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LGBTQA Previews May 2023 Part 1

The month of May almost looks like Pride month with over ten really tempting offerings from publishers! Look for the Color Of Always anthology (A Wave Blue World), Grand Slam Romance (Abrams), Gatsby, (AWA), the DC Book Of Pride by Jadzia Axelrod and Paulina Ganicheau (DK), a Teegan & Sara auto bio (First Second), Constellations (Hippo Park), 2 AM Eternal by Eric Kostiuk Williams (Secret Acres), Blessed Curse (Soaring Penguin), and Gryffen (Whatnot)! You’re not alone if you’re thinking about breaking your budget!

The cover art this month is from the cover art to a modern day queer adaptation of Gatsby by Jeremy Holt and Felipe Cunha. It was originally scheduled as a mini series and then AWA switched to a graphic novel format. I’ve read the first chapter and am excited to read the entire story.

There are lots more comics, manga, and graphic novels to look over too!

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

The Color of Always

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

COLOR OF ALWAYS LGBTQIA LOVE ANTHOLOGY TP $19.99 Page 279
Various
The flutter of first dates, the thrill of a text-back, the heart-stopping seconds before coming out, and the rush when finally discovering who you truly are – all of these life-changing moments across the full spectrum of LGBTQIA+ experience are ready to explore in this bright and inspiring comics anthology! The Color of Always is a collection of personal stories, testimonies, heirlooms, evocations, and evangelisms for queer creators and readers that celebrates feeling good about who you are, and coming into your own at last. MAR231312

ABLAZE

MIGHTY BARBARIANS #2 $3.99 Page 237
Michael Moreci and Giuseppe Cafaro
From the writer of Barbaric comes the world-hopping, skull-crushing adventures of The Mighty Barbarians! They’re barbarians. They loot, they plunder, they conquer. That’s what they do, and they do it alone until now! Kull leads the brave band of warriors on a treacherous journey back to his homeland in search of information on the mystical objects that will help them fight their enemy. But this only puts them on a longer, darker path to the heart of the underworld and into the clutches of Hades himself! Before The Avengers, The Justice League, The X-Men, before it all stood The Mighty Barbarians! MAR231076

ABRAMS COMICARTS

GRAND SLAM ROMANCE GN BOOK 1 $24.99 Page 252
Ollie Hicks and Emma Oosterhous
In this queer graphic novel that’s equal parts romance, softball, and magical girl drama, Mickey Monsoon is the hotshot pitcher for the Belle City Broads, and their team is poised to sweep the league this season. But Micky is thrown off their game when Astra Maxima shows up to catch for the Gaiety Gals, the Broads’ fiercest rival. Years ago Mickey and Astra were best friends… and maybe more. That was, until Astra unceremoniously dumped Mickey to become a softball wunderkind at a private girl’s school in Switzerland. Now, Astra is flirty, arrogant, and reckless on the fieldXeverything the rule-abiding Mickey hates. Astra thinks Mickey’s cute and wants to fool around, even despite their rocky history and the trail of jilted softballers that Astra leaves in her wake. Too bad the only thing Mickey wants is vengeance for their broken heart and wounded pride! Full of wet mitts, hard hits, and a bevy of softball-playing babes, Grand Slam Romance: Book 1 is a flawless home run that is sure to knock readers out of the park. MAR231110

AFTERSHOCK / SEISMIC

Bulls of Beacon Hill

BULLS OF BEACON HILL #5 $4.99 Page 207
Steve Orlando and Andy MacDonald
Boston Surgeon Christopher Boldt is secretly the son of one of the city’s most notorious gangsters. Unfortunately, it’s no longer a secret. And on the eve of Chris announcing a historic run for City Council, he must fend off an attempted hit by his father – Orin Paige. But violence runs in the family, and Chris is a natural. Now, at the end of a long night of blood, Chris comes face to face with his father, the man that helped bring him into the world…and the man that tried to take him out of it. And if Chris survives his fight for vengeance, can he reckon with the man he’s had to become to achieve it? MAR231014

AHOY COMICS

SECOND COMING TRINITY #2 $4.99 Page 254
Mark Russell, Richard Pace, and Leonard Kirk
‘One of the most rib-tickling religious satires’ (ScreenRant) continues! God helps Sunstar with a haircut, then tags along on Sunstar’s date with Sheila. Meanwhile, Jesus does babysitting duty for a super-powered toddler! Featuring cover A by Richard Pace and incentive cover B by Tom Fowler (Books of Magic, MAD). 0323AH268

