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LGBTQ Previews February 2019 Part 1

How are you holding up with shopping, holiday cheer, and parties? Stressed out? Maybe this list of comics, trades, and graphic novels available in February might help ease that stress a little. What’s that? You forgot about comics? Breathe. It’s okay!

A few new things stand out for me. The Bloom graphic novel by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau from 01: First Second sounds lovely. There’s a new Backstagers too! P Craig Russell adapts Lois Lowry’s The Giver, which I know nothing about, but Russell’s work always gets my attention. All five volumes of Steve MacIsaac’s Shirtlifting series are collected and titled as Unpacking from Northwest Press. And the Quick & Easy Guide To Queer & Trans Identities promises to be as good as the Quick & Easy Guide To Pronouns from a different pair of creators that Oni published several months back.

Part two is here!

What you’ll find here in part one are comics, trades, graphic novels, and manga from BOOM, DE, Archie, Black Mask, Vault, and more. Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, and Marvel (sometimes called the Big 5) are featured in part two…coming in a bit. The strange code with letters and numbers after each item are Diamond order codes for easy ordering with your comic shop!

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 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 any thing from Amazon). Of course, supporting your local comic shop and book stores is important too!


BLOOM GN $17.99 Page 292
Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau
A thoughtful and endearing gay YA romance set in a bakery Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band, if he can just convince his dad to let him quit their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away his days over rising doughs and hot ovens. But in the midst of interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easy-going guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of breads, love begins to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything. Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, where the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow. DEC181868


MOTOR GIRL OMNIBUS SC $27.99 / HC $39.99 Page 224
Terry Moore
When a UFO crashes into Samantha’s junkyard, she is happy to make repairs and send the little visitors on their way. But E.T. is smitten with the Marine veteran and now an industrial giant wants to buy the land to install their anti-UFO weapon. With the help of her buddy Mike, a 600lb. gorilla, Sam is always prepared to defend those who can’t defend themselves, but who will save Sam from the PTSD and shrapnel that threaten her life? To survive, Sam must ultimately face the greatest battle of her life — reality. Available in softcover and hardcover editions. DEC181401 (SC) / DEC181402 (HC) (OFFERED AGAIN)

Terry Moore
Using the help of her new friends from Manson, Katchoo races cross-country to save Francine and the kids from violent gunmen in their home. Tambi and Sam (a.k.a. Motor Girl) are on the scene, ready for action, when they get a helping hand from a brave little girl determined to save her family. Don’t miss the stunning conclusion of this story that celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Terry Moore’s groundbreaking series and ties all of his books together into one epic saga!


Jeremy Whitley, Emily Martin & Various
It doesn’t get any bigger than this! The volume 7 finale is here and nothing will ever be the same. Secrets revealed! New paths set! Everything is coming together! And by the end of this book one person will give up everything they’ve fought for to save their friends. DEC181410


ANIMOSITY #20 $3.99 Page 236
Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latorre
The Animals awoke. What woke with them? From creator/writer Marguerite Bennett with artwork by Rafael De Latorre. DEC181443

DEAD KINGS #5 $3.99 Page 239
Steve Orlando and Matthew Dow Smith
The wreck of the Rus Empire is a violent, rusted sprawl cut across an aging continent. The Oprichnik Secret Police hold a fragile order in place by removing all the socially dissident from society…these are the Chorts, the scapegoated devils of the new word…and they deserve freedom. Dead Kings brings it to them. On the border of a dried up Black Sea, Sasha Vasnetsov and Maria Kamenaya have brought war to Barracks 33 to free Sasha’s brother Gena. As the barbed wire fences fall, a family reunites in the furnace of rebellion – they may free thousands, but is it too late to save their brotherhood? Steve Orlando and Matthew Dow Smith keep punching with captured hearts and torn fists in this post-POST apocalyptic tale. DEC181448


JUGHEAD HUNGER #12 $3.99 Page 256
Frank Tieri and Joe Eisma
And Bingo was his name-o! Jughead’s enigmatic and demented werewolf cousin Bingo Wilkins returns! But where has he been? And what does his return mean for good ol’ Jug? DEC181605


BLACK AF DEVILS DYE #3 $3.99 Page 268
Vita Ayala and Liana Kangas
Her memories of Dr. Blank almost non-existent, Indigo goes in search of another witness to the doctor’s atrocities. Nothing is ever easy for those that would do right, and, in order to unlock the answers she seeks, Indigo must open herself up to the horrors of her past. DEC181691

