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LGBT Previews November 2016 Part 1

Welcome to the latest edition of LGBT Previews in which we attempt to list as many comics, trades, and graphic novels either by LGBTQ+ creators or featuring LGBTQ+ characters or relevant themes. Jakub Rebelka drew this month’s feature image for Steve Orlando’s Namesake that’s coming from Boom. Part one compiles the publishers not included in the “big 5” by Previews in its catalog. Part two is here.

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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!

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

motorgirl1MOTOR GIRL #1 $3.99 Page 256
Terry Moore
First Issue! When Samantha’s junkyard is visited by a UFO looking for spare parts, she is only too happy to oblige. But when word gets out she is a reliable source, Sam’s booming alien business catches the attention of an Area 51 investigator determined to shut her down! Don’t miss the premier issue of Terry Moore’s fantastic new series! [Given that Moore’s series include some LGBT characters it seems likely this one will too.]

RACHEL RISING OMNIBUS $55.00 Page 256
Terry Moore
Rachel rises from the grave to track down her own murderer in this chilling tale of suspense. With the help of a 10-year old serial killer carrying the remains of Satan’s sword, and a sister who is literally the first woman to ever exist, Rachel uncovers the wicked secrets of small town Manson and its terrible role in earth’s final days. Can Rachel learn from her past in time to save the future? Find out in this collection of the critically acclaimed series from Terry Moore!

AFTERSHOCK

ANIMOSITY #4 $3.99 Page 264
Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latore
Fleeing civilization with their new companions, the Bloodhound and his daughter navigate the wilderness, where a hungry new horror is waiting for them…

INSEXTS #9 $3.99 Page 267
Marguerite Bennett and Arilea Kristanina
In the glamour and glory of Paris, Lady’s family is drawn into a web of art and intrigue with an intoxicating new monstress at its center.

ARCHIE

ARCHIE #14 $3.99 Page 280
Mark Waid and Joe Eisma
Once, Veronica Lodge was the Princess of Riverdale, flowers strewn at her feet everywhere she walked. Now she’s a just regular student at a private school full of Mean Girls who’ve made her their Betty, led by their Queen Bee, the alluring and diabolical Cheryl Blossom. [Kevin Keller is in the cast.]

ARCHIE Vol 2 TP $19.99 Page 280
Mark Waid, Veronica Fish, and Thomas Pitilli
The all-new Archie adventure continues! Superstar writer Mark Waid teams up with rising star artist Veronica Fish to bring a modern take to the legendary Riverdale cast of characters. The elusive, rich Veronica Lodge has taken Riverdale by storm — and it’s caused everyone to take sides, with Archie Andrews stuck in the middle of it all. Relive all the drama, all the romance and all the beautiful art and storytelling once more in this graphic novel that collects Archie #7-12. Welcome to the New Riverdale.

JUGHEAD #11 $3.99 Page 280
Ryan North and Derek Charm
In our last issue, a disastrous date causes Sabrina to curse Jughead and take her revenge! Guess what? In this issue, this is still a thing! The mysterious Sabrina reveals what her entire deal is! And let’s say the not-at-all mysterious Jughead reveals something too! (It’s whether or not he still likes burgers) (he does) Conflict! Burgers! Jokes! All mixed together in a recipe so delightful that we could only call it “Conflict Burger Jokes #1”!! Never mind, I just got word we’re calling it “Jughead #11.” That works, too

sabrina8SABRINA #8 $3.99 Page 282
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
“Witch-War,” part two. Edward Spellman, trapped in Harvey’s body, has been reunited with Madame Satan, who is finally realizing her grand plan of revenge. But Edward has his own dark agenda, and with Sabrina cut off from her aunts, the Spellman ladies are more vulnerable than ever as Round Two of the “Witch-War” commences!

AVATAR

PROVIDENCE #11 $4.99 Page 288
Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows
For Black is his name and Black is his destiny. Everything has changed for Robert Black and perhaps for all of us. This is Providence… or is this Yuggoth? Alan Moore’s masterpiece reaches its denouement and nothing will be the same. Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, the painted Weird Pulp and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows. [The main character is gay.]

BLACK MASK COMICS

THE FOREVERS 32 $3.99 Page 294
Curt Pires and Eric Pfeiffer
One of The Forevers is dead. By the end of the night, it will be two. The hunt is on. The second chapter of Curt Pires and Eric Pfeiffer’s globe-spanning glamour horror!

BOOM

backstagers4BACKSTAGERS #4 $3.99 Page 308
James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
Its opening night, but the Backstagers have gone so far past the barrier of no return that even the Stage Managers can’t find them!

