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LGBTQA Previews April 2022 Part 1

The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame volumes one and two are the biggest surprises this month. Both volumes are published by Fantagraphics which several years ago published the Massive bara collection edited by Graham Kolbiens and Anne Ishii. If you missed out on Massive Fantagraphics has you covered. All of Natasha Alterici’s Heathen is collected in an omnibus edition from Vault. Honami Shirono’s I Want To Be A Wall manga has an interesting premise with Yuriko, an asexual woman, marrying a man to please her parents. It just so happens that her new husband Gakurouta is gay and in love with a childhood friend. Queen frontman Freddy Mercury gets a biographical graphic novel treatment from Z2.

Credit where credit is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and wrote many such lists and to Mike McDermott for his 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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A WAVE BLUE WORLD INC

POSER TP $16.99 Page 252
Matt Miner, Clayton McCormack, Doug Garbark
Long thought to be an urban legend in the underground music scene of Redondo Beach, Oiser is back to carve a gory slash through the heart of the Los Angeles South Bay! Collecting the complete four issue mini-series for the first time, Poser upends traditional slasher tropes and gives horror fans something new and exciting to talk about for years to come! FEB221251

AFTERSHOCK

OCEAN WILL TAKE US #1 $4.99 Page 228
Rich Douek and Carlos Olivares
Something’s lurking in the waters of Almanzar Bay – and when Casey March tries out for the swim team, he learns firsthand that messing with the social order of his new high school can have dangerous, even deadly, consequences! From Bram Stoker-Award nominated writer Rich Douek (Sea of Sorrows, Road of Bones) and artist Carlos Olivares, comes a new tale of horror and intrigue where a group of high school outcasts band together to fight a growing evil in their school and town. FEB22113

AHOY COMICS

MY BAD TPB $17.99 Page 236
Mark James Russell, Bryce Ingman, and Peter Krause
A sharp super-hero spoof from a stellar team that includes co-creators of Irredeemable and Second Coming! In Gravel City, the super-villain Emperor King has devised not only a sadistic death trap for his arch-enemy, The Accelerator, but also the means to penetrate the top secrets of his other arch-enemy, The Chandelier. Get in on the ground floor of the important new comic book universe! FEB221154

WRONG EARTH FAME & FORTUNE #1 $4.99 Page 236
Mark Russell and Michael Montenat
A satirical one-shot from superstar writer Mark Russell spotlighting both gritty vigilante Dragonfly and his cheerful counterpart, Dragonflyman! On Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman and his billionaire alter-ego Richard Fame work to bring citizens together. On Earth-Omega, the Dragonfly busts heads and breaks unions with a savage intensity. But they both share one goal: build a new sports stadium with Richard Fame’s name on it! All five Wrong Earth specials feature covers by co-creator Jamal Igle and a special incentive variant cover by legendary artist Gene Ha. FEB221155

AWA

HIT ME #2 $3.99 Page 261
Christa Faust, Priscilla Petraites, and Marco Lesko
A high-octane crime thriller from Christa Faust and Priscilla Petraites. Lulu has a very unique profession: She gets paid by the bruise. When she is witness to the execution of one of her regular clients, she escapes into the night with a briefcase filled with diamonds and a pack of killers on her trail. Navigating the dark underbelly of decaying, early-90’s Atlantic City, one step ahead of her pursuers, Lulu must call upon every one of her street-born instincts and underworld connections in what will be the longest – and possibly last – night of her life. FEB221269

THE JONESES #1 $3.99 Page 260
Michael Moreci, Alessandro Vitti, and Ive Svorcina
Spinning out of the pages of The Resistance, The Joneses focuses on a suburban family with a big secret: In the global pandemic known as the “Great Death,” mother, father, sister and brother were all transformed into something superhuman. While the world embraces fascism born of fear, the Joneses realize they face grave consequences if they are exposed as “Reborns.” Do they keep a low profile and hide in plain sight…or use their powers for good and risk exposure? FEB221267

