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LGBTQA Previews For July 2022 Part 1

July will see a number of interesting comics, graphic novels, manga, and books! Paul Gravett’s book on Finnish cartoonist Tove Jansson’s personal life and work on her much beloved Moomins stories promises to be insightful and beautiful. If you missed the Kevin Keller omnibus crowdfunder you can snag a copy at your comic shop with a preorder! Fans of Lumberjanes should check out Hollow, an OGN by Shannon Waters, Branden Boyer-White, and Berenice Nelle! Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham give the webcomic Blackwater the graphic novel treatment! Intertwined is about “a mysterious league of protectors operating in the shadows” that also relates an LGBTQ love story! The Bad Boys art book delivers on the theme with 130 illustrations created by 19 artists! And much more!

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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A WAVE BLUE WORLD

AVEREE GN $16.99 Page 262
Stephanie Phillips, Dave Johnson, Marika Cresta,and Andrew Dalhouse
In Averee’s world, the usual trials of making your way into adulthood come with the added stress of Ranked, a ubiquitous and all-knowing tech innovation that awards you points for socially acceptable behavior and takes them away when you don’t conform. It seems fun enough at first, but it becomes much more than a game when Averee’s rank suddenly drops overnight. Now she’s getting hassled at school, blocked from her favorite restaurants, and her mom is out of a job. Luckily, her bottom-ranked BFF Zoe is a perfect accomplice for what’s about to be the heist of the century: a raid on the app’s corporate HQ to set things right and its spokesperson, the virtual popstar Pretty Kitty! MAY221228 (OFFERED AGAIN)

ABLAZE

THE VOICES OF WATER HC $16.99 Page 222
Tiziano Sclavi and Werther Dell’Edera
Under a persistent rain, which seems destined to never subside, Stavros lives and moves through the streets of a dark and gloomy nameless city. He has a job and a fiancee; his life is normal. Yet several, different voices talk to him – sometimes whispering, sometimes whining or yelling – whenever he hears the water running. One day, as Stavros wanders the city under a heavy rain, voices become insistent, revealing his deepest, unspeakable secrets, as well as his dreams and memories. He is tormented by these mysterious voices, perhaps a sign of his madness. Or perhaps of a wider, collective madness, which infects everyone around him, to the point of being transmitted to the entire universe.
A dramatic graphic novel full of black humor, spectacular and disturbing, written with visionary power and extraordinary narrative impetus by an absolute master of comics, Tiziano Sclavi, the creator of Dylan Dog. And illustrated by one of the most important Italian comics artists of the last decade, Werther Dell’Edera, co-creator of the bestselling Something Is Killing The Children. MAY221079

ABRAMS COMICARTS – MEGASCOPE

AFTER THE RAIN GN $16.99 Pag 228
Nnedi Okorafor, David Brame, and John Jennings
After the Rain is an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s short story, “On the Road.” The adaptation, written by John Jennings and illustrated by David Brame, begins in Nigeria during a powerful and unexpected storm. While visiting her grandmother, a young Nigerian-American woman named Chioma answers a knock at the door and is horrified by what she sees–a young boy with a severe head wound is standing on the doorstep. When he touches Chioma, his hand burns like fire and just as suddenly as he arrived, he disappears. Her grandmother comes down to see what is wrong and chastises Chioma for opening the door for a stranger. Outside there are only footprints in the mud which vanish in the same manner as their owner.Chioma knows that something is wrong, and that the boy has “marked” her in some way. Haunted and hunted, Chioma must embrace her heritage in order to survive. MAY221092

AFTERSHOCK

A CALCULATED MAN #2 $4.99 Page 236
Paul Tobin and Alberto Alburquerque
It’s all very nice that math genius Jack Beans is following through on his “kill them all” solution to the “a crime family is trying to kill me” equation, but everyone makes mistakes, and Jack knows that mistakes always…ALWAYS…catch up to you. One fingerprint left behind, and now it’s not just the Pinafore Crime Family on his trail, but an entire city’s police force as well! The big odds keep getting bigger!
Each issue of A CALCULATED MAN features 24 pages of story and art with a cardstock cover!
32pgs, FC SRP: $4.99, MAY221111

BROTHER OF ALL MEN #1 $4.99 Page 230
Zac Thompson and Eoin Marron
It is 1928. Veteran of the Great War and part-time private eye Guy Horn travels to a remote community in Western Canada to retrieve his estranged brother from the clutches of a dangerous cult. As Guy struggles to gain control of his own personal demons, he’s tantalized by the cause and its charismatic leader, Brother XII. A tightly plotted horror-mystery based on a true story wherein writer Zac Thompson joins forces with artist Eoin Marron for a new miniseries that blends the unexpected twists of hard-boiled detective noir with the uncanny traditions of folk-horror. MAY221103

