LGBT Previews For November 2015

That’s TJ and Amal up there from E K Weaver’s The Less Than Epic Adventures Of TJ & Amal. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. It’s about two guys that just met in a bar — Amal who’s just called off his wedding plans because he’s really gay and easy going TJ — who make a drunken pact to drive cross country so Amal can attend his sister’s college graduation. It sounds like everything could go really wrong…or turn out great! TJ & Amal started as a webcomic and now you can have the entire series in one giant book! Check it out under Iron Circus below. I came across this image while trying to find one to feature at the top of the list this month and fixated on it the moment I saw it.

Other goodies this month include the start of a new Orphan Black mini, an Infinite Loop trade collecting the sci fi romance mini, an IZombie hardcover omnibus collecting the entire 28 issues, new issues of Dash and A Waste Of Time from Northwest Press, a new printing of No Straight Lines, and more things to tempt you!

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rachelrising38ABSTRACT STUDIOS

RACHEL RISING #38 $3.99 Page 244
Terry Moore
Rachel and Zoe have teamed up with Lilith to find and catch Malus. They soon discover that finding the elusive demon is one thing, catching him is another. The gloves come off in this new, hair-raising issue of America’s favorite horror comic!

ARCHIE

ARCHIE #2 $3.99 Page 264
Mark Waid and Annie Wu
The biggest comic series of the year continues! What was the “lipstick incident” that pushed Archie and Betty apart? And can the smartest boy in Riverdale fix it? The spotlight is on Dilton and Moose as, together, they show what friendship is really all about! We’re pleased to welcome Annie Wu to Riverdale, as she takes over art duties in this brand-new issue! [The best place to find Kevin Keller is here or in Jughead.]

JUGHEAD #2 $3.99 Page 266
Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson
Zdarsky and Henderson return with the next issue of the all-new Jughead! Things continue to be amiss at Riverdale High as Coach Clayton gets replaced by a tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoner Phys-Ed teacher! Can he be stopped or will Jughead have to become physically active? The answer lies in the far future!

BOOM

ADVENTURE TIME: MASKED MAYHEM Vol 6 $14.99 Page 294
Kate Leth and Bridget Underwood
In this sixth Adventure Time original graphic novel, BMO and Jake are getting ready for the biggest costume party ever–they’ve received invites from everyone! cognetic2As they party-hop, they realize that each party has one thing in common: a prankster. Detective BMO is on the case with the help of Jake, his sidekick, to figure out what’s going on. Join them as they travel all across Ooo to find who the culprit is, while still enjoying some fun times with friends.
Adventure Time: Masked Mayhem

COGNETIC #2 $4.99 Page 295
James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan
Amie is back to square one and starts amassing a crew of FBI agents to take out Blue.

LUMBERJANES #20 $3.99 Page 298
Shannon Waters, Kat Leyh, and Carolyn Nowak
It’s a mermaid war! April has made a real mess of things by trying to get her mer-pals back together, but can she make things better with the help of her friends?

lumberjanesmaxLUMBERJANES TO THE MAX EDITION HC Vol 1 $39.99 Page 289
Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, and Carey Pietsch
We’re overwhelmed by the love, support, and enthusiasm from Lumberjumbies all over the world for this Eisner Award-winning series! Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen have crafted a heartfelt series built on the power of friendship and positivity, and we’re thrilled to present the first eight-issue story arc in a deluxe hardcover for the first time. What It Is: At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams! Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here. Includes Lumberjanes #1-8, a foreword by Raina Telgemeier, the never-before-collected Lumberjanes short from BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape, all of the Rad Mix Playlists, and more!
Lumberjanes To The Max Edition Vol. 1

POWER UP #5 $3.99 Page 298
Kate Leth and Matt Cummings
The Corners are four warriors who have been training since birth to receive the powers from the prophecy–the powers that went to Aimee and her woefully unprepared new friends instead!

