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LGBT Previews June 2017 Part 2

A couple new comics starting this month! The first is Marvel’s Iceman by Sina Grace and Allesandro Vitti. Marvel has taken a few PR hits recently and I hope enough readers will give this series a chance though not trying to pressure anyone! How you spend your money and what you read is always your choice! Interesting that it debuts in Pride Month. Has me wondering if that’s intentional. Gail Simone and Cat Staggs team up for Crosswinds from Image! An offshoot Bitch Planet starts too! Oops! A new Jem series starts too! If you missed out on the recent Midnighter and Apollo mini, now’s your chance to pre-order it! DC is also soliciting the Absolute Authority hardcover and a trade of the first Midnighter series! Wait, what? Yes, there was one before this! If I were a betting person — and I’m not — I’d take these two other books as an indication that DC is gauging reader support for more.

Part one of the Previews list covering comics, trades, and graphic novels from publishers such as Boom, Archie, DE, small press, and indies is here!

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!

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Neil Gaiman and P Craig Russell
During an overnight stay at their home, Shadow awakens to a visit from the third of the Zorya sisters: Zorya Polunochnaya. The Midnight Sister’s advice is ethereal and strange, yet vital . . . and Shadow can’t seem to separate reality from the dream world. The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman adapted as a comic series for the first time! o A Starz TV show!

Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
Out in the real world without their magic, Buffy and Willow are facing challenges in a new way. As normal girls, getting back into the Safe Zone to release the residents feels impossible-but they aren’t alone. The Scoobies are reunited and have some special backup! ‘It’s impossible not to read this book and scream at the characters and thrill to the visuals.

BTVS SEASON 11: SPREAD OF EVIL Vol 1 TP $19.99 Page 65
Christos N. Gage, Nicholas Brendon, and Rebekah Isaacs
Buffy and the Scoobies weren’t ready for this. When a tsunami and an enormous dragon devastate San Francisco, folks connected to the supernatural are blamed for causing the catastrophe and soon have restrictions placed on them in the name of safety. Buffy must choose sides, find a way for herself and her friends to survive, determine how the disaster happened, and not lose who she is in the process. Collects issues #1-#6 of the series.

Wendy Pini and Richard Pini i
Discover the legendary ElfQuest! Chief Cutter and the Wolfriders are driven from their forest home by threat of annihilation. As they wander an ever-changing landscape in search of a new home, they are confronted by fearful and vengeful humans, power-hungry trolls, and other mysterious elfin tribes. Alliances are forged, enemies discovered, and savage battles fought in this epic fantasy adventure! Collects ElfQuest #1-#20. (OFFERED AGAIN)

COMPLETE ELFQUEST TP Vol 2 $24.99 Page 69
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
The elves have reclaimed the Palace of the High Ones, but it is not the safe haven they believed. New threats loom as Winnowill, lord of Blue Mountain, vows to destroy all trace of the Wolfriders, and Cutter’s rival Rayek is overcome with power. Collects ElfQuest: Siege at Blue Mountain #1-#8 and Kings of the Broken Wheel #1-#9. (OFFERED AGAIN)

COMPLETE ELFQUEST TP Vol 3 $24.99 Page 69
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
The legacy of Wendy and Richard Pini’s ElfQuest continues! Experience the dreams of the Wolfriders during their deep sleep as they await the passage of ten thousand years to reunite the tribes-and enjoy the lavishly colored stories of the tribe’s history. Collects ElfQuest: Dreamtime and ElfQuest: Hidden Years. (OFFERED AGAIN)

COMPLETE ELFQUEST TP Vol 4 $24.99 Page 69
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
The classic fantasy comic by Wendy and Richard Pini delves into more of the past of your favorite elfin hunters in Hidden Years. And the wicked Winnowill allies herself with the warlord Grohmul Djun, twisting his heart to evil and setting the course for centuries of conflict between humans and the elfin tribes. Collects issues from ElfQuest: Hidden Years (#10-#15) and the ElfQuest: Shards saga (#1-#16).

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #35 $4.99 Page 52
Carla Speed McNeil, Ron Randall, Ryan Browne, Shannon Wheeler, Will Pickering, Jim Alexander, Chad Lambert, Stuart Moore, Fin Cramb, Kevin Czapiewski
This month’s Dark Horse Presents debuts two new stories: Mandala, a four-part story by Stuart Moore and Bruce Zick, and Yesterday’s Muse, a one-shot by Chad Lambert and Kevin Czapiewski! Ron Randall’s Trekker: The Volstock Payoff and Shannon Wheeler’s Too Much Coffee Man conclude! Continuing stories include Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Chase the Lady and Jim Alexander, Wili Pickering, and Fin Cramb’s Savant!

ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #20 $3.99 Page 69
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
Winter is coming, but love is still in the air! Among the Wolfriders, some celebrate new bonds while others welcome new life. Cutter holds a fateful council: it’s now time for all elves to choose-travel with the Palace back to the Star Home, or remain on the World of Two Moons. Meanwhile, the invading human warriors press closer to the very center of Iceholt, the home of the elves’ sacred Father Tree-and they bring the most fearsome weapon of all!

ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN #4 $3.99 Page 52
Adam P Knave, D J Kirkbride and Nickolas Brokenshire
In the wake of tragedy, it’s time to prepare for war. As all sides brace for impact, can Rani be the queen the world needs . . . and will she side with mercy or vengeance?


ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY HC Vol 1 $75.00 Page 138
Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary, and Phil Jimenez
In these widescreen adventures from writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch, the Authority battles a nation of super-powered terrorists, stops an invasion from a parallel world and much more! Collects The Authority #1-12, Planetary/ Authority #1 and more, including a brand-new story by Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary!

ACTION #981 & 982 $2.99 Page 81
Dan Jurgens, Jack Herbert and Viktor Bogdanovic
“Revenge” part three! Superman races to save the Suicide Squad from General Zod, Cyborg Superman and Eradicator. Can the Man of Steel escape the Black Vault and stop the carnage before Harley, Deadshot and the rest of Task Force X are forced to make a final stand?

“Revenge” part four! General Zod takes command as he leads Cyborg Superman, Eradicator, Mongul, Blanque and Metallo against Superman-but his real motives are yet to be revealed and may have far graver consequences for Superman than anyone imagines.

BATGIRL #12 $3.99 Page 84
Hope Larson and Eleonara Carlini
“Troubled Waters”! A terrifying creature is threatening members of the Burnside YMCA–but no one can catch it! It’s up to Batgirl to plunge into the unknown depths and risk being zapped out of existence to put an end to the danger! [Alysiah and Jo are back in the supporting cast now that Batgirl has returned to Gotham.]

BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 #6 $3.99 Page 122
Jeff Parker, Marc Andreyko, David Hahn, and Karl Kesel
Batman retired to let his proteges defend the streets of Gotham City, but his peace is threatened when an old enemy comes to town. Will our heroes thwart Ra’s al Ghul and save the ’70s? Tune in for the epic finale!

BATMAN THE SHADOW #3 $3.99 Page 118
Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, and Riley Rossmo
The Joker has entered the fray, and he’s been offered unspeakable power in return for helping the Stag kill Batman! It’s up to the Shadow to protect Batman from the pair’s combined onslaught and the mystical powers of Shamba-La! Co-published with Dynamite!

James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II
The sold-out, smash-hit 6-issue miniseries co-published with IDW is now available in paperback! It all starts in Gotham City, as a series of deadly raids leads Batman to believe he is up against a group of highly trained ninjas. Somehow, the Foot Clan has crossed over to another dimension–but they haven’t come alone: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are on their trail!

BATWOMAN #4 $3.99 Page 88
Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, and Steve Epting
“The Many Arms Of Death” finale! Batwoman’s been following the trail of the deadly weapon Monster Venom, while simultaneously trying to discover what became of her lost lover, Safiyah…but what happens when those two roads meet? And how does it all connect to the death of Batwoman’s mother? A terrifying new threat is unleashed on the world when the true nature of the Many Arms Of Death is revealed!

DARK DAYS THE FORGE #1 $4.99 Page 80
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, and various
Darkness comes to the DC Universe with the mystery of the Forge! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations–but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?
The great comics event of summer 2017 is about to begin courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion III and illustrated by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.! You do not want to miss this one!

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #28 & 29 $3.99 Page 121
Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Mirka Andolofo, and various
How can Supergirl convince Power Girl that she is not fighting an enemy–but a sister? Plus, Lois Lane and the Reaper make their way to Hugo Strange’s lab to stop his “superweapon,” unaware that it’s Power Girl herself!

Lois Lane and the Reaper join Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s travelling circus of mythical Russian creatures, where Poison Ivy uses her powers to alleviate the situation in Leningrad. Plus, Supergirl is forced to fight Power Girl!

DETECTIVE #958 & 959 $2.99 Pages 92
James Tynion IV and Marcio Takara
“Intelligence” part one! Azrael has found a new home in Gotham City…unfortunately, someone from his old home with the Order of St. Dumas has found him! The Order has unleashed a bizarre new evil on the world, and it’s convinced it must destroy Jean-Paul Valley!

“Intelligence” part two! While his team comes to grips with Azrael’s past, Batman is on the trail of the shocking secret he learned at the end of last month’s epic Batman/ Flash crossover, “The Button”–and it’s brought him directly to the Mistress of Magic, Zatanna!

FLASH #24 & 25 $2.99 / $3.99 Page 93
Joshua Williamson and Neil Googe
“Running Scared” prelude! Guest-starring Hal Jordan! Green Lantern Hal Jordan has recruited Barry Allen for a dangerous mission that only The Flash can accomplish! Unfortunately, that mission is on a hostile space station deep in the cosmos, which means leaving Kid Flash alone to defend his and Barry’s loved ones from a deadly attack by their greatest enemy…[Hartley finally appears in #14 and dialog makes it appear he and Captain Singh are still a couple. But if they don’t appear more regularly Flash may be dropped from this list.]

“Running Scared” part one! When Eobard Thawne murdered Barry Allen’s mother, he killed a piece of The Flash’s past. Now, Reverse-Flash is back to kill Barry’s future! The Flash’s biggest storyline yet begins as he is pushed to his limits and his secrets are laid bare in a chase through time itself! Don’t miss the extra-sized anniversary issue!

