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LGBTQ Previews October 2018 Part 2

Your wish will soon come true if you’ve been hoping for a collection of Phil Jimenez’s Wonder Woman stories! DC also has a mini Wonder Woman “Witching Hour” themed mini event in October. Not something of interest to me, but possibly you. Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel collaborate on a new ongoing Image series titled Blackbird. That’s an art sample above. That surprise out of nowhere Shatterstar mini starts in October as does Nnedi Okorafor’s Shuri  too and the Unstoppable Wasp returns! Tee Franklin debuts Jook Joint from Image too! You’ve been teased now go peruse the list!

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
As Shadow follows Wednesday around the country, he eventually finds himself face to face with Laura, who lays down some difficult truths about the time she was alive and with him. 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!AUG180328

Christos Gage, Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty & Various
Angel brings news of an amassing evil force-Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, vampire from the future-to Buffy and her crew. Realizing this fight will be more than they can handle alone, the gang travels to the future to recruit the Slayer, Fray-Harth’s twin sister-and learn of their dismal fate should they fail in the ultimate battle with Harth and his legion. He is after the power of the Slayers. This is the reckoning and it could be the end of Buffy, Fray, and all the Slayers, forever. Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1-#4. AUG180369

RING OF NIBELUNG TP $24.99 Page 113
P. Craig Russell
The Eisner Award-winning series, collected in one volume, presents one of the grandest stories of Western civilization, now one of the most explosive epics in the history of comics. Giants plot against gods, who in turn tear human lovers apart, while the lives of great warriors are ruined, and murder after murder is committed in the name of love and gold. It’s the epic as it was meant to be read. This new high point in Russell’s distinguished career as a true artist’s artist includes behind-the-scenes production art, notes on the adaptation by the artist, and high res scans of the original art. Collects The Ring of the Nibelung Volumes 1 and 2. AUG180338

Jody Houser and Gabriel Guzman
A seemingly simple salvage operation goes horribly wrong when terran space scavengers and investigating Dominion forces are both tormented by an unseen, lethal monster! Writer Jody Houser and artist Gabriel Guzman collaborate on a thrilling new sci-fi series that expands the universe of Blizzard’s hit game. AUG180364

STRANGER THINGS #2 $3.99 Page 104
Jody Houser and Stefano Martino
Stuck in the mysterious Upside Down, Will Byers is cold, scared and starving. He uses his last bullet to temporarily drive away the Demogorgon. Drawing on lessons learned from D&D, Will hunts for food and supplies to prepare for whatever lies ahead. After discovering he can affect the lights in his family home, brief excitement turns to terror when he realizes he isn’t the only one that wants to break through to the other side. Written by award-winning comics veteran Jody Houser. Based on Will’s unseen journey during season 1 of hit Netflix show Stranger Things. AUG180318


BATGIRL #28 $3.99 Page 21
Mairghread Scott and Paul Pelletier
Even millennial superheroes are moving back in with their parents! While recovering from the injuries she suffered battling Grotesque, Barbara Gordon’s been living with her police commissioner dad while she recuperates. To get Barbara out of her funk, Jim Gordon hires her to do some I.T. grunt work at the GCPD. Unfortunately, he just gave full security clearance to one of the best hackers on the planet! Batgirl now has access to the police database in hopes of capturing Grotesque…who also seems to be using the database as well! Is this an inside job? AUG180499

Tom King, Jordie Bellaire, Mikel Janin & Various
Delve into Batman’s case histories and discover brand-new stories by some of comics’ most exciting talents. The Batman team of Tom King and Mikel Janin provides a framing sequence, setting up our hand-picked teams of creators to take a look at Bat-mysteries past and present. Featuring a bevy of Batman villains, including a look at how the Scarecrow’s fear toxin affects the common man, and a special story written by Tom Taylor with art by Brad Walker that teams the Dark Knight Detective with Detective Chimp. AUG180451

CATWOMAN #3 $3.99 Page 21
Joelle Jones and Fernando Blanco
Things have gone from bad to worse for Selina in Villa Hermosa. Her new city has taken away what little she was able to carry with her from Gotham, and her rap sheet offers scant protection when local crooks frame her for murdering two police officers. The law has caught up with her and Catwoman is in the clink, giving her time to reflect on her life and all the things that led her to Vila Hermosa. Turns out she didn’t choose the move randomly or just to get away from the Batman. This special interlude issue takes us back in time to explode some previously unknown truth bombs from Selina Kyle’s past. Batwoman artist Fernando Blanco joins Joelle Jones to explore a couple of the early versions of Catwoman’s nine lives. AUG180509

James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Tim Seeley, Riley Rossmo, Mark Buckingham & Various
Horror! Death! Uh…Face-punching! Witness ten all-new stories that promise to be the most terrifying, most shocking and most horrific comic that DC Comics has ever published! (Hyperbole much?) Batman, Wonder Woman, Guy Gardner, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and more of your favorite heroes face unspeakable horrors from the streets of Gotham City to the darkest sectors of the universe. AUG180452

