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LGBTQ Previews April 2020 Part 1

You’ll find BOOM, DE, Archie, Black Mask, Vault, and other small and indy press publisher here. The strange code with letters and numbers after each item are Diamond order codes for easy ordering with your comic shop! Part two with comics from Dark, Horse, DC, Image, IDW, and Marvel is here.

The “fine print”! 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 different series that have been added to the list over time! 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. 

People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Credit where credit is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and wrote many such lists and to Mike McDermott and Steven Leitman for their suggestions and input about several series that have been added to the list! Notice something missing that should be on the list? Please send a message!

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ABLAZE

UNSACRED #6 $3.99 Page 222
Mirka Andolfo
Angelina is pregnant! And Damiano is, frankly, a bit terrified… What will happen to his dreams of rockstardom? How will he adjust to fatherhood? And, more importantly of all, will he still get laid? FEB201359

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

FIVE YEARS #9 $3.99 Page 228
Terry Moore
General Cade prepares to test a Phi bomb prototype in a secret military location. Tambi Baker has less than 24 hours to find and stop the test and she’ll have to get through an army to do it! It’s a race against the clock in this action packed thriller! FEB201373

AHOY

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND #2 $3.99 Page 246
Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
Like an action movie come to life, Trent storms onto Billionaire Island in search of answers – and he’s willing to get them anyway he can. Meanwhile, Shelly is after answers of her own…but will she regret getting them? The infiltration of Billionaire Island is on! Every AHOY comic also features extra prose stories and illustrations. FEB201417

AMULET BOOKS

BACKSTAGERS ILLUSTRATED VOL 1 GHOST LIGHT $8.99 Page 252
Andy Mientus and Rian Sygh
Based on the graphic novels from BOOM!, this middle-grade series follows the paranormal adventures of a high school stage crew. The stage crew at St. Genesius Prep – or Backstagers, as they like to call themselves – are ready for whatever the theater world can throw their way: the madness of tech week, inevitable prop malfunctions, and all the paranormal activity that goes on behind the scenes. But lately, someone, or something, seems set on ruining their production of Phantasm. To figure out what’s haunting the theater and save the show, the Backstagers will have to use their smarts, their bravery, and a little bit of magic! Please note this is an illustrated novel and a reissue of the book, not a new volume. FEB201472

ARCHIE

ARCHIE #713 $3.99 Page 257
Mariko Tamaki, Kevin Panetta, and Laura Braga
Katy Keene is missing in New York City! After rejecting a major opportunity in the fashion biz, Katy has run off into the night. Archie and the gang search for Katy and soon find out that things are more complicated than they seem.
32pgs, FC SRP: $3.99, FEB201502

SABRINA SOMETHING WICKED #1 $3.99 Page 226
Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish
Because you demanded it: Volume Two of the critically acclaimed Sabrina the Teenage Witch series by Kelly Thompson and Veronica & Andy Fish! Sabrina saved the day-saved her friends, her family-the whole town of Greendale really, and she should be riding high. But things are never quite that simple. She’s trapped in a love triangle, she’s having trouble balancing the mortal and witch parts of herself, oh yeah, and she’s being blackmailed. As if all that wasn’t enough, while trying to help Radka and Ren with their…supernatural problem, her aunts suddenly starting to look like people she can’t trust. What’s a teen witch to do?! FEB201496 (Fish cover) / FEB201497 (Sweeney Boo cover)

VAMPIRONICA NEW BLOOD #4 $3.99 Page 258
Frank Tieri, Michael Moreci, and Audrey Mok
The clock is ticking on Veronica Lodge as she learns the terrible secrets hidden deep in her family’s history-and comes to understand that her horrifying past isn’t as distant as she’d like. Now, if she wants to keeps her family and friends safe, Veronica will face her most chilling challenge yet. FEB201509

BEEHIVE BOOKS

FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE ILLUMINATED EDITION $100.00 Page 272
Oscar Wilde and Yuko Shimizu
Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales are some of his most elegant and charming pieces of writing. He produced two books of fairy tales, The Happy Prince and Other Tales and A House of Pomegranates. They’ve rarely been collected in one volume, and never with stunning artwork by Yuko Shimizu, one of the modern masters of illustration and graphic art. Wilde’s original fairy tales are moving, sweet, sad and magical, much like Yuko’s artwork. Yuko is one of the most celebrated and admired editorial illustrators in the world, and her work is perfectly aligned with Wilde’s witty, rueful voice. The edition also features an original introduction by the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Cunningham. THis is an illustrated book. FEB201587

BLACK MASK

BREATHLESS TP $16.99
Pat Shand and Renzo Rodriguez
It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer if the villains were big pharma. Scout Turner works as a cryptozoologist, examining and cataloguing supernatural creatures for scientific purposes. When she discovers the cure for asthma in the venom of a new breed of monster, she quickly finds herself on the run from Kenilworth Pharmaceuticals and the monsters that they’ve hired to kill her. With no one by her side but her clueless assistant, a morally ambiguous succubus, and her geriatric dog, Scout goes on the run… but in a world controlled by money and drugs, can she escape the reaching claws of a medical monopoly? From Pat Shand and Renzo Rodriguez comes this healthcare horror story about the monsters creeping in the dark… human or otherwise. Collects FEB201598 This trade is resolicited.