ARCHIE COMICS

CHILLING ADVENTURES JINX’S CURSED LIFE ONESHOT $3.99 Page 265
Magdalene Visaggio and Craig Cermak
Jinx Holliday is a firecracker and a firestarter. Destruction always follows in her wake. And sometimes weirdos stop her and talk about her “destiny.” It’s all combined to create quite the aura of mystery around a 14-year-old girl who just wants some pizza rolls, and while her soul might belong to Satan, her heart belongs to the electric guitar. But one day, when Archie and company come looking for her help because Jughead is acting weird, Jinx and her BFF Danni embark on a mission to exorcize Jughead. It’s the two BFFs vs. Satan for the good of humanity-or at very least, for Jinx to just be free to be a normal 14-year-old girl who just happens to dabble in necromancy and rock ‘n’ roll. MAR231202

AVERY HILL PUBLISHING

PET PEEVES GN $16.95 Page 279
Nicole Goux
In this horror graphic novel, the new dog that aspiring musician Bobbie has adopted is cute, but also stealing her life. Bobbie’s life is going nowhere fast. She’s working at a bar, wanting to play music but never having the time or energy. The only bright spot is her dogXalways cheerful, always cuddly, and always there for her. As the relentless day-in, day-out of work piles up, music and roommates and social plans begin to seem less and less important as Bobbie struggles to make rent and have any time to be creative. The only thing she has time for outside her job is her dog… and her dog is going to do everything he can to keep it that way. This debut solo graphic novel from breakout author Nicole Goux explores the struggles of a young artist, haunted not only by debt and society, but by more sinister (though adorable) canine forces. MAR231311

AWA STUDIOS

BLACK TAPE #4 $3.99 Page 282
Dan Panosian and Dalibor Talajic
Jack King was a rock’n’roll god who projected a stage persona on par with the devil. After Jack dies on stage, his widow, Cindy, grapples with grief and struggles to protect his legacy, unaware that she is being surrounded by dark forces that covet the master tapes to Jack’s final, unreleased album – a heavy metal masterpiece that just might open a doorway to hell. In this action-packed conclusion, Cindy fights for her life and the secrets of the Black Tape are revealed. 0323AW270

GATSBY TP $19.99 Page 280
Jeremy Holt, Felipe Cunha, and Dearbhla Kelly
When middle-class Singaporean student Lu Zhao is invited to spend a summer on Long Island with his rich cousin, Tommy, before attending Columbia University in the fall, his assimilation into the opulent American lifestyle straps him into a collision course fueled by designer drugs, sex, deceit, and murder. Set in present-day Long Island, GATSBY reimagines F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel as an LGBTQ-tinged, multicultural thriller for the Internet age. 0323AW274

BAND OF BARDS

TALES FROM THE PANDEMIC $8.99 Page 284
Mario Candelaria, Andy Michael & Various
An anthology of 8 stories to mark the third anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the world continues to try to make sense of these events, an extraordinary group of comics creators tell their tales in an attempt to express their feelings and experiences. MAR231323

BLACK MASK STUDIOS

DESTINY NY MYSTICAL MAFIA #1 $4.99 Page 286
Pat Shand and Elisa Romboli
Lilith Aberdine is the last surviving daughter of a mystical crime family. She has spent her whole life running from her past, but now those old demons are finally catching up to her. She thought she was meant to be with former prophecy girl Logan McBride, but life has pulled them apart. Now, with Lilith in New York and Logan in California, will destiny reunite them or drive them further apart? From writer Pat Shand and artist Elisa Romboli, this series will plunge you deep into the mystical world of Destiny NY… a world just like ours, except magic is commonplace. 0323BM276

BOOM

BUFFY LAST VAMPIRE SLAYER LOST SUMMER #1 $7.99 Page 98
Casey Gilly and Lauren Knight
Spike is determined to keep the last copy of his embarrassing poetry from being discovered, sending Buffy and the Scooby Gang on a faux-supernatural goose chase to New Orleans to cover his tracks. At an antiques fair, the group is fascinated by The Casquette Girls’ clothes on display. When Dawn utters a wish she most likely should have kept to herself, the gang gains a firsthand account of the sisters’ identities – beyond what they could have imagined. Buffy, The Last Vampire Slayer writer Casey Gilly is joined by Golden Rage artist Lauren Knight, bringing fans a historically fun and frightful one-shot to sink their fangs MAR230219