FLINTSTONES #12 $3.99 Page 124
Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
You are now leaving Bedrock! The Great Gazoo is on his way home to the stars, while Fred and company leave the Church of Gerald, and Mr. Slate leaves behind being a jerk– at least for a little while. Say good-bye to Pebbles, Bowling Ball, Philip the turtle, Fred and Barney, and the whole cast in this final issue of what critics are calling the best comic of 2016!

HARLEY QUINN #21 & 22 $2.99 Page 97
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and John Timms
“Red Roses” part one! Red Tool is done waiting for Harley to take him seriously–the poor sap’s hopelessly in love with her, and it’s time he made his move! Unfortunately, he’s picked a moment of peak distraction for Harley! And in the backup, “Harley Loves Joker” part five, Harley crosses paths with an old pal–Jenna Duffy, the crook known as the Carpenter! There won’t be much palling around, though…Jenna’s convinced Harley’s trying to scam her out of one of the biggest scores of her career!

“Red Roses” part two! Poison Ivy’s back in town, and she’d like to patch up the friendship with Harley that she damaged in the Bahamas…but sadly for poor Mr. Tool, Ivy’s got some strong opinions on his courtship of Harley! And in “Harley Loves Joker” part six, Harley’s sure she’s got a foolproof plan to get back in Mistah J’s good graces, but when have Harley’s plans ever ended up the way she imagined?

Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and various
The amazingly popular run on Harley Quinn by the multi-talented team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is collected in a massive hardcover that includes Harley Quinn #0-16, Harley Quinn: Future’s End #1, Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con International: San Diego, Harley Quinn annual #1, Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1, and the miniseries Harley Quinn & Power Girl #1-6, wrapped up in a new cover by Amanda Conner!

Amanda Conner, Stephane Roux, and various
It’s a cosmic adventure beyond your wildest imaginings: Power Girl and Harley Quinn, stranded in a forgotten dimension, on the homeworld of the amorous warlord Vartox! They’ll sacrifice anything they have to in order to get home…except their dignity! Kidding! That’ll be the first thing to go. Collecting the 6-issue miniseries!

HELLBLAZER #11 $3.99 Page 98
Simon Oliver and Philip Tan
“The Smokeless Fire” part five! Constantine thought about taking an old frenemy’s advice, but Paris has bistros to sit in and wine to drink. With a little patience and a little magic, things have a way of sorting themselves out. Unless Marid crosses the finish line first, that is.

INJUSTICE GROUND ZERO HC Vol 1 $24.99 Page 136
Christopher Sebela, Brian Buccellato, Pop Mhan, and various
Injustice Ground Zero bridges the gap between the Injustice and Injustice 2 video games with a new perspective–through Harley Quinn’s eyes! As heroes from a parallel Earth arrive to tip the balance against Superman’s regime, Harley’s determined to cause her own brand of mayhem with the Joker Clan! This first hardcover of the new series includes issues #1-6.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #8 & 9 $2.99 Page 100
Steve Orlando, Felipe Watanabe, and Scott Hanna
“The Man From Monster Valley” part one! While fighting the forces of the malevolent super-science outfit known as Skull, the League discover a secret valley deep in the Russian Tundra, home to Makson, a lone human male raised by fantastic creatures. Learning his true identity, the JLA endeavors to reunite Makson with mankind, his family, and his birthright. But not everyone wants the mysterious savage to come home.

“The Man From Monster Valley” part two! The hidden truth of Makson and his family is brought to the surface–as are his superhuman powers, which the Man from Monster Valley turns on the Justice League in this tale of treachery and revenge!

Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne
The Power Rangers have reclaimed their Power Coins and control of the Zords, but the battle is far from won. Brainiac’s treaty with Zedd has left their Earth in jeopardy–and without Zordon’s guidance, even their alliance with the Justice League may not be enough to save the day. Don’t miss the epic finale! Co-published with BOOM! Studios.

KAMANDI CHALLENGE #6 3.99 Page 123
Steve Orlando, Philip Tan, and Norm Rapmund
After the jaw-dropping cliffhanger of last issue, writer Steve Orlando and artist Philip Tan transport us to the frozen post-apocalyptic Russian tundra now controlled by the grizzly proletariat. Alongside his new friend, Renzi, Kamandi stumbles upon a “communi-bear” city on the brink of destruction! Can Kamandi help their ruler save the city? Or will everything come crashing down?

Steve Orlando, Aaron Lopresti, and various
Martian Manhunter tries to halt Marvin the Martian’s determination for world domination. J’onn is conflicted with his own Martian identity as he attempts to stop the hapless, determined Marvin from blowing Earth to bits in order to gain a clear view of Venus. And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Jim Fanning with art by John Loter!

Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco
When Midnighter and Apollo are torn apart by a mysterious villain who sends Apollo to the underworld, Midnighter must brave the gates of hell itself for his lover. Collects Midnighter & Apollo #1-6.

Garth Ennis and various, Chris Sprouse and various
From his hometown to the Middle East to the Carrier in outer space, Midnighter must protect the ones he loves while battling for his and their lives. When a firm of professional fascist superheroes overrun Midnighter’s hometown, he battles himself in the guise of Assassin8 and steals his genetic code in the hopes of destroying the Authority, pitting friend versus friend and Midnighter versus Apollo! This title collects Midnighter #1-20 and Midnighter: Armageddon #1!

