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LGBT Previews March 2016

So you’ve made it through Christmas without strangling any relatives, partied on New Year’s, maybe made some resolutions and now keeping warm indoors with Patsy Walker Hellcat slippers on your feet! Oh wait — those Hellcat slippers exist only in my head! Sorry, distracted by a young Warren Beatty in Bonnie & Clyde playing on TMC and now it’s a day later and I still wish Hellcat slippers were on my feet! Anyway….

Guess who’s coming back!* Raz Malhotra, the gay Indian-American guy who was given Giant Man’s old costume, is who!  I’m excited to find out what will happen with Raz! * Oops! After an appearance in Ultimates #3 that I didn’t know about. Thanks, Patrick! A new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series will be in stores starting in March! See that pic above! Look for a third Wonder Woman ’77 Special in your shop too! If you like Kate Leth’s writing you probably will want to look at the new Vampirella title from DE written by Leth! Pick up the first Paper Girls trade from BKV and Cliff Chiang for ten bucks. Comics Alliance’s Andrew Wheeler should have an intriguing story to tell with Another Castle and check out that Alan Turing graphic novel coming from Abrams!

We’d really appreciate if you’ll do us the favor and bookmark Gay League’s Amazon affiliate link to do any or all of your Amazon shopping! Commissions go to pay our new contributors! Thank you!

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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!

ABRAMS COMICARTS

imitationgameTHE IMITATION GAME: ALAN TURING DECODED GN $24.95 Page 266
Jim Ottoviani and Leland Purvis
English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing (1912-1954) is credited with many of the foundational principles of contemporary computer science. The Imitation Game presents a historically accurate graphic novel biography of Turing’s life, including his groundbreaking work on the fundamentals of cryptography and artificial intelligence. His code breaking efforts led to the cracking of the German Enigma during World War II, work that saved countless lives and accelerated the Allied defeat of the Nazis. Award-winning duo Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Purvis present a detailed account of Turing’s life and groundbreaking research — as an unconventional genius who was arrested, tried, convicted, and punished for his openly gay lifestyle, and whose innovative work still fuels the computing and communication systems that define our modern world.
The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

ECHO: THE COMPLETE EDITION SC $39.99 Page 266
Terry Moore
Julie is in the wrong place at the wrong time when an explosion in the sky rains liquid metal that sticks to her and becomes a symbiotic armor. When Julie discovers the metal is a prototype nuclear weapon, she runs rather than give it back to the army, and the chase is on! Winner of the Harvey Award for “Best New Series”, Terry Moore’s critically acclaimed sci-fi series Echo is available at last, from high-flying beginning to earth-shattering end — all 30 issues in one complete volume!
Echo: The Complete Edition (Terry Moore’s Echo)

STRANGERS IN PARADISE OMNIBUS SC $100.00
Terry Moore
The greatest love story ever told is finally available in an affordable softcover omnibus edition! This two book package contains all 2,128 pages of Terry Moore’s epic tale featuring Katchoo, Francine, David, and Casey as they face life’s biggest challenges by facing them together. All 107 issues of the series are here, including the spin-offs Molly & Poo, Princess Warrior, When World’s Collide, and David’s Story.
Strangers In Paradise Omnibus Edition SC

AFTERSHOCK

insexts4INSEXTS #4 $3.99 Page 276
Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina
Lady and Mariah hunt the bloody trail of the London Butcher as he cuts a swath through the secret heart of the city. Meanwhile, creatures out of medieval myth step into the gas-lit streets as the lovers find themselves trapped by a force far older and darker than anything they’ve ever encountered before. [Forbidden love in the Victorian Age? Sounds like homosexuality to me, and Bennett writes DC Comics Bombshells with Batwoman and Maggie Sawyer in a relationship.]

ARCHIE

ARCHIE #7 $3.99 Page 288
Mark Waid and Veronica Fish
Hiram Lodge finally learns who his daughter, Veronica, is dating. And when he realizes that it’s the boy who destroyed their mansion-to-be, his resulting rage will upend the entire town of Riverdale in this next installment of the best-selling all-new Archie series! [Kevin Keller in the cast.]

JUGHEAD #5 $3.99 Page 288
Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson
Riverdale High was just the beginning as Principal Stanger’s despotic reach shuts down Pop’s Shoppe! Jughead and the gang need to stop him once and for all! Maybe with the help of the SuperTeens and Iron Mantle?

