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LGBT Previews October 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. This month’s feature image comes from Rafael De Latorre’s cover for Animosity #3 with Marguerite Bennett as writer/creator from Aftershock! Part one compiles the publishers not included in the “big 5” by Previews in its catalog. Part two can be read 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

ECHO COMPLETE EDITION $39.99 Page 255
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 ravenpiratevol3metal 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!

ACTION LAB

RAVEN: THE PIRATE PRINCESS Vol 3 $14.99 Page 257
Jeremy Whiteley, Rosy Higgins, and Ted Brandt
After the confrontation at The Island of the Free Woman, Raven’s crew is worse for wear and one of their number is on the edge of death. But somewhere nearby is an island where a legendary woman can heal any ills. Can Raven and her crew get there in time and will this woman even help a crew of pirates? [Apologies to the creators and readers for not knowing sooner a lead character is lesbian!]

AFTERSHOCK

ALTERS #2 $3.99 Page 261
Paul Jenkins and Leila Leiz
As more and more Alter mutations are reported across the country, a terrified population begins to react with fear and mistrust. But Chalice is dealing with issues of her own: can she continue her personal transformation while protecting herself and her family from the dreaded despot known as Matter Man? The answer may come in the alters2form of the Gateway Army: a group of Alters who have sworn to uphold the peace. But in choosing to align herself with these heroes, she may turn herself into a target. [Chalice is transgender. Read an interview with Paul Jenkins.]

ANIMOSITY #3 $3.99 Page 261
Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latore
Caught between the ruins of the human militia and the rise of the Animilitary, the Bloodhound Sandor and his human daughter Jesse encounter unlikely allies and cunning traitors, but are haunted by the horrors that brought them here…

ARCHIE

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #11 $3.99 Page 280
Roberto Aguiree-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
“Betty: RIP,” Part 6. It’s finally here! The first wedding of the New World, Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper! But there is a serpent in the garden who wants to disrupt the festivities, Veronica Lodge, and one rather unexpected guest is crashing the reception: Reggie Mantle, and he’s bringing (literally) a hell of a gift! You dare not miss the penultimate chapter of “Betty: RIP”!

josie2ARCHIE #13 $3.99 Page 281
Mark Waid and Veronica Fish
Veronica’s out… and Cheryl Blossom is in! Veronica has to adjust to her new settings at Pembrooke Academy, a private school. That shouldn’t be a problem for the rich, affable teen, except for one thing: Pembrooke’s reigning queen, Cheryl, isn’t looking to make any friends. Can Veronica establish her place at the haughty high school? And just how is Archie going to adjust back home in Riverdale? Find out in this can’t-miss issue! [Kevin Keller is in the cast.]

JOSIE & THE PUSSY CATS #2 $3.99 Page 282
Marguerite Bennett, Cameron Deordio. amd Audrey Mok
As the girls look to play their first gig outside Riverdale, they run into some unexpected complications. Can they bust up a crime ring, help the criminals see the error of their ways, and jump-start the band’s music career, all through the power of rock, friendship, and, Melody assures us, entirely legitimate comic book science? You’ll have to read to find out!

JUGHEAD #10 $3.99 Page 2820
Ryan North and Derek Charm
It’s Jughead vs. Sabrina! Jughead has encountered the magical force known as Sabrina the Teenage Witch — and he doesn’t like it one bit! The feelings are mutual, though, as Sabrina thinks good ol’ Juggy’s kind of a jerk. And how do two teens work out their feelings? By pranking the heck out of each other, of course! Get ready for a prank war the likes not seen in this universe!

kimkim4BLACK MASK COMICS

KIM & KIM #4 $3.99 Page 298
Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera
The Kims return home to find the very same messes they left behind — and a bunch more they brought back with them. Unable to make rent after their recent adventure, the Kims take an easy bounty to make some quick cash. But nothing’s ever easy.

BOOM

BACKSTAGERS #3 $3.99 Page 313
James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
It’s Tech Rehearsal for Les Terribles and Beckett is determined to nail every cue, but Sasha’s mistake brings new drama to the stage!

BRAVEST WARRIORS Vol 8 TP $14.99 Page 309
Kate Leth and Ian McGinty
The Bravest Warriors are off to summer camp! The gang has been going to Camp Tribulon for Little Warriors since they were kids, but when they return as counselors, they realize that battling monsters might be nothing compared to supervising a camp of rowdy children. Collects issues #29-32.
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JONESY #7 $3.99 Page 314
Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle
It’s a race to the concert! Will Jonesy and Susan make it to Stuff? Or will Jonesy’s love powers be their undoing?