NIGHTWING #22 & 23 $2.99 Page 102
Tim Seeley and Marcus To
“Blockbuster” part three! Blockbuster’s return to Bludhaven has rocked the foundation of the criminal organizations and Nightwing stands in the middle of the chaos. Nightwing has to stop Blockbuster from achieving his goal, but does Bludhaven’s newest villain have a plan to remove him from the equation?

“Blockbuster” part four! It’s an all-out crime war in Bludhaven and Nightwing must confront an old enemy if he wants any hope of peace. What he discovers, though, reveals a truth about Blockbuster more shocking than he could have imagined!

SUPERGIRL #9 $3.99 Page 106
Steve Orlando and Matias Bergara
“Escape from the Phantom Zone” part two! The Phantom King holds all the cards, and he’s forcing Supergirl and Batgirl to turn to the alien antagonist in order to save themselves and the humans trapped inside the Phantom Zone.

Mariko Tamaki and Joelle Jones
Having her life torn to shreds and burned to ash has forced Supergirl to choose between the world she was born on and the world that adopted her. Can Kara Danvers find a way to be super–or will she crash and burn?

SUPERWOMAN #11 $.99 Page 108
Kate Perkins and Stephen Segovia
“Rediscovery” part three! Former friends duke it out as Superwoman squares off against…Natasha Irons?! In the battle to contain the freed Stryker’s inmates, Lana and Natasha are split over what to do about Natasha’s criminal father, Crash.

TEEN TITANS #9 $3.99 Page 109
Ben Percy and Khoi Pham
“Blood of the Manta” part one! Still dealing with the consequences of “The Lazarus Contract,” Kid Flash’s status with the team is challenged by Damian…and the Teen Titans will never be the same. Meanwhile, Aqualad learns more about his powers and the truth about his lineage is revealed! [In last year’s 80 paged Rebirth special it was learned that this Aqualad is gay.]

WILD STORM #5 $3.99 Page 120
Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt
Michael Cray is dying. This doesn’t stop IO from giving him one final job, to fix the world he’s spent years killing for. Michael Cray, the best assassin in the world, is sent out to kill Angela Spica, the engineer who saved Jacob Marlowe’s life and exposed the secret state she worked for. Lucy Blaze, investigating the chaos caused at Camp Hero by IO and a wild CAT, meets an old enemy–and realizes an ancient war may be entering a new phase, at the worst possible time.

WONDER WOMAN #24 & 25 $2.99/ $3.00 Page 112
Greg Rucka, Bilquis Evely, and Liam Sharpe
‘Godwatch’ part epilogue! epilogue! With Godwatch’s purpose fulfilled, Diana and Cale are forced to confront the choices of the past…and a new direction for the future.

Writer Greg Rucka weaves together the threads of “The Lies,” “Year One,” “The Truth,” and “Godwatch”–every story in Wonder Woman since the start of the DC Universe Rebirth era–in this extra-sized anniversary issue!

WONDER WOMAN 100 PROJECT TP 12.99 Page 141
All of the Hero Initiative’s 100-plus original covers to DC’s Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 are presented in this great new book featuring art by John Cassaday, Alan Davis, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Adam Hughes, Dale Keown, George Perez, Paolo Rivera and many more! See all the covers along with a special behind-the-scenes section showing developmental art and more! NOTE: There will be only one printing of this book ever! Order yours today!


Gail Simone, Walter Geovani, and Sanya Anwar
In these stories from CLEAN ROOM #13-18, discover how Astrid was first affected after her hospitalization through the eyes of one who cannot see what she sees: her brother and would-be assassin, Peter Mueller. Then, a woman devastated by the violent loss of her husband finds comfort in Astrid Mueller’s teachings, only to face the woman herself in the most nightmarish reaches of the Clean Room!

Dave Justus, Travis Moore, and Michael Wiggam
After Bobby Speckland’s rescue attempt takes a shocking turn, long years pass for the captives in the Cube–but a young leader emerges as a new generation of hostages comes of age in oppressive darkness. A quiet revolution simmers, and some surprising assistance may be the force that breaks the barrier to freedom once and for all.


DOOM PATROL #9 $3.99 Page 128
Gerard Way and Nick Derington
The secret of Terry None (maybe). The return of old enemies (usually). Casy eats s**t (again). Ungrateful cats (predicatably). Robotman punches stuff (of course). Negative Man goes dark (potentially). New Life and anti-life (because). All of this and none of it happens as reality begins to transform for the Doom Patrol. The stage is being set for the stage to be reset and you’re not going to want to miss the ambulance or you’ll never get to the theater on time. [Danny is featured in this series.]


Kelly Thompson and Stacey Lee
The first ever Jem/Misfits Crossover Event begins here and now with “Infinite!” part one. Now a happy quintet, Jem and The Holograms are stronger than ever, which is a good thing because they’re about to embark on an adventure unlike anything they’d ever imagined possible. After a public fight with The Misfits at a charity event, a strangely dressed Techrat shows up and takes them to a whole new world… literally. And it is going to change everything! Part 1 of the Jem: Infinite mega-event! All-new adventures start here in Jem and The Holograms first ever crossover event! All the music, all the fashion, all the romance, all the sci-fi shenanigans begin here!

