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LGBTQA Previews December 2021 Part 2

Hands down the most exciting thing for December is DC’s portfolio collection of twenty Pride illustrations!

This monthly column features comics, graphic novels, and books from Dark, Horse, DC, Image, IDW, and Marvel. You’ll find items from publishers such as BOOM, Archie, Black Mask, Vault, other small and indy presses and BL/ yaoi and yuri in part one. The strange code with letters and numbers after each item are Diamond order codes for easy ordering with your comic shop! Items from are in this list. Names of people marked in bold are queer or ally creators!

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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The newsstand photo topping this month’s column was found at the Digital Comic Museum site. The uncropped photo is attributed to LOOK Magazine 9/7/1943 without further credit.

DARK HORSE

JOY OPERATIONS #2 $3.99 Page 86
Brian Michael Bendis and Stephen Byrne
It’s the second big chapter of the fiercely-ambitious new sci fi odyssey: Joy Operations. Fifty-five years from now. Joy is an EN.VOI. A special agent of one of the Jonando Trust. Trusts are corporate-owned cities that are the centerpiece of modern society. She rights wrongs for the trust. She is excellent. Perfection. Hard on herself. Driven. Almost legendary in some parts. Except now she has this voice in her head that is not her. Either Joy is losing her grip or an EN.VOI from a neighboring trust has entered her consciousness to get her to betray her cause. Joy is pissed off. Really really pissed off. OCT210212

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION TP $19.99 Page 91
Kevin Smith & Various, and Mindy Lee
This is the official comic book prequel to the Netflix television show written by showrunner Kevin Smith and episode writer Tim Sheridan and featuring art by Mindy Lee.
Following a vicious Orlax attack on his father King Randor, He-Man learns the creature is linked to the origin of the sword of power. To save Randor and put an end to the chaos He-Man embarks on an epic journey that pits him against his longtime foes Skeletor and Evil-Lyn, and sees Teela take the reins of a powerful legacy. Collects the four-issue series and features covers by Stjepan Sejic and pinups from Mike Mignola, Walt Simonson, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more! OCT210225

DC

DC once again has a new release print catalog you can find at your local comic shop or read the full solicitations here!

ACTION COMICS #1038 $4.99 Page 32
Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Shawn Aldridge, Daniel Sampere, and Adriana Melo
“The Warworld Saga,” part three. Everything changes! After the heart-stopping events of Action Comics #1037, Superman and the surviving members of the Authority see a side of Warworld they never knew existed. In the lower catacombs, Superman finds another survivor of the lost Phaelosian race of Krypton, a scientist turned enslaved gladiator with much to teach Superman of his new home, including how to survive…and maybe, in time, how to escape. Meanwhile, Superman’s quest to turn the hordes of Warworld against their masters begins. 1021DC056

AQUAMAN THE BECOMING #4 $3.99 Page 32
Brandon Thomas and Diego Olortegui
When it rains it pours! Jackson Hyde’s no stranger to dark family secrets, but the one he just uncovered is so big it might just blow his whole life to smithereens. With the Atlantean guard closing in, who can Jackson trust when even the closest people in his life have been lying to his face? It couldn’t possibly be the very same person who blew up Atlantis and framed Jackson for the crime…could it? 1021DC058

ARKHAM CITY THE ORDER OF THE WORLD #4 $3.99 Page 32
Dan Watters and Dani
Dr. Joy is now face to face with the ghost of Amadeus Arkham–the ghost that she had assured all her patients did not exist. Now faced with overwhelming evidence that the Ten-Eyed Man’s “delusions” were anything but, she has found herself questioning everything. Meanwhile, Dr. Phosphorus and Nocturna attempt to live a “normal” life in Gotham, but the good doctor’s radioactive body may be having unforeseen side effects on their unsuspecting neighbors. 1021DC062

BATGIRLS #1 & #2 $3.99 Page 4
Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, and Jorge Corona
Um, hello–you didn’t actually think we’d keep you waiting this entire year without giving you the Batgirls series we’ve all been wanting for forever, right? No way, we love you too much–just like Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, who are only able to navigate the dark, gritty, and oftentimes scary city of Gotham by leaning on the bright light that is their best-friendship. Mentored by Oracle, the Batgirls move to the other side of town where Barbara Gordon can keep a better eye on them while the hacker Seer is still invading their lives. Steph may be too rash sometimes, and Cass doesn’t speak much–but what they lack in similarities they make up for with their mutual respect and love for each other…and what makes them stronger together as Batgirls! And they may be good at kicking ass, but they are just trying their best to be normal teenagers–who’ll borrow the keys to a muscle car that belonged to a bad guy and perhaps give it a joyride around town without a driver’s license, then race to get back home to Oracle by curfew…! Splashing the pages with bright colors against a dark backdrop of Gotham, Batgirls is the pizza slumber party of the year you don’t want to miss! 1021DC012

