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LGBTQ Previews July 2018 Part 2

Here are upcoming comics, trades, and graphic novels made by and possibly of interest to LGBTQ nerds! Like what you ask? How about the Exit Stage Left Snagglepuss trade you decided to trade wait for. Or a massive collection of those Defenders comics with Iceman and Angel that just so happens to include the campy Iceman mini series? Did you know 2018 is the 50th anniversary of Mod Diana Prince? Someone at DC did and there’s a super deluxe pricey hard cover reprinting all those comics. Or maybe that Steven Universe coloring book catches your eye? And Ayo and Aneka and the Dora Milaje return in Wakanda Forever X-Men!

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 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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Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Shadow joins the search for a missing girl while continuing to learn about the town he is now calling home. Another ‘Coming to America’ tale from Mr. Ibis walks us through the troubling history of the African slave trade in the late 18th century, and how a young girl named Wututu brought the beliefs of her homeland with her. The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and hit Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a comic series!, MAY180330

Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Sebastian Cabrol, Irene Koh, Jose Villarrubia & various
Foodies and horror fanatics rejoice! Inspired by the Japanese Edo Period game Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai or 100 Candles, a circle of chefs gather to outscare each other with modern tales of fear and food from around the world-and pray that they survive the night. Cooked up by the best-selling author and veteran chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster), back again from their New York Times #1 bestseller, Get Jiro!). Features all-new, original recipes prepared by Bourdain, plus a guide to the ghostly legendary spirits behind these horrifying tales. Collects the four-issue mini-series. For mature readers. MAY180324

Gene Luen Yang & Various
Journey along with Team Avatar as they rescue a pumpkin farmer waylaid by monsters, help an old rival with a hair-raising problem, and reflect on what it means to save the world. Featuring the work of Gene Luen Yang, Faith Erin Hicks, Carla Speed McNeil, Ron Koertge, Dave Scheidt, Sara Goetter, and more, this anthology features stories both hilarious and heartwarming. This volume also includes the short stories, “Rebound,” “Shells,” and “Sisters,” previously released for Free Comic Book Day and never before collected! Gene Luen Yang, longtime Avatar writer, draws an Avatar story for the first time! MAY180351

BTVS SEASON 12 #2 $3.99 Page 111
Joss Whedon, Christos N. Gage and Karl Story
With his ownership of Slayer memories, Harth has come from the future to destroy Buffy and all the Slayers, stealing their power for his own. At his side are demons and evil-kind, a massive army that Buffy and the Scoobies weren’t expecting. To even the playing field, the gang travels to the future to recruit Fray and learn of their dismal fate-should they fail in this battle against Harth. The return of Fray! The Reckoning will be the culmination of all the Buffy seasons! MAY180358

BTVS SEASON 10 LIBRARY HC VOL 2 $29.99 Page 113
Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon, Rebekah Isaacs, and Megan Levens
The romantic scene for Buffy and her friends has amped up in unexpected ways, but personal lives are soon put aside to deal with demons. Spike’s vivid dreams of murder lead to the discovery of the terrifying new face of evil, Archaeus. As the Scoobies zero in on the Big Bad, the extent of his power and his plans are revealed, and Buffy must figure out how to keep her alive friends alive, and her undead friends undead. Collects Buffy Season 10 volumes 3 & 4 (which is Buffy Season 10 comics #11-#20), all covers, and sketchbook materials. MAY180362

Joss Whedon, Erika Alexander, and Jonathan Lam
Buffy’s Rupert Giles returns to high school! But this time-as a grown man living in a teenage body-Giles will be a student instead of a teacher. At an inner-city LA-area school, when a mystical influence is detected and teachers start to go missing, Giles enrolls to investigate. What he finds is more than vampires and demons something unusual and frightening is happening here. If Giles can get through one day as a student, he’ll have a chance to find out who, what, and where-but high school is still hell, y’all. Collects issue #1-#4 of the miniseries. MAY180361

Jody Houser and Gabriel Guzman
Writer Jody Houser and artist Gabriel Guzman join forces for StarCraft, a new series further exploring the expansive universe of Blizzard’s hit game. A group of terran space scavengers hope to pull off the job of their lifetimes, ignoring a recent United Earth Directorate treaty to pillage a derelict protoss ship. Produced by Dark Horse Comics in close collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment. Writer Jody Houser takes readers on a sci-fi-horror thrill ride in space! MAY180327

Gale Galligan & Various
Head on down to Beach City and create your own artistic vision through color with the official Steven Universe Coloring Book! This book includes forty-five black-and-white illustrations by artists including Gale Galligan, Coleman Engle, Aatmaja Pandya, Constanza Yovaniniz, and Rica Diaz! Relive all your favorite moments from the show, from Ruby and Sapphire’s first meeting, to Stevonnie’s show down with Jasper, to Lars of the Stars-colored however you choose! Featuring work by Gale Galligan, Coleman Engle, Aatmaja Pandya, Constanza Yovaniniz, and Rica Diaz! 45 black-and-white illustrations for you to color, based on the hit animated show! MAY180356