THE WOODS #17 $3.99 Page 295
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
The results of the election turn the students against their allies, and Karen learns more about the Aboriginal people and their control over the power of the Woods

DARK HORSE

ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 9 Vol 3 LIBRARY EDITION HC
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
When a demon from Giles’s past reemerges in London, it gives Angel the opportunity he’s been waiting for: capturing the final piece of the late Watcher’s soul. Faith’s Slayer comrades discover her long-standing relationship with public enemy number one, Angel. And if that wasn’t enough, Slayers start turning into zombies! Collects Angel & Faith Volumes 4 and 5.
Angel and Faith: Season Nine Library Edition Volume 3 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

BUFFY SEASON 10 #21 $3.50 Page 50
Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
Demon invasions are becoming a worldwide threat, and Buffy is tasked with convincing the vampire community that they should help fight the invasions. But to win them over, Buffy and Spike have to triumph in one-on-one battles with the finest vampires around–and Harmony is organizing the event!

COLDER: TOSS THE BONES #3 $3.99 Page 41
Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
When Nimble Jack becomes your roommate, there’s no telling what kind of insanity will pay the rent. The Eisner-nominated series continues!

DHP16DARK HORSE PRESENTS #16 $4.99 Page 56
Carla Speed McNeil, Alex de Campi, Brendan McCarthy, Shawn Aldridge, Denns Calero, David Chelsea, Jerry Ordway, Julius Gopez, Todd Mignola, and Mike Mignola
A special flipbook issue! Behind a Brendan McCarthy cover in this issue, which features the next chapter of his surreal Dream Gang, Dennis Calero’s The Suit returns! But flip the book over and find a Mike Mignola Hellboy cover and a special eight-page Hellboy story! This issue also features new chapters of Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder, Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s Semiautomagic, and Shawn Aldridge and Julius Gopez’s Last Act! And David Chelsea continues a four-issue run on DHP with his strip entitled Sandy & Mandy.

ELFQUEST: THE FINAL QUEST #12 $3.50 Page 39
Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
What happens when you discover who you really are–and realize you never wanted to know that soul-wrenching truth? Nightfall and Redlance lead a band of Wolfriders to try to learn the answer, just as the Wavedancers deliver dire news: the Djun’s warships have arrived. The most game-changing issue of ElfQuest ever!

EMPOWERED SPECIAL: PEW! PEW! PEW! $3.99 Page 63
Adam Warren
The laser blasts fly as costumed crime fighter Empowered battles a series of puzzlingly rage-fueled supervillains, each one armed with a bigger and more destructive “supergun” than the last. Ah, but might our long-suffering heroine’s own buried resentments and repressed bitterness prove to be her deadliest foes?

tomorrows5THE TOMORROWS #5 $3.99 Page 0
Curt Pires and Andrew MacLean
Something is coming through the wormhole. It won’t be pretty. Curt Pires (The Fiction, POP, Mayday) and Liam Cobb (Spread) bring us the latest chapter of The Tomorrows! [Pires wrote the May Day mini that featured a transgender character, published by Black Mask.]

DC

ACTION #46 $23.99 Page 97
Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder
Once upon a time, the idea that Clark Kent could be corrupted would have been unthinkable, but now one villain is about to take advantage of his troubles! As more and more people turn on the Man of Steel, how long before Superman turns to the dark side? What evil force is orchestrating all this? [Greg Pak is added to the list after I noticed he became a backer of Geeks Out’s Flame Con Kickstarter.]

BATGIRL #46 $2.99 Page 104
Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, and Babs Tarr
In her civilian life, Barbara Gordon may be sitting on tech research that could be a gold mine…and in her life as Batgirl, she’s cracked the code that might enable her to take down massive police corruption in Burnside! It’s time for Batgirl to level up–but she’s going to need allies on both fronts. Enter the Spoiler!