Bondo! Bondo! Bondo! With their new secret muscle car and their new secret patrol route, Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown find moving to their new neighborhood–thanks to Oracle instructing them to “lay low”–that much easier to bear because they have each other. Steph begins witnessing some strange actions through the window of the building across the street and can’t help but investigate if the recent murders are connected to them! Meanwhile, Oracle realizes the most effective way for the girls to wear her newly upgraded comms is by piercing their ears, and Cass freaks out! 1021DC018

BATMAN (2020) TP VOL 02 THE JOKER WAR $16.99 Page 26
James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez, Guillem March, Carlo Pagulayan, and others
Batman and Joker have fought hundreds of times, but the game’s just not as funny lately. Thus, The Joker decides to do something he’s never attempted before–win. How? By taking Bruce Wayne’s fortune and Bat-gear and using the Bat’s own gadgets against him. Collects Batman #95-100., 1021DC051

BATMAN URBAN LEGENDS #11 $7.99 Page 33
Vita Ayala, Mark Russell, Ram V, Mohale Mashigo, Nikola Cizmesija, Karl Mostert, Anand Radhakrishnan, Trevor Scott, Arist Deyn, and Others
Vita Ayala and Nikola Cizmesija join forces to tell a story that will change Batman and Zatanna’s relationship forever. Every year the two have to come together to defeat an evil curse. This year they fail, and the world is in peril because of it. Ace the Bat-Hound, the goodest boy in the DCU, has his day in an epic story featuring many DC Super Pets, brought to you by Mark Russell and Karl Mostert. Catwoman tie-in/”Fear State” aftermath! Aftermath. The mysterious relationship between Ghost-Maker and Wight Witch is revealed in all its horrifying glory here., 1021DC070

CATWOMAN #38 $3.99 Page 34
Ram V and Filipe Andrade
Fear State aftermath! A “new” Poison Ivy now walks the Earth, one who seems more familiar to Harley Quinn and Catwoman than she ever has been before. And as the dust of Fear State settles in Alleytown, Selina comes to the heartbreaking conclusion that it may be time to surrender her crown and leave her kingdom. She has brought too much damage, too much horror, to her adoptive city. But are the Strays ready to take on the responsibility of defending their homes without the help and guidance of the Catwoman? And what is to become of Catwoman’s protege herself, Cheshire Cat? 1021DC078

CRUSH & LOBO #8 $3.99 Page 35
Mariko Tamaki and Amancay Nahuelpan
Series finale! Like father, like daughter? Okay, fine, maybe a little. Crush and Lobo are back in prison, but this time they’re stuck together and no one’s happy about it. Well, except maybe the gleefully scheming warden, who’s now got two Czarnians for the price of one. Is escaping space prison worth putting aside a couple little differences like “tried to kill each other multiple times?” Crush and Lobo make no promises in the thrilling conclusion to their series! 1021DC080

DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL #3 $3.99 Page 11
Tom Taylor and Yasmine Putri
War is on the horizon as a series of assassinations has rocked the lands. The Kingdom of Storms is gathering its allies with eyes on the destruction of Kal-El and his family. What secret does the Dark Knight learn that could be the key to everything? 1021DC033

DC POSTER PORTFOLIO DC PRIDE TP $24.99 Page 47
Just in time for DC Pride 2022, this poster portfolio features variant covers and pinups celebrating LGBTQIA+ characters across the DC Universe! Includes 20 oversize removable posters suitable for framing and display. 1021DC180

DC VS VAMPIRES #3 $3.99 Page 35
James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg, and Otto Schmidt
Vampires are hunting on the streets of Gotham City as the coming undead plague makes its first move. Batman’s investigation into the disappearance of Andrew Bennett takes him into the sewers beneath the Hall of Justice, where he makes a stunning discovery! And the fall of another hero means the war for Earth has begun! 1021DC084

