Here it is the end of February and I’m barely getting this up under the wire. A few things stand out to me this time around. Bohemians is a graphic novel that focuses on the culturla movement that influenced the US and France. It comes from boutique publisher Verso. Kieron Gillen’s Three (from Image) telling the story of three escaped ancient Greek slaves finds itself collected. I mention this because Gillen consulted a professor of history to ensure accuracy and I believe it touches on ancient Greek male sexuality in ways that Frank Miller chose not to do in his 300. DC’s Stormwatch series ends in April (it’s almost a mercy killing after letting Starlin write the comic) and the solicitation for Warren Ellis’ 12 issue run tells me the characters aren’t going to be in limbo for long. Just keep Starlin away from them! Sina Grace gets Self-Obsessed in a one shot. Oh, yeah, that second Aquaman series (right, I know!) joins the list for now because Ya’wara was in love with the other woman on the team. Let’s see if and how well Dan Jurgens addresses that in his stories.
You’ll notice looking over the list is that Gayleague is once again an Amazon associate! Several books include handy dandy links to buy or pre-order books. Your orders through these links will provide a slight commission to Gayleague without increasing your cost one little cent. There’s also an Amazon widget over in the sidebar to the right or if you prefer, just click and bookmark the text link right below if you like. That said, please consider supporting your local comic shop and book store first.
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Credit for inspiration where it’s due to Andy Mangels who compiled many such lists before me. People’s names listed in bold are LGBT and or supportive.
RACHEL RISING #25 $3.99 Page 254
Spring has come to Manson and the thoughts of men turn to love, but Rachel doesn’t know who to trust until she finds the man who murdered her and left her in a shallow grave. Unfortunately, in a town like Manson, she finds more suspects than allies. This issue begins a new story arc in Terry Moore’s critically acclaimed series.
RACHEL RISING: WINTER GRAVES TP VOL 4 $16.99 Page 254
Aunt Johnny lies dead in a mortuary, Manson is buried under the snowstorm of the century and Jet is possessed by a 15-year-old boy from the 1600s. Rachel can save them all, if she can find the spell chest she buried 300 years ago. But first, she must learn the truth about her troubled past. This new volume collects issues #19-24 of Terry Moore’s critically acclaimed series.
AFTERLIE WITH ARCHIE #6 $2.99 Page 264
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“The Nether-Realm.” The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become Ground Zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been much worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit continues! Definitely not for all ages! (
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 & 2 $2.99 Page 264
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
Shocking Second Printing — with a new Francesco Francavilla Cover! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series — but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart! [Second prints!]
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE TP ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE Vol 1 $17.99 Page 262
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
A Previews exclusive! When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale! Collects issues 1-5 featuring the first storyline “Escape from Riverdale” from the new ongoing TEEN+ comic book horror series Afterlife with Archie. Features a limited run comic shop-exclusive cover.
Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #35 $3.99 Page 265
Paul Kupperberg and Bob Smith
Archie Marries Veronica: Big things are about to happen to some of our favorite pals ‘n’ gals, but it seems as though everyone’s own personal problems might cause them to neglect the ones they love. Will Veronica’s legal issues continue to pull her away from her friends and family, or will super-detective Sam Hill save the day and allow her to be free from the shackles of house arrest? Can Archie finally put an end to his unemployment streak? Archie Marries Betty: After a long and stressful nine months (for Jughead, at least!), could Midge finally be ready to bring the newest member of the Jones family to Riverdale? Meanwhile, Archie and Betty haven’t been on the best of terms lately; will they be together to celebrate this happy occasion?
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #4 $3.99 Page 300
Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
Everything is messed up and it’s only getting messier! Finn and Jake find themselves in the middle of a war with no way out, they have to face the battle head on…but what about the FLANKS?! Things are backwards and it looks like it’s just going get more twisted as our heroes try to finish the adventure they started.
NEXT TESTAMENT #12 $3.99 Page 291
Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang
The finale of Clive Barker’s original series is upon us! All the pain and suffering Tristan and Elspeth have gone through has led them to Providence, where they are reunited with Julian…but that’s not the only family reunion taking place, as Wick finally faces his jailers. Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang bring this epic to a shocking conclusion!
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