THE SHIELD #4 $3.99 Page 286
Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig, and Rachel Deering & Various
“Daughter of the Revolution,” Part 4. She has served her country well, fighting for US interests the world over. But when the Shield’s next mission ends in tragedy on American soil — a tragedy televised live to every home in the country — the true nature of Black Seven is revealed as the superhero the world has been waiting generations for becomes Public Enemy Number 1!

BOOM

LUMBERJANES #24 $3.99 Page 318
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, and Carey Pietsch
The Lumberjanes wrap up their adventure with Seafarin’ Karen and Molly gains a greater understanding of shapeshifters.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #1 $3.99 Page 306
Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
What’s to Love: With over four million viewers per week watching episodes that air three times a day, seven days a week; an awareness of above 90% for men and women ages 7-54; and a new film coming in 2017, the Power Rangers are more popular than ever. Dive headfirst into our original, modern ongoing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series that will appeal to both nostalgic fans and new readers who enjoy epic, action-adventure fantasy stories. What It Is: Based on the long-running Power Rangers franchise, five teens from Angel Grove High are granted superpowers and giant robot dinosaur Zords to defend Earth against the alien villain Rita Repulsa. When Repulsa creates an evil Green Power Ranger by brainwashing recent transfer student Tommy, the team is able to free him from her grasp and get him on their side. But with remnants of Repulsa’s control still stirring in the back of Tommy’s mind, he must confront the fact he may be more of a danger to his new team than a help. This is “Green Ranger: Year One.”

THE SPIRE #7 $3.99 Page 317
Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely
Penultimate issue! The monumental Pax between the Spire and Zoarim is underway. [Coming to this series late after discovering a police detective in the cast is lesbian.]

stevenuniversecrystal2STEVEN UNIVERSE & CRYSTAL GEMS #2 $3.99 Page 319
Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland, Kat Leyh, Jeremy Sorese, and Mildred Lewis
After Pearl’s story of the glass monster, Steven has started having nightmares that it is real. What will he do when the people of Beach City start turning to glass?

UFOLOGY TP $19.99 Page 314
James Tynion IV, Noah J Yuenkel, an Matthew Fox
James Tynion IV has already blown us away with The Woods and Memetic, and now he’s teaming up with Thrillbent co-writer Noah J. Yuenkel and artist Matthew Fox to bring us a story about aliens in the Midwest. Ideal for fans of Paper Girls and The X-Files. Becky Finch never wanted to be special. Malcolm Chamber wanted something more. A destiny. When Becky is marked by an alien’s touch, she’ll stumble into a mystery she never wanted. A mystery that almost ripped apart both their parents’ lives 12 years ago. She’ll need the help of her eccentric young classmate, Malcolm, as she finds the power within herself to uncover the truth. Collects the complete limited series, #1-6.
UFOlogy

CANTON STREET PRESS

PICTORIAL CONFESSIONS #1 REPLICA EDITION $14.99 Page 324
Dana Dutch and Matt Baker
Pictorial Confessions #1 begins a series that ran 24 issues. Originally published by St. John in 1949, Pictorial Confessions (and the rest of the romance line) was known for its better plots and stellar Matt Baker artwork. Baker contributes three stories in this debut issue. A true pre-Code romance classic!

DARK HORSE

alabastergood4ALABASTER: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BIRD #4 $3.99 Page 63
Caitlin R Kiernan and Daniel Warren
No sooner has Dancy been reunited with Maisie than she finds her lover violently wrested from her embrace! Now, as Maisie is held captive by a psychotic pair of gun-toting sisters, Dancy risks everything to save the woman she loves–even if it means dying . . . again.

BUFFY SEASON 10 #25 $3.99 Page 64
Christos Gage and Megan Levens
Defeating the demon lords has been priority one for Buffy and team–to stop the continual opening of portals to dangerous demon dimensions . . . Suddenly there is a new priority one: closing a portal–and one portal in particular. Will the team be lost?

COLDER: TOSS THE BONES Vol 3 TP $17.99 Page 63
Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
When Nimble Jack returns to claim Boston’s sanity, Declan can only fight him by fulfilling a dark prophecy. With every ounce of effort he uses to hold on to his sanity, his body fails, his sanity crumbles, and he grows . . . colder. Collects Colder: Toss the Bones #1-#5.