BOOM! BOX 2016 MIX TAPE #1 $9.99 Page 301
John Allison, Shannon Watters, Ngozi Ukazu, Sina Grace, Stefan Tosheff, Sammy Borras, James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh Artists: John Allison, and Carey Pietsch
For the third year in a row, we’ve assembled a collection of short comics that embody the BOOM! Box aesthetic, an eclectic mix of weird tales from off the beaten track. This year, we’re really leaning into the “mix tape” element by exploring music through sequential storytelling. These can be comics about being in a band, a story about the first time you went to a certain venue, or even a puzzle quest revolving around a music festival. BOOM! Box 2016 Mix Tape embraces graphic storytelling in a way that embodies Tunes That Make You Think in Pictures.

CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED Vol 3 TP $19.99 Page 304
Marc Andreyko, Emmanuel Xerx Javier, and Devmayla Pramanik
Following the destruction of Midian, Boone has abandoned his destiny to help Lori adjust to life as a monster. Without a home to call their own, Peloquin and the remaining Breed must work together to find salvation. But from the shadows and old enemy will rise again, birthed from the ashes of Midian and bathed in the blood of their god. The world will be purified of their sin. From the ashes, a new Midian must rise! The direct sequel to the Nightbreed Director’s Cut.

JONESY #7 $3.99 Page 308
Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle
Abuelita’s plan is set into motion, but will meeting Stuff mean the end of Jonesy’s true love of him?

LUMBERJANES #32 $3.99 Page 307
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, and Carey Pietsch
Diane knows how to fix everything, but it might be too much to ask. Will the Lumberjanes be able to help her before everyone is turned into stone?

LUMBERJANES Vol 5 TP $14.99 Page 303
Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, Brooke Allen, and Carolyn Nowak
It’s a battle of the bands…with mermaids! April takes it upon herself to restore a friendship that has fallen apart, but will she be in over her head as her above-water friendships take a hit? Don’t miss out on seeing the Lumberjanes save the day–and friendships challenged–in this exciting collection of issues #13 and #18-20!

LUMBERJANES/ GOTHAM ACADEMY #6 $3.99 Page 307
Chynna Clugston-Flores, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Maddi Gonzalez
Final issue! The Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy kids have finally got to the truth of things, but is it too late to fix the spell? If they break it then what happens to everyone ensnared…and what will happen to Louise?

mightymorphinpower9MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #9 $3.99 Page 306
Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
While Tommy and Jason face off against Black Dragon on the Moon, the rest of the Rangers seek a means to jump-start their powers and save their Zords from his influence! With Billy’s life on the line, will the Rangers overcome their greatest challenge or find defeat in the claws of this familiar foe?

MEGA PRINCESS #1 $3.99 Page 300
Kelly Thompson and Brianne Drouhard
The ultimate princess is here from writer Kelly Thompson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, Jem and the Holograms) and Disney artist Brianne Drouhard! During Princess Maxine’s 10th birthday, her fairy godmother grants her the gifts of every fairy tale princess, which…sounds a lot cooler than it actually is, in Max’s opinion. She doesn’t want to sing on key or feel a pea under 20 mattresses–she wants to be a detective! At least the power to talk to animals is cool, but her pony Justine is downright saucy. They don’t get along. When her little brother, Prince Robert VI (better known as Baby Bobs), goes missing, Max and Justine are on the case, and her new Mega Princess powers just might come in handy after all!

NAMESAKE #1 $3.99 Page 298
Steve Orlando and Jakub Rebelka
Steve Orlando brings us his only original series of 2016, a gripping story about the nature of identity. Once every seven years, Earth overlaps with Ektae, a world where alchemy is not pseudo-science but the driving force of industry. For seven days, Ektae breaches our world, bringing dirty magic and ideas. Jordan Molossus was born of Earth and Ektae and abandoned by both, but when he receives two cast iron urns containing his estranged fathers’ ashes, he’ll leave everything behind to put his parents to rest before Ektae disappears for another seven years.

THE WOODS #27 $3.99 Page 305
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
The crew’s assault on the Black City continues as the Horde threatens to overwhelm the forces of New London.

CHAPTERHOUSE

DIE, KITTY! DIE! #2 $3.99 Page 319
Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent
Ravencraft, a beautiful and magical young witch, is the star of her own popular comic book. When her greedy, publicity-starved publisher wants to increase interest in her comic book, he does what many comic book publishers do these days — he sets out to kill his main character, Kitty! Even worse, he decides to really spike sales by killing the real Kitty in real life! The question is, though, how do you kill a witch?