BUNNY MASK HOLLOW INSIDE #3 $4.99 Page 237
Paul Tobin and Andrea Mutti
Bee Foster and Bunny Mask, together at last! But even as they meet, the Hollow is on the hunt, and with Bee staggered by a loss of identity, there’s no-one more hollow, more worthy to hunt, than Bee herself! Even Bunny Mask will be challenged when this new sickness comes calling! MAY221112

BYLINES IN BLOOD TP $17.99 Page 241
Erica Schultz, Van Jensen, and Aneke
The near future. Politicians invent their own facts, and independent newspapers no longer exist. The very concept of truth has died. In this world, private detectives serve as ronin, searching out the hard truths that people are desperate to keep hidden. The best of these PIs is Satya, a former journalist turned gumshoe who runs every lead to ground. But Satya has just received her hardest case yet: her former editor has been murdered. Someone wanted him silenced, and the trail points toward the highest bastions of power. To find justice for her friend, she’ll have to put everything – and everyone – she knows at risk. A prophetic neo-noir thriller with unexpected twists at every turn, Bylines In Blood is co-created by Ringo Award-nominated writer Erica Schultz and comic writer and former newspaper crime reporter Van Jensen, aided and abetted by Spanish art sensation Aneke. This volume on sale in August collects the entire series, issues #1-4. MAY221119

COLD WAR TP VOL 1 $14.99 Page 243
Christopher Sebela and Hayden Sherman
Panacea Cryonics promised a life after death, by freezing the heads of their clients and reviving them in the near future, when technology would guarantee them a life free of disease and trouble. However, as clients are finally revived, they learn this corporate pitch was too good to be true-instead of stepping into a life of their dreams, they awaken into a never-ending nightmare. The world is at war-and this recently revived group of every day people are handed a gun, body armor and an ultimatum. They must fight in this war, against unknown opponents and horrors, in order to secure their place in a brave new world that doesn’t want them around. And as these normal people survive wave after wave of technologically advanced horrors, they soon realize the answers to their questions are no comfort, and the future that they wanted might never be in sight. MAY221125 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DESCENDENT TP VOL 1 $16.99 Page 242
Stephanie Phillips and Evgeny Bornyakov
Conspiracy theories, government corruption, and a really good mixtape of Prince drives David Corey to help solve the mysterious disappearance of a famous politician’s son. When David realizes that the truth is much more dangerous than a kidnapping, he must battle ancient secrets that have endangered the lives of children for centuries. This conspiracy-fueled adventure story looks at the darker side of American history through the eyes of an unlikely team of heroes. If they fail, the American government and its people may not survive. MAY221121 (OFFERED AGAIN)

OCEAN WILL TAKE US #4 $4.99 Page 239
Rich Douek and Carlos Olivares
Elizabeth has gone missing, and the gang will stop at nothing to find her – even if it means facing down the swim team on their own. But, as they uncover the sinister motives driving the cult’s activities, they learn that they, and the entire town, are in deeper danger than they ever imagined. MAY221116

ARCHIE

BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER SUMMER #1 $2.99 Page 256
Jamie L Rotante, Dan Parent, and Bob Smith
A brand new story kicks off this collection of fun-in-the-sun stories about pool parties, beach bashes and more, all hosted by Betty & Veronica! In “What’s the Word?” Veronica’s planning on throwing the biggest pool party ever. She’s been working on it for months, and now the big day is almost here! …But no one seems to be that interested. Everyone’s too consumed with beating each other’s streak on a brand-new app called “Wordeel” Can Veronica get everyone into the spirit so her pool party can actually make a splash? MAY221191

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #305 $8.99 Page 256
Dan Parent, Ian Flynn, and Bill Galvan
Three brand new stories! You read that right, this jumbo comics digest is jam-packed with not two, but three brand new stories! First, in “Endless Summer,” Betty & Veronica are excited that Brigitte is back in town, and she’s getting ready to put on a summer concert at Riverdale Beach. The only trouble is, she develops a leg injury and can’t perform. So she calls on her friend (and huge superstar!) Coco Perry to take her place! Then, in “The Doctor is In Vogue,” Betty and Veronica are engaging in their favorite pasttime on the beach-watching their new favorite online celebrity, Dr. Masters, livestream his international adventures on his travel vlog! Things get a lot more exciting when they learn that Dr. Masters newest excursion is in… Riverdale, USA! Finally, in “The Case of the Purple Frog,” when Hawaii is overrun by the villainous Bullfrog, international detective Jake Chang is on the case! With some surprise help from Betty and Veronica, the three must hop to the rescue to stop potential disaster!
MAY221193

KEVIN KELLER CELEBRATION OMNIBUS HC $49.99 Page 255
Dan Parent and Various
Kevin Keller fans, this is the collection for you! Originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter, this omnibus generated enormous success from fans in celebration of the iconic character’s 10th anniversary. This huge omnibus features over 700 pages collecting not only the entire GLAAD Award-winning Kevin Keller series run but also every classic-style Kevin story, plus bonus pin-ups, other highlights and extras-including an all-new 10-page story-featuring Kevin! MAY221190

WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #17 $8.99 Page 256
Tee Franklin, David Gallaher, Dan Parent & Various
Two brand new stories! First, in “Best Friends Day,” it’s Riverdale Best Friends Day and a local radio station is throwing a town-wide scavenger hunt and giving away a $100 gift certificate to Pop’s for the first 10 winners. Betty & Veronica decide this is the perfect thing to do on Riverdale Best Friends Day! Join them on their adventures all over Riverdale in their quest to win-and have a fun BFF day in the process! Then, in “Mystery of the Missing Mermaid,” on the shores of Hawaii, international detective Jake Chang teams up with Betty and Veronica to solve the mystery of the missing mermaid! MAY221195

AWA STUDIOS

HIT ME #5 $3.99 Page 273
Christa Faust, Priscilla Petraites, and Marco Lesko
A high-octane crime thriller from Christa Faust and Priscilla Petraites. Lulu has a very unique profession. 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. Lulu reaches the end of the line, cornered by every faction that has been in pursuit of the diamonds, in the thrilling conclusion of the series. MAY221250

THE JONESES #4 $3.99 Page 272
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? MAY221248

NEW THINK #2 $3.99 Page 271
Gregg Hurwitz and Mike Deodato
This Black Mirror-style anthology examines the rapid proliferation of technology, the cultural and political polarization of the country, and the technocrats that have driven us to such extremes of thought that we need to present the present as something…futuristic. Each of the five issues is a stand-alone tale with its own art team. In this issue, a medieval king comes up with a novel punishment for a storyteller whose tales hit a little too close to home: a house made of glass so that every aspect of her life is put into public view. MAY221245

BOOM

ALICE EVER AFTER #4 $3.99 Page 119
Dan Panosian and Giorgio Spalletta
Alice, at the mercy of her father and Dr. Madsen, faces a terrifying danger, as well as a ghoulish truth that is finally revealed. The secrets she carries would be too much for her family’s reputation, and Dr. Madsen could do the unthinkable to silence her forever. Will someone who’s helped Alice in the past once again come to her aid? Or will her mind be lost forever? MAY220396

ALL NEW FIREFLY #6 $4.99 Page 114
David M. Booher and Jordi Perez
The crew returns, but with only pure devastation to greet them, along with their own internal conflicts and distrust to deal with, especially as Jayne’s character is obscured by a relationship to someone special. With only half the crew on the hunt for a potential target, Serenity ends up in dire straits, to the mortal peril of everyone on board. MAY220366

ANGEL #7 $4.99 Page 115
Christopher Cantwell and Daniel Bayliss
As the series races towards its finale, Angel also contends with the sinister doppelganger on his heels in LA. Meanwhile, a familiar werewolf runs amok in the city, and Spike can’t quite fill Angel’s shoes. In the midst of it all, what will this chaos mean for Wesley and Fred? MAY220376

ANGEL (2022) TP VOL 1 $16.99 Page 115
Christopher Cantwell and Daniel Bayliss
Angel reaches celebrity status with his own show, but his monster hunting doesn’t just happen on TV! Balancing stardom with actual vampire status isn’t easy though, and when he crosses paths with a mysterious figure from Sunnydale, Angel uncovers the greatest threat he’s ever faced! Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Cantwell and Russ Manning Award nominated artist Daniel Bayliss bring fan-favorite characters into a brand new corner of the Buffyverse! Collects Angel #1-4. MAY220375

BUCKHEAD TP $14.99 Page 121
Shobo and George Kambadais
Nigerian immigrants Toba and his renowned scientist mother have moved to a sleepy Pacific Northwest town called Buckhead. Hidden away in the basement of the school, Toba and his new friends at school discover a strange video game, resulting in mysterious and dangerous events unfolding. As they pursue a vast conspiracy with connections to another world in the fight to save their parents, they soon uncover the ancient terror that’s behind it all. Will they be able to work together before it’s too late? An astonishing Afrofuturist series from Shobo and George Kambadais that blends the immigrant experience, Yoruba myth, and weird science in Small Town USA! Collects Buckhead #1-5. MAY220405

FAITHLESS III #6 $3.99 Page 119
Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet
Three years in the making, the finale of Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet’s unprecedented erotic thriller trilogy arrives! What fate will await Faith and a familiar friend, as everything comes to a head? MAY220399

GRIM #3 $3.99 Page 108
Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano
Jess’s excursion to the world of the living yields grave consequences when her boss imposes some intense penalties. However, it will take more than that to keep Jess from breaking the rules, especially with the mystery of why she alone can travel between worlds motivating her. MAY220332

