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LGBT Previews September 2017 Part 1

Lion Forge joins the list this month thanks to not one but two graphic novels the small press company is publsihing for September release. Generations, written and drawn by Flavia Biondi, was originally printed in her native Italy and now translated into English. Biondi’s story follows a young man who returns home after a three year absence and learns some truths about himself and his family. At its core, Keezy Young’s Taproot is a love story between two teenage boys, though a love complicated by one of the boys being a ghost. You can read their full desciptions below. Lion Forge’s promotional support for these two books is commendable with outreach that includes, among other points, digital arcs to shools and libraries, comic retailers, and booksellers. You can read the books’ full descriptions below.

Of course there are other comics and books you might find intriguing, but you’re going to have check out the rest of the list!

The “fine print”! 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! As much as we try, sometimes a book, series, or creator is overlooked. Send us a message if that’s the case or to let us know about your work that doesn’t appear in Previews.

The beg! Please think about using our Amazon affiliate link to order any of trades or graphic novels with links in the list (or literally anything from Amazon). Of course, supporting your local comic shop and book stores is important too!

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING OMNIBUS SC $55.00 Page 252
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! (OFFERED AGAIN)

RACHEL RISING TPS $16.99 each Page 252
Terry Moore
All the following TPs are re-offered.
Vol 1 SHADOW OF DEATH: Rachel Beck wakes in a shallow grave and claws her way free as a mysterious woman watches from a bluff. With no memory of the night before, Rachel enlists the help of Aunt Johnny, the town mortician, to find her killer. But when repeated attacks send her to the morgue, Rachel’s ability to wake from death again and again prove to be a blessing and a curse, and the eerie town of Manson will never be the same!

Vol 2 FEAR NO MALUS: Rachel and Jet will not stay dead. It’s a mystery to the two BFFs, but they suspect it has something to do with a 10-year old serial killer and a witch who wants revenge on Manson, the little town with a wicked past. Critics are raving about Rachel Rising, and the series made the Horror Writers Association 2012 Recommended Reading List. Fear No Malus collects issues 7-12.

Vol 5 NIGHT COMETH: Rachel, Jet, and Aunt Johnny recover quickly from their harrowing adventures with the air of a magic herbal wrap, but they soon discover they’ve been the victims of a serial killer. Now they are determined to find the mysterious predator and deliver him to the evil of Zoe’s knife. This new book is the 5th trade paperback in Terry Moore’s Eisner Award nominated series, collecting issues #25-30.

Vol 6 SECRETS KEPT: Rachel wakes from a deathly sleep to find her town gripped with fear as the rise in violent deaths mount. Knowing the demonic Malus is to blame, Rachel joins forces with Zoe to find and stop their common enemy. But Malus is enamored with Rachel and makes her an offer she might not be able to refuse! Collects issues #31-36.

Vol 7 DUST TO DUST: Rachel saves Zoe’s life and finds the elusive demon Malus by looking through the eyes of his last victim. In an earth-shattering showdown, Lilith confronts Malus and fights for the future of humanity. Dust To Dust is the final book in the Rachel Rising story, collecting issues #37-42.

AFTERSHOCK

ANIMOSITY THE RISE #3 $3.99 Page 267
Marguerite Bennett and Juan Doe
The City by the Sea is under Animal control. Led by a mysterious beast, and under laws and dangers never known before, the city is on the brink of crisis-and one man stands between totalitarian order or ravenous chaos. What choice is there? The exciting third chapter of this Animosity trilogy comes to a conclusion here, paving the way to AfterShock’s new ongoing series, debuting next month!

INSEXTS #13 $3.99 Page 267
Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina
In the climactic arc finale of Insexts, Lady and Mariah, the deadly Victorian vixens out for revenge, begin a chain reaction to alter their world forever…

WORLD OF ANIMOSITY #1 $3.99 Page 263
Marguerite Bennett and Rafael De Latorre
A journey through an apocalypse like none ever imagined-this singular one-shot brings readers and fans alike an exclusive look at the characters, creatures, maps, mysteries, enemies, histories, and the road-so-far in a world where the Animals have risen up to take revenge. This standalone collection includes a variant cover gallery, character designs, never-before-seen artwork, and summaries that will not only bring new readers up to speed, but allow existing readers to dive deep with new information into stories they already love.

ARCHIE

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE Vol 1 TP $17.99 Page 286
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla, and Jack Morelli
If you haven’t discovered Archie’s Afterlife with Archie yet, the PREVIEWS Exclusive cover is now in its final printing! When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion — Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same — and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale! Collects issues 1-5 featuring the first storyline “Escape from Riverdale” from the ongoing TEEN+ comic book horror series Afterlife with Archie. (OFFERED AGAIN)

ARCHIE #24 $3.99 Page 286
Mark Waid and Audrey Mok
The fallout from “Over the Edge” continues! One of the Riverdale kids has become a pariah in town, so it’s either run or face a life filled with hate and violence! Join us as we welcome new interior artist Audrey Mok. [Kevin Keller is in the cast.]

