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LGBTQA Previews April 2023 Part 1

The calendar says February but we’re looking ahead to April at comics, trades, and graphic novels from publishers like Boom, Aftershock, Ahoy, Oni, Mad Cave, and others as well as graphic novels from book publisher imprints. Plus manga from Kodansha, Sublime, Vertical, and others!

Looking for comics from DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and IDW? You’ll find them over here in part two.

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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MIGHTY BARBARIANS #1 $3.99 Page 236
Michael Moreci and Giuseppe Cafaro
From the writer of Barbaric comes the world-hopping, skull-crushing adventures of The Mighty Barbarians! They’re barbarians. They loot, they plunder, they conquer. That’s what they do, and they do it alone…until now! When an unstoppable force starts consuming one world after another, sorceress Morgan Le Fey uses her magic to assemble a team of skull-cracking warriors who must somehow work together to save all of existence. There’s the young trickster Anansi, Viking shield maiden Birka, the shape shifting Nanook, and their leader, heir to a fallen kingdom and mightiest of warriors, Kull! Though their alliance is uneasy, they will do whatever it takes to cut the heart right out of their mutual enemy, leaving a path of ruin through everything and everyone that stands in their way! Before The Avengers, The Justice League, The X-Men, before it all…stood The Mighty Barbarians! FEB23101


PARKER GIRLS #7 $3.99 Page 258
Terry Moore
Cherry Hammer recruits Parker Girl Kelly and her unique killer instincts to help catch the killer of Piper May and all roads lead to her husband, billionaire Zackary May. Meanwhile Katchoo succeeds in luring May’s defense team on a chase that leads them back to California and the scene of the crime. Don’t miss a single issue of this action-packed limited series! FEB231072


BULLS OF BEACON HILL #4 $4.99 Page 212
Steve Orlando and Andy MacDonald
Surgeon Christopher Boldt is a local Boston celebrity. The only problem? So is his father – notorious gangster Orin Paige. Threatened by Christopher’s upcoming city council run and the newfound fame it will bring, Orin has done the unthinkable. He’s put a hit on his own son in a desperate attempt to protect his tenuous position of power in Boston’s underworld. Orin would rather his son be dead than the world know he’s the father of a gay son – but unfortunately, Christopher isn’t willing to comply. Now, with the betrayals mounting and Chris losing friends and family by the minute, father and son prepare for the final battle. FEB230961


Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
‘The essential satire of 2022’ (ScreenRant) thunders to a shocking climax! In the wreckage of Billionaire Island, reporter Shelly Bly finds herself tempted by the Cult of Business Dog. By the award-winning Flintstones creative team of Mark Russell and Steve Pugh. 0223AH203

Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
From acclaimed writer/artist team Mark Russell and Steve Pugh: a new volume of the near-future adventure that ‘satirizes capitalism’s endgame’ (The Hollywood Reporter). Billionaire Island, tax-free, unregulated hideaway of the richest people on Earth, is no more! Two years after its fall, the global economy lies in ruins and the President of the United States must resign in disgrace. But a cult has risen up around Business Dog, canine inheritor of what’s left of Billionaire Island. Can this unlikely leader save the world? And where is the Dog, anyway? ‘The essential satire of 2022.’ -ScreenRant 0223AH204

MY BAD VOL2: 30 MINUTES OR DEAD TP $17.99 Page 260
Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman, and Peter Krause
Someone in Gravel City is killing caped heroes-or would be, if they were better at it. Can they draw the arrogant, self-deluding crime-fighter The Chandelier out of retirement? My Bad Volume 2: Thirty Minutes or Dead features an outrageous array of heroes and villains tripping over themselves, accidentally scarring their enemies for life, and going on hideously embarrassing dates. Featuring Dr. Do-Over, Steel Integrity, Good Karen, Monkeyman, and everyone’s favorite homicidal rascal: Acid Chimp! FEB231084

Mark Russell, Richard Pace, and Leonard Kirk
Back again: The book that turned the comics industry upside-down with ‘quite a bit of humor…[and] a lot of heart’ (The New York Times). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, tackles his biggest challenge in 2000 years: babysitting a child with super powers! Meanwhile, his roommate-the superhero called Sunstar-faces his greatest enemy, and his own guilt, in a court of law. Written and co-created by 2022 Eisner winner Mark Russell with art by co-creator Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk. 0223AH207


