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LGBTQ Previews For May 2021 Part 1

Embodied from A Wave Blue World looks to be an interesting anthology including the work of trans and non binary creatives! Seven Secrets and Wynd return at Boom! Chad Sell returns with a second volume of his Cardboard Kingdom (Knopf)! Alice Oseman’s Heartstoppers volume 3! Bio graphic novels of Collette (NBM), Barney Frank (Metropolitan), and the story of the relatively forgotten 1960s boxer Emile Griffith in Knockout (Selfmade Hero). And more, more, more including a deluxe hardcover book collecting Vita Ayala’s run of Livewire (Valiant).

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 can be read over here.

People’s names listed in bold are either LGBTQA 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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EMBODIED GN $16.99 Page 248
Wendy Chin-Tanner & Various, Jen Hickman & Various
Mystical, rooted, painful, joyous, and ecstatic; visions of the body, our genders, and our very identities from across the spectrum of contemporary poetry come together in this monumental intersectional feminist anthology where verse and comics unite in spectacular new ways. Beautifully illustrated and bracingly written, Embodied is a memorable collaboration between cis female, trans, and non-binary poets and comics artists showcasing the power of both forms. MAR211141


EROS PSYCHE #3 $3.99 Page 205
Maria Llovet
Secrets, lies and the consequences of rule breaking are not the only problems Sara will have to face after Vanna, a disturbed girl, crosses her path at The Rose, changing her perception of the place forever. From the artist of the bestselling Faithless series… Acclaimed creator Maria Llovet brings you a surreal, bewitching tale of love, magic, and tragedy in Eros/Psyche. MAR210968

UNSACRED VOL 2 #6 $24.99 Page 206
Mirka Andolfo, Davide Goy, and Gabriele Bagnoli
Mirka Andolfo returns, bringing life to a Heaven (and a Hell) filled with humor and lovable characters! In Un/Sacred Vol 2, Mirka invites you once again into the world of Angelina and Damiano…and Eden, the new arrival in the family! Mirka and a super team of specially selected creators help her explore the borders of this crazy and sensual universe, and the evolution of everyone’s favorite angel/devil couple! The Un/Sacred Vol 2 hardcover collects the entire hit series, plus cover gallery and bonus material! MAR210975


SERIAL #4 $3.99 Page 208
Terry Moore
If anyone knows how to find a serial killer it’s Zoe, America’s favorite psycho who has looked like a 10 year old for 50 years. Zoe’s innocent appearance and deadly skills make her the perfect bloodhound in the search for the Santa Nino serial killer. Zoe’s close friend stands accused of the crimes. If Zoe doesn’t find the killer-and soon-an innocent person will go to prison for life! MAR210985


PROJECT PATRON #1 $4.99 Page 215
Steve Orlando and Patrick Piazzalunga
Thirty years ago, we lost the Patron in a prehistoric fistfight with the monster Wor! The United Nations secretly replaced the Patron with a perfect duplicate, a Reploid. This is the story of the five pilots who embody the Patron to repay the world’s faith and hope, and risk their lives to do so. When the leader of Project Patron dies, the team is shattered. Can they come together in time to solve the murder and stop Matthew Mammon, the Patron’s greed-worshipping nemesis, without the world figuring out the truth?


ALICE IN LEATHERLAND #2 $3.99 Page 250
Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli
Alice will get a hearty taste of the San Francisco life, and along the way she’ll learn a few new things: Just because her whole world falls apart, doesn’t mean she can’t build something exciting from scratch–like two new passionate and unconventional friendships. And even if her sugary fairytales haven’t broken through her creative block, a job may be the best way to discover her complicated new city. And also: peanut butter can fix pretty much anything. MAR211157

DESTINY NY #2 $3.99 Page 251
Pat Shand and Manuel Preitano
As Gia’s execution order processes, she prepares for a date with Logan… who is also secretly seeing Lilith, the woman Gia is destined to kill. Meanwhile, a frustrated Augusten tries to get some action at home, but finds his husband in a less-than-ideal situation. MAR211163

Matteo Pizzolo and Anna Wieszczyk
“The embodiment of what Black Mask is all about as a publisher: Bold, visceral storytelling unconcerned with being pinned down in one genre or category.” (-Syfy Wire) While being vivisected by The Republic, Tommy astrally projects into Outer City to search for Halfpipe–but instead he meets Bones, a fierce witch who reveals a new peril. MAR211160

