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LGBTQA Previews For July 2021 Part 1

Wrasslin’ is gay, all y’all! But you knew that, right? Sweaty men in trunks touching and grabbing at each other! Theatrics! Way, way back in the day when I was a preteen my family watched wrestling every Saturday and the mixed messaging was confusing as hell. So I was happily surprised to find out about the WWE tag team champions The New Day (Kofi, Xavier, and Big E) and the upcoming BOOM comic from writers Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker and artist Daniel Bayliss! This month’s cover image is a cropped version of Bayliss’ cover art.

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

People’s names listed in bold are either LGBTQA or supportive. Credit where credit is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and wrote many such lists and to Mike McDermott for 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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ABLAZE

EROS PSYCHE #5 $3.99 Page 225
Maria Llovet
Only Sara and Silje remain at The Rose now. But when the time comes to choose the Key student of the year, Sara will finally discover that not everything she has lived during this idyllic year has been what she’s thought. From the artist of the bestselling Faithless series… Acclaimed creator Maria Llovet (Faithless, Heartbeat, Loud) brings you a surreal, bewitching tale of love, magic, and tragedy in Eros/Psyche. MAY211055

ABSTRACT STUDIOS

SERIAL VOL 1 $15.99 Page 230
Terry Moore
Zoe, the precocious serial killer from Rachel Rising, returns in her own series! Because of her past affiliation with a demon, Zoe is a mature woman trapped in a child’s body. When an old friend falls victim to a new serial killer Zoe vows to hunt down the predator and exact her own lethal revenge. The Glass Tomb collects the first five issues of Terry Moore’s hot new series. MAY211082

ACTION LAB

PRINCELESS VOL 1 $11.99 Page 231
Jeremy Whitley and M Goodwin
Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands! [This is a new printing/] MAY211091 (OFFERED AGAIN)

AFTERSHOCK

BUNNY MASK #2 $4.99 Page 238
Paul Tobin and Andrea Mutti
Life explodes around Tyler Severin as depictions of Bunny Mask begin eerily appearing in his life – even as the strange and deadly creature herself walks the earth once more. Meanwhile, as Tyler’s relationship with Bee accelerates, he begins hearing the voice of the Snitch whispering everyone’s darkest secrets, forcing Tyler to question if Leo Foster, Bee’s crazy father, was truly crazy after all…or simply the tormented holder of secrets no man should ever know. Each issue features 24 pages of story and art with a cardstock cover! MAY211106

CLANS OF BELARI $4.99 Page 236
Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, and Daniel Maine
Primary laws of the Belari System: 1.) No person or Clan may exit the system. 2.) No person or Clan may do the Designated Work of another Clan. 3.) Clans may not merge. 4.) Any person that breaks a Primary Law shall be made Outcast. On the far side of the galaxy, an isolated branch of humanity is trapped in a feudal dystopia. Oder is maintained by a system of oppression, until an orphaned girl and her incorrigible adoptive father sow the seeds of a revolution and unite the clans against a fearsome alien threat. From Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie and artist Daniel Maine comes this vast and enthralling sci-fi adventure. MAY211104

PROJECT PATRON #4 $4.99 Page 242
Steve Orlando and Patrick Piazzalunga
The team will have to do what the real Patron couldn’t: Live through a fight with extinction-bringer Woe. Unstoppable force. Immovable object. Round two! MAY211112

AHOY COMICS

SECOND COMING ONLY BEGOTTEN SON #3 $3.99 Page 248
Mark Russell, Richard Pace, and Leonard Kirk
The CEO of a religious-themed business tries to pull Jesus into his operation; an ancient church relic incites greed through the ages; Sunstar fears for his unborn son. Also featuring illustrated bonus stories in the Ahoy tradition. Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXX #12 (DEC201144) MAY211124