BLACK TAPE #3 $3.99 Page 282
Dan Panosian and Dalibor Talajic
Jack King was a rock’n’roll god who projected a stage persona on par with the devil. After Jack dies on stage, his widow, Cindy, grapples with grief and struggles to protect his legacy, unaware that she is being surrounded by dark forces that covet the master tapes to Jack’s final, unreleased album – a heavy metal masterpiece that just might open a doorway to hell. 0223AW214


CODA DELUXE ED HC $49.99 Page 106
Simon Spurrier and Matias Bergara
After an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant pentacorn and his wits to protect him. But in the process, he is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland. Written by GLAAD Media Award-winning author Simon Spurrier and lavishly illustrated by Eisner Award-nominated artist Matias Bergara, Coda is the Eisner Award-nominated, relentless kaleidoscope of visual wonders, exploring high fantasy and the post-apocalypse through the lens of a curmudgeonly loner in search of his lost love. For the first time ever, fans are treated to the entire series collected in a single over-sized, deluxe edition hardcover, featuring never-before-seen artwork from Matias Bergara, and a brand new comic epilogue! Collects Coda #1-12. FEB230287

GRIM #10 $3.99 Page 114
Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano
The gates of Hell wear thin as Eddie, thirsty for revenge, battles a merciless enemy that will push the reaper to his limits with revealing, spiritual wounds. Meanwhile the last person Jess expected to see, someone Death worked tirelessly to keep hidden, reveals themself and Hell itself awaits. FEB230298

HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #14 $3.99 Page 111
James Tynion IV, Tate Brombal, Werther Dell’Edera, and Antonio Fuso
Terrified and without a prayer, Sunny faces a deadly hazing ritual; can he survive on his own, or will the monster emerging from the dark be his end? Meanwhile, a long-awaited conversation between Jace and a woman with strange but familiar eyes reveals a past of interwoven fates and new revelations. FEB230291

KNOW YOUR STATION #5 $3.99 Page 119
Sarah Gailey and Liana Kangas
Elise’s investigations finally reveal who’s at the end of the trail of blood, and the complex motivations behind the murders. However, chaos ensues as the true killer shows their face, with bloody results. FEB230316

NEIGHBORS #2 $4.99 Page 116
Jude Ellison S. Doyle and Letizia Cadonici
Casey’s uncanny behavior and obsessive interest in her younger sister raises suspicion in Oliver as he spirals into further paranoia that his step daughter and neighbors aren’t who or what they claim to be. Oliver’s fear becomes so overwhelming that Janet’s family must fight to keep themselves sane as the outside world becomes increasingly monstrous.

Seasons Have Teeth


SEASONS HAVE TEETH #1 $4.99 Page 102
Dan Watters and Sebastian Cabrol
In a drab, colorless world, the seasons bring change… and also destruction. Andrew, a retired conflict photographer, lives a life steeped in regret after an unthinkable tragedy, but everything shifts when the seasons arrive-each one a personified, god-like creature. As he risks everything to track down Spring, Summer, AutumnFall, and Winter, will capturing the perfect picture of each be enough to find redemption… and ultimately bring color back to his world? Dan Watters of Sword of Azrael and Home Sick Pilots writing acclaim is joined by artist Sebastian Cabrol for a tale that is both down to earth and supernaturally apocalyptic in its pertinence. FEB230281

James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
With the last person in her corner gone and a ruthless Order of St. George agent closing in, Erica Slaughter finds herself alone and without a prayer. Can she take on this horrific new monster plaguing the small town of Tribulation, New Mexico by herself, or is this the end of her story? Erica is also faced with a choice to reach out to an unexpected source for help, or find herself dealing with both a monster and her human enemies alone. Erica Slaughter faces her deadliest challenge yet in the next volume of the Eisner & Ringo Award-winning and Harvey Award-nominated series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV , artist Werther Dell’Edera (Razorblades), colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design. Collects Something is Killing the Children #26-30. FEB230290

VAMPIRE SLAYER (BUFFY) #13 $4.99 Page 127
Sarah Gailey and Kath Lobo
The pain of the past weights on Willow, but she’s determined to use her magic for the good of those she loves. But with Giles being occupied with Buffy, Willow will have to turn elsewhere for help. It will take someone special to cut through the fear and help the volatile witch, and Willow has no idea what she’s in store for. FEB230349