SEX DEATH REVOLUTION #5 $3.99 Page 278
Magdalene Visaggio and Katarzyna Witerscheim
It’s the final battle for Esperanza’s identity, as she grapples with the entity responsible for her changing past in the most dangerous battlefield of all: her own memories. DEC181690

SNAP FLASH HUSTLE #4 $3.99 Page 288
Patrick Shand and Emily Pearson
What would you do to rid yourself from the shackles of debt? Haley More risked it all and threw herself into a life of crime and secrecy… but was it worth it? As everything crumbles around her and the true loyalties of her allies and enemies are revealed, Haley must face off with the model she once idolized… who has now become the drug kingpin that wants her dead. Don’t miss the gripping final issue of Pat Shand and Emily Pearson’s hit crime thriller! DEC181689


AVANT-GUARDS #2 $3.99 Page 210
Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes
Charlie is done with team sports. Nope. Not happening. Never again. But Liv and the rest of the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics basketball team are determined to get Charlie to join them, and they’ve cooked up a ruse to woo her! For basketball. Nothing else.
32pgs, FC (2 of 12) SRP: $3.99, DEC181375

BACKSTAGERS TP VOL 3 $14.99 Page 213
James Tynion IV, Sam Johns, and Various
The Backstagers are back in (stage) blacks for a festive collection of Valentine’s Day and Halloween stories! Join Jory and the rest of the Backstagers as they wrestle with anti-Valentine crusades, totally creepy phantoms (NOT of the opera), and the ever present magic of the backstage world in this romantically spooky third volume of the hit series. Reuniting the Prism Award-winning team of writer James Tynion IV and artist Rian Sygh, along with shorts written by James Tynion IV and Sam Johns, and illustrated by a variety of fan-favorite artists including Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina, Savanna Ganucheau, and more, these holiday tales will fill your heart with love, spooky spectres, and chocolate. Lots…and lots…of chocolate. DEC181383

Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora
The reimagining of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking series continues as Drusilla, the self-proclaimed Mistress and her pet, Spike, make their debut with their sights set on Buffy! Meanwhile, Giles is determined to teach Buffy about her destiny, responsibility, blah blah…can someone tell him to chill? How bad can it get? Welcome back to the Hellmouth! DEC181337

BY NIGHT #8 $3.99 Page 225
John Allison and Christine Larsen
There’s only one person on earth who knows the secrets of Charlesco: Jane and Barney’s boss, Langdon Gramercy. To get to the bottom of what’s going on in Spectrum, they plan to ply him with wine and crack open the vault of secrets. DEC181381

FIREFLY #4 $3.99 Page 198
Greg Pak and Dan McDaid
The truth about Mal and Zoe’s past during the Unification War has been exposed and now the Unificators make their final move against them in the shocking conclusion to the first arc! New enemies arise, heroes fall and the crew of Serenity will pay the price. DEC181343

GIANT DAYS #47 $3.99 Page 22
John Allison, Max Sarin, and Liz Fleming
It’s time for Daisy to get her driver’s license, but she may not really be a natural behind the wheel. Can she overcome her nerves to become the ultimate motorist, and (for everyone’s safety) should she be allowed to? DEC181379

Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre
Open the door. Adventure awaits. Olive and her adopted siblings, Charlotte and Darwin, are spending the summer with their estranged grandma at her creepy hotel, and it’s all work and no play. They’re stuck inside doing boring chores until they stumble upon an incredible secret… behind each door of the hotel lies a portal to a strange and mysterious place. The simple turn of a knob transports them to a distant magical world filled with space pirates. Behind the next door are bearded wizards. Down the hall is a doorway to a cotton-candied kingdom. But once the doors are open, worlds start colliding, and only one family can save them before the hotel tears itself apart. Written by Terry Blas and illustrated by the talented Claudia Aguirre, this world-hopping fantasy tale breaks down the door to imagination and dares you to embrace the idea that family is everything. DEC181336

LUMBERJANES #59 $3.99 Page 211
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Dozerdraws
April’s elaborate plans for Jo’s birthday are well underway, and it’s all camper and cryptid hands on deck to pull off the greatest party of all time! But when Mal, Barney, Jo, and Jen become shipwrecked on a mysterious desert island, they have to find a way back before the party is over! DEC181377