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #19 $4.99 Page 46
Carla Speed McNeil, Paul Levitz, Tim Hamilton, John Arcudi, Rich Woodall, Adam P Knave, D J Kirkbride, Barbara Randall Kesel. Craig Rousseau. Robert Wilson IV, Maxim Simic, and Marc Olivent
This issue features continuations of all of your favorite DHP stories! Included are Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton’s Brooklyn Blood; Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl; John Arcudi and Maxim Ximi?’s World Away; Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride, and Robert Wilson IV’s Laser Joan and the Rayguns; and Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder. Finally, Barbara Randall Kesel and Marc Olivent’s Sundown Crossroads concludes!

ELFQUEST: THE FINAL QUEST #14 $3.50 Page 71
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
What happens when the one leader who can unite the elves in their time of greatest turmoil has seemingly deserted them? The descent into the symbolic cave is a hero’s darkest hour. For Cutter–vulnerable, mortal, wandering through the forest primeval–can there be a moment darker still? Has the Blood of Ten Chiefs come, at last, to the end of all quests?

LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: SURVIVING MEGALOPOLIS #4 $3.99 Page 67
Gail Simone and J Calafiore
One of the great mysteries of the event that destroyed America’s greatest city and turned its greatest heroes into savage hunters of humanity has been “Where are the supervillains?” Where did they go, and what have they been up to? This issue, we find out where all the bad guys went before the good guys made them obsolete! The intense horror/hero story continues as the tension escalates!

Miss the Kickstarter? There’s a HC collection to catch you up!
Leaving Megalopolis

mysterygirl4MYSTERY GIRL #4 $3.99 Page 76
Paul Tobin and Alberto Alburquerque
Trine may be down for the count, but she’s not out yet! Left for dead in a frozen Siberian wasteland, she has already solved the mystery of how to survive–the bad guys just don’t know it yet. And when she gets back to London, one shadowy group’s misdeeds will be brought to light.

TOMB RAIDER II #2 $3.99 Page 78
Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Sevy
After Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft’s adventure continues with Eisner Award- winning writer Mariko Tamaki! To discover the true nature of the soul, Lara is drawn into a hunt for a rare mushroom said to grant immortality. However, she’s not the only one in pursuit–the Knights of the Spore will stop at nothing to take Lara down! [Apologies for overlooking the first issue. Tamaki wrote the teen lesbian coming of age story Skim and This One Summer with her cousin Jillian doing the art.]

DC

ACTION #50 $3.99 Page 97
Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder
Clark battles his way through Vandal Savage’s hordes to reclaim what is rightfully his–the Fortress of Solitude and his birthright! This epic anniversary issue leads to the finale of “Savage Dawn” in this month’s Superman/Wonder Woman #27 and Superman #50! [Greg Pak is added to the list after I noticed he became a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]

batgirl50BATGIRL #50 $2.99 Page 99
Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, and Babs Tarr
It’s the explosive conclusion of the epic that changed Barbara Gordon forever! The enemy lurking at the edges of Batgirl’s life has been revealed, as have the gang of heroes assembled to help her! From this point on, Batgirl doesn’t walk alone! It’s an extra-sized celebration of the greatest hero Burnside has ever known, from Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr!

BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #22 – 26 $2.99 Page 129
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Genevieve Valentine, Steve Orlando, Fernando Blanco, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, and Carlo Pagulayan
It’s the catastrophic conclusion of the acclaimed weekly series that brings together all of Batman’s one-time partners! Mother’s trap has been sprung, and the whole world is feeling her wrath! Can Dick Grayson pull together his allies to fight an entire army of foes? Is one among them still under Mother’s control? And what will become of Cassandra Cain? You won’t believe how huge this battle can become!

BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #4 $3.99 Page 137
James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams
With the possibility existing that they might never get home, the Turtles take up residence at Wayne Manor. Everyone seems to be adapting except for Raphael, who still can’t understand why his friends all trust this Bat-person. So Batman takes the skeptical Turtle on a trip down Crime Alley to tell Raph what led him to don the cape and cowl in the first place. Co-published with IDW.