BATGIRL #25 $4.99 Page 12
Marguerite Bennett, Dan Panosian & Various
On her return to Gotham City, family matters force Barbara to confront her complicated relationship with Dick Grayson. But does Dick have time for a heart-to-heart while subbing as Batman when Bruce Wayne is out of action? This extra-sized anniversary issue also offers a look at the next arc of the series by Mairghread Scott and Paul Pelletier as the monstrous villain Grotesque murders wealthy art owners and defiles their bodies to create his own “art.” And since this is the issue that keeps on giving, also look for a special backup story by Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini and artist Emanuela Lupacchino. MAY180477

James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II
While the Shredder is locked away at Riker’s Island, the Foot Civil War rages through New York City. Each branch of the Foot is determined to kill the Turtles first, to prove their rightful claim to power. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin are back in the DC Universe, dealing with the repercussions of a massive Arkham Asylum breakout that freed Bane! When Bane is unexpectedly transported to the Turtles’ New York City, he swiftly takes control of the town, and Batman and the Turtles must join forces to defeat their common enemy! Collects #1-6. MAY180573

BATWOMAN #17 $3.99 Page 15
Marguerite Bennett and Fernando Blanco
Kate Kane’s latest assignment is leaving her cold–it’s a cold case that forces her to team up with GCPD Detective Renee Montoya, and which, as usual, has Gotham City running out of time. Is this the start of a beautiful crime-fighting partnership? No spoilers, but expect sparks and punches to fly! MAY180482

Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, & Various
As World War II rages across Europe, the Allied forces issue a call to arms for the greatest heroines the world has ever known, including Batwoman, Diana of the Amazons, Mera and more! With aid from their allies at home and abroad, these mighty women will turn the tide of war and defend Truth, Justice and Freedom. Collects DC Comics: Bombshells issues #1-6. [Amazon states this book collects 1 – 12.] MAY180574

DEATHSTROKE #33 $3.99 Page 22
Christopher Priest and Carlo Pagulayan
Forced to team with Deathstroke, a man he loathes, Damian Wayne must discover the truth of his lineage. Is he really Bruce Wayne’s son, or is Slade Wilson his true father? As Batman draws closer to finding them both, Deathstroke must complete a hit, while Robin shadows the killer for hire. MAY180490

DETECTIVE #984 & 985 $2.99 Page 23
Bryan Hill and Miguel Mendonca
“On The Outside” part two! Batman wanted Black Lightning involved in the lives of his proteges – but how involved was the Dark Knight thinking? What kind of missions will Jefferson Pierce take them on? And what, exactly, is he whispering in their ears about Batman himself? MAY180492

Batman called Black Lightning to Gotham City for help with a specific case-but what is Batman hiding from Jefferson Pierce? It looks like he’s in touch with somebody from their mutual past, and he doesn’t want Black Lightning to know about it -and that operative might be in over their head! MAY180494

Mark Russell and Mike Feehan
It’s 1953. While the United States is locked in a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, the gay Southern playwright known as Snagglepuss is the toast of Broadway. But success has made him a target. As he plans for his next hit play, Snagglepuss becomes the focus of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. And when powerful forces align to purge show business of its most subversive voices, no one is safe! Collects the six-issue miniseries, plus the backup story from the Suicide Squad/ Banana Splits Special #1. MAY180576

FLASH #50 & 51 $3.99 / $2.99 Page 25
Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, and Scott Kolins
The lightning-fueled finale of “Flash War”! Zoom adapts two new Speed Force powers into his arsenal against both Barry Allen and Wally West. What are these strange new powers? What can they do? And how will this haunt the Scarlet Speedster long after “Flash War” is over? It’s the power of two Flashes pitted against the seemingly unstoppable Hunter Zolomon![Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple and make occasional appearances.]

As the dust settles in the wake of “Flash War,” the Flash and his family of speedsters try to pick up the pieces of what’s left. But bad blood can run deep. This is the one race the Flash Family can’t win! MAY180499

GREEN LANTERNS #50 & 51 $2.99 Page 28
Dan Jurgens and Mike Perkins
‘Something is amiss.’ That’s what the Guardians believe. But even they cannot see the darkness growing inside the Central Power Battery…an infection. One that will have enormous repercussions within the entire Green Lantern Corps. Making matters worse, in light of recent events, Jessica Cruz questions her place within the Green Lantern Corps, contemplating leaving it behind. And her partner Simon Baz is stung so much by her confession, he may let her go. [Previous writer Sam Humphries revealed one of the Green Lanterns in the book is lesbian.] MAY180506

A murderer stands within the GLC’s ranks as tension rises between Simon and Jessica. Their rings seem to say the other committed the crime. MAY180508

Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko, Laura Braga, and Adriana Melo
Free college tuition for all Riverdale residents?! That’s the plan–after the town drains the wetlands that lie between it and Gotham City and then builds a new campus. The only snag? A certain botany-obsessed super-villain. When Poison Ivy enlists her bestie, Harley Quinn, to kidnap both Veronica Lodge, daughter of Riverdale’s most important citizen, and her friend Betty Cooper, she’s counting on some assistance–and the mayhem that ensues will probably work as well! This title collects the six-issue miniseries co-published with Archie Comics! MAY180580