Kaya Azuma
A collection of fantasy and supernatural shorts with a heavy comedic tone from one of the Boys Love world’s most infamous comedic writers. Mobuyama “Eiji” A-Ji and Mobuyama “Shiro” C-ro have lived their entire lives as nothing more than “extras” to other people’s stories. It can’t end like this, right? There must be a way out! Both sharing a common goal will try anything that allows them to change their destiny. Anything. FEB232069

VAMPEERZ GN VOL 3 $12.95 Page 457
A new vampire is in town, but whose side is she on? On the surface Khara appears to be a threat to Aria but this immortal appears to have motives that are not quite threatening. FEB232068


Aki Aoi
One day, Iwai, an ordinary college student, is suddenly offered a part-time job to work as an assistant for the mycologist, Murota, a seemingly moody and unsociable man. Though things start off a bit rocky, Iwai soon finds that he not only enjoys spending time with Murota and learning about a world previously unknown to him, but he also likes taking care of the man when he neglects to take care of himself. However, joy is gradually replaced by unrest, as Iwai becomes increasingly aware that his feeling towards the man may be deeper than he originally thought. FEB231965


GIRL JUICE TP $24.95 Page 305
Benji Nate
Welcome to the Girl Juice House, home of only the hottest gang in town. Benji Nate’s stylish and rambunctious sense of humor lovingly takes digs at the young and tragically hip–reserved and introspective Nana, comically hypersexual Bunny, fledgling U-tuber Tula, and Designated Mom(TM) Sadie–as they navigate life, love, and the pursuit of a good time. FEB231322


PLAN 59 FROM OUTER SPACE #2 $4.99 Page 306
James Mascia, Michael Dolce, Joaquin Gonzalez, and Daniele Caramanico
In 1957, Ed Wood brought us a movie about aliens who tried to raise the dead in order to destroy humanity. They did this to prevent us from creating a galaxy destroying weapon they believed we would one day create. This was Plan 9 from Outer Space. 49 failed plans later, the aliens have finally figured out how to enslave us. Just look in your hand. That little device that’s always by your side and that you could never live without. That’s how they’ll enslave us. That’s Plan 59… and the plan is working. FEB231331


HITORIJIME MY HERO VOL 14 $12.99 Page 459
Memeko Arii
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. FEB232086

“Cocoa” has made three best friends in her monthly meetup group, the and girls get together every month to quell their sweet tooths by meeting up at the cutest and trendiest new dessert cafes. Cocoa is in it for the sweets! She’s also harboring a few secrets: Not only does Cocoa have a crush on another one of the girls in the group, Opera, but she’s actually a guy named Satoshi who’s been cross-dressing in order to attend the all-girl group! During one meetup, things come to a head when Opera discovers that Cocoa is cross-dressing–and to Cocoa’s surprise, Opera confesses that he is too! But Cocoa realizes that his attraction to Opera is more than clothing-deep, and as the two grow closer, they’ll learn more about each other–and their own selves–than they could have ever imagined. FEB232087


TRAGIC GN VOL 2 $18.99 Page 342
Dana Mele and Valentina Pinti
“To be or not to be…” What was the question? With her head spinning and the ghost of her father continuing to haunt her, Harper’s list of murder suspects grows as she grapples with new revelations about her family. With Talia, Holden, and now Liam by her side, Harper must face the unthinkable as she delves further into the mystery of who killed her father, with the suspects all around her… and closing in. Can Harper maintain her grip on reality long enough to see her father’s murderer brought to justice? As Harper’s story enters its final act, all the players take to the stage to perform their fated roles before they take their final bow. FEB231552


Christine Suggs
Sixteen-year-old Christine takes their first solo trip to Mexico to spend a few weeks with their grandparents and tia. At first, Christine struggles to connect with family they don’t yet share a language with. Soon Christine settles into life in Mexico, eating pan dulce, drawing what they see, and growing more comfortable with Spanish. But when Mom joins their trip, Christine’s two worlds collide. They feel homesick for Texas, struggle against traditions, and miss being able to speak to their mom without translating. Eventually, through exploring the impacts of colonialism in both Mexico and themselves, they find their place in their family and start to feel comfortable with their mixed identity. FEB231564 (SC) / FEB231565 (HC)