Marguerite Bennett and Simone di Meo
The newly-assembled Power Rangers put everything on the line to win the battle but now a war has begun…and it’s one they never anticipated! But if Grace thought her new team had time, she’s wrong — the universe itself is collapsing! DEC181355

STEVEN UNIVERSE #25 $4.99 Page 215
Terry Blas and Gabriele Bagnoli
While on a visit to Lars and the Off Colors, Steven and Connie get more than they bargained for when an escape from Emerald doesn’t go exactly as planned. DEC181387

Nicole Mannino and Lisa Sterle
When Peridot and Lapis discover Camp Pining Play fanfiction, they fall in love with Lars’ secret story and decide to put on a live performance for Beach City! With Steven, Connie, and the Crystal Gems, Peridot and Lapis become true thespians and work together to find a solution when parts of the story remind Lapis of her time with Jasper and jeopardize the play’s production. Join writer Nicole Mannino and artist Lisa Sterle in this newest Steven UniverseTM story that will prove there’s no stopping Steven and the Crystal Gems when the show must go on! DEC181386


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! DEC181768 (OFFERED AGAIN)


SEA VIEW GN $12.95 Page 398
Ayumi Kano
Kei is on a quest to find his missing grandfather. He traces him to his last known address, an isolated island, where he enrolls in the local university. In class, he chances to meet Michiru, another boy from his hometown. Though extremely antisocial, Michiru says he’s going to help Kei find his grandfather! After this unexpected kindness, Kei finds himself being drawn to Michiru. DEC182316 (OFFERED AGAIN)

SEVEN GN $12.95 Page 398
Momoko Tenzen
Nana (“no-name” in Japanese) has no memory of his childhood earlier than age 12 when a store owner took him in and gave him a name that meant “no-name” in Japanese. Mitsuha is on a quest to find a missing childhood friend. The two meet when Mitsuha ends up crashing at Nana’s place at the insistence of a mutual friend. At first Nana loathes the very existence of Mitsuha. However, he gradually warms up to his sincerity and kindness and finds happiness in awakening beside him. Can their budding relationship help Nana come to terms with his unknown past? Are Mitsuha’s feelings real, or is Nana simply a replacement for someone he lost long ago? DEC182317 (OFFERED AGAIN)

TRAIN TRAIN GN VOL 1 $12.95 Page 398
Eiki Eiki
Asahi Sarutaa has worked hard to realize his dream of working as a train attendant at Minami Kitazawa Station. The naive Asahi is unaware, though, of Minami’s policy to hire only the most handsome of attendants. He finds this out quickly, when he meets his co-workers for the first time and sees that they are all sparkling beauties! DEC182319

TRAIN TRAIN GN VOL 2 $12.95 Page 398
Eiki Eiki
On the one hand is Asahi, so poor he subsists on bread crusts. On the other hand is Hokuto, so rich he comes to work by helicopter if it looks like he’ll be late. Will this chasm in their economic differences cause Kaiji to lose it?! What will happen when Asahi and Hokuto temporarily switch places?! DEC182320 (OFFERED AGAIN)

TRAIN TRAIN GN VOL 3 $12.95 Page 398
Eiki Eiki
One day, the station master dropped a photograph depicting three cool, handsome guys dressed in Minami Kitazawa Electric Railway uniforms. Those three handsome men turned out to be the station master, Akita the assistant, and Miyagi the manager in their youth! DEC182321 (OFFERED AGAIN)


Jason Lutes
During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has quietly created one of the masterworks of the graphic novel golden age. Serialized in twenty-two issues, collected in two volumes, with a third to be co-released at the time of this omnibus, Berlin has over 100,000 copies in print. An intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens, Berlin will be one of the high-water marks of the medium: rich in its researched historical detail; compassionate in its character studies; and as timely as ever in its depiction of a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism. NOV181712 (OFFERED AGAIN)


Leah Williams and German Garcia
The Femmes from the Future find themselves on a world entirely covered by oceans. That’s no big deal, what with Earth 70% covered, but for the desert-born Dejah of Mars, some water wings are needed, stat! Really, though, the endless depths are the easy part… it’s the creatures lurking in the unknown that are the real threat, especially the intelligent ones! DEC181123