D.E.

vampirellahollywoodtpbVAMPIRELLA: HOLLYWOOD HORROR TP $19.99 Page 344
Kate Leth, Eman Cassalos, and Fernandez Davila
Vampirella takes Hollywood in this new adventure of the classic monster-slaying, thrill-seeking vampire queen! When her stately manor is attacked, the heroine begins to unravel a plot as old as the silver screen, using her public status as a viral video sensation to discover what monsters really lurk in the shadows of the City of Angels. Everyone in Hollywood seems to have their secrets, from the mysterious Slade to her new agent, Juliette Court. As Vampi’s star rises, so do the stakes!

XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS: ALL ROADS TP $19.99 Page 344
Genevieve Valentine and Ariel Medel
To the thrill of rabid fans the world over, television’s Xena: Warrior Princess is back for swashbuckling new adventures! After the Twilight of the Gods, the world is precariously uncertain, and Xena and Gabrielle have been missing for twenty-five years. The power of Rome is growing; Caesar is determined to conquer by lies what he can’t conquer by force, and the people at its edges know what’s coming. Our heroines return to stop him before they have to wage war against a man they once called a friend… but along the way, Xena will have to confront her past against a rogue band of women warriors, and Gabrielle, whose secret visions are becoming prophecy, will have to protect her partner at any cost.

DIGITAL MANGA

TWITTERING BIRDS NEVER FLY Vol 3 $12.95 Page 350
Kou Yoneda
After surviving an attempt on his life, masochist mob boss Yashiro finds himself being cared for by his deeply devoted bodyguard, Doumeki. As the line between their personal and professional relationship continues to blur, other members of their syndicate scramble to assert their power. Will the feelings they potentially harbor for one another provide them a moment of repose… or will it only bring about more conflict?

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

CLUB LIFE IN MOOMIN VALLEY $9.95 Page 352
Tove Jansson
After being told that only “rebel fathers” can be admitted to Moominpappa’s new club, the Knights of the Catapult, Moominmamma defiantly decides to join a club of her own. Unfortunately for her, she accidentally joins a club of gangsters who revel in dubious and illegal activities. Comic misunderstandings, tested allegiances, and frivolous scandals make for an exciting adventure with the whole Moominvalley gang in another classic Tove Jansson tale.

MOOMIN & FAMILY LIFE $9.95 Page 352
Tove Jansson
After losing both his fortune and his girlfriend, Moomin has hit rock bottom. Luckily, in his darkest moment, he stumbles across the beloved family he lost as a child — Moominmamma and Moominpappa — and together, the Moomins embark on their first adventure. Moominmamma struggles to balance her husband’s desire for danger with her own homebody sensibilities, while Moomin fears his new parents will eventually tire of him. A poignant story of love and reunion unwinds in this classic Moomin caper from Tove Jansson.

moominmartiansMOOMIN & THE MARTIANS $9.95 Page 353
Tove Jansson
Another classic Moomin story reworked in full color, with a kid-proof but kid-friendly size, price, and format. Moominmamma wakes up one morning to find a flying saucer has crash-landed in her cabbage patch. There’s a strange machine dangling out of it that seems like it could be used to fix their broken radio, but when Moominpappa starts fiddling with it, he turns himself and Moomin invisible! Each knob on the machine causes strange and unlikely events to transpire, until the Martian finally recovers possession of its property

MOOMIN MAMMAS MAID $9.95 Page 353
Tove Jansson
A housekeeping and mother-craft expert named Mrs. Fillyjonk moves in next door to the Moomins. Seeing the state of the Moomin house, she takes action, shaming them into hiring a maid. When Misabel the maid arrives, it’s immediately clear she needs a little cheering up, and since Mrs. Fillyjonk has mysteriously disappeared, the Moomins set about teaching her how to enjoy life. Life lessons and poignant reminders of the importance of simple pleasures abound in this classic tale from Tove Jansson.
IRON CIRCUS

LESS THAN EPIC ADVENTURES OF TJ & AMAL GN Vol 1 $30.00 Page 372
E.K. Weaver
Amal just called off his arranged marriage, came out of the closet, got disowned, and went on a bender. Now TJ, a complete stranger, tells him they’ve made a drunken pact lessthanepictjamalto drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. Amal needs to get there for his sister’s graduation. TJ has his own reasons. The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal omnibus collects the full 2009-2014 run of E.K. Weaver’s critically acclaimed road trip romance, with brand new full-color inserts!