DAHLIA IN THE DARK #5 $3.99 Page 353
Joe Corallo and Andrea Milana
The past has caught up to Donnie and Maya. With each new gunshot and revelation, they reluctantly recognize they can’t keep running. In this penultimate action-packed issue, they’re forced to confront themselves, their history, and others as the future of two worlds hangs in the balance. Dahlia in the Dark is a fast-paced, action, fantasy thriller about family and hidden truths. Ringo award winner and Eisner nominated author Joe Corallo joins rising star artist Andrea Milana for an all-original mini-series that will take readers on one wild ride! 0223MA239

EXORCISTS NEVER DIE #1 $4.99 Psgr 346
Steve Orlando and Sebastian Piriz
Syd Miller and Ellen Blair are the world’s two premier combat exorcists. The only problem? After a nuclear breakup years ago, they can’t stand each other. But when the biggest soul auction in history kicks off beneath Los Angeles, Syd and Ellen have no choice but to come together to raid the Hellscraper, an infernal tower going straight down into the Earth. With thousands of souls on the line, Syd and Ellen must fight their way to the bottom or die trying. 0223MA241


Yuki Fumino
Kohei Sugihara, college student with hearing loss, and Taichi Sagawa, his ever-optimistic former classmate, met in a chance encounter that ignited an undeniable spark that would eventually blossom into love. Now it’s spring and as Kohei nears graduation, his search for a job begins. Meanwhile, Taichi finds himself in charge of someone new at work. Life is busier than ever, but all in all, things seem to be looking up for the pair. That is, until the sudden appearance of Ena, one of Kohei’s old flames. FEB232106


Joe Whitt and Rii Abrego
Long, long ago, sprites were the caretakers of gardens. Every flower was grown by their hand. But when humans appeared and began growing their own gardens, the sprites’ magical talents soon became a thing of the past. When Wisteria, an ambitious, kindhearted sprite, starts to ask questions about the way things used to be, she’ll begin to unearth her long-lost talent of gardening. But her newly honed skills might not be the welcome surprise she intends them to be. The Sprite and the Gardener, the debut graphic novel by Joe Whitt and Rii Abrego, is bursting with whimsical art and vibrant characters. Join our neighborhood of sprites in this beautiful, gentle fantasy where both gardens and friendships blossom. 0223ON251


GRACE NEEDS SPACE GN $13.99(SC) / $21.99(HC)
Benjamin A Wilgus and Rii Abrego
Grace is so excited to fly a freighter from her home space station (and away from her boring mother Evelyn) to a faraway moon! Plus, she’ll get some quality time with her fun mom Kendra–something Grace definitely needs. Finally, a real adventure that Grace can get excited about while the rest of her space station friends go away for their summer vacations. But when Kendra is too focused on work, Grace’s first big trip suddenly becomes kind of lonely. But all it takes is one quick decision to explore the moon by herself before Grace’s adventure suddenly becomes not so out of this world at all. With her mom mad at her, Grace wants nothing more than to return home. Then their ship breaks down. Will Grace be able to get through to her mom and save their trip in the end? FEB231663(SC) / FEB231664(HC)


Rou Bao Bu Chi Rou
Also known as BAB, the newest Chinese danmei/Boys’ Love novel series from the blockbuster author of The Husky and His White Cat Shizun! From the outside, He Yu seems to have everything going for him: he’s handsome, rich, and smart. But beneath his perfect facade, he harbors a dark secret, one that makes him a slumbering threat to the people around him. After spending years abroad, he enrolls in film school to pursue the girl of his dreams, Xie Xue, but that forces him to deal with her overprotective older brother, the man He Yu hoped he’d never see again. Xie Qingcheng, an icy man of subdued emotion, was once He Yu’s doctor, and is the only person who knows He Yu’s terrible secret. He Yu swears not to let his past with this man get in the way of his feelings for Xie Xue, but he soon finds himself drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and violence that involves both of the Xie siblings. As a sprawling conspiracy sucks in He Yu, he must confront his own grudges and face new truths–including his own feelings for Xie Qingcheng, which warp into a fixation much darker than what he feels for the man’s sister. [This is an illustrated novel.] FEB232119