BATMAN ’66 #29 $3.99 Page 108
Jeff Parker, Jonathan Case, and Dean Haspiel
Popular Batman ’66 artist Jonathan Case returns with an all-new story featuring Catwoman! The tables are turned as the Feline Fatale must come to the rescue of her caped crime-fighting counterpart–holy role reversal! Then, get ready for a family reunion as Ma Parker brings her criminal clan back to the streets of Gotham City. It’s Batman vs. the ladies in this issue! [Okay, I’m including this title for the sheer camp factor of the TV series and how much it has meant to gay guys over the years even though probably won’t be any overtly LGBT characters or themes.]

BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #5 – 8 $2.99 Page 75
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando (#5), Genevieve Valentine, Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea, Alvaro martinez, Raul Fernandez. and Scot Eaton
The new Batman weekly powers into its second month–and goes international! Batman’s greatest secret has torn the Robins apart, sending them on different missions around the world. What is the significance of the case Batman and Robin worked five years ago in Prague? What will Jason Todd and Tim Drake find on the island of vice that is Gamorra? And can Harper Row get through the wall Cassandra Cain has built around herself?

BATMAN/ SUPERMAN #26 $2.99 Page 98
Greg Pak and Ardian Syaf
Batgirl enters the scene as the half-powered Superman goes to war against Vandal Savage!

CATWOMAN #46 $2.99 Page 109
Genevieve Valentine and David Messina
As Eiko abandons the role of Catwoman, Selina’s list of friends is growing perilously short. And when one of the Calabreses is in danger, she must decide what to save: her family or Gotham City! Will her closest ally become her greatest nemesis in this shocking conclusion?

constantine6CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #6 $2.99 Page 79
Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, and Riley Rossmo
New York, New York it’s one hell of a town! John Constantine returns beaten and broken from his English excursion to find his adopted American home in magical peril. A mysterious plot is building in the mystic underbelly of New York City–demons, imps, monsters, fairies are running rampant, and only the Hellblazer can save the Big Apple from an infernal takeover. But does he even want to?

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #4 & 5 $3.99 Page 82
Marguerite Bennett, Bilquis Evely, Mirko Andolfo, and Laura Braga
In a London hospital, a strange patient has a message for Dr. Harleen Quinzel…one that leads the doctor to hijack a plane out of the city! And, Supergirl and Stargirl lead a bombing raid, only to discover a terrible secret that leaves them questioning their loyalties. Plus, Batwoman arrives in Italy where she encounters Contessa Selina Digatti–a.k.a. the Catwoman!

While Wonder Woman leads an American infantry division in an attack on an Axis battalion, Harley makes a none-too-graceful landing in France, where she encounters a woman with a strange affinity for plants. Plus, Supergirl and Stargirl fly home to protect their parents, only to be attacked by a fearsome forest spirit known as the Swamp Thing.

DETECTIVE #46 $2.99 Page 84
Peter Tomasi and Marcio Takara
For the first time since taking on the mantle of Batman, Jim Gordon has left Gotham City. But he’s not alone! Recruited by the Justice League, Gordon taps into his detective skills to help Superman, Wonder Woman, and the World’s Greatest Heroes solve the murder of a mysterious, super-powered being. [Renee Montoya is back!]

EARTH TWO: SOCIETY #6 $2.99 Page 83
Daniel S Wilson and Jorge Jimenez
While Wonder Woman leads an American infantry division in an attack on an Axis battalion, Harley makes a none-too-graceful landing in France, where she encounters a woman with a strange affinity for plants. Plus, Supergirl and Stargirl fly home to protect their parents, only to be attacked by a fearsome forest spirit known as the Swamp Thing.

FLASH #46 $2.99 Page 92
Robert Vendetti, Van Jenson, and Brett Booth
Is the missing Heat Wave dead–or alive? The Rogues reunite to find out. But the search has gone so bad that they need to enlist the help of The Flash to find out![Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple. Barry Allen and Rathaway are now roommates!]

GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #11 $2.99 Page 110
Ray Fawkes and Juan Ferrerya
The final battle for the soul of Gotham City begins. With Corrigan and Drake presumed dead, the Ikkondrid returns from Slaughter Swamp to finish what it started. If there’s no one left to protect the city, will its past sins lead to its doom? [You heard about that scene in the annual with the Gentleman Ghost confronting COrrigan over possible sexual interest in him?]

GRAYSON #14 $3.99 Page 110
Tom King, Tim Seeley, and Mikel Janin
Grayson and Tiger battle their way into a secret lab of deceased scientist and Spyral founder Otto Netz. As he searches for clues to the true identity of the mysterious Agent Zero, Grayson finds his foes much closer than expected!

GREEN LANTERN: THE LOST ARMY #6 $2.99 Page 116
Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz
This may be the last chance for John Stewart and the rest of the lost Lanterns to return home…but there are still plenty of obstacles in their way! [Bunn teases an LGBT character in this article.]

HARLEY QUINN #22 $3.99 Page 114
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and John Timms
The enemy of Harley Quinn’s friend is her enemy–and enemies don’t come much meaner than Sy Borgman’s one-time lover, geriatric super-spy Zena Bendemova! Improbably enough, she survived getting impaled by a rhino, but she’s really not taking that massive attack of horniness very well! [According to an interview at The Mary Sue, Harley and Ivy are girlfriends “without the jealousy of monotony” http://www.themarysue.com/harley-ivy-girlfriends/ ]

HARLEY QUINN & POWER GIRL #6 #3.99 Page 115
Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey, and Stephane Roux
It’s here! The epic finale of the miniseries that changed everything you thought you knew about the gutter between panels 3 and 4 of page 20 of HARLEY QUINN #12 (whew)! Worlds will live! Worlds will explode real good! And don’t miss the most spectacular wedding of the last million light years! (NOTE: Light years are not a measurement of time -Editor) [This new version of the Bronze Age daddy Vartox is revealed as bisexual in #2.]

midnighter6HARLEY QUINN: POWER OUTAGE Vol 2 TP $16.99 Page 125
Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Timms, Dave Johnson, Stephane Roux, Chad hardin. Paup Pope and others
The first rule of Skate Club is…you do not mess with the Mistress of Mayhem! Harley stumbles across an underground fight club where big money equals big body counts! She’s in…and she’s making Sy Borgman her agent. Plus, what would happen if the demented Clown Princess of Crime visited the most popular comic-con out there? Collects issues #9-13, Harley Quinn: Futures End #1, a story from Secret Origins #4 and the star-studded Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con InternationalL: San Diego #1!
Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Power Outage (The New 52)

MIDNIGHTER #6 $2.99 Page 87
Steve Orlando and ACO
Midnighter’s always lived his life believing nothing could ever hurt him–but that was before he let someone he cared about into his world! When a mysterious enemy targets the family of the man he loves, all bets are off…

NIGHTWING: FALSE STARTS Vol 3 TP $19.99 Page 125
Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson, Scott McDaniel, Karl Story, Greg Land, and Bill Sienkiewicz
After a massive earthquake, Nightwing finds himself in a decimated Gotham City teaming with his Bat-family to help its citizens. Then, even as he makes his way back to Bludhaven, a familiar face that’s equally friend and foe shows up at his doorstep: The Huntress! Collects issues #19-25 and 1,000,000, and Nightwing & Huntress #1-4.

SECRET SIX #8 $2.99 Page 91
Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham
As monstrous giant beings from beyond the stars pound at the gates of reality, the Secret Six reluctantly race around the globe (with their guide, the demon Etrigan) as they attempt to prevent a horrifying fate for all mankind. Guest stars galore as the balance of power in the DCU rests solely in the hands of teenager Lori Zechlin, a.k.a. Black Alice!

sensation16SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #15 $3.99 Page 91
Caitlin Kittredge, Jason Badower, and Scott Hampton
The streets of Gotham City are dangerous at night, but not for Diana of Themyscira. When she sees Echidna, Mother of Monsters, attacking a local thug, she jumps into the fray–though she never expected to take Echidna’s side. And stick around as Clark Kent’s expose “A Day in our Lives” hits the Daily Planet!

