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LGBTQA Previews May 2022 Part 2

May sees the return of Milestone’s Blood Syndicate to the comics world. One of the prominent characters was a man named Fade and much of Fade’s personal struggles revolved around being closeted so I’m curious to discover Fade’s story in the new series. That’s Dexter Soy’s cover art up top. Melissa Capriglione’s Basil and Oregano from Dark Horse looks to be a delightful, queer YA story. Wyatt Kennedy and Luanna Vecchio’s Bolero wraps up. Eric Shanower illustrates the ancient Greek story of Iphigenia. America Chavez returns in the Thunderbolts mini along with trades for Dr Aphra, Eternals, She-Hulk, and more Reign of X. If I had to choose the single, gayest thing in Previews this month it would probably be David Talaski’s card stock variant cover for Nightwing #92.

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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DARK HORSE

BASIL AND OREGANO TP $19.99 Page 125
Melissa Capriglione
Porta Bella Magiculinary Academy is the finest school for the art of cooking with magic, and Basil Eyres is determined to be the top student. On the first day of her senior year, Arabella Oregano, the daughter of a renowned chef, joins the academy for her senior year as well. The two are instantly smitten with each other, but Basil senses there’s something Arabella is hiding from her. Still, the two work together to stand out from the class as the end of year culinary festival approaches. But when Arabella’s secret is reveled, Basil is faced with the hardest decision of her life, which has the potential to throw her future aspirations in jeopardy. A YA LGBTQA+ tale suitable for all audiences. An original graphic novel from up and coming artist Melissa Capriglione. MAR220390

CRITICAL ROLE VOX MACHINA ORIGINS VOL 3 $19.99 Page 107
Jody Houser, Matthew Mercer, and Olivia Samson
Vox Machina enjoy a week in Westruun’s lap of luxury leading up to the Winter’s Crest Festival. But that costs coin, which has a bad habit of running out, so they join an underground fighting ring and bash their way to cash. Unfortunately, their ring-fighting turns out to be just a warm-up for a cold reality when a mysterious attack on Winter’s Crest festivities leaves the whole town magically frozen-including one of their own. Vox Machina will have to save the day again, against a much bigger foe than they first realized! Collects issues #1-#6 of Vox Machina Origins III. MAR220331

NORSE MYTHOLOGY III #4 $3.99 Page 118
Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, and David Rubin
In The Last Days of Loki, artist Galen Showman illustrates the tale of Loki, his banishment from the throne of the gods, and his final fate. MAR220362

STRANGER THINGS KAMCHATKA #3 $3.99 Page 116
Michael Moreci and Todor Hristov
As a Soviet double agent breaks his cover to help a leading scientist’s two children escape from the KGB, he takes a journey into his past to make amends for his biggest regret. Meanwhile, the Demogorgon’s keeper uses her “pet” to test the scientists’ loyalty. Tie-in to season 3 finale of hit Netflix TV series. MAR220352

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 #1043 $4.99 Page 36
Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Riccardo Federici, and Ben Templesmith
The next chapter of the Warworld Saga begins! Following the first victory by Superman and the Phaelosians, the Warworld Rebellion has begun. But Mongul has become more merciless than ever, cracking down on his enemies with unspeakable cruelty. With Superman’s people suffering and his options dwindling, his thoughts turn to the mythical necropolis that supposedly lies at the heart of Warworld. Superman’s epic space adventure continues in this new arc! Then, in Myth of the Mongul, journey back to the origin of the first Mongul in history…and uncover deadly secrets that could spell certain doom for Superman and his revolution! 0322DC089

ACTION COMICS 2022 ANNUAL #1 $5.99 Page 11
Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Si Spurrier, Dale Eaglesham, and Ian Churchill
As the Warworld Saga reaches a breaking point, battle lines are drawn between the two towering forces at odds: Mongul and Superman. In this special 2022 annual we’ll explore how our combatants have evolved over the years to represent the beacons of hope and tyranny that they respectively embody…and witness the first chilling chapter of their ultimate final battle! 0322DC038

AQUAMAN ANDROMEDA #1 $6.99 Page 12
Ram V. and Christian Ward
Deep in the Pacific Ocean, at the farthest possible distance from any land, sits Point Nemo: the spaceship graveyard. Since the dawn of the space race, the nations of the world have sent their crafts there on splashdown, to sink beneath the silent seas. But there is something…else at Point Nemo. A structure never made by human hands. And that structure seems to be…waking up. The crew of the experimental submarine Andromeda, powered by a mysterious black-hole drive, have been chosen to investigate this mystery. But they aren’t the only ones pursuing it. Anything of value beneath the ocean is of value to the master pirate Black Manta…and anything that attracts Black Manta attracts Arthur Curry, his lifelong foe, the Aquaman! But heaven help them all when the doors of the mystery at Point Nemo swing wide to admit them… Bringing a bracing cosmic-horror sensibility to the world of Aquaman, rising superstars Ram V and Christian Ward team up to put Arthur Curry through an exercise in psychological terror that could break the will of even a king! 0322DC040

AQUAMEN #4 $3.99 Page 36
Chuck Brown, Brandon Thomas, and Sami Basri
As the Atlantean sleeper agents awaken all over the globe, their message is clear…Atlantis remembers! How long have these sleeper agents been out in the world? More importantly, how long has Arthur been aware of their existence? The answer to that question may just end his partnership with Jackson as well as his marriage to Mera! 0322DC091