DEATHSTROKE #36 $3.99 Page 30
Christopher Priest and Ed Benes
“Deathstroke: Arkham” starts here! After being declared criminally insane, Deathstroke is committed to the infamous Arkham Asylum! It isn’t long before the hunter becomes the hunted as Slade, powerless and weaponless, is targeted by some of Gotham City’s most wanted. But after initially mocking and contravening the system meant to help him, Deathstroke learns that his only hope for survival may be to confront his own inner demons. AUG180515

FLASH #56 & 57 $3.99 Page 33
Joshua Williamson and Skott Kollins
Things are about to get hot–very hot!–when Flash has to battle fire monsters generated by his longtime nemesis, Heat Wave. Unfortunately, the pilot light blew out in Mick Rory’s head, because he’s comatose from the effects of the Sage Force! How can the Scarlet Speedster reach his old frenemy and get him to put out the fire monsters? Looks like Commander Cold takes a demotion so he can pretend to be Captain Cold and talk Heat Wave down! [Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple and make occasional appearances.] AUG180522

The insidious secret that corrupted Heat Wave’s mind is free and looking for a new host–one who doesn’t run quite so hot! Unfortunately, it takes over Central City Detective Burns instead, and now she’s the one rampaging across the city wrecking shop! Burns must lean on an unlikely source to help her with these new powers, while Flash and Iris West make a big decision about their next move. AUG180524

HARLEY QUINN #51 & 52 $3.99 / $4.99 Page 36
Sam Humphries and Sam Basri
Harley broke most of DCU continuity last issue, and in this ish, she’s dealing with the fallout, namely the time-tossed hero of World War II called Captain Triumph! The golden boy of the Golden Age finds his black-and-white approach failing miserably in the gray areas of the modern world (although unfortunately, there are still plenty of fascists for him to punch). It’s up to Harley to return Captain Triumph to his own time, but she’ll have to put the kibosh on his do-gooding first–right after she figures out what “kibosh” means! AUG180532

Trapped in a future he doesn’t understand, Captain Triumph can’t battle his way out of our modern world, as all his efforts lead to disaster. That causes him to butt heads and trade punches with his would-be protector, Harley Quinn. Can Harley talk her way out of this clash? And more importantly, where’s she getting a time machine so she can send Captain Triumph home? AUG180534

IMMORTAL MEN TP $16.99 Page 74
James Tynion IV, Jim Lee & Various
There is a secret history to the DC Universe, of heroes who have protected humanity from the shadows since the dawn of time…and who can live forever. Enter the Immortal Men! The team, headed by the Immortal Man, has waged a secret war against the House of Conquest for countless years–but Conquest has dealt a devastating blow. When their base of operations, known as the Campus, is savagely attacked, the Immortal Men must seek out their last hope–an emerging metahuman known as Caden Park! With the Batman Who Laughs lurking in the shadows, things get serious quickly. Collecting issues #1-6 of the New Age of Heroes series! AUG180620

INJUSTICE 2 #35 & 36 $2.99 Page 39
Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, and Daniel Sampere
Gorilla Grodd forms a deadly alliance and leads an uprising to take out King Solovar and conquer Gorilla City. Against the backdrop of all hell breaking loose, the Suicide Squad decides it would be a good idea for teammates Killer Croc and Orca to get married! Love and death reign side by side as the series draws toward its conclusion. AUG180539

Events align leading up to the storyline in the Injustice 2 video game. Gorilla Grodd takes center stage as Earth’s deadliest menace, while secretly in the service of the intergalactic menace known as Brainiac.Which heroes will survive to face him? And what role might the imprisoned Superman play as events come to a head? AUG180540

Tim Seeley and Freddie Williams II
Superman scoured the Multiverse for heroes who might threaten his rule–but he dismissed Prince Adam. Will he rue that decision now that he’s facing He-Man in the Oracle? Plus, Darkseid’s attack on Eternia has reached the walls of Castle Grayskull! AUG180541

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Cheung & Various
Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of Dark Nights: Metal and Justice League: No Justice, the core members of the Justice League–Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and more–are reunited in all-new adventures! The League was forced to make an impossible decision…and now it’s time to face the consequences! The returning Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…This new title collects Justice League #1-7! AUG180630

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #4 $3.99 Page 35 Page 11
James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez, and Raul Fernandez
“The Witching Hour” part three! Everything the Justice League Dark thought they knew about Wonder Woman and Hecate has proven to be wrong…and the Parliament of Trees is about to pay the price! Hecate knows this world isn’t strong enough to resist the Otherkind, so she’s going to burn it down and replace it with a world of her own…starting with that ancient grove! AUG180471

James Tynion IV and Jesus Merino
The deadly finale of “The Witching Hour” arrives as Zatanna battles for Wonder Woman’s soul–and the rest of the Justice League Dark battle for their lives! Hecate is more powerful than the Greek Gods and no matter who wins, the Earth will lose its chance of surviving the war that’s coming! AUG180473

Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne
Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove! When the Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged, Zack is flung into another universe, where he’s mistaken for a villain by a mysterious masked vigilante. Can the other Power Rangers get to their friend in time to save him from Batman? Collects Justice League/Power Rangers #1-6. Co-published with BOOM! Studios. AUG180629

NIGHTWING #50 & #51 $3.99 Page 44
Benjamin Percy, Christopher Mooneyham, and Travis Moore
“Knight Terrors” begins here! The big issue #50 kicks off an epic four-part story that brings together critical moments of fear and doubt from the past and the present. A young Dick Grayson hopes to escape the shadow of the Bat and earn the title of Nightwing, while an older Dick Grayson must deal with a blow he did not see coming. A common enemy unites the timelines: the Scarecrow, as you’ve never seen him before! This story goes deep into the mythology and nightmarish development of Dr. Jonathan Crane. AUG180546

And while Nightwing struggles to uncover the truth behind the “fear germ” that is killing people in their sleep, he must also try to overcome his own sudden struggles with heights and vertigo. He has lost his primary skill set as a hero and will have to focus on his brilliance as a detective instead. And a distracting love triangle certainly isn’t helping him focus.This new storyline spins out of events in BATMAN #55. Don’t miss the start of a new direction in Nightwing’s crimefighting career! AUG180548

PLASTIC MAN #5 $3.99 Page 46
Gail Simone and Adriana Melo
Eel O’Brian takes a flexible view of morality: you walk on your side of the line, he’ll keep his feet on his (no promises about his hands, eyes, ears or midsection). That all stopped when his alter ego Plastic Man got suckered into the high-stakes world of super-heroic traitors and super-villainous cabals. Now he’s gonna stiffen his spine, screw up his courage and take the law into his own hands. Or he’s going to swat Queen Bee into next Tuesday with his fly-swatter hand. One or the other. AUG180551

SUPERGIRL #23 $3.99 Page 56
Marc Andreyko and Kevin Maguire
Supergirl’s cosmic quest continues as she searches the galaxy for the truth about Rogol Zaar’s connection to Krypton’s destruction–and if there are any other culprits to be brought to justice. The library police are hot on Kara’s trail after she breaks into the Green Lantern database on Mogo, but she’s short on credits to pay the fine. AUG180565

TITANS #27 & 28 $3.99 Page 55
Dan Abnett, Brent Peeples, and Clayton Henry
Newly awakened metahuman Ionbound suffers a fateful transformation that rocks the Titans team to their core. If they can’t save these Source Wall victims, what good is their latest mission? But does this development hold the key to helping them? Or is it a harbinger of more death and destruction to come? That’s a lot of questions to answer; good thing there are two issues this month to cover all that ground! AUG180572 Phil Jimenez variant cover

UNEXPECTED #5 $2.99 Page 62
Steve Orlando and Cary Nord
Are you ready for an unexpected showdown inside the walls of Castle Frankenstein? Hell yeah! The Unexpected team tracks down Hawkman, but will the Winged Wonder have a larger role to play? Meanwhile, the race to neutralize the Nth metal isotope reaches its climax as Onimar Synn and his Necro-Legions descend upon the Unexpected. But as Neon the Unknown investigates, he learns that the toxic Nth metal may not even be from our Multiverse. Finally, the true menace of Alden Quench begins to emerge from the shadows of Dark Nights: Metal, Final Crisis and the new Hawkman series! AUG180577

WILD STORM #18 $3.99 Page 64
Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt
You can never go home again, but John Lynch needs to go somewhere to begin the last act of his life. Jack Hawksmoor never really had a home, especially since he became something other than human. As the war between IO and Skywatch gets hot, Marc Slayton has somewhere for Lynch to go, and Jenny Sparks may have a new home for Jack Hawksmoor and Angela Spica. AUG180579

WONDER WOMAN #56 & 57 $3.99 Page 59 Page 10
James Tynion IV, Emanuela Lupacchino, and Ray McCarthy
“The Witching Hour” part two! The Justice League Dark barely escaped their first encounter with Hecate, but they know she’ll be coming back for the power inside Wonder Woman. But what if Diana could tap into that power herself to take on Hecate directly? AUG180467

“The Witching Hour” part four! As Hecate’s new world is born, Wonder Woman is under the goddess’ total control! This is magic’s darkest hour–one of the most powerful magicians of all time may not survive! AUG180469

Phil Jimenez and others
In these tales from the 2000s by writer/artist Phil Jimenez, Wonder Woman travels to Gotham City to help Batman defeat The Joker, Scarecrow and Poison Ivy–only they’re possessed by even more sinister forces. Then, Lois Lane joins Diana on a trip to the United Nations, and before the day is over, Lois confronts Diana about her relationship with Superman. But it’s not the Man of Steel who seems to have captured Diana’s heart. This massive title includes Wonder Woman #164-188, Wonder Woman: Our Worlds At War #1, DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1-4 and stories from Wonder Woman Secet Files #2 and 3. AUG180663

