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LGBT Previews October 2016 Part 2

Apollo returns with Midnighter!! Wonder Woman gets a 75th anniversary special! Kate Leth has a new comic from Dark Horse! Buffy gets a coloring book! Serenity returns! Deadman gets entangled in a gothic romance! Craig Yoe’s Super Weird Heroes gets published by IDW! Great Lakes Avengers debuts! A new deluxe edition of Dr: Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen? and a big booty omnibus of Alpha Flight No Mercy and Shutter return over at Image! Oh yeah, and a comic sequel to that 90s homoerotic Lost Boys movie from Vertigo!!!

And more!

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!

Care to do us a solid while shopping on Amazon? Just bookmark and use our affiliate link to make some or all of your purchases so Gay League can earn a small commission! You pay the same price and your info remains confidential with Amazon.

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!

DARK HORSE

BOUNTY #4 $2.99 Page 55
Kurtis Wiebe and Mindy Lee
When their ship comes under attack by ruthless mercenaries, it’s all hands on deck. But when Plan A doesn’t go exactly as Nina and Georgie hoped, they have to try Plan B. And Plan C. And Plan D. Eventually, something’s gotta work, right? And who is out to get them, anyway?

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10: OWN IT Vol 5 TP $18.99 Page 71
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
In this season-finale story arc, the team is splintered after a confrontation with the Soul Glutton and the Mistress. As Buffy tries to bring the team together, insecurities plague her relationship with Spike. To make matters worse, a new Big Bad makes a move to capture the Vampyr book! Buffy must trust in herself to make the right choice and bear the burden of protecting the book from the monsters who wish to abuse it. Collects Buffy Season 10 #26-#30, as well as the eight-page short story from the 2016 Dark Horse Day Sampler.

buffycoloringBUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER COLORING BOOK $14.99 Page 47
Karl Moline, Rebekah Isaacs, Georges Jeanty, Yishan Li, Steve Morris, Newsha Ghasemi, and others
Enter the world of the Slayer, the Chosen One who wields the skill to fight vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness . . . Favorite characters and moments from the beloved television series are represented in this delightful adult coloring book. Containing 45 black-and-white, detailed, and original illustrations, you can add color to Buffy and Co.–and, of course, all the Big Bads!

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #27 $4.99 Page 59
Alan Gordon, Paul Levitz, Carla Speed McNeil, Kaare Andrews, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Keith Goldberg, John Nadeau, Dan Jolley, Bo Hampton, Tim Hamilton, Troy Nixey, and Aaron Campbell
In this month’s installment of Dark Horse Presents, John Nadeau and Dan Jolley stitch together a tale of high-class intrigue and homicide in Murder Society! In 1930s Paris, a young tailor joins an elite club with remarkable–and violent–entry criteria. Plus, Al Gordon and Bo Hampton’s The Once and Future Tarzan reaches its conclusion! Also features new chapters of Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton’s Brooklyn Blood, Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Chase the Lady, Kaare Andrews and Troy Nixey’s Black Sinister, and Rubber Guns by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Keith Goldberg, and Aaron Campbell! .

SERENITY: NO POWER IN THE UNIVERSE #1 $3.99 Page 44
Chris Roberson and Georges Jeanty
The ‘verse is a complicated and dangerous place, and Malcolm Reynolds and his outlaw crew aboard the Serenity are ever experiencing tough times. When tensions rise among the crew, a call for help becomes a welcome interruption: they must track down a missing friend and the answers to the mystery surrounding her disappearance.

spellonwheels1SPELL ON WHEELS #1 $3.99 Page 48
Kate Leth and Megan Levens
Three young witches are robbed of their magical items, and they’ll have to hit the road to track down the mysterious thief before he does any damage to–or with–their possessions.

