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LGBT Previews November 2016 Part 2

The comic generating a lot of excitement this month for me is the new World of Wakanda series featuring the Midnight Angels, or specifically Ayo and Aneka, in the days leading up to their recruitment as Dora Milaje for the Wakandan crown. The above image is actually from a variant cover for a Spider-man comic.

Part 1 of the list highlighting comics from Archie, Boom, DE, Titan, small press, and boutique companies is here. Give it a look because you may find something that grabs your eye!

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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!


BOUNTY #5 $2.99 Page 54
Kurtis J Wiebe and Mindy Lee
buffyseason11-1Romance. Crime. Vodka. Motorcycles. This one has it all! Surrounded by enemies, Nina and Georgie are running out of options. But these bounty-hunting sisters have never surrendered before, and they’re not about to start now. Their sworn enemy has a lot of trouble on his hands–karma always gets you in the end.

Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
Life is good for Buffy and the Scoobies with everyone finally finding a happy and calm place in their lives. But when a supernatural disaster wreaks havoc on their very existence, and the entire city of San Francisco, they are forced back into fighting form.

Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
The word goes out: the human invaders must not reach the Father Tree, sacred home of the Good Spirits. Yet the elves’ most potent weapon, the Palace of the High Ones, which could turn the tide in the blink of an eye, will not–cannot–be used, even in self-defense. And just as he is needed most to unite and lead his people, Cutter, chief of the Wolfriders, suddenly sets off on a new quest–to seek the one being on the World of Two Moons who can right an ancient wrong.

Neil Gaiman and Shane Oakley
A celebrated send-up of gothic literature, beautifully adapted into a dark, brooding, and oddly comical graphic novel. Somewhere in the night, a raven caws, an author’s pen forbiddenbridesscratches, and thunder claps. The author wants to write nonfiction: stories about frail women in white nightgowns, mysterious bumps in the night, and the undead rising to collect old debts. But he keeps getting interrupted by the everyday annoyances of talking ravens, duels to the death, and his sinister butle

Chris Roberson and Georges Jeanty
If the Alliance’s operative reaches the Outer Rim before Mal and the Serenity’s crew can rescue their captive friend, there simply won’t be a rescue. An uneasy partnership is struck, preparations are underway, and there is no room for any unknowns.

SPELL ON WHEELS #2 $3.99 Page 59
Kate Leth and Megan Levens
The witches’ first stop on their supernatural road trip turns into an overnight stay! Their host is up to something, and he might want more than just their magic orb!

TOMB RAIDER 2016 #10 $3.99 Page 63
Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Sevy
As the destructive Priestess of the Sun Himiko consumes Sam Nishimura’s mind, Lara Croft desperately searches for a way to save her friend. From a university library to an underground seance, Lara will go anywhere to find answers. But with Trinity on her tail and Sam getting more lost every minute, Lara is running out of time to find the answers. [Tamaki wrote the teen lesbian coming of age story Skim and This One Summer with her cousin Jillian doing the art.]


action967ACTION 967 & 968 $2.99 Page 82
Dan Jurgens and Tyler Kirkham
“Men of Steel” part one! Luthor is under attack–and only Superman can save him! When the world’s most ingenious scientific mind took on the mantle of Metropolis’ new man of steel, the world took notice–and so did the mysterious Godslayer! [Maggie Sawyer has returned to Metropolis.]

“Men of Steel” part two! Superman must find and protect his oldest, most conniving enemy. But are the Godslayer’s actions justified? Will stopping Lex Luthor prevent catastrophe later? Plus, Lois’ investigation of the human Clark Kent takes a startling turn!

BATMAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 Page 89
Tom King, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Steve Orlando, Scott Wilson, David Finch, Riley Rossmo, Neal Adams, and others
“Silent Night” A hush of winter snowfall has fallen over Gotham City…but a quiet night in this place is never truly quiet. Batman and his allies–and his many foes–stalk the streets in this icy showcase of top talent.