LONE RANGER #5 VOL 3 $3.99 Page 181
Mark Russell and Bob Q
The Lone Ranger and Tonto miraculously come back from the dead to force a final showdown with the ranchers for the future of the Texas Panhandle. DEC181197

Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge
Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything…especially solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she’ll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her…and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge team up to present an all-new modern spin on a classic mystery icon! DEC181237

Kieron Gillen and Caspar Wijngaard
Humanity is at a crossroads, between life and annihilation. The threat comes not from space, but from a place absolutely inconceivable to anyone other than Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. Only he can take Earth’s remaining heroes to confront that which threatens us all…but when he knows so much more than they do, should he? Also: strike a light, how hot is Tabu now? This is what happens when you give “DREAM DADDY” as the main artistic direction. DEC181213

RAINBOW BRITE #5 $3.99 Page 182
Jeremy Whitley and Brittney Williams
Wisp’s adventure has taken her far from home and those that she loves the most, all in the name of helping her new friends and saving Rainbow Land. Find out if she is the magical Rainbow Brite they have been waiting for and if she can restore the color to this magical world, all while protecting hers! DEC181209

RED SONJA #1 $3.99 Page 166
Mark Russell and Mirko Colak
No man knows the place of her birth, nor where she learned to wield a sword to shame many a male. They know only that she is called The She-Devil of The Hyrkanian Steppes. That, and Red Sonja, Mark Russell and Mirko Colak bring a savage tale of metal and blood. A world conqueror possesses a massive army and a fatal prophecy. A bastard sorceress craves revenge. And a fearsome red-haired warrior is made wartime ruler of a homeland set for decimation. DEC181072

RED SONJA TARZAN $19.99 Page 186
Gail Simone and Walter Geovani
Eson Duul is an evil man. The mere mention of his name makes powerful quake with fear. He has no regard for life, including that of man. But he may finally have met his match when he finds himself up against Red Sonja and Tarzan! Gail Simone and Walter Geovani reunite to bring us the crossover event featuring two of fiction’s greatest heroes side by side at last! DEC181245

The full collection of Lights’ masterwork is here! Based on Lights album of the same name, Skin&Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveals a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the Tempest Corporation, the adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery that ties in with the 14-track corresponding album is compiled for the first time here with the complete comic book series and album in one epic interactive collected edition!The collected edition includes: All 6 issues of Skin&Earth comic book; Interactive ShareCodes to access the full album, music videos and other bonus content; Links to exclusive merch; Variant art from Jim Lee, Joby Harris, Derek Lewis, Gianna Rose and Matt Mitchell; New bonus content; Personal introduction from Lights. DEC181248


P. Craig Russell (adaptor/ artist) and Lois Lowry

The Giver is a modern classic and one of the most influential books of our time. Now in graphic novel format, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is accompanied by renowned artist P. Craig Russell’s beautifully haunting illustrations. In this new graphic novel edition, readers experience the haunting story of twelve-year-old Jonas and his seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Witness Jonas’ assignment as the Receiver of Memory, watch as he begins to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community, and follow the explosion of color into his world like never before. DEC181915


CATALYST PRIME SUMMIT #13 $3.99 Page 330
Amy Chu and Marika Cresta
The secrets of the alien conspiracy are slowly unraveling before Val’s eyes, but first she has to rescue Fiona and J.B. from Wald’s clutches, while the only allies in her corner are either reluctant or untrustworthy. DEC181945


UNPACKING OGN $29.99 Page 321
Steve MacIsaac and various
Please note the following desciption is taken from the book’s Kickstarter campaign due to Diamond’s policy of reserving adult content to its adults only catalog. The order code is correct though.
This meditative piece explores the challenges of knowing when it’s a good idea to follow your heart, keeping a relationship fresh, and how to end it and not hate each other afterwards. Unpacking isn’t quite a romantic comedy, or a sexy fantasy, it’s a fractal look into one love life where everything is separate but connected, and where there’s no way to survive grief but to go through it and get to the other side. MacIsaac has a knack for showing internal conflict and bringing the reader into another world. From hookups to flurries of texts to hard conversations, Unpacking asks the questions we all ask ourselves: “Why did you leave?” “What do I really want?” “What is wrong with me?” (STL107859)


Mady G and J R Zuckerberg
In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and J.R. Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys! DEC181968


STABBITY BUNNY TP VOL 2 $19.99 Page 339
Richard Rivera and Dwayne Biddix
The second volume of Stabbity Bunny concludes the first arc! Stabbity’s origin is revealed! The Lee family suffers terrible tragedies as they struggle to unravel the mystery that has haunted them for generations. Everything leads to the final battle with Zael, and it is brutal. Will your favorite characters survive?
DEC182033 [Has a lesbian character.]