BATGIRLS #6 $3.99 Page 36
Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, and Jorge Corona
With Babs kidnapped and tied down by Spellbinder, the Batgirls have to navigate through Tutor’s operations without an Oracle. Can Babs escape Spellbinder’s hypnosis before he’s done painting her to add to his collection of other drawings of beautiful young women? 0322DC093

BATMAN #123 $4.99 Page 1
Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter,and Trevor Hairsine
Batman and Robin are finally reunited! Together they will hunt for the truth behind the death of Ra’s al Ghul! But then who is left to defend the Secret Society against the League of Shadows? Deathstroke’s fight against the Demon’s Shadow ends with a shocking cliffhanger! Plus, what happens when you get Deathstroke infected with Joker toxin? Find out in the epic backup story! 0322DC001

BATMAN URBAN LEGENDS #15 $7.99 Page 37
Vita Ayala, Mark Russell, Che Grayson, Ryan Cady Karl Mostert, Nikola Cizmesija, Belen Ortega, Cam Smith, and Giuseppe Camuncoli
Zatanna has to save Batman’s soul! Ace the Bat-Hound must confront the source of his trauma…The Joker! Meanwhile, the night of Batman’s auction is finally here! Katana doesn’t buy what Lady Shiva is selling for a second about the new Birds of Prey, and she’s going to let her know personally. Batman has to team up with Plastic Man to save a criminal from having his life taken by the Penguin and KGBeast! / 0322DC106 / 0322DC108 (Cover shown)

BIRDS OF PREY WHITEWATER TP $19.99 Page 45
Gail Simone, Tony Bedard, Nicola Scott, and Doug Hazlewood
Gail Simone’s fan-favorite run from the mid-2000s continues with an epic Secret Six crossover, where the Birds must face off with Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Catman, Rag Doll, and more-with the fate of Tora Olafsdotter, a.k.a. Ice, in the balance! Collects Birds of Prey #104-112. 0322DC177

BLOOD SYNDICATE SEASON ONE #1 $4.99 Page 21
Geoffrey Thorne, ChrisCross, and Juan Castro
You asked, and we delivered…the Blood Syndicate is back! Wise Son and Tech-9 have returned from their military tours in Afghanistan-and life in Dakota City could not be more different. While Icon and Rocket have been busy cleaning up the streets, Bang Babies have been forming rival gang factions. With Holocaust’s influence-and super-powered army-growing, who will look out for the people of Paris Island when the capes aren’t watching? What secrets do Wise and Tech hide from their time overseas? As the struggle for power on the chaotic streets spills into war…who will emerge victorious as the new kingpin of Paris Island? Original Blood Syndicate series artist ChrisCross teams up with rising-star writer Geoffrey Thorne in this reimagining of the fan-favorite Milestone series, which blows open the next wild chapter in the Milestone Universe! 0322DC063

CATWOMAN #43 $3.99 Page 38
Tini Howard and Bengal
Vroom! Vroom! We all have that friend we call when we want a wild girls’ night out-and for Catwoman, that friend is Harley Quinn. It’s a night of hip whips and hot laps at the roller derby, complete with a little road-trip crime. It might even be the type of girls’ night that gets sealed with a kiss, if Catwoman’s allies back in Gotham can hold down the fort while the Cat’s away. [Antagonist Valmont seems to be non binary.] 0322DC113

DEATHSTROKE INC #9 $3.99 Page 2
Joshua Williamson and Paolo Pantalena
A tragic death sends the Shadow War into overdrive, and Batman and Robin must solve the mystery before more blood is shed! Meanwhile, Deathstroke regroups with the Secret Society to plan an attack on Talia and the League of Shadows. If Talia wanted a war, she’s going to get a war! 0322DC005

DETECTIVE COMICS #1060 $4.99 Page 7
Mariko Tamaki, Nadia Shammas, Sina Grace, Ivan Reis, Danny Miki, David Lapham
Batman has deployed one of his most powerful weapons in the hunt for the mysterious bomber plaguing Gotham City…but it’s not the Batmobile, the Batwing, or even the batarangs. It’s Bruce Wayne! As Bruce investigates the courtroom bombing that nearly left Deb Donovan’s daughter a splatter on the wall, could there be…love in the air?, 0322DC117

DETECTIVE COMICS VOL 2 FEAR STATE HC $29.99 Page 32
Mariko Tamaki, Matthew Rosenberg, Dan Mora, Viktor Bogdanovic, Darick Robertson, Max Raynor, David Lapham and more
Fear State grips Gotham City! When Mayor Nakano’s City Hall office finds itself under siege, the only hero who can help the embattled local official is the man he ran on a platform to rid Gotham of: Batman. It’s the top vigilante in the city who must protect the man who’s fought so hard to put an end to masked heroes, in an action-packed car chase that culminates in a shocking ending that’ll give readers nightmares. Collects selections from Detective Comics #1041-1045 and Batman Secret Files: Huntress #1! 0322DC081

FCBD 2022 GALAXY THE PRETTIEST STAR SPECIAL EDITION #1 $0.30 Page 26
Jadzia Axelrod and Jess Taylor
Every day in Taylor Barzelay’s life might seem perfect-but every day is torture. Taylor is actually the Galaxy Crowned, an alien princess from the planet Cyandii, and one of the few survivors of an intergalactic war. For six long, painful years, Taylor has accepted her duty to remain in hiding as a boy on Earth. But that all changes when Taylor meets Metropolis girl Katherine call me Kat Silverberg, whose confidence is electrifying. Suddenly, Taylor no longer wants to hide, even if exposing her true identity could attract her greatest enemies. This Free Comic Book Day special edition is a standard periodical size and features an excerpt from the upcoming original graphic novel. 0322DC992l