LUMBERJANES #31 $3.99 Page 313
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, and Carey Pietsch
Diane and the Lumberjanes have to work with Ligo to figure out what’s going on with camp, and so far all clues point to…Zeus?!

LUMBERJANES Vol 4 $14.99 Page 309
Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen
Jen just wants a normal lesson with her cabin, teaching Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley the basic survival skills needed without any supernatural intervention. But when a blizzard hits camp, Jen finds herself separated from the girls and in more trouble than ever…until a mysterious taxidermist swoops in to save the day. Who is she and what is her relationship to Rosie? Join Jen as she finds a way back to her girls, and a way to save the day! Collects issues #14-17.

LUMBERJANES/ GOTHAM ACADEMY #5 $3.99 Page 313
Chynna Clugston-Flores, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Maddi Gonzalez
The Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy kids have to fight it out with the chaperones when Louise has a temper tantrum.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #8 $3.99 Page 311
Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
The world is on lockdown. The dinozords, now under the Black Dragon’s control, are stationed around the globe invoking Rita’s word as law. With the Rangers left powerless, Rita calls upon Tommy to make the ultimate sacrifice or risk Angel Grove’s survival.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: PINK #6 $3.99 Page 311
Brendan Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, and Daniele Di Nicuolo
Final issue! Are Kimberly, Trini, and Zack ready to leave behind the life of a Ranger once more? What does this mean for Tommy and Kimberly?

SPIRE TP $29.99 Page 307
Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely
stevenuniversecrystaltpbFrom the celebrated creative team behind Six-Gun Gorilla, The Spire is a sprawling fantasy noir that Vulture called one of the “Ten Best Comic Books of 2015.” At the Spire, a sprawling mountain of metal and stone in the middle of a radioactive desert, Sha, the Commander of the City Watch, is tasked with keeping the hodgepodge of forgotten technology and new biology safe. When a string of grisly murders is committed just as a new Baroness of the Spire is about to be sworn in, Sha will have to find the killer and bring them to justice. Collects all eight issues of the Eisner Award-nominated limited series.

STEVEN UNIVERSE & THE CRYSTAL GEMS TP $14.99 Page 309
Josceline Fenton, Chrystin Garland, and Kat Leyh
An all-new Steven Universe adventure! The Gems tell Steven a spooky storyabout a monster who turns bad Gems into glass and shatters them. Pearl assures a terrified Steven that it’s just a story, but suddenly people around Beach City start turning up frozen in glass… Collects the complete four-issue limited series.

THE WOODS #26 $3.99 Page 312
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
The war between The Horde and New London claims more lives as Isaac goes deeper into the Black City.

THE WOODS Vol 5 $14.99 Page 308
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
Over a year has passed since Bay Point Preparatory High School found themselves countless light years away in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Now the crew finds themselves divided, choosing sides in a war that has been raging for hundreds of years. “The Horde” collects the fifth arc of the best-selling series, issues #17-20.

CHAPTERHOUSE

diekittydieDIE, KITTY! DIE! $3.99 Page 325
Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent
Kitty 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 nowadays — 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? Chapterhouse Comics and worldwide fan favorites, Dan Parent & Fernando Ruiz present Die, Kitty! Die!, a funny, exciting, and often sexy story about a girl caught in both the supernatural world of witches, and the super-crazy world of comics!

D.E.

RED SONJA: THE FALCON THRONE TP $19.99 Page 354
Marguerite Bennett and Aneke
Across the plains of Hyrkania, a message sweeps through the scattered peoples of the nation. Bells ring, horns blow, voices shout — the King is dying! Red Sonja rides to save the King from his doom as the powers of Hyboria crowd around to strike when the kingdom is weakest. But a dread new power rises from within Hyrkania’s own borders, bent on defending its homeland… no matter the cost, no matter what its people become. A defining chapter of the Red Sonja saga, dark, clever, vicious, and funny, as the She-Devil with a Sword must stop the rise of a brutal new regime: her own people!

heathen2HEAVY METAL

HEATHEN #2 $3.99 Page 380
Natasha Alterici
Having scaled Mount Hinderfall, Aydis comes face to face with Brynhild, the curse Valkyrie of legend. Now she must convince this immortal warrior to join in a crusade against the very god who cursed her, Odin. Meanwhile, Aydis’s horse Saga finds trouble of his own when he stumbles across a pair of hungry demon wolf brothers, who eagerly await the end of the world.