HOLLOW OGN $24.99 (HC) / $19.99 (SC) Page 98
Shannon Watters, Branden Boyer-White, and Berenice Nelle
Isabel “Izzy” Crane and her family just moved to the infamous Sleepy Hollow, but as a slick skeptic from the city, she’s too busy adjusting to the change of scenery for ghost stories–they’re not real, after all. Then she meets Vicky Van Tassel (yes, that Van Tassel) and the loveable prankster Croc Byun. Vicky’s weariness with the legend turns to terror when the Horseman himself shows up, along with a curse set on destroying the Van Tassel line. Now, they have only until Halloween night to break the curse. What an inconvenient time for Izzy to develop a massive crush on Vicky! Can Izzy and her new friends uncover the mystery of the Headless Horseman before it’s too late? New York Times-bestselling writer Shannon Watters and debut author Branden Boyer-White are joined by artist Berenice Nelle in a modern coming of age sequel to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. MAY220310 (HC) / MAY220311 (SC)

HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #8 $3.99 Page 104
James Tynion IV, Sam Johns, Werther Dell’Edera, and Letizia Cadonici
The SCARLET arc of House of Slaughter continues as Edwin’s search for a legendary monster goes horribly amiss. Adrift on Lake Michigan, can Edwin survive with only the torn pages of his journal as makeshift S.O.S. notes? And what memories of his past cases will surface as he clings to life? MAY220321

MAGIC HIDDEN PLANESWALKER #4 $4.99 Page 112
Mairghread Scott and Fabiana Mascolo
In a crucial build up to the climax, Isona Maive, the recently released Hidden Planeswalker, plans to go on a reckless mission in the most dangerous corner of the multiverse–with her entire home plane at stake.
With Liliana’s pupil at the mercy of poisonous and misleading whispers, will Liliana have the strength to do what’s necessary, even if it makes her a villain in the eyes of the masses? MAY220358

ONCE & FUTURE #27 $3.99 Page 117
Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora
What happens when the fabled sword appears, but no one is able to pull it out? Is this peace finally the result of so many hard-fought battles? Perhaps, but an unexpected claim to the throne is lurking, closer than Bridgette and Duncan can imagine. MAY220384

Die cut variant cover

SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #25 $3.99 Page 102
James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera
With over two million copies of the series sold to date, the first arc of Erica’s mission in Tribulation reaches its shocking conclusion in this milestone anniversary issue that no Something is Killing the Children fan will want to miss! While Erica’s blades are occupied with an entity unlike anything she’s faced, she receives a phone call… with tragedy on the other end of the line. As things look dire, someone Erica once saved may have to find unexpected help to return the favor. MAY220312 / MAY220313 (Diecut cover $5.99)

VAMPIRE SLAYER (BUFFY) #4 $4.99 Page 114
Sarah Gailey and Irene Flores
Buffy is haunted by strange dreams and suspects something between Willow and Faith. She can’t make sense of it, but she needs to understand what’s going on. Unfortunately, what’s actually going on at the pasta joint they’re dining at is a dangerous entity likely to put them in hot water! MAY220369

WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEYRE DEAD #12 $3.99 Page 118
Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo
The third and final arc of this monumental sci-fi series continues with a flashback to a fateful death and new revelations about Honorhim Bristow and Dane Kahoe. But things go awry in the DMZ, and their capture by a looming figure seems imminent. MAY220393

DENPA BOOKS

SONG OF YORU & ASA ENCORE $14.95 Page 434
Harada
After a few twists and turns, Asaichi and Yoru started dating. Happy because they are in love, they see their days pass at the frantic pace of morning pipes, and repeated trifles. As they continue to perform in the same band, Asaichi worries at the difficulty of breaking through as a musician. One evening, when Yoru comes to his house, Asaichi learns a fan is harassing him. He decides to give her a duplicates of his keys and makes her an offer to live together. Precisely when Asaichi kisses Yoru that their photo is taken by the fan in question. MAY222010

FAIRSQUARE COMICS LLC

INTERTWINED ULTIMATE EDITION TP $29.00 Page 308
Fabrice Sapolsky, Fred Pham Chuong, and Veronica Lopez
A murder. A mysterious league of protectors operating in the shadows. A young Kung Fu student lost in a concrete jungle he never chose to live in. A Chinese girl who has to pose as a man to protect herself and her Jewish heritage. A secret LGBTQ+ love story. Welcome to the world of Intertwined. It’s 1971 and for Juan Jin, life is about to become hell. He didn’t ask to be a hero. He didn’t ask to go to Chinatown. He only wanted to follow the way of Wing Chun, the Kung Fu style he masters brilliantly… but destiny had other plans for him! MAY221465 (OFFERED AGAIN)