BLACK MASK

DESTINY NY #13 $3.99 Page 270
Pat Shand and Rosi Kampe
Paet 2 of 2. Before our next arc, we have two special issues jamming with guest creators. Amy Shand (Prison Witch) and Lisa Sterle (Witchblood) take Henley, resident Prophecy Professor, to anger management. Claudia Aguirre (Kim & Kim) and Brian Cogan (Encyclopedia of Punk) look back at Arvid’s murderous history of crime and loyalty. Erica Schultz (Forgotten Home) and Natasha Alterici (Heathen) look at the tragic past and odd future of Lilith and Song Aberdine. Pat Shand and songwriter/artist Katie Kuffel team up for this dream-like comic poem to close out the second arc of Destiny, NY and send us off to the sunny shores of California for a new story. FEB221309

GODKILLER FOR THOSE I LOVE I WILL SACRIFICE #2 $4.99 Page 270
Matteo Pizzolo and Anna Muckracker
Tommy plunges into The Abyss where he encounters the enigmatic witch Bonecrusher… she offers him some very dangerous advice: when you’ve earned your power by enduring abuse and suffering, who has the right to judge whether or not you use it responsibly? FEB221306

HECATE’S WILL TPB $17.99 Page 271
Iolanda Zanfardino
In Hecate’s Will, we meet legendary NYC graffiti artist Hecate, who is facing burnout & despair and has decided to retire, abandoning her dream of changing the world through art–but, before she quits, she’s going to create one final street-art experience: a graffiti scavenger hunt through the streets of Manhattan that will lead her fans to a final message and artistic testament. As her street-art experiment catches fire with young NYC artists and activists, Hecate’s best friend ropes her into working on a revival of the musical ‘Rent’ by a joyous ensemble of LGBTQIA+ artists who remind her how art brings people together, challenging all of Hecate’s expectations and assumptions. But will it be enough to inspire Hecate to renew her convictions and remain true to her artistic self? As Iolanda describes the book: “Hecate’s Will is a story for anyone who knows that making Art means proudly showing your scars to the world.” With Hecate’s Will, Iolanda Zanfardino has created a character struggling against creative burnout, isolation, and heartache. Hecate’s true nemesis is despair itself–she just might be the very hero we need right now. FEB221310

BOOM

ALICE EVER AFTER #1 $3.99 Page 188
Dan Panosian and Giorgio Spalletta
Return to Wonderland in this twisted sequel by superstar artist and writer Dan Panosian perfect for fans of Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy and Luna. Alice first visited Wonderland as a child. Now an adult, it’s her only escape from a cold, strange reality she finds herself living in. But in order to return to her fantasy world, she’ll need something stronger than mushrooms that change her size, and is forced to resort to crime to feed her growing addiction. Will Alice choose to escape from her uncaring family and childhood trauma in Wonderland, or find the courage to face her demons in the real world? FEB220692

ALL NEW FIREFLY #3 $4.99 Page 194
David M. Booher and Jordi Perez
Following the events at the monastery, Jayne is held hostage by the mysterious and dangerous criminal known only as the Tax Collector. Mal and Kaylee try to negotiate a trade… and it goes about as well as expected from the crew of the Serenity. But they have a plan! And with a little (or a lot) of luck, they might just be able to rescue Jayne and deliver the medical supplies stolen by the Tax Collector’s gang. FEB220709

ANGEL #4 $4.99 Page 193
Christopher Cantwell and Daniel Bayliss
What is the true identity of the evil entity residing in the spirit house? A traumatized Oz is discovered living upstairs in the hotel, kept secret and safe by Lorne. Oz delivers a grave warning of a great evil drawing near… one with the power to annihilate not just our universe, but every universe in existence. FEB220705

BUCKHEAD #5 $3.99 Page 212
Shobo Coker and George Kambadais
Toba and his friends have split up. He’s entered the Elseverse in search of his father, while the rest of the group works to take down the mind-control device threatening all of Buckhead. But that’s not all they’ll have to contend with… as an ancient power once thought defeated is freed from the Elseverse, spelling almost certain doom for them all! Experience the epic conclusion to this incredible adventure as the mystery of the Eben sword is finally revealed. FEB220779