HARLEY QUINN #45 & 46 $2.99 Page 30
Sam Humphries and John Timms
While on a tropical vacation, Harley Quinn is kidnapped by two Female Furies from Apokolips–and they’re making her an offer she can’t refuse: join the Furies, get super powers and do anything she wants! It’s a sweet deal, and all Harley has to do in return is hunt down rogue Fury Petite Tina. The bad news: Petite Tina is anything but petite! Hope that hammer got an upgrade, Harley. MAY180513

It’s Fury vs. Fury in a furious showdown! Harley’s tasked with bringing in Petite Tina – except, turns out, the reason she failed as a Fury is that she’s not furious enough! She’s kind, good-hearted and oppressed – and now Harley’s the one oppressing her. Harley’s caught between a rock and a hard place: give up her amazing superpowers and free Tina and the other oppressed Lowlies, or keep bashing stuff with a super-hammer and having fun. What’s a girl to do? MAY180516

Frank Tieri, Inaki Miranda, and Mirka Andolfo
Ever since the Penguin started horning in on New York City, he and Harley Quinn have been stuck in a cold war…and it’s about to heat up! Making a long-term investment in a Gotham City that’s crawling with Bats isn’t the Penguin’s style, so now he’s hell-bent on making Coney Island his new nest! Collects issues #35-42. MAY180581

HELLBLAZER #24 $3.99 Page 32
Tim Seeley and Davide Fabbri
What would you sacrifice to save someone from damnation? The final chapter of “The Good Old Days” puts what may be the final nail in John Constantine’s coffin: preparing to say goodbye to this mortal coil, John’s oddly introspective, brooding over an ex-lover who’s possessed by demons. Since she can’t be exorcised, she’s bound for Hell–unless John makes the ultimate sacrifice and takes her place. Pack light, John–we hear it’s warm where you’re going. MAY180519

IMMORTAL MEN #4 $2.99 Page 33
James Tynion IV and Tyler Kirkham
Can an Immortal Man hope to defeat an Infinite Woman? Armed with a weapon courtesy of the Batman Who Laughs, the Infinite Woman takes aim against the Immortals. It’s the House of Conquest versus the House of Action in the oldest secret war in the DCU–now revealed to the world! MAY180521

INJUSTICE 2 #29 & 30 $2.99 Page 34
Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere, Bruno Redondo
Seems like everyone wants a piece of Blue Beetle. First he gets some surprise visitors to his home, then later he finds himself the target of a certain well-known intergalactic bounty hunter. But who ultimately wants Jaime Reyes in their clutches and why? MAY180522

Then, the entire universe is in peril and it’s up to the fallen Hal Jordan, the Titans and Blue Beetle to save it. They’ll need all the help they can get, but do they really need help from Booster Gold and Lobo? MAY180523

Tim Seeley and Freddie Williams II
Believing He-man and the Masters of the Universe defeated, a robotic impostor has seized control of Eternia–but not for long! After freeing his kingdom from this strongman’s rule, Prince Adam learns not everyone is pleased to see the pretender deposed–but Adam knows the value of freedom. So when heroes from another dimension ask his aid in deposing a super-hero turned dictator, he agrees. Teaming up with Batman against the Superman of the Injustice Universe, He-man and his new allies face dangerous and familiar enemies in a battle where no world is safe! MAY180473

James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno, and Raul Fernandez
From the pages of Justice League: No Justice! Earth’s magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It’s up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! After the events of No Justice, team leader Wonder Woman guides the misfit magic mix of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp against enemies too fantastic even for the Justice League. Plus, what awful things are coming through the Tree of Wonder? Dark days ahead. MAY180467

Geoff Johns, David S. Goyer, Stephen Sadowski & Various
In the second collection of JSA tales co-written by Geoff Johns, the JSA faces the foe that decimated their ranks years prior: Extant! Plus, the stunning return of Hawkman! Collects JSA #16-25, plus stories from Secret Origins of Super Villains 1, JSA: Our Worlds At War #1, JLA/JSA Secret Files, and the graphic novel JLA/JSA: Virtue And Vice. MAY180585

NIGHTWING #46 $2.99 Page 41
Benjamin Percy amd Christopher Mooneyham
A new high-tech corporation setting up shop in Bludhaven claims to be the cure for what ails the crumbling city. But Night-wing learns it’s a very hostile takeover when he runs afoul of their metahuman operative, a digital phantom impervious to physical attack. Luckily, Nightwing has his very own I.T. backup: Batgirl! But can the two work together after their meeting in Batgirl #25, also in stores this month? MAY180534

PLASTIC MAN #2 $3.99 Page 42
Gail Simone and Adriana Melo
Eel didn’t like it when a spy blackmailed him over his secret identity, and then a kid found out, and now the dancers at his club know and the concept of a secret identity has gotten stretched way the heck out of whack. But the dancers are helping him find the kid, who was nabbed by some bad guys who don’t know his secret identity, just his costumed persona, which is still a terrible day, even in his pretty rotten life. MAY180536