FANTAGRAPHICS

BELOW AMBITION TP $29.99 Page 302
Simon Hanselmann
Megg and Werewolf Jones are Horse Mania. Horse Mania is a test of the audience’s patience, proudly the “worst band in town,” existing within and operating far below the status quo of ambition. Join the musicians as they battle through shoddy, distracted practice sessions, a squalid house show, and a doomed interstate tour. Watch as they drunkenly flail through their sets amidst toothaches, nervous breakdowns, hobby forms, suicide attempts, mounting hatred, and a galaxy of benzos. This is music and performance in its most primal, multifaceted, and pure form. Feel the tension. See the dirty looks. Taste the pain. Smell the depravity. Hear the veiled beauty. Horse Mania wants you to lose your mind. Below Ambition is a mediation on youth, performance, and memory as only the best comedic writer in comics is capable. Simon Hanselmann hails from Tasmania but resides with his family in Los Angeles, CA. His bestselling New York Times series Megg, Mogg and Owl has been translated into thirteen languages, nominated for multiple Ignatz and Eisner awards, and won Best Series at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in 2018. MAY221415

MEGG & MOGG IN AMSTERDAM AND OTHER STORIES HC $24.99 Page 302
Simon Hanselmann
The NYT Best-Selling comics series returns with depressed stoners Megg the Witch and Mogg the Cat in Amsterdam trying to repair their relationship: their friend Owl comes to rescue them. Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, their friend Owl, and Werewolf Jones struggle unsuccessfully with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other. It’s a laff riot! Megg and Mogg decide to take a trip to Amsterdam for some quality couple time, although the trip gets off to a rocky start when they forget their antidepressants. They need Owl to come and help them save their relationship. But why does he have a suitcase full of glass dildos? And what will they do when they realize that the housesitting Werewolf Jones has turned their apartment into a “f#@k zone”? Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam collects all of Simon Hanselmann’s contributions to Vice.com, the Ignatz Award-nominated short story “St. Owl’s Bay,” and other surprises that will add additional color and background for fans of Megahex. MAY221421

HEAVY METAL

STARWARD #4 $2.99 Page 317
Steve Orlando and Ivan Shavrin
From the leaf peeping wastelands of New England comes Starward Gold! And while Starward Purple and Red might’ve tracked her down as part of quest hunt to rebuild their fighting family, the last thing Gold wants is sisters. Or anyone, for that matter. The fight against Kaos is one she’s sure she can win herself! Or so Gold thinks. The Seven Sisters stand united, but just as they do, Kaos launches an attack from within, turning them against themselves! And in Celestia, just who’s watching the mayhem side by side with Kaos to meet the sisters on the field of battle? MAY221505

THE DOOR GN $12.99 Page 317
Michael Moreci and Esau Escorza
Waking up in a hallucination dreamscape where society has given up free will and where outliers are quickly re-integrated into the system, Lize ponders the same basic questions every human being has at least once formulated. “Who am I?” “Where am I?” “Where am I going?” And then she realizes that if she wants answers, she must seek one thing and one thing only: The Door. Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXX #9 (SEP201291) MAY221506

HENRY HOLT

BLACKWATER GN SC $17.99 / HC $25.99 Page 317
Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham
Riverdale meets Stranger Things in this debut queer YA graphic novel, developed from a hit webcomic. Tony Price is a popular high school track star and occasional delinquent aching for his dad’s attention and approval. Eli Hirsch is a quiet boy with a chronic autoimmune disorder that has ravaged his health and social life. What happens when these two become unlikely friends (and a whole lot more…) in the spooky town of Blackwater, Maine? Werewolf curses, unsavory interactions with the quarterback of the football team, a ghostly fisherman haunting the harbor, and tons of high school drama. MAY221507 (SC) / MAY221508 (HC)

LEV GLEASON

FREELANCE TP VOL 1 ANGEL OF THE ABYSS $12.99
Jim Zub, Andrew Wheeler, Vaneda Vireak, and Cindy Leong
Don’t miss this collected edition of Freelance! One of Canada’s original heroes is reborn forthe Chapterhouse era. Lance Valiant is a fearless explorer who delves into the hidden secrets of our world to protect us from threats beyond imagination — but the greatest secret of all may be Lance’s own mysterious past! MAY221619 (OFFERED AGAIN)

MAD CAVE STUDIOS

NOTTINGHAM #10 $3.99 Page 337
David Hazan and Shane Connery Volk
It’s blood and chaos in Nottinghamshire as Marian must take steps to cover her tracks. In Rome, Robin and the Sheriff launch a final, desperate attempt to rescue King Richard from captivity, without men, resources, or the ransom. MAY221626

POTIONS INC #2 $3.99 Page 337
Erik Burnham and Stelladia
Ran, Asteria, and Astreus Jones are seeking the stolen Fordstone amulet that belonged to their parents. What they don’t know is that Earth and Primaterra have more in common than they thought as they learn of another portion of the Fordstone hidden in the strange new world of enormous buildings, rainy skies, and grunge music? MAY22162