Kelly Thompson and Jenn St Onge
The first ever Jem/Misfits Crossover Event continues here in “Infinite!” part two. Never okay with letting Jem and The Holograms steal the spotlight, The Misfits have followed them to this “brave new world” and are shocked by what they find… a world ruled by JEM and powered by Synergy Hologram Technology. What is even happening!?! Part 2 of the Jem: Infinite mega-event! Guess Jem and The Holograms secret is out!…but what will The Misfits do with that secret?!

Kelly Thompson, Meredith McClaren, and Various
Jem and The Holograms head to Hawaii for some much needed rest and relaxation but with The Stingers renting the beach house next door they instead get shenanigans, betrayals, hi-jinx, and… volcanoes?! Meanwhile, has Jerrica finally made a decision about her future and thus the future of JEM? Collects issues #24-26, and the double-sized 2017 Annual!

Heli Kennedy and Wayne Nichols
In a world where Sarah managed to save Beth from taking her own life! With this single twist of fate, the Clone Club comes together in a completely different manner and the mystery of Project LEDA unfolds in new, exiting ways! See all your favorite characters return in an all-new light! Find out what happens in a world… where Sarah saved Beth!

Jim McCann and Janet Lee
Welcome to Anorev, a land where time has no meaning. Robots work and children play, but the play is no fun and the work is no use. A curious boy named Ayden and his robot friend Zoe know that something’s missing, but they can’t imagine what it might be… until 314 identical men in green bowler hats fall from the sky. At last, our heroes have a chance to discover what happened to their world, what might start the clocks back up again, and what tomorrow really means. Blending clockwork whimsy with majestic art-nouveau visuals, Jim McCann and Janet Lee present a hand-crafted fairy tale that feels both familiar and entirely new in this prestige reprinting!


Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Robert Wilson IV
Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick LLY SUE and Valentine De Landro present the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, their critically acclaimed and deliciously vicious sci-fi satire. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds. Discussion guide included. Collects issues #1-5. (OFFERED AGAIN)

Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Maria Frohlich, Joanna Estep, and various
DeConnick and De Landro present: The Triple Feature! Ripped directly from the world of Bitch Planet, a crack team of creators spin three teeth-clenching tales of rage, revolution, and ridicule. Plus: Essays, letter column, and more! 100% Grade A satire. Accept no substitutes.

CROSSWIND #1 $3.99 Page 194
Gail Simone and Cat Staggs
Fan-favorite creators Gail Simone and Cat Staggs make their stunning Image debut with this mind-bending new ongoing series! A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched to potentially deadly effect. It’s Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas!

ETERNAL EMPIRE #2 $3.99 Page 217
Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna
The Eternal Empress has waged war against the countries of Saia for over 100 years, and now her sights are set on the last country standing. Within the brutal Empire’s workforce, a young man receives strange visions that give him the courage to escape his fate…or run straight toward it.

MONSTRESS TP Vol 2 $14.99 Page 226
Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
The Eisner-nominated Monstress is back!
Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past…and discover a terrible new threat. Collects issues #7-12

PAPER GIRLS #15 $2.99 Page 229
Brian K Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
Explosive end of a story arc! It’s the end of an era as KJ, Mac, Tiffany, and Erin must do the unthinkable to escape our prehistoric past. 24 pages of story on the best paper in comics, and still only $2.99!

SAGA #44 $2.99 Page 234
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Hazel and her family search for elusive treasure: affordable healthcare.

SHUTTER #29 $3.99 Page 237
Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca
Coda Obscura part one: What Years May Come. Shutter returns and begins to say goodbye with a look at what the future holds for absolutely everyone readers met along the way.

Stjepan Sejic
Calendar based on the New York Times bestselling erotic romantic comedy graphic novel. Show off your love for Sunsotne with original, never-before scenes from the comic, as drawn by artist Stjepan Sejic.

UNDERWINTER #4 $3.99 Page 241
Ray Fawkes
“Symphony,” part four. To the sound of their own shattering souls, the quartet arm themselves for battle against an incomprehensibly evil foe.

WALKING DEAD #168 $2.99 Page 242
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
“The Road’s End”. Nothing is more damaging than misplaced trust.

WICKED + DIVINE: IMPERIAL PHASE (I) Vol 5 $14.99 Page 243
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and various
The gods are free to do whatever they want. Inevitably, they do. Collects issues #23-28, including the critically lauded Kevin Wada magazine issue.


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

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28 & 29 $3.99 Pages 33 & 14
Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen
“The Osborn Identity” continues! Osborn vs Spider-man no holds barred! The outcome of this battle will change both of these men. And that’s nothing to say of Osborn’s master plan that Spider-Man is powerless to save! Only Silver Sable and Mockingbird stand a chance! [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

As revealed in ASM #25, Otto Octavius is back as the superior Octopus!!!m And Ock has a mission to take down the company that he helped create: Parker Industries!! Does Spider-Man stand a chance?