GRIM VOL 2 $14.99 Page 112
Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano
In her continuing macabre journey as a grim reaper, Jessica Harrow is still trapped in Las Vegas with fellow reapers Eddie and Marcel, where they encounter a fabulous twist on mythical Greek figures, as well as someone with the authority to get them out of their phantasmal dilemma. Jess’ means of moving between the world of the living and the realm of the dead has also gone amok. When everyone becomes marked for death but no one is dying, the consequences could be catastrophic! Will Jessica find a way to return to the Afterlife and take her rightful place atop the throne? Or will Adira solidify her control, now that she’s finally in possession of Death’s scythe? Collects Grim #6-10. MAR230237

HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER #15 $3.99 Page 111
James Tynion IV, Tate Brombal, Werther Dell’Edera, and Antonio Fuso
In the final issue of the third story arc, Jace will have to make a difficult choice between vengeance and rescuing Sunny from the White Masks! But just as Sunny has to deal with the monster within, Jace unleashes his rage in a more terrifying way than the children have ever witnessed. MAR230238

NEIGHBORS #3 $4.99 Page 117
Jude Ellison S. Doyle and Letizia Cadonici
Janet finds trouble with the locals as she becomes aware of a suspicious lack of children in townX while Cunnanock’s picture-perfect visage falls apart. Meanwhile, supernatural threats aren’t the only worries on Oliver’s mind, as suspected transphobia in town threatens his well being, and the palpable strangeness of Agnes’s house draws Isobel in. MAR230250

SEASONS HAVE TEETH #2 $4.99 Page 116
Dan Watters and Sebastian Cabrol
Summer, the most chaotic and destructive of all seasons, creates a flood of refugees and international tensions, with Andrew as the newly-acclaimed photographer there to document the onslaught. But it’s not just the monstrous season that brings chaos, as human prejudice and hatred heats up, bringing up painful memories of Andrew’s past conflict photography. With his dreams and finite life waning, Andrew is determined to capture the perfect shotX even if there’s a risk of it being his last. MAR230247

VAMPIRE SLAYER (BUFFY) #14 $4.99 Page 127
Sarah Gailey and Kath Lobo
Buffy’s relationship with Giles remains strained, but they work together to repair things as Buffy is determined to take back her identity as The Slayer! Meanwhile, Willow gets a better handle on her immense power, and just in timeX as the Crab God grows in power from its infantile form. MAR230275

WYND HC BOOK 3 THRONE IN THE SKY $19.99 Page 114
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
The land of Esseriel is a darker and more dangerous place than ever, as tensions between the Human and Faerie realms build to the brink of war. Could Wynd be the only hope for peace? Danger, betrayal, and even some romance confront our heroes at every turn, while elsewhere, the Duke makes murderous plans of his own. Things seem dire, but help from an unexpected figure might just be the lifeline Wynd and Merien need even though the final battle draws near. The Eisner and GLAAD nominated Wynd saga continues in this hardcover volume exclusively for comic shops from Eisner Award-winning writer James Tynion IV and artist Michael Dialynas , the GLAAD Award-winning creative team behind The Woods. Collects Wynd: The Throne in the Sky #1-5. MAR230246

DENPA BOOKS

TERANO KUN & KUMAZAKI KUN GN $15.95 Page 473
Credit not given
Student council president Terano is confident and smart. On the other hand, the good-looking, but scary Kumazaki has been failing classes for the past few years. One day, a friend catches Terano texting someone. Terano remains quiet on the subject… No one would have guessed that the rebellious Kumazaki is actually quite shy, and is completely wrapped around Terano’s finger. MAR232240