TITANS #23 $3.99 Page 52
Dan Abnett and Brandon Peterson
Can anything stop the Metagene pandemic unleashed through the events of Justice League: No Justice? The all-new Titans are on the case. Roll call: Nightwing, Donna Troy, Raven, Steel, Beast Boy and Miss Martian! But can even their combined might stand against new super-powered weapons of mass destruction birthed by the Metagenes? And how will the events of Teen Titans #20 come back to haunt the Titans? New enemies are out for blood in part one of “The Spark.” [Natasha Irons, shown in a relationship with a woman in Superwoman, joins the team.] MAY180550

UNEXPECTED #2 $2.99 Page 53
Steve Orlando and Cary Nord
Ruthless Thanagarian dictator Onimarr Synn arrives on Earth with his army to pick the planet apart in search of the vibro-active Nth Metal. The Unexpected will have to collect themselves after the cataclysmic events of the first issue, discover their true connection to the Dark Multiverse and travel across the DC Universe to stop Synn’s rampage. MAY180552

WILD STORM #15 $3.99 Page 54
Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt
Marc Slayton took his show on the road, as the thing inside him he called the Carer told him to. But whom is he hunting, and for what purpose? John Lynch is crisscrossing America to warn the other Thunderbook test subjects that IO might have discovered them, but IO might not be the only threat to their lives. The uneasy peace between IO and Skywatch has become a cold war–and there are plans for a hot war. MAY180553

WONDER WOMAN #50 & 51 $399 / $2.99 Page 56
James Robinson and Jesus Merino (#50) Steve Orlando and Laura Braga (#51)
A new pantheon of gods has been born! But who are they? Where did they come from? What do they want? All questions for Wonder Woman, because she played more of a role in their arrival than you’d think! Will it fall to Diana to end their existence as well? Meanwhile, Wonder Woman’s brother Jason learns his true purpose. It’s all here in this extra-sized anniversary issue! MAY180556

Then, is Man’s World ready for Wonder Woman to bring Amazonian justice to today’s society? Guest writer Steve Orlando (Justice League of America) delves into that theme in “Transformation Island,” which sees Diana visiting the small-time crook known as Mayfly in jail over the course of several years. But how do these visits impact Diana and Mayfly? MAY180558

Dennis O’Neil, Mike Sekowsky, and Dick Giordano
In these stories from the late 1960s, Wonder Woman leaves her superpowers behind to become an ultra-mod, globe-trotting secret agent. With a new costume and a new attitude, Wonder Woman fights crime like never before! As secret agent Diana Prince, she takes on international crime with the help of her new mentor, the mysterious I Ching. Collects Wonder Woman, Brave And The Bold #87 and 105, Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #93 and World’s Finest #204. [The Amazon listing is somehow $25 more expensive? Order with caution!] MAY180594


ETERNITY GIRL #5 $3.99 Page 24
Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew
The end really is nigh as Caroline confronts her destiny on two planes of existence, and the stakes could never be higher: eternal imprisonment, or total universal annihilation. MAY180496

MOTHER PANIC GOTHAM A D #5 $3.99 Page 39
Jody Houser and Ibrahim Moustafa
The Cult of the Bat has taken things too far. Mother Panic is enlisted by the Gotham City Sirens to help end the mad reign of Jason Todd, last of the Robins. But as the heroes past and present clash, are they all just playing into the hands of the evil Collective? MAY180532


ASSASSINISTAS TP $19.99 Page 156
Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez
First there were three: Octavia, Charlotte, and Rosalyn, a trio of badass hit-women who picked up the slack when the going got too real for other so-called top-level assassins. But things happened. Octavia hung up her semi-automatic for a semi-lucrative kidnapping insurance scam. Charlotte chose expensive Chardonnay, love, marriage and, until recently, a baby carriage. And Rosalyn? There’s a lot of conspiracies, but according to the federal government, she’s simply M.I.A. When a kidnapping hits too close to home, Octavia is forced out of retirement and back into the bounty-hunting business. Down two partners, she recruits her son Dominic and his boyfriend Taylor to aid and abet her in a semester of murder-based work study, where she’ll teach them everything she knows (if she can get them to put down the video games, stop making out, and actually focus on the mission already). MAY180729 (OFFERED AGAIN)

EUTHANAUTS #1 $3.99 Page 157
Tini Howard and Nick Robles
Death is like outer space-a seemingly unknowable, terrifying blackness that yields beautiful discoveries and truths-if only you’ve got the right kind of rocketship. Thalia Rosewood has had a lifelong obsession with death, keeping her from living her life to the fullest. Mercy Wolfe has a brain tumor the size of a billiard ball, and a need for a new recruit before her next journey begins. Inigo Hanover is a reluctant tether to the world beyond, seeking to continue a cycle that exploration would halt. Go toward the light. Then go beyond. Euthanauts. MAY180733 (OFFERED AGAIN)