AMERICA #4 $3.99 Page 45
Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones
Fools rush in! When an enemy she thought she’d punched away returns, America will have to face the facts: She messed up. What will her mistakes cost her — and the people she loves? One thing’s for sure: She’s gonna need help. Good thing she’s the leader of the Ultimates! Uh, they’re around, right? Guys? And while America fights the good fight, the mysterious figure behind those time-travel mishaps makes a move! Who is Madrimar, and what does she want with Ameri

BLACK PANTHER #15 $3.99 Page 48
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Wilfredo Torres
‘Avengers of the New World’ continues! The gods of Wakanda have forsaken T’Challa and his nation. As monsters of might and myth flood our world, the Midnight Angels must act. But whose interests do they serve? The crown’s or their own? [A sub plot in the first arc focused on Ayo and Aneke, a lesbian couple. This series may be dropped from the list if they no longer appear.]

Nick Spencer and Joe Bennett
Secret Empire tie in. Drawn back into the fight, Sam Wilson battles to restore sense to a world in chaos! But for Hydra, there isn’t a need for two Captain Americas! [D-Man came out recently and is a cast member.]

Nick Spencer and Javier Pina
As Steve Rogers enacts his grand vision for a new Hydra world order, he is forced to confront an old friend. But will Namor, the Sub-Mariner, prove to be ally or deadly enemy? [A new Quasar (Avril Kincaid) is lesbian.]

Daniel Way, Marjorie Liu, Rick Remender, Giuseppe Camuncolo, Stephen Segovia, Paco Diaz, Mirco Pierfederici, John Romita Rr, and Tony Moore
During Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign, Wolverine’s son is an Avenger! And that means Daken’s supposed to be one of the good guys — in public, anyway. But when a tape revealing his true colors is leaked onto the Internet, he’ll be forced to clean up his act! But who is pulling Osborn’s strings? Then, Daken will face a bloody reckoning with his father Logan and father figure Romulus — and begin a violent rivalry with the Punisher! Osborn sends Daken to put down the skull-chested vigilante once and for all — but when that doesn’t quite work out, Daken will battle the reanimated Franken-Castle! And when the Dark Reign ends in a climactic Siege of Asgard, will Daken be hero or villain? Collecting Dark Wolverine #75-89, Dark Reign: The List — Punisher, Wolverine: Origins #47-48, Franken-Castle #19-20 and Dark Wolverine Saga.

Robbie Thompson and Nathan Stockman
Sir Isaac Newton, Sorcerer Supreme of his day, has mastered an ancient, evil magic and has gone power-mad. It’s up to the Sorcerers Supreme to stop him from sending the world – and all of their own individual timelines – into chaos. Unfortunately, even with the Avengers on their side, it seems like they are still no match for Newton.

Zac Gorman, Will Robson, and Jacob Chabot
“All New, All Different?” No, thank you! New things are bad and different things are scary! Instead, why not join everybody’s least favorite super-hero team in their first ever ongoing series – the Same Old, Same Old, Great Lakes Avengers! When Squirrel Girl’s former teammates get reinstated as permanent members of the Avengers and uprooted to Detroit, the GLA has one more shot at super hero glory…but can they all answer the call? With their former leader Mr. Immortal buried alive out in the middle of nowhere, the group struggles to find their footing under the uncertain guidance of Flatman. And after a confrontation with some noisy super villain neighbors lands the entire team in jail, it’s all he can do to keep them together!

Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti
Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, returns to the fold! But what does that mean for Kitty Pryde, a.k.a. Star-Lord? Is the Marvel Universe big enough for two Star-Lords? Find out as the Guardians face a new Galactic order! The Thing might miss some aspects of Earth, but he does admit space has its perks. Like riding alien horses into action as Ben Grimm: Space Barbarian! Venom and Groot get in way over their heads fighting Skrulls — and everyone knows that when Bendis writes Skrulls, it’s bad news! The galaxy’s two deadliest warriors, Gamora and Drax, take the fight to the Badoon! And Angela makes her dramatic return! They’re the galaxy’s most wanted, but they’ll still guard it all the same! Collecting issues #6-10 (2015).

HAWKEYE #7 $3.99 Page 44
Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero
Hawkeye finally gets a lead on the top-secret case that brought her out to Los Angeles in the first place — and it might be more than she bargained for. In order to solve this mystery, Kate will have to take a good hard look and who she is and where she came from. But is she really ready to face the ghosts of her past?

HULK #7 $3.99 Page 29
Mariko Tamaki and Georges Duarte
Let them eat cake! Jennifer Walters is only just getting used to her new Hulk alter-ego when an internet-famous cooking show host transforms into a hideous monster – on camera. Can Jen come to terms with her own monstrous side in time to help this young man? Guest starring Patsy Walker, Hellcat!

HULK: DECONSTRUCTED Vol 1 $17.99 Page 114
Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, and Dalibor Talajic
Jennifer Walters survived the second Civil War…barely. But having risen from the rubble, she reenters the world a very different kind of hero. Fueled by a quiet rage, Jen is determined to move forward with her life — but the pain of the past and all that she’s lost is always there. An undercurrent, a pulse waiting to quicken — and can trigger her transformation into the one thing over which she has no control. As Jen returns to legal practice, her newest client struggles with her own dark secrets. What happens when a fear is so strong, it becomes a destructive force in its own right? Jen is about to find out — and a string of murders may leave her in over her head as a mere lawyer. Must she give in to her anger…and become the Hulk?! Collecting Hulk (2016) #1-6.

