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LGBT Previews September 2017 Part 2

The Runaways return! America gets her first trade! Batgirl has a coloring book! The Infinite Loop returns at IDW! Shutter’s finale is collected! DC collects the first 15 issues of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman Rebirth in a deluxe hardcover! This and so much more!

Part one of the Previews list covering comics, trades, and graphic novels from publishers such as Boom, Archie, DE, small press, and indies is here!

People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Credit where credit 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!

Supporting your local comic shop or bookstore is always good karma! But you’ll find handy links to books in case you’re tempted to shop Amazon!


Neil Gaiman and P Craig Russell
Shadow makes his way into a seemingly deserted forest where a loudmouthed bird tells him to go to ‘Kay-ro’ to meet ‘Jackel.’ Unable to make heads or tails of this advice, he sets out on a new leg of his journey, where he is about to meet the strangest gods thus far.

Christos Gage and Megan Levens
With the Big Bad identified, Buffy and the Scoobies descend upon a top-secret government base for a battle to save the world and magical beings everywhere! Catch ‘deleted scenes’ on the variant covers!

Adam P Knave, D J Kirkbride, and Nick Brokenshire
It’s out with the old myths and in with the new as a nineteen-year-old chess prodigy pulls Excalibur from the stone and becomes queen. Now magic, romance, Fae, Merlin, and more await her! Lend her your axe as the creators of Amelia Cole start a new age of adventure! Collects issues #1-#5.

Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
Defeated by the Zodiac Starforce, the demon Pavos rebuilds his strength to take them on again . . . this time for good! Molly discovers a secret the UK team is hiding, and the tenuous alliance between Zodiac teams is tested!

Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters! But when an evil force infects leader Emma, she must work with her team to save herself-and the world-from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions! Collects Zodiac Starforce #1-#4. (OFFERED AGAIN)


ACTION #987 & 989 $2.99 Page 84
Rob Williams, Viktor Bogdanovic, and Patrick Zircher
“The Oz Effect” part one. The agents of the mysterious Mr. Oz begin to move as the Man of Steel works to stop the chaos they unleash in Metropolis and across the globe. But when Mr. Oz steps from the shadows his identity rocks the Last Son of Krypton to his core. The story that began in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 begins to end here!

As Superman struggles with the ramifications of Mr. Oz’s identity, the mysterious figure’s origins and the long road to Superman’s doorstep finally reveal themselves.

BATGIRL #15 $3.99 Page 87
Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose
“Summer of Lies” part two! Just as Batgirl and Nightwing discover which villain from their past has returned, they realize something worse…it was all a trap! When everything they thought they knew comes crashing down, will they be able to confront their true feelings for each other?

Babs Tarr
DC presents Batgirl in a whole new way: in black and white, on heavy stock suitable for coloring! Batgirl stars in a new coloring book focusing on her greatest covers, splash pages and more by some of comics’ top artists!

BATGIRL: SON OF PENGUIN Vol 2 TP $16.99 Page 132
Hope Larson, Chris Wildgoose, and various
For Barbara Gordon, things take a turn for the strange when the new tech mogul moving into her neighborhood turns out to be the estranged son of the Penguin! But Ethan Cobblepot isn’t what she expected, and Babs might just be falling for him! Will he turn out to be the hero he says he is, or the villain he was born to be? Collects issues #7-11 and annual #1.

BATMAN THE SHADOW #6 $3.99 Page 118
Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, and Riley Rossmo
In this final team-up issue, all-out war has broken out in the streets of Shamba-La! The Stag and The Joker are hell-bent on stealing all of the city’s secrets and ensuring absolute darkness falls across the globe. It’s the last stand for Batman and the Shadow, and the Dark Knight will have to decide once and for all if he’s going to embrace the destiny the Shadow has set out for him.

BATWOMAN #7 $3.99 Page 91
Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, and Fernando Blanco
“Fear and Loathing” part one. part one! When her father, Colonel Jacob Kane, realized that Kate would never become the soldier he wanted, he chose someone else to lead his secret paramilitary group, the Colony. That man–Colony Prime–hates nobody on Earth the way he hates Kate…and the feeling is mutual! So when the two of them are stranded in the Sahara Desert, heavily dosed with Scarecrow’s fear toxin, with no way to survive except to rely on each other…they might just choose death instead!