Jen Vaughn and Michelle Wong
The kid-friendly horror series returns to comics with all-new stories! The terrifying world of Goosebumps is just a click away! When Mitra and her two besties find a phone with the latest and greatest technology and apps, they think they are dreaming. But when push (notifications) come to shove, they might be living a nightmare! With the phone turning them against each other, can Mitra do a hard reset before it’s too late? MAY180680

Heli Kennedy and Fico Ossio
Traveling the world to cure 274 sick Leda clones, brilliant scientist/couple Cosima and Delphine visit Japan and Hong Kong. Will this bring the lovers closer together…or drive them apart? MAY180711 (OFFERED AGAIN)

PUNKS NOT DEAD #6 $3.99 Page 156
David Barnett and Martin Simmonds
Everybody’s out to get Fergie Ferguson. The police want to speak to him about the death of a fellow pupil after a schoolyard fight, the Department for Extra-Usual Affairs are back on his tail after Dorothy Culpepper has a startling revelation, and a mysterious stranger who Fergie should totally have not been talking to on the internet is showing a keen interest… and a taste for casual murder. But Fergie’s mum Julie is realizing a few things as well… which means everybody better watch out because she’s going to kick some ass. With everyone closing in, where can Fergie and his ghostly BF Sid turn next? Find out in the anarchic conclusion to “Teenage Kicks.” [One of the male characters is gay and in a relationship.] MAY180730 (OFFERED AGAIN)

STAR WARS ADVENTURES #12 $3.99 Page 140
Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet
Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala embark on an adventure filled with danger and romance in a story by fan-favorites Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet! Fun for Star Wars fans of all ages! Plus, an exciting new Tales from Wild Space! Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny fan-favorite creator, Elsa Charretier, returns! MAY180652

Magdalene Visaggio and Fico Ossio
Cybertron has been invaded. The Transformers encounter unwelcome guests at the heart of their planet-and they may not have their hosts’ best interests at heart. Refugees from another world, the Visionaries’ startling magical abilities could make them powerful allies… or dangerous enemies. It turns out there are some of each. When Virulina, leader of the Darkling Lords, discovers that the Transformers are vulnerable to magic, she uses that weakness to try and gain control of Cybertron! Leoric of the Spectral Knights teams up with Ironhide to stop her, but they quickly find themselves facing not just the Lords, but all of New Prysmos itself. MAY180640


CRUDE #4 $3.99 Page 63
Steve Orlando and Garry Brown
Kiril lived a secret life, one that got him killed. As his father comes closer to uncovering the truth, he’s ambushed by a horde of mobsters, soldiers, and thugs. To even the odds, Piotr will turn anything–even a chicken bone–into a weapon. MAY180107

EVOLUTION #8 $3.99 Page 67
James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, Joe Infurnari, and Jordan Boyd
Hannah’s beliefs are turned upside down as she falls deeper into the secret Evolved community. Meanwhile, Claire’s mentor continues to drive a wedge between her and Rochelle, and Abe shows he’s willing to do anything to stop the “Bug.” Dark days are ahead. MAY180136

FLAVOR #3 $3.99 Page 68
Joseph Keatinge and Wook Jin Clark
The culinary fantasy epic continues as Xoo’s descent into the underworld has her cooking for her life. MAY180139

Eddie Gorodetsky, Marc Andrekyo, and Stephen Sadowski
From Eisner and Emmy-winning writers! For a few years in his early 20s, Nick Wilson had super powers and all the acclaim associated with them. When those powers vanished, so did his fame, sending him from national hero to late-night punchline. By the time we pick up his story, he is not yet 30 and barely an answer in a trivia contest. Faced with a life in a rear-view mirror full of lost powers, faded glory, former enemies, ex-girlfriends, and forgotten grudges, Nick struggles to figure out who he is today. Packing on an extra 20 pounds and peering through a medicinal marijuana haze, he is trying to build a future when all that’s left is just a man who hasn’t been super for a very long time. Collects issues 1-4. MAY180068

INFIDEL #5 $3.99 Page 72
Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, and Jose Villarrubia
Finale! The critically acclaimed horror hit of the year concludes with a spectacular and truly shocking extra-sized finale. Secrets behind the haunting are finally revealed, even as the horrific murders continue. In the midst of chaos, who will survive? And at what cost? MAY180159

MAGIC ORDER #2 $3.99 Page 75
Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel
A dark force is targeting The Magic Order, killing off its members one by one. Time is running out, and the death toll is rising. Will Gabriel return to the fold to save his family, and the world, from the forces of evil? MAY180197

PAPER GIRLS #22 $3.99 Page 78
Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chang
The future has always been terrifying. MAY180217

Kurtis J. Wiebe and Will Kirkby
Strap yourselves in for a ride to an alternate and futuristic world, where the Rat Queens take to the neon streets of Palisade as an elite team of shadow operatives. An anonymous fiend creeps through the dark web, stealing identities and blackmailing innocent civilians for cold, hard Goldyen–and only the Queens can stop him! A cyberpunk take on the Rat Queens from Kurtis J. Wiebe and Will Kirkby. MAY180047