GREEN LANTERN VOL 02 HORATIUS 29.99 Page 46
Geoffrey Thorne, Tom Raney, Marco Santucci, Various
The mystery of the Dark Sector begins to unravel. To rescue Kilowog and his squad of surviving Lanterns, John Stewart enters the realm of the Golden Centurions and their mysterious master, the Lightbringer. And on Oa, Jo Mullein’s team closes in on those responsible for the destruction of the power battery. With trillions of lives in peril, John battles the godstorm and the challenge of its future states! Meanwhile, Jo solves the mystery of the Battery’s destruction in time to see the rise of a new and ancient enemy. Is this the final end of Oa and the Green Lanterns? This volume collects Green Lantern #5-12 and Green Lantern 2021 Annual #1. 0322DC179

HARLEY QUINN #15 $3.99 Page 38
Stephanie Phillips and Riley Rossmo
They really tried to throw me in prison for somethin’ I didn’t do! I mean, this time I didn’t do anything. In the past, I did things. Lots of things…But that’s not the point. The point is, I’m innocent! It’s a frame job, I tell ya! The only way out of this is to catch the real culprit, and for that I need Batwoman. Seriously, who doesn’t need Batwoman? Skintight suit, mucho muscles, and that hair! Anyways, Batwoman’s in this one, and we might finally reveal Verdict’s true identity! Will the mystery be solved in time to save my good name? DUN DUN DUN! 0322DC122

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK THE GREAT WICKEDNESS TP $16.99 Page 46
Ram V., Dan Watters, Xermanico, Sumit Kumar, and Christopher Mitten
Dark days lie ahead for the surviving members of Justice League Dark! Zatanna and John Constantine take a road trip only to discover horror around the bend as a friend and sometime foe, the Demon, has been reborn! His tale is only just beginning, while another takes a terrible turn. Merlin has a new, blood-drenched plot for all humankind, and he has his sights set on Atlantis and the magic that lies within. The team will need all the help they can get as their ranks grow thanks to Ragman and his suit of souls! Collects the Justice League Dark backup stories from Justice League #59-71 and Justice League Dark 2021 Annual #1. 0322DC180

NICE HOUSE ON THE LAKE #9 $3.99 Page 30
James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez Bueno
All Arturo wants is for his partner, Sam, to be happy-so why isn’t he? What is scratching at the edge of Sam’s memories that keeps him restless and unsatisfied? As a journalist, nothing can keep Sam from the truth-no matter what that truth could cost the man he loves. 0322DC161

NIGHTWING #92 $3.99 Page 41
Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo
Bludhaven mayor Melinda Zucco is in trouble-pretending to work for Blockbuster while secretly trying to take him and his gang of criminals down, while also working alongside Dick Grayson to uplift the city. But as his half sister sharing the last name of the man who killed his parents, it’s…a lot to juggle, and enough for one to accidentally let slip a secret or two in the wrong company if she’s not careful… Meanwhile, Nightwing and Oracle cuddle up and decide to finally define their relationship. 0322DC137 / 0322DC801 (David Talaski variant cover shown above, cover price $4.99)

NIGHTWING FEAR STATE HC $24.99 Page 47
Tom Taylor, Tini Howard, Robbi Rodriguez, Cian Tormey, Christian Duce
Nightwing heads to Gotham to find the source of the Oracle network hacker’s transmission. Batgirl and Nightwing accidentally get hit with something that reveals their deepest fears…involving each other. Later, Nightwing deals with a post-Fear State Gotham in a Christmas Carol Batgirls story. Also: a Red Hood and Nightwing blood-brothers story featuring Nightwing’s Discowing costume and other fun surprises you don’t want to miss! This volume collects Nightwing #84-86, Nightwing 2021 Annual #1, and the Nightwing/Batgirls feature story from Batman: Urban Legends #10. 0322DC183

NUBIA CORONATION SPECIAL #1 $5.99 Page 18
Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Marguerite Sauvage, Darryl Banks, Jill Thompson, Alitha Martinez, Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Becky Cloonan and more
After the events of Trial of the Amazons, a new era for these warriors has dawned. Amazons from around the world have come to Themyscira to witness history and the crowning of their new leader. She stood between Man’s World and the dangers of Doom’s Doorway for centuries; when she was called upon to serve her people, she stood strong and clear-eyed, unafraid to look certain death in the face; she has united peoples on the brink of war… All hail Queen Nubia, champion of the three tribes! Join us for an awe-inspiring special celebrating the mysterious past, thrilling present, and promising future of the character. And for the first time, Nubia’s origin will be revealed! You won’t want to miss this moment in Wonder Woman history that is certain to influence stories for years to come! 0322DC051

ONE-STAR SQUADRON #6 $3.99 Page 41
Mark Russell and Steve Lieber
Funeral for a coworker! The former employees of Heroz4U mourn the loss of yet another one of their own as they all struggle to return to civilian life. Have things changed for the better for some? Or are they all destined to be one-star heroes for good? Be sure to check out the grand finale of the critically acclaimed miniseries by Mark Russell and Steve Lieber! 0322DC141