BOOM

B B FREE #6 $3.99 Page 219
Gabby Rivera and Royal Dunlap
b.b. free’s best best friend Chulita X-Acta is on her own adventure today, in all her eco-tech, queer-as-heck, advice-giving, afroboriqua, super-genius glory!
FEB201336

Buffy #14

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #14 $3.99 Page 207
Jordie Bellaire and David Lopez
Kendra The Vampire Slayer–and the all-new Scooby gang–must defend Sunnydale from the aftershocks of the Hellmouth and a new threat that feels very familiar! But can they fill the void left behind by Buffy? And will this issue answer the question of what, exactly, happened to Buffy? FEB201298

FAITHLESS II #1 $3.99 Page 200
Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet
The best-selling erotic thriller returns from the acclaimed team of Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Maria Llovet (?Heartbeat) as Faith, and her lovers, Louis (a.k.a. The Devil) and Poppy (his daughter), bring magic and chaos to the streets of Italy. Turin, known as the epicenter of black magic, is also a place of high fashion, art, and literature. Now, Faith is in the center of it all and with that, her own power grows. But any power comes with a price. Faith has only just begun to pay for hers. Curious about this blockbuster occult sex thriller? This is your new jumping-on point! FEB201291

FIREFLY #16 $3.99 Page 209
Greg Pak and Lalit Kumar Sharma
Mal and Boss Moon’s hunt for the mysterious serial killer continues, but first they have to take a quick detour to capture the most wanted thieves in the sector– members of his former crew; the Chang-Benitez Gang! But will Mal be able to bring in Chang, Kaylee and Jayne? It’s Sheriff Mal versus the ‘Verse’s Bonnie and Clyde and, er, Jayne! FEB201308

GHOSTED IN LA #10 $3.99 Page 217
Sina Grace and Sioban Keenan
Daphne was just getting used to living with ghosts, but when a mysterious door in the basement flies open, Rycroft Manor is overwhelmed with even more strange phenomena than anyone knows how to deal with. And even worse, Daphne’s former roommate Michelle has some ideas about how to handle a haunting… and it doesn’t involve going gently into that good light. FEB201331

LUMBERJANES #73 $3.99 Page 219
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Kanesha C. Bryant, and Julia Madrigal
The Roanoke scouts all have one last thing they want to do before summer ends, and the school year sweeps them all back home again. April is determined to earn every badge the Lumberjanes handbook has to offer, but there’s an equally determined counselor standing in her way! Can April earn her “Badger of Honor” badge and complete the most perfect sash in Lumberjanes history? FEB201337

ONCE & FUTURE #8 $3.99 Page 215
Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora
When a strange newcomer arrives at the dark court of Camelot, his presence disrupts The Otherworld. Sometimes winning the battle risks losing the war…as Duncan and Bridgette will soon find out. FEB201324

SOMETHING IS KILLING CHILDREN #7 $3.99 Page 215
James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
Erica Slaughter can never rest. The dust of Archer’s Peak has barely settled before the monster hunt takes her to a new town. And in Archer’s Peak, life will never be the same; James struggles to put his life back together, while Tommy begins to think of a life outside the town he was raised in. FEB201323

STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING VOL 7 OUR FEARFUL TRIP $14.99 Page 220
Terry Blas and Gabriele Bagnoli
Check in on Lars and the Off-Colors in this newest chapter of Steven Universe(TM)! After their harrowing battle with Emerald, Captain Lars thinks that he and his crew are in for smooth sailing, but it turns out to be harder to reach Earth than they thought!  When the ship accidently flies too close to a strange nebula, the crews worst fears are brought to life, and they will each have to overcome their own demons to make it home!  Collects issues #25-28
FEB201339