Kurtis J. Wiebe and Owen Gieni
After a series of successful adventures, the Rat Queens have returned to Palisade with piles of gold and are in a mood to party. But the town has a new resident; a strange wizard with the power to erase people from existence. Join the baddest mercenary gang in the land as they face down the villain with swords and sassery! MAY180229

SAGA #54 $2.99 Page 83
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
The explosive “season finale” to SAGA’s most shocking storyline yet. MAY180242

SHANGHAI RED #2 $3.99 Page 85
Christopher Sebela and Josh Hixson
After being abducted and spending three hard years trapped at sea, Red has finally returned to the city of Portland. As she tracks down what’s left of her family and her old life, Red begins a bloody campaign of vengeance against the runners and crimps who put her on that boat. One body at a time. MAY180266

SLEEPLESS VOL 1 TP $16.99 Page 55
Sarah Vaughn, Leila del Duca, and Alissa Sallah
Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king’s reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court and of their growing feelings for one another. Writer Sarah Vaughn and artist Leila del Duca team up with editor / colorist Alissa Sallah and letterer Deron Bennett for this fantasy romance. Collects issues 1-6. MAY180073

STELLAR #2 $3.99 Page 87
Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins
All Stellar wanted was a quiet life during peacetime. But now she has to face off against her former allies, as their battles rage across broken worlds. MAY180271

WALKING DEAD #181 $3.99 Page 88
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
Rick leads the Commonwealth’s Governor, Pamela Milton, on a tour of the various communities Alexandria is aligned with. Naturally, terrible things begin to happen very quickly. MAY180280

WICKED & DIVINE #38 $3.99 Page 90
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
“Mothering Invention,” Part five. We’ll probably call this episode “In-Between Days,” just to make Jamie happy. Jamie deserves to be happy. Meanwhile, Kieron has to reread The White Goddess, as he deserves to suffer. MAY180286


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

Jody Houser and Scott Koblish
Weird Science continues! Is this the start of Annie Parker’s own clone saga? Can Peter and Mary Jane save her from herself? MAY180862

ASTONISHING X-MEN #13 $3.99 Page 73
Matthew Rosenberg and Greg Land
The Reavers are back, and they have a new weapon that only Havok knows about. It’s going to take a ragtag group of X-Men to save a world that hates and fears them! But after his villainous turn, can any of the X-Men really trust him? Can he blame them? Havok! Beast! Dazzler! Warpath! Colossus! It’s an all-new, all-different kind of X-Men story from the minds of Matthew Rosenberg and Greg Land! 32pgs SRP: $3.99, MAY180908

Charles Soule, Phil Noto, Paulo Siqueira, Matteo Buffagni, ACO, Ron Garney, and Gerardo Sandoval
Charles Xavier is back! And he has a plan. He’s going to save the world — whether the world likes it or not! But Charles may have made the greatest mistake of his life: Proteus, one of the most terrifying adversaries the X-Men have ever faced, has returned as well! But evil doesn’t always know it’s evil. Still reeling from their narrow escape from the Shadow King and the loss of a crucial ally, how will the mutant heroes face an enemy with the power to remake the world? As a reality storm batters London and its inhabitants, Psylocke must decide between trusting the mysterious man called X and letting her beloved city fall into ruin. Meanwhile, with the fate of the planet at stake, the X-Men choose their field commander for the looming battle against Proteus! Collecting Astonishing X-Men (2017) #7-12. MAY180976

AVENGERS #4 & 5 $3.99 Page 34
Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, and Paco Medina
How do the Avengers possibly defeat a crew of 2,000-foot-tall, nearly omnipotent Dark Celestials bent on annihilating the human race? While Thor and Hulk search for answers deep within the bowels of Old Asgard, we learn more about the untold history of Odin and his Prehistoric Avengers! [Loki plays a part in this first story arc.] MAY180843

Peter David and Will Sliney
For months, an occult group called The Diogenes Initiative has been resurrecting heroes and letting them run amok in Ben Reilly’s town. As the Scarlet Spider, he may have a thing or two to say about that. Ben gets one step closer to a miracle cure for young Abigail Mercury and with it, one step closer to a fight to the death with his “brother” Kaine! MAY180859

BLACK PANTHER #3 $3.99 Page 56
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuna
The intergalactic empire of Wakanda continues! The rebels make their move! On the verge of liberating the Nameless, T’Challa, M’Baku and Nakia hunt for mysterious artifact that promises to turn the tide. What is the M’Kraan Shard? And will T’Challa find its acquisition worth the cost? MAY180880

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Wilfredo Torres, Jacen Burrows, Adam Gorham, Chris Sprouse, and Leonard Kirk
Eons ago before Black Panthers, before Wakanda, before time itself there were only the Orishas! The pantheon of gods and goddesses from which the world as we know it was manifested: Asali. Ogutemeli. Bast. But now, when Wakanda burns, they are silent. Where have all the gods of Wakanda gone? And what came before even the Orishas? Find out as the terrifying Originators return! The Black Panther’s greatest foe is back as well, ready for war — and Klaw plans to stand supreme! All this is only the beginning as a cadre of villains strikes, monsters pour through strange gateways, and Wakanda is brought to its knees! T’Challa must defend his country from within — and turn to unlikely allies from without. Who will join the king’s ill-fated crusade? The answers will surprise you! Collecting Black Panther (2016) #13-18 and #166-172. MAY180956