ROBIN #14 $3.99 Page 3
Joshua Williamson, Roger Cruz, and Norm Rapmund
Fight! Batman Inc. versus the League of Shadows versus the Secret Society! Deathstroke versus Talia and only one will walk away from the fight alive! Robin knows the truth behind Ra’s al Ghul’s death and races to stop the Shadow War! 0322DC008

SANDMAN UNIVERSE NIGHTMARE COUNTRY #2 $3.99 Page 26
James Tynion IV, Lisandro Estherren, and Christian Ward
With the Corinthian loose in the waking world, it’s no surprise that people are turning up dead…although this time, they’re not the nightmare’s doing. (Well, most of them.) The Corinthian is following a trail of bodies to the mysterious Mr. Agony and Mr. Ecstasy…but what’s their game? And even more pressing-whose tracks are they trying to cover? 0322DC0822

SHADOW WAR OMEGA #1 $5.99 Page 3
Joshua Williamson and Stephen Segovia
The Shadow War’s epic conclusion! The shocking finale of the Shadow War! Lives have been lost. Heroes and villains have fallen in battle. And now the real mastermind behind the Shadow War has been revealed. But they are far from done! Batman and Robin are all that’s left to put a stop to their real plans. Can the father-and-son duo work together to save the day? Events in this issue lead directly into DC’s next big summer event! 0322DC012

SHADOW WAR ZONE #1 $5.99 Page 3
Joshua Williamson, Ed Brisson, Stephanie Phillips, Nadia Shammas, Trevor Hairsine, Ann Maulina, Mike Bowden and Others
A special issue that showcases the spread and impact of the Shadow War on the DCU! Talia al Ghul has put out a hit on anyone who has ever worked with Deathstroke-and that includes Black Canary! Where has Luke Fox been? Talia is sick of watching from the sidelines and joins the battle herself! Also featuring the new villain Angel Breaker! What is her connection to Ghost-Maker? 0322DC015

STATIC SEASON ONE HC $29.99 Page 23 Page 23
Vita Ayala, Nikolas Draper-Ivey, ChrisCross, Denys Cowan, and others
You’ve been waiting for his comeback for nearly a decade-and at long last, the most famous face of the Milestone Universe has made his shocking return! Bullied nerd Virgil Hawkins wasn’t the kind of kid you’d normally find on the streets at the protest-but like every-one 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 su-per-powers too? A dynamic creative team of new comics voices and Milestone Media veterans have joined forces to open up a fresh 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. [Note: There doesn’t seem to be a Lunar distro/order code available. This is the ISBN 9781779514219.]

SUPERMAN SON OF KAL-EL #11 $3.99 Page 43
Tom Taylor and Cian Tormey
Jonathan Kent has faced many challenges in his life as both Superman and a Super Son, but what will the first son of the Last Son of Krypton do in the face of…metahuman bombs? Jon faces a deadly decision and Lex Luthor’s alliance with President Bendix deepens in this penultimate chapter of The Rising Saga! 0322DC147

SWAMP THING #13 $3.99 Page 44
Ram V. and Mike Perkins
With the newly resurrected Swamp Thing and an old foe once again made flesh, the conflict that started it all begins anew. But now the fates of worlds are jeopardized as a new parliament stakes its claim upon the industry of humankind. Swamp Thing will join forces with the voice of cities as the consequences of humanity’s creations threaten to consume us all. 0322DC163

TEEN TITANS ACADEMY #15 $3.99 Page 44
Tim Sheridan and Tom Derenick
Final issue! In the shadow of the new Titans Tower, the students and faculty decide whether the school is the right place for them. 0322DC157

WONDER WOMAN #787 $4.99 Page 19
Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Jordie Bellaire, Rosi Kampe, and Paulina Ganucheau
Spinning out of Trial of the Amazons… What lies in the treacherous waters surrounding the island of Themyscira? Wonder Woman takes a deep dive into her culture looking for answers to Altuum’s claims of living in paradise before the Amazons ever arrived at the request of the gods. Could the legends told in her childhood all be lies? 0322DC167

WONDER WOMAN EVOLUTION #7 $3.99 Page 45
Stephanie Phillips, Mike Hawthorne, and Adriano di Benedetto
On trial for the fate of humanity, Wonder Woman has fought to prove herself to cosmic gods. But with the verdict near, is this trial everything Diana believed, or is there even more at stake than she could have realized? As the gods reveal their true nature, Diana learns that the greatest threat to humanity might just be…Wonder Woman? The truth is discovered in this penultimate issue, but is it already too late? 0322DC169

WORLD OF KRYPTON #6 $3.99 Page 45
Robert Venditti and Michael Avon Oeming
The final days of Krypton are upon us. Will the House of El survive the turmoil? One fateful battle between science and authoritarianism will decide the future! 0322DC171

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ZATANNA THE JEWEL OF GRAVESEND TP $16.99 Page 28
Alys Arden and Jacquelin De Leon
There’s more to the mobsters, mystics, and mermaids in Coney Island-just ask born-and-raised resident Zatanna Starr. But the time for having fun in Luna Park comes to an end when a mystic’s quest for a powerful jewel unravels everything Zatanna thought she knew about herself and her beloved neighborhood. Mysteries and magic surround her as she discovers the truth about her family’s legacy and confronts the illusion that has been cast over her entire life. From the bewitching mind behind The Casquette Girls, Alys Arden, and with enchanting artwork by popular Instagram artist Jacquelin de Leon, comes the story of a girl stuck in the middle of a magician rivalry and forced to choose between love, family, and magic without hurting anyone…or worse. 0322DC076