BOMBSHELLS UNITED #1 & 2 $3.99 Page 113
Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage
The Bombshells are back in an all-new series! As our new tale begins, the year is 1943, and Wonder Woman is called to Arizona for help by two young girls named Cassie Sandsmark and Donna Troy! The girls’ friends and families are being displaced from their homes and forced into internment camps! To save them, can Wonder Woman fight against the same people she once fought alongside?

Wonder Woman has set up refuge for Cassie Sandsmark and Donna Troy’s friends and families in the middle of a forest–but displacement is displacement, and they want to go home. Then, to make matters worse, a spy has infiltrated the camp! Has Wonder Woman put everyone in even greater peril?

Marguerite Bennett, Elsa Charretier, and various
All roads lead to Russia in this new title collecting issues 26-29 and annual #1! As the journey continues, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy find a magical stowaway: Raven! And Supergirl and Steve Trevor’s progress is halted when Supergirl’s reaction to Kryptonite knocks the train off its rails–how can she save her fellow passengers while fighting Russian spies, German spies and Lex Luthor?

Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, and various
In these stories from issues #1-6 of the hit series, learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.

DEATHSTROKE #23 $3.99 Page 94
Christopher Priest and Diogenes Neves
“Defiance” part three! As the team begins to crack under Slade’s harsh leadership tactics, Defiance is called into action after a cruise ship gets hijacked on the open seas! It’s sink or swim for Deathstroke’s new squad when they’re put to the test against impossible odds! [So, Jericho is in the book as an out gay…villain?]

DEATHSTROKE: TWILIGHT Vol 3 TP $16.99 Page 133
Christopher Priest, Larry Hama, and various
What happens when the World’s Deadliest Assassin begins to go blind? Faced with a potentially career-ending diagnosis, Deathstroke is coached by Power Girl to reinvent himself–and comes face to face with a rival assassin known as Deadline! But he might not be able to face this villain until he unearths a way to cure his own weaknesses. This volume of the Eisner Award-nominated series collects issues #12-18.

DETECTIVE #964 & 965 $2.99 Page 95
James Tynion IV, Christopher Sebela, and Carmen Nunez Carnero
“Dystopia”! Anarky has shown Spoiler the world he’s built beneath Gotham City, which he plans to bring into the light…but she needs to know who helped him build it! And what’s more, this alliance has put Steph back on Batman’s radar…and now the two are on a collision course!

“A Lonely Place Of Living” part one! It’s the story you’ve demanded: Where in the world (or otherwise) is Tim Drake? Red Robin faces a crossroads…escape the most devious prison ever devised, or find himself abandoned beyond time and space for all eternity! Not much of a choice, right? But when he finds out just who is locked in there with him, Tim’s world will change in ways he never imagined! This is one of the biggest stories of the Rebirth era, setting the stage for an explosive Detective Comics epic!

James TynionIV, Marcio Takara, and various
The next big Detective arc explodes here as the League of Shadows goes from mysterious rumor to deadly fact! With two new members on the team, Azrael and Batwing, will the Dark Knight’s squadron of crime-fighters be able to discover the League’s plan? And what deadly personal secret will be unleashed on the team? Don’t miss this title collecting issues #950-956.

FLASH #30 & 31 $2.99 Page 96
Joshua Williamson and Neil Googe
“Bloodwork” part one! Barry Allen’s personal life is in shambles, his new Negative-Flash powers aren’t working properly, and someone has been tampering with evidence at the Central City Police Department. The Flash is not having a good day, and it’s going to get worse when he comes face to face with Bloodwork, a terrifying new villain with secret ties to Barry Allen. [Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple and make occasional appearances.]

“Bloodwork” part two. Central City is the battleground for one of the most brutal fights of Barry Allen’s life as he squares off against the monstrous Bloodwork, whose powers are so gruesome we can’t tell you more about them here! Making things worse for The Flash as he confronts this unstoppable new threat is the fact that it’s all his fault! Witness the penultimate act of the Negative-Flash story and the beginning of an unforgettable new chapter in Barry Allen’s life…

FLINTSTONES Vol 1 $16.99 Page 140
Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
It’s the Flintstones as you’ve never seen them before! Issues #1-6 of this new series starring the first family of Bedrock (and civilization, really) tell the story of the dawn of civilization through the eyes of Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and the rest of the citizens of Bedrock. Shining a light on humanity’s oldest customs and institutions, writer Mark Russell blends satire with Hanna-Barbera’s classic characters.

