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LGBTQ Previews June 2020 Part 1

These past weeks, going on a couple months for some of you, have been something, haven’t they? Chances are good that if you’re reading this and live in the US or Canada or Europe for that matter you’re under stay at home orders from your government. Comic shops aren’t essential businesses despite what we nerds believe and publishers had put out pencils down orders. When Diamond announced its temporary shut down I wondered if putting together this month’s columns made any sense or was just a ritualistic exercise in futility on my part. DC’s announcement of resuming new releases of limited titles through a new distro (temporary?) arrangement coupled with Diamond’s intent to resume orders and shipment sometime in the second half of May seem hopeful signals that comics will return.  A number of comics creators are participating in Creators4Comics auctions to benefit comic shops.

Putting in pre-orders for comics might be a leap of faith at the moment even if you’re lucky enough to be in a relatively good place money wise and are still employed. Use this list and the second part that’ll come soon whenever you’re able. 

In the meantime, wishing you, your loved ones, family, friends, and coworkers good health.

Before I forget to mention, this month’s cover image is from Kill A Man, a graphic novel from Steve Orlando, Philip Kennedy Johnson, and Alec Morgan and published by Aftershock.

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

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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Terry Moore
Using their past criminal experience, Katchoo and Tambi lead an elite team of Rachel Rising and Echo heroes to take down the key players of a US vs. Russia race to build an apocalyptic bomb. While global leaders scramble to negotiate a stalemate between the two nations, the Russian test quickly approaches and Katchoo fears they may be too late. Is this how it ends? Find out in Stalemate! APR201427


KILL A MAN OGN $17.99 Page 244
Steve Orlando, Philip Kennedy Johnson, and Alec Morgan
As a child, James Bellyi watched his father die in the ring as payback for slurs thrown at the other fighter. Today, he’s a Mixed Martial Arts star at the top of his game, and one of the most popular fighters in the world…until he’s outed as gay in his title shot press con-ference. Abandoned overnight by his training camp, his endorsements, his fans and his sport, to regain his title shot Bellyi is forced to turn to the last person he ever wants to see again: Xavier Mayne, a gay, once-great fighter in his own right…and the man James once watched kill his father. APR201449


BILLIONAIRE ISLAND #4 $3.99 Page 256
Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
Plots and plans abound in this month’s Billionaire Island, from the cocreator of Second Coming! With Trent’s fate in the, uh, paws of Business Dog, his future plans become flea-bitten. Elsewhere, Shelly and Falco plot a daring escape. Every AHOY comic also features extra prose stories and illustrations. APR201466


Andy Mientus and Rian Sygh
After all the backstage ghost drama during Phantasm, things are quiet at St. Genesius Prep. Too quiet. But when that quiet is filled by a mysterious voice that haunts the Backstagers day and night, they set off on a globe-trotting adventure to discover the ancient secrets of the legendary artifacts of the theater. Can they solve the mystery in time to open their production of the rock musical Tammy? NOTE: This is an illustrated prose book. APR201543


Danielle Paige and Brittney Williams
Betty Cooper is always trying her best. To be the best student. The best friend. The best person she can be. She’s not perfect – but she’s always willing to help. But when she finds herself gifted with out-of-this-world powers, can Betty still do good without it affecting the low-key life she’s come to love? Also, what’s up with that villain looking a lot like Veronica? Betty Cooper: Superteen is a fun, action-adventure exploration of what it means to be a hero, set firmly in the familiar and modern world of Archie Comics. APR201563

Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish
Sabrina sets off on her own to unravel both the secrets behind Radka and Ren’s transformations and the mystery of an apparent supernatural serial killer plaguing Greendale, she finds her two mysteries may in fact be connected… and she doesn’t like the answers. Feeling like she has nowhere to turn, Sabrina finds herself confiding in Ren and further complicating her already messy love triangle of a life. APR201568 (Fish cover)/ APR201569 (Sweeney Boo cover)


CRITICAL HIT TP $16.99 Page 290
Matt Miner and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Sarah and Jeanette love animals with a vengeance. Under cover of darkness, they don ski-masks and wield sledgehammers, rescuing abused animals from dog-fighting rings, illegal testing labs, and other abusers. When they wreak havoc on a rogue gang of hunters, though, the girls find themselves in over their heads. The gang they’ve stumbled onto aren’t hunters – they’re serial killers. And soon the liberators become the prey! Collects issues 1-4. [Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXV #3 (MAR151017)] APR201710