Mo Xiang Tong Xiu and Luo Di Cheng Qiu
Experience this historical fantasy tale of two powerful men who find each other through life and death in this English version of the beautiful, full-color comic! Feared and hated for his sinister abilities, Wei Wuxian–the grandmaster of demonic cultivation–was driven to his death when the most powerful clans united to destroy him. Thirteen years later, Wei Wuxian is reborn. Summoned by a young man who sacrificed his soul in a forbidden ritual, Wei Wuxian is now bound to seek vengeance on the stranger’s behalf or risk the destruction of his own soul. But when an evil entity emerges, a familiar face from Wei Wuxian’s past suddenly appears amidst the chaos–a powerful cultivator who will help shine a light on the dark truths that surround them. Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXXII #11 (NOV222164) FEB232114


BLACK OR WHITE VOL 6 $12.99 Page 437
For these two typecast actors, love can’t always be black or white. Shin is an actor whose awkward personality has gotten him typecast as the villain, whereas his secret lover Shige garners all the prime princely roles. As their careers advance, can these two endure all eyes being on them not just in public but in private too? Shige has decided to costar in a drama with Tatara, a veteran actor his boyfriend Shin adores. Tatara has made it known he thinks Shige is only going to drag Shin down as an actor. Wanting to prove him wrong, Shige puts on a performance to rival that of his far more experienced costar. Meanwhile, Shin’s best friend, idol Hanasaki, reveals to the public that the two are friends as a way to pursue his own agenda! FEB231966

DONT BE CRUEL $12.99 Page 437
Yonezou Nekota
When a playboy falls for a nerd, chemistry results in an explosive reaction! Playboy Maya catches studious Nemugasa cheating on a test, and to ensure his silence, Maya blackmails Nemugasa into doing whatever he wants! But is this merely just a ruse so Maya can spend more alone time with him? Maya’s new neighbor ends up being one of Nemugasa’s cram school students, and he just heard Nemugasa and Maya going at it all night! Mortified, Nemugasa avoids staying at Maya’s place, but that doesn’t last long, and when he finally tells Maya why, he ends up with a gentle scolding. Can Nemugasa get over the horror of what’s happened, or will their newfound alone time at Maya’s new apartment become a distant memory? FEB231967


Shou Arai
At age 30, Shou Arai came to a realization; they had no gender. Now they were faced with a question they’d never really considered: how to age in a society where everything is so strongly segregated between two genders? This autobiographical manga explores Japanese culture surrounding gender, transgender issues, and the day to day obstacles faced by gender minorities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community with a lighthearted, comedic attitude. FEB232127

CAT PROPOSED MANGA $14.99 Page 466
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.” (OFFERED AGAIN) FEB232129

Yuta Yagi
As a gay couple living in Japan (where gay marriage is not yet legal), Yuta and Kyota have found a unique loophole in order to live together and support one another financially, legally and medically; Kyota adopted Yuta. This nonfiction manga depicts how they met, living together, discussions with their parents, and their future anxieties and determination as they strive for independence and equal rights under Japanese law. FEB232128


NASTY #2 $4.99 Page 403
John Lees and George Kambadais
Thumper Connell has always wanted to make his own scary movie, and now he has the chance. The problem is he has no cast, no crew, no equipment, no budget, and no time. What he does have, though, is a group of resourceful, horror-loving friends, a video tape with strange powers, and a hulking, spike-wielding imaginary pal. He is imaginary, right?, 0223VL329


Nisioisin and Oh Great
Second-years Mao Tsuchiya and Hisashi Otomo make three promises: 1) That Mao will never tell anyone that Hisashi is gay and has a boyfriend, 2) That Hisashi will never think of Mao “in that way,” and 3) That they’ll always knock before entering, in case someone is having some “private time.” The two’s ground rules should ensure a peaceful life together in their dorm, but life is never as simple as it should be, and some things are not so easily promised. FEB232145

Fumi Yoshinaga
From the James Tripee Award Winning author, Fumi Yoshinaga, comes a casual romance between two 40-year-old men and the many meals they share together. A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals! FEB232147


MY LOVE MIX UP VOL 7 $9.99 Page 444
Wataru Hinekure and Aruko
Aoki is dating Ida, a boy in his class. Aoki is shaken when he finds out Ida wants to attend college in Kyoto, so they decide to go to an overnight open-campus event together. Meanwhile, Akkun and Hashimoto make summer plans, but is Akkun ready to meet Hashimoto’s parents? FEB231989


Shou Harusono
Now that the couple no longer attend the same school, the daily lives of Sasaki and Miyano are both the same and yet somehow different. Can their relationship survive the distance…or will they gradually drift apart? FEB232018

February 18, 2023
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