James Tynion IV and Jesus Merino
Just in time for Halloween, it’s “The Witching Hour,” a five-part weekly event that will rewrite the future of DC’s magical heroes!
Hecate, the witch-goddess of magic, always knew a day would come when the monsters she stole her magic from would return. Now she must activate the Witchmarked, humans within whom she secreted vast stores of power. And the most powerful of the Witchmarked? Wonder Woman! AUG180464


THE BOOKS OF MAGIC #1 $3.99 Page 6
Kat Howard and Tom Fowler
From the Sandman Universe #1, it’s the return of Neil Gaiman’s magical morality fable in an all-new series written by Kat Howard and drawn by Tom Fowler! Timothy Hunter may be destined to become the most powerful magician in the universe, but he’s still a London teenager, and having magical abilities complicates things more than it helps. It’s not like he can use magic to pass his exams, stop being bullied or convince his cute friend to date him. And while Tim’s trying to live his life, there are cultists who want to kill him, believing his power will eventually corrupt him into becoming a merciless mage. Oh, and those are the good guys. Luckily, his new substitute teacher is more than she appears, and may be able to help Tim discover the mystery behind the Books of Magic. AUG180456

THE DREAMING #2 $3.99 Page 10
Simon Spurrier and Bilquis Evely
Merv Pumpkinhead ain’t happy. Sure, Merv Pumpkinhead doesn’t exactly radiate happy at the best of times, but now? Right now a bunch of blank-faced strangers from between realities are taking local jobs; foreign criminals are profiteering at the realm’s expense; and the VIPs seem more interested in themselves than getting back to the “good old days.” The Dreaming used to be somewhere a vegetable-headed guy could be proud to call home, y’know? Fact is, Merv Pumpkinhead’s been pushed too far. It’s time for change. Right at the top. AUG180521

ETERNITY GIRL TP $16.99 Page 72
Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew
Caroline Sharp has been a lot of things, including a superhero and a super-spy. But now, with those days behind her and her powers proving unreliable, Caroline finds herself stuck in a life weighed down by her depression and an inability to change. You see, Caroline is going to live forever, and there is no escape to be had. All of that could change, however, when her old foe, Madame Atom, comes to her with an intriguing offer. Collects the entire six-issue miniseries. AUG180610

HEX WIVES #1 $3.99 Page 14
Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo
“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” For hundreds of years a war has been waged between a coven of perpetually reincarnating witches and the all-male conspiracy known as the Architects. After the death of the lead Architect in 2005 it seemed the witches had finally defeated their foes.mNow, 13 years later, waking up in a perfect cookie cutter home at the end of a cul-de-sac in a sunny corner of suburbia, Isadora has no recollection of her past life as the leader of a witch coven, nor her soulmate Nadiya, let alone the centuries-old war she has waged in defense of the soul of America. AUG180482

HOUSE OF WHISPERS #2 $3.99 Page 38
Nalo Hopkinson and Dominike “Domo” Stanton
Erzulie shouldn’t be in the Dreaming; in fact, she isn’t really sure how she suddenly got stranded there. Worse, she soon learns that she is no longer connected to her worshippers, which, for a deity, means only one thing: death. Against the advice of Cain and Abel, Erzulie steers her houseboat back into the rip between the worlds in an effort to return to her realm. But how will she find her way back, and what danger lies ahead in the otherworldly waters she finds herself sailing? Meanwhile, Latoya’s sisters and her girlfriend watch her comatose body in the hospital, praying she’ll wake up, not realizing they’d best be careful what they wish for. AUG180538

LUCIFER #1 $3.99 Page 7
Dan Waters, Max Fiumara, and Sebastian Fiumara
Lucifer is missing. Having embarked on a dangerous journey to find the mother of his abandoned son, the Prince of Lies finds himself imprisoned and crippled by mysterious forces who seek to torment him for their own terrible ends. Meanwhile: a car is crashed, two witches blind themselves, a tumor speaks its first words, and a perfectly good bowl of oatmeal is left to go cold. AUG180459

Jody Houser and Ibrahim Moustafa
Ten years into the future, in a world without a Batman, Gotham City has been taken over by the Collective! In a high-tech town with zero tolerance for caped crusaders and masked vigilantes, what’s a woman who has vowed vengeance to do? Could The Joker, now a sad clown who makes balloon toys shaped like tommy guns, have the answers? Collects issues #1-6. AUG180633

MOTHERLANDS TP $16.99 Page 80
Simon Spurrier, Rachael Stott & Various
In a future where unhinged technologies and parallel Earths have given rise to a class of super-criminal, the most beloved celebrities aren’t actors or rock stars, but the bounty hunters who traverse an exotic multiverse in search of prey! But when the tracer known as Tab finds herself in an ultraviolent race for her greatest prize yet, she’s forced to work with her greatest enemy, the only person capable of identifying him: her own elderly, overbearing and hypercritical mother, who was once the most fabulous and celebrated bounty hunter of them all. Collects the six-issue miniseries. AUG180637