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #19 $3.99 Page 119
Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Mirka Andolfo, and Sandy Jarrell
The Batgirls are back! A mysteriously cloaked shadow calling himself “The Reaper” is upset at the events that occurred last time with Harvey Dent, and is determined to nip the problem in the bud–Dr. Hugo Strange, Killer Frost and the Penguin! Now, the Batgirls must use their collective detective skills to warn those villains first, before the Reaper gets to them!

detective945DETECTIVE #944 & 945 $2.99 Pages 93
James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, and Ever Ferreira
“The Victim Syndicate” part two! The mysterious First Victim has launched an assault on Batman and his team, forcing them to fight an enemy they know nothing about, who seems to have the support of an entire network of strange new foes!

“The Victim Syndicate” part three! Batman is trying his best to hold his team together, but Spoiler might have every reason to walk out the door…and others might follow!

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #18 $2.99 Page 120
Dan Abnett and Bruno Redondo
Earth 2 as they knew it is gone, and a ghost world is all that remains. The surviving heroes have failed in their effort to save the world. As they struggle to accept the disaster they have caused, something in the phantom mist begins to hunt for them. In the Ghost World, no heroes can be allowed to exist. [Alan Scott recently got a spotlight but he’s still as neutered as Northstar used to be.]

FLASH #10 & 11 $2.99 Page 94
Joshua Williamson, Felipe Watanabe, Oclair Albert, and Davide Gianfelice
“The Speed of Darkness” part one! A villain from The Flash’s history returns for the first time in years when The Shade visits Central City. But what does Opal City’s master of shadow want with Barry Allen and the newly christened Kid Flash? [Presumably Captain Singh and Hartley are a couple and Barry Allen and Rathaway are still roommates!]

“The Speed of Darkness” part two! Lost in the infinite horror of the Shadowlands, The Flash and Kid Flash’s new partnership is tested as they fight to uncover the dark secrets of the Shade and his mysterious plans for the speedster duo.

HARLEY QUINN #7 & 8 $2.99 Page 98
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and John Timms
“Eat To This Beat” part three! Harley’s punk-rock epic concludes with her and her bandmates in way too deep on their undercover mission to take down a brutal gang of thieves and murderers!

“Life’s a Beach”! Harley owes Ivy a trip to the Bahamas…and delivers way more than either of them expected!

Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiottoi, Chard Hardin, and John Timmns
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 hawkmanadamstrange2there’s no such thing! Harley’s known for her even temperament and economy of language–oh, we can’t even finish that sentence. Let’s face it: she’s crazy, and she talks too much. So what happens when she discovers a nemesis even more insane and more hyper-loquacious? It’s Harley vs. the unbelievable Redtool in these tales from issues #26-30.

HAWKMAN & ADAM STRANGE #2 $3.99 Page 115
Mark Andreyko and Aaron Lopresti
Imprisoned on Rann and accused of being a spy for the enemy Thanagarians, Adam Strange finds a most unusual ally in his rescuer, Hawkman, who knows his people are innocent of the recent devastating attack on Rann and is desperately searching for the truth of who began this conflict…and why!

HELLBLAZER #4 $2.99 Page 99
Simon Oliver and Moritat
“The Poison Truth” part four! It turns out that Chas’s gangster trouble may be John’s best opportunity to defeat the djinn. That is, they will be if they don’t catch on to the con he’s pulling.

MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO #2 $3.99 Page 116
Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco
Imprisoned on Rann and accused of being a spy for the enemy Thanagarians, Adam Strange finds a most unusual ally in his rescuer, Hawkman, who knows his people are innocent of the recent devastating attack on Rann and is desperately searching for the truth of who began this conflict…and why!

newtalentshowcase1NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1 $7.99 Page 121
Vita Ayala, Emma Beeby, Joelle, Jones, Hena Khan, Michal McMillian, Michael Moerci, Ercia Schultz, Chris Sebela, Adam Smith, Barnaby Bagenda, Juan Ferreyra, Sonny Liew, David Messina, Khary Randolph, and others
In this new one-shot, Wonder Woman unleashes her true god of war against a parade of monsters! Superman discovers a new threat that might be bigger and badder than the Joker himself! Hawkgirl solves crimes in the weird weapons unit for the GCPD! Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner fight about ice cream in space! You’ll find all of this and so much more in New Talent Showcase #1, where recent graduate writers from the inaugural DC Talent Development workshop showcase some of their strongest work yet! See what they’ve learned from masters of the craft Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Klaus Janson.