CHAMPIONS #22 $3.99 Page 36
Jim Zub and Kevin Libranda
Guest-starring the macabre Man-Thing! The Champions’ mission in space has left its mark, and the team tries to move on. A chance to bring life back to a desolate village might be just what they need – or push them even farther apart. MAY180846

CHAMPIONS VOL 3 TP $15.99 Page 114
Mark Waid, Jeremy Whitley, Humberto Ramos, and Ted Brandt
Following the staggering loss suffered in their adventure with the Avengers, the Champions decide to double down on their mission to make the world a better place — and that means it’s time for a membership drive! Some of the best and brightest young superhumans in the Marvel Universe — including Red Locust — turn up to be Champions for a day! But who will make the grade as the new order changeth? And how long will they last when — following a series of tragic setbacks and shakeups — the disillusioned Champions begin to consider giving up the fight after all? Plus: As monsters are unleashed on Earth, a peaceful protest in an endangered habitat leads the team into a showdown with the Freelancers — not to mention giant Leviathons falling from the sky! Collecting Champion (2016) #16-18 and #1.MU. MAY180966

J M DeMatteis, Peter Gillis, Ann Nocenti, Marie Severin, Don Perlin, Alan Kupperberg, Sal Buscema, and Mike Zeck
Volume #8 in the Defenders Epic Collections. The Defenders, Marvel’s weirdest non-team, have a new roster, a new headquarters and a new leader — they’ve evolved into a New Defenders! Their adventures are some of the most far-out trips Marvel has ever presented, but what more could you expect from a group consisting of a Valkyrie, a gargoyle, a cosmic psychic, a sentient cloud and a pair of ex-X-Men? Together they’ll take on an all-new Secret Empire, killer nuclear spores in human form, the deadly Manslaughter and towering disembodied demons! Guest-starring Nick Fury, Odin, the New Mutants and more! Also featuring two limited series starring the Defenders’ Iceman and Beast in solo action plus rare articles from Marvel’s 1980s behind-the-scenes magazine, Marvel Age! Collecting Defenders (1972) #126-137, Iceman (1984) #1-4 and Beauty And The Beast (1984) #1-4.MAY180987

DOCTOR APHRA #22 $3.99 Page 91
Simon Spurrier and Kev Walker
Stuck in a junkyard jail at war. It can’t get worse, right? I mean, unless you add a vengeful Force Ghost. And insane Murderdroids. And a Bor Brain-Leech. And a sentien bio-hazard. Surely even rogue archaeologist Dr Aphra can’t find a way to make things even worse. Wrong. Because her current beau and her ex are just about to meet. MAY180944

DOMINO #4 $3.99 Page 81
Gail Simone and David Baldeon
Someone’s about to get lucky and it just might be Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu! If he plays his cards right, that is. Domino’s search for answers about her past takes her to Hong Kong! Will she stay on the straight and narrow? Or go right for the seedy underbelly? MAY180926

EXILES #5 $3.99 Page 70
Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez
Time to die! The identity of the Time-Eater has finally been revealed! And the Exiles have nowhere left to run. It’s time for the Exiles to face down their enemy — no matter the cost. And in historic Exiles fashion, not everyone will survive. Don’t miss the first arc’s epic conclusion! MAY180904

Mariko Tamaki and Butch Guice
Alive…or undead? On the trail of the returned Logan, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike and Daken have run straight into a horde of flesh-eating zombies! But what do these poor resurrected creatures have to do with Logan’s return? MAY180837

Daniel Kibblesmith, Dan Slott, Ryan North, Carlos Villa, Andrea Di Vito & Various
At long last, the giant-size dog has his day! When Lockjaw learns that his long-lost littermates are in danger, he springs into action to save them! Are they Inhuman like him? Can they teleport? Could they possibly be as gosh-darned cute as their big brother? And where is Lockjaw headed with washed-up hero D-Man?! Would you believe the Savage Land! But Zabu, the world’s last saber-toothed tiger, isn’t happy to see them! And what the heck does the curly-tailed Spider-Ham have to do with Lockjaw’s quest? Plus: It’s slobberin’ time when the Thing spends the day looking after Lockjaw! What a revoltin’ development! And more shaggy-dog stories featuring the Inhumans’ teleporting hound! Collecting Lockjaw #1-4; Thing (2005) #4; and material from Girl Comics (2010) #2, Original Sins #1 and Inhumans: Once And Future Kings #1-5. MAY180970

Devin Grayson, Ryan North, G. Willow Wilson, Irene Strychalski and Ramon Bachs
Double the adventure. Double the danger. Double the fun! Unbeatable Squirrel Girl author Ryan North and Ms Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson join Marvel RIsing mastermind Devin Grayson in an all-star escapade! Gamer girl Ember Quade has a secret — a power that lets her bring video games to life! But when her creations attract the attention of super heroes Squirrel Girl and Ms Marvel, the stakes hit a whole new level. Just what is Ember after? And can Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel prevent her pixelated projects from wreaking epic destruction? The next generation of heroes take the universe by storm in the third installment of Marvel Rising! MAY180894