BLACK MASK

ALICE IN LEATHERLAND #4 $3.99 Page 277
Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli
With all the different and unpredictable kinds of people in the world, finding someone who makes our hearts beat faster should be easy, but to Alice it seems extremely complicated! And if falling in love with someone else is difficult, falling in love with herself is even more so. MAY211298

DESTINY NY #5 $3.99 Page 277
Pat Shand and Manuel Preitano
Here’s a one-shot jamming with guest creators before the next arc.
What brought Lilith to New York City? Is there any truth to prophecy boy Joe Rollins’ wild stories? With her identity itself in question,what will Gia do now that she doesn’t have a solid destiny to rely on? Can Logan leave behind old hurt to begin a new journey? This special issue includes four short stories focusing on the characters of Destiny, NY at crucial points in their journey. MAY211299

EVERFROST #2 $3.99 Page 276
Ryan Lindsay and Sami Kivela
Van and Eight have stepped back into the bustle of the Precinct to discover her son is still alive, there’s an epic war between the Bloom and the Warlords bubbling over, and time has become a little fluid since she went out to live on the ice. She needs a whole mess of answers, so she goes to the one person she thinks might be able to help…her mother. Join us for a tale of echoes through time we could only call ‘Bootleg Fidelity’ as two key characters meet untimely deaths! Ryan K Lindsay, award-winning writer of Eternal and Negative Space, teams again with Sami Kivela, the artistic juggernaut behind Abbott and Uundone By Blood, alongside Lauren Affe, the colourist of The Witcher, Stranger Things, and Five Ghosts, as they drop an absolute bomb of sci fi insanity and heartbreaking emotion in the grandest Black Mask tradition. MAY211297

BOOM

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #27 $3.99 Page 213
Jeremy Lambert and Carmelo Zagaria
The Slayers – Buffy, Kendra, and Faith – continue to struggle with their new understanding of reality, even as Willow peers deeper into the rabbit hole to see where it ends. Meanwhile, Anya and a new fan-favorite arrival to Sunnydale vie for control of the Watcher’s Council! MAY210986

FIREFLY #31 $3.99 Page 212
Greg Pak and Simona Di Gianfelice
On The-Earth-That-Was there’s no time for a reunion as Captain Mal and Captain Kaylee are pulled into a conflict neither of them wanted.
Lucky for them, River has everything under control. That’s good… isn’t it? MAY210977

MAMO #1 $3.50 $4.99 Page 196
Sas Milledge
Boom! Studios is proud to showcase the incredible artistic vision of Sas Milledge! Can Orla O’Reilly embrace her destiny in order to bridge the divide between humanity and the faerie world? Orla, the youngest in a long line of hedge witches, finds herself pulled back to her hometown after the death of her grandmother – Mamo. Without Mamo managing magical relationships between the townsfolk and the fae, the seas are impossible to fish, the crops have soured… and Jo Manalo’s attic has been taken over by a poltergeist! Now, Orla and Jo will both be pulled into worlds they never wanted to be part of. Can the two girls work together to save the town? Sas Milledge (The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel) debuts her first original series perfect for fans of The Last Witch and Sabrina The Teenage Witch that answers the question of how we all reconcile our responsibilities with our dreams for our own future. MAY210939

MANY DEATHS OF LAILA STARR # $3.99 Page 216
Ram V and Filipe Andrade
The mortal incarnation of Death, Laila Starr, must confront the cruel nature of her role in the universe when she once again encounters the future creator of immortality who is drawing ever closer to his destiny. Laila finds it increasingly difficult to divert the man from his path, who this time recognizes her and what she is, as he is now driven by grief from a terrible tragedy. MAY211002

PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD #5 $3.99 Page 217
Alex Child, Grant Morrison, and Naomi Franquiz
Will the girls be able to reform their shattered friendship with the fate of their entire town at stake?
They’ll need to band together in order to stop the ultimate evil behind the haunting of Proctor Valley Road… especially if they still want to make it to the Janis Joplin concert. MAY211007