MAYDAY TP $14.99 $14.99 Page 290
Curt Pires, Christopher Peterson, and Alex Diotto
A washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult’s plan to sacrifice people all across LA (geomapped in the form of a pentagram, of course) and bring on Armageddon. As our intrepid heroes embark on a suicide mission to stop the crazy cultists, even they wonder if this is all really happening or if they’re just plain crazy. Probably both. Curt Pires (Olympia) teams with artists Chris Peterson and Alex Diotto and colorists Marissa Louise and Dee Cunniffe for a story that cuts to the very center of Hollywood mythology and depravity itself. Collects issues 1-4. [Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXVI #5 (MAY161209)] APR201709


Jordie Bellaire and David Lopez
When a beloved teacher from their school goes missing, Buffy and Kendra will have to put aside their differences to uncover the true threat — whose identity will shake both Slayers to their cores! APR201341

FAITHLESS II #3 $3.99 Page 215
Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet
Faith is ready to take new risks with her art and her magic — and something powerful that lives between the two. But her experiments draws new attention, and a mysterious collector may be interested in more than just Faith’s art. APR201364

FIREFLY #18 $3.99 Page 206
Greg Pak and Lalit Kumar Sharma
When the notorious outlaw Mal Reynolds agreed to wear a sheriff’s badge, he figured he could change a thing or two about how “justice” is dispensed in the ‘Verse. And maybe he did. But has the badge changed him? His former crew members, and current smugglers Kaylee, Leonard, and Jayne are about to find out the hard way! APR201345

GHOSTED IN LA #12 $3.99 Page 223
Sina Grace and Sioban Keenan
As if trying to stop her former roommate from exorcising all her dead friends isn’t hard enough, the deadline for Daphne to declare her major is fast approaching. For the first time, it’s time for Daphne to stand on her own and decide what really matters — and life at Rycoft Manor will never be the same again! APR201384

GHOSTED IN LA VOL 2 $14.99 Page 223
Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan
Daphne is really getting used to this whole “living with ghosts” thing. Except for the fact that Daphne is starting to have some funny feelings for one of the new ghosts, a former rockstar named Zola. But it’s fine. Just fine! Just your standard girl-meets-girl-who-is-dead relationship. Don’t make a big deal out of it. Collects issues #5-8. APR201386

LUMBERJANES #75 $3.99 Page 222
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Kanesha C. Bryant, and Julia Madrigal
It’s Mal and Molly’s turn to check off every to-do on their end-of-summer wish list. There’s a lot of fun they want to get to, but they’re perfectly happy to dilly-dally, just as long as they’re wasting time together! APR201381

LUMBERJANES VOL 15 $14.99 Page 222
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and AnneMarie Rogers
Jo’s birthday is coming up, and April is determined to pull out all the stops for her best friend! But when her elaborate plans for a huge, over-the-top celebration fall through, April recruits the yetis and some fellow ‘Janes to put on a play for Jo, instead. Meanwhile, Mal has been tasked with keeping Jo busy to protect the surprise, but she might’ve done TOO good a job. Will the birthday girl make it back in time for her own party? And does she even want to? Join the celebrations with this brand-new adventure written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and illustrated by talented newcomer AnneMarie Rogers. Collects issues #57-60. APR201383

Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges, and Pius Bak
New York Times bestselling series creator Lev Grossman returns with an all-new story in the world of The Magicians with award-winning writer Lilah Sturges and rising star artist Pius Bak that features the first appearance of the next generation of heroes and villains. Long after Quentin Coldwater has graduated from Brakebills, Dean Fogg welcomes the first class in Brakebills history to include hedge magicians, who are known for being dangerous practitioners of unsanctioned magic. As these two student bodies clash, everyone at Brakebills is forced to take a side — not realizing a new threat has targeted them all! ? The malevolence behind the threat at Brakebills will rock everyone to their cores — and even shock longtime fans of The Magicians! APR201376

ONCE & FUTURE #10 $3.99 Page 217
Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora
Revenge is the greatest motivator and Gran and Duncan have awakened the ire of the mother of all monsters. APR201371