NIGHTWING #8 & 9 $2.99 Page 102
Steve Orlando, Tim Seeley, Javier Fernandez, and Marcio Takara
“Rise Of Raptor” part conclusion! conclusion! Raptor’s true colors have been revealed as he takes Batman hostage! Nightwing will have to use every skill he’s ever learned to save his old mentor from the wrath of his new mentor. [Seeley continues writing Dick after the homo erotic filled Grayson.]

In this single-issue tale, Nightwing is being attacked in his dreams by Dr. Destiny, and the only person who can help him is Superman! But following Nightwing’s confrontation with Raptor and the aftermath of “Night of the Monster Men,” can Nightwing trust a Superman he doesn’t know–or will his lack of trust get them both killed?!

SECRET SIX: THE GAUNTLET Vol 2 $14.99 Page 137
Gail Simone, Dale Eaglesham, and Tom Derenick
Join Catman, Scandal, Deadshot, Ragdoll and the rest as they hit the road on the run from some of the world’s most dangerous killers. A contract has been put out on the lives of the Six, but the team has some tricks up their sleeves–and a whole lot of bullets. Then, with Batman’s cowl up for grabs, two of the six think they should be the new Dark Knight. And a mission on Devil’s Island draws the attention of Wonder Woman! Collects issues #7-14.

SUPERGIRL #3 $2.99 Page 105
Steve Orlando and Brian Ching
“Reign of the Cyborg Superman” part three. At last, Supergirl returns to Argo City! But when Kara Zor-El arrives back to her childhood home, a grim discovery awaits, courtesy of the Cyborg Superman! Supergirl must battle for the fate of not one but two worlds as yet another face from her past returns to stop her!

superwoman4SUPERWOMAN #4 $2.99 Page 108
Phil Jimenez and Emannulea Lupicchino
“Who Is Superwoman?” part four! Superwoman’s illness is getting worse–and so are the plans of Ultra-Woman! With the might of the Bizaress army and Lexcorp technology at her fingertips, Ultra Woman is nearing victory–and Lex Luthor may be the first to fall! Meanwhile, Lana struggles to carry on the legacies of her fallen friends–and the ghosts of her past will come back to haunt her!

WACKY RACELAND #6 $3.99 Page 126
Ken Pontac and Leonardo Manco
At last, the Racers storm the high-tech facility known as the Butcher Shop and confront the all-powerful Announcer! Secrets from the past are revealed, bullets fly and engines roar as our heroes contend against the entity that has put them through their torturous paces for months. Will the Racers get the answers they seek, or die in the attempt? Maybe both! [This version of Sgt Blast is transgender. See Bleeding Cool. ]

WONDER WOMAN #10 & 11 $2.99 Page 112
Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp
“Wonder Woman Year One” chapter five: The world is finally introduced to the Wonder Woman, and adversaries–both ancient and new–take note. This story was previously scheduled to appear in issue #8.

“The Lies” chapter six! In the conclusion to this epic tale, the lie is revealed as Wonder Woman returns to Themyscira in the company of Steve Trevor to find that nothing has changed–and everything is wrong.


CLEAN ROOM #14 $3.99 Page 141
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
After an act of apparent sabotage, Killian and Chloe find themselves trapped inside the memories of a vicious serial killer, where the entire world is a victim. Meanwhile, is Astrid’s seemingly innocent niece the final omen before the end of all humanity?

CLEAN ROOM: EXILE Vol 2 TP $14.99 Page 142
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
In these tales from issues #7-12, shocking news comes from on high concerning the seemingly indestructible Astrid Mueller…and Chloe meets with Detective Avil Demakos as they dig deeper into the deadly mysteries of the Clean Room. Plus, delve into the depths of Astrid’s terrifying personal history, and why demons have haunted her since lostboys2birth.