LONG KNIVES HC #1 $16.99 Page 251
Matteo Pizzolo, ludeshka, and Creees Hyunsung Lee
Back when Warner Brothers first released the Godkiller animated film, Matteo Pizzolo & Ana Ludeshka created the standalone digital comic series spinoff The Long Knives. Never released in print and out of digital circulation for years, The Long Knives has retained its cult status as a twisted tale of body horror and dark mysticism–as well as the origin of Nero and Bird. Black Mask is proud to bring The Long Knives to print for the first time with this beautifully crafted series of hardcover graphic novellas. Though its been in the works for over a year, this edition now feels oddly prescient… with its story set during a pandemic lockdown and governmental coup, this character-driven horror feels more vibrant and keyed into life today than when it was first created. It’s not about a pandemic or a coup, those are just realities of its characters’ lives… a world suddenly eerily relatable. Amid a deadly pandemic, children are suddenly disappearing… and the murderous gang abducting them may just be humanity’s last hope. This bi-monthly hardcover series also features a brand-new serialized comic “Nero & Bird” written by Matteo Pizzolo, illustrated by Creees Lee.MAR211159


ABBOTT 1973 #5 $3.99 Page 194
Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivela
This is it – Elena vs. The Umbra, with the future of Detroit on the line. But even if Elena can save those closest to her, nothing will ever be the same. MAR210925

Jeremy Lambert and Jordie Bellaire
The biggest Buffy story of the century starts here. The truth about Buffy, the Scooby Gang and their very existence is revealed in this jaw dropping anniversary issue. But what is their connection to <SPOILER> and how does it connect to <SPOILER>? Every answer only leads to more questions…and straight to the Big(gest) Bad you never saw coming. MAR210862

Jordie Bellaire, Jeremy Lambert, Andres Genolet, & Various
Anya has a secret connection to the Watcher’s Council and it leads to the first full appearance of the Slayer who came before Buffy??? And the truth behind Anya’s mysterious past connects Buffy(s) – yes, plural – in ways no one ever saw coming. Plus, discover the shocking truth behind the Slayer known as Faith! Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21-22, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith #1. MAR210869

FIREFLY #29 $3.99 Page 188
Greg Pak and Guillerma Sanna
The crew of Serenity need to go where the Alliance can’t reach them. And that one place may be The-Earth-That-Was, a strange world filled with ancient artifacts, a new civilization and maybe some semblance of hope. Well, if Captain Kaylee and Captain Mal can somehow get along. MAR210899 (Bengal cover) / MAR210900 (Gabriel Hernandez Walta cover)

Josh Lee Gordon and Fabiana Mascolo
The Serenity soars once again, 20 years after the events of Firefly, and Zoe must complete the most important mission of her life: keeping her daughter Emma safe. But Emma doesn’t see herself as needing protection and aims to misbehave in ways that are mighty familiar. Which wouldn’t be such a problem if the Blue Sun Corporation hadn’t caught up to Serenity. MAR210904

LUNA #4 $3.99 Page 196
Maria Llovet
Lux reveals the truth to Teresa. Teresa is poisoned. And then things get really bad. MAR210936 (Llovet cover) / MAR210937 (Ariela Kristiana cover)

Ram V and Filipe Andrade
The avatar of Death now exists in the mortal world as twenty-something Laila Starr after humanity begins the path to discovering immortality. Years pass, and Laila unexpectedly meets the boy who will change everything at one of the formative moments in his life. Laila must decide what she truly wants from him – and how far these revelations will push her. MAR210922

ONCE & FUTURE VOL 3 $16.99 Page 192
Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora
As the tether between our world and the Otherworld grows dangerously thin, Bridgette and Duncan are determined to stay one step ahead of Arthur and Merlin’s plans…though this time it may not be enough. To prevent more chaos, Bridgette, Duncan, and Rose must fight harder than ever to keep things secret, but it’s a modern era and Merlin’s secrets may not stay hidden very long. Collects Once & Future #13-18. MAR210921

PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD #3 $3.99 Page 195
Alex Child, Grant Morrison, and Naomi Franquiz
The girls are supposed to stay out of trouble and away from the haunted stretch of Proctor Valley Road. But a stolen police car leads to the return of the Proctor Valley Bull and more danger than anyone could imagine. MAR210932