EUTHANAUTS #4 $3.99 Page 170
Tini Howard and Nick Robles
No Mercy, No Quarter. With the absence of Dr. Wolfe, the Euthanauts must get their hands on the things that were left behind. Thalia must become a huntress in search of another daughter-Diana. Don’t miss a special enhanced RI variant cover from Nick Robles! Process pages, letters column, behind-the-panel secrets and more! AUG180819

Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
The Ghostbusters have survived every challenge thrown their way so far, but they aren’t home free yet-and with Tiamat involved, victory will come at a cost! Join us for the grand finale of the biggest Ghostbusters story of 2018, setting the stage for the future! Crossing Over ends here! AUG180773

HOUSE AMOK #1 $3.99 Page 170
Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus
Dylan and her family have all fallen down the rabbit hole of madness together, aiming their campaign to save the world at a brand new target and collecting more bodies and hidden microchips along the way. But as Dylan is plagued with the flu and the family’s first grand move leads them down a nightmare road full of the dreaded ReArrangers, the Sandifers will stare conspiracy right in the face and hope it blinks before they do. AUG180816

Brian Clevinger and Meredith McClaren
Our heroes snuck a cart, a donkey, and five thieves into the Imperial Library of Constantinople. And, what’s more, they’ve almost got everything they came to steal. There’s just one problem: how do they get out again without also getting caught by the small army of scholars inside and the much larger army of, well, the Imperial Army patrolling outside? It’ll be the biggest heist of the 11th century… if they can pull it off. An action-packed adventure for the ages! AUG180802


Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge & Various
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari reunite decades later at a church bingo hall-and what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. This Jackpot Edition contains over 50 pages of bonus material, including the talents of Marguerite Bennett and newcomer Beverly Johnson, Shawn Pryor and Paulina Ganucheau, award-winning historical romance author Alyssa Cole’s comics writing debut with Cara McGee, and Gail Simone with illustrations from Sara Alfageeh and Ariela Kristantina. Plus a sneak peek of Bingo Love, vol. 2: Dear Diary, with an afterword from Gabby Rivera. AUG180110

BLACKBIRD #1 $3.99 Page 40
Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
An all-new ongoing series from fan-favorite writer Sam Humphries and red-hot artist Jen Bartel! In this neo-noir fantasy, Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she’s crazy. The bigger problem: she’s not crazy – she’s right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her? AUG180013

CROWDED #3 $3.99 Page 74
Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein,and Ted Brandt
Rebel Wilson has optioned the rights with the goal of starring in and producing the movie adaptation. Wilson will develop the project and produce it via her Camp Sugar production banner. Also producing is Oni Entertainment. Circe and Trotter, two of the heaviest hitters in the private murder industry, have just landed in Los Angeles, looking for Charlie and eager to collect the almost two million dollar Reapr campaign on her life. Charlie, oblivious to the growing danger, tries to carry on her freewheeling lifestyle while under Vita’s lock and key. But even their safest safehouse can’t keep the fame-and-fortune-driven killers off their trail for too long.

EVOLUTION #11 $3.99 Page 77
James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, Joe Infurnari, and Jordan Boyd
What exactly does Abe’s son have to do with his quest to expose the bug? Will Hannah remain faithful to her religion in the face of Evolution? And a cult is revealed to Claire as Evolution races toward the climax of the second arc! AUG180223

FLAVOR #6 $3.99 Page 78
Joseph Keatinge and Wook Jin Clark
End of story arc. The annual Culinarian tournament has begun and no one sees the real danger boiling over. Meanwhile, is Buster the Dog still a good boy? Oh, yes, he is! Plus: Every issue includes exclusive bonus materials by the creative team and famed author of Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food, Ali Bouzari! AUG180225

JOOK JOINT #1 $3.99 Page 54
Tee Franklin and Alitha Martinez
Tee Franklin and Alitha Martinez team up for a timely horror series from the Deep South! Mahalia runs the hottest spot in all of 1950s New Orleans. The Jook Joint keeps the jazz popping, people bopping… and the women? The women are to die for. There’s only one rule: “Keep your hands to yourself.” But some men think rules don’t apply to them, and Mahalia and her coven of slain women enjoy reminding them that they most certainly do. AUG180039

MAGIC ORDER #5 $3.99 Page 82
Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel
The Moonstone family team up against Albany and her assassin, The Venetian. Can Gabriel overcome the death of his child and save humanity from the forces of darkness? A war is waged between the last members of The Magic Order and the powers of evil that want them destroyed. AUG180250

MAN-EATERS #2 $3.99 Page 83
Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk
Blood will spill Day Two. Maude experiences abdominal cramping and a sudden increased appetite. Her father investigates another mauling. AUG180252

PAPER GIRLS #25 $3.99 Page 86
Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chang
In another explosive “season finale,” the time-traveling Paper Girls’ deepest wishes collide with their greatest fears. AUG180261