DIGITAL MANGA

I SHOULD NOT LOVE YOU GN $15.95 Page 449
Chise Ogawa
Since he was little, Taisei Fujima has been known as the pretty boy in his town, and throughout his pampered and self-indulgent life thus far, there has only been one thing standing in his way: Keita Okachimachi, his former middle school classmate. Therefore, when Taisei is once again reunited with Okachimachi, after three long years apart, Taiseican’t help but get riled up. And thus begins Taisei’s grand plan for revenge…! Except, something’s wrong. Even though he loathes Okachimachi with every fiber of his being, why is Taisei’s heart beating so fast that he can hardly think straight. “Don’t tell me I’ve fallen in love with him?!” MAR23213

DK PUBLISHING

DC BOOK OF PRIDE $19.99 Page 304
Jadzia Axelrod and Paulina Ganucheau
Written and curated by DC expert Jadzia Axelrod, The DC Book of Pride profiles more than 50 LGBTQIA+ characters in detail, including Harley Quinn, Superman (Jon Kent), Nubia, Robin (Tim Drake), Batwoman, Aqualad, Dreamer, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), and many more. Discover their fascinating origins, amazing superpowers, and key storylines. This title is an indispensable and celebratory companion to the DC Pride comic books. MAR231427

DREN PRODUCTIONS

PLAN 59 FROM OUTER SPACE #3 $4.99 Page 306
James Mascia, Michael Dolce, Joaquin Gonzalez, and Daniele Caramanico
In 1957, Ed Wood brought us a movie about aliens who tried to raise the dead in order to destroy humanity. They did this to prevent us from creating a galaxy destroying weapon they believed we would one day create. This was Plan 9 from Outer Space. 49 failed plans later, the aliens have finally figured out how to enslave us. Just look in your hand. That little device that’s always by your side and that you could never live without. That’s how they’ll enslave us. That’s Plan 59X and the plan is working.
MAR231442

FAIRSQUARE COMICS

INTERTWINED LAST JEWISH DAUGHTER OF KAIFENG #1 $12.99 Page 313
Fabrice Sapolsky, Fei Chen, and Ho Seng Hui
In time for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as Jewish American Heritage Month, fan-favorite series Intertwined is back with a 64 page special dedicated to the only Asian Jewish character in comics: the new Spirit of Water! After the events of the original Intertwined series, Leah Ai Tian’s life has changed drastically. She had been dragged in Juan Jin’s adventures with the Spirits of WuXing against her will and Lady Xia passed on the mantle of Champion of the Water Element to her right before she was murdered. Now, Leah fights along the Spirits of the Earth, Wood, Fire and Metal to preserve the balance of the universe while fully living her Jewish faith. But her past has come back to haunt her. Why did she really leave Kaifeng and China? And what do Mob Lord Yuk-Long wants so much that he sent his goons all the way to Chinatown New York to find her? Intertwined: The last Jewish Daughter of Kaifeng is a fast paced action adventure tale dealing with deep real life issues: the meaning of faith in a country that, at that time, doesn’t recognize Judaism as a religion, the condition of women in the early 1970s and freedom of choice. Brought to you by original creators Fabrice Sapolsky and Fred Pham Chuong with art by new sensational artists Fei Chen and Ho Seng Hui with colors by Walter Pereyra. MAR231493

FEIWEL & FRIENDS

DOG KNIGHT GN $14.99 (SC) $22.99 (HC) Page 319
Jeremy Whitley and Bre Indigo
Frankie knows who they are. They’re a drummer, they’re nonbinary, and they’re… the Dog Knight? One day Frankie is a relatively normal middle schooler, with relatively normal challenges, like finding the perfect outfit to wear during their upcoming drum solo. Then, they save a friendly golden retriever from bullies and wake up in a giant magical doghouse, with a funny looking helmet, talking to a group of dog superheroes called the Pawtheon. If Frankie can prove that they possess the six dog virtues of loyalty, kindness, honesty, justice, stubbornness, and smell, they will be named the Dog Knight and be given the power to fight the forces of chaos. Maybe there is more to Frankie than they thought? MAR231521 (SC) / MAR231522 (HC)