SEVEN SECRETS #8 $3.99 Page 194
Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo
The Order has managed to find their way through the land of Faerie, but danger awaits them on the other side. After experiencing such loss, can Caspar continue to keep his vow as a Holder to protect the Secrets before all else? MAR210928

James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
The story you demanded begins here: the origin of Erica Slaughter! What shocking events brought Erica to the House of Slaughter? And what did she have to do to join the Order of St. George? The secrets are revealed here for the first time in this perfect jumping-on point for new readers. MAR210917

Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo
Fifty years have passed since Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II embarked on their fateful mission–and the universe has changed in ways no one ever expected. Jason Hauer, one of the fated Vihaan II crew, is now 71 years old and living a life on the razor’s edge between the Harvesters and the Worshippers. But as these rival religious factions clash throughout the galaxy, Jason finds himself thrown into the center of the chaos and forced to confront his tortured past. But the only people who can help Jason have their own secret agenda–one that may bring him face to face with Captain Malik in ways beyond comprehension. MAR210913

WYND #6 $4.99 Page 178
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas’ hit series returns as Wynd, Oakley, Thorn, and Yorik take the next step in their dangerous quest. But what is the secret behind Wynd’s terrifying visions? Meanwhile, back in Pipetown, the dying King Yossar does the unthinkable in his attempt to bring Yorik home — letting Vampyres into the city for the first time in generations. MAR210870


HEARTSTOPPER GN VOL 3 $14.99 / $24.99 Page 279
Alice Oseman
Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Nick has even found the courage to come out to his mom. But coming out isn’t something that happens just once, and Nick and Charlie try to figure out when to tell their friends that they’re dating. Not being out to their classmates gets even harder during a school trip to Paris. As Nick and Charlie’s feelings get more serious, they’ll need each other more than ever. Available in softcover and hardcover editions. MAR211333 (TPB) / MAR211334 (HC)


Paul Cornell and Emma Vieceli
Elizabeth Cleve is an apprentice to the brilliant, extreme surgeon James Frankenstein. He’s shown her his secret world of forbidden medical experiments. And how their mutual attraction has reached fever pitch. How far will she allow herself to go? A twisted horror/romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear. MAR211349


Chad Sell
A mystery is afoot in the Cardboard Kingdom. Vijay, the Beast, renounces his title after being bullied by neighborhood teenagers. No one — not his big sister Shikha or his friends — can seem to draw him back out of his shell. That very night is when it starts. At first, no one believes Nate, who breaks his leg trying to pursue what he saw from his bedroom window. But then there’s another, and another. An unknown monster has been spotted roaming the Kingdom after dark. It’s ghastly, it’s quick, and it might even have giant tentacles. Or claws. Or wings. Forget Halloween — the newly minted Monster Mashers will go to any lengths to protect the Kingdom and uncover this mystery! Available in softcover and hardcover editions. MAR211395


BOYS RUN THE RIOT GN VOL 1 $12.99 Page 362
Keito Gaku
A transgender teen named Ryuu finds an escape from the expectations and anxieties of his daily life in the world of street fashion. This personal, heartfelt, fictional story from a Japanese transgender manga creator is completely unique, and comes presented in two extra-large, 400-page volumes. High schooler Ryuu knows he’s transgender. But he doesn’t have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He can’t tell his best friend, who he’s secretly got a crush on, and he can’t tell his mom, who’s constantly asking why Ryuu is always “dressing like a boy.” He certainly can’t tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully. The only time Ryuu feels at ease is when he’s wearing his favorite clothes. Then, and only then, the world melts away, and he can be his true self. One day, while out shopping, Ryuu sees an unexpected sight: Jin. The kid who looked so tough in class is shopping for the same clothes that Ryuu loves. And Jin offers Ryuu a proposal: to start their own brand and create apparel to help everyone feel comfortable in their skin. At last, Ryuu has someone he can open up to–and the journey ahead might finally give him a way to express himself to everyone else. MAR211746


Sarah Rees Brennan
The boys of Kings Row are off to a training camp in Europe! Surrounded impressive scenery and even more impressive European fencing teams, underdog Nicholas can’t help but feel out of place. With the help of a local legend, though, he and the rest of the team finds it within themselves to face superior fencers, ex-boyfriends, expulsion, and even Nicholas’s golden-boy, secret half-brother, the infamous Jesse Coste. Will Aiden and Harvard end up together, though? En garde! [This is a prose novel.] MAR211413