James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
With the her mysterious employers looking to recall and reprimand her, Erica’s running out of time to save the town of Archer’s Peak. Do the answers lie with the mysterious young girl found in the monster’s lair who no one can identify? APR201366

WILLOW $3.99 Page 204
Mariko Tamaki and Natacha Bustos
After everything — and everyone — she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale behind for a new school that promises “to help you prioritize your true self.” But Willow soon learns that all is not as it seems, and if your true self isn’t what the school thinks it should be…well, don’t worry, they’ll help you get there. By any means necessary. Now, truly alone for the first time in her life, Willow must rely only on her instincts — and her magic — to save herself from a different kind of threat than Buffy ever prepared her to face! APR201333 (Bartel cover) / APR201334 (Andolfo cover)


Maggie Thrash
Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her 15-year-old life at Camp Bellflower for Girls, deep in the heart of Appalachia. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and when it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand. (OFFERED AGAIN) APR201733

Maggie Thrash
A year and a half after the summer that changed her life, Maggie Thrash wishes she could change it all back. She’s trapped in a dark depression and flunking eleventh grade, befuddling her patrician mother while going unnoticed by her father, a workaholic federal judge. The only thing Maggie cares about is her cat, Tommi… who then disappears somewhere in the walls of her cavernous house. So her search begins — but Maggie’s not even really sure what she’s lost, and she has no idea what she’ll find. APR201732


KILLING RED SONJA #3 $3.99 Page 195
Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman, and Craig Rousseau
Sonja’s blood enemy, Prince Cyril, meets his foe in combat. If it takes his entire life, he will find. APR201285

RED SONJA #17 $3.99 Page 194
Mark Russell and Bob Q
Chaos descends as Khitai’s new Master Of War, Sonja The Red, knows what she must do to restore order. But to do what is right, she may lose everything. APR201272

Mark Russell and Bob Q
Hyrkania burns, from flames allowed by its ruler, Sonja. The invasion has taken its toll…hostage kings consider revolt…Sonja will venture into unfriendly lands, to seek an alliance. Collects issues #7-#12 of Red Sonja (2019) and Savage Tales: A Red Sonja Halloween Special. APR201292

VAMPIRELLA / RED SONJA #10 $3.99 Page 196
Jordie Bellaire and Drew Moss
Just three more issues until the arc’s stunning conclusion! V and RS are on Drakulon, and face a humongous, unbeatable demon that is…well, unbeatable. APR201293

Jordie Bellaire and Drew Moss
The first ongoing series, co-starring The Daughter Of Drakulon and The She-Devil With A Sword! From Eisner winner Jordie Bellaire and Drew Moss comes a saga spanning space and time, filled with horror, adventure, mystery and murder! APR201307


BAD GATEWAY MEGG & MOGG $29.99 Page 307
Simon Hanselmann
Simon Hanselmann’s previous best-selling books, Megahex, Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam, and One More Year have all cemented Hanselmann as one of the most exciting graphic novelists of his generation and Bad Gateway is the magnum opus that those books have been building towards. Megg & Mogg’s fraught relationship careens into psychological depths that Hanselmann has previously only hinted at as his eternally-stoned, slacker characters begin to reflect the psychological toll that their years of insouciance and self-medication has inflicted. APR201841 (OFFERED AGAIN)

Los Bros Hernandez
The Love & Rockets library continues with this special volume! Amor y Cohetes is the seventh volume in the new Complete Love & Rockets series, collecting together in one convenient package all the non-Maggie and non-Palomar stories by all three Hernandez Brothers from that classic first, 50-issue Love & Rockets series, including Gilbert’s original 40-page sci-fi epic “BEM” from 1981’s very first issue of Love & Rockets, Jaime’s charming “Rocky and Fumble” series starring a planet-hopping girl and her robot, stunning one-shots such as Gilbert’s Frida Kahlo biography “Frida,” the shocking autobiographical fantasia “My Love Book,” and much more! APR201840

Gilbert Hernandez
In this Love and Rockets solo spinoff series by Gilbert Hernandez, Fritz and Killer star in a strange movie — Mercury and the Devil — about an ex-adult film actress and her grifter daughter. Their relationship is as if they were all American apple pie, but then the specter of murder looms, putting things in a different perspective. APR201828