FAITHLESS III #3 $3.99 Page 208
Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet
Continue your journey into the final chapter of Azzarrello and Llovet’s erotic masterpiece! Faith realizes that Poppy and Louis have been hiding a dark secret from her, and when Louis appears with a mysterious bundle, Faith’s entire world will be shaken to its core. FEB220767

HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER VOL 1 $14.99 Page 196
James Tynion IV, Tate Brombal, Chris Shehan, and Werther Dell’Edera
The first collection of the bestselling expansion of the world of Something is Killing the Children is here! Discover the clandestine and perilous inner workings of the House of Slaughter in this new horror series from co-creator James Tynion IV, co-writer Tate Brombal, and illustrated by rising star Chris Shehan and co-creator Werther Dell’Edera. Learn the secret history of the order that forged Erica into the monster hunter she is today… and learn the tragic backstory of her handler and rival, Aaron Slaughter. Collecting House of Slaughter #1-5. FEB220718

MAGIC HIDDEN PLANESWALKER #1 $4.99 Page 200
Mairghread Scott and Fabiana Mascolo
Delve even deeper into the Magic: The Gathering universe with comic and screenwriter Mairghread Scott and artist Fabiana Mascolo! While our heroes have many dangers to face throughout the multiverse, the powerful Necromancer Liliana Vess returns to her new home as a professor at the greatest college of magic in the Multiverse. But she doesn’t return alone. Sensing the presence of a distant planeswalker calling for help… one with the power to save, or destroy, entire planes, puts her on a collision course with the diabolical machinations of the Tezzeret, the Master of Metal. FEB220725

SEVEN SECRETS #16 $3.99 Page 207
Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo
In the wake of an unthinkable tragedy, the Seekers find themselves capturing more and more cases. But with Eva struggling to cope with the loss of a trusted ally, will The Order be able to stop the inevitable in time? FEB220761

SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #22 $3.99 Page 198
James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
Outside London, the shadowy figure on Erica’s trail relays information to their enigmatic superior about the rogue agent in the House of Slaughter.
Meanwhile, a town finds itself in the clutches of an elusive serial killer, and the only living witness to the crimes is a frightened child. Erica investigates the grisly scene of the most recent murder, ignorant of the hostile forces drawing in around her. FEB220719

Something Is Killing The Children

VAMPIRE SLAYER (BUFFY) #1 $4.99 Page 190
Sarah Gailey and Irene Flores
A bold new story in a new universe begins, courtesy of Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey and artist Irene Flores! After years of fighting against the forces of evil, Buffy Summers finds herself succumbing to the burden of bearing the Slayer mantle. To help his Slayer, Rupert Giles is willing to risk a return to chaos magic, and with Willow’s help, they attempt a spell to remove the trauma from Buffy’s psyche. The effects backfire though, and leave Buffy unable to remember her past, or her purpose! With Sunnydale under attack, a new Slayer must rise to protect it, while Buffy’s friends race against the clock to restore her true self. FEB220697

CEX PUBLISHING

PAST LAST MOUNTAIN #4 $5.99 Page 279
Paul Allor and Louie Joyce
Two full issues in one! It’s the emotional series conclusion as the creatures finally reach Dragon Lake, but will it live up to their expectations? Plus, Orc Girl, a 22-page stand-alone story that Gail Simone called “The best comic I’ve read in ages!” Set in the Past the Last Mountain universe, this prequel is gorgeously rendered in black and white by Thomas Boatwright. FEB221350

FAIRSQUARE COMICS LLC

LADY-BIRD TP $14.99 Page 294
Fabrice Sapolsky, Dawn J. Starr, and Daniele Sapuppo
Two young women, with extraordinary powers, living 100+ years apart, have to find the way to break free! A poignant story with a dash of Anime flavor! In 1911, Vega De Ortega is a very shy and naive young woman. She’s touring Europe as the Lady-Bird, going from city to city, from Circus from Circus, bringing joy to people of all ages. But she’s uncomfortable with everything happening around her. She’s lighter than a feather. She’s a celebrity. But she’s upset. Her benefactor, Count San Remo, has convinced her to become a weapon of War. Unhappy and Afraid, she has to free herself. In 2022, Mina is a prisoner. Everyday, a nurse comes to take samples of her blood and use it as currency for a pharmaceutical company. She has no idea who she is. Why she’s even being kept captive. She just knows she’s being moved around often. In places she doesn’t know anything about. She’s also told she can’t take out her helmet or she’ll die! But an earthquake gives Mina an opportunity to escape and discover how she’s different from everyone, how she’s a Lady-Bird too! Two Lady-Birds. Two eras. Same incredible powers: They can fly and their genes are unlike any other known being on the planet. Who are they? And how can they be connected. They have no clue about each other but their goal is the same: freeing themselves from patriarchy, abuse, greed and exploitation. FEB221440