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ROCKETEER THE GREAT RACE #2 $4.99 Page 139
Stephen Mooney and Gabriel Rodriguez
Cliff Secord has finally decided to abandon the Rocketeer persona for good and concentrate on making his gal, Betty, proud of him by taking an honest-to-goodness legit gig-piloting an experimental rocket plane in a death-defying race halfway around the world! Cliff must navigate both the route and the myriad ace pilots assembled against him in order to secure one of the most valuable prizes ever offered. If only the competition were as prepared as Cliff to play it straight. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! MAR220489

TMNT ONGOING #129 $3.99 Page 141
Sophie Campbell and Pablo Tunica
Donatello struggles to escape from the fiendish Dr. Barlow! The Turtles attempt to save him but first they’ll have to have a final showdown with the Punk Frogs! Plus the long-awaited introduction of Sluggothy! MAR220497

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BOLERO #5 $4.99 Page 77
Wyatt Kennedy and Luanna Vecchio
Mini series finale. Twenty years later. The fate of destruction is also the joy of rebirth. Beyond jealousy and desire, beyond hate and betrayal, the final choice. The end of the Multiverse. The end of Bolero. “Will you be okay?” MAR220212

DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #18 $3.99 Page 58
James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds
Co-creator Martin Simmonds returns for the explosive new arc of the Eisner-nominated hit! For decades, the Department of Truth battled a secret war against its Soviet counterpart, the Ministry of Lies. Now Cole Turner will have to face the consequences of his predecessors as the dark actions of the past unfurl before him. MAR220065

IMAGE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ANTHOLOGY #2 $5.99 Page 52
Geoff Johns & Various, Andrea Mutti & Various
This issue features the second chapters of two 12-part stories: “The Blizzard” by Geoff Johns and Andrea Mutti and “Red Stitches” by Brenden Fletcher and Eric Henderson, plus the second installments of three shorter serials: “Gospel for a New Century” by Wyatt Kennedy and Luana Vecchio, “Hopeless” by Mirka Andolfo, and “Shift” by Kyle Higgens and Daniele Di Nicuolo. Plus! An all-new Ice Cream Man short story by W. Maxwell Prince and Martin Morazzo, the beginning of Wesley Craig’s Kaya, the opening installment of a 10-part serial by Patrick Kindlon and Maurizio Rosenweig, and the continuation of the all-new ongoing comic strip by Skottie Young! MAR220230

IPHIGENIA IN AULIS TP $16.99 Page 64
Euripides, Edward Einhorn, and Eric Shanower
High King Agamemnon faces the most crushing dilemma of his life. Kill his beloved eldest daughter? Or forfeit victory in the Trojan War? A father’s secret plot clashes with a girl’s romantic dreams in this chilling classic play from Ancient Greece. The most powerful dramatic script by Euripides springs to life anew in a fresh adaptation by writer Edward Einhornd and Eisner Award-winning Age If Bronze artist Eric Shanower. MAR220090

JOE HILL’S RAIN #5 $3.99 Page 85
Joe Hill, David M. Booher, and Zoe Thorogood
Mini series finale. With Templeton and Marc at her side, Honeysuckle says a painful goodbye to Yolanda as they lay her to rest. Jackdaw Street is silent. The crystal rain has spread over the planet. The U.S. has nuked the Eastern European country believed to be the origin of the rain. Waiting for the end of the world, Honeysuckle realizes the source of the rain-and perhaps humanity’s salvation-may be far closer to home. MAR220253

LOADED BIBLE BLOOD OF MY BLOOD #3 $3.99 Page 74
Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, and Guiseppe Cafano
As John the Mechanic works to save Jesus’s life, we witness the formation of the unholy pact between the church and the vampires and learn how they resurrected Dracula in the first place. More details on Dracula’s secret plan also surface: the world will be his bloodbath, and he will become a god…but first he needs to get Jesus’s blood! MAR220238

MONSTRESS #40 $3.99 Page 85
Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
With time running out, Kippa takes matters into her own hands — challenging the Dusk Court itself. MAR220241

SAGA #59 $2.99 Page 90
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
What the hell does this fish have to do with the people who want Hazel dead? Find out this May as the strangest epic in comics continues-somehow still only $2.99! MAR220260

SILVER COIN TP VOL 2 $16.99 Page 74
Joshua Williamson & Various
The saga of the Silver Coin continues as the cursed token is spent again and again. First, a haunted arcade cabinet twists the dreams of a young boy. Then, the coin finds its way to a gambler who’s lost his way amongst the opulence of a desperate city. Follow the money-across decades, centuries-and the nature of a curse will be revealed. Eisner-winning artist Michael Walsh teams with all-star collaborators Josh Williamson, Ram V, Matthew Rosenberg, and Vita Ayala in this ongoing horror anthology series for mature readers. Collects issues #6-10. MAR220154

STEP BY BLOODY STEP #4 $4.99 Page 92
Simon Spurrier, Matias Bergara, and Matheus Lopes
Mini series finale. The tragedy. The truth. The great secret, revealed at last. And a painful lesson: Sometimes you can’t complete a journey without turning to see how far you’ve come. MAR220267