CATWOMAN #50 $2.99 Page 100
Frank Tieri and Inaki Miranda
Catwoman behind bars?! Thrown into jail with criminals who are still looking to collect a bounty on her head, Selina has to work with her shadowy helper, Mr. Blond, in order to escape and get to the bottom of the mystery behind the Frost Diamond. Shocking revelations will be made before the end of this extra-sized conclusion to Tieri and Miranda’s “On the Run” adventure!

constantine10CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #10 $2.99 Page 109
Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, and Riley Rossmo
The demonic mogul Neron’s plans come to fruition as New York City becomes a one-stop shop for any and all kinds of magic, open to the public and completely unregulated. But John Constantine is trapped in the one place he hoped he’d never go: the magical realm of Faerie, home to tricksters so skilled that even the Hellblazer can’t bluff his way home in time to save humanity from itself.

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #10 $3.99 Page 138
Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, and Laura Braga
While Lex Luthor continues to manipulate events behind the scenes, Kate Kane remains in the clutches of the Nazi Edel Nacht, who lays out his plans for world conquest. The inexperienced Huntress is determined to go rescue her, with or without Catwoman’s help. And Zatanna makes plans to cause trouble in the outside world, even as she remains imprisoned in the Joker’s Daughter’s cabaret.

DETECTIVE #50 $3.99 Page 101
Peter Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, and Matt Ryan
Jim Gordon faces his past in this extra-sized conclusion to his most shocking cold case yet. With history itself forcing him to reflect on the last year as Batman, Gordon must make a decision about what his future holds in Gotham City. [Renee Montoya is back!]

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #10 $2.99 Page 113
Dan Abnett and Jorge Jimenez
While Batman and his allies fight to keep their city safe from organized crime, Green Lantern and his wonders struggle to prevent the world from toppling into all-out war. But Hawkgirl may have just uncovered a global threat greater than either of those dangers…one that has come with them all the way from Old Earth…the world-changing intentions of the mighty and secret Amazons! [Alan Scott recently got a spotlight but he’s still as neutered as Northstar used to be.]

FLASH #50 $3.99 Page 102
Robert Vendetti, Van Jensen, and Jesus Merino
In our massive 50th issue, The Flash must win back the trust of Central City! But to do so, he needs to outrun the police force that’s been charged with bringing him down–with the awesome power of the Rogues behind it all! [Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple. Barry Allen and Rathaway are now roommates!]

GOTHAM ACADEMY #16 $2.99 Page 133
Brenden Fletcher, James Tynion IV, Ken Niimura, Adam Archer, and Christian Wildgoose
It’s “Yearbook” part 3! As Olive and the gang continue to help Maps with her yearbook project, they recall some of the crazier escapades from the past year! Including stories from writer James Tynion IV and artists Christian Wildgoose and Ken Niimura!

GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT: REST IN PEACE Vol 2 TP $14.99 Page 147
Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferreyra
As the Midnight Shift is interrogated by Internal Affairs, Dr. Tarr makes a discovery that might change everything for Corrigan and The Spectre. But will it be too late? Collects issues #6-12, annua #1 and the Sneak Peek story from Convergence: Catwoman #2

grayson18GRAYSON #18 $3.99 Page 130
Tom King, Tim Seeley, and Mikel Janin
At last, the spy stands alone. Now an agent of multiple masters, Grayson must go rogue from them all, find the truth within the web of lies, and take down Spyral once and for all.

HARLEY QUINN #26 $3.99 Page 132
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin
In the aftermath of her encounter with The Joker, Harley’s head is spinning, and she wants nothing more than to get back to her normal life…but she should know by now there’s no such thing! A new era in Harley’s life is beginning, and she has NO idea what’s coming at her! [According to an interview at The Mary Sue, Harley and Ivy are girlfriends “without the jealousy of monotony”.]

MIDNIGHTER #10 $2.99 Page 116
Steve Orlando and ACO
It’s Midnighter versus the Suicide Squad, round two–unfortunately, Parasite came very, very prepared! Have they found a way to set a trap from which Midnighter can’t think his way out?

POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE & DEATH #3 $2.99 Page 131
Amy Chu and Clay Mann
As the murder investigation at the lab deepens, a new surprise awaits Poison Ivy in the form of the growing hatched sporelings! As these new lifeforms test the limits of their power, will they soon outgrow the need for their creator? [Poison Ivy and Harley were always making out together and Harley writer Amanda Connor said Harley is bi. Whether Chu addresses Pamela’s sexuality in this mini remains to be seen.]

SECRET SIX #12 $2.99 Page 119
Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham
Tragedy from the past strikes at Strix, just as she has found a new family of oddballs in the Secret Six. Even worse, the League of Assassins wants to recruit her and refuses to take “no” for an answer! Can even the deadliest Talon face the impossible threat of Shiva?