Dave Justus, Matthew Sturges, Travis Moore, and Michael Wiggam
The Shadow Players are on edge as Peter rushes to learn Connor’s fate, and their botched reconnaissance mission is salvaged when the newest recruit taps into his powers and enters the belly of the beast. With eyes and ears on the inside, he’s positioned to collect crucial intelligence from the unsuspecting mercenaries–that is, if he can stay on script and stay alive. Back at headquarters, Bo rebels and raises serious questions about the morality of Feathertop’s vision for protecting the Mundy world.
*Apologies for not including a page number. The book was just brought to my attention and my November Previews went with other recyclables today.

THE LOST BOYS #2 $3.99 Page 139
Tim Seeley and Scott Godlewski
The comic book sequel to everyone’s favorite blood-and-fangs flick continues. The Frog Bros. have a beef with the new vampires in town, and now they’re on an unholy mission to show the Blood Belles that they picked the wrong turf to try to set up shop. Will these teenage boys be any match for the deadliest undead ladies to ever terrorize Santa Carla? We think you know the answer to that, Death Breath!

RED THORN #13 $3.99 Page 144
David Baillie and Megan Hetrick
Cadros and Thorn face each other for the last time, as Isla’s new powers grow explosively and Tarek is forced to make the most important decision of his life. Join us as our story of Pagan Gods, Demigods and Red Caps comes to a close. Who lives, who dies and…will our world survive? [The male lead character is bi.]


JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #21 3.99 Page 181
Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren
The Stingers part three!
em and the Holograms search for Shana’s replacement as Shana gets everything she hoped for… but is it what she really wants? Meanwhile, somebody knows exactly what Shana wants–and that’s gonna cause problems for everyone.

Matthew K. Manning, Landry Q. Walker, Caleb Goellner, Sina Grace, and Chad Thomas
All-ages action building on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series! Follow all of the Turtles’ adventures in the stories “The Meeting of the Mutanimals,” “Zodiac,” “Zine-Age Mutant Ninja Turtle,” and “Donnie Finds a Relic!” from the Amazing Adventures series.


DEMONIC #4 $2.99 Page 211
nomercy11Christopher Sebela, Niko Walter, and Dan Brown
Scott Graves has no use for the law or his own soul. Not when New York’s finest hunt him every night. Not when corruption and violence has become the only way to survive

NO MERCY #11 $3.99 Page 219
Alex De Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee
“Endless Summer” part two. In the U.S., the university’s attempts at damage control start to get nasty. In Mataguey, Simon gets a new girlfriend.

ODYC: CYCLE ONE Vol 1 HC $49.99 Page 233
Matt Fraction and Christian Ward
ODY-C, modeled after Homer’s Odyssey, is a psychedelic, gender-broke science-fiction epic that tells the story of three legendary warrior-queens returning home after a centuries-long battle. Told in verse with a visual sensibility that redefines the very possibilities of the comics medium, this gloriously oversized hardcover also has exclusive bonus materials including essays by classicist Dani Colman, teaching aids, and a massive 10-page fold-out previously only available in the sold-out first issue. Collects ODY-C #1-12. [A gender swapped , sci fi retelling of the Odyssey

PAPER GIRLS Vol 2 Tp $$12.99 Page 237
Brian K Vaughn And Cliff Chiang
The smash-hit series from Brian K Vaughn and Cliff Chiang continues with a bold new direction, as intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future…the year 2016. Collects issues #6-10.

saga40PETER PANZERFAUST #2 $3.99 Page 208
Kurtis J Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins
Series return! “On Till Morning”: Part Four–With the final clue uncovered, Peter, the Lost Boys, and an entire squad of the Mermaids track down the Hook to his secret base in Cherbourg. It’s the first meeting of the greatest adversaries in a year and the fate of the entire French Resistance depends on a final clash of swords.

SAGA #40 $2.99 Page 221
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
“The War For Phang” part four. It’s all fun and games until…

SHUTTER #24 $3.99 Page 223
Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Luca, and Owen Gieni
“So Far Beyond”: part two. Huckleberry’s hard road of survival is finally revealed, setting up the series’ biggest revelations yet in next month’s 25th anniversary issue. [Alain Vian in the supporting cast is transgender.]