FLINTSTONES Vol 2 $16.99 Page 140
Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, and various
In these surprisingly relevant tales from issues #7-12, the semi-civilized denizens of Bedrock face the peril of an asteroid hurtling toward Earth and a renewed battle against the Lizard People! Plus, the family appliances are terrified of Fred’s new bowling ball, and hipsters move into the neighborhood!

GREEN LANTERNS #30 & 31 $2.99 Page 98
Sam Humphries, Carlo Barbieri, and Matt Santorelli
“Out of Time” part 5. Jessica, Simon and the first seven bearers of green rings face Volthoom in the past as he holds the Guardians of the Universe hostage. As Lantern after Lanten falls, is there any chance of stopping the First Lantern from rewriting reality? [A female Green Lantern is queer.]

“Out of Time” finale. Simon Baz stands alone against Volthoom, the first and most powerful Lantern. It’s a battle of courage and will that changes both Baz and Volthoom forever.

HARLEY QUINN #27 & 28 $2.99 Page 100
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin
“Vote Harley” part one! The corrupt mayor of New York City has been a thorn in Harley’s side since the day he stepped into office…and now he’s crossed the line one time too many! Harley’s usual methods of dealing with problems like this have failed her, so it’s time for a more unconventional solution…is New York City ready for Mayor Harley Quinn? It better be!

“Vote Harley” part two! He’s already sent killers after her and her loved ones…what more can the Mayor do to get Harley Quinn off his back–especially now that she’s gone public in her campaign against him and become shockingly popular? The answer will surprise Harley…and you!

Amanda Conner and various
Celebrate twenty-five years of Harley Quinn with this collection of stories by some legendary Harley talent and some who’ve never drawn her before! How does Harley manage her insanely jam-packed life on Coney Island? What haven’t we seen from her past with the Joker? And can even Harley’s psychological acumen crack the twisted mind of…Robin, the Boy Wonder?

HELLBLAZER #14 $3.99 Page 101
Simon Oliver and Jesus Merino
“The Spirit Hunter” part two! Detective Margaret Ames doesn’t want to think her ex could murder someone, but when you used to date John Constantine, anything is possible. And John’s staying uncharacteristically sober as he tries to absolve himself of the murder he dreamed!

INJUSTICE 2 #9 & 10 $2.99 Page 120
Tom Taylor, Juan Albarran, and Daniel Samperre
Batman, Batgirl and their team–including a couple of important new recruits–mount a daring rescue mission into the jungle to save a group of children from the clutches of Ra’s al Ghul and his Suicide Squad! But Ra’s is prepared for any contingency, and this may be a one-way mission for some of the team.

The rescue mission reaches a critical point. Harley Quinn puts her life on the line in a display of heroic defiance while Wildcat faces off against the fake Batman. And the kidnapped kids show that they are not without resources of their own!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #14 & 15 $2.99 Page 103
Steve Orlando, Ivan Reis, Felipe Watanabe, and Joe Prado
“Crisis in the Microverse” part three! The search for Ray Palmer continues as atomic lightning threatens to tear apart the microverse! The JLA’s only hope of survival lies deep within the sentient planet Moz-Ga, where only an Atom can travel. Can young Ryan Choi accomplish what his mentor could not and persuade a cosmic consciousness to save reality?

“Crisis in the Microverse” part four! The search for Ray Palmer continues as atomic lightning threatens to tear apart the microverse! The JLA’s only hope of survival lies deep within the sentient planet Moz-Ga, where only an Atom can travel. Can young Ryan Choi accomplish what his mentor could not and persuade a cosmic consciousness to save reality?

Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne
The Power Rangers have reclaimed their Power Coins and control of the Zords, but the battle is far from won. Brainiac’s treaty with Zedd has left their Earth in jeopardy–and without Zordon’s guidance, even their alliance with the Justice League may not be enough to save the day. Don’t miss the epic finale! Co-published with BOOM! Studios.