SINESTRO #16 $2.99 Page 119
Cullen Bunnn, Brad Walker, and Andrew Hennessy
When Black Adam and Sinestro uncover the secrets of the Paling, they end up putting Earth in danger–and the Sinestro Corps may be its only hope![Cullen Bunn wrote Dez Trevius’ back story in Sinestro annual #2 to show he’d been romantically involved with another man from his home world.]

TEEN TITANS #12 $2.99 Page 93
Will Pfeiffer and Ian Churchill
Just as the team begins to determine its new direction, a mind-wiping demon steals the Titans memories! And when Red Robin goes missing, the teen heroes must save the city and also figure out if they really want their former leader to return.

VERTIGO

ASTRO CITY #29 $3.99 Page 1374
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
An ordinary suburban family deals with an alien invasion of their world by powerful monsters from outer space–only this family lives on Zirros, throneworld of the Zirr Empire, and the invaders are those violent superhumans, the First Family. Bullets won’t stop them. The army can’t stop them. Who can stop “The Menace from Earth”? [A trans character was featured in #16 and a gay couple shown in #13.]

cleanroom2CLEAN ROOM #2 $3.99 Page 133
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
It’s a battle of wills as Chloe faces off with self-help guru Astrid in the infamous Clean Room–and what Chloe witnesses there reinforces her desire to bring Astrid and her empire down. But what Chloe doesn’t know is that the atrocities that happen in the Clean Room don’t necessarily stay there.

IZOMBIE OMNIBUS HC $75.00 Page 136
Chris Roberson, Michael Allred, Gilbert Hernandez, Jay Stephens, and J Bone
The entire 28-issue run of iZOMBIE, the comic that inspired the hit series on the CW, is collected in this new hardcover! Meet Gwen Dylan, a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery–who also happens to be a zombie! Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her own memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person–until she eats her next brain. Our zombie girl detective is joined by her best friend, Eleanor, a swinging ’60s ghost, plus a posse of paintball-blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy. This collection features a new wraparound cover by superstar artist Michael Allred! [Unlike the TV series adaptation so far, Roberson included two gay characters in the series.] iZombie Omnibus

D.E.

LEGENDERRY RED SONJA TP $17.99 Page 319
Marc Andreyko and Aneke
From the pages of Bill Willingham’s Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure… it’s Red Sonja, the crimson-tressed rogue and ruffian, facing off against science run amok in a tale by writer Marc Andreyko and artist Aneke. Against a Neo-Victorian backdrop of clockworks and Tesla coils, fantasy’s most fearless heroine sets sail through a whole new world of adventure and intrigue! After a year on the run under the assumed identity of Magna Spadarossa, Red Sonja returns to fiery form as an ale-swilling, rapier-swinging ship captain… but it’s only a matter of time until she’s called to action, drawn into a madman’s plot to conquer the world! Befriending Elizabeth, the undead bride of Victor Frankenstein, Sonja discovers that the evil scientist has been kidnapping inventors and professors to steal their secrets and raise an unstoppable monster army. Will the She-Devil with a Sword unravel the plot in time, or will she fall victim to the mad doctor and his ally, the dreaded Captain Nemo?
Legenderry: Red Sonja

SWORDS OF SORROW: THE FORGIVING OF MONSTERS Vol 3 TP $19.99 Page 321
Gail Simone and Walter Geovano
From the acclaimed creative team of Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Batgirl) and Walter Geovani comes an all-new Red Sonja epic that will shake the She-Devil to her core! While the Hyrkanian warrior aids a small village against the ravages of a rampant parasite, she picks up the trail of the man she hates and distrusts most in the world: the last survivor of the marauders who murdered her family. In the grip of a vengeful obsession that is all-consuming, the heroine barely recognizes herself. Can even the unconquerable Red Sonja return from a darkness so complete? Includes an original script by Gail Simone, as well as an extensive cover gallery by talented female artists, hand-picked by Gail Simone, including Jenny Frison, Stephanie Buscema, Renae De Liz, Yasmin Liang, Emma Vieceli, Cat Staggs, Rebecca Isaacs, and Adriana Melo.
Red Sonja Volume 3: The Forgiving of Monsters (Red Sonja Tp (New))

DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING

THE TYRANT FALLS IN LOVE Vol 9 $13.95 Page 332
Hinako Takanaga
Just when you thought Morinaga got emotionally close and connected to Senpai, Morinaga is called to attend a research camp and has to spend one week away from home. Anxious to fall back in Senpai’s arms, he returns to find Senpai interviewing for new assistants. He has no idea how to take all this… what should he do?
The Tyrant Falls In Love Volume 9 (Yaoi Manga) (Tyrant Falls in Love Gn)

FANTAGRAPHICS

nostraightlinespbNO STRAIGHT LINES: FOUR DECADES OF QUEER COMICS $35.00 Page 341
Justin Hall, editor
The first definitive collection of queer comics gathers the world’s greatest LGBT comics under one cover, tackling complex issues of identity and a changing society with intelligence, humor, and imagination.
No Straight Lines: Four Decades Of Queer Comics

IRON CIRCUS COMICS

THE LESS THAN EPIC ADVENTURES OF TJ & AMAL $30.00 Page 360
E K Weaver
Amal just called off his arranged marriage, came out of the closet, got disowned, and went on a bender. Now TJ, a complete stranger, tells him they’ve made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. Amal needs to get there for his sister’s graduation. TJ has his own reasons. The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal omnibus collects the full 2009-2014 run of E.K. Weaver’s critically acclaimed road trip romance, with brand new full-color inserts!

IDW/ TOPSHELF

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #8 3.99 Page 169
Kelly Thompson and Emma Vieceli
“Viral,” Part 3! Jem and The Holograms commemorate their new video with a huge house party… but that may have been a mistake, as more than one party crasher isn’t looking to celebrate their success!

infinitelooptpbINFINITE LOOP TP $19.99 Page 159
Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier
A science-fiction series that asks the age-old question, “What would you risk for a chance at true love?” Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, “a time paradox” and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences.
The Infinite Loop

ORPHAN BLACK: HELSINKI #1 $3.99 Page 155
Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy & Denton J. Tipton, and Alan Quah
Spoken in hushed tones, the word means almost certain death for the clones of Project Leda. Learn the dark secrets of this codename in this special event miniseries by co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.

IMAGE

Image has returned to providing solicitation copy for select comics only.

JUPITER’S CIRCLE #1 Vol 2 $3.50 Page 192
Mark Millar and Wilfredo Torres
Legendary Mark Millar reunites with the superlative Wilfredo Torres in this epic prequel to the smash-hit Jupiter’s Legacy series! In midcentury America, the world’s greatest superheroes triumph in their public battles, while struggling with private ones. Mad Men-style period drama meets Justice League-inspired team action in a brand new volume.

monstress1MONSTRESS #1 $4.99 Page 186
Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Astonishing X-men and Black Widow writer Marjorie Liu returns to comics with artist Sana Takeda for an all-new ongoing series! Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces. The adventure begins in a spectacular triple sized first issue, with 66 pages of story and no ads for this one-time price of 4.99! [Liu of course wrote Northstar and Kyle Jinadu in Astonishing X-Men and something from the 3 paged sneak peek in Previews tells me she may include LGBT characters or themes in this series.]

MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 9 $12.99 Page 195
Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma
Collecting the “Assembly” arc! Everything converges as Casey challenges the Academy’s favorite in the Student Council elections, while Ike and Jake confront the demons in their pasts. The run-up to the explosive Season 2 finale begins here! Collects issues #43-46.
Morning Glories Volume 9 (Morning Glories Tp)

ODY-C #9 $3.99 Page 214
Matt Fraction an Christian Ward
A gender bent retelling of the Oddessy.