WALKING DEAD #160 $2.99 Page 240
wickeddivine23Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
“The Whisperer War” part four. The war rages on. [One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, two other gay people in the cast.]

WICKED + DIVINE #23 $3.50 Page 207
Kieron Gillen, Kevin Wada, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
New story arc! “Imperial Phase 1”: Part One–Welcome to the November 2014 issue of Pantheon Monthly. Exclusive interviews with all your favorite gods. Plus! The first photographs of the Morrigan ever!


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?

ALL NEW X-MEN #15 $3.99 Page 80
Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
The All-New X-Men have been keeping secrets from one another, but when the Goblin Queen comes calling, they’ll have to confront their demons literally!

allnewxmen15ALL NEW X-MEN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 Page 81
Sina Grace, Rex Ogle, Cory Smith, and more
Young X-Man Idie Okonkwo has come a long way since she left her home in Nigeria to attend Xavier’s School. But has her time with the X-Men prepared her for her biggest adventure yet: date night?! Plus: Dani Moonstar returns!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21 $4.99/ $3.99 Page 42
Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
“Clone Conspiracy” tie in! The return of Carrion puts the Scarlet Spider in big trouble! Where has Kaine been since Spider-verse and what does he have to do with the Jackal’s plan?! [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

BLACK PANTHER #8 $3.99 Page 67
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chris Sprouse
Voyage Inth the Djalia! T’Challa’s research and technology takes him to a place that not even the Crew can follow: The Djalia, Wakanda’s collective memory. Just getting there was hard, but finding Shuri across their nation’s past, present and future might turn out to be impossible. Even so, the strain on his Soul-Stalker abilities might tear him apart before he gets very far. [A sub plot in the first arc focused on Ayo and Aneke, a lesbian couple. They’ve moved onto their own series, see below. This series may be dropped from the list if no further LGBT content appears.]

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Alitha E Martinez, and Afua Richardson
Writer Roxane Gay spins a Wakandan love story — its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Illustrated by industry veteran Alitha E. Martinez. And in a special backup story, acclaimed poet Yona Harvey explores the true origins of The People’s mysterious leader Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story… Illustrated by rising star Afua Richardson.

Robbie Thompson and Javier Radriguez
“Blood in the Aether” continues! Doctor Strange’s Rogues Gallery continues take advantage of his weakness. This issue – Satanna and Master Pandemonium put Strange through his own personal hell.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #16 $3.99 Page 77
Jeff Lemire and Victor Ibanez
The epic conclusion of “Kingdoms Fall”! Magik’s protege, Sapna, has become possessed by the World-Eater, an extra-dimensional entity whose sole purpose is to live up to its name. And Magik’s brother, Colossus, is under the thrall of one of the X-Men’s greatest adversaries, Apocalypse. As the World-Eater bears down on Limbo, everything Magik cares about is on the line – her ward, her brother and the world’s surviving mutants. What will it cost to save them all?

greatlakesavengers2GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #2 $3.99 Page 51
Zac Gorman and Will Robson
The Great Lakes Avengers are back together — almost! With their former leader Mr. Immortal still 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! [Flat Man is gay.]

Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustsos
“The Smartest There Is” starts now! Her brain is the only super-power she’ll ever need! Reed Richards, Victor Von Doom, T’Challa, Amadeus Cho…the greatest minds in the Marvel Universe all have one thing in common: They’re not smarter than a 4th grader! That’s right, the rumors are true – Lunella Lafayette is the smartest person on earth. It’s time to put her unrivaled intellect to the ultimate test. Thankfully her best friend, Devil Dinosaur, is thirty feet of mutated prehistoric muscle making for the prefect combination of brains and brawns! And they’re going to need it to stand up to some of the worst villains the Marvel Universe has to offer!

MS MARVEL #13 $4.99 Page 64
G Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Adrian Alphona
It’s a new chapter for Kamala Khan! But it’s lonely out there for a super hero when Ms. Marvel’s loved ones no longer have her back. Who is Kamala Khan on her own? Plus it’s election time baby! Kamala gets out the vote! [G Willow Wilson revealed that supporting cast member Zoe is a lesbian and in love with another girl in the cast.]

