwhile, Verity Willis tells the story of her life! But who is she talking to? And why? And why aren’t we mentioning what happened to present-day Loki yet? What horrible thing are we trying to hide? We’re monsters!

RUNAWAYS #1 $3.99 Page 14
Noelle Stevenson and Sanford Greene
The best and brightest teens from all corners of Battleworld are chosen to attend a prestigious school on the planet’s capital! But what does the new class do when they discover the school’s beloved headmaster is actually a diabolical super villain? Run away! A Secret Wars story like none other from the remarkable minds of Noelle Stevenson and Sanford Greene.

RUNAWAYS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP Vol 4 $34.99 Page 145
CB Cebuslki, Terry Moore, Chris Yost, James Asmus, Kathryn Immonen, Phil Noto, Humberto Ramos. Takeshi Miyazawa, Sara Pichelli. Emma Rios, and Patrick Spaziante
The Runaways’ adventures conclude! Soldiers from Karolina’s home planet arrive, demanding that she be handed over. Squabbling over the best course to take, the Runaways fracture. Can they face the alien threat when they can’t face one another? Meanwhile, a DJ creates a mystical song that transforms anyone with plastic surgery into an obedient zombie. In L.A., that’s a lot of zombies! And when a mysterious airplane crash takes a Runaway’s life, the team’s mourning is cut short by armed troops, dispatched to retrieve the wreckage. But an ominous figure from the group’s past has returned to confront them! Plus: Nico in solo action! And what if the Runaways became the Young Avengers? Collecting Runaways (2008) #1-14, What If The Runaways Became The Young Avengers?, and material from Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm and Breaking Into Comics THe Marvel Way #1.
Runaways: The Complete Collection Volume 4

SECRET WARS JOURNAL #2 $3.99 Page 27
Kevin Maurer, Si Spurrier, Cory Smith, and Jonathan Marks
It’s Kraven’s Last Hunt in Killville…and Detectives Misty Knight and Paladin are the hunted! Lord Sinister’s secret weapon is his top shelf chef, Matt Murdock! But what happens when Sinister comes between Murdock and his love, rare food scout Collektra? The best Secret Wars anthology continues! [A possibility of a Wiccan and Hulking appearance.]

STORM: BRING THE THUNDER Vol 2 TP $$17.99 Page 138
Greg Pak, Victor Ibanez, Phil Briones, and Al Barrionuevo
During the course of her recent adventures, Storm has made some powerful enemies. And now they’ve pulled some strings and had her branded Public Enemy No. 1! Can Storm evade the authorities long enough find out who’s gunning for her and clear her name? As vengeful assassins armed to the teeth target her, Storm pursues the mastermind who made her a fugitive and in order to succeed, she might have to call in help from some unexpected places! Then, when Gambit gets in over his head, it’s up to Storm to bail him out! But while she’s remembering how to pick locks, a figure from her past resurfaces as a deadly new threat. Will Storm be able to right a wrong she caused long ago? Or is she be doomed to relive history? Collecting issues #6-11.
Storm Vol. 2: Bring the Thunder

WOLVERINES: THE LIVING & THE DEAD TP Vol 3 $15.99 Page 142
Charles Soule, Ray Fawkes, Kris Anka, Ario Anindit, Ariela Kristantina, Jason masters, and Juan Doe
Questions build as the battle inside Shogun begins to risk the lives of his teammates and friends! Lady Deathstrike is falling for him — but which side of his personality, Sharp or Ogun? Only Fang can help set Sharp straight but will he? Meanwhile, Fantomelle and Culpepper have been fighting for a mysterious benefactor but what happens when their sponsor gets more (and less!) than they paid for? And what does all of this mean for the Paradise Team and the Wolverines’ overall mission? Mystique has been planning something that involves the precise involvement of each fly caught in her manipulative web. But as the final pieces fall into place for her, she loses two essential pawns — and it might spell utter disaster! Meanwhile, Daken tracks the monster who stole his healing factor through the mountains of Japan. Collecting issues #11-15.
Wolverines Vol. 3: The Living and the Dead

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X-TINCTION AGENDA #1 $3.99 Page 58
Marc Guggenheim and Carmine Di Giandomenico
Ten years since the fall of Cameron Hodge and his fascist regime. Ten years that Havok and Wolfsbane have labored to rebuild Genosha. But their work may be for naught, as a plague has spread across their nation, infecting mutants and threatening their race with extinction. With the country quarantined and seemingly abandoned by the rest of the world, including the X-Men, old friends may become new enemies as Genosha’s rulers fight to save their people! Experience an alternate future fueled by the events of the landmark first X-Crossover of 1990, X-Tinction Agenda! [Preview art has revealed that Rictor, Anole, Greymalkin, Mystique and Karma are all part of the cast.]

ONI PRESS

hopelesssavagesnewHOPELESS SAVAGES: BREAK $17.99 Page 384
Jennifer Van Meter and Meredith MacClaren
All the Hopeless-Savages are back in this fourth volume of the critically-acclaimed series! Zero’s in college (and hating it), though a tour with the Dusted Bunnies promises to rejuvenate her spirits — at least, that’s what she’s telling her therapist. But a rival band threatens to end the tour early, and without her family, Zero’s in no position to fight back. Meanwhile, the rest of the Hopeless-Savages are dealing with their own problems, including babies, contracts, and drug addictions. But if there’s one family who can pull it all off, it’s this one. Stunningly illustrated by Meredith McClaren (Hinges), with flashbacks by original series artist Christine Norrie, this is one volume fans won’t want to miss out on!
Hopeless Savages: Break

STUMPTOWN #6 Vol 3 $3.99 Page 383
Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood
“The Case of a Cup of Joe,” Part One, Dex deals with people who will quite literally kill for a good cup of coffee. Seriously, it’s Portland.

SOARING PENGUIN

MEANWHILE…. #3 $7.95 page 392
Gary Spencer Millidge and Various
Meanwhile… 3 features an astonishing Manga-style adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 (Summer’s Day) by Rainbow Buddy (Ivy Ling). Plus our gripping serials continue with all-new episodes of The Bad Bad Place by David Hine and Mark Stafford, Yuko Rabbit’s 10 Minutes, and of course the third installment of Strangehaven by Gary Spencer Millidge. Plus stories by Laura Trinder, Thierry Labrosse, and Frances Castle. [I understand Strangehaven has featured a gay shaman.]

SUBLIME

THE WORLD’S GREATEST FIRST LOVE Vol 2 $12.99 Page 394
Shingiku Nakamura
When Ritsu Onodera changes jobs, looking for a fresh start, he’s not exactly thrilled when his new boss turns out to be his old flame. Ritsu’s determined to leave all that in the past—but how can he when his boss is just as determined that they have a future?
Hopeless Savages: Break

TITAN COMICS

BUFFY THE SLAYER COLLECTION: WELCOME TO THE HELLMOUTH Vol 1 $19.99 Page 407
Joss Whedon
In this first special collection celebrating TV phenomenon Buffy the Vampire Slayer, delve deep into the mythology of the Slayers, the Watchers, and those who have supported them throughout their dangerous calling. Featuring cast interviews, behind-the-scenes secrets from the writers, plus a host of enthralling features, this is an essential read for Buffy fans old and new. Features content previously published in the official Buffy the Vampire Slayer Magazine.

May 27, 2020
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