PAPER GIRLS #2 $2.99 Page 196
Brian K Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
Given how often Vaughn works an LGBT character into his stories it seems like a sure bet that he’ll do the same here sooner or later.

PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL #4 $3.99 Page 206
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
We take a break from Emily’s existential music television horror and spend time with Mr Logos and Laura’s precious lack of life. Includes extensive mid-00s comic homage.

saga31SAGA #31 $2.99 Page 218
Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series finally returns, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life…kindergarten!

THE TITHE #6 $3.99 Page 221
Matt Hawkins, Rahsa Ekedal, and Phillip Sevy
Islamaphobia Chapter 3. They’ve uncovered the truth about the terrorist attacks, but are told not to reveal it. CIA vs FBI in the highest stakes of all. [Ekedal is an LGBT ally.]

THOUGHT BUBBLE 2015 $3.99 Page 193
Clark Burscough, Tom Eglington, Ray Fawkes, Nick Gurewitch, Jeff Lemire, Tula Lotay, Rick Remender, Boo Cook, Farel Dalrymple, Emi Lenox, and Babs Tarr
A collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business, plus many more names to be announced. This anthology is part of the United Kingdom’s Thought Bubble Festival which takes place in Leeds, Northern England from November 2015. All profits from this comic go to Barnardo’s, one of the largest children’s charities in the UK.

WALKING DEAD #148 $2.99 Page 207
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
One of the men who was half of a gay couple was spoilers! Also, two other gay people in the cast.

WICKED & DIVINE #16 $3.50 Page 207
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Leila Del Luca, and Matt Wilson
There’s queer content.

MARVEL

allnewxmen1ALL NEW X-MEN 1 & 2 $3.99 Page 10
Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
Hated and feared more than ever, the world is a dangerous place for mutants. As the few remaining X-Men retreat into seclusion, a handful of mutant teenagers refuse to allow their destiny to be decided for them. Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, Angel, the new Wolverine, Kid Apocalypse and Oya. Stepping out of the shadows of their predecessors, the all new X-Men are striking out on their own, determined to write their own futures!

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #2 $3.99 Page 60
Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas
The Astonishing Ant-Man versus… his ex-girlfriend?! It’s the return of Darla Deering, aka Ms. Thing! Also… who is behind that stupid Hench app? Man, is that thing annoying! [The previous series, also written by Spencer, included the gay Machinesmith and introduced a gay man likely to become the new Giant Man. Cue the jokes! This is the post Secret Wars version and we’re guessing the same characters show up at some point.]

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #3 $3.99 Page 71
Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos
Mutantkind is teetering on the brink of extinction and the X-MEN are in dire straits! Storm and Iceman defend the last remaining mutants from a demonic attack! The world’s newest mutant discovers she has a terrifying power! And Old Man Logan and Jean Grey meet for the first time.[Hey! More Iceman! Is he gay?]

NEW AVENGERS #3 $3.99 Page 57
Al Ewing and Gerardo Sandoval
Avengers Island — under attack from outer space! Who are the Knights Of The Infinite? What do they want with Wiccan and Hulkling? And how far will the New Avengers go to stop them? Meanwhile, Songbird uncovers evidence of a traitor on the team.

RUNAWAYS: BATTLEWORLD TP $15.99 Page 110
Noelle Stevensonrunawaysbattletpb, Brian K Vaughn,and Sanford Greene
The best and brightest teens from all corners of Battleworld are chosen to attend a prestigious school on the planet’s capital! But the new class doesn’t react so well when they discover that the school’s beloved headmaster is actually a diabolical super villain! Final exams are looming at Battleworld’s Institute for Gifted Youths — of course, Battleworld’s equivalent of a final exam is a brutal deathmatch between students! Faced with harsh lessons and an even harsher truth, the students take to the road — and end up in the Wild West domain of 1872! The Winter Soldier is hot on their tail, but who cares because Molly Hayes totally gets a cowboy hat. Reunions! Betrayals! Maybe some making out! Definitely some death! The Runaways can’t run forever, and the end of the road is approaching! Collecting Runaways (2015) #1-4 and Runaways (2003) #1.
Runaways: Battleworld (Secret Wars: Battleworld: Runaways)