STABBITY BUNNY TP VOL 1 $19.99 Page 339
Richard Rivera and Dwayne Biddix
From the kidnapping of seven-year-old Grace to the terrifying reveal in issue six, this volume collects the first 6 issues of Stabbity Bunny! A supernatural force has been pursuing her family for generations and Grace is now the target of this ancient evil. Fortunately, an unexpected protector intervenes, her plush bunny, Stabbity, handed down through the family for almost 100 years. Horror and mystery combine! DEC182034 (OFFERED AGAIN)


PUNCH UP GN VOL 5 $14.99 Page 373
Shiuko Kano
Elite architect Motoharu Maki and 20-year-old construction worker Kouta Ohki are living the good life. There’s only one small hitch-Motoharu’s already impressive libido is only growing stronger! When Kouta leaves for a work-sponsored retreat, of course Motoharu sneaks along for some sexy time…in the public baths…at the group dinner party… This guy just doesn’t quit! Kouta, on the other hand, is patiently waiting for Motoharu to stop screwing around and get serious. But is passionate love even in the plans for this architect, or is it high time Kouta send him back to the drawing board? For mature audiences. DEC182192

Tsuta Suzuki
High schooler Tsumugi is the temporary bride of the otherworldy Master Kurayori. Recently, their everyday life has become complicated by the arrival of a strange man named Magawa, who, in his grief over losing his fiancee, is seeking to use beings like Master Kurayori for his own ends. Tsumugi’s love for Master Kurayori is so great and pure it overcomes gender, age, and species. But is love enough to save his beloved from the ill fate awaiting him? For mature audiences. DEC182193


DOCTOR WHO 13TH #5 $3.99 Page 346
Jody Houser and Rachael Stott
A new story starts for the Thirteenth Doctor, as her debut season leaves fans hungry for more stories starring the Doctor, Yasmin, Ryan, and Graham! There’s never been a better time to board the TARDIS, with Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Stranger Things, Star Wars, Faith, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows) writing fresh adventures through time and space! DEC182069


Kinago Ikunigoma and Akiko Morishima
When Ginko discovers a pendant that releases her hidden memories, she learns the truth about the relationship between Kureha’s mother and her own. Frightened by this new revelation, Ginko decides to distance herself from the girl she loves to keep her safe. After all, a bear and a human couldn’t possibly be together, no matter how they feel about each other — or so her mother said. Are Kureha and Ginko doomed to repeat the past mistakes of their families, or can their love for one another overcome their starcrossed fate? DEC182198


Jody Houser and M J Kim
Even before Faith Herbert, AKA Zephyr, gained the power of flight, joined the Harbinger Renegades, and soared through the skies of the Valiant Universe, deep down she was always a hero at heart. But what’s a hero to do in the face of a foe that exists only in nightmares? Face them head-on, of course! To protect the dreams of her teammate, Animalia, Faith must venture into a fantastical new realm the likes of which we’ve never seen…and she’ll need some help from the world’s premiere parapsychologist, Doctor Mirage, to make it back with her subconscious mind still intact! Uncover the secrets of the Dreamside as writer extraordinaire Jody Houser and rising star MJ Kim continue the adventures of the high-flying icon that Uproxx calls “A joy to read!” DEC182142

LIVEWIRE #3 $3.99 Page 360
Vita Ayala, Raul Allen,and Patricia Martin
On the run! Fleeing from more than just the law, Livewire’s about to find out whether she has the strength to survive on her own in a world that hates and fears her, with only her memories of better days to rely on but if she’s not careful, even those can be snatched away by the mercenary hunting her down! DEC182131


VAGRANT QUEEN TP VOL 1 $17.99 Page 362
Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith
Former child queen Elida was driven from her throne at age ten and forced to wander the galaxy, evading the revolutionary forces that wanted her dead. When an old frenemy claims to know the whereabouts of Elida’s long-lost mother, she is forced to return to her former kingdom and stage a rescue. DEC182151

December 17, 2018
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