NET COMICS

DREAMS OF THE DAYS $16.99 Page 444
Kyungha Yi
As if Howon’s life wasn’t complicated enough, he now realizes he might be gay. He’s having vivid erotic dreams, involving his current best friend, Jihyung, and his former one, Changwoo. Having feelings for both his friends Jihyung and Changwoo, his dilemma deepens when one of them makes a pass at him. MAY222079 (OFFERED AGAIN)

TOTALLY CAPTIVATED VOL 1 $11.99 Page 444
Jinha Yoo
The mafia threatens Ewon into working for a loan shark, where he’s forced to run dangerous errands for no pay. The culprit who doomed Ewon to this life is none other than Jiho, Ewon’s jealous ex who still burns at Ewon’s infidelity. Their gang leader Mookyul, with movie-star good looks and the bizarre, drunken habit of biting people on the neck, takes a keen interest in his attractive new errand boy. Will Ewon be able to survive the violent underworld (not to mention the constant sexual harassment) he must endure as an underling of Mookyul? MAY222080 (OFFERED AGAIN)

TOTALLY CAPTIVATED VOL 2 $11.99 Page 444
Jinha Yoo
Ewon becomes the financial gatekeeper to Mookyul’s criminal enterprise and it’s a duty with endless perils. One of Mookyul’s former underlings pleads with Ewon for a job balancing the accounts. Ewon reluctantly agrees, but he’s about to discover the lengths men will go for both love and money. Meanwhile, Mookyul notices he has a strange familiarity with Ewon, a distant memory about the boy that’s finally surfacing. Time is a strange thing. Cause and effect weave endlessly. Ewon and Mookyul are about to discover, they go farther back then either ever suspected. In fact, Mookyul would never have become the man he is now, if he had never crossed paths with Ewon so long ago. MAY222081 (OFFERED AGAIN)

TOTALLY CAPTIVATED VOL 3 $11.99 Page 444
Jinha Yoo
The mafia threatens Ewon into working for a loan shark, where he’s forced to run dangerous errand for no pay. The culprit who doomed Ewon to this life is none other than Jiho, Ewon’s jealous ex who still burns at Ewon’s infidelity! Their gang leader Mookyul, with movie-star good looks and the bizarre, drunken habit of biting people on the neck, takes a keen interest in his attractive new errand boy. Will Ewon be able to survive the violent underworld — not to mention the constant sexual harrassment — he must endure as an underling of Mookyul? MAY222082 (OFFERED AGAIN)

ONI PRESS

BLINK #1 $3.99 Page 346
Christopher Sebela and Hayden Sherman
Wren Booker was three when she was found catatonic and covered in blood on the streets of New York. Since that day, she’s been haunted by a childhood she can’t remember. After decades of searching, Wren stumbles upon a cryptic website streaming multiple CCT feeds from strange rooms in a ruined building and something clicks, setting off hidden memories that lead her back to a place she’s seen in lifelong nightmares. Hunting for answers, Wren breaks into the building, but instead finds herself entangled in the camera-filled dark mazes of a decayed social experiment known only as BLINK. Eisner-nominated Christopher Sebela, Hayden Sherman, and Nick Filardi team up for a found-footage horror where uncovering your past will leave you trapped inside it. MAY221647

SEASON OF BRUJA #5 $3.99 Page 349
Aaron Duran and Sara Soler
Althalia Cabrera is desperately trying to do the right thing, but exactly what the right thing is has never been murkier to the young bruja. She can either accept the help of her indigenous religion’s ancient death gods and save the life of her beloved abuela, or face the loneliness of being the last of her kind. Shattered by grief and surging with her growing power, Althalia is about to show the underworld what can happen when you threaten the wrong witch’s sweet little abuela. MAY221652

PIE INTERNATIONAL

BAD BOYS ILLUSTRATIONS SC $29.99 Page 445
Various
Get cocky! Disturbing, frightening, and cool. The hottest boys illustration collection that the world have been waiting for! Recently, dark, disturbing, aggressive, and distorted worldviews that are opposed to bright, cheerful, healthy, and refreshing outlooks are becoming increasingly popular among a wide variety of content creators. This book is a collection of more than 130 illustrations with newly drawn artworks by 19 artists depicting attractive bad boys who are all the more irresistible for their provocative, belligerent, defiant, melancholy, perverse, and dark characteristics and worldview. MAY222087

RED 5 COMICS

MYSTERY BROTHERS #1 $3.95 Page 358
Quentin Lee and Elis Zill
When teenage Jin Huang goes to spend the summer with his estranged scientist father, Huang Ming Guang, he gets an unexpected surprise. Jin meets Adam, another teen who is introduced as his stepbrother. As Jin explores the research facility on the private island, he soon realizes his strange new brother holds a mysterious secret. MAY221721

SEVEN SEAS

EVEN THOUGH WERE ADULTS VOL 5 $12.99 Page 447
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. MAY222100