SECRET SIX: CAUTION TO THE WIND Vol TP $19.99 Page 148
Gail Simone, J Calafiore, and R B Silva
In the “Reptile Brain” arc, the Secret Six are enlisted to prevent an imposing group of their counterparts from conquering an extra-dimensional jungle and unleashing nuclear armageddon on the U.S. This new title collects Secret Six #25-36, Action #897 and Doom Patrol #19. [Pre Nu52 series.]

SINESTRO #21 $2.99 Page 136
Cullen Bunn, Brad Walker, and Andrew Hennessy
The climactic battle between the Sinestro Corps and The Paling is here! Sinestro has bolstered the ranks of the Corps with some of Earth’s most powerful heroes and villains–but will that be enough to defeat a creature who is immune to the powers of the Yellow Rings? A new status quo for the Sinestro Corps begins here! [Cullen Bunn wrote Dez Trevius’ back story in Sinestro annual #2 to show he’d been romantically involved with another man from his home world.]

TEEN TITANS #18 $2.99 Page 122
Greg Pak and Ian Churchill
“Who Is Wonder Girl?” Cassie finally learns the truth about her father and her powers–but her mission puts her on a collision course with Wonder Woman, and it may change the Teen Titans forever!

wonderwoman77special3WONDER WOMAN ’77 SPECIAL #3 $7.99 Page 139
Marc Andreyko, Christos Gage, Ruth Fletcher, Amanda Deibert, Trina Robbins, Richard Ortiz, Staz Johnson, Cat Staggs, and others
In “Claymates,” when Clayface finds himself crumbling and drying up, he seeks a cure by any means necessary! Can Wonder Woman stop him before he enslaves Paradise Island? Then, Diana and Steve go undercover in “Oceans,” where a diplomat crucial to the Panama Canal negotiations has dangerous plans! After a battle with smugglers at home, Wonder Woman is surprised to find a warehouse full of ivory. In Africa, she teams up with the local IADC to track “Orion the Hunter.” Finally, Federal Agent Diana Prince joins a Congressman and his aides to investigate a cult. “Reverend Mike Loves You,” but can you trust his plans for the future?

VERTIGO

ASTRO CITY #33 $3.99 Page 152
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
Steeljack and Cutlass rekindle old memories, and more, as they plumb the depths of Astro City’s demimonde to try to clear her name. And, more ex-villains are getting in trouble. Plus: Introducing the Fix-It Man–and the indescribable threat of Retro Rocky’s Superbistro. [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]

ASTRO CITY: LOVERS QUARREL TP $3.99 Page 153
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
In this new paperback, the spotlight falls on Quarrel and Crackerjack as they face a real crisis: what does an aging crimefighter do when time starts to take its toll? Plus, a look into Quarrel’s origins–and the end of the line for one of Astro City’s most stalwart heroes. And what’s a talking gorilla to do when he’s always wanted to be a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band? That’s right, you go to Astro City. Collects issues #18-21 and #23-24.

CLEAN ROOM #6 $3.99 Page 154
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
Chloe discovers the brutal truth behind her fiance’s suicide and faces a visit from someone called the Surgeon who intends on using his scalpel for…different reasons. And Astrid proves herself to be both friend and foe in this chilling end to the first arc.

D.E.

RED SONJA #3 Vol 3 $3.99 Page 339
vampirellavol3-1Marguerite Bennett and Aneke
Chased by her fellow Hyrkanians for treason, Sonja races to the King, only to discover that he is a face from her own past! The scorned ruler plans a wave of conquest and bloodshed across the nations of their enemies. Red Sonja, the one-time hero of her people, will become her homeland’s most notorious outlaw, hunted by those she loves!

VAMPIRELLA #1 Vol 3 $3.99 Page 328
Kate Leth and Eman Casallos
Vampirella takes Hollywood in this new adventure of the classic demon-hunting, monster-slaying, thrill-seeking vampire queen. When her stately manor is attacked, she begins to unravel a plot as old as the silver screen, discovering what monsters really lurk in the shadows of the City of Angels. Writer Kate Leth (Adventure Time, Edward Scissorhands) says, “Can Vampirella be both a cult icon on the rise and take down an empire of ghouls and ghosts? Signs point to: Hell, yes!”