ARCHIE FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #28 $4.99 Page 288
Dan Parent and Bill Galvan
In the brand-new lead story, “Every Day is Sundae!,” The Cooking Channel is looking for the best sundae in the country-and one by Pop Tate is in the running! Archie and his friends all think they’re the inspiration behind the recipe, but only one person knows the truth!

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #256 $4.99 Page 288
Dan Parent and Pat Kennedy
In the all-new lead story “How Dazzling!,” Veronica’s cousin Harper shows off her new line of “bedazzled” accessories, but Veronica finds it too boring for her taste — until it gets noticed by a major designer!

RIVERDALE #6 $3.99 Page 286
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Joe Eisma
Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, this issue gives us a peek into all the secrets Pop Tate overhears in his day-to-day business, told through four vignettes in four different booths.

SABRINA CHILLING ADVENTURES Vol 1 TP $17.99 Page 288
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Robert Hack
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comics’ latest horror sensation starts here! Compiles the first five issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. (OFFERED AGAIN)

BLACK MASK

KIM & KIM: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD #3 $3.99 Page 296
Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrrera
The Kims’ old friend Kathleen shows up with some startling news: Kim D’s ex-girlfriend has a bounty on her head the size of Texas — and the criminal resources to justify it. So this is the part where stuff gets kinda serious. It does have a giant robot, though.

BOOM

GODSHAPER #6 $3.99 Page 310
Simon Spurrier and Jonas Goonface
Final issue! Caught between the Demonstrators and the mob with his friends’ lives on the line, Ennay has one last chance to use every bit of cunning and shaping ability he has to get himself out of this mess.

GOLDIE VANCE Vol 3 TP $14.99 Page 313
Hope Larson and Brittney Williams
With the Prescription One race in town, Marigold “Goldie” Vance and her biggest rival, Sugar Maple, find themselves in an unlikely alliance to find who is sabotaging the drivers before the big event. Eisner Award-winning writer Hope Larson and artist Brittney Williams are joined by writer Jackie Ball and debut artist Noah Hayes in another exciting whodunnit adventure! Collects issue #9-12.

GOLDIE VANCE Vol 2 TP $14.99 Page 313
Hope Larson and Brittney Williams
Sixteen-year-old Marigold ‘Goldie’ Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. In this second storyarc, Goldie investigates the mysterious appearance of a lady astronaut on the beach! Collects issues #5-8. (OFFERED AGAIN)

GOLDIE VANCE Vol 1 TP $9.99 Page Page 313
Hope Larson and Brittney Williams
From Nancy Drew to Veronica Mars, we really dig girl detectives! Eisner award-winning writer Hope Larson and Brittney Williams present the newest gal sleuth on the block with Goldie Vance, an exciting, whodunnit? adventure that mixes the fun of Eloise with the charm of Lumberjanes. 16-year-old Marigold ‘Goldie’ Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and dreams to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery utilizing her smarts, random skills, and connections with the hotel staff and various folks in town. Collects issues #1-4 of the ongoing series. ‘Goldie Vance is a delight for readers of all ages.’ – Newsarama (OFFERED AGAIN)

GO GO POWER RANGERS #3 $3.99 Page 304
Ryan Parrott and Dan Mora
In the wake of their win against the evil space witch, Rita Repulsa, the newly formed Power Rangers team test the limits of their new abilities when morphed. Meanwhile, Rita plots her revenge by uncovering the Rangers true identities.

HI-FI FIGHT CLUB #2 $3.99 Page 296
Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueya
With Rory in danger and Chris finally in on the crew’s off-hour activities, they need a plan to get to her in time… and they find it in the most unexpected place!

LUMBERJANES #42 $3.99 Page 313
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Ayme Sotuyo
The Roanoke gals might have accidentally… slowed down time?

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #19 $3.99 Page 308
Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya
Eager to maintain a relative peace from Rita Repulsa’s alien hordes and seek a new path to heroism, the Rangers look to Grace’s organization,Promethea, for help.

SLAM – NEXT JAM #1 $3.99 Page 306
Pamela Ribon and Marina Julia
Get ready for another lap around the track in this follow-up series to Pamela Ribon’s critically acclaimed Slam! After breaking one of the biggest rules in derby (not to mention an actual collarbone), Knockout and CanCan have a lot of work to do to rehabilitate their bodies and improve their standings in the league.