ICEMAN #1 & 2 $3.00 Page 22
Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti
Bobby Drake has been in the super hero game longer than most. But while reflecting on what he’s accomplished over the years, he realizes that the legacy he’s built is a few good one-liners and a string of failed relationships. Not only that, but now a younger version of himself has emerged from the timestream and he’s more put together than Bobby ever was: already a world-class hero in his own right, but also totally comfortable in his own skin, complete with a relationship with a handsome Inhuman to boot. In this new ongoing series penned by Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage, Self-Obsessed) and drawn by Alessandro Vitti, Bobby realizes that the time is never or now, and sets out to build a life and legacy he can be proud of…and be the best Iceman he can be!

When a newly manifested mutant signals the X-Men for help, Iceman teams up with Kitty Pryde to stage a rescue mission! And surely nothing can go wrong when you ask your former girlfriend for advice on meeting guys while you’re in the middle of a firefight, right?

MIGHTY THOR #20 $3.99 Page 28
Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
The saga of the all new ultimate Thor starts here! The Ultimate Thor died defending the Multiverse, but his hammer remains. Who will hold the hammer now? War is coming to the Ten Realms. Can the new Ultimate Thor keep back the bloody tide?

Jason Aaron, Steve Epting, and Russell Dauterman
Two of the Marvel Universe’s mightiest races are on a collision course but first Thor must deal with the escalating War of the Realms! To face Malekith, Loki and an all-new Kurse, she’ll need a team of her own. Prepare for the triumphant return of the League of Realms! Far across the galaxy, though, another conflict is brewing — as the most powerful super-army in the cosmos prepares a surprise attack on the city of the gods! The Shi’ar Empire will lay siege to Asgardia — and their target is the Goddess of Thunder! But why? And what does the fate of Midgard have to do with it? And where the Shi’ar go, the Phoenix Force tends to follow — which is bad news for Thor! Maybe the returning Odinson could lend a hand — or perhaps, Quentin Quire?! Collecting Mighty Thor (2015) #13-19.

MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR #20 $3.99 Page 40
Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustsos
Fnatastic voyage! Lunella and Devil make landfall in a new cosmos, and their host is much bigger than they imagined! But Girl Moon’s got even bigger problems for them to solve and Lunella still can’t figure out how to get them all home…

Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Leonard Kirk and Ray Anthony Height
Tony Stark, T’Challa, Amadeus Cho…the greatest minds in the Marvel Universe all have one thing in common: They’re not smarter than a fourth grader! That’s right, the rumors are true: Lunella Lafayette is the smartest there is! And now it’s time to put her unrivaled intellect to the test against some of Marvel’s finest — with Devil Dinosaur adding the brawn to her brains! The Thing drops by to defend his missing best pal Reed Richards’ pole position! Riri Williams, a.k.a. Ironheart, proves there’s room for two young, gifted girls in the MU! Doctor Strange wants to see what’s so magical about Lunella! Storm and the X-Men come to Yancy Street! And all of them and more will join Lunella as she proves herself once and for all against an enemy that can’t possibly be Doctor Doom! Collecting issues #13-18.

MS MARVEL #189 $3.99 Page 42
G Willow Wilson and Marco Failla
An enemy from Ms. Marvel’s past resurfaces and begins targeting those closest to Kamala. As the world around her is spinning out of control, it becomes clear that this time there’s something more sinister at work. Kamala’s no stranger to fighting for what’s right, but in facing down this challenge, everything she is will be called into question. Not just as a super hero, but as a human being.[Wilson wrote a coming out story for cast member Zoe Zimmer.]

MS MARVEL: DAMAGE PER SECOND Vol 7 $17.99 Page 129
G Willow Wilson, Mirka Andolfo, and Takeshi Miyaza
Civil Wat II is behind her, and a new chapter begins for Kamala Khan! But it’s lonely out there for a super hero when her loved ones no longer have her back. It’s time for Kamala to find out exactly who she is when she’s on her own. And Kamala’s home life, costumed life and online life will converge when a member of her World of Battlecraft guild reveals he’s discovered her secret identity! He knows a disturbing number of details about her — but is he…human? With nobody she knows safe, Kamala isn’t playing anymore. This is the next level, and Ms. Marvel’s ready to kick some 8-bit butt! But does she have what it takes to convince an estranged ally to lend her a hand? Collecting Ms. Marvel (2015) #13-18.

Kate Leth and Brittney Williams
Hellcat has had nothing but bad luck ever since the Black Cat crossed her path. And now that Felicia’s got a whole girl gang in her claws, how can Patsy possibly win this cat fight?! Find out in the big showdown — gato a gato! Then, Patsy will be laid low by sickness — but this is far from a common cold! Is she having fever dreams or living nightmares? As chaos breaks out all over Brooklyn, Hellcat must rely on her nearest and dearest to put out the fires — and make soup! All she wants is to get better and hang out with Jubilee at the mall: swing by the food court, catch a movie, share a fashion montage. Certainly there’d be no fighting villains. What would a villain possibly be doing at the mall? Uh-oh! Collecting issues #13-17.