FANTAGRAPHICS

MASSIVE GAY MANGA & MEN WHO MAKE IT $35.00 Page 296
Fantagraphics presents the first English-language introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists creating work for a gay male audience in Japan. Included are Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, Kazuhide Ichikawa, Gengoroh Tagame,Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki, and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations, and manga. FEB221445 (OFFERED AGAIN)

PASSION OF GENGOROH TAGAME GN VOL 1 $29.99 Page 296
Gengoroh Tagame
The often violent, visceral, and always provocative style of Japanese manga legend Gengoroh Tagame, one of the originators of Japanese bear culture, comes to life like never before in The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, a new edition of the artist’s first English-language collection. Known as “The Tom of Finland of Japan,” Tagame is celebrated around the world for his groundbreaking work, noted for its masterfully crafted imagery and unbridled exploration of bondage, lust, passion, and romance. This first English paperback edition includes ten short stories dating from the late 1990s to the early 2010s, with an introduction by celebrated novelist and biographer Edmund White, as well as an essay and new jacket design by acclaimed novelist and graphic designer Chip Kidd. Featuring intense, explicit, over-the-top scenes of BDSM among hypermasculine men, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame is a must-have for Tagame fans, as well as fans of bear cultures in general. Produced by veteran “Japanist” Anne Ishii and filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, the book also contains sixteen full-page color illustrations. [Please note: This book is a traditional work of manga, and reads back to front and right to left.] FEB221443

PASSION OF GENGOROH TAGAME VOL 2 $34.99 Page 296
Gengoroh Tagame
The long-awaited second English language anthology from the master of “bara” manga. Kings, monks, cops, athletes: no manly man is safe from the deliciously depraved fantasies of gay manga master Gengoroh Tagame. In this unabashedly adult collection of BDSM comics, Tagame serves up what his fans love best: elaborate, sensational, beautifully rendered erotica. The long-awaited follow-up to Tagame’s breakthrough collection, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame Vol. 2 features a treasure trove of long and short stories previously unpublished in English, accompanied by original essays and an exclusive new interview with the internationally renowned cartoonist. Featuring intense, explicit, over-the-top scenes of BDSM between hypermasculine men, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame is a must-have for Tagame fans as well as fans of “Bara” manga (manga created primarily by gay men for a gay male audience) and bear cultures in general. Produced by veteran “Japanist” Anne Ishii and filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, with a jacket design by longtime Tagame fan and acclaimed graphic designer Chip Kidd. [Please note: This book is a traditional work of manga, and reads back to front and right to left.] FEB221444

GRAPHIX

BLACK PANTHER SHURI & TCHALLA INTO HEARTLANDS GN $12.99 (TPB)/ $24.99 (HC) Page 305
Roseanne A. Brown & Various, and Claudia Aguirre
Shuri and T’Challa set out to remove a curse from Wakanda in this action-packed, totally original graphic novel! Twelve-year-old Shuri is a lot of things. Scientist. Princess. All around cooler person than her pain-in-the-butt big brother T’Challa. Shuri knows she could do so much more to help Wakanda, but everyone is obsessed with the prince because he’s the next Black Panther. That is, until Soul Washing Day, one of the most important rituals of Wakandan society. When an argument between T’Challa and Shuri leads to one of Shuri’s inventions accidentally destroying the sacred ceremony site, chaos reigns instead of prosperity. Suddenly the people of Wakanda, including her mother the queen, are becoming sick! Could this be a curse from the ancestors? Desperate to save her mother, Shuri dives into research and finds an answer hidden deep in an ancient children’s myth. It may be nothing more than a fantasy, but with the sickness spreading each day, the young princess must trust her instincts and travel deep into the mysterious Heartlands to save her family and her kingdom. Joining Shuri on her journey is none other than a meddling T’Challa. If Shuri and T’Challa can set aside their jealousy and resentment of each other long enough to survive this journey, they might just discover that they are far more powerful together than they could ever be apart. But if they can’t face their fears in the Heartlands and lift the so-called curse, it may not be just the end for their family, but the end of Wakanda as they know it. No pressure, right? FEB221492 (TPB)/ FEB221493 (HC)