BECSTAR #1 $3.99 Page 293
Joe Corallo and Lorenzo Colangeli
Becstar is a star hopping mercenary-gone-full time-gambler light years away from Earth. Leaving her old life behind with the help of her magical luck dagger and her fan-turned-regret filled-friend Sally Soolin, Becstar ekes out a living under the nefarious Shadow Syndicate’s radar. But when a mysterious girl appears with grim news and an urgent quest where the fate of the universe hangs in the balance, Becstar has no choice but to join… and regret it immediately. MAR211424


Eric Orner
What are the odds that a disheveled, zaftig, closeted kid with the thickest of Jersey accents might wind up running Boston on behalf of a storied Irish Catholic political machine, drafting the nation’s first gay rights laws, reforming Wall Street after the Great Recession, and finding love, after a lifetime assuming that he couldn’t and wouldn’t? In Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank, America’s first out member of Congress and gay and civil rights crusader for an era is confirmed as a hero of our age. This funny, beautifully rendered, warts-and-all graphic account pays tribute to the striving of committed liberals to defend ordinary Americans from an assault on their shared society. MAR211436


Annie Goetzinger
“One dies only from the first man,” she wrote in 1909. But this death was a new beginning, and the one that signed “Colette” from 1910 onward gradually opened her eyes to her condition of a woman who was an exploited writer and a betrayed wife, and who will emancipate herself by writing, and with what talent! Incredibly complex, powerfully determined, truly gifted, Colette challenged herself to reinvent her life and assert herself as a free woman. In her day, her behavior scandalized and vexed the establishment. But in the end, she helped to free women in their thinking and became member and then president of France’s prestigious Academie Goncourt. MAR211442 (OFFERED AGAIN)


ONE LINE HC $24.99 Page 304
Ray Fawkes
Eighteen different families across four centuries live inside this book–their traditions, ethics, and prejudices handed down from generation to generation: a living history carried through to the present. A Spanish family in Los Angeles in 1846. A Cheyenne family enduring the horrors of the Trail of Tears. An Irish family starving in abject poverty under British rule. Groundbreaking cartoonist Ray Fawkes implements a stunning visual approach to dive deep into the stories of these lives, showcasing the stark contrasts and poignant parallels that connect us all in our diverse human existence. MAR211449


Reinhard Kleist
The American boxing champion Emile Griffith gained notoriety in 1962 when he brutally defeated the Cuban fighter Benny Paret. Ten days after the fight, Paret, who had directed a homophobic slur at Griffith during the weigh-in, died from his injuries. In Knock Out!, Reinhard Kleist draws a powerful, emotive portrait of a bisexual Afro-Caribbean-American athlete who, facing racism and homophobia in 1960s America, found success in the world of boxing. It’s the story of a fierce and ambitious fighter, and of a knockout blow that ended one life and changed a second forever. MAR211563



MERMAN IN MY TUB GN VOL 8 $12.99 Page 390
What happens when an intruder from the sea stakes claim to your bathtub? A cool yet demure teenage boy named Tatsumi must learn to live with the self-obsessed and playful merman Wakasa in a small Tokyo apartment. These two dissimilar young men will learn what it takes to deal with one another in their everyday lives. Of course, impromptu visits by Wakasa’s anthropomorphic ocean friends — an octopus, jelly fish, and hermit crab — do not make things easier. Welcome to Tatsumi’s bathtub. It’s getting crowded!
MAR211894 Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXX #9 (SEP201798)


CHERRY MAGIC GN VOL 3 $12.99 Page 392
Yuu Toyota
Ever since he was blessed (cursed?) on his thirtieth birthday with the magical ability to read the minds of those he touches, virginal office drone Adachi has been put through the ringer, especially after discovering his colleague Kurosawa’s feelings for him! And just when it seems like Adachi might be able to take his friendship with Kurosawa to the next level, Adachi’s complex about not having any romantic experience gets in the way! MAR211903 Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXXI #1 (JAN211879)

I THINK OUR SON IS GAY GN $12.99 Page 392
Mom Tomoko and her two beloved sons Hiroki and Yuri go about their everyday lives while their father works. But now that Hiroki’s in his first year of high school, his thoughts are turning ever so slightly to sex and romance… and his mom can’t help but notice his slips of the tongue when he’s talking about who he likes. Supportive Tomoko has an inkling Hiroki might be gay, but she’s going to let him figure it out for himself. Unfortunately, Hiroki has little talent for keeping his “secret,” so he might die of embarrassment before all is said and done in this hilarious and heartwarming LGBTQIA+ friendly family comedy! MAR211904