SWEET PAPRIKA #11 $3.99 Page 93
Mirka Andolfo
When fathers and their children come together at last, feelings come to light and secrets are revealed! Paprika will be forced to deal with what she holds closest to her heart-but she isn’t alone. All our protagonists face hope and heartbreak in the dramatic penultimate issue of MIRKA ANDOLFO’s hit series. MAR220269

UNNATURAL BLUE BLOOD #1 $3.99 Page 56
Mirka Andolfo and Ivan Bigarella
Unnatural is back! Three years after acclaimed creatorMirka Andolfo ‘s first blockbuster, Leslie and Khal return for a thrilling new adventure! A few years have passed since Leslie saved the world from hidden dangers and came to understand her true nature in the process. Everything seems to be working out–and not just for Leslie and her newly formed family, but for the rest of the world as well. But appearances can be deceiving. A new threat is about to disrupt Leslie’s peaceful existence, and once again, her life will never be the same. Don’t miss this new limited series written by Mirka Andolfo, illustrated by celebrated artist Ivan Bigarella, and periodically featuring original artwork from Mirka herself! MAR220059

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ALIEN #12 $3.99 Page 71
Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Salvador Larroca
The end of paradise. Jane and her people have been imprisoned with a group of facehuggers! Jane has one last chance to escape, but will her disease be her doom? MAR221082

ALIEN REVIVAL VOL 2 $17.99 Page 103
Philip Kennedy Johnson and Salvador Larroca
Fresh horror from a galaxy full of nightmares! An off-world terraforming station manned by an Appalachian religious sect has been beset by an outbreak of Xenomorphs! Now, a brave woman dying from a rare disease must defend her flock against the most perfect killing organisms in the cosmos! Jane may be facing her last days trapped inside a failing body, but she has already given her all to keep the colony together — and she doesn’t intend to stop now. But as the Alien menace spreads, secrets about Jane’s fellow Spinners are revealed and the once tight-knit community is torn apart. Can the survivors find a sanctuary that hasn’t yet been overrun? Will help arrive in time? Or will the true purpose behind the isolated colony destroy all hope? Collecting issues #7-12. MAR221147

CAPTAIN CARTER #3 $3.99 Page 68
Jamie KcKelvie and Marika Cresta
Enter Iron Man. Captain Carter has plenty on her hands already, wrestling with a betrayal from the very organization she thought she could trust. Is Tony Stark here to help? Or will he be just another complication at a time when Peggy’s life is full of them? MAR221069

CARNAGE #3 $3.99 Page 33
Ram V and Francesco Manna
Years ago, Peter Parker spurned a puddle of black, extraterrestrial goo and inadvertently created one of the deadliest foes he’s ever encountered: Venom. Years later, Venom’s offspring found a willing host in the form of Cletus Kasady, a dangerous serial killer, and together the two formed an even deadlier being called Carnage. But what will become of the Carnage symbiote now, rejected by the only loving host it’s ever known? And, like Venom before it, what new and terrifying creature will emerge on the other side? MAR220952

DOCTOR APHRA #21 $3.99 Page 77
Alyssa Wong and Minkyu Jung
Desperate measures. The Spark Eternal corrupts everything it touches, and Doctor Aphra is no exception! Face-to-face with an ancient, malevolent presence, Sana Starros will have to make a choice. Can she save Aphra? Can she even save herself? MAR221110

DOCTOR APHRA VOL 4 CRIMSON REIGN $15.99 Page 106
Alyssa Wong and Minkyu Jung
A deadly game for the galaxy’s trickiest players! Doctor Aphra and Sana Starros have escaped the Vermillion, but there’s no evading the Crimson Dawn: Their spies are everywhere! As Domina Tagge contends with moles within her corporation and Aphra struggles with the damage inflicted on her by a powerful artifact, the two strike one last bargain — but who can Aphra really trust? Then, our daring duo stumbles upon a strange ritual — and an even stranger enemy! Surely their story can’t end like this, at the hands of the practitioner of an ancient cult — can it?! The search for the Spark Eternal will lead them somewhere they never expected: back to where it all began for Doctor Aphra! Collecting issues #16-20. MAR221149

ETERNALS #12 $3.99 Page 60
Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribic
Thanos makes his final moves to destroy our world. Can the Eternals settle their differences with the Avengers in time to do anything about it? MAR221038

ETERNALS VOL 2 HAIL THANOS $17.99 Page 97
Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribic
The Eternals have learned the truth of their existence. Their society is in shambles. Who can lead them? Who is the visionary that can raise them up from the ashes? Hail Thanos…the Mad Titan…Eternal Prime?! After warring with the Deviants for a million years, our disheartened Eternals have had enough. They want to end the endless war, to live in peace side by side. Unfortunately, the Deviants have other ideas. And so the Eternals undertake a pilgrimage to Avengers Mountain, the massive structure that was once one of their Celestial gods. But the Avengers are done with the Eternals’ secrets, and they demand explanations! And when Ajak makes contact with her Celestial god, will the answers she receives help guide the Eternals or send them further into disarray? Collecting issues #7-12. MAR221143