TOMB RAIDER 2016 #9 $3.99 Page 64
Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Sevy
Escaping from a mental institution was just the beginning. Now Sam Nishimura is making her way across Europe and leaving a trail of destruction in her wake, gathering followers to her violent cause. Lara Croft and Jonah are on the case, trying to rescue Sam from the mysterious force that has overtaken her. But as haunting memories of Yamatai resurface and the sinister Order of Trinity gets more involved, this search-and-rescue mission becomes so much more. Continuing where the Rise of the Tomb Raider game left off! By Eisner Award-winning author Mariko Tamaki. [Tamaki wrote the teen lesbian coming of age story Skim and This One Summer with her cousin Jillian doing the art.]

WEIRD DETECTIVE #5 $3.99 Page 70
Fred Van Lente and Guiu Vilanova
Det. Sebastian Greene is determined to rescue his partner, Sana, even if it exposes his true demonic nature, but his only clue is the monster killing people all over New York. Can he find Sana, take down the killer, and protect himself from the powerful alien forces corrupting the NYPD? [Det. Fayez is lesbian.]

DC

action965ACTION 965 & 966 $2.99 Page 85
Dan Jurgens, Stephen Segovia, and Art Thibert
“Back In The Planet” part one! Superman returns to the public eye–but what of Lois Lane? When a mysterious package arrives for Lois and Clark back on the farm, Lois can stay on the sidelines no more. But where does that leave Superman’s human doppelganger, Clark. [Maggie Sawyer has returned to Metropolis.]

“Back In The Planet” two! As the Daily Planet’s star returns to work, so does Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, Superman continues to investigate the devastation in the aftermath of the Doomsday attack.

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #18 $3.99 Page 124
Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, and Mirka Andolfo
With the help of the real Raven and Miriam Batzel–now transformed into Mary Marvel–the Bombshells must defend the Jewish rebels against a Nazi army magically controlled by the Joker’s Daughter. But as the city of Atlantis rises out of water mid-battle, the Bombshells may be facing an even bigger threat than they ever imagined!

DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE #1 $5.99 Page 115
Sarah Vaughn and Lan Medina
Trapped inside an old gothic mansion, Deadman must battle the forces of darkness alongside Berenice, a young woman with a complicated love life who is gifted–or deadmandarkmansion1cursed–with the ability to communicate with the dead. Romance, mystery, and evil await in the new, bimonthly miniseries.

DETECTIVE #942 & 943 $2.99 Pages 90 & 92
James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, and Alvaro Martinez
“Night of the Monster Men” part six! The earth-shaking finale is here! Batman’s going one-on-one with Hugo Strange, the mastermind behind the beasts unleashed on Gotham…but the biggest and most dangerous of all the monsters was saved for last! What will the Bat-Family have to sacrifice to bring it down? And what’s the strange secret behind Hugo’s design?

“The Victim Syndicate” part one! Batman can’t save everyone–innocent people sometimes fall in the war against evil that he’s declared in Gotham. But what happens when those victims start to fight back…and they don’t only blame the criminals who shattered their lives? Batman’s never faced an enemy like this, and his team may find themselves questioning everything they know about what heroes do!

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #17 $2.99 Page 121
Dan Abnett and Bruno Redondo
Earth-2 is dead! Following the climactic battle with Ultra-Humanite and his super-powered army, a handful of the Wonders awaken in a twilight limbo. Are they the only ones to have survived? Has their desperate gambit to save their world ended in total disaster? [Alan Scott recently got a spotlight but he’s still as neutered as Northstar used to be.]

FLASH #8 & 9 $2.99 Page 97
Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico
“Lightning Strikes Twice” chapter eight! When Godspeed brings his killing spree to Iron Heights, Barry Allen must protect his own Rogues Gallery–including his mother’s killer–from the deadly speedster! Luckily, The Flash has some help from Wally West, the newly christened Kid Flash! [Keeping Flash on the list since writer Van Jensen had Piper rescue Flash in #51 and mention that he’d been out of costume too long. Presumably Captain Singh and Hartley are a couple and Barry Allen and Rathaway are still roommates!]

“Kid Flash Of Two Worlds!” In this single-issue tale, Wally West meets Wally West! The original Kid Flash meets his cousin for the very first time in this special issue, which continues The Flashes’ investigation into the events that began in DC Universe Rebirht #1.