STRANGELANDS VOL 2 $14.99 Page 324
Magdalene Visaggio, Darcie Little Badger, and Vincenzo Federici
A single touch could destroy the world, but if they can learn to control their powers they just might be able to save it.
Adam and Elakshi have been on the run from the authorities and an unkillable MI6 agent for months, with their only ally a mysterious benefactor known as “Kittyhawk.” But as the Lands start to discover her motivations may be far more earth-shattering than an embrace between the two of them, will they be willing to risk teaming up with Agent Hardman to save themselves–and maybe the world? Don’t miss the explosive finale! APR201903


Steve Horton and Michael Allred
A Previews Exclusive! Inspired by the one and only superhero, extraterrestrial, and rock and roll deity in history, Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams is the original graphic memoir of the great Ziggy Stardust! David Bowie’s legacy is remarkable, but his place in the popular imagination is due to so much more than his music. He defied classification with his psychedelic aesthetics, his larger-than-life image, and his way of hovering on the border of the surreal. Bowie chronicles the rise of Bowie’s career from obscurity to fame; and paralleled by the rise and fall of his alter ego as well as the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust. The outcome will change not only David Bowie, but also, the world. Introduction by Neil Gaiman. This Previews Exclusive cover is limited to 1000 copies. APR201913


DOODLEVILLE GN $12.99 (SC) / $20.99 (HC) Page 329
Chad Sell
Drew is just a regular artist. But there’s nothing ordinary about her art. Her doodles are mischievous and rarely do they stay in Doodleville, the world she’s created in her sketchbook. Instead, Drew’s doodles prefer to explore the world outside. But after an inspiring class trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, where the doodles cause a bit too much trouble, Drew decides it’s time to take her artistic talents to the next level. Enter the Leviathan. He’s bigger and better than anything Drew has ever created before. He’s a monster, but a friendly one. That is, until he begins to wreak havoc on Drew’s other doodles–and on the heroes her classmates have dreamt up! Available in softcover and hardcover editions. APR201927 (SC) / APR201928 (HC)


Gail Simone and Jose Luis
Seven Days: The meteors that fell to Earth two years ago and gifted people with enhanced abilities were only the beginning. Now the source of those meteors has returned to finish the job and finish humanity off for good. His name is Khrelan and he’s given humanity seven days to make their peace before he terraforms the Earth to suit his needs killing all of humanity in the process. New and old heroes join forces to stop Khrelan, but even if he’s defeated, what will be left in the aftermath? Seven days to live, what does humanity choose to do with them? APR201975

HEARTTHROB VOL 3 $19.99 Page 347
Christopher Sebela and Robert Wilson
Callie was born under a bad sign. After checking out of her criminal ambitions, Callie has checked into a mental hospital to finalize her break-up with Mercer–the dead criminal who donated the heart that gave her a new lease on life, only to steal it back in a cross-country robbery romance. But after convincing herself he’s not real, Callie has shaken her delusional beau and begun moving on when she gets a visitor: Mercer. With a year left on her new heart, her world upended and her friends and family threatened by this real-life version of her dream boyfriend, Callie busts herself out and dives back into her life of crime. As she ties up her loose ends, Callie sets out to make peace with her past, figure out her future–and find a way to make this break-up permanent. APR201977


CORE SCRAMBLE VOL 1 $11.99 Page 426
Euho Jun
Abandoned on the battlefield by the handsome Gayoon, Chaeun desperately fights off an endless bug onslaught only to be rescued by the mysterious renegade leader Moonhoo. At first, the man playfully flirts with Chaeun, but slowly the realization dawns that Moonhoo and his Core Hunter group have insidious ambitions on the dimensional portals. APR202424 (OFFERED AGAIN)


STABBITY BUNNY #12 $3.99 Page 355
Richard Rivera and Dwayne Biddix
The first arc in the Stabbity Bunny saga concludes in this epic battle! Zael completes the spell that will separate the demonic entity from the bunny, but once freed will anyone be able to control it? Revelations and twists abound. It’s all been leading up to this issue! [Has a lesbian character.] Resolicted from Previews Vol. XXVIII #11 (NOV181960) APR202028