FANTASTIC FOUR #43 $3.99 Page 59
Dan Slott and Rachel Stott
The Reckoning War heats up! This is the final battle of the Reckoning War. At the Apex of the All Reality, the fate of the Marvel Universe will be decided. And no matter who wins, nothing will ever be the same again. This is not hyperbole. This is happening. There will be consequences. If you care about the Fantastic Four, their extended family and the rest of the Marvel U…you will not want to miss this. Starring Reed, Sue, Ben, Johnny, Nick Fury, Victor Von Doom, Norrin Radd, Uatu and Jennifer Walters. MAR221033

IMMORTAL X-MEN #3 $5.99 Page 45
Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck
The Destiny of X! Over one hundred years ago, Irene Adler wrote twelve books. A sequel is long overdue. MAR220989

IRON FIST #4 $3.99 Page 68
Alyssa Wong and Michael Yg
Danny Rand’s search continues! The mysterious new Iron Fist’s past comes calling! It’s a race against the clock to stop an untimely resurrection but first he’ll have to fight his way past two Immortal Weapons: Fat Cobra and the Bride of Nine Spiders! MAR221073

IRON MAN #20 $3.99 Page 58
Christopher Cantwell and Cafu
Tony Stark pops the question! With Korvac, the Power Cosmic and a nasty morphine addiction now behind him, a freshly humanized Tony Stark has returned from rehab to the world hoping to show folks that’s he’s okay, highly functional and ready to re-engage. So of course it’s time for him to face off against an angry hyper-intelligent gorilla. When the public unveiling of a new Stark Supercomputer goes awry and the machine’s hairy 400-lb chess opponent decides to break loose in the city, it all leaves Tony feeling a little anxious. Can Patsy Walker provide any shelter in this new storm, or does it just mean more clouds are gathering? MAR221031

KNIGHTS OF X #2 $4.99 Page 42
Tini Howard and Bob Quinn
The quest recvealed! Betsy Braddock has assembled her Knights of X! Their mission: to save Otherworld from Merlyn and his powerful henchmen…by finding the holy grail of mutantkind. But Otherworld is vast, and innumerable armies stand in their way. When Merlyn targets the Crooked Market, a safe haven for mutantkind, the Knights must split up. Will Captain Britain find the grail? Will Gambit lead the others into a deadly trap? Death looms over the Knights — in more ways than one. MAR22098

LEGION OF X #2 $4.99 Page 43
Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua
God for sale! Legion is offered an unholy deal by Mother Righteous, wheeler-dealer of the astral plane. But is the price worth the prize for a young man stuck in his father’s shadow? Meanwhile, the Skinjacker grows bold. Not content with stealing identities of other mutants, he turns his powers on the Legion of X. And while newly arrived Arakki badass Weaponless Zsen has a beastly clash with a dangerous X-Man, her chaperone Nightcrawler is otherwise engaged — giving a massage…? MAR220982

MARAUDERS #3 $4.99 Page 46
Steve Orlando and Eleonora Carlini
Extinction Agenda part 3! Panic in Shi’ar space! The Marauders are prisoners of the Kin Crimson, a secret society stretching back billions of years, who outrank even the Shi’ar Majestrix…or so they think. But Captain Pryde and the Marauders aren’t giving up, not with the Shi’ar holding the last survivors of mutantkind’s first generation hostage. With the weight of history looming like a nuclear threat, can Kate Pryde convince Xandra to side with mutantkind against her kingdom? MAR220994

MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #38 $3.99 Page 37
Saladin Ahmed and Chris Allen
Miles and Shift’s hunt through the Multiverse lands them…back in Brooklyn?! It’s not the home they know, but the Empire of the Spider! A timeline where Miles’ clone Selim is victorious, and the only thing standing in the evil Spider-Man’s way is a rebellion led by General Ganke and a very grown-up and extremely badass Capitan Billie! MAR220963

NEW MUTANTS #26 $4.99 Page 50
Vita Ayala and Rod Reis
While the Queen is away demons will play! A new queen has taken the throne of Limbo — Madelyne Pryor, A.K.A. the Goblin Queen! Meanwhile, separated from Limbo, Magik faces an enemy she thought she had banished long ago. MAR221004

REIGN OF X VOL 13 $17.99 Page 108
Gerry Duggan, Tini Howard, Vita Ayala, Benjamin Percy, Al Ewing , Pepe Larraz, Alberto Foche, Alex Linh, and more
The Hellfire Gala is out of this world as the Reign of X evolves! Mutantkind has a homeland at last, but now they’re claiming their own planet. It’s time for fireworks, and the highlight of the show is the newly terraformed Mars! It even has its own S.W.O.R.D. station to protect it — but as “Planet Arakko” enters the galactic stage, who will be its queen? X-Corp has a board to staff — which means CXOs Monet and Angel must network on the dance floor, shaking hands and mending fences. The New Mutants are dressed up for getting down — but not everyone is on their best behavior, and someone may face their last dance! Meanwhile, Wolverine and XForce keep the peace…with help from Deadpool?! Collecting Planet Size X-Men #1, X-Corp #2, New Mutants (2019) #19, Wolverine (2020) #13 and S.W.O.R.D.(2020) #6. MAR221151

SHE-HULK #5 $3.99 Page 62
Rainbow Rowell and Roge Antonia
Jen Walters has been around since 1979 but this issue holds a first for her. The mysterious villains surely don’t care and plan on destroying her and Jack Of Hearts. MAR221046