DIGITAL MANGA

AS MANY AS THERE ARE STARS GN $12.95 page 352
Miecohouse Matsumoto
Brand-new student Shinichi wants to give up sports for a whole new scene! But what will he do when a cool stranger asks him to join his crazy club? Does Shinichi have the stamina to take on that many wild guys at once? As Many As There Are Stars seeks out the sparkle of sweet surrender and fierce friendship! Can an artist learn to cope with his demons without isolating those who love him most? And will a weekend getaway bring a band of not-quite brothers even closer together?

IDW/ TOPSHELF

d4vevol2D4VE2 TP Vol 2 $17.99 Page 202
Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon
One year later. With the world seemingly at peace, things seem pretty all right on 34RTH until a strange ship’s arrival sends D4VE head-first into an existential crisis: an inconceivable blast from the past that threatens not only D4VE’s dwindling relationship with 5COTTY, but all of robot-kind itself! [Gay robots, people! You can order volume 1 too!]

THE EIGHTH SEAL #3 $3.99 Page 203
James Tynion IV and Jeremy Rock
As First Lady Amelia Greene’s visions grow worse, her husband comes to terms with the horrifying truth. The Conspiracy of The Eighth Seal surrounds him, and those behind it have their own plans for America’s future.

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #13 3.99 Page 196
Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell
Not only are Jem & the Holograms not themselves but whatever is infecting them is now spreading to others every time they play. Jerrica, Aja, Shanna, and Kimber band together–but will they be forced to destroy Synergy to save the world from the Dark Jem sound. Meanwhile Pizzazz makes plans to get back her band… at any cost!

ORPHAN BLACK: HELSINKI #5 $3.99 Page 184
Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy, and Alan Quah
Spoken in hushed tones, the word means almost certain death for the clones of Project Leda. But find out here what it means to a very special clone named Veera. Learn the dark secrets of this codename in this special event miniseries by co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.

IMAGE

bitchplanet8BITCH PLANET #8 $3.99 page 222
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
Kam is reunited with her sister.

JUPITER’S CIRCLE #5 Vol 2 $3.50 Page 229
Mark Millar and Chris Sprouse
The team tries to heal old wounds, only to discover a betrayal far worse than they imagined. [One of the heroes is a gay man.]

MONSTRESS #4 $3.99 Page 231
Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Maika’s world becomes even more dangerous.

MORNING GLORIES Vol 10 TP $14.99 Page 253
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
Features the “Expulsion” arc and the blockbuster Season 2 finale! Casey takes a stand in the Student Council election, Guillaume challenges the headmaster in the Towerball finals, and Vanessa and Ian face off in the science fair. When it’s all over, one of the biggest mysteries of the book is revealed, and the stage is set for the upcoming Morning Glories: Summer Vacation! Collects issues #47-50. [Missing any of the other 9 trades? You can be order them too.]

NO MERCY #8 $3.99 Page 232
Alex De Campi and Carla Speed McNeil
In Mataguey, mics are dropped. In the US, the spin begins.

PAPER GIRLS Vol 1 TP $9.99 Page 250
Brian K Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
From Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA and The Private Eye, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of Wonder Woman, comes the first volume of an all-new ongoing adventure. In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood. Collects issues #1-5. [Given how often Vaughn works an LGBT character into his stories it seems like a sure bet that he’ll do the same here sooner or later.]

ratqueensvol3RAT QUEENS: DEMONS Vol 3 TP $14.99 Page 254
Kurtis J Wiebe, Tess Fowler, and Tamra Bonvillain
Having survived the end of the world, the Queens follow Hannah back to where it all began: Mage University. A long perilous journey awaits the Rat Queens as they attempt to find out what happened to Hannah’s father while battling their own demons. Collects issues #11-15. [Volumes 1 and 2 can also be ordered.]

RINGSIDE #5 $3.99 Page 236
Joe Keatinge, Nick Barer, and Simon Gough
Our first arc comes to its brutal, bloody end. Ringside will return in June 2016! [The rookie character is gay and is in a relationship and another character possibly may be gay.]

SAGA #35 $2.99 Page 236
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Hard time. [Nominated for a GLAAD award.]

WALKING DEAD #152 $2.99 Page 241
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
United in fear. [One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, two other gay people in the cast.]

MARVEL

Thanks to Mike McDermott for his advice with post Secret War Marvel books, including paraphrased info included here! Greg Pak has a history of LGBT inclusiveness so his Totally Awesome Hulk may be a book to watch. Could readers see Wiccan guest star in Scarlet Witch? And with other heroes rotating in to A-Force will any be LGBT? Will the new Hercules series acknowledge the incorrigible demi-god’s bisexuality?