RAT QUEENS #12 $3.99 Page 87
Kurtis J. Wiebe and Owen Gieni
“The Infernal Path” part two. In a wicked daze, Dee finds herself in the far edges of reality, on a grand, otherworldly stage. Meanwhile, the rest of the team do their very best to either kill or befriend a pack of recently deflowered were-owls. Cover B will be the second of five connected parts. AUG180265

SHANGHAI RED #5 $3.99 Page 92
Christopher Sebela and Josh Hixson
Mini series finale. The higher-ups in Portland, alerted to her bloody path of revenge, begin to tighten their net around Red, who’s got one last name to cross off her list. As she struggles to decide who she really is–and the cops come down hard on her friends–she’ll have to fight her way through bureaucracy, the tunnels, and her sister to get to the man who put her on that boat three years ago. Revenge is never simple, but Red and Jack are about to find out just how big and complicated it can get. AUG180285

SLEEPLESS #8 $3.99 Page 93
Sarah Vaughn and Leila Del Duca
Cyrenic must adjust to life without the Sleepless spell, while Poppy prepares for her wedding to the man she believes tried to kill her. AUG180288

SNOTGIRL #12 $3.99 Page 93
Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
Lottie’s big sister is here to visit, and she’s taking over Lottie’s entire life. Can a girl get some privacy?! Meanwhile, Sunny tries to get back in the dating game, and John takes a fresh stab at fashion design. AUG180289

STELLAR #5 $3.99 Page 94
Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins
A stranger in a strange dimension, Stellar visits the family she never had–and fights for her life, with more on the line than ever before! AUG180293

UNNATURAL #4 $3.99 Page 96
Mirka Andolfo
End of story arc. Murder, betrayal, blood, and a shocking truth: the first story arc of Mirka Andolfo’s dystopian tale concludes with a bang-and a few twists! AUG180296

WALKING DEAD #184 $3.99 Page 58
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
Eugene tinkers but to what end? AUG180047

WALKING DEAD HC VOL 15 $34.99 Page 58
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard & Various
Recent events have thrown Alexandria into turmoil, and now Rick, Dwight, Eugene and Negan all have something to prove. Meanwhile, a new world order awaits. nCollects issues #169-180. AUG180049

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
In the past: awful stuff. In the present: awful stuff. But, increasingly: answers. Collects issues #34-39 AUG180194


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

Jody Houser and Scott Koblish
The adventures continue for Marvel’s favorite radioactive-spider-powered nuclear family! And things kick off with a little trip for Peter and MJ! A 401(k), insurance and vacation days just aren’t part of the package when you’re a super hero. But Mr. and Mrs. Parker have been saving up for a “just the two of us” vacation since Annie was born, and they aren’t going to let trouble — no matter how catastrophic — get in their way! But something sinister this way comes…could this be the start of Annie’s very own clone saga?! Find out as an army of Spider-Doppelgangers attack! But that’s just the beginning — the master plan of the villain behind it all could threaten superhumans across the globe! Collecting ASM RYV (2016) #19-23. AUG181090

Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli
All dead gods go to war! Angela’s ragtag team of Asgardians are hot on Nebula’s trail — but she’s left a grisly gift behind. With the power of the Naglfar Armada at her cybernetic fingertips, Nebula is unleashing hordes of undead gods to ravage the galaxy. And its only defenders are a slightly traitorous Executioner, a half-mortal Valkyrie, a lost Asgardian huntress, a hammer-wielding teenager, a suit of ancient armor and a frog. And if the rest of the team finds out who’s behind the Destroyer’s faceplate, things will go from bad to Ragnarok. Guest-starring Gladiator and the Imperial Guard! AUG181005

ASTONISHING X-MEN #16 $3.99 Page 83
Matthew Rosenberg and Greg Land
Havok, leader of…the Reavers?! What circumstances have led Havok to side with the bad guys once more? And will it stick this time? AUG181044

Peter David and Bruno Olivera
Ever since the conclusion of the Clone Conspiracy, everything in Ben Reilly’s life has been leading to this. With young Abigail Mercury’s life in his grasp, will Ben find the strength within himself to do the right thing and save her, and his soul? Or will he succumb to his worst instincts and try to destroy the Diogenes Initiative and damn himself in the process?! AUG180983

BLACK PANTHER #5 $3.99 Page 59
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuna
T’Challa and the rebels finally have the tools they need to recover the memories the Empire stripped from them — but not everyone thinks the past is worth saving. Especially in the face of the Empire’s swift and merciless vengeance. But for T’Challa, there is only one path forward. And it may mean rebellion against his own.
32pgs SRP: $3.99, AUG180998

CHAMPIONS #25 $4.99 Page 40
Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, and Max Dunbar
Oversized 25th issue! Celebrate 25 issues of Champions with the start of a brand-new story and a perfect jumping-on point! Swords and sorcery beckon as our heroes travel to Weirdworld, a place where dreams can come true, but nightmares are never far away! A quest begins and sacrifices will be made. AUG180944

Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, and Emilio Laiso
A fresh era begins as Ironheart and the Unstoppable Wasp join the Champions! The team has grown, but the mission stays the same, fighting to make the world a better place for all! But the super villain known as the Master has plans, too: he’s determined to save Earth from itself! And the Champions are going to help?! But the Champions are on a collision course with Alpha Flight! Could Ms. Marvel have to battle her idol, Captain Marvel? And who is the new hero Snowguard? Plus: Nova no more?! And the events of Infinity Countdown are felt as the battle for the Power Stone sends the Champions into outer space, where they’ll fight for Thanos! Strange allegiances and sacrifices will be made and one young hero is about to lose everything. Collecting Champions (2016) #19-21 and Inifinity Countdown: Champions #1-2. AUG181083

DOCTOR APHRA #25 $4.99 Page 92
Simon Spurrier and Kev Walker
Cue the Imperial March! After a lifetime of betrayals, all Dr APhra’s mynocks are finally coming home to roost. Murder-droids, Force-active spores, heartbroken lovers and vengeful lawmen, but they’re all eclipsed by the tall, dark shadow that now falls across her. He is here. AUG181064

DOMINO #7 $3.99 Page 89
Gail Simone and David Baldeon
After the explosive events of “Killer Instinct” and Domino annual #1, Neena Thurman has a new mission. AUG181039

DOMINO TP VOL 1 $17.99 Page 120
Gail Simone and David Baldeon
Impossible targets call for impossible shots and no one can make them like Domino! Marvel’s #1 soldier of fortune is back in an explosive new series! The product of a failed Super-Soldier Program, Neena Thurman always made her own luck as the sharpshooting mercenary known as Domino…but what happens when her own powers betray her? The hunter becomes the hunted as every merc in the game smells blood in the water and Domino’s formerly charmed life is turned upside down! But is Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, about to get lucky? If he plays his cards right, he is! Plus: Secrets from the past! Amadeus Cho lends a hand! And who is Domino’s evil counterpart? Project Armageddon may just live up to its name! Collecting issues #1-6. AUG181085

EXILES #9 $3.99 Page 82
Saladin Ahmed and Joe Quinones
Javier Rodriguez returns on art duties with the start of a brand-new arc! On the run from rogue Watchers, the Exiles find themselves scattered in a dusty Arabian town — and with a bad case of mistaken identity! Who is the ne’er-do-well son of a tailor everyone calls “Aladdin”? What are the 40 thieves after? And most importantly…what classic Marvel villain plays the role of despotic Caliph? Saladin Ahmed brings One Thousand and One Nights to life in the pages of Marvel Comics! AUG181042

ICEMAN #2 $3.99 Page 79
Sina Grace and Nathan Stockman
Guest-starring Emma Frost, the White Queen! When it comes to Bobby Drake and Emma, the White Queen has always held the upper hand. So what trouble is Emma in that has her pleading for his help? AUG181038

MOON KNIGHT #200 $4.99 Page 66
Max Bemis and Paul Davidson
Darkest Night! Marc Spector comes face-to-face with his demons! Old enemies return! It’s a celebration of 200 issues of the multifaceted Moon Knight with an oversized anniversary issue you’d be crazy to miss! [Longtime Moon Knight (gay) cast member Frenchie Du Champ has been making appearances.] AUG181016

MS MARVEL #35 $3.99 Page 70
G Willow Wilson and Nico Leon
Ms Marvel’s powers are on the fritz! If she and Bruno can’t figure out what’s going on, it could be the end for Jersey City! Which is all fine for the self-appointed big man on campus – the Shocker! AUG181027 [Wilson wrote a coming out story for cast member Zoe Zimmer.]

MULTIPLE MAN #5 $3.99 Page 78
Matthew Rosenberg and Andy MacDonald
This is it! The end of the series. We made it this far so let’s see how it ends, right? Jamie Madrox, the guy many X-Men fans are aware of, has returned home to save the world and/or die trying. But does Jamie have what it takes to save the world from himself? The fate of the Marvel Universe hangs in the balance! Wouldn’t it be funny if he didn’t do it and the Marvel Universe just ended? Like this was the last Marvel comic ever? [Will Rosenberg use Jaime’s gay dupe in his story?] AUG181037

RUNAWAYS #14 $3.99 Page 68
Rainbow Rowell and David Lafuente
A truly terrifying villain from the Runaways’ past returns and gives the Runaways an ultimatum with the world in the balance. The kids have had a hard enough time with a grandma and a 13-year-old, so…things look pretty bleak for everyone in the world. Plus, see a story from a never-before-seen perspective! AUG181023

SHATTERSTAR #1 $3.99 Page 26
Tim Seeley and Carlos Villa
A gladiator, a warrior, a hero…the man called Shatterstar has been many things, but one thing he’s always been is deadly. He’s not a man you want to cross or you’ll learn that fact all too well. Walk back into the darkness with Shatterstar. AUG180898