NIGHTWING #29 & 29 $2.99 Page 95
Tim Seeley, Javi Fernandez, and Paul Pelletier
“Spyral” finale! Mr. Minos has returned to hijack Nightwing’s brain and steal all his superhero secrets! Will Huntress and Nightwing be able to save every superhero in the world–or will Mr. Minos’ scheme shatter Nightwing’s mind beyond repair? who seems both foreign and familiar…

A Dark Knights Metal tie-in! ‘Gotham Resistance’ part two! One vanquished foe gives way to another, even worse threat as this crucial tie-in to DC’s Metal continues! Hopelessly lost in a kingdom of snow and ice, our heroes are set upon by Mr. Freeze and his fearsome frost giants from the Dark Multiverse! But help arrives in the form of an at once foreign and familiar Dick Grayson…

SUPERGIRL #13 $3.99 Page 106
Steve Orlando, Robson Rocha, and Daniel Henriques
“Emerald Eradication” finale! It’s the final showdown between Supergirl and Emerald Empress. Supergirl’s life has been torn asunder and she’s not going to let Emerald Empress get away with it. But is it too late to repair the damage and remain the hero she’s built herself to be?

Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, Brian Ching, and various
Supergirl enters the mind of a Kryptonian monster to stop a killer and goes on a suicide mission to restore sanity within the D.E.O! Plus, in the aftermath of “Superman Reborn,” Kara meets Superman again (for the first time) to face the evil of the Emerald Empress! And Supergirl is trapped in the Phantom Zone with Batgirl! Collects issues #7-11 and a story from Batgirl annual #1.

SUPERWOMAN #14 $2.99 Page 109
Kate Perkins and Stephen Segovia
“Supermax” part one! Meet Superwoman’s newest roommate–Maxima?! When the galaxy’s foremost forger of heroes finds herself in need of a hero herself, she turns to Superwoman and the planet Earth. But Supergirl has unfinished business with her former mentor, bringing the Girl of Steel to Metropolis and into the clutches of the real Maxima!

TEEN TITANS #12 $3.99 Page 83
Ben Percy and Mirka Andolfo
A Dark Knights Metal tie-in! “Gotham Resistance” part one! The fight for Gotham City’s soul starts here! When Robin receives a distress call from Nightwing urging him to return home, he discovers that Gotham City has been transformed into a mosaic of monsters, magic and doom! Trapped inside the Riddler’s deadly maze with nowhere to turn, Robin soon assembles an unlikely team of hometown heroes including Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Black Canary and Green Arrow to find the missing Nightwing and save their city! [In last year’s 80 paged Rebirth special it was learned that this Aqualad is gay.]

WILD STORM #7 $3.99 Page 126
Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt
Jackie King, chief analyst at I.O., tries to make sense of all the pieces scattered across the board since Angela Spica saved Jacob Marlowe’s life. Angela Spica wakes up at Jacob Marlowe’s safe house and starts to realize how far from real life she’s been thrown since then. But life is not slowing down, and Marlowe’s wild covert action team have to extract the last member of their number from an I.O. black site. Meet John Colt–moments before he’s either rescued or murdered or dissected to reveal a secret kept for thousands of years.

WILD STORM TP VOL 1 $16.99 Page 143
Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt
New York Times best-selling writer Warren Ellis returns to reset the WildStorm universe with new iterations of Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Jenny Sparks and more in this volume collecting issues #1-6 of the hit series. Everyone is looking up. A man has been thrown from the upper floor of a skyscraper. Angela Spica, sick from the transhuman implants she’s buried in her own body — is the only person who can save him. What she doesn’t know is that the act of saving that one man will tip over a vast and secret house of cards that encloses the entire world, if not the inner solar system. This is how the Wild Storm begins, and it may destroy covert power structures, secret space programs and even all of human history.

WONDER WOMAN #30 & 31 $2.99 Page 112
Shea Fontana and David Messina / James Robinson and Carlo Pagulayan
“Heart of the Amazon” part finale! Wonder Woman may be a warrior, but she’s nobody’s weapon–as the mysterious cabal that’s been trying to manipulate her is about to learn!

“Children of the Gods” part one! Spinning out of the pages of DC Universe Rebirth and Justice League: Darkseid War, legendary writer James Robinson comes on board to answer one of the biggest questions of the year: Who is Wonder Woman’s brother? Taken away from Themyscira in the dead of night, the mysterious Jason has been hidden somewhere far from the sight of gods and men…but his life and Wonder Woman’s are about to intersect in a terrifying way, bringing them face to face with a cosmic threat they never imagined! Don’t miss the start of the next great Wonder Woman epic!

Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Nicola Scott
In this new hardcover, after suffering an unimaginable loss, Diana must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. However, in the midst of her grief, her Lasso of Truth stopped working! Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present! Plus, in the definitive tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector, paradise has been breached, Ares stirs and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home among her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman’s journey begins in this epic origin story! Collects issues #1-14 and Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1.

WONDER WOMAN CONAN #1 $3.99 Page 116
Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti, and Matt Ryan
What makes one a legend? How do legends carve their names into history, when countless others are forgotten? Wonder Woman and Conan the Barbarian are destined by the fates to be legendary, but when their stories collide, will both emerge victorious, or will the fickle Gods cut their lives short? Co-published with Dark Horse Comics.


Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell
Two of Grant Morrison’s most intriguing works are collected in a single hardcover volume! First, in the three- issue miniseries Sebastian O, Edwardian dandy Sebastian O is out for revenge on the members of a shadowy, sordid gentlemen’s club that had him committed to a mental institution. Hunted by assassins, Sebastian believes he will triumph by means of his exquisite fashion sense! Then, in the graphic novel The Mystery Play, an actor portraying Satan is accused of murdering the actor playing God in a Renaissance festival, bringing a rural English village to the edge of self-destruction.


DOOM PATROL #9 $3.99 Page 129
Gerard Way and Nick Derington
The secret of Terry None (maybe)! The return of old enemies (usually)! Casey eats S**t (again)! Strange babies (possibly)! Ungrateful cats (predictably)! Robotman punches stuff (of course)! Negative Man goes dark (potentially)! New life and anti-life (because)! All of this and none of it happens as reality begins to transform for the Doom Patrol. The stage is being set for the stage to be reset and you’re not going to want to miss the ambulance or you’ll never get to the theater on time. [Danny is featured in this series.]


Stephen Mooney
Nobody talks about how many dinosaurs died in WWII. But three months after Sergeant Tommy Irish Flynn and Captain John Noble wiped them out while foiling a Nazi plan, the boys are back, hot on the trail of some Dino DNA stolen by their former ally, Agent Elizabeth Huntington-Moss! The Nazis must be stopped before they can unleash their doomsday weapon!

Pierrick Colinet, Elsa Charettier, and Daniele Di Nicuolo
The Infinite Loop is back with a new self-contained story, a perfect jumping-on point for new readers! Twin Peaks-creepiness collides with Orwell’s 1984-dystopian madness in this sci-fi mini series, as Teddy is sent back in time in a little town where people are addicted to lies.

Erik Burnham and Sophie Campbell
‘Karai’s Path,’ part 3 of 4. In order to obtain an ancient artifact of great power, Karai must come face to face with a new creature unlike any seen before. Will it be her savior or her doom?


ANGELIC #1 $3.99 Page 196
Simon Spurrier and Caspar Wijngaard
Winged monkeys! Techno dolphins! Quantum alley cats!Humanity’s long gone. Its memory lingers only as misunderstood rituals among mankind’s leftovers: the genetically modified animals they used and abused for eons. But for one young flying monkey, Qora, the routines are unbearable. All she wants is to explore. Instead she’s expected to settle down, to become a mother… to lose her wings. Eisner nominee Simon Spurrier and rising-star Caspar Wijngaard present your new bittersweet adventure obsession: teenage rebellion and animal antics amidst the ruins of civilization! Think Wall-E by way of Watership Down. Fly, my pretties!

Marc Deschamps, Mindy Lee, and various
DeConnick and De Landro Present: The Triple Feature! A badass bevy of killer creatives storm the stage…! This month’s issue takes on sports culture, cosmetic surgery, and censorship…plus your regularly scheduled backmatter. 100% Grade-A satire. Ground to the bone.

CROSSWIND #4 $3.99 Page 211
Gail Simone and Cat Staggs
First there is a mountain! Hitman Cason Bennett and housewife Juniper Blue have somehow switched souls, and now those closest to them are beginning to smell a rat. Friends, family, and lovers are closing in, to say nothing of the vicious psychopath who may have deduced their secret and is howling for their blood!

ETERNAL EMPIRE #5 $3.99 Page 214
Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna
End of story arc! Rion and Tair risk their lives to save a group of workers in Imperial-occupied land.

MOONSTRUCK #3 $3.99 Page 223
Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kate Leth
Poor Chet. Their centaur butt is missing, and on the day of the homecoming parade, no less! But don’t worry: Julie and Selena are on the case (as long as Mark and Lindi don’t ruin everything [again]).