HEAVY METAL

STARWARD #1 $2.99 Page 308
Steve Orlando and Ivan Shavrin
Stephanie Cohen’s life is all going according to plan. The only problem is…the plan isn’t hers! She’s crushing it at college, but her fast track to a medical degree is something her parents decided for her, seemingly at birth. Stephanie was never consulted on her own life. So, now she’s drowning in pre-med when she’d rather be studying classics, folklore, and mythology. But on the eve of her twentieth birthday, as Stephanie prepares to stare into her own personal summer abyss for yet another day…she gets a gift unlike any she could possibly expect. Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXXI #1 (JAN211383) FEB221517

KODANSHA

HITORIJIME MY HERO VOL 12 $12.99 Page 412
Memeko Arii
A yaoi romance between a good boy who didn’t know he was waiting for a hero, and a bad boy who comes to his rescue! Masahiro Setagawa doesn’t believe in heroes, but wishes he could: He’s found himself in a gang of small-time street bullies who use him to run errands. But when high school teacher (and scourge of the streets) Kousuke Ohshiba comes to his rescue, he finds he may need to start believing after all… and as their relationship deepens, he realizes a hero might be just what he was looking for this whole time. FEB221952

IF I COULD REACH YOU VOL 7 $12.99 Page 412
tMnR
Hopelessly in love, high schooler Uta must navigate living with her brother and Kaoru, her crush… and sister-in-law. Desperate to get over her unrequited feelings, Uta pulls away, but when the cracks in her brother’s marriage begin to show, Kaoru begins to confide in her new teenage sister, which just makes matters worse! FEB221953

SAILOR MOON NAOKO TAKEUCHI COLLECTION VOL 1 $12.99 Page 414
Naoko Takeuchi
A new edition of the Sailor Moon manga, for a new generation of fans! Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she’s never gotten good grades, and, well, she’s a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon! Featuring the updated translation and high page count of the Sailor Moon Eternal Edition in a more affordable, portable edition, perfect to go wherever you or the magical guardian in your life want to take it.
Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXXI #2 (FEB211660) FEB221962

YURI IS MY JOB VOL 9 $12.99 Page 414
Miman
Hime is a picture-perfect high school princess — she’s admired by all and never trips up! So when she accidentally injures a cafe manager named Mai, she’s willing to cover some shifts to keep her facade intact. To Hime’s surprise, the cafe is themed after a private school where the all-female staff always puts on their best act for their loyal customers. However, under the guidance of the most graceful girl there, Hime can’t help but blush and blunder! Beneath all the frills and laughter, Hime feels tension brewing as she finds out more about her new job and her budding feelings. FEB221969

MAD CAVE STUDIOS

NOTTINGHAM #6 $3.99 Page 322
David Hazan and Shane Connery Volk
When Richard the Lionheart is kidnapped and ransomed by Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, Everard Blackthorne, the Sheriff of Nottingham, is strongarmed into delivering the ransom and bringing the King home, on penalty of death. The treacherous Prince John and his ally, King Phillip of France, will stop at nothing to ensure Richard remains in captivity, so the Sheriff finds the unlikeliest of allies in none other than Robin Hood and the Merry Men. With Robin and the Sheriff away, Marian hatches her own devious plan to take back Nottingham. FEB221565

ONI PRESS

GENDER QUEER HC $24.99 Page 327
Maia Kobabe and Phoebe Kobabe
In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Then e created Gender Queer. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fan fiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: It is a useful and touching guide on gender identity–what it means and how to think about it–for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere. This special deluxe hardcover edition of Gender Queer features a brand-new cover, exclusive art and sketches, a foreword from ND Stevenson, Lumberjanes writer and creator of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and an afterword from Maia Kobabe. FEB221588