MS MARVEL: CIVIL WAR Vol 6 TP $17.99 Page 120
G Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Takeshi Miyazawa
While Civil War II brews, the next generation of Avengers has bigger things to worry about, like a tri-state academic competition! As rival schools clash, Ms. Marvel’s teammates Spider-Man and Nova are now her enemies! But when Kamala gets called to the real battle’s front line, she faces a fight she can’t embiggen her way out of. She’s about to learn a valuable lesson: Never meet your idols! As war intensifies, tragedy strikes too close to home — and Ms. Marvel must choose between her heroes and her family. When friends become foes, Ms. Marvel struggles to put her life and Jersey City back together. Kamala will be forced to grow up fast and find her true place in the world. But will she be an international sensation…or a menace? Collecting issues (2015) #7-12.

NEW AVENGERS #18 $3.99 Page 62
Al Ewing and Carlo Barberi
At the funeral of Roberto Da Costa, Advanced Idea Mechanics is declared officially dead. In the wake of their ultimate mission, the New Avengers reassess their lives…and one of them hangs up their costume for good. What could possibly follow this?

Kate Leth and Brittney L Williams
No cat puns here, I promise: Hellcat and Black Cat face off as our heroine and friends fight to save the city from cat-astrophe! They — oh, wait. I did it, didn’t I? I patsywalker12cat-punned. Dangit! Okay, okay, hear me out: Patsy puts Felicia’s schemes on paws when she — wait! I swear I can do this. Don’t print.

Kate Leth and Brittney L Williams
When Patsy Walker meets Jessica Jones, will they be gal pals or best frenemies? Patsy will need all the chums she can get when the fallout from Civil War II hits close to home — and shows her what it really costs to be a.k.a. Hellcat! Speaking of life’s downsides, Patsy is about to face a reunion with her (literally) evil ex-boyfriends — and nobody does boy trouble like she does! Girls can be a handful, too — like when the villainous Felicia Hardy crosses Patsy’s path for a knockdown, drag-out, no-holds-barred cat-fight! As in Hellcat vs. Black Cat! But everyone’s favorite teenage mutant vampire Jubilee doesn’t have “cat” in her name, so what’s her stake in all this? (Stake, get it?! Because vampire!) It’s claws and fangs at the ready for the ultimate feline feud! Collecting issues #7-12.

SILK: THE NEGATIVE Vol 2 TP $15.99 Page 128
Robbie Thompson and Tana Ford
After the events of Spider-women, Silk’s ever-turbulent life has been turned upside down yet again! What’s a young super hero to do? Probably not run more robberies with the Black Cat! Because when Silk’s luck runs out and Felicia learns the truth about her seeming ally, it’ll end in tears! And if Cindy escapes in one piece, she’ll be haunted by Spectro! Who is this spooky figure, and will he be a friendly ghost? Then, Silk’s search for her parents has, so far, been decidedly short on positives. Maybe she’ll have more luck accentuating the negative — the Negative Zone, that is! What the heck could Cindy’s folks have been up to in there? Even if Cindy and pals can get in to find them, the N-Zone is one place that’s hard to leave! Collecting issues (2015B) #9-13.

SQUADRON SUPREME #13 $4.99 Page 40
James Robinson and Leonard Kirk
“Namor Has Risen” starts now! The Squadron stands fractured and splintered. Blur and Thundra are in custody, awaiting rescue that may never come. Hyperion and Doctor Spectrum are lost in the time stream. They have the power to change things — to fix them. They have the power to resurrect Namor. Will they? Plus — Nighthawk declares war on S.H.I.E.L.D.?! Things are not looking great for the Squadron Supreme. [In terms of LGBT content, Thundra was outed as bisexual in Peter David’s She-Hulk series a few years ago. Hyperion is involved with Thundra in his series though this doesn’t rule out the possibility of the character being bisexual.]