GOTHAM ACADEMY YEARBOOK Vol 3 TP $16.99 Page 135
Brendan Fletcher, Hope Larson, James Tynion IV, Rafael Albuqueque, Katie Cook, David Petesen, Ken Niimura, Zac Gorman, Dustin Nguyen, Kris Mukai, Christian Wildgoose, Colleen Coover, Moritat, and others
The students of Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school are back and they’ve just survived one heck of a year at Gotham Academy. Now it’s time for everyone to look back at some of the lost adventures from the school year that were in these stories from issues #13-18 and annual #1.

HARLEY QUINN #5 & 6 $2.99 Page 101
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and John Timms
“Eat To This Beat” part one! There’s been a string of brutal robberies and slayings up and down the East Coast, and the assailants are…knights on horseback?! Harley’s got a lead on the men behind the iron masks, but to find them she’s going to have to go undercover in the strangest place of all…New York’s punk scene!

“Eat To This Beat” part two! Harley’s carving her way through the rock underground of New York City, looking for the brutal criminals who hurt someone she cared about…unfortunately for Harley, one of the crooks in question has fallen in mad love with her.

HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #5 $4.99 Page 123
Amanda Conner. Jimmy Palmiotti and Simon Bisley
Lobo’s back! The Main Man and Harley Quinn have a lot in common–motorcycles and mayhem, for starters–so it’s long past time they found each other! This could be the start of a fraggin’ beautiful friendship…or they could destroy the planet. Or both! It can be two things!

HAWKMAN & ADAM STRANGE #1 $3.99 Page 116
Mark Andreyko and Aaron Lopresti
Residing on Earth and out of the hero game, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a “normal” life, until he’s literally pulled back into adventure again when a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, where he hopes to be reunited with his beloved Alanna. But instead he finds the once-great city of Ranagar in ruins, with millions dead, and the once peaceful Alanna is now calling for the blood of Rann’s oldest enemy, Thanagar, home of the Hawkmen. Sensing something is amiss, Strange finds an ally in Hawkman, who also is trying anything possible to avert war. Don’t miss the start of this sensational new six-issue miniseries!

HELLBLAZER #2 $2.99 Page 102
Simon Oliver and Moritat
“The Poison Truth” part three! In Constantine’s world there are old friends, useful friends, dangerous friends…and then there’s Chas, whose screw-up threatens them all.

midnighterapollo1MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO #1 $3.99 Page 117
Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco
You wanted it? You got it–six more issues of Midnighter madness! Together again after too long apart, Midnighter and Apollo take on subway pirates in Los Angeles and demons in Opal City…but their reunion is about to take a shocking turn and send them both on an epic journey beyond all belief!

NIGHTWING #6 & 7 $2.99 Page 90 & 93
Steve Orlando, Tim Seeley, Javier Fernandez, and Roge Antonio
“Night of the Monster Men” part 5! The hunt for Hugo Strange rages onward as the Manipulator rises and uses the citizens of Gotham City to shield itself from the Bat-Family. All while the monstrous version of Nightwing looms over Gotham City. [Seeley continues writing Dick after the homo erotic filled Grayson.]

“Rise Of Raptor” part one! The Parliament of Owls wasn’t brought to justice like Raptor promised Nightwing–it was eliminated! Raptor’s methods have crossed the line and Nightwing goes to apprehend him. Upon his arrival he discovers Raptor’s true intentions and obsessions.

SUPERGIRL #2 $2.99 Page 107
Steve Orlando and Brian Ching
“Reign of the Cyborg Superman” part two.
Supergirl battles Cyborg Superman in the Fortress of Solitude–and there can be only one winner! But even a temporary victory can spell certain doom for Kara and her new home as her father’s plan at last comes to light! Meanwhile, the race for Cat Grant’s prized internship heats up, and Kara finds her human competition to be just as challenging!

superwoman3SUPERWOMAN #3 $2.99 Page 108
Phil Jimenez and Emannulea Lupicchino
“Who Is Superwoman?” part three! Ultra Woman is revealed, and her unstoppable Bizarress army are hunting for Superwoman! But that’s not the only challenge facing the new hero–Steel has made a terrifying new discovery: Superwoman’s powers are killing her–and the only chance to save her life is to leave her powers behind!