CHAPTERHOUSE

DIE KITTY DIE $24.95 Page 282
Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz
The hit comic collected in a hardcover! Kitty Ravencraft, a beautiful and magical young witch, is the star of her own popular comic book. When her greedy, publicity-starved publisher wants to in-crease in-terest in her comic book, he does what many comic book publishers do nowadays — he sets out to kill his main character, Kitty! Even worse, he decides to really spike sales by killing the real Kitty in real life! The question is though, how do you kill a witch?
FEB201662 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DIE KITTY DIE HEAVEN AND HELL $24.99 Page 282
Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz
Kitty Ravencraft returns! When last we saw her, Kitty’s new comic book series was a huge success and she was once again the talk of the comic shops! Her sleazy publisher managed to get a Hollywood film deal based on her se-ries, but Kitty soon found herself in danger once again! So much so, that she gets shot and killed by a mystery assassin! Who would do this? And why? Will she end up in Heaven or Hell? FEB201664 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DIE KITTY DIE HOLLYWOOD OR BUST $24.99 Page 282
Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz
Kitty Ravencraft is on top of the world again! Her new comic book series is a huge success and she’s the talk of the comic shops! Naturally, Kitty’s publisher wants to capitalize on her newfound popularity with a big budget blockbuster Kitty movie! To make this happen, Kitty goes to Hollywood, but once again she finds herself in danger! Someone is out to kill Kitty and this time, even you won’t know who! Includes the 8-page Kitty story from the 2017 Captain Canuck Free Comic Book Day issue, an exclusive story by Gisele Lagace as well as pin-ups by J. Bone, Mike Rooth, Gisele Lagace, and more! FEB201663 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DIGITAL MANGA DISTRIBUTION

TEACH ME TUTOR $16.95 Page 410
Sakira
Minami’s tutor Uta seems like a perfect guy with no flaws whatsoever. But once he is in charge of helping Minami with his studies, there are subjects in the study guide Minami isn’t ready to take in! FEB202251

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

JAMES BOND #5 $3.99 Page 182
Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, and Eric Gapstur
Fakes are everywhere. 007 has no clue who to trust. His training and intuition are all that stand between the shadows and the light. FEB201176

KILLING RED SONJA #2 $3.99 Page 183
Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman, and Craig Rousseau
Prince Cyril’s plan to murder Sonja The Red is diverted, due to battles with giants. But from the battles comes a discovery, and a mysterious collection of allies begins to unite. FEB201186

RED SONJA #15 $3.99 Page 185
Mark Russell and Bob Q
The epic continues. Sonja The Red can save her kingdom…by abdicating her throne. If she agrees to lead a man’s army, and kill indiscriminately, then her people will be fed. FEB201193

RED SONJA VAMPIRELLA BETTY VERONICA #11 $3.99 Page 186
Amy Chu and Maria Sanapo
Jack is back! And the Pulaski Pharma billionaire is ready for revenge. Now Vampirella is caught between saving her friends or Drakulon, her home planet. But is it too late?! FEB201207

VAMPIRELLA / RED SONJA #8 $3.99 Page 189
Jordie Bellaire and Drew Moss
Behold…Drakulon. What the hell is Red Sonja doing there? How will its inhabitants greet her? And where…is…Vampirella? FEB201218

HUMANOIDS INC

OMNI $14.99 Paqge 308
Devin Grayson and Alitha Martinez
If ignition is the next step in human evolution, what are the consequences for planet Earth? Gifted with unique Superpowers, Dr. Cecelia Cobbina seems to be the only one who can crack that code. While working with Doctors Without Borders, Cecelia ignites with superhuman intelligence. With her aide, Mae Walters, she takes to the road to help other Ignited struggling with their newfound abilities. Meanwhile, she’s starting to understand what’s going on with the Earth. What if this sudden rise in super-powered individuals is the prelude to a bigger crisis? FEB201809

STRANGELANDS #8 $3.99 Page 308
Magdalene Visaggio, Darcie Little Badger, and Vincenzo Federici
At long last-the mystery of “Kittyhawk” revealed! Unable to get too close or stray too far, Elakshi and Adam Land have been on the run since the moment they first ignited. Aided by a mysterious benefactor known only as “Kittyhawk” and chased across the globe by MI6 agent Bixby Hardman, the Lands finally reach the end of their odyssey. All roads converge in this epic final issue, and no one involved will ever be the same.FEB201811

LION FORGE / ONI PRESS

CATALYST PRIME SEVEN DAYS #7 $3.99 Page 338
Gail Simone, Jose Luis, and Jonas Trindade
The final day is here and it all comes to a head in New Orleans. The remaining heroes: Kino, Summit, Accell, and Moonrise make their final stand against the Obsidian Titan with help from villains and allies alike. While the teen heroes: Cosmosis, Amina, Quincredible, and a new heroine go after the source: Khrelan himself. With the clock ticking, it’s a rush to save humanity, but even if the alien threat is defeated, what, exactly, will be left of humanity? FEB201889