DETECTIVE COMICS #1046 – 1048 $4.99 Pages 6 & 7
Mariko Tamaki, Stephanie Phillips, Matthew Rosenberg, Dan Mora, David Lapham, Ivan Reis, Danny Miki, and Fernando Blanco
“Fear State” aftermath! Bloody, broken, and beaten…Batman had a mission after The Joker War. He would no longer look over Gotham City from Wayne Manor; he would move to the heart of the city, get closer to its people and its problems. The fight he pursued would be different, but after Fear State he finds himself disillusioned. He is no longer the protector the city needs, and definitely not the one it deserves. Batman’s last night in Gotham City before his international sojourn is here. Backup: Harley Quinn guest-stars in the culmination of “Foundations”! Must Gotham City have an Arkham facility, and if so…will it be any different, or is doom on its way? 1021DC009

“The Tower” begins! The 12-part weekly Detective Comics event starts here. Arkham Asylum has fallen, and in its place, Arkham Tower has risen in the heart of the city, a pitch made by the mysterious Dr. Wear. Unlike the Asylum, Dr. Wear promises his methods and drug treatments will heal Gotham’s criminally inclined for good–a claim that skeptics like Deb Donovan and the Bat-Family don’t believe. There’s something wrong with the tower, with Dr. Wear’s methods–and with Batman away from Gotham City, the rest of the Bat-Family is going to find out what…but not before everything explodes. Written by critically acclaimed author Mariko Tamaki, continuing her incredible Detective Comics run, and drawn by DC Comics legend Ivan Reis! Backup: “House of Gotham” begins! For a long time two houses have overlooked Gotham City, beckoning its broken: Wayne Manor and Arkham Asylum. In this epic 12-part backup story, writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Fernando Blanco will explore the impact that Batman and Arkham Asylum have had on the city…through the eyes of a boy whose life was changed forever by The Joker one dreadful night early in the Dark Knight’s career! 1021DC021

“The Tower” part two! The mysteries of Dr. Wear begin to unfold as a new doctor named Frow joins the staff of Arkham Tower. The Bat-Family tries to figure out the best way to infiltrate the facility, but someone may have gotten the drop on them…someone not unfamiliar with psychiatric facilities…one Dr. Harleen Quinzel, better known to you dear readers as Harley Quinn! Backup: “House of Gotham” part two! A boy’s parents were killed by The Joker, and he fell through the cracks of the system. Instead of being sent to a facility that could care for him and his trauma, he was sent to Arkham Asylum! Will the villains inside eat him alive or show him how to survive in a city ruthlessly overseen by Batman?? 1021DC025

DETECTIVE COMICS (2021) HC VOL 1 THE NEIGHBORHOOD $29.99 Page 24
Mariko Tamaki, John Ridley, Meghan Fitzmartin, T. Rex, Dan Mora, Viktor Bogdanovic, Clayton Henry, Dustin Nguyen, and Karl Mostert
Following the events of The Joker War, Gotham City is changing fast, and there’s a new mayor named Christopher Nakano who wants Batman gone. To get closer to the city and the people he’s sworn to protect, Batman shuts down Wayne Manor and the Batcave for good, relocating to a townhouse in the heart of the city and building new micro-caves throughout the Gotham sewer system. But very quickly, Batman and Bruce Wayne get wrapped up in a murder mystery that changes the shape of the city. One of Bruce Wayne’s neighbors, Sarah Worth, has been murdered, and Bruce Wayne is the number one suspect. Sarah’s rich and unhinged father, Mr. Worth, will stop at nothing to bring Bruce to justice and destroy Batman for getting in his way. The beginning of the critically acclaimed run by the Future State: Dark Detective team of Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora is here, and they’re accompanied by some of the brightest new writers and artists in the DCU! This volume collects Detective Comics #1034-1039. 1021DC049

GREEN LANTERN #9 $4.99 Page 36
Geoffrey Thorne, Tom Raney, and Marco Santucci
With trillions of lives on the line, a ringless John Stewart battles the Mad God for the future state of the universe! Meanwhile, Jo Mullein solves the mystery of the Green Lantern Corps’ battery’s destruction as a new and ancient enemy rises. Is this the end of the Green Lantern Corps or will it lead to a new beginning and a resurrection for the cosmic heroes? 1021DC093

HARLEY QUINN #10 $3.99 Page 37
Stephanie Phillips and Laura Braga
You know those real cheesy rom-coms where two unlikely lovebirds lean in for the same book and knock heads in the poetry section of the school library and fall madly in love? Well, this story is nothing like that. For starters, Kevin met his new muse in the middle of Scarecrow attacking Gotham (how’s that for a meet-cute?). And second, despite his planning the most perfect and romantic date night with Ivy, it seems like she might have something else on her mind. Love is in the air–errr, wait…that might be toxic gas…this is Gotham! 1021DC096