WACKY RACELAND #5 $3.99 Page 128
Ken Pontac and Leonardo Manco
A bad batch of mutated mushrooms sends our antiheroes on a white-knuckle trip down memory lane. Flashes of repressed recollections bubble to the surface of the Racers’ fevered brains, and these tantalizing tidbits suggest a single point of origin: a high-tech facility from hell known as the Butcher Shop! Against the advice of the omnipresent Announcer, the Racers roar towards the facility. But will they find answers…or death? [This version of Sgt Blast is transgender. See Bleeding Cool. ]

WONDER WOMAN #8 & 9 $2.99 Page 112
Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp
“Wonder Woman Year One” chapter four: The world is finally introduced to Wonder Woman, and adversaries–both ancient and new–take note.

“The Lies” chapter five! Diana takes another step closer to discovering the truth…and the mysterious Godwatch responds!

WONDER WOMAN 75th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 $7.99 Page 119
Various
An immense special issue celebrating seventy-five years of the Amazing Amazon, through phenomenal new stories, art, and stand-alone illustrations! Featuring a roster of incredible creators–some who’ve laid down legendary runs with the character, and some who’ve never drawn her before–including Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Renae De Liz, Brenden Fletcher, Adam Hughes, Karl Kerschl, Gail Simone, and many, many more to be announced!

VERTIGO

ASTRO CITY #40 $3.99 Page 142
Kurt Busiek and Carmen Carnero
Life on Shadow Hill gets a bit more complicated when Marta has to handle a contract matter between the Silver Adept and an extradimensional demigod! On the other hand, she gets to watch baseball with ghosts. Also featuring the Hanged Man. [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]

CLEAN ROOM #12 $3.99 Page 143
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
In the aftermath of “Hell Above, Heaven Below,” we go back to the beginning to learn how Astrid was first affected after her hospitalization…through the eyes of one who cannot see what she sees: her would-be assassin and brother, Peter Mueller

lostboys1THE LOST BOYS #1 $3.99 Page 141
Tim Seeley and Scott Godlewski
The stakes are raised in this nostalgic and unstoppable sequel to the ’80s cult classic vampire film, The Lost Boys. Veteran horror writers Tim Seeley, and Scott Godlewski deliver a gruesome and stylish return to the bloody boardwalks and big hair of 1987! Santa Carla, California is on edge. The eccentric coastal town and haven for the undead was finally returning to “normal” after its last supernatural scuffle left the local coven’s head vampire dead and gave newcomers Michael and Sam Emerson a housewarming both violent and bizarre. Now the brothers must once again team up with militant vampire hunters Edgar and Allan Frog when a new gang of ruthless, stunning, life-sucking nightcrawlers known as the Blood Belles emerges from the aftermath to collect Michael’s love interest and their lost sister, Star.

RED THORN #12 $3.99 Page 145
David Baillie and Megan Hetrick
Thorn travels to the Otherworld and does not like what he finds there. Tarek takes on a villain, but not the one you’re expecting. Amaka tells us how she managed to survive a threat that would have killed anyone else on Earth…and Ness prepares to do something she’d sworn she never would. The twelfth chapter of Red Thorn answers almost all the questions you’ve been asking all year. Almost. [The male lead character is bi.]

IDW/ TOPSHELF

COMPLETE VOODOO HC Vol 2 $29.99 Page 188
Ruth Roche, Matt Baker, Jack Kamen, The Iger Shop, and various
Volume 2 includes Pre-Code classics like “They Couldn’t Die!,” “Torture Travelogue,” “Vanishing Cadavers,” “Voodoo Canvas,” “Good Bye World!,” “Satan’s Plaything,” “Blood Revenge,” and “Skulls of Doom!”

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #20 3.99 Page 170
Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren
The Stingers part two! The Stingers have found themselves a label, but does that mean THE Misfits have lost theirs?! Meanwhile the Holograms struggle to find the missing piece to their band as Shana finally heads to Milan. And Stingers singer Riot has his eyes locked on Jem… which means life got more complicated for Jerrica!