SAVE YOURSELF #2 $4.99 Page 220
Bones Leopard, Kelly Matthews, and Nichole Matthews
Just as Gigi’s entire world is turned upside down, she is transported to the headquarters of the Cosmic Federation with her brother-in-law Shawn and the alien they just met, Mia. As Gigi and Shawn’s understanding of the universe expands at warp speed and they are pulled into a new world of galaxy alliances and secret agents, they make a shocking and devastating realization. The more pressing matter at hand however is safeguarding them from the Lovely Trio now that they know the shocking truth! MAY211022

SEVEN SECRETS #10 $3.99 Page 218
and Daniele Di Nicuolo
Will Amon be able to capitalize on the Order’s fragility to destroy it once and for all? Still reeling from their losses, the Keepers must come together for a momentous decision – one that will leave Casper at a difficult crossroads. If Amon and the Seekers strike in this moment, they may be able to capture all the remaining secrets, and with it wipe out the Order. MAY211011

SOMETHING IS KILLING CHILDREN #18 $3.99 Page 217
James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
What secrets lie at the heart of the House of Slaughter?
Erica, and her rival Aaron, will soon learn as they are pulled deeper and deeper into the Order of St. George but the truth may destroy them. MAY211005

WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEY’RE DEAD #8 $3.99 Page 218
Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo
Tensions come to a head between the Harvesters and the Worshippers at Malik’s Flight as Marlyn Chen’s true plan is revealed. Meanwhile, Jason will find himself embroiled in a conspiracy and heist that makes Captain Malik’s original quest pale in comparison. MAY211016

WWE NEW DAY POWER OF POSITIVITY #1 $7.99 Page 204
Evan Narcisse, Austin Walker, and Daniel Bayliss
Who are The New Day? Kofi. Xavier. Big E. Six-time. W.W.E. Tag. Team. Champions! The. Longest. Reign. In. W.W.E. History! You know the matches. You know the catchphrases. You think you know The New Day… but now discover the origins and struggles of these three WWE Superstars before that fateful day when they realized that they’re stronger together than apart and seize their place in WWE history. Writers Evan Narcisse and Austin Walker (tag) team up with artist Daniel Bayliss to reveal the untold story behind one of the greatest tag teams of all time! MAY210948

WYND #8 $4.99 Page 219
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
The tables have turned! Will Wynd’s friends be able to rescue him from the Faeries? Wynd is captured and taken to the Faeries’ hidden capital deep in the Weird Woods. Now his friends must rescue him before he’s put on trial… for murder! MAY211018

DENPA

VAMPEERZ VOL 1 MY PEER VAMPIRES $12.95 Page 411
Akili
Ichika’s life has taken a sudden turn. Her grandmother has passed away, so as family and friends come from far and wide to pay their respects, she finds herself in the spotlight as many of these old faces have taken an interest in her youth. As a fourteen-year-old Ichika could be dating. She could be participating in extra-curricular activities. She could be looking to her future. But she hasn’t done any of that. All of that will change, when a young guest who she does not recognize visits her home. Aria seems to know quite a bit about her family and property, and while she may be there to say goodbye, she may have found her way into Ichika’s heart. MAY211940

DIGITAL MANGA

TEACH ME TUTOR GN $16.95 Page 389
Sakira
Minami’s tutor Uta seems like a perfect guy with no flaws whatsoever. But once he is in charge of helping Minami with his studies, there are subjects in the study guide Minami isn’t ready to take in! MAY211851 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

MOOMIN AND THE BRIGANDS $9.95 Page 291
Tove Jansson
Moomin’s pushy relations have come to stay, and in the process of getting them out, he unwittingly embarks on a quest for fame and fortune with his sly friend Sniff. But it’s much harder to get rich than either of them expects, whether it’s through selling rare creatures to the zoo, using a fortune-teller to find treasures, or making modern art. Through a stroke of luck, however, Moomin meets the love of his life, Snorkmaiden, and with her help he finds the self-confidence he needs to get his house back. The iconic first Moomin comic strip by Tove Jansson, Moomin and the Brigands is a thrilling introduction to the vibrant inhabitants of Moominvalley we’ve come to know and love. MAY211385 (OFFERED AGAIN)