SCUM VILLAINS SELF SAVING SYSTEM REN ZHA FANPAI ZIJI NOVEL #3 $19.99 Page 451
Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
This hilarious story of a man reborn as a villain in a fantasy novel series who ends up romancing the male protagonist is now in English. Half-demon Luo Binghe rose from humble beginnings and a tortured past to become unrivaled in strength and beauty. With his harem of over three hundred wives, and dominion over both the human and demonic realms, he is truly the most powerful protagonist–in a trashy web novel series! At least, that’s what Shen Yuan, online alias “Peerless Cucumber,” believes as he finishes reading the final chapter in Proud Immortal Demon Way. But when a combination of rage and a poor meal choice leads to his death, Shen Yuan finds himself reborn into the world of the web novel, in the body of Shen Qingqiu–the beautiful but cruel teacher to a young Luo Binghe. he’s destined to be horrifically punished for crimes against the protagonist, so this new Shen Qingqiu has only one course of action: get into Luo Binghe’s good graces before the young man’s rise to power. That’s the only way he’ll escape the awful fate of a true scum villain! MAY222132

SILVER SPROCKET

FUNGIRL GN $29.99 Page 361
Elizabeth Pich
Fungirl is a hapless (hopeless) mess of a woman crashing through life, leaving mayhem in her wake. Her oblivious antics infuriate her roommate-slash-ex-girlfriend and threaten any opportunity for employment, but surely Fungirl will figure it all out… eventually. A love letter to that chaotic friend with a heart of gold! MAY221743 (OFFERED AGAIN)

SQUARE ENIX MANGA

CHERRY MAGIC VOL 5 $12.99 Page 453
Yuu Toyota
Is Adachi, the thirty-year-old virginal businessman, finally about to lose the very quality that gave him magic powers? Ever since Adachi and Kurosawa officially became an item, their relationship has been progressing smoothly. But all the while, Adachi’s been gripped by guilt because he still hasn’t told Kurosawa about his bad wizard self! And as Adachi frets, looking for the right moment to let the cat out of the bag, Kurosawa’s birthday is upon him! MAY222142

SUBLIME

DONT BE CRUEL VOL 10 $12.99 Page 415
Yonezou Nekota
Maya has finally saved up enough money for a place of his own! To celebrate, he and Nemugasa go shopping for their replacement couple’s rings. When Maya pulls Nemugasa close and proudly declares the rings are for them, Nemugasa is filled with shy joy. And now that they have a private place of their own, the two lovers can’t help but dive right in to the fun of the move and all it brings!
MAY221925

MOON & SUN VOL 1 $12.99 Page 415
Akane Abe
A yakuza heir indifferent to the family business butts heads with the stunning proprietress of a nearby drag club. When his yakuza grandfather starts putting on the heat regarding the family business, he runs straight into the arms of the masculine beauty! MAY221923

SCATTERING HIS VIRGIN BLOOM VOL 2 $12.99 Page 415
Aya Sakyo
Hana is overcome by his first heat, and as an emergency measure, allows arrogant alpha Renjaku to deflower him. Unfortunately for Hana, his crush has no intention of taking anyone as a mate, Hana included. To make matters worse, someone from Hana’s past who forced himself on him suddenly appears. Faced with no alternatives, Hana runs straight into the arms of Renjaku, begging him to make him his mate, even if it’s purely physical! MAY221924

THAMES & HUDSON

TOVE JANSSON THE ILLUSTRATORS HC $29.95 Page 374
Paul Gravett and Tove Jansson
Born in Helsinki among Finland’s Swedish-speaking minority, Tove Jansson was brought up with a love for making art and stories in a supportive, artistic family. Her first illustrated tales were published when she was fourteen years old and she went on to draw humorous and political cartoons as well as striking front covers for the satirical magazine Garm, in response to events in World War II. As she developed from art student to painter and muralist, and from bohemian to lesbian, she also created her Moomin world, which appeared in her first children’s book in 1945 and then in newspaper strips. Jansson also wrote many novels, documented here along with personal commentaries from her own writings. A title in The Illustrators series, which celebrates illustration as an art form, Tove Jansson offers a visually rich view into the life and work of this much-loved artist and writer.
Art Book 112pgs MAY221772

TITAN

DOCTOR WHO ORIGINS #3 $3.99 Page 382
Jody Houser, Roberta Ingranata, and Warina Sahadewa
Featuring the Fugitive Doctor in her comics debut!
Working for the mysterious Division on a dangerous assignment, the Doctor uncovers something insidious afoot. Discover why this regeneration became known as the Fugitive! MAY221793

TOKYO POP

CAT PROPOSED MANGA $14.99 Page 456
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.” MAY222151 (OFFERED AGAIN)