RICK AND MORTY INFINITY HOUR #2 $3.99 Page 330
Magdalene Visaggio and Marc Ellerby
After a crash, Rick, Birdperson, and Wubbo are stranded in space. When a mysterious ship approaches, will they find friend or foe?! Meanwhile, the Gromflomite Federation continues its path of destruction, far too powerful for our ragtag group of heroes to stop. FEB221593

SEASON OF BRUJA #2 $3.99 Page 330
Aaron Duran and Sara Soler
After a disturbing confrontation with an aggressive priest, Althalia Cabrera’s abuela Isadora has collapsed, and Althalia is arrested while trying to protect her. Now the young bruja–for the first time without Isadora’s guidance–must attempt to summon both her innate strength and her years of training in the craft to try to save her family’s beloved matriarch. But it may already be too late to take down the dark forces that seek to strip both of the Cabrera brujas of their power. FEB221592

TAPROOT GARDENER & A GHOST TP $15.99 Page 328
Keezy Young
Blue has been living as a ghost for a year when he meets Hamal, a beautiful and sweet gardener who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Together, their friendship develops into something more, but being a ghost, Blue can never truly be connected with Hamal. When Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him–even if it means leaving him. This edition of Taproot features a brand-new cover, along with exclusive bonus material. FEB221589

TEA DRAGON SOCIETY BOX SET HC $63.99 Page 326
K. O’Neill
In the bewitching Tea Dragon Society series, two-time Eisner Award-winning creator K. O’Neill offers three stories featuring the enchanting world of Tea Dragons. Now collected in a beautiful box set with brand-new box cover art, readers can experience The Tea Dragon Society, The Tea Dragon Festival, and The Tea Dragon Tapestry from start to finish. This charming and peaceful trilogy is heartwarming, inclusive, and absolutely magical. FEB221587

PRESTEL

FRANCIS BACON HC GN $24.95 Page 334
Cristina Portolano
Told for the first time in graphic novel form, the story of Francis Bacon’s life is as complex, colorful, and highly charged as his paintings. Drawn in shades of mauve, red, yellow, and blue that distinguished his palette, these illustrations weave together a troubling but compassionate narrative, one that draws on the tragic events of Bacon’s childhood and youth, as well as reflecting the profoundly passionate yearnings of the artist he became. Separated into thematic and chronological sections the novel highlights the prevailing influences of Bacon’s life and times: his early autodidacticism and estrangement from his family; his struggles to make his way as a surrealist painter and his destruction of his early work. It traces his gradual success in postwar Europe, his powerful and often violent romantic relationships, his foray into portraiture, and his never-ending search for subject matter and meaning in his work. FEB221625

SEVEN SEAS

CASE FILES OF JEWELER RICHARD VOL 2 $12.99 Page 416
Mika Akatsuki, Nanako Tsujimura, and Utako Yukihiro
When Japanese college student Seigi Nakata rescues a handsome young jewelry appraiser from a group of drunken assailants, he gets more than he bargains for! The appraiser is Richard Ranashinha de Vulpian, a brilliant and mysterious British jewelry expert. Seigi hires Richard to appraise a ring left to Seigi by his grandmother and the adventures are just beginning. Together, they unlock the secret messages hidden in the hearts of jewels-and those who possess them. FEB221978

EVEN THOUGH WERE ADULTS VOL 4 $12.99 Page 416
Takako Shimura
Ayano, an elementary school teacher in her thirties, stops by a bar one day and meets another woman named Shuri. Sparks fly as the two chat, and before the night is over, Ayano even goes in for a kiss. Shuri is intrigued but confused… especially when she discovers that Ayano has a husband! Both Ayano and Shuri are about to find out that love doesn’t get any easier, even as you grow older. Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXXI #12 (DEC212096) FEB221982

OUR TEACHERS ARE DATING VOL 4 $12.99 Page 418
Pikachi Ohi
A sweet yuri romance between two teachers! Hayama-sensei and Terano-sensei are two women who work at the same school… and just started going out. They’re a little shy about their budding relationship, but their co-workers–and even their students–are rooting for them as they bumble their way through love! FEB221999