ROYALS #4 $3.99 Page 43
Al Ewing and Jonboy Meyers
Welcome to the ruins of Hala! Once, this world was ruled by a noble family, promising a new dawn for the Kree Empire. But then…the House of Boltagon decided they had better things to do. And in their absence, Hala died. Now the Royals stand accused — and Ronan, last survivor of Hala, is the Accuser! [Swain is lesbian and Noh-Varr (aka Marvel Boy) was said to have had some sort of same sex experimentation in Kieron Gillen’s Young Avengers.]

Paul Allor, Jeremy Whitley, Nick Kocher. Brian Level, Diego Olortegui and Will Robson
Steve Rogers, Captain America, Liberty’s most dedicated defender is actually the Supreme Leader of Hydra. Faced with this adversity, the world’s heroes have two choices: stand and fight or fall in line. See how Earth’s protectors come to grips this earth-shattering revelation in an action packed first issue featuring Gwenpool, Giant-Man and Steve’s oldest allies, the Invaders!

Jeremy Whitley andEric Koda
From a hidden base in the Rocky Mountains a coallition of heroes have staged a resistance against Hydra and their former friend, Steve Rogers. Up until now, their successes have been few–but they may have discovered a way to end the long natinoal nightmare. The only catch? They’ve got to brave the dangers of the Savage Land!

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #24 #3.99 Page 38
Peter David and Will Sliney
Miguel races the clock to bring down The Fist before they can complete their plan to bring about the apocalypse. But with the entire city under some kind of trance, Spidey’s hopes of winning the fight are dwindling…Luckily, help has appeared in the form of a mysterious new Spider-Man! [David wrote a female character named Glorianna who is lesbian.]

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #20 $3.99 Page 72
Greg Pak and Mahmud Asrar
Weapons of Mutant Destruction part 2! What is the mysterious Weapon Gamma? And who is behind its creation? [A supporting character has come out. Thanks, Mike!]

THE ULTIMATES 2 #8 $3.99 Page 30
Al Ewing and Aud Koch
Galactus faces the ultimate battle with his oldest enemy — Ego, the Living Planet! But if the Devourer of Worlds could never fully defeat the Living Planet — what chance does the Lifebringer have? Tell no one about the astonishing ending of this epic issue, True Believer! Some things are too good to spoil! [Ms America has a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast.]

Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Squirrel Girl, Nancy, and Mary go to the Negative Zone for the weekend! So Koi Boi, Chipmunk Hunk, and Brain Drain promisse to fight any crimes that pop up so that the city will be just as Squirrel Girl left it when she returns! This would be a very short and uneventful issue, except for these facts: A crime wave begins the second Squirrel Girl leaves. Koi Boi and Chipmunk Hunk are powerless to stop it so things get real bad real quick. And Brain Drain is a nihilist brain in a jar on a robot body which means he’s kinda a pain to be around sometimes? This special stand-alone issue features friendship, fights, and friendship fights! Plus other things too, but you’ll have to buy the issue to find out, because this is just the solicit text and we don’t want to spoil everything. Honestly, you probably shouldn’t even be reading these solicits unless you own a comic-book store because they are chock FULL of spoilers!! [Koi Boi is transgender.]

UNSTOPPABLE WASP #6 $3.99 Page 60
Jeremy Whitley and Elsa Charretier
This is it! The clock is ticking and both Nadia and Ying’s lives are in the balance. Can the geniuses of G.I.R.L. come up with a way to outsmart the Red Room, or will Nadia’s adventure be cut short as she’s forced to go back to the bunker? The conclusion of our first story comes to a head. You can’t miss this!

US AVENGERS #7 $3.99 Page 8
Al Ewing and Paco Medina
Secret Empire tie in. The U.S.Avengers have been broken — but now it’s time to fight back! In exile…believed dead…surrounded by HYDRA forces… Squirrel Girl and Enigma get a much-needed assist from Guillotine and the Champions of Europe!

Al Ewing and Paco Medina
In a world beset by danger, the United States of America needs heroes they can rely on. Welcome to…American Intelligence Mechanics! A.I.M. will protect the nation from the wildest, weirdest threats of all! And the most patriotic super-group ever will do it all while looking tried and true in the red, white and blue! Can you live without…the U.S.Avengers? But when the Golden Skull launches his takeover bid, how will the team respond to the looming threat? With tuxedos. Really well-fitted tuxedos. It’s socialism gone wild as the U.S.Avengers literally punch the business leaders of tomorrow right in their faces! Plus: Monsters galore — including Red Hulk! American Kaiju! Vandoom! And, would you believe, Dedd-Puul, the Mercenary That Walks Like a Man?! But when Steve Rogers gets serious, so must A.I.M. Where does that leave Roberto Da Costa? Collecting issues #1-5.

X-MEN BLUE #5 & 6 $3.99 Pages 76 & 77
Cullen Bunn, Jorge Molina, and Julian Lopez Velarde
The return of [classified]! The X-Men and their new teammate investigate the New Marauders. Who are they? And what do they want? Guest-starring Ms Sinister and a whole gang of nasties you won’t want to miss!

It’s a perfect day in Madripoor or is it? Of course nothing can ever go right for the X-Men — even when they’re exploring the streets of Madripoor! But, then again, what did they expect? Sunshine and lollipops? It’s freaking Madripoor, guys!!!

April 24, 2017
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