HARLEY QUINN THE ANIMATED SERIES THE EAT BANG KILL TOUR #4 $3.99 Page 37
Tee Franklin and Max Sarin
After being called out by a new villain known as Mephitic, a toxic sludge aiming to stink up the joint, Ivy and Harley head to Detroit to take matters into their own hands. But Vixen isn’t having all this chaos in her city, and she’s ready to clean up the place. 1021DC099

JOKER #10 & #11 $5.99 Page 44
James Tynion IV, Sam Johns, Giuseppe Camuncola, Guillem March, Francesco Fancavilla, Cam Smith, and Belen Ortega
Following the harrowing events of Batman: The Killing Joke, the course of James Gordon’s life–and that of his family’s–was forever changed! But what happened when Gordon’s path again crossed with The Joker’s… Punchline backup: Harper Row has successfully gotten Punchline’s former friend, Kelly Ness, out of Blackgate. What Kelly reveals about Punchline’s past and true nature will change her criminal case forever, but will Harper and Leslie Thompkins be able to protect her from Punchline’s loyalists?, 1021DC158

The Joker is about to learn the harsh reality of the motto “Don’t Mess with Texas” as the Sampsons bring him back home to their ranch…for dinner! Punchline backup: While Harper Row has been making sure that Punchline stays behind bars, her brother, Cullen, has been getting closer to Punchline’s fans. His new boyfriend, Bluff, is hiding a wicked secret that promises to change the shape of organized crime in Gotham, and Punchline’s role, for years to come., 1021DC162

JUSTICE LEAGUE #71 $4.99 Page 38
Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V, Phil Hester, and Phil Hester, Sumit Kumar
The Royal Flush Gang hatched one of the most elaborate plans in the history of the DC Universe, and now we know that all of it was a prelude to the crime of this and maybe even the next century. How does it connect to the trial of Black Adam? When all seems lost, hope can still be found! With Wonder Woman now by their side, the Justice League Dark have survived to fight another day. Merlin is only getting started–can the team still prove they have the magic within to defeat the medieval mage? 1021DC113

ONE-STAR SQUADRON #1 $3.99 Page 16
Mark Russell and Steve Lieber
Who you gonna call? One-Star Squadron! Meet DC’s superhero team where heroism meets capitalism. This ragtag group of heroes led by Red Tornado is here to provide service with a smile. All you must do is send a request via their on-demand hero app and they’ll answer any call. Whether it’s a children’s birthday party or an alien invasion, no job is too small or too big! Brought to you by Eisner nominee Mark Russell and Eisner winner Steve Lieber, you’ll want to invest early in this one-of-a-kind miniseries that promises a story filled with heart, heroism, and humor. 1021DC042

NIGHTWING #87 $3.99 Page 38
Tom Taylor and Robbi Rodriguez
This special Nightwing issue is one continuous image! That’s right–if you placed every page next to each other, you’ll have one poster image with this story! Now that billionaire Dick Grayson has publicly dedicated his funds to save Bludhaven, he’s a wanted man–and that’s why he finds hired killers breaking in to steal his dog, Haley! 1021DC122

NUBIA AND THE AMAZONS takes a break this month.

ROBINS #2 $3.99 Page 41
Tim Seeley and Baldemar Rivas
The former Robins launch into action after the assault at Dick Grayson’s apartment. Not wanting to turn to Batman for help, the five former wonders start to investigate on their own by digging deep into their pasts. But what is their assailant’s connection to the Robin name, and why are they coming after the ex-sidekicks? 1021DC134

STATIC SEASON ONE #6 $3.99 Page 18
Vita Ayala, CHRISSCROSS, and Nikolas Draper-Ivey
At long last, the most famous face of the Milestone Universe is making his shocking return! Bullied nerd Virgil Hawkins wasn’t the kind of kid you’d normally find on the streets at a protest–but like everyone else in the city of Dakota, he was fed up. Unfortunately, the first time he stood up to raise his voice, the world turned upside down. The experimental tear gas released that day left some of his classmates maimed or dead…but it left Virgil, and others, with stunning new abilities. Virgil has power inside him now–real power, the ability to channel and manipulate electromagnetic fields. But there’s anger burning inside him, too. What is he supposed to do about all of this? And first and foremost–what is he supposed to do about his bullies, now that they’ve got superpowers too? A dynamic creative team of new comics voices and Milestone Media veterans join forces to open up a new chapter in the story of the most iconic Black teen superhero in comics history. Collects Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0 and Static: Season One #1-6. 1021DC044