FANGS VOL 2 $14.99 Page 453
Billy Balibally
As the sole survivor of a vampire attack, En wakes up to find that his hair has gone white as snow… and, worse, that he’s developed a craving of his own for blood. Fortunately, the vampire health and welfare organization FANGS is there to help with the transition, and the handsome Ichii steps up as his guardian and mentor. En must navigate the FANGS pairing system, an arrangement that sets up compatible vampires as mutual feeding partners… and partners in all other ways as well. But what happens when En panics and declares that he’ll be paired with Ichii? And what does brooding, rough-around-the-edges Ichii make of his spunky, outgoing new charge? MAY222147

GLASS SYNDROME GN $12.99 Page 456
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. (OFFERED AGAIN)

KATAKOI LAMP GN $12.99 Page 456
Kyouhei Azumi
Kazuto Muronoi runs a cute little coffee shop, where many people enjoy doing some work or writing papers for school. Among his coffee shop’s regulars is a college student named Jun, who often studies there. It was love at first sight for Kazuto! Will Kazuto be able to find the courage to confess his crush before Jun graduates college and stops frequenting the shop? And to make matters even more complicated… it seems Jun has his sights set on another worker at the cafe! MAY222154 (OFFERED AGAIN)

ON OR OFF VOL 1 $26.99 Page 456
A1
Yiyoung and his college friends have formed a startup company together, and even managed to score a proposal meeting with the illustrious SJ Corporation. But when he meets Kang Daehyung, a handsome corporate big shot that’s just his type, can Yiyoung keep his cool long enough to succeed in both his love life and his career? MAY222150

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A FAMILY $12.99 Page 456
Koyama
Bullied in high school for being gay, Takemura prefers to spend time by himself, but when he runs into his bright coworker Natsui in the supermarket, he’s surprised to find out that he’s a single father… and even more surprised to be invited to dinner! When Kuma’s older brother breaks up with his boyfriend, Yagi, Kuma becomes intrigued with this attractive stranger and slowly, his curiosity begins to blossom into a crush. Kodama is a reserved psychology major who is approached by the loud, outgoing Harada when he falls ill on his way home. It turns out the two of them study at the same university. As they spend more time with one another, Kodama begins to question how he truly feels. Follow three very different relationships in this intimate Boys Love anthology. MAY222156 (OFFERED AGAIN)

VAULT / WONDERBOUND

BARBARIC AXE TO GRIND #1 $4.99 Page 396
Michael Moreci and Nathan Gooden
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for — the start of an all-new arc of BARBARIC!
Follow Owen and his magical companion, the tender, talking Axe as they spread kindness and hope in a world gone bad…just kidding! Owen, Axe, and Soren are back, and so is all the mayhem and bloodshed that follows them wherever they go! This time, they’re out to settle an old score against Gladius, a wicked a$$hole who did Owen wrong way back in his barbarian days. As always…it’s just f***ing barbaric. MAY221834

WRASSLE CASTLE GN BOOK 3 $9.99 Page 403
Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
The final showdown is here! It’s the championship for freedom (her brother’s) and glory (her own)! Lydia Riverthane readies herself for the finals of the Wrassle Castle tournament, hoping to win her brother’s freedom and get back his good name. But Lydia and her diverse group of friends, Chelsea, Nyle, and Dee, discover that the plot against the Riverthane family goes deeper than any of them thought. Lydia will have to dig deep and unlock the secrets behind her own wrassling if she wants to have any hope of saving her home and family. Book 3 of the three-book original graphic novel series.
MAY22185

VIZ

HOW DO WE RELATIONSHIP VOL 6 $9.99 Psge 425
Tamifull
Miwa’s trip to Okinawa didn’t go as hoped, and now she’s back home, alone and heartbroken in her small, messy apartment. When Saeko stops by to check in on her, Miwa looks to her ex for more than just emotional comfort. But will a friends-with-benefits situation really benefit either of them. MAY221954

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL 31 $9.99 Page 420
Kouhei Horikoshi
In the aftermath of the battle in Jaku City, the forces of good are reeling. With so many heroes dead, it seems like society itself is on the verge of collapse. Although Midoriya and the others have managed to drive off Tomura, All For One is only just getting started. As the dust settles, the Todoroki family must finally face their troubled past, and Midoriya begins to understand just what One For All really is and that reaching his full potential might test his convictions. MAY221934

MY LOVE MIX UP VOL 4 $9.99 Page 424
Wataru Hinekure and Aruko
Aoki confesses his feelings to Ida and prepares for rejection, but in an unexpected turn of events, Ida asks him if they should try dating. Aoki wants to keep their new relationship under wraps, but Ida has already told all their friends! MAY22194

YEN PRESS

NEW YORK NEW YORK VOL 2 $24.00 Page 428
Marimo Ragawa
After two years of laughter and tears, police officer Kain is finally ready to take the next step with the love of his life, Mel. But although he promised forever, sometimes life itself gets in the way of happily ever after. When Mel gets kidnapped the day after their wedding, Kain’s left with few leads and little hope of saving his beloved. Can Kain beat the clock and protect the most important person in his life…or is it already too late…?! MAY221966

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