TWO OF THEM ARE PRETTY MUCH LIKE THIS VOL 1 $13.99 Page 419
Takashi Ikeda
From the creator of Whispered Words! Enjoy this new slice-of-life yuri manga about two adult women in the creative industries and their shared romantic life in their apartment. Thirty-year-old Eri and twenty-year-old Wako are “roommates.” Eri is a professional writer, and Wako’s a voice actor who’s building up her reel. Having worked together and now living together, these two women in love have a nice little life for themselves! Follow this comfortable couple in a heartwarming manga tale about the everyday humor, stressors, and joys of a life shared together. FEB222005

SUBLIME

LINKS $12.99 Page 391
Natsuki Kizu
A collection of intertwining stories covering four not-quite lovers as they find what links them together. Akiba plays the piano and reminisces about Yahiko, a friend with benefits he can’t quite bring himself to call his lover, despite how freely the man cares for him. Despite their constant bickering, Sado and Nakajo appear close enough to be lovers. But Nakajo has convinced himself he can never have Sado, which leads him to stay by his side while simultaneously looking for ways to hate him. Shibata is an overly friendly older man who rather insistently hits on Sekiya, a socially awkward radio DJ. Even with his DJ persona, Sekiya has a hard time expressing the roil of emotions within him. Kameda and Ogikawa get to know each other thanks to a stray cat. The two spend lazy days together, eating, drinking, and playing with their cat, all without calling it love. FEB221843

SCATTERING HIS VIRGIN BLOOM VOL 1 $12.99 Page 391
Aya Sakyo
A virgin omega living in secret is outed when his first heat hits at work! Just when he thinks things can’t get much worse, he bumps right into his secret crush who just so happens to be a smokin’ hot alpha! FEB221842

TITAN

COWBOY BEBOP VOL 1 $17.99 Page 357
Dan Watters and Lamar Mathurin
An original story set in the year 2171. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck. FEB221718

TOKYO POP

THE CAT PROPOSED MANGA $14.99 Page 422
Dento Hayane
Matoi Souta is an overworked office worker tired of his life. Then, on his way home from a long day of work one day, he decides to watch a traditional Japanese play. But something strange happens. He could have sworn he saw one of the actors has cat ears. It turns out that the man is actually a bakeneko — a shapeshifting cat from Japanese folklore. And then, the cat speaks: “From now on, you will be my spouse.” FEB222021 (OFFERED AGAIN)

KOIMONOGATARI LOVE STORIES VOL 1 $12.99 Page 433
Tagura Tohru
When Yuji accidentally overhears his classmate Yamato confessing to another friend that he’s gay, his perspective shifts. Seeing Yamato in a new light, Yuji does his best not to let prejudice color his view, but he still finds himself overthinking his classmates’ interactions now. He especially notices the way Yamato looks at one particular boy: Yuji’s own best friend. Even though he tells himself he shouldn’t get involved, Yuji finds he just can’t help it; watching Yamato’s one-sided love draws him in a way he never expected. As his own friendship with Yamato develops and the two of them grow closer through a mutual study group, Yuji comes to truly care about Yamato as a person, regardless of his sexuality. He only wants Yamato to be happy, and to be able to express his true self. FEB222025 (OFFERED AGAIN)

PUPPY LOVE $14.99 Page 422
Tsuchida Haru
Inukai works at a company where he’s exploited and unappreciated, but one day he stops at a pet shop and meets a gentle clerk named Hoshi. Playing with cute dogs and the soothing conversation with Hoshi makes Inukai decide to quit his job and change his life situation so he can have a dog of his own. A memory comes to Hoshi suddenly, and he blurts out, “I’m the reincarnation of a dog you helped when you were a boy!” A fluffy love story between a mysterious pet shop clerk and a mistreated corporate drone! FEB222020