SUPER WEIRD HEROES HC $49.99 Page 189
Fletcher Hanks, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, John Buscema, Bill Everett, George Tuska, L.B. Cole, Jim Mooney, Mort Meskin, Will Eisner, and various
The first superhero book from Yoe Books/IDW! Over 500 pages, this ginormous tome is as thick as a brick and filled with tons of rare, full-color, never-before-reprinted comics! It’s the most bizarro, wacky, wild, astonishing, eye-popping, jaw-dropping, book… EVAH! It’s loaded with beyond-belief “WHAT TH’?!?!” moments! Wait till you tell your friends what you discover in its pages! Super Weird Heroes will make you laugh, cry, and be immensely entertained! You’re going to witness Public Domain superheroes like The Hand (yes, he’s a giant hand), The Eye (you got it–he’s a yuuuge eye), The Bouncer (this super-hero-in-a-skirt’s power is bouncing)! And this is just a small fraction of the Super Weird Heroes you’ll experience in this must-have book–there are over 65 super weird heroes in all! [Couldn’t resist adding this book for its sheer campiness and where else will you find stories featuring Nature Boy and Rainbow Boy in one book?]

IMAGE

demonic3DEMONIC #3 $2.99 Page 222
Christopher Sebela, Niko Walter, and Dan Brown
Scott Graves sold his soul, now he has to hold up his end of the bargain. But his target, the New Age Novo organization, has a history that runs deep… and corrupts all it touches.

LAZARUS #26 $3.99 Page 221
Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
“Cull,” Part five. Vassalovka strikes. The Beast is unchained. Forever suffers a devastating loss.

MIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL #5 $3.50 Page 222
Howard CHaykin
A desperate race toward dawn… a suburban bloodbath… the deeper truth of memory… and a tentative and fragile peace [Two of the main gang members central to the story are either gay or bi.]

MONSTRESS #8 $3.99 Page 223
Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
The hunt for answers takes Maika and her friends out to sea…

nomercy10NO MERCY #10 $3.99 Page 205
Alex De Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee
New story arc! As students begin to trickle back to the US from the service trip in Mataguey, they wonder: Will the tragedy define their lives? Or will its lawsuits? And for the kids who remain in-country, is death done with them yet?
Catch up with No Mercy volumes 1 & 2!

ODY-C #12 $3.99 Page 206
Matt Fraction and Christian Ward
“The Fall of the House of Atreus”part two–Love kills in this, the worst homecoming party ever. [A gender swapped reimagining of the Odyssey.]

PAPER GIRLS #10 $2.99 Page 224
Brian K Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
The second arc of the smash-hit ongoing series concludes with the Paper Girls risking everything to escape the 21st century… but if any survive, where will they end up next?

RINGSIDE #9 43.99 Page 2276
Joe Keatinge, Nick Barber, and Simon Gough
Former professional wrestler and current fixer, Daniel Knossos suffers brutal consequence as his dual lives finally collide in the most devastating way possible [The rookie character is gay and is in a relationship and another character possibly may be gay.]

SAGA #38 $2.99 Page 227
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
“The War For Phang” part three. New allies join the battle, but so do deadly new enemies.

shutter23SHUTTER #23 $3.99 Page 207
Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Luca, and Owen Gieni
New story arc! “So Far Beyond!” The final act begins now! Shutter’s final storyline begins with Kate Kristopher in the most dangerous spot she’s been in yet, as she’s picking up the pieces in the wake of lives lost. Everything comes to a head as we learn the answer to every single question, every last mystery, and all the truths behind the lies we’ve learned. If Shutter’s second act finale proved anything, it’s that no one’s safe from what’s coming. Please note: This extended-length final arc will not be collected for some time after it ends, so readers of Shutter vol 4: All Roads tpb’s shocking ending are highly encouraged to sign up for the single issues’ duration. [Alain Vian in the supporting cast is transgender.]

WALKING DEAD #159 $2.99 Page 240
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
“The Whisperer War” part three. 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.]