AGENTS OF SHIELD #3 $3.99 Page 27
Marc Guggenheim and German Peralta
Standoff comes to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! What is the secret of classified and how will it change the Marvel Universe as we know it? Find out in this tie-in to Standoff. Plus: Fitz falls out of a plane without a parachute and the world’s most unexpected Wolverine cameo!

ALL NEW INHUMANS #5 $3.99 Page 48
Charles Soule, James Asmus, and Andre Aruajo
A new story starts now. Crystal and her crew head to China to uncover the truth about the mysterious monoliths known as Skyspears. And lending a hand is none other than the Amazing Spider-Man! [Asmus has also revealed that one of the new Inhuman characters will be gay.]

allnewxmen7ALL NEW X-MEN #7 $3.99 Page 84
Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
In the wake of terrible acts committed by the adult Cyclops, mutantkind is hated and feared more than ever. And try as he might to divorce himself from his predecessor’s legacy, some believe that the young Scott Summers is destined to grow up and commit those sins. Now, there’s one mutant who believes that he can spare mutantkind if he prevents Scott from becoming that man. Will the young Cyclops’ story end here?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99 Page 52
Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
“Scorpio Rising” starts now! The Amazing Spider-Man’s latest adventure takes him all across Europe in the final showdown with the Zodiac! Scorpio puts his master plan into motion and if he succeeds there’s no way Spider-Man or anyone can stop him. [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE Vol 1 TP $15.99
Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
The world’s greatest super hero goes global! Parker Industries is more successful than ever, with new offices in Shanghai, London and San Francisco. Peter Parker is racking up the frequent-flyer miles — with his “bodyguard” Spider-Man in tow! But success breeds enemies, like the astrological Zodiac who have widened their scope to threaten the entire Earth. Pete isn’t neglecting New York — but his new HQ is in the former Baxter Building, and the Human Torch is going to have something to say about that! And while Spider-Man has expanded his reach, so have his foes. Someone in Africa is masquerading as a member of the Goblin family, and it’s up to everyone’s favorite wall-crawler to investigate. Join Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli as they take Spider-Man to the next level! Collecting issues (2015) #1-5. [Max Modell and Hector Baez’s marriage took place in issue #1.] Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide Vol. 1

ANGELA QUEEN OF HEL #6 $3.99 Page 72
Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto, and Stephanie Hans
Watch the Throne! Who’s the a new ruler of Hel? Angela? Sera? Hela? Leah? Plus: The first meeting between Angela and the new Thor! It, uh…it does not go well. [Angela and Sera were confirmed as lovers in #2.]

antman6ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #6 $3.99 Page 32
Nick Spencer and Annapaola Martello
Raz Malhotra [the gay man who was given Giant Man’s costume!] seems to be adjusting to his new job well, right? Scott doles out wisdom he’s picked up with his years of experience! Even if he’s been a mess, hey, it’s still experience, right? [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.]

CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 $3.99 Page 30
Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, and Kris Anka
Captain Marvel’s powers are on the fritz and the timing couldn’t be worse… All evidence says that Alpha Flight has a traitor in their midst. How will Carol and her crew figure out the origins of the mystery ship when they can’t even trust each other?

CIVIL WAR: YOUNG AVENGERS & RUNAWAYS TP $19.99 Page 122
Zeb Wells, Anthny Flamini, and Stefano Caselli
As the tide of public opinion turns inexorably against Marvel’s heroes, the gears of Civil War threaten to crush the young heroes known as the Runaways. But when the Young Avengers offer their assistance, can the Runaways believe they’re on the same side? The warden of the prison called the Cube wants both teams taken down — and he sends his most powerful weapon to do it: Noh-Varr, the young Kree known as Marvel Boy! Can the two teen teams put aside their differences and work together to free their captured teammates? And what happens when Marvel Boy busts loose? This Civil War tie-in has lasting repercussions for both popular teams! Plus: Look deep into Iron Man’s classified files and learn all about the major players of Civil War! Collecting Civil War: Young Avengers #1-4 and Civil War Files #1
Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways (New Printing)