SUPERMAN SON OF KAL-EL #6 $3.99 Page 43
Tom Taylor and John Timms
Superman has recovered from the devastating attack against him. After the life-changing events of issue #5, Jon Kent and his new ally Jay Nakamura are ready to strike back. They are on a collision course with the type of power that is used to swatting problems out of the way. But Superman is not so easily swatted! 1021DC147

SWAMP THING #10 $3.99 Page 45
Ram V and Mike Perkins
As the battle between Levi and Jacob comes to a head, the future of the Green–and so of all living things–is embroiled in existential conflict. And there are those who have learned to look for windows of opportunity in conflict. The true nature of Prescot’s machinations will become apparent even as their actions will put into question the very nature of the world we live in. 1021DC168

TEEN TITANS ACADEMY #10 $3.99 Page 43
Tim Sheridan and Mike Norton
Dane, a.k.a. Nevermore, came to the academy to become a hero, but circumstance and fate are leading him down a much darker path. To understand their future, the Titans must look into the complicated past of their most mysterious student–and unearth truths that may leave them with an impossible choice. 1021DC152 [Bunker is in the cast and new character Stitch is non binary.]

TITANS UNITED #4 & #5 $4.99 Page 45
Cavan Scott, Jose Luis, and Jonas Trindade
Starfire takes on Lady Vic as more super-powered sleeper agents activate, displaying powers far beyond those of the Titans. Just who is behind the Cadmus experiment, and what is Blackfire planning as she brings Superboy to his knees? 1021DC170

Black Zero strikes! Superboy has turned on the Titans as Tamaranean forces move to invade Earth. As Donna Troy falls to Conner’s newly restored powers, Raven tries desperately to reach the friend and ally they once knew. 1021DC172

WONDER GIRL takes a break this month.

WONDER WOMAN #782 $4.99 Page 46
Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Vita Ayala, Marcio Takara, and Skylar Patridge 
Wonder Woman has been spotted in Sweden?! After narrowly escaping some deadly reflections of herself, Diana has made it to the resting place of Siegfried. In order to forge her new path forward as a hero, she needs to stop living in the past and sever her ties to the Sphere of the Gods. Little does she know, another ex is trying to get in touch with her…and it’s a matter of life and death! Meanwhile, in Bana-Mighdall, the Amazons make their final stand against a malevolent manticore! 1021DC174

WORLD OF KRYPTON #1 $3.99 Page 14
Robert Venditti and Michael Avon Oeming
A modern telling of one of the most storied periods in comics! Krypton is a utopia admired across the universe for its achievements in science and culture, but its shining towers and regal people conceal a planet rotting at its core. When a catastrophic event befalls Krypton’s natural world, it points toward a mass extinction in the making. Jor-El, head of Krypton’s revered Science Council, embarks on a mission to save a world that may already have passed the point of no return. Shining new light on the famous characters of Krypton’s past–including Jor-El, General Dru-Zod, and even a young Kara Zor-El–World of Krypton combines action, cosmic wonder, and political intrigue in a story as much about our world as the one on the page. 1021DC039

IDW/ TOP SHELF

CANTO III LIONHEARTED #5 $3.99 Page 113
David M. Booher and Drew Zucker
Canto; his bestial friend, the Malorex; and Aulaura, the warrior, stand between an army on one side and Canto’s oldest enemies on the other. Can Canto change the hearts of his former slavers to come to his aid against the Shrouded Man’s forces? The danger’s never been graver, but Canto will see it through! OCT210371

TMNT ONGOING #124 $3.99 Page 124
Sophie Campbell and Jodie Nishijima
The TMNT and their Mutant Town neighbors celebrate the holidays, but not everyone is enjoying the times-the Turtles feel the absence of Master Splinter, tensions are rising in the neighborhood, and a new threat is emerging. Can the Turtles find their way back to the spirit of the season before disaster strikes? OCT210399

TRANSFORMERS KING GRIMLOCK #5 $4.99 Page 126
Steve Orlando and Agustin Padilla
The epic conclusion to King Grimlock! Grimlock faces off against his greatest opponent yet, the Sun God of Menonia, Soltron! But first, he’ll have to get past Soltron’s newest accolite… his own former student, Arko! It’s the battle for not just the kingdom, but the whole world! OCT210412

TRANSFORMERS SHATTERED GLASS #5 $3.99 Page 127
Danny Lore and Dan Khanna
Shattered Glass isn’t your average Transformers tale. “Shards” is the story of the ongoing battle between the power-hungry Autobot autocrats and the freedom-fighting Decepticon laborers. Join author Danny Lore in exploring this fractured alternate universe just before it shatters. In issue #5, Jetfire’s loyalties are tested when Goldbug asks him to commit the ultimate sacrifice in the name of the Autobots. His decision results in a Cybertron-shattering event and an epic conclusion to “Shards.” OCT210415