JET CITY COMICS

CIRQUE AMERICAN GIRL OVER PARIS #4 $2.99 Page 386
Ming Doyle, Kate Leth, and Gwenda Bond
From bestselling writers Gwenda Bond (Lois Lane: Fallout) and Kate Leth (Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat), featuring stunning art by acclaimed artist Ming Doyle (The Kitchen, Constantine: The Hellblazer). The ghostly Harlequin has taken wire walker Jules’s boyfriend, Remy, captive in his underground lair, but what does he want? A dazzling acrobatic duel high above the streets of Paris will decide Remy’s fate, as Jules pushes past her limits to best the supernatural skills of the ghostly Harlequin!

NORTHWEST PRESS

deathsavesDEATH SAVES: FALLEN HEROES OF THE KITCHEN TABLE $20.00 Page 408
Jonathan Lareva, Djibril Morissette-Phan & various
Death Saves: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table collects 17 all-new comic book stories about what happens when fantasy gaming characters run out of hit points. Some tales in Death Saves are funny, others tragic. Every group is different. However, the real relationships between players often impact a character’s fate more than the dice.

ONI PRESS / LIMMERENCE PRESS

HEARTTHROB Vol 1 $9.99 Page 415
Christopher Sebela and Robert Wilson
This volume collects the first five issues of one of 2016’s most critically acclaimed new series. This ’70s crime comic mixes romance and heists in a story about second chances, Fleetwood Mac, and a bank robbery spree fueled by love and revenge. Priced at only $9.99, it’s an easy hand-sell to fans of titles like Sex Criminals or Fight Club, making it a perfect opportunity to hook new readers prior to the continuation of the monthly series in early 2017.

MERRY MEN #5 $3.99 Page 412
merrymen5Robert Rodi and Jackie Lewis
Even as they escape the clutches of Robin’s sworn enemy, Guy of Gisborne, the Merry Men and Scarlet are cornered by the Sheriff of Nottingham–and he hasn’t come alone. Robin and his allies find themselves confronting two staggering realities: the lives they abandoned to live in Sherwood, and a foe they suddenly dare not fight. It seems like a checkmate move by the Sheriff… but the Prince of Thieves may have one unforeseen move left to play.

WET MOON: UNSEEN FEET BOOK 2 $19.99 Page 415
Sophie Campbell
Cleo Lovedrop has a lot of friends in the sleepy town of Wet Moon, and she’s just made one more: the mysterious girl next door, Myrtle. Cleo’s friends think Myrtle has a crush on Cleo, but she isn’t so sure. Then, roses begin to appear on her doorstep… This new edition of Sophie Campbell’s critically-acclaimed book features a new cover design by Annie Mok and new extras in the back!

SUBLIME

THE WORLD’S GREATEST FIRST LOVE Vol 5 $12.99 Page 429
Shungiku Nakamura
When Ritsu Onodera changes jobs, looking for a fresh start, he’s not exactly thrilled when his new boss turns out to be his old flame. Ritsu’s determined to leave all that in the past–but how can he when his boss is just as determined that they have a future?

TITAN

sherlockpink5SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #5 $4.99 Page 458
Steven Moffat and Jay
A drugs bust at 221-B Baker Street leads to a revelation regarding the victim’s phone… but when Sherlock gets a call — and a ride — it’s from the last person he suspected! With the serial killer revealed, Sherlock faces his most taxing criminal investigation yet. Can a man really talk his victims to death? Is Sherlock strong enough to prevail in the face of blind chance? There’s only one way to find out!

TORCHWOOD #4 $3.99 Page 454
John Barrowman, Carol Barrowman, Antonio Fuso, and Pasquale Qualano
The Navigators need Jack’s help to battle an alien threat from his past — but he’s an ocean away and several bullet holes from being able to help them out! Gwen finds herself torn between two worlds, as Jack’s quest threatens everything she holds dear — including the very core of Torchwood itself! And the Committee want the Ice Maiden and its crew (and its advanced alien technology) for their own purposes — and they’ll kill anyone who gets in their way! The first arc of the ongoing Torchwood saga ends… but what a cliffhanger! We’re back with more shocks and surprises — and the full creative team — for #5 in the October Previews!

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