VAULT / WONDERBOUND

BLUE FLAME #10 $3.99 Page 374
Christopher Cantwell and Adam Gorham
The trial for the fate of humanity concludes, but not before the Blue Flame calls himself to the witness stand. Worlds and realities blur into one as the Flame interrogates Sam on every facet of their shared life. Dee’s sister goes into labor and Yarix appears in Milwaukee, then just like that… the verdict is in. Has the cosmos judged humans innocent or guilty? FEB221770

FOX AND HARE #3 $3.99 Page 375
Jonathan Tsuei and Stacey Lee
As the tense standoff in the Red Doors erupts into violence, Fox and Hare have no choice but to risk their own lives to save the innocent. However, not everyone makes it out of the conflict alive. With no time to grieve, they must continue their search for a way to stop Synastry Designs from enslaving the people of Mazu Bay, leading to a showdown against Raja and the Knights of Mazu. A fight that will leave one of our heroes broken, just as their legend begins to spread. FEB221774

Heathen Omnibus

HEATHEN DELUXE EDITION #3 $7.99 Page 375
Natasha Alterici and Ashley Woods
Things haven’t quite gone as Aydis planned. She’s been kidnapped by the goddess Freya. And she’s trapped in the impenetrable stronghold of the Valkyries. Escape seems impossible. It’s hard enough just resisting Freya’s spell. Roles now reversed, Brynhild plans a rescue with help from Saga and a very old friend. FEB221776

HEATHEN OMNIBUS EDITION TP $24.99 Page 378
Natasha Alterici and Ashley Woods
Aydis is a viking, a warrior, an outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is friend to the talking horse Saga, rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild, and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin. FEB221788

WASTED SPACE TP VOL 5 $15.99 Page 379
Michael Moreci and Hayden Sherman
This is it! The final volume of one of the most celebrated comics of the last decade. As the galactic war intensifies, Legion returns to the scene. He has a plan to kill the Creator and finally restore peace. But in order for it to work, Molly will have to betray the very person she’s spent so long teaching how to trust again. FEB221789

VIZ

MY LOVE MIX UP VOL 3 $9.99 Page 401
Wataru Hinekure and Aruko
Aoki has a crush on Ida, a boy in his class. Ida has learned from Akkun the story behind Hashimoto’s eraser-that Aoki told Ida he liked him to protect Hashimoto’s secret crush. The only trouble is that Aoki really does like Ida, so now Aoki has to confess his love to Ida all over again! FEB221871

YEN PRESS

I CANNOT REACH YOU VOL 4 Page 403
Mika
Sunset in Arashiyama, Kyoto. A sudden downpour leads toXAPa sudden kiss!? But much to KakeruXAos dismay, YamatoXAos fever-kiss was just that. With no memory of what happened in Kyoto, Yamato continues on as if nothing has changedXAieven though everything did. Angry and hurt at YamatoXAos memory loss, can Kakeru pull himself together enough to tell Yamato the truth? FEB221881

I WANT TO BE A WALL VOL 1 $15.00 Page 403
Honami Shirono
Yuriko, an asexual woman, agrees to take a husband to satisfy her parents-which is how she finds herself tying the knot with Gakurouta, a gay man in love with his childhood friend with his own family circumstances. And so begins the tale of their marriage of convenience. FEB221877

LETS GO KARAOKE $15.00 Page 403
Yama Wayama
Satomi, president of his school’s choir club, gets embroiled in a bizarre situation when he’s asked by Kyouji the yakuza to give him voice lessons. Surprisingly, Kyouji’s quite serious and diligent in his practice too! As the two spend time together, where will this odd friendship take them…?
FEB221882

SASAKI AND MIYANO VOL 5 $13.00 Page 403
Shou Harusono
A heated exchange with Sasaki leads to absolutely nothing. And since Miyano isn’t living a BL story with him, that’s fine. Except-all kinds of feelings are bubbling up inside of him now which means. FEB221880

Z2 COMICS

FREDDIE MERCURY LOVER OF LIFE SINGER OF SONGS HC $24.99 Page 380
Tres Dean
For the first time in comics format, Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs will be a journey through Freddie’s life; from his childhood in Zanzibar, through his formative years in England, to becoming the rock star, known and loved by millions around the globe. The story is told in his own words, with each chapter giving a glimpse into the many facets of his life. FEB221793

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