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A THING CALLED TRUTH #2 $3.99 Page 74
Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli
Doctor Mag discovers that stepping outside your comfort zone for one night can lead to absurd consequences. Like waking up to find yourself in another country, having been kidnapped by an attractive woman while sleeping off the night before in your car. But is that a bad thing? OCT210182

COMMANDERS IN CRISIS TP VOL 2 $16.99 Page 53
Steve Orlando and Davide Tinto
Our world sits in the final reality. Empathy, unity, decency…every day, we lose something we thought we couldn’t live without. To save us all, the Crisis Command must give up everything they know–from their egos to their idealism–and go on a journey of rediscovery as the clock ticks towards annihilation. Standing in their way is the Extinction Society, an organization convinced that the only reasonable act for civilization is self-destruction. To survive, the Crisis Command has to be something more than superheroes, they have to be something better–and they have to inspire the last earth to do the same, so they can all meet tomorrow, together. Collects issues #7-12. OCT210069 / Volume 1 for $16.99 OCT210070

DEEP BEYOND #11 $3.99 Page 59
Mirka Andolfo, David Goy, and Andrea Broccardo
The penultimate issue! It all began in a mysterious and daring way, and it could only end with the same. The planet is collapsing, but that’s the least of the heroes’ problems now. What fate awaits the human race? And perhaps more importantly–is it the destiny humanity deserves? OCT210127

DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #15 $3.99 Page 59
James Tynion IV and David Romero
Back in 1967, the Department of Truth went out to West Virginia and tried to create a tulpa of its own. Forty-six people died in the aftermath. OCT210129

GOOD ASIAN #8 $3.99 Page 62
Pornsak Pichetshote, Alexandre Tefenkgi, and Lee Loughridge
Chinatown is gripped by terror and violence as Lucy Fan fights the powers that be in search of answers. But what she uncovers might leave her–and her home–forever changed. OCT210137

OLD GUARD TALES THROUGH TIME TP $16.99 Page 56
Greg Rucka and Various
The bestselling, critically acclaimed The Old Guard, now a hit Netflix movie starring Charlize Theron, returns with new stories by writers Greg Rucka, Leandro Fernandez, and an all-star lineup of guest creators, expanding the world of the immortal warriors in shocking ways! Meet the immortals’ families, witness never-before-seen adventures, and discover the first appearance of a major new character! Featuring writers Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction. Vita Ayala, Jason Aaron, David F Walker, Valentine De Landro, Nicola Scott, Michael Avon Oeming, Rafael Albuquerque, Mike Henderson, Matthew Clark, Kano, and more. Collects the 6 part mini. OCT210097

SWEET PAPRIKA #6 $3.99 Page 73
Mirka Andolfo
So along came Paprika’s mom! Dill gets to know Paprika’s mother, albeit in an unconventional way. But, wait a moment…wasn’t theirs just a “professional consulting” agreement? If the situation weren’t already muddled enough, things are quite complex in the office too. OCT210178

MARVEL

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #81 & #82 $3.99 Pages 16 & 17
Saladin Ahmed and Carlos E. Gomez
It’s new Spider-Man vs. newest Spider-Man!!! The Beyond Corporation paid a lot of money for the Spider-Man trademark and does not take kindly to an unlicensed Spider-Man running around Brooklyn. So it’s up to Ben Reilly to take Miles Morales down. OCT210800

DARKHOLD OMEGA #1 $3.99 Page 43
Steve Orlando and Cian Tormey
The fate of all existence lies in the hands of five twisted minds! Five of the world’s greatest heroes – Spider-Man, Black Bolt, Blade, Wasp, and Iron Man – took a chance and read from the cursed Darkhold. They were meant to gain the power to fight back the dread elder god Chthon – but instead they’ve lost their minds and all they once held dear. Was it worth the cost? And who is their bold new ally – a product of Chthon’s dark dimension, or something else entirely? Steve Orlando and Cian Tormey deliver a heart-pounding conclusion to the epic Darkhold event – and introduce a hero who will take the Marvel Universe by storm! OCT210862

DEFENDERS #5 $3.99 Page 34
Al Ewing and Javier Rodriguez
Marvel didn’t provide any solicitation copy for the final issue but Cloud is in the cast. OCT211026