Kurtis J Wiebe, Max Dunbar, and Tamra Bonvillain
“Orc Dave and the Ballad of Birds”: Long before Palisade and the Four Daves, Orc Dave enjoyed a secluded life with his father in the mystical Green Wilds. There are vile, evil monsters that stalk their land, but something worse has just arrived: the Rat Queens.

RINGSIDE #12 $3.99 Page 227
Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber
“Shoot” part two. -The Minotaur has risen again. Daniel Knossos is torn between saving the love he once lost and the future he’s long desired.

ROCKET GIRL #9 $3.99 Page 228
Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder
Even more all-out action. See why Mark Millar says: “I bloody love this book!”

SAGA #47 $2.99 Page 230
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Meet Ianthe, who has very big plans for The Will.

Jody LeHeup, Sebastian Girner, and Nil Vendrell,
With his home destroyed and his spirit broken, Shirtless must join forces with a hated enemy if he hopes to rise against Logger and his loyal army of chainsaw-wielding Lumber Louts! Don’t miss the pulse-pounding penultimate issue!

SHUTTER: SO FAR BEYOND Vol 5 TP $19.99 Page 232
Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Duca, Owen Gieni
The final chapter of the Shutter series begins with explorer Kate Kristopher facing a greater loss than any she’s experienced before, leaving her more determined than ever to end Prospero’s grip on the world. Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca’s surrealistic odyssey through time and space comes to its epic end. Collects SHUTTER #23-30.

WALKING DEAD #171 $2.99 Page 238
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
Fear the princess! Who is she, and what does she want?

WICKED + DIVINE #31 $3.99 Page 239
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
“Imperial Phase (II),” part three. A nice lie-in. An awesome gig three friends have worked really hard on. A day trip to a museum enlivened when some old chums turn up. Everything continues to be lovely for the gods in “Imperial Phase.”


Thanks to Mike McDermott for his advice with post Secret War Marvel books, including paraphrased info included here!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #32 $3.99 Page 41
Dan Slott and Greg Smallwood
Norman Osborn’s goblin-free battle with Spidey didn’t go the way he had hoped. Now, Osborn needs to find an edge and get the Goblin back, and neither you nor Spidey are ready for the edge he’s going to find! Guest artist Greg Smallwood joins Dan Slott for this special issue that sets off the Amazing Spider-Man event of 2018! [Gay cast member Max Modell from pre Secret Wars appears again and became married to Hector Baez in #1.]

AMERICA #7 $3.99 Page 61
Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones
The origin of America Chavez! America Chavez left the Utopian Parallel when she was six years old, and by age 16, she was battling with the best. What happened in between? This is American history. This is the story you’ve been waiting for.

AMERICA: QUEEN Vol 1 TP $17.99 Page 111
Gabby Rivera, Kelly Thompson, Joe Quinones, and various
At last! Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series! Critically acclaimed young-adult novelist Gabby Rivera shines a solo spotlight on America’s high-octane and hard-hitting adventures! She was a Young Avenger. She leads the Ultimates. And now she’s going to college! Her first assignment: a field trip to the front lines of World War II – with Captain America as her wingman! But when another jump goes wrong, America Chavez ends up stuck in the past! Can that era’s Storm and the X-Men help her find her way home, or are they too busy protecting a world that hates and fears them? And who is the mysterious figure behind these time-travel mishaps? Plus: America and her Young Avengers gal pal Hawkeye are reunited at last, as they team up to take on a new threat! Collecting issues #1-6.

ASTONISHING X-MEN #3 4.99 Page 76
Charles Soule and Ed McGuinness
Shadow King showdown!The X-Men continue their fight against the Shadow King! But when Old Man Logan loses himself in the astral plane and Shadow King’s illusions, will he ever find his way back to his teammates? And what other horrors await our team?

BLACK PANTHER #18 $3.99 Page 63
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chris Sprouse
T’Challa finds himself in an uneasy alliance with Ayo and Aneka, the Midnight Angels, when a new deity rises to claim Wakanda for its own. And making matters worse, an enemy from Black Panther’s past has resurfaced with ill intentions. It seems Black Panther has one choice — bend the knee, or watch his country burn.

CHAMPIONS #12 $3.99 Page 23
Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos
Secret Empire aftermath. The Champions team was born from a fracture inside the Avengers. Now the events of Secret Empire have divided the Champions and which ones are still with the team may surprise you! [Viv is queer.]