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?

aforce10A-FORCE #10 $3.99 Page 64
Kelly Thompson and Paulo Siqueira
The lives of A-Force, a mysterious woman named Alice and an entire town lie in the hands of Nico Nimoru. What Nico chooses to do next can save the day but can also make her a murderer — the very thing she’s been running from since Captain Marvel first tried to arrest her. And if A-Force manages to survive the day, can the team stay together? Or will this be the end of A-Force as we know it?

AGENTS OF SHIELD #10 $3.99 Page 56
Marc Guggenheim and Ario Anindito
SHIELD’s civil war concludes. Will Coulson return to his team? Will Jemma Simmons live? Who is the new Deathlok? Get your answers here!! [Guggenheim is an LGBT ally.]

ALL NEW X-MEN #14 $3.99 Page 92
Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
A wheelchair-bound Cyclops is stuck in the X-Men’s mobile headquarters while all of his teammates jet off across the world on fantastic adventures. Well, almost all of his teammates…Beast has sequestered himself in his lab, feverishly working on some mysterious new project. In his own version of Rear Window, will Cyclops discover that Hank is meddling with forces that should be left alone, or is he just driving himself mad out of boredom? Or worse — both?

ALPHA FLIGHT BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC $100.00 Page 116
John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Roger Stern, Tom DeFalco, Bill Mantlo, John Cassady, Ben Raab, Louise Simonson, Sal Buscema, Steve Ditko, Ron Wilson, Mike Mignola, Paul Smith, and Paul Neary
Legendary writer/artist John Byrne steers one of his greatest creations to glory! Exploding from the pages of X-Men, Canada’s premier super-team Alpha Flight takes the Marvel Universe by storm before starring in its own Byrne-helmed series! Guardian, Shaman, Snowbird, Sasquatch, Aurora, Northstar, Puck and Marrina fight to protect Canada from injustice and evil — including Master of the World, the maniacal alchemist Diablo and the terrifying Great Beasts! But they’ll face their darkest defeat at the hands of rival Omega Flight. And when an Alphan falls, can the team fight on? Plus: Loki! The Hulk! And more! Collecting X-Men (1963) #109, #120-121 and #139-140; Machine Man (1978) #18; Marvel Two In One (1974) #83-84; Incredible Hulk (1968) #272, #313 and annual #8; Alpha FLight (1983) #1-29; X-Men and Alpha FLight (1985) #1-2; X-Men/Alpha Flight (1998) #1-2; and material from Marvel Team Up annual #7.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19 & 20 $4.99/ $3.99 Pages 6 & 11
Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
“Dead No More” Someone in the Amazing Spider-Man’s orbit dies. Peter, once again, has to choose between being Spider-Man and his personal life and it doesn’t go well for him. Also, get the other side of the Spider-Man/Kingpin story from the FCBD story. [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

“Clone Conspiracy” tie in! Death is no more, and Doctor Octopus has returned! How is he back? And what does he have to do with The Jackal?

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #13 $3.99 Page 68
Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas
The trial of Ant-Man! Order in the court. Darren Cross is out for revenge! (And out of the office – see autoreply) [Gay Machinesmith has carried over from the previous series. The gay Indian-American man who inherited Giant Man’s suit has also appeared. Sadly, this is the last issue.]

BLACK PANTHER #7 $3.99 Page 19
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chris Sprouse
“The Crew” starts now! With no one left to trust, T’Challa leans on his day ones: Luke Cage. Misty Knight. Storm. But Wakanda may be too far gone for this all-new, all different Crew. [A sub plot in the first arc focused on Ayo and Aneke, a lesbian couple.]

CAPTAIN MARVEL #10 $3.99 Page 20
Ruth & Chris Gage, and Kris Anka
Civil War tie in. The final showdown between Carol and Tony’s forces. Fist meets metal in the ultimate battle for the future!

drstrangesorcerer1DR STRANGE & THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1 $3.99 Page 56
Robbie Thompson and Javier Radriguez
An ancient evil threatens to unravel the fabric of reality, and one Sorcerer Supreme may not be enough. Doctor Strange must unite past, present and future Sorcerers Supremes to stem the coming darkness – Merlin, the Ancient One, Wiccan, and more! But Strange should watch his back, not all of these Sorcerers have his best interests in mind.