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE BLADE #1 $4.99 Page 44
Danny Lore and Dylan Burnett
A long time ago, Doctor Strange destroyed every vampire in the world with one spell, including Dracula.Now, with Strange dead, Dracula’s Vampire Nation celebrates!
That doesn’t sit too well with Strange’s old friend, and new Vampire Nation sheriff, Blade the Vampire Hunter! But what happens when interlopers from another dimension invade the vamp’s territory and put all the bloodsuckers’ lives at risk? Will Blade do his duty to protect them? Or will he help make sure the vamps stay wiped out this time? OCT210866

DOCTOR APHRA #17 $3.99 Page 77
Alyssa Wong  and Minkyu Jung
Evocations! Doctor Aphra and Sana Starros stumble upon a strange ritual and stranger enemy! Will they fall victin to a practitioner of an ancient cult? OCT210957

ETERNALS #8 $3.99 Page 69
Kieron Gillen and Esda Ribic
Eternals and Deviants have been at war for a million years. Our Eternals have had enough. They want to live in Peace, alongside the Deviants. The Deviants have other ideas. Meanwhile, Thanos is Prime Eternal and to everyone’s surprise, puts into action a series of sensible policies for the good of all. There is a lie in this solicit. You may be able to spot it. OCT210944

EXCALIBUR #26 $3.99 Page 52
Tini Howard and Marcus To
Otherworld falls! Merlyn and King Arthur have taken the Starlight Citadel. Saturnyne still lives–but not for long. Betsy Braddock must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie. It’s all been building to this – the fantasy ends here and reality rushes in. There is no haven for the witchbreed. Can they hold on to their champion, here at the twilight of an age? OCT210897

FANTASTIC FOUR LIFE STORY takes a break this month.

HAWKEYE #2 $3.99 Page 36
Marieke Nijkamp and Enid Balam
Before Kate can fully wrap her head around the fact that her estranged sister Susan has reappeared (what?) and was the one who invited her to Resort Chapiteau in the first place (what??) and that this case is definitely not going to allow much in the way of pool time (ughhh), she gets pulled into something she does know how to handle: a little girl staying at the resort has gone missing. But in spite of the fact that she’s basically an Avenger, the resort staff don’t want her investigating. So now Kate has three mysteries on her hands: where is the girl, what is the resort hiding, and what does this have to do with her family in the first place? OCT210846

IRON MAN #15 $3.99 Page 63
Christopher Cantwell and Ibraim Roberson
Iron Man has become the Iron God! Only trouble is Korvac has once again become cosmic as well. Their conflict now spills out across the universe as both newly nigh-invincible entities vie for absolute dominance. What does it look like when two massive egos with celestial-sized abilities duke it out? What kind of havoc does it cause as they tear through galaxies and dimensions? And how can a handful of tiny humans stop them in hope of saving their old friend Tony Stark? OCT210933

MARAUDERS #27 $3.99 Page 52
Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli
The sun sets on the Marauders. The Marauders’ first tour comes to a close as the shake-ups within the Hellfire Trading Company crystalize. Will any of the inner circle remain standing? And can the crew survive the changes happening around them? OCT210896

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #33 & #34 $3.99 Page 53
Saladin Ahmed and Michele Bandini
Beyond tie in! The events of Amazing Spider Man #81 open up a can of worms and send Miles and Shift on a quest that will have dire effects on both of them. What does this mean for Ben Reilly? Keep reading, True Believers! OCT210899

NEW MUTANTS #24 $3.99 Page 46
Vita Ayala and Rod Reis
The New Mutants regroup in the aftermath of the Shadow King’s attack! What will become of Amahl Farouk? Why is Warpath… crying?! How many snikts can fit into one panel? What happens to the Lost when they find one another? All this and more in a single issue–plus the setup for the next big arc, a story too magical to be believed. OCT210882

NEW MUTANTS TP VOL 2 $17.99 Page 102
Vita Ayala, Alex Lins, and Rod Reis
New Mutants no more?! At the Hellfire Gala, the New Mutants have the chance to take a break from training the youth of Krakoa — an opportunity to get dressed up and get down! But not everyone is on their best behavior — and someone is about to vanish without a trace. In the heart of the Wild Hunt, schemers are dreaming, deceptions are coming to light and the dead are walking. As the New Mutants gear up for their biggest battle yet — and start to turn on each other in the process — mayhem is in the making on the moon! Something is creeping in the long lunar shadows of the Summer House, and our young heroes will soon come face-to-face with it. When Amahl Farouk executes his master plan, will it be the end of the New Mutants? Collecting New Mutants (2019) #19-24. OCT211002