TJ & AMAL FIVE YEARS AGO & 3000 MILES AWAY GN Vol 2
E.K. Weaver
Five Years Ago and Three Thousand Miles Away is a short, black-and-white comic featuring three alternate universe outcomes for the end of TJ & Amal: one where they live together as a couple, one where their relationship persists long-distance, and one where they’ve gone their separate ways. Choose your favorite ending, or regard them all as non-canon character studies!

JET CITY COMICS

CIRQUE AMERICAN GIRL OVER PARIS Vol 1 $14.95 Page 374
Ming Doyle, Kate Leth, and Gwenda Bond
After a high-profile tumble, Cirque American’s star wire walker, Jules Maroni, has a lot to prove-and her invitation to an exclusive exhibition in Paris looks to be just the opportunity to put her back on top. Unfortunately, the City of Lights glitters with distractions, including the presence of her first serious boyfriend and a mysterious figure haunting the venue.

ONI PRESS / LIMMERENCE PRESS

STUMPTOWN HC Vol 4 $29,99 Page 394
Greg Rucka, Justin Greenwood,and Ryan Hill
Portland’s best private investigator Dex Parios is back, and this time, the case is a real grind. When she picks up a simple assignment to escort a package of highly-prized coffee beans, Dex has no idea that she’s stepping into the web of the Barista Mafia and eccentric billionaires with no compunction about using force to get the most coveted coffee around. And to top it all off, her sister is in town. Join Eisner Award-winner Greg Rucka and series artist Justin Greenwood (The Fuse) for the The Case of a Cup of Joe, the fourth case in the critically-acclaimed Stumptown series. This oversized hardcover edition also collects a bonus silent issue, as well as extra material such as issue covers, process pieces, and creator commentary.

SUBLIME

TEN COUNT GN Vol 2 $12.99 Page 411
Rihito Takarai
Shirotani begins opening his heart to Kurose, until the counselor suddenly tells him that their sessions are over. Shocked, Shirotani withdraws into his home, refusing to come out. Out of the blue, Kurose texts him and asks to see him. What will Shirotani do when he finds out the secret Kurose has been hiding from him this whole time?

215 INK

fluttervol2FLUTTER GN Vol 2 $14.99 Page 410
Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey
The award-winning, critically-acclaimed indie LGBTQ graphic novel series returns. An INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist, Flutter, Volume Two takes place six months after volume one with Lily learning that even a fifteen year-old shape-shifter can’t run away from her problems. With her loved ones in danger, she returns to St. Charles to protect them, hide her real identity, and live as a boy. Being a boy allows Lily to live a ‘normal life,’ but knowing what she’s capable of, can she be content as a popular high school varsity quarterback?

FLUTTER GN Vol 1 $14.99 Page 410
Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey
Fifteen-year-old Lily grew up on the run with a father who’s wanted by the FBI for stealing classified research. On top of that, Lily is different. She never gets sick or hurt like other kids, and she’s starting to develop strange powers. To escape this life and pursue her dream girl, Lily shape-shifts into a boy, only to learn she’s the research the FBI is after and that pretending to be someone else might not be the best way to find true love.

TITAN

SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #6 $4.99 Page 419
Steven Moffat and Jay
It’s the final chapter of our the first Sherlock manga adaptation, as Sherlock faces his taxi-driving nemesis, and his first case with John comes to an unexpectedly violent conclusion! Plus: Mycroft revealed! Though it’s the end of this miniseries, Sherlock and John will return for more manga adventures in ‘The Blind Banker’ – coming soon!

torchwoodworldTORCHWOOD: WORLD WITHOUT END $14.99 Page 421
John Barrowman, Carol Barrowman, Antonio Fuso, and Pasquale Qualano
“Prepare for Torchwood as you’ve never seen it before! From the mind and pen of Captain Jack Harkness himself – John Barrowman, with Carole Barrowman – comes an adventure that will challenge the immortal former Time Agent like nothing else! Join Jack and Gwen as they board the alien-tech-enhanced super-boat Ice Maiden (last seen in the epic Torchwood novel ‘The Exodus Code’), in search of an alien intelligence deep under the waves – an ancient being with ties to Jack’s past… and his future! With the world at stake and Torchwood under fire from enemies old and new, it’ll take every reserve of Jack and Gwen’s ability and skill to keep humanity safe… and discover the truth!” Collects Torchwood (2016) #1-4.

VERTICAL

WHAT DID YOU EAT YESTERDAY GN Vol 11 $12.95 Page 447
Fumi Yoshinaga
A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals!

September 27, 2016
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