HEAVY METAL

MODERN FRANKENSTEIN #4 $3.99 Page 307
Paul Cornell and Emma Vieceli
The events of last issue come home to roost as Elizabeth and James struggle to control the fallout. Will an angry mob bring down everything they’ve worked for?
A twisted horror/romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear. MAY211495

KODANSHA

BOYS RUN THE RIOT VOL 2 $12.99 Page 414
Keito Gaku
High schooler Ryuu knows he’s transgender. But he doesn’t have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He can’t tell his best friend, who he’s secretly got a crush on, and he can’t tell his mom, who’s constantly asking why Ryuu is always “dressing like a boy.” He certainly can’t tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully. The only time Ryuu feels at ease is when he’s wearing his favorite clothes. Then, and only then, the world melts away, and he can be his true self. One day, while out shopping, Ryuu sees an unexpected sight: Jin. The kid who looked so tough in class is shopping for the same clothes that Ryuu loves. MAY211962

MAD CAVE STUDIOS

BECSTAR #3 $3.99 Page 320
Joe Corallo and Lorenzo Colangeli
Becstar and the crew of the Restal-08 make their way to the planet Derarfin to locate an asteroid navigation tool in order to reach Anyssa and the creation gauntlet. But Ozgar and the Shadow Syndicate are hot on their trail. As usual, nothing is easy for Becstar and she has to rely on her lucky dagger to hopefully escape. MAY211562

ONI PRESS

MOONCAKES COLLECTED HC $24.99 Page 337
Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft. Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any townhome. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery. MAY211598

SEVEN SEAS

DOUGHNUTS UNDER CRESCENT MOON VOL 2 $13.99 Page 417
Shio Usui
Uno Hinako throws herself into makeup, fashion, and falling in love, hoping that will make her seem “normal” to the other people at her job. But no matter how hard she tries, she’s a self-doubting mess inside, and her attempts at “normal” romance with men just keep failing. When she starts to think she might be alone forever, a new normal presents itself — in the form of her relationship with Asahi Sato, a level-headed woman who works at her company, which starts as respect until it becomes far more intimate. MAY211986

SEASIDE STRANGER UMIBE NO ETRANGERE $13.99 Page 420
Kanna Kii
A love story between an openly gay novelist and a young man coping with grief that was recently turned into an anime film! Shun has been living in Okinawa with his grandmother ever since a disastrous coming out to his parents. One day he meets Mio, a high school student who recently lost his parents and who now spends his days sitting by the sea. The two of them are just starting to bond when Mio reveals that he’s heading for the mainland. Three years later, an adult Mio returns to Okinawa… and he’s come to find Shun and reveal what’s in his heart. MAY212006

SUBLIME

BAD BOYS HAPPY HOME VOL 1 $12.99 Page 391
Shoowa and Hiromasa Okujima
Akamatsu has problems at home, while Seven doesn’t even have a home. When these two strangers meet, fighting soothes their troubled souls, opening up room for something more.
For mature audiences. MAY211855

TITAN

DOCTOR WHO MISSY #4 $3.99 Page 363
Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata
Missy’s up to her old tricks, but this time she’s not alone! How will the Doctor survive this latest maniacal plot in this special story celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Master? MAY211760

LIFE IS STRANGE COMING HOME #1 $5.99 Page 359
Emma Vieceli, Andrea Izzo, and Claudia Leonardi
New arc featuring backup strips with the first comic appearance of Alex Chen – lead character from the new game – Life Is Strange: True Colors! Max’s attempt to return home enters a thrilling new phase! A shocking discovery offers unexpected hope, and the epic cross-country trip with Chloe and Rachel reveals a new ally. Life is Strange Remastered Edition of original game series is also set to be released Fall 2021! MAY211740