REIGN OF X TP VOL 8 $17.99 Page 100
Gerry Duggan, Vita Ayala, Tini Howard, Jonathan Hickman, Zeb Wells, Phil Noto, Paco Medina, Marcus To, Francesco Mobili, and Stephen Segovia
Threats multiply in the Reign of X! As Cable and his allies get closer to the secret of the missing mutant baby, a fateful reckoning draws ever closer! The origin of the Children of the Atom is revealed — but who really are these junior X-Men behind their masks? Meanwhile, an invisible threat is loose on the island of Krakoa — unseen, unheard, undetectable by any…except Excalibur. Elsewhere, one of the deadliest enemies in the history — and future — of the X-Men comes online. And when Mister Sinister goes missing, can the Hellions unravel the mystery? Collecting Cable (2020) #10, Children of the Atom #3, Excalibur (2019) #20, X-Men (2019) #20 and Hellions #9-10. OCT210999

SWORD #11 $3.99 Page 46
Al Ewing and Jacopo Camagni
The final frontier? Sword Station One is crashing to Earth. The Lethal Legion is poised to destroy the diplomatic zone. Abigail Brand is ready to make her move. But how far ahead did she plan? How many losses will she accept? And how many bodies will she leave in her wake? OCT210876

SWORD VOL 2 $15.99 Page 103
Al Ewing, Stefano Caselli, Guiu Vilanova, and Jacopo Camagni
The morning after the Hellfire Gala! The party is over, but not all the guests have gone home. Victor Von Doom is staying for dinner. And he’s begun chatting with a very old friend in a very new setting. Chatting about thrones, empires, magic, Mysterium…and the cosmic chaos of the Last Annihilation! Meanwhile, now that the X-Men have gone interplanetary and the central seat of Arakko has been claimed, everyone knows who speaks for Sol. Storm rules! But when you have to prove to your people who you are, every single day without fail, what eventually becomes of who you once were? As the Lethal Legion attacks Mars, explosive problems arise on the Peak — and a mole inside S.W.O.R.D. is revealed! Meanwhile, Wiz Kid and Cable find themselves face-to-face with the one foe they never expected! Collecting S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #7-11.OCT211003

VENOM #3 $3.99 Page 33
Ram V. and Bryan Hitch
As everything Dylan Brock has come to know and love unravels around him, he is beginning to realize a terrible truth: The VENOM SYMBIOTE is not a harmless pet, no matter how much it pretends to be one. It’s an alien. A dangerous, violent, often bloodthirsty alien. Whatever bond it had with Dylan’s father, Eddie Brock, special as it may have been…is gone. And Dylan might be soon too. OCT210840

WINTER GUARD TP OPERATION SNOWBLIND $17.99 Page 100
Devin Grayson, Ryan Cady, Michele Bandini, and Jan Bazaldua
Winter comes for Yelena Belova and the Red Guardian! When Alexei Shostakov starts hunting down state secrets, he finds himself square in his home country’s crosshairs — dragging Yelena along with him. The motherland has new heroes now, and not even the Red Room could have prepared Alexei and Yelena for this terrible retribution. It’s a race across Russia as the Winter Guard rush to Red Guardian’s hometown in hopes of discovering the secrets of Operation Snowblind. But with the Crimson Dynamo in critical condition, can the Guard keep it together to uncover the truth before time runs out? Bold twists and bombastic action abound as Russia’s mightiest protectors dig deep into their nation’s dirtiest secrets! Collecting Widowmakers: Red Guadian And Yelena Belova and Winter Guard #1-4. OCT210998

X-FORCE #26 $3.99 Page 48
Ben Percy and Robert Gill
Eruption! Domino, Kid Omega, and Wolverinr head back into the thresher to recover the precious cargo stolen from Krakoa! If the team can survive the volcanic eruption and stormy seas, there’s still the organization behind the plot–the reveal of which will have major ramifications on the next issues of X-Force!And the debut of the next wave of Mutant technology! Move over, Blackbird jet! OCT210880

X-MEN #6 $3.99 Page 49
Gerry Duggan and Javier Pina
Whatever happened to Captain Krakoa? There’s a new hero on the X-Men. Who is he? Why is here? And why does Cyclops not want him on the team? OCT210884

X-MEN TRIAL OF MAGNETO #5 $4.99 Page 47
Leah Williams and Lucas Werneck
Justice is served. The mystery surrounding Magneto and Scarlet Witch is resolved. The guilty will be judged, the innocent absolved, the victims avenged… and all shall endure their own trials. OCT210877

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