SILVER SPROCKET

RADLANDS SC PINUPS BY EL SUB $5.00 Pag 349
Liz Suburbia
Salivate over a motley crew of sexy punks, weirdos, and aliens in The Radlands, a collection of pin-ups by “Sacred Heart” and “Cyanide Milkshake” indie comic superstar, Liz Suburbia. Note: Not liable for uncomfortable stirrings in your nether regions. FEB201977

SUBLIME

SECRET XXX $12.99 Page 385
Meguru Hinohara
Shohei loves bunnies! He loves them so much he’s even taken to volunteering at a local pet shop. Store owner Mito is as sweet and kind as the fuzzy critters he cares for, and it’s not long before Shohei finds himself wanting to cuddle with him as much as the bunnies! But Shohei is hiding a dangerous secret, one that makes this dream an unlikely reality. FEB202159

WORLD’S GREATEST FIRST LOVE  VOL 13 $12.99 Page 385
Shungiku Nakamura
Manga editor Ritsu Onodera is as busy as ever working for Marukawa Publishing’s Emerald shojo imprint under his demanding boss-and first love!-Masamune Takano. After a recent run-in with Nao, an old friend from high school, Ritsu is flooded with memories of his time abroad spent mending his broken heart after his split from Takano. But instead of Nao reassuring his old friend, he decides now is the time to tell Ritsu how he really feels!
For mature readers. FEB202160

TITAN COMICS

DOCTOR WHO 13TH SEASON TWO #4 $3.99 Page 357
Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata
It all ends in a… blink!? With the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors finally together, they might actually stand a chance of surviving the swinging sixties. But with Weeping Angels surrounding the Tardis, and Autons not far behind, temporal paradoxes might be the least of their worries! Climactic conclusion to the first arc of the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor team-up by Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser and Witchblade artist Roberta Ingranata. FEB202015

LIFE IS STRANGE PARTNERS IN CRIME #1 3.99 Page 354
Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, and Andrea Izzo
The adventures of Max, Chloe, and Rachel, from the hit game Life is Strange, continue into a new era! Time-rewinding photographer Max has spent the last couple of years in a reality parallel to her own. Lately, she realised she was running from her responsibilities… and from the Chloe she left. Now there may be a way for her to get home. With the universe against her, it’s time for the coast-to-coast road trip of multiple lifetimes to find it – following the band The High Seas towards an uncertain destiny![Queer cast members.] FEB201998

SHERLOCK SCANDAL IN BELGRAVIA #5 $4.99 Page 357
Steven Moffat and Jay
The critically acclaimed manga adaptation of Sherlock, featuring Irene Adler, reaches the climactic conclusion of its first arc!
It may seem all over for Sherlock, but there are mysteries still to be solved. Will he crack the code for Adler’s phone and reveal the secrets of the scandal? Plus, John follows a call to meet with someone quite unexpected. FEB202012

TOKYO POP

BREATH OF FLOWERS VOL 1 $10.99 Page 393
CALY
Azami has always been attracted only to boys, especially the handsome Gwyn. Intelligent, sporty, attractive and just a little older than Azami, she’s sure he would be an ideal boyfriend. Then, on the day Azami finally gets the courage to confess her feelings, everything she believes is suddenly called into question when she finds out that Gwyn is actually a girl! Despite her initial shock at learning Gwyn’s secret, Azami quickly realizes that love transcends gender, putting her feelings for Gwyn before her previous prejudices. But it turns out Azami isn’t the only girl who’s got her eye on Gwyn! FEB202176 (OFFERED AGAIN)

BREATH OF FLOWERS VOL 2 $10.99 Page 393
CALY
Azami always thought she was only attracted to boys, but after the unexpected revelation that her long-time crush Gwyn is actually a girl, she quickly learns that love doesn’t have to be limited by gender. Now, the two of them are a happy couple, and lovestruck Azami couldn’t be more excited to do all the cute relationship things she’s read about in romantic manga! Unfortunately, their new relationship comes with new challenges as well. With Gwyn spending the summer at basketball camp and then transferring to a new school, Azami has to learn how to cope with her anxieties and jealousy in a healthy way. Meanwhile, Gwyn’s dreams of playing basketball at her new school suffer an unexpected setback: someone on the team doesn’t want her there, and is willing to expose her personal secrets to keep it that way.FEB202177 (OFFERED AGAIN)