DICK FIGHT ISLAND GN VOL 1 $12.99 Page 367
Reibun Ike
The tournament to choose the next king of the islands is about to begin. The rules are simple-whoever comes first loses! To ensure they don’t, participating warriors protect their mighty swords with armor that grows larger and more elaborate with each tournament. But one warrior who’s been studying abroad has returned with a secret technique certain to force a pleasurable eruption! Is there a warrior alive able to withstand it? Or is this deft warrior destined to become king?! MAR211780

DON’T BE CRUEL PLUS GN VOL 2 $12.99 Page 367
Yonezou Nekota
Maya and Nemugasa’s relationship had a rocky start. Maya, the playboy slacker, and Nemugasa, the diligent student, have two very different personalities and live two very different lives. These differences have led to some crazy misunderstandings between them. Their relationship certainly is a rough one, but it makes the good times that much sweeter. Read on for the next volume in this collection of never-before-seen Don’t Be Cruel side and bonus stories! MAR211781


DOCTOR WHO MISSY #2 $3.99 Page 330
Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the master with a unique graphic novel starring fan favorite Missy! Missy’s up to her old tricks, but this time she’s not alone! How will the Doctor survive this latest maniacal plot in this special story celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Master? Featurs the third and twelfth Doctor battling their iconic nemesis! Keep your eyes out for other Time Lords! MAR211603


FANGS GN VOL 1 $14.99 Page 369
Billy Balibally
Bitten by a vampire at a club, nineteen-year-old En barely survived. Taken under the wing of Ichii — a member of the health and welfare division of the vampire rights organization known as FANGS — En learns he’s to be taught about this new “world” he must survive in. In order to control the urge to suck blood and attack innocents, FANGS established a “pairing system,” where two vampires support one another with regular meals. As a young, virginal vampire, En is highly sought after by many senior vamps. That is, until he declares his intention to pair with his guardian, Ichii. MAR211784


Vita Ayala, Raul Allen & Various
Mentor. Savior. Enemy of the State. Livewire is on the run after plunging the United States into a nationwide blackout to stop the exploitation of the psiots she is sworn to protect. Now, she’ll have to outrun the government she once served and those she once called allies while finding herself called on to track down disappearing psiots. Can she overcome the political forces out to get her or will she become what the world condemns her as, a traitor? Rising star Vita Ayala joins astounding artists Raul Allen and Patricia Martin, Kano, and Tana Ford to take one of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful heroes continues down her road to redemption! Collecting issues #1-12, along with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras! MAR211654


HOLLOW HEART #4 $3.99 Page 345
Paul Allor and Paul Tucker
Mateo and EL have carved out a good life for themselves. They’re alone. They’re free. They’re in love. They’re happy. But EL begins to suspect that Mateo is keeping terrible secrets from him. Meanwhile, Mateo works to provide EL with the life he needs, desperate to keep EL from discovering the truth and destroying his own happiness. MAR211660

Dan Watters and Kishore Mohan
Paint cracks, and so do facades. There can only be one future- and as two artists work feverishly to cast it in their own image, they threaten instead to tear it asunder as easily as canvas. The end of the world, perhaps, or simply the end of art- indeed, who could tell the difference? MAR211663

RADIO APOCALYPSE #2 $3.99 Page 348
Ram V and Anand Radhakrishnan
As refugees from Kinscreek seek to undertake the perilous journey to the settlement at Bakers Town, The Daytripper must carry their missives while daylight still lingers in the sky. But the wastelands that lie in between can be a dangerous place. So come traverse the desolate places with Rufus and Crow on a two-wheel road-trip with Radio Apocalypse for company. MAR211674

Tim Seeley, Tini Howard, Blake Howard, Dev Pramanik, and Nathan Gooden
A member of the Twin Cities Court is destroyed, and vampire hunters are running rampant. The Court wants Cecily Bain and her fake fledgling, Ali, to find out who’s behind it all. The only problem? Cecily is starting to think Ali might be the one responsible, as blood and betrayal fill the icy Minnesota night. MAR211673


Fumi Yoshinaga
From the James Tripee Award Winning author, Fumi Yoshinaga, comes a casual romance between two 40-year-old men and the many meals they share together. A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals! MAR211769


March 18, 2021
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