CASTE HEAVEN VOL 2 $12.99 Page 395
Chise Ogawa
Atsumu, a regular target of the school bullies, has had a rough life. But his luck changes when Kuze, the classmate he idolizes, helps him out during the caste game by giving him his jack card. Despite his reservations about Kuze’s true intentions, Atsumu can’t help but lose himself in the pleasures Kuze gives him. But will those pleasures come at a cost? APR202237

THERAPY GAME VOL 1 $12.99 Page 395
Meguru Hinohara
Shizuma only drank that night to forget his heartbreak. He didn’t intend to also forget Minato, the one-night stand who soothed his broken heart. And since Minato’s not one to be forgotten, he hatches a plan of seduction…and revenge! APR202236


Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, and Andrea Izzo
Max, Chloe and Rachel hit High Noon in Tombstone! As the road trip continues with two simultaneous tours, it’s time for a showdown between Cowboys and…Pirates? APR202083

Emma Vieceli and Andrea Izzo
Experience the collection comic adventures of Max, Chloe, and Rachel in this stunning box set! One year after their home was destroyed, the story continues for beloved heroines Max and Chloe, as they face fate and twist timelines in the emotional reunion fans never thought they’d see! Collects volumes 1-3: Dust, Waves, and Strings. APR202082


FINAL WITNESS #3 $3.99 Page 381
Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun
The turning point in Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun’s nail biting noir is here!
Truths come to light on multiple fronts for The Final Witness. Will Parsons learn the identity of the superpowered serial killer while the public is presented with a chilling clue? APR202147


Paul Tobin and Arjuna Susini
Okay, so everything’s going wrong. Eddy is now working for the Dignity Corporation, and he (and a few billion other folks) are trying to murder Glane. Surely, though, Glane has a contingency plan for this, right? Maybe? Something? And if suddenly living in the center of a storm isn’t bad enough, Glane learns his master plan is just a cog in the TRUE mastermind’s plan. Who’s in charge here?! APR202163

NO ONE’S ROSE #3 $3.99 Page 381
Emily Horn, Zac Thompson, and Alberto Jimenez-Alburquerque
A snarled black blight takes root within the Green Zone. Dissent eats away at the Eco-Utopia and time is in decay. As the city they call home descends into chaos, siblings Tenn and Seren are both confronted with a monumental choice. Tenn grows desperate to reshape the past, while Seren tries to usher in a new future. But neither consider the devastating cost of change. [Two men, Enock and Seren, are in love.] APR202165

Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith
No fate but what we make? Forces of destiny collide…and an entire planet hangs in the balance! Plus, more of that delightful hulking bird-man! APR202166


BLUE FLAG VOL 2 $12.99 Page 416
The school sports festival is coming, and Toma accepts the position of class 3-A’s cheer squad captain on the condition that Futaba and Taichi are his vice-captains. Hoping to live up to Toma’s faith in them, Taichi and Futaba diligently practice their squad’s routine. But when the time to perform comes, Futaba is hit with a sudden, debilitating case of stage fright! APR202351

Shy Miwa has always dreamed of finding love, but living in small-town Japan made finding the right match difficult–especially since she likes girls! Even going away to college didn’t seem to increase her romantic odds until one day her outgoing classmate Saeko suggests they might as well start dating each other since it’s not like either of them have other options. But when their casual friendship starts to become something more Miwa begins to wonder– can a pragmatic proposal lead to true love? APR202339

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL 24 $9.99 Page 412
Kouhei Horikoshi
A new player emerges in the underground world of villains in the form of the Meta Liberation Army. Led by the CEO of the Detnerat Corporation, the MLA is preparing for a new metahuman revolution. In their eyes, the League of Villains is an obstacle to be removed, but Tomura and his band of miscreants aren’t about to go down quietly. It’s army versus league in all-out war, and dominance must be established. APR202335


Wakame Konbu
For Chiaki, the handsomest girl in school, breasts are her passion in life–especially her friend Harumi’s! This yuri comedy brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘bosom buddies’! APR202364

ASCII Media Works
The girl’s love anthology to leave you breathless is back with its fourth installment of stories. Catch up with characters both old and new in this collection which features authors such as CANNO (Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl), and Nio Nakatani (Bloom Into You). APR202365

April 24, 2020
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