STEVEN UNIVERSE #8 $3.99 Page 308
Melanie Gilman and Katy Farina
When Peridot and Lapis turn their corn field into a “haunted” corn maze, the Gems uncover scares and secrets while trying to solve it!

THE WOODS #35 $3.99 Page 311
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
The penultimate issue of this GLAAD Award-winning series! As the end nears, more lives are lost in the great battle between the alien moon and humanity itself.

THE WOODS Vol 8 TP $14.99 Page 311
James TynionIV and Michael Dialynas
Every 100 years, the Black City has selected a remote population from Earth and transported them to the woods. These civilizations have not always lived in harmony… but now, they must either fight in unison to turn their weapons against the technology that brought them here in the first place, or meet total elimination in the face of Isaac’s unworldly power. Will this unification of factions be enough, or are they all doomed? Written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Gotham Academy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), The Woods Vol. 8: The Final War collects issues #29-32 of the GLAAD Award-winning series.

CHAPTERHOUSE

DIE KITTY DIE HOLLYWOOD OR BUST #4 $3.99 Page 327
Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz
Follow the continuing journey of Kitty from fan favorites the world over, Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz! With Kitty out of the picture, the movie of her life goes on…and it’s a disaster pic, in more ways than one! What went on while she was away? A lot, it seems! She was trapped in a boob tube world due toher evil cousin, Katty! Now, she’s back, and it’s damage control time! We finally find out who has been trying to kill her…. and it’s not pretty!

D.E.

RED SONJA #9 $3.99 Page 353
Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez
The cross-country adventure continues as the She-Devil makes her way across the wild, wild West. Sonja discovers just how big America really is as she tries to stay one step ahead of the law, with a little help from her friends Spike and Holly.

SHEENA #1 $3.99 Page 334
Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
When a dangerous group of mercenaries sent by Cadwell Industries accuses her village of murdering one of their men, Sheena is forced to make a deal. To save her home, Sheena now has twenty-four hours to find the missing man alive; if she fails, the mercenaries will attack-and they take no prisoners. But Sheena is not the only one hunting for the missing man…

SOVEREIGNS #5 $3.99 Page 345
Ray Fawkes, Aubrey Sitterson, Johnny Desjardins, and Dylan Burnett
This is it! All your questions will be answered, all the mysteries revealed! What has obliterated humanity? What the hell happened to the moon? What is the true nature of the Lost Valley? Why do the heroes you know and love-Turok, Magnus and Doctor Spektor-seem like completely different people? And perhaps most importantly, how will the world be saved, and at what cost? Also: Doc Spektor, Part 6! The story of the all-new master (and we use the term lightly) sorcerer continues… when Doc gets drunk & summons a demon – and good decision-making ensues!

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

BERLIN #21 $5.99 Page 267
Jason Lutes
The penultimate issue of the long-running series finds Silvia Braun and David Schwartz joining forces to sabotage a neighborhood National Socialist outpost, while Marthe Muller says her final farewells to the city where she has come of age. And as darkness manifests in the alleyways of the underclass and estates of the elite, Kurt Severing glimpses the worst of all possible futures.

HARPER COLLINS

DOCTOR WHO PAPER DOLLS SC $14.99 Page 492
Christel Dee and Simon Guerrier
Take your obsession with Doctor Who to an imaginative new dimension with Doctor Who: Paper Dolls. Roleplay as your favorite Doctor, replay the Doctors’ greatest episodes, and travel through space and time with close companions, including Rose, Donna, Missy, and the latest sidekick/companion, Bill. Each doll is printed on heavy art cardstock and comes with a range of outfits to mix and match any adventure, all with captions providing background information and trivia. You can also take your dress-up to the next galactic level with cosplay tips from Christel Dee, star of Doctor Who: The Fan Show.

NEIL GAIMAN GRAVEYARD BOOK COMPLETE SC GN $20.00 Page 381
Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, and various
The two volumes of the graphic novel adaptation of The Graveyard Book are now bound into one stunning paperback edition. Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except he lives in a sprawling graveyard and has been raised since infancy by ghosts and a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in a graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, and the strange and terrible Sleer. There are dangers though, too, and if Bod leaves the graveyard, he may fall prey to the man Jack, who has already murdered Bod’s entire family. Effortlessly inventive, chilling, and magical, Neil Gaiman’s Newbery winning and bestselling Graveyard Book is a classic in the making.

LION FORGE

GENERATIONS $14.99 Page 401
Flavia Biondi
After three years in Milan, a young gay man returns home to the provincial country town where he was born and from which he had fled. Matteo has no money, no job, and an uncertain future, and despite trepidations about encountering his estranged father, he feels he has no choice but to find a place to crash with his extended family for a while. Settling into a house shared with his grandparents, three aunts, and his very pregnant cousin, he starts to rebuild his life and relationships and confronts a few truths about the other generations of his family, and about himself…

TAPROOT $10.99 Page 398
Keezy Young
Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.