Jim McCann and Dario Bruzuela
Spider-Man teams up with Ms Marvel and Lockjaw for slithering suspense! There’s trouble in Jersey City! The Serpent Society has a new recruit and she’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life. With six-against-one odds, Spidey’s in over his head. Luckily Jersey City’s very own Ms. Marvel is here to help! And she’s not alone. Lockjaw, the teleporting bulldog and Ms. Marvel’s favorite fellow Inhuman, is ready to play! Can the heroes rescue a young girl in need of friends and send the Serpent Society scurrying? [This is an all ages books.] MAY180950

MOON KNIGHT #197 $3.99 Page 58
Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows
A meal for malevolent madmen! A group of psychotic killers gather for a feast…but there’s more on the menu than delectable dishes! Who is the mysterious figure who has gathered these villains, and to what end? Will Moon Knight make it in time to dish out their just desserts, or will he become the main course?! [Longtime Moon Knight (gay) cast member Frenchie Du Champ has been making appearances.] MAY180883

MS MARVEL #32 $3.99 Page 66
G Willow Wilson and Nico Leon
Blinded with science! Kamala and Bruno are learning how to be friends again, and what better a bonding experience than geeking out over a little science? And what better scientific pursuit than trying to discover how Ms. Marvel’s powers work? And what better time for absolute calamity to break out in Jersey City and upend the whole thing?! A brand-new jumping-on point for the super-heroics of Ms. Marvel starts here! [Wilson wrote a coming out story for cast member Zoe Zimmer.] MAY180892

MULTIPLE MAN #2 $3.99 Page 68
Matthew Rosenberg and Andy MacDonald
Multiple Man heads to the future to tell himself not to go to the past again. Jaime Madrox, your weird friend’s favorite X-Man, is escorted through time by his dangerous new allies! But what he finds in the future is something that rattles Jamie to his very core. And he doesn’t rattle easily. Guest-starring the five greatest mutants of all time — Madrox, Madrox, Madrox, Madrox and Madrox! [Will Rosenberg use Jaime’s gay dupe in his story?] MAY180897

NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #5 $3.99 Page 74
Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Gorham
Breaking and entering at the Sanctum Santorum! The New Mutants are going to rob the house of the one guy you probably shouldn’t rob. But is what lurks inside Dr Strange’s lair more than they bargained for? Nightmares, evil spirits, dark magic and questionable leftovers?! MAY180913

RUNAWAYS #11 $3.99 Page 64
Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka
Having purple hair used to be an act of rebellion, but now Gert is just one of many. Which doesn’t sit well with Ms. Yorkes. And she’s not the only one wrestling with who they are and what they want as Nico, Chase, Karolina and Victor all wrestle with their own identity crises. MAY180889

Ryan North and Derek Charm
Squirrel Girl and Kraven have had a nice day out as civilians, instead of their usual costumed identities! It was really straightforward and uneventful is what we’d be saying if this was a way more boring comic, which it isn’t! Instead we can say that Squirrel Girl and Kraven battled Mojo’s evil clone and saved the city from his deadly machinations. Then they all got arrested! When Doreen Green and Sergei Kravenoff end up behind bars, can they be saved? Will they even make it to trial? And who will be their lawyer? We can answer that last one: It’s obviously going to be none other than Jennifer Walters, the incredible She Hulk! Doreen behind bars! Kraven on the stand! And a conclusion to the trial that nobody will see coming! It’s all this and more in this particular Marvel comic! [Koi Boi is transgender.] MAY180890

WAKANDA FOREVER X-MEN #1 $4.99 Page 24
Nnedi Okorafor and Ray-Anthony Height
Former Dora Milaje member and eternal troublemaker Nakia, A.K.A. Malice, has set a trap to lure the Black Panther into her obsessive clutches! Step One: Take out the Panther’s one true love, Storm of the X-Men! But Nakia didn’t count on the interference of her former warriors-in-arms, the fierce Dora Milaje and they’re hot on her trail. Can Okoye, Ayo and Aneka capture Malice before she wreaks havoc on their king’s life again? The talented Ray-Anthony Height joins best-selling author Nnedi Okorafor for the second installment of Wakanda forever! MAY180823

X-23 #1 & 2 $4.99 / $3.99 Page 15
Mariko Tamaki and Juan Cabal
Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series by Mariko Tamaki and Juann Cabal. MAY180808 / MAY180813

X-MEN BLUE #31 & 32 $3.99 Page 75
Cullen Bunn and Marcusto
Mangento: Hellfire hunter! After the events of “Cry Havok,” Magneto is on a mission of vengeance! His target? Emma Frost, the White Queen! But there’s only one group who will stand in his way. MAY180914

The Original X-Men’s worst fears about the Master of Magnetism may finally be coming true. Will Jean Grey and the others be able to save Magneto from submitting to his darkest instincts? Or are they merely preventing Magneto from being who he was always meant to be? MAY180915

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