SHURI #1 $3.99 Page 14
Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero
The world fell in love with her in the movie. Now, the Black Panther’s techno-genius sister launches her own adventures — written by best-selling Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor and drawn by Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero! The Black Panther has disappeared, lost on a mission in space. And in his absence, everyone’s looking at the next in line for the throne. But Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own. AUG180868

SPIDER-GIRLS #1 $3.99 Page 7
Jody Houser and Andres Genolet
A Spider-Geddon tien in. May Parker, the original Spider-Girl, Anya Corazon, the Prime Universe Spider-Girl, and Annie May Parker, A.K.A. Spiderling — together for the first time! May will do anything to protect her brother from the Inheritors, and Anya’s knowledge of the mystical Spider-Totems could save the day. But how does Annie fit in? And what chance do three girls have against ageless universal forces?! AUG180851

Ryan North and Derek Charm
It’s the latest issue of the all-ages smash hit, the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! She’s defeated Galactus! She’s defeated Doctor Doom! Who knows what fun adventures she’ll get up to this month! Well, we do. And you may want to brace yourselves for this, because this issue begins an all-new story arc called…”The Death of Squirrel Girl”! Has the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl been beaten? Is this truly the end of Doreen Green? We haven’t canceled the comic so it doesn’t seem likely, but can you really be sure? What if this issue installment actually IS the one Squirrel Girl dies in and you miss out because you didn’t buy it? So I guess what we’re saying here is everyone should definitely buy this comic. Plus: This issue also has Wolverine in it for literally several pages! AUG181022

Ryan North and Derek Charm
Doreen Green and her friend Nancy Whitehead have had a great idea: get some friends together and play an escape room! Sounds like nice, safe, wholesome fun, right? But when Squirrel Girl and Nancy gather Koi Boi, Chipmunk Hunk, Brain Drain and Kraven the Hunter inside and lock the door, it turns out that this escape room is actually lethal! Can they escape? And if they do, will Squirrel Girl and Kraven just end up behind bars in the criminal sense?! Someone call ace attorney Jennifer Walters, A.K.A. She-Hulk! Plus: If Spider-Man were to fight his old rival Kraven once again (which he will), whose side would Doreen be on this time? And witness an Iron Man team-up for which there are, literally, no words! Collecting USG (2015B) #32-36. AUG181084

UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1 $3.99 Page 24
Jeremy Whitley and Gurihiru
Nadia Van Dyne and her team of girl scientists are back! With the backing of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, there’s no problem the Agents of G.I.R.L. can’t solve! But they’re not the only acronym-toting science organization out there, and when A.I.M. strikes, Nadia and the ladies of Genius In action Research Labs answer the call. But who is A.I.M.’s new super-powered lieutenant, and how do they know Nadia? And what does A.I.M.’s plan have to do with Nadia’s father, Hank Pym? AUG180894

WEST COAST AVENGERS #5 $3.99 Page 41
Kelly Thompson and Stefano Caselli
If the team thought a 50-Foot Woman version of Tigra was trouble, just wait till they get a load of her “friends.” That’s right, it’s close encounters of the very large and destructive kind as the West Coast Avengers try to save the day from B-movie-monster-sized threats roaming Los Angeles! And while her team takes the direct approach, Kate Bishop finds herself in a compromising position when trying to get ahead of the game… Is she going to end up on the wrong side of this battle?! AUG180945

X-23 #5 $3.99 Page 76
Mariko Tamaki and Juan Cabal
All is revealed as Laura and Gabby fight to return to each other and work to uncover the ultimate machinations of the power-hungry Cuckoos. But which team will take the day and will any of the sisters emerge unscathed? AUG181032

X-MEN BLACK MYSTIQUE #1 $4.99 Page 28
Seanan McGuire and Marco Failla
That’s so Raven! What’s a day in the life for Raven Darkholme, A.K.A. Mystique? Brutal kills, revenge-fueled chills, seductive thrills…and that’s all before breakfast! Award-winning author Seanan McGuire and rising star Marco Failla take Marvel’s multifaceted mutant murderess for a spin! Plus: Part 3 of X-Men Black Apocalypse! AUG180909

X-MEN BLUE TP VOL 5 $19.99 Page 124
Cullen Bunn, Nathan Stockman, Jorge Molina, and Marcus To
There’s something wrong with Jimmy Hudson! And he’s about to square off with his “brother” Daken in one of the most violent battles in X-Men history! Can the X-Men save Jimmy? Can they save Daken? Should they save either? Meanwhile, Magneto is on a mission of vengeance against Emma Frost, the White Queen! The squad’s worst fears about the Master of Magnetism may finally be coming true — and to escape his present, Magneto will travel to the future! But even twenty years later, there will always be X-Men, and they’ll still need his help to save mutantkind from extinction! But will Magneto submit to his darker instincts? Plus: Time is running out for the five original X-Men. Are their destinies set in stone? Are they only fighting the inevitable? Only their modern-day counterparts can answer that! Collecting issues #29-36. AUG181088

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