FIRST SECOND

TEGAN AND SARA VOL 1 JUNIOR HIGH $14.99 (SC)/ $22.99 (HC)
Tegan & Sara Quin, Tillie Walden
Before the indie-pop duo Tegan & Sara took the world by storm, Tegan and Sara Quin were identical twins trying to find their place in a new home and new school. From first crushes to the perils of puberty, surviving junior high is something the sisters plan to face side-by-side, just like they always have. But growing up also means growing apart, as Tegan and Sara make different friends and take separate paths to understanding their queerness. For the first time ever, they ask who one sister is without the other. Set in the present-day, this fictionalized autobiography offers a glimpse at Tegan and Sara before they became icons, exploring their shifting sisterhood, their own experiences coming out, and the first steps of their musical journey. A prequel of sorts to their New York Times-bestselling adult memoir High School, it’s the story of the people they are now, and how so many of the trials they faced in their youth not only brought them to music stardom, but to a rock-solid relationship with each other. MAR231530 (SC) / MAR231531 (HC)

GRAPHIX

FOUR EYES GN VOL 1 $12.99 (SC) / $24.99 (HC)
Rex Ogle and Dave Valeza
Sixth grade isn’t as great as Rex thought it would be. He’s the only kid who hasn’t had a growth spurt, and the bullies won’t let him forget it. His closest friend is unreliable, at best. And there’s a cute girl in his class who he can’t stop thinking about. With so much going on, everything is a blur – including Rex’s vision! So when he discovers that he needs glasses, and his family can only afford the ugliest pair in the store, any hope Rex had of fitting in goes completely out of focus. In this true coming-of-age story, Rex has his sights set on surviving sixth grade, but now he’s got to find a way to do it with glasses, no friends, and a family that just doesn’t get it! MAR231558 (SC) / MAR231559 (HC)

HIPPO PARK

CONSTELLATIONS GN $14.99 Page 331
Kate Glasheen
A debut graphic novel about a queer teen living in the margins who is determined to find their way ahead. Are you supposed to be a boy or a girl? It’s a question that follows Claire everywhere. Inescapable on the street, in school, and even at home. A black hole forever trying to pull them in. But as long as they have ride-or-die best friend Greg at their side and a drink in their hand, everything will be okay. Right? Except, Claire can never have just one drink. And when harassment at school reaches a fever pitch, Claire begins a spiral that ends in court-ordered rehab. Feeling completely lost, Claire is soon surrounded by a group of equally messed up, equally hilarious new friends and, with the help of a patient counselor, finds a space to unpack all the bad they’ve experienced. But as Claire’s release gets closer so does the question: Can Claire stay sober and true in a world seemingly never made for them? MAR231575

LITTLE BROWN & COMPANY

PRINCESS & GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH GN $17.99 (SC) / $24.99 (HC)
Deya Muniz
Lady Camembert wants to live life on her own terms, without marriage. Well, without marrying a man, that is. But the law of the land is that women cannot inherit. So when her father passes away, she does the only thing she can: She disguises herself as a man and moves to the capital city of the Kingdom of Fromage to start over as Count Camembert. But it’s hard to keep a low profile when the beautiful Princess Brie, with her fierce activism and great sense of fashion, catches her attention. Camembert can’t resist getting to know the princess, but as the two grow closer, will she able to keep her secret? MAR231706 (SC) / MAR231707 (HC)

MAD CAVE STUDIOS

DAHLIA IN THE DARK #6 $3.99 Page 367
Joe Corallo and Andrea Milana
The Fairy King Luna’s nefarious plan to invade earth and claim it for his own has finally come to fruition. The King’s daughter Maya needs Donny’s help to stop him and save the world. Can Donny save the world and be with his daughter again before Ollie puts an end to his career permanently? Dahlia in the Dark is a fast-paced, action, fantasy thriller about family and hidden truths. Ringo award winner and Eisner nominated author Joe Corallo joins rising star artist Andrea Milana for an all-original mini-series that will take readers on one wild ride! 0323MA295

EXORCISTS NEVER DIE #2 $4.99 Page 363
Steve Orlando and Sebastian Piriz
Ellen Blair. Syd Miller. Two of Earth’s foremost combat exorcists. And despite all that? They’re in way over their heads. Syd and Ellen might’ve defeated Sloth and exorcized the first level of the Hellscraper, but there are still legions of demons between the two warriors and the soul auction they’re desperate to shut down…not to mention the devastating sins that guard each level. As Syd and Ellen celebrate their victory over Sloth, they don’t even realize they’ve fallen right into the clutches of Lust! As a couple, Syd and Ellen could never make it work, but now, as partners, if they can’t overcome the lingering lust they have for each other, their mission to save souls will be deader than their romance., 0323MA298