SHE-HULK BY RAINBOW ROWELL VOL 01 $15.99 Page 98
Rainbow Rowell and Roge Antonia
Smashing new adventures starring the best character ever! Jennifer Walters, the Sensational She-Hulk, is no longer savage — and now she needs to put her life back together. She’s got a legal career to rebuild, friends to reacquaint herself with (and maybe represent in a court of law) and enemies to…well, she may not want to connect with them, but they are definitely going to connect with her. And Jen is about to be sent down a road she’s never traveled — one that will shake up her life…and possibly the whole Marvel Universe! One of the most dangerous things ever to exist lands in She-Hulk’s lap, and she’s got to figure out what the heck to do with it. Good luck with that, Jen! And with…Super Fight Club?! Collecting SHE-HULK (2022) #1-5. MAR221144

SILK #5 $3.99 Page 38
Emily Kim and Takeshi Miyazawa
Silk has tried and failed to stop an evil witch from terrorizing New York. Now the witch is putting her grand plan into motion. What IS the witch’s plan? And what’ll happen to the city – and the world – if Silk is too late?! MAR220971

SPIDER-MAN 2099 EXODUS #1 & 2 $3.99 Page 16
Steve Orlando and Dave Wachter
Introducing the Winter Soldier of 2099! After a massive celestial body crashes into the Wastelands outside of Nueva York, a new Garden of Eden erupts from the crash site, offering unimaginable power. And it’s not just the Cabal who is hungry to control the Garden Everyone’s got something to gain from Paradise…including Winter Soldier 13. Salvaged from the black market as a child, the Winter Soldier — raised on mad science — is bent on vengeance and rebirth. But what truly lies within the Garden? MAR220901

Witness Loki 2099! The Prince of Lies, last survivor of Asgard’s Ragnarok, sponsored by Alchemax’s Aesir program — is now the Prince of Outcasts! While the Cabal preys upon society’s dregs, LOKI schemes to resurrect Asgard on his own terms. But when Loki’s involved, can mischief be far behind? What’s the secret of Loki’s last trick, and how does it affect the future of Asgard and Midgard alike? MAR220905

SPIDER-MAN 2099 EXODUS ALPHA #1 $4.99 Page 14
Steve Orlando and Paul Fry
Miguel O’Hara is back! After fighting battles across the timestream, Miguel O’Hara is at last back defending hispresent and our our future! For Spider-Man 2099, the only thing constant about life in Nueva York is change. So when a cataclysmic crash creates a new Garden of Eden in what was once the American Wastelands, Spider-Man knows exactly what the next atrocity will be. Watch as the Cabal plans to set society ablaze — and you’ll never guess who is leading them! MAR220897

STAR WARS OBI-WAN KENOBI #1 $3.99 Page 73
Christopher Cantwell and Ario Anindito
Fast approaches the ultimate destiny of one the Jedi’s most renowned masters! As he spends his final days in the remote deserts of Tatooine, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes time to reflect on — and record — key moments of a heroic life long-lived. Writing in old leather-bound journals from his hermit’s hut, Obi-Wan remembers his days as a young Jedi Initiate, his trials as a Padawan, the crucible of Jedi Knighthood and the Clone Wars, and some of the earliest challenges he faced as a true Master of the Force! In this tale, Obi-Wan considers a watershed Youngling adventure he narrowly survived on Coruscant when he was but eight years of age. This is just the beginning of his Jedi journey! MAR221087

THUNDERBOLTS #1 $4.99 Page 18
Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse
Super-powered crooks have taken hostages in Staten Island? A dimensional rift tears open in Chinatown? Monsters running amok at the Met? New York City’s finest are here to save the day — Hawkeye, Spectrum, America Chavez, Power Man, Persuasion and Gutsen Glory! You know ’em, you love ’em. They’re the Thunderbolts! In the aftermath of Devil’s Reign, the Big Apple has big problems, and it’s up to a new group of Thunderbolts to turn things around. But when Clint Barton gets tasked with heading up this team and proving they can go toe-to-toe with anything the Marvel Universe can throw at them, the first opponent he’s going to have to face is himself. MAR220912

VENOM #8 $3.99 Page 32
Ram V. and Bryan Hitch
The moment you’ve been waiting for! You’ve watched and read in terror for months, as Dylan Brock has fulfilled his destiny and become the new Venom! But what about his old man? What about the original Venom? What about Eddie Brock?! Your answers start here, True Believer. If you buy no other issue of Venom in 2022, you must buy this one! MAR220949

X-CELLENT #4 $3.99 Page 52
Peter Milligan and Michael Allred
Zeitgeist recruits two new members for the X-Cellent! Meet their new teleporter Whoosh! And the incredibly handsome Fluff! But will these two turn out to be team players? Or will they be the latest in a long line of adversaries for Zeitgeist? MAR221015

X-FORCE #28 $3.99 Page 50
Benjamin Percy and Robert Gill
It’s Quentin Quire, #&%$! Cerebrax stalks the island of Krakoa, and no one is safe! Its hunger for minds is insatiable but what happens when it absorbs the minds — and powers — of the most powerful mutants?! X-Force will have to step it up and Quentin Quire leads the way! MAR221007

X-MEN RED #3 $3.99 Page 44
Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli
Power grab! Tarn the Uncaring waged war and torture on Arakko for centuries. He’s the most hated being on Mars…and he sits on their ruling council. Abigail Brand has a plan to remedy that — and reap the rewards. So does Roberto Da Costa. But only one of them can win…and Tarn’s going to make at least one mutant pay the price for it! MAR22098

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