KOI MONOGATARI LOVE STORIES VOL 1 $12.99 Page 390
Tagura Tohru
When Yuji accidentally overhears his classmate Yamato confessing to another friend that he’s gay, his perspective shifts. Seeing Yamato in a new light, Yuji does his best not to let prejudice color his view, but he still finds himself overthinking his classmates’ interactions now. He especially notices the way Yamato looks at one particular boy: Yuji’s own best friend. Even though he tells himself he shouldn’t get involved, Yuji finds he just can’t help it; watching Yamato’s one-sided love draws him in a way he never expected. At first, it’s empathy, knowing that the boy Yamato has his sights on is definitely straight and has no idea. But as his own friendship with Yamato develops and the two of them grow closer through a mutual study group, Yuji comes to truly care about Yamato as a person, regardless of his sexuality. He only wants Yamato to be happy, and to be able to express his true self. FEB202170

STAR COLLECTOR VOL 1 $12.99 Page 393
Anna B. and Sophie Schonhammer
Fynn’s favorite activities are skipping class, smoking, and lying around. So when he’s told it’s time to shape up and try doing something else for a change, he has no idea where to even start. Then, on a nighttime walk around his neighborhood, he sees a stranger with a telescope up on a hill: his name is Niko, and he loves to watch the stars. Intrigued, Flynn decides to find out more about this nerdy boy and what could be so interesting about the night sky that he loves so much. FEB202178 (OFFERED AGAIN)

STAR COLLECTOR VOL 2 $12.99 Page 393
Anna B. and Sophie Schonhammer
Fynn’s favorite activities are skipping class, smoking, and lying around. So when he’s told it’s time to shape up and try doing something else for a change, he has no idea where to even start.Then, on a nighttime walk around his neighborhood, he sees a stranger with a telescope up on a hill: his name is Niko, and he loves to watch the stars. Intrigued, Flynn decides to find out more about this nerdy boy and what could be so interesting about the night sky that he loves so much. FEB202179 (OFFERED AGAIN)

VALIANT

FINAL WITNESS #1 $3.99 Page 367
Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun
Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun ignite a chilling new crime noir mystery. A superpowered serial killer is terrorizing San Francisco, but they’re no Zodiac — they’re worse. The detective, the reporter, the new superhero in town… who will be the final witness?, FEB202067

LIVEWIRE VOL 3 CHAMPION $14.99 Page 367
Vita Ayala and Tana Ford
What is the cost of freedom? Wanted fugitive Livewire has been on the run for months from the authorities for shutting down the country’s power in an effort to protect people gifted with powers. Will a shocking offer to go public from a renowned local politician pull Livewire into a political spotlight?
Valiant’s breakout heroine fights to clear her name in the next electrifying volume from rising stars Vita Ayala (Prisoner X) and Tana Ford (Avengers)!
Collecting Livewire #9-12. FEB202094

VAULT

HEATHEN #11 $3.99 Page 371
Natasha Alterici
Odin’s army marches toward Aydis’s home village, where her friends and family prepare for battle. Meanwhile, Aydis stands before the Tree of Wurd, communing with the mystical Norns. FEB202098

SERA & ROYAL STARS #8 $3.99 Page 373
Jon Tsuei and Audrey Mok
Tara and Roya make a valiant escape from their captors with the help of a long-lost ancestor. As the three travel together, the history of the Daughters of Parsa is revealed, but so is a new threat, the fabled Serpent King. FEB202101

VAGRANT QUEEN PLANET CALLED DOOM #4 $3.99 Page 372
Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith
The future catches up with the past, as Florence discovers a fourth-dimensional anomaly, Brother John removes his mask, and Elida and Stelling do what they do best: run! FEB202102

VIZ

BLUE FLAG VOL 1 $12.99 Page 401
Kaito
For some reason, Taichi Ichinose just can’t stand Futaba Kuze. But at the start of his third year in high school, he finds himself in the same homeroom as her, along with his childhood friend Toma Mita, a star athlete. But one day, Futaba opens up to Taichi and admits she has a crush on Toma. She then asks for his help in confessing to him! There’s just one problem-Toma seems to already have a secret crush on someone else. FEB202201

Blue Flag from Viz

WAYNE ALAN HAROLD PRODUCTIONS

VIRTUOSO P CRAIG RUSSELL ADULT COLORING BOOK SC $20.00 Page 375
P. Craig Russell
Now you can color the art of award-winning illustrator P. Craig Russell with Virtuoso: A P. Craig Russell Adult Coloring Book! There are 40 beautiful images to color, printed on one side of the paper only to eliminate color bleedthrough, with a total of 80 pages in the book itself. The paper is a nice, bright white (unlike the coloring books of days gone by). Pages are also perforated so that your masterpieces can be removed from the book and suitably framed for public display in your personal art gallery. FEB202106

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