MONOMYTH #1 $3.99 Page 362
David Hazan, Cecilia Lo Valvo, and Marissa Louise
Magic is all but extinct. When the last ailing wizard casts a final desperate spell to summon the descendants of ancient bloodlines to a school for magic now in disrepair…those chosen ones find a horror of the likes they’ve never experienced. They will have to confront the deepest parts of themselves, their tragic pasts, and defeat each other to survive the ordeal. Monomyth is an all-new mini-series from the mind of David Hazan (Nottingham). 0323MA301

ONI PRESS

BLINK TP $21.99 Page 379
Christopher Sebela and Hayden Sherman
Wren Booker was three when she was found alone and covered in blood on the streets of New York. Since that day, she’s been haunted by the childhood she can’t remember…until decades later when she finds a cryptic website streaming multiple CCT feeds from strange rooms in a ruined building. Something clicks, setting off hidden memories that lead her back to a place she’s seen in lifelong nightmares. Hunting for answers, Wren breaks in and finds herself lost in the camera-filled dark mazes of a decayed social experiment known only as BLINK…which she quickly discovers is not abandoned at all. But what should be a foreign nightmare-scape feels all too familiar for Wren as she follows her obsession all the way down, piecing together the story of Blink – as well as her own ties to it. 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.+ 0323ON306

SECRET ACRES

2 AM ETERNAL GN $25.00 Page 397
Eric Kostiuk Williams
Eric Kostiuk Williams captures a decade of nightlife in Toronto’s queer community, from basements to the backstage to back rooms. Collecting one hundred event posters from 2012 to 2022, short comics stories, and hand-written notes from the author, the organizers, the performers, and the crowd, 2AM Eternal makes a scene until last call. The pandemic prompts a series of posters for cancelled events, and a pivot to digital events in the days of lockdown, before the manic, uneasy re-emergence of face-to-face, wall-to-wall living. MAR231882

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT

LOVE IS AN ILLUSION VOL 4 $24.99 Page 478
Fargo
The hit Boys’ Love omegaverse webtoon from Lezhin is now in print! Hye-sung spent his entire life believing he was an Alpha, the jackpot of the genetic lottery. But his world is flipped upside down when he finds out he isn’t a dominating Alpha, but a submissive Omega. His frustration is pushed to its limits when he constantly crosses paths with the handsome Dojin, a true Alpha. Dojin supposedly can’t stand Omegas, but his head-butting with Hye-sung results in explosive arguments and unexpected sex. Is this sizzling chemistry truly just their bodies reacting? Resolcited from Previews Vol. XXXII #12 (DEC221966) MAR232278

SILVER SPROCKET

ENLIGHTENED TRANSSEXUAL COMIX HC $24.99 Page 397
Sam Szabo
The definitive collection of Sam Szabo’s ‘ETC’ comics series, serving up a psychedelic stew of social satire and gonzo gender theory! The year is 2023. The astral plane has entered a tailspin. Fortunately, an ancient cosmological entity is on a mission to spread her fluidity across the galaxy. Our raw, uncut heroine roams the wasteland in defense of trans rights and trans wrongs. Will the Enlightened Transsexual convince humanity to chill out at last? Or will the planet choke on her filthy gags? 0323SP366

SOARING PENGUIN PRESS

BLESSED CURSE HC $39.99 Page 398
Mario Cesar
Ever since he was a boy growing up in Brazil, all Acacio wanted was to please his parents: get good grades in school, meet a nice girl, stop being so… gay. Mario Cesar’s multi-award-winning graphic novel explores the horrific application of Conversion Therapy and what it’s like to grow up gay in Brazil. This is not an easy read. But to prevent Conversion Therapy from continuing to be applied, it’s a necessary one. MAR231895

SUBLIME

MEGUMI & TSUGUMI VOL 2 $12.99 Page 451
Mitsuru Si
Tsugumi-an atypical omega and tough guy-insists he can control his heat through sheer willpower. Megumi, on the other hand, is a rather straitlaced alpha delinquent. When they meet ready to brawl, Megumi falls hard and fast! The two start dating and even sleep together during Tsugumi’s heat, but the alpha can’t help noticing this hot-tempered omega is still not opening up to him-perhaps because the oblivious Tsugumi is bewildered by Megumi’s advances! Not quite getting this whole love thing, Tsugumi decides the only way to deal with his confusion is to get rid of it-and Megumi too-with the help of his trusty lead pipe. MAR232140