DOCTOR STRANGE, WHAT IS IT THAT DISTURBS YOU STEPHEN? TP $29.99 Page 148
Marc Andreyko, P Craig Russell, Marv Wolfman, Gardner Fox, Ralph Macchio, Chris Claremon, Mike W Barr, Peter B Gillis, Tom Sutton, Michael Golden, Marshall Rogers, Sandy Plunkett, and Carmine Infantino
Magical tales from a spellbinding artist! P. Craig Russell brings his distinctive style to Doctor Strange in an Eisner Award-winning tale decades in the making. It’s a psychedelic story of sorcerous seduction that will take you from the arcane shadows of the Sanctum Sanctorum to the dizzying spires of the mystical city of Ditkopolis! The Master of the Mystic Arts puts Clea to the test, faces a challenge to his title as Sorcerer Supreme and battles a hoary host of foes. Plus: Russell turns his attention to (Scarlet) witchcraft and other chilling mysteries! Collecting Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen?; Dr Strange annual 1, Marvel Premiere#7, Doctor Strange (1974) #34 plus material from Dr Strange #46, Marvel Fanfare (1982) #5, #6 and #8;, Chamber Of Chills #1-2, and Journey Into Mystery (1972) #4.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #15 $3.99 Page 93
Jeff Lemire and Victor Ibanez
The X-Men’s newest charge has become possessed by the World Eater, an extradimensional entity whose sole purpose is to live up to its name. And it has its sights set on LIMBO next! Can Storm and Magik prevent it from reaching mutantkind’s last refuge? Meanwhile, Iceman and Nightcrawler learn that saving Colossus from the clutches of Apocalypse comes at a price!

GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #1 $3.99 Page 20
Zac Gorman and Will Robson
“All New, All Different?” No, thank you! New things are bad and different things are scary! Instead, why not join everybody’s least favorite super-hero team, the Great Lakes Avengers in their brand new — but not too brand new — ongoing series, Same Old, Same Old, Great Lakes Avengers! When the team gets reinstated as permanent members of the Avengers and uprooted to Detroit, the GLA has one more shot at super hero glory…but can they answer the call? Do they even have 4G coverage here? Find out! [Flat Man is gay.]

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #12 $3.99 Page 75
Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustsos
“Cooties” conclusion. Lunella Lafayette has a big role to play in the Marvel Universe. It’s going to shock everyone…except her! But first she needs to put Kid Kree in his place while defending herself from an alien attack force! And then win the science fair while swapping brains with a 30-foot T. Rex not known for his smarts.

msmarvel12MS MARVEL #12 $4.99 Page 32
G Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Adrian Alphona
Ms. Marvel goes global! After the events of Civil War, Kamala goes on a much-needed road trip. But will she be an international sensation or menace? Bonus 10-page Red Widow story! [G Willow Wilson revealed that supporting cast member Zoe is a lesbian and in love with another girl in the cast.]

NEW AVENGERS #17 $3.99 Page 62
Al Ewing and Paco Medina
A Civil War II tie in. Once everything was new but now everything is doomed! Roberto Da Costa — shot through the head! A.I.M. under siege from SHIELD! Air Force One – tumbling from the sky like a dying swan! This is the slam bang finish to end them all, True Believer!

NEW AVENGERS AIM: CIVIL WAR II Vol 3 $15.99 Page 130
Al Ewing, Geraldo Sandoval, and Paco Medina
As conflict rages across the Marvel Universe, the New Avengers discover that some Wars are less Civil than others! Roberto Da Costa’s mission — should he choose to accept it — is to play the ultimate secret agents at their own game…with the free world as the stakes! It’s A.I.M. vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.! But as things heat up, the Maker reveals his master plan and it’s time for the New Revengers to strike! The race is on to see who can take down A.I.M. first. But with everybody else’s hands full, will there be anyone left to stop W.H.I.S.P.E.R. before it’s too late? Also, White Tiger vs. White Tiger: the rematch! Jailbreak at 20,000 feet! And Sunspot’s life on the line! It’s all-out acronym annihilation with A.I.M., S.H.I.E.L.D. and W.H.I.S.P.E.R. and that spells big trouble for the MU! Collecting New Avengers (2015) #12-16. 1

PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT #11 $3.99 Page 28
Kate Leth and Brittney L Williams
“Don’t Stop Me Now” starts now! Who’s ready for a knock-down, drag-out, no-holds-barred cat fight? Literally! Okay, it’s kind of figurative because they’re not *actually* cats, but it’s pretty close. Felicia Hardy is on a collision course with Patsy Walker. You know what that means? It’s Hellcat vs. Black Cat y’all! Featuring everyone’s favorite teenage vampire Jubilee! But who’s side is she on? Sharpen your claws because it’s going to be a feline fiasco for the ages!

SILK #13 $3.99 Page 72
Robbie Thompson and Tana Ford
Silk and friends continue their search for her parents in the Negative Zone! What they find will shock you.

SQUADRON SUPREME #12 $4.99 Page 60
James Robinson and Leonard Kirk
Civil War tie in. The saga continues as the Squadron Supreme try to stop Warrior Woman from resurrecting their sworn enemy, Namore — but nothing has gone to plan. Unable to help their allies, Hyperion and Doctor Spectrumare forced to watch as the stakes rise against them…with Blur and Thundra pitted against Spider-Man and the entirety of S.H.I.E.L.D. On his own, Nighthawk hunts the precognitive Inhuman named Ulysses, intent to discover whatever secrets his visions hold. [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 #12 $3.99 Page 67
Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
Forged from the mystical metal known as Uru, Thor’s Hammer is the key to a power that only the worthy can wield. But what makes one worthy to carry this weapon? Is it destiny? Or does the hammer choose its partner? Discover the storied history of Thor’s greatest ally, the mighty Mjolnir!

thorlordsmidgardTHOR: LORDS OF MIDGARD Vol 2 HC $24.99 Page 115
Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Rafa Garres
The legend continues with Thors new and old! Loki spins a special ages-old tale of a young Odinson in action against a hulking great enemy. You wouldn’t like this Viking when he’s angry! But what incredible impact will this yarn from the past have on the present? Prepare for corporate espionage, Marvel-style, as some of the world’s most powerful and evil conglomerates go to war — with Thor caught in the middle! But if Roxxon and the rest aren’t enough trouble, Jane Foster must contend with a new enemy: S.H.I.E.L.D.! Whose side will Agent Roz Solomon be on? Worse still, somehow millions of lives will depend on the God of Thunder saving Roxxon’s evil executive, Dario Agger! All this and…the Exterminatrix and the Silver Samurai?! Collecting issues (2015) #6-11.

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #12 $3.99 Page 57
Greg Pak and Mike Del Mundo
Civil War tie in. Black Panther brings out the heavy artillery to take on Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk! When diplomacy fails two of the smartest guys on the planet, fists will just have to do! [Greg Pak was a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]

THE ULTIMATES #11 $3.99 Page 58
Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort
Civil War tie in. As the heroes meet in final battle is there any saving the Ultimates? Or have they found the one problem they can’t solve? Meanwhile, in the depths of space, the Lifebringer comes to a decision that will change the team forever if they survive! Are you ready…for Ultimates 2? [Ms America has a girlfriend as part of the supporting cast.]

squirrelgirl13UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #13 Page 76
Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Someone is taking over the continental United States, but Squirrel Girl is stuck in boring ol’ Canada! Uh oh. Canada’s not actually that boring, though: Did you know we have the world’s longest covered bridge, in Hartland, New Brunswick? It’s true! I’ve seen it! It’s pretty long, I guess. Anyway enough about Canada, we’re here to find out why you should buy this comic! Reasons include: fights, teamwork, continental USA domination and a special guest star who you’ll find a tiny bit familiar? Everyone is at least a little bit into this guy and I cAN’T imagine you not being excited to discover who it is! Anyway, yeah, it’s Ant-Man. [Koi Boi may be transgender.]

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