TOKYO POP

GLASS SYNDROME $12.99 Page 424
Eiko Ariki
Nijou is the perfect student. He’s class president, great at sports, and beloved by all his classmates, especially the girls. But he hides his true feelings; deep down he’s terrified of letting everyone down. As the most responsible and respected member of the class, he’s asked by their teacher to check in on Toomi, a student who hasn’t been to school in a while. Toomi sees straight through Nijou’s insecurities, but he has a secret of his own; in order to pay off his father’s gambling debts, he performs in drag on an adult cam site as “Haruka.” When Nijou accidentally discovers the truth, he struggles with whether he should tell Toomi, or continue to feign ignorance. But at the same time he finds himself developing feelings for Haruka or is it really Toomi he’s falling in love with? MAY212026

 

VAULT

BARBARIC #2 $3.99 Page 376
Michael Moreci and Nathan Gooden
More blood! More mayhem! More monsters! Will Owen storm the abbey with Soren the witch? Will axe get drunk on blood? Yes! And you’re going to love it. MAY211795

BLUE FLAME #3 $3.99 Page 376
Christopher Cantwell and Adam Gorham
It’s been seven months since the incident, and Sam Brausam is alive… if you can call it that. He’s barely learned to walk again, his spirit seems broken beyond repair, and the booze and pain pills aren’t doing his recovery any favors. His sister Dee–now eight months pregnant–and her boyfriend Mateo have moved into the old family home in order to help care for him. Meanwhile, the Blue Flame continues to build his case to defend humanity from extinction. But seven months into the discovery phase of the trial, the Tribunal Consensus is growing impatient. MAY211797

HOLLOW HEART #6 $3.99 Page 377
Paul Allor and Paul Tucker
El finds himself back where he started. But he’s changed too much to simply accept this. After discovering what a beautiful thing life can be, EL will not let himself slide back to the Hell his life once was. Mateo offers him a way out, but it comes with an extraordinary cost. And so, EL must at last decide just how much he’s willing to pay for his escape. MAY211799

LAST BOOK YOULL EVER READ #1 $3.99 Page 374
Cullen Bunn and Leila Leiz
Civilization is a lie. Hidden deep in our genes is the truth. And it is slowly clawing its way to the surface. Olivia Kade knows the truth, and she has become the prophet of the coming collapse. Her book, Satyr, is an international bestseller, and it is being blamed for acts of senseless violence and bloodshed all over the world. Olivia’s own life is in danger from those who have read her work. Determined to conduct a book tour, she hires security professional Connor Wilson to act as her bodyguard. She only has one requirement: he cannot read her work. MAY211791

VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE #10 $3.99 Page 378
Tim Seeley, Tini Howard, Blake Howard, Dev Pramanik, and Nathan Gooden
In the final issue of Vampire: The Masquerade’s second arc, it’s childe versus sire, as Cecily Bain is forced to make the ultimate choice to maintain the Masquerade. For forces are building beyond the borders of the Twin Cities–forces with not just fangs, but claws–waiting for their moment to strike at the heart of the Kindred. MAY211805

WASTED SPACE #22 $3.99 Page 379
Michael Moreci and Hayden Sherman
As the galactic war intensifies, Legion returns to the scene. But is he a boon to our heroes, or a harbinger of doom? MAY211806

YEN PRESS

SASAKI & MIYANO VOL 3 $13.00 Page 404 https://amzn.to/2QpAY1t
Syou Harusono
One year. Only one year left until Sasaki graduates from high school. Miyano’s declared time and time again that he and Sasaki don’t have that kind of BL relationship…but is that really true? Meanwhile, Sasaki’s just about reached his limit, but…if he confesses now, how will his cute junior respond? MAY211893

 

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