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8 $4.99 Page 80
Jeff Lemire and Ken Lashley
Apocalypse Wars starts now! Mutantkind is an endangered species once more. But what better way to ensure your people see the future…than to skip ahead right to it? As the mutant race’s last hope is jettisoned into the time stream, the Extraordinary X-Men make a startling discovery: the fate of their kind is about to fall into the hands of one of their most formidable adversaries — the immortal Apocalypse. Now, the X-Men race into a perilous future, desperate to reclaim what was taken from them…and completely unaware of the horrors that await them.

newavengers8NEW AVENGERS #8 $3.99 Page 22
Al Ewing and Gerardo Sandoval
The New Avengers are a global rescue force – but what happens when they have to rescue someone… from S.H.I.E.L.D.? Answer: This means war! And the beginning of the three-part conflagration that changes everything! Plus! The traitor — revealed! And the twists keep coming! Who — or what — is the American Kaiju?

NEW AVENGERS/AIM: EVERYTHING IS NEW Vol 1 TP $15.99 Page 114
Al Ewing and Gerardo Sandoval
The old order is no more. Now, everything is new! Roberto Da Costa — the New Mutant, X-Man and Avenger known as Sunspot — has retooled A.I.M. as a super-scientific global rescue squad of tomorrow’s heroes…today! But is the world ready for Avengers Idea Mechanics? America doesn’t want them! S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t know what to do with them! But Earth might not survive without…the New Avengers! The Knights of the Infinite are coming, but what do they want with Wiccan and Hulkling? How will Songbird react to a traitor on the team? And the biggest question — Squirrel Girl?! Really? From evil space wizards to the time-bending Avengers of the year 20XX, this book gives new meaning to the word “new!” Collecting issues (2015) #1-6.
New Avengers: A.I.M. Vol. 1: Everything is New

PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT #4 $3.99 Page 73
Kate Leth and Brittney l Williams
Guest starring Howard the Duck! Patsy gets a new job! No, a totally different one from last month! Fellow under-employed private investigator Howard the Duck stops by to complain and compare notes on the mysterious super villain recruiter in town. (Mostly just to complain though)

SILK #6 $3.99 Page 60
Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee
After going toe-to-toe with Black Cat in Silk 5, Silk has no choice but to team up with the fearsome feline…when the Goblin Nation declare an all-out gang way! Cat’s presence in New York’s underworld has caught the attention of the Goblin King, and he ain’t happy! [Will the lesbian couple in the previous volume’s support cast return?]

squadsupreme5SQUADRON SUPREME #5 $3.99 Page 29
James Robinson and Leonard Kirk
The Squadron Supreme are on Weirdworld, lost, broken and defeated — the team all prisoners of Arkon, Crystarr and Modred the Mystic who have all been corrupted by the evil force that now rules the land. Their only hope is Thundra and a de-powered Hyperion who fortunately have one other hero at their side… Skull the Slayer. [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.]

THE ULTIMATES #5 $3.99 Page 34
Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort
Beyond every universe…beyond the omniverse itself…beyond any limit mankind has ever known…there is only The Outside. From here, The Ultimates can see into the true nature of all time and space – and learn the secrets of the All-New Marvel Universe! The question is…what’s out here seeing into them? [Ms America may have a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast, based on the short-story in the Avengers #0 one-shot.]

ONI PRESS

anothercastle1ANOTHER CASTLE #1 $3.99 Page 388
Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau
Princess Misty of Beldora longs for a more exciting life, but gets more than she bargained for when she is captured by Lord Badlug, the ruler of the neighboring kingdom of Grimoire. He intends to marry her and conquer Beldora, leading the land into ruin and chaos. Together with the long-suffering citizens of Grimoire and a certain bumbling prince, Misty must fight to protect her kingdom and free both realms from Badlug’s tyrannical rule.

SUBLIME

WORLDS GREATEST FIRST LOVE GN Vol 4 $12.99 Page 401
Shungiku Nakamura
Ritsu Unodera, an editor in the shojo manga department of Marukawa Publishing, has the worst work environment possible, primarily because it’s run by his former first love, hotshot editor in chief Masamune Takano! To make matters worse, it’s possible that in a recent drunken stupor Ritsu went all the way with his boss. Unfortunately, thanks to an alcohol-induced blackout, he can’t remember! But time waits for no one, so work in the editorial department gears up for the year-end rush, and to add to the craziness, Takano declares that all he wants for his birthday on Christmas Eve is to go on a romantic drive with Ritsu!

January 12, 2016
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