ONE PEACE

MARIA HOLIC GN Vol 11 $11.95 Page 407
Minari Endo
“Could this be love?” Kanako Miyamae has always done what she pleased, but what will happen when her heart awakens to her maidenly desires in the new, fall semester? Find out in the hilarious eleventh volume of the adventures of a yuri-loving protagonist and a sadistic, cross-dressing boy!

ONI/ LIMERENCE PRESS

MADE MEN #1 $3.99 Page 408
Paul Tobin and Arjuna Susini
You don’t know Jutte Shelley, but you might know her family. Before she was a Shelley, she was a Frankenstein. These days, she’s a Detroit Special Ops officer. At least she was, until she and her entire team were ambushed during what should have been a routine call. Jutte watched as, one by one, her friends were gunned down. And then, in a flurry of bullets, Jutte fell too. But Jutte isn’t like other people. She’s a Frankenstein. And she knows all her family’s secrets. Guess who’s getting the gang back together?

OH JOY SEX TOY GN Vol 4 $29.99 Page 415
Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan
Erika & Matthew think the world of sex is fantastic. Using comedy, real-life experiences, and research, they create some the best educational, informative, sex-positive comics around. (The puns are an added bonus!) In this fourth volume, they tackle a variety of interesting topics, including sex toys, what to expect at a gynecologist visit, the question of “what even IS sex?”, and STI testing. In addition, an entire third of the book is dedicated to showcasing guest cartoonists with their unique experiences and perspectives about sex, covering topics from body image to fursuiting to pegging, to name a few!

RIZZOLI

CHIP KIDD BOOK TWO 2007-2017 PX BOOKPLATE ED $60.00 Page 488
Chip Kidd
Universally recognized as an American master of contemporary book design, Chip Kidd is the most prolific cover designer in American design. Chip Kidd: Book Two collects all of his book covers and designs from 2007 to 2017. We see not just hundreds of his recent projects, but the working processes behind them–thoughts, sketches, revisions, and outright failures in addition to more than a few triumphs. Kidd leads the reader through each step of the design journey along the way. With a passion for unconventional and forward-thinking designs, this volume is sure to bring fresh inspirations to design aficionados, book lovers, pop-culture fanatics, comics fans, and design students.

SUBLIME

DONT BE CRUEL Vol 5 TP $12.99 Page 429
Yonezou Nekota
After nearly breaking up, Maya and Nemugasa finally go on their hot springs vacation, where their passions reignite! In fact, Maya becomes so besotted with Nemugasa that he gives him a couple’s ring to “ward off any poachers.” But after their return, Maya is approached by the mysterious Ruka, leaving Nemugasa as the jealous one. Is the shoe finally on the other foot?

LOVE STAGE GN Vol 7 $12.99 Page 429
Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaou
Read the sexy conclusion to Ryoma and Izumi’s showbiz romance!

TITAN

SHERLOCK THE GREAT GAME #2 $4.99 Page 423
Stephen Thompson, Jay, and various
Manga adaptation of the hit TV show.

TORCHWOOD: THE CULLING #1 $3.99 Page 439
Carol Barrowman, John Barrowman, and Neil Edwards
When we last saw Captain Jack, Gwen, and the rest of the new Torchwood team, they had just defeated an alien invasion in the Arctic… but missed a mysterious pod, buried under the ice, that held a seemingly familiar face. Now Captain Jack must battle his worst nightmare… or greatest daydream!

TORCHWOOD: WORLD WITHOUT END Vol 1 TP $14.99 Page 439
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! (OFFERED AGAIN)

VALIANT

HARBINGER RENEGADES #7 $3.99 Page 466
Rafer Roberts and Juan Darrick Robertson
Moving targets! ‘Massacre’ has claimed a life from the Renegades’ own ranks…and their new mission starts now: to rally as many psiots to their cause as possible. Now, this damaged team of telekinetic teenagers are off the grid and on the move, traveling America to recruit soldiers for the inevitable war they all see coming. But they are being watched… ‘Massacre’ seeks its next victim as multiple Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts and superstar artist Darick Robertson escalate the Road to Harbinger Wars 2 to the point of no return…and lead the Renegades toward their most seismic confrontation yet! [Kris and her girlfriend are queer and or non binary.]

VAULT

HEATHEN #6 $3.99 Page 469
Natasha Alterici
Having successfully hired a ship, Aydis is finally headed across the dangerous waters of the Northern Sea, but she must work hard to earn the respect of the ship’s captain Makeda and her all-woman crew. Elsewhere, Freyja senses impending danger for both Aydis and Brynhild, so she decides to intervene yet again. This time, she’s going to talk to Odin.

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