TOKYO POP

ACID TOWN VOL 1 $13.99 Page 482
Kyugo
In a city where lawlessness rules, Yuki and his best friend Tetsu attempt to rob the headquarters of the local Seidoukai in order to steal money to pay for Yuki’s little brother’s hospital bill. The mission is a failure, but piques the interest of mob boss Kazutaka Hyodo. He offers Yuki a deal; come to visit him once a week, and he’ll take care of his brother’s fees. Yuki accepts this arrangement without question, and so makes his first visit. This book contains strong language and darker elements, including mentions of sexual violence, and discussion of abuse. It is not intended for anyone under 16 years of age. MAR232294

YURI ESPOIR VOL 4 $12.99 Page 483
Mai Naoi
After finding out she is to be forced into an marriage of convenience as soon as she graduates high school, Kokoro sees her life ending before her eyes at her father’s wishes. And so in her final year of high school, she decides to indulge in her love of other women, and create an incredible sketchbook of lesbian romance to leave behind as her legacy. As she observes the young women of her town, she learns more about their desires, their struggles, and the unpredictable whims of love. MAR232297

VAULT

BARBARIC HELL TO PAY #4 $4.99 Page 420
Michael Moreci and Nathan Gooden
It’s all gone to Hell! Will Owen stay trapped in his fiery prison forever, or will he learn why he’s been cursed and how to escape? Can Serra trust Soren, or is history doomed to repeat itself? Find out in the shocking finale to the third volume of Barbaric! 0323VL402

GODFELL #3 $4.99 Page 420
Chris Sebela and Ben Hennessy
Zanzi fought the most savage battles of the Grand War, but can she survive the love feast that is the Pelvis of God? As she and Neth wade through sex, sloth, and gluttony, they’ll discover a secret that threatens to cut short their journey through the corpse of God. 0323VL408

NASTY #3 $4.99 Page 421
John Lees and George Kambadais
Meera Malik has known Thumper since they were kids. If she’s going to write the script for their horror movie, and come to grips with the unsettling happenings on-set, she’ll need to search for answers in her own history, both with the genre she loves and the friendship they share. Elsewhere, a moral puritan with sinister intentions is whipping up fresh hysteria against the video nasties. 0323VL414

QUEEN OF SWORDS A BARBARIC STORY #1 $4.99 Page 418
Michael Moreci and Corin Howell
Spinning out of the pages of Barbaric comes an all-new, standalone, rip-roaring fantasy adventure, filled with mayhem, humor, and a bloodthirsty weapon that just won’t stop talking! Serra is a witch with a checkered past; Ka is an assassin with an agenda all her own, and Deadheart is a barbarian who wants to bash everyone in her path. They’ll have to unite their unique skills to track down a powerful foe who’s tied their lives together. Get ready to meet your new favorite instrument of death-the evil Ga’Bar, whose spirit is now trapped in Deadheart’s sword! Discover the origin of the dark magic that turned Soren into the tattooed witch she is today, in this totally new story, the perfect place to step into the world of Barbaric for the first time! 0323VL420

WHATNOT

GRYFFEN #2 $5.99 Page 428
Ben Kahn and Bruno Hidalgo
Gryffen’s crusade of terror against the fascist Sovereign Reach has ignited the empire’s wrath, and the fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance! Gryffen and their crew’s quest to save the planet Ensara comes to a fiery climax, as the ruthless Admiral Hunter joins the fray! What secrets do Gryffen and Hunter share, and why is the admiral willing to spill an ocean of blood just to see Gryffen dead? If Gryffen wants to prevent a genocide, it’ll take daring, fringe science, and a little bit of being shot into the cold void space. [LGBTQA characters including one enby.] MAR232000

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SOTUS VOL 2 $13.00 Page 467
BitterSweet Kei
Under the SOTUS system, where freshmen undergo hazing from their seniors, Arthit continues his harsh instruction as the head hazer of the Engineering Department. But Kongpob is starting to figure out that it’s all just Arthit’s awkward way of showing kindness, and he’s charmed by it. Meanwhile, the hazers’ final task, “The Scramble for the Flag,” is soon approaching… MAR232196

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