THOR #13 $3.99 Page 53
Jason Aaron and Steve Epting
Kicking off a two-part story with guest artist Steve Epting! The War of the Realms rages on. The only way to defeat Malekith is for the realms to join forces, and it’s up to Thor to bring them together. Heroes from across the ten realms – including Lady Sif and Angela – have united under Thor’s command to form a new League of Realms with the sole mission of bringing this war to an end. And their first mission: Infiltrate Dark-Elf-occupied territory…

ultimates2-1THE ULTIMATES2 #1 $3.99 Page 20
Al Ewing and Travel Foreman
Who – or what – is the Cosmic Jailer? What being is powerful enough to chain Eternity itself? That is the mystery Galactus must solve – before it’s too late. Ultimate problems require ultimate solutions, and Galactus will call on those who helped cure his insatiable hunger. Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Blue Marvel, Spectrum and Ms. America! Together they are the Ultimates, protectors of the Omniverse. But now they are something more – the newest heralds of Galactus, the Lifebringer! [Ms America has a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast.]

Al Ewing, Kenneth Rocafort, and Djibril Morisette
Thanos targets Project: P.E.G.A.S.U.S.! And while the rest of Earth’s heroes have their hands full with Civil War II, it’s the Ultimates’ job to stop the Mad Titan. Unfortunately, they won’t be enough! Amid revelations about the team’s origin, the Ultimates race against time to stop the foretold coming of…the Macronaut! But as cracks among the Ultimates begin to widen, Thanos isn’t the only one waiting for his moment to strike. The team was formed to tackle the impossible — but when war reaches the heroes’ doorstep, they may have found the one problem they can’t solve: themselves! Can the Ultimates resolve their differences and come together in time to face the real threat, or will Thanos and his new acolyte destroy them all? Meanwhile, in deep space, Galactus the Lifebringer makes a fateful decision! Collecting issues #7-12.

Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Squirrel Girl and Ant-Man! It’s the team-up you probably never thought you’d see! Although, if you thought about it for a bit, you probably would expect to see it at some point, since they both hang out with tiny animals and are both super heroes. Honestly, I’m a little surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. Anyway, besides squirrels (adorable) and ants (so tiny, so bitey), this issue also includes wrestling and philosophy. Yes. Finally, am I right? I am prepared to say this is the #1 best comic you can buy that features squirrels, ants, wrestling and philosophy!! I am also prepared to say that this is the only comic you can buy that features these four things, but heck, we all have to be the change we want to see in the world, right? [Koi Boi is transgender.]

womenofpowerWOMEN OF POWER STANDEE PUNCH-OUT BOOK $24.99 Page 109
Marvel’s powerful super-women have never had a problem making a stand, and that sure is the case with this sensational collection of heroic standees! With nine sturdy pages filled with die-cut characters, you can assemble your own mighty A-Force! Whether your favorite is Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Hellcat, Gamora, Medusa, Silk or Spider-Woman (Jessica or Gwen), we’ve got you covered — and they’re joined by plenty more of Marvel’s most fantastic females, all depicted by some of the Bullpen’s most talented artists! Whether for play or display, your Women of Power standees are just waiting to be freed from the page. So make like She-Hulk, and get punching!

Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, Andrea di Vito, Michael Gaydos, Neal Adams, Gene Ha, Jae Lee, Bill Sinkiewicz, and Pasqual Ferry
Acclaimed TV veteran Allan Heinberg makes his comics debut, melding his unique ear for realistic teen characters with the trademark action and adventure of the Marvel Universe. Lauded as “a great piece of entertainment” by Silver Bullet Comics Young Avengers became the sleeper hit of 2005 and the critical darling of 2006! When the original Avengers disband, a team of teenage heroes comes together to fill the gap. Their first order of business: surviving the wrath of Kang the Conqueror and weathering the disapproval of the adult Avengers! Next, the newly formed Young Avengers take on super-powered sadist Mister Hyde, the extraterrestrial Super-Skrull and a full-scale alien invasion, juggling their parents and their private lives at the the same time! Collecting Young Avengers (2005) #1-12 and Young Avengers Speaial.

September 29, 2016
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