Robbie Thompson and Nathan Stockman
It’s time for the Sorcerers to go home! With their original mission finally complete, Doctor Strange must figure out a way to send everyone back to their original timelines. Spoiler alert: Not everyone will make it home…

GENERATION X #6 $3.99 Page 85
Christina Strain and Eric Koda
With a mutant-killing monster loose beneath New York City, the X-Men impose a curfew for the students of the Xavier Institute. But Quentin Quire’s never much been one to follow rules. When Quentin convinces his classmates to join him for a night out, they’re in for something a LOT more fearsome than a mutant-killing monster. They might just find themselves at an auction populated by some of the Marvel Universe’s deadliest villains! [Bling is on the team.]

HAWKEYE #10 $3.99 Page 67
Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero
Kate Bishop is not being herself. She’s being way extra troublesome. Which, since this is Kate, says a lot. Skipping out on her case work, partying way too hard is one thing, but when her friends get in trouble and need a helping hand from Hawkeye and she doesn’t come through, it becomes clear that something is really off. Who is this fake Kate, and what’s she done with the real deal?

HULK #10 $3.99 Page 30
Mariko Tamaki and Julian Lopez
Jen Walters used to fight for justice in the courtroom as a lawyer and outside of it as the super hero known as She-Hulk. But after the events of Civil War, Jen’s Hulk persona has changed, seemingly putting the super hero part of her life out of reach. But a new drug has hit the streets, turning people into monsters, and Jen can’t help but be pulled into the craziness of it all. Is She-Hulk back? Or is her new Hulk a new breed of hero?

ICEMAN #5 $3.99 Page 81
Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti
Doing everything he can to avoid having a heart-to-heart with his parents, Iceman dives into super hero work. But he knows the approach of the truth is unstoppable. Luckily for Bobby Drake, there’s another unstoppable force barreling toward him: the Juggernaut has returned! But this is one alibi that might just be a death sentence!

MIGHTY THOR #23 $3.99 Page 35
Jason Aaron and Valerio Schiti
Thor against Thor! When the Ultimate Thor finally goes too far, Jane has no choice but to stop him. Can she quell the rage of the War Thor before he destroys the very realms he once hoped to save?

MS MARVEL #22 $3.99 Page 49
G Willow Wilson and Marco Failla
Something sinister has turned every citizen of Jersey City against Ms. Marvel. Worse still, Becky St. Jude a.k.a. Lockdown, has made it her personal mission to take end J.C.’s great defender. With Becky’s new sidekick’s intimate knowledge of Ms. Marvel’s moves, it’s Kamala Khan’s life that hangs in the balance…[Wilson wrote a coming out story for cast member Zoe Zimmer.]

ROYALS #7 & 8 $3.99 Page 50
Al Ewing and Kevin Libranda
This issue: war! The Snarks want to watch the world burn — and they’ll use the powers of the Inhumans to make it happen! Love! Star-crossed romance — Inhumans style! Which of the crew ends up sucking face in the depths of space? And everything else! The Skyspears reveal their secrets — but can Maximus be trusted with them? [Swain is lesbian and Noh-Varr (aka Marvel Boy) was said to have had some sort of same sex experimentation in Kieron Gillen’s Young Avengers.]

ROYALS: BEYOND INHUMAN Vol 1 TP $17.99 Page 113
Al Ewing, Ryan Sook, Chris Allen, Jonboy Meyers, and Thony Sials
A myth from the future. A quest to the stars. A legend written across galaxies. Guided by the other-dimensional Kree warrior called Marvel Boy, the Inhuman Royal Family departs on an odyssey across all creation! Their mission: to search for lost secrets – and the last hope of their people! The knowledge the Royals seek could change the course of Inhuman destiny, but it cannot be attained without cost – for at the end of days, the Last Inhuman tells the tale of how seven left Earth for the stars, but only six returned! Be there as the Royal Family faces an oncoming Chitauri invasion of Earth and stands accused by Ronan – and Black Bolt reveals a shocking secret that could end their mission before it even starts. The Inhuman “ResurrXion” begins here! Collecting issues #1-5 and Inhumans Prime #1.

RUNAWAYS #1 $3.99 Page 18
Rainbow Rowell amd Kris Anka
Get ready to run! The “it” book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back – Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be? GERT?! The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won’t believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka in the series that will shock you and break your heart!

Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona
The return of the Pride! The secret super-villain society is back, but this all-new group isn’t made up of the Runaways’ evil parents. Who are these shadowy players, and what do they want with the Marvel Universe’s next generation of heroes? Plus: When the youngest member of the Runaways is separated from her teammates, Molly Hayes must survive a night alone on the mean streets of Los Angeles! The 11-year-old mutant girl soon hooks up with a new group of runaways, but is their mysterious leader a hero or a villain? Collecting Runaways (2005) #13-18. [New printing]

THOR: GODS & DEVIANTS TP $34.99 Page 106
Rob Rodi, Esad Ribic, Simone Bianchi, Mike Choi, and Stephen Sogivia
Rob Rodi and his incredible artistic collaborators present their epic take on Thor and his world – and Asgard has rarely been this astonishing! There are two sides to every story. You’ve heard Thor’s – now it’s time to hear Loki’s, as Odin’s least-favorite son rewrites Asgardian lore from his own twisted perspective! When Odin leaves Thor in charge of Asgard, the Thunder God is assailed from all sides. With his kingdom on the brink of collapse, is Ragnarok inevitable? It’s battle on a cosmic scale when Thor is caught between Ego, the Living Planet…and the odious orb’s long-lost brother! And when villainess Ereshkigal finds a weapon capable of dissolving all reality, Thor stands alone against the entire Deviant race! Collecting Loki (2004) #1-4, Thor: For Asgard #1-6, Astonishing Thor #1-5 and Thor: The Deviants Saga #1-5.

TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #23 $3.99 Page 30
Greg Pak and Mahmud Asrar
Return of the Monster! The Weapon X program’s macabre experiments nearly pushed Amadeus into the brink! Can he rebuild his fun-loving demeanor or is the monster permanently out of the trunk? Plus: Maddy Cho and Kegger return! [A supporting character has come out. Thanks, Mike!]

Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Squirrel Girl, Nancy and Tippy are trapped in the Savage Land! Good thing there’re only regular dinosaurs there and not, for example, a giant metal killer-dinosaur version of Ultron instead!! Sorry, I’m just getting word that there is, in fact, a giant metal killer-dinosaur version of Ultron here, and Squirrel Girl needs to stop him before he takes over the world — a task that has regularly bested many other super heroes, including the Avengers themselves! But don’t worry, because Squirrel Girl is not alone: She’s got Nancy (a regular human with no powers) and Tippy (a regular squirrel with no powers) on her side to help her out against the rage of Ultron! And it’s not just any Ultron, but a new and improved Ultron with an extremely dangerous (and, we must admit, extremely awesome) Tyrannosaurus rex bod! Oh, also Kraven the Hunter is in this issue too, so if you love dinosaurs, robots AND men in lion vests, boy howdy have we got a comic book for you![Koi Boi is transgender.]

Ryan North and Erica Henderson
It’s a normal, quiet day at Empire State University, filled with lots of lectures and higher education – until a fistfight breaks out! A big one! And Doreen Green gets a new Flying Squirrel suit from a mystery benefactor that would render her even more unbeatable, if such a thing was scientifically possible! But a new super villain in town wants to mold Squirrel Girl into the perfect minion. Gasp at a secret invasion of character motivations! Thrill at a civil war of emotions! Boggle as monsters truly get unleashed and Doreen’s fate hangs in the balance! Also, machine-gun-wielding bears! It’s squirrels and girls and punching, oh my! Plus: When Squirrel Girl goes to the Negative Zone, it’s up to Koi Boi, Chipmunk Hunk and Brain Drain to keep the city safe. Uh-oh! Collecting issues #17-21.

US AVENGERS #10 $3.99 Page 22
Al Ewing and Paco Diaz
Secret Empire aftermath! In the aftermath of Secret Empire, A.I.M. elects a brand-new Supreme Leader — but Roberto Da Costa has one last mission for the U.S.Avengers. No one ever found Cannonball’s body — and we all know what that means. “The Search for Sam” begins here!

X-MEN BLUE #11 & 12 $3.99 Page 75
Cullen Bunn, Giovanni Calletta, and Douglas Franchin
Now you see Beast. Henry McCoy is known for a lot of things–his persona as the X-Men Beast, his massive intellect…and now a penchant for magic. But where did Hank learn this new-found skill? And will his teammates still want him around once the secret is out in the open?

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