SILK #1 $3.99 Page 41
Robie Thompson and Stacey Lee
Silk is back and badder than ever! Cindy Moon has been working to find the missing members of her family since she escaped the bunker that was her home prior to the events of Spider-verse. But her quest has taken her down a darker path than she expected, and she’s now in cahoots with none other than the most ferocious feline in the Marvel Universe – Black Cat! What’s gotten under her skin, and is there any redeeming the Sinister Silk? [Will the lesbian couple in the previous volume’s support cast return?]

THE ULTIMATES #1 $3.99 Page 48
Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort
Black Panther! Captain Marvel! Ms America Chavez! Sprectrum! Blue Marvel! The ultimate superteam comes together to find and fix problems beyond the limits of the infinite! From cosmic forces lurking on Earth to what waits on the outside of the omniverse – the impossible is where they start! And what’s more impossible than ending the threat of Galactus, the devourer of worlds… forever? [Well, Ms America is a bit queerish and has two mothers.]

NORTHWEST PRESS

DASH #4 $3.99 Page 375
Dave Ebersole and Delia Gable
In a dank Los Angles jail cell Zita Makara reaches back through the ages to give Dash the truth he’s been seeking. But will he be able to accept it before an ancient evil monster finds them? A major turning point in this thrilling series that you cannot miss!
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WASTE OF TIME #3 $4.99 Page 375
Rick Worley
Rickets the broken robot and Prester the born again teddy bear finally discover the whereabouts of the elusive Bill Watterson; he’s spent decades as the prisoner of a deranged Jim Davis, forced to draw Garfield comics! Can our heroes rescue Watterson from the clutches of this commercial enterprise, or have they arrived too late?

ONI PRESS

STRINGERS #4 $3.99 Page 381
Marc Guggenheim and Austin Greenwood
Paul is in pretty bad shape: concussed, bleeding, bruised, and now tied up in an abandoned arcade with Broyles, one of the crooked “cops” that had been chasing him through LA. And it looks like Broyles has a penchant for hard-knuckled interrogation. Meanwhile, his partner McCann is found Michelle, and the tape. Can Nick mount a rescue with the help of some highly unlikely allies and save his friends? And why do Broyles and McCann want that tape so damn bad? [Guggenheim is an ally.]

SUBLIME

LOVE STAGE GN Vol 4 $12.99 Page 390
Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaou
Mega otaku Izumi and famous actor Ryoma have finally confirmed their feelings for one another. Izumi successfully makes his debut in the entertainment industry, and everything seems to be smooth sailing in both his public and private life. However, as Izumi continues to do unexpectedly well in his new career, Ryoma starts getting nervous when work begins keeping them apart!

TASCHEN AMERICA

wonderwomanflexiLITTLE BOOK OF WONDER WOMAN FLEXICOVER $9.99 Page 443
Paul Levitz
The Little Books are a spinoff of the larger DC series from Taschen but focused on one superhero per book. It covers from the Golden Age to the Modern Age with a short introduction by Paul Levitz and captions throughout. Text in English, French, and German.
The Little Book of Wonder Woman

VIZ

OOKU INNER CHAMBERS GN Vol 11 $12.99 Page 428
Fumi Yoshinaga
Tokugawa Harusada connived for years to place her son in the shogun’s seat, and now she’s enjoying holding all the reins of power while Ienari is relegated to breeding duties. But while his mother sees him as nothing but a mindless stud horse, Ienari has been reading The Chronicle of a Dying Day and dreaming of a better future for his country – one free of his mother’sincreasingly cruel control. [Yoshinaga has included gay themes in earlier volumes.] Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 11

September 22, 2015
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