LGBT Previews June 2018 Part 1

Here are the comics and graphic novels for June from the smaller publishers that are created by or may appeal to LGBTQ+ people. Fans of Magdalene Visaggio probably already know the writer has two books – Vagrant Queen from Vault and a return to Kim & Kim at Black Mask – for June, but in case you didn’t, now you do! Amy Chu and Marguerite Bennett continue to lead the way with series from both writers from several publishers. And Natasha Alterici’s feminist lesbian Viking Heathen gets its second collection!

The “fine print”! People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Credit where credit is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and to Mike McDermott and Steven Leitman for their suggestions and input about several series that have been added to the list! As much as we try, sometimes a book, series, or creator is overlooked. Send us a message if that’s the case or to let us know about your work that doesn’t appear in Previews.

Look for Diamond order codes at the end of each book! You can read part 2 here!

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ABSTRACT STUDIOS

ECHO COMPLETE EDITION SC $39.99 Page 312
Terry Moore
Julie is in the wrong place at the wrong time when an explosion in the sky rains liquid metal that sticks to her and becomes a symbiotic armor. When Julie discovers the metal is a prototype nuclear weapon, she runs rather than give it back to the army, and the chase is on! Winner of the Harvey Award for “Best New Series,” Terry Moore’s critically acclaimed sci-fi series Echo is available at last, from high-flying beginning to earth-shattering end. All 30 issues in one complete volume! APR181177 (OFFERED AGAIN)

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

PRINCELESS RAVEN YEAR 2 #9 $3.99 Page 316
Jeremy Whitley and Xenia Pamfil
This is it! Magpie’s castle is in sight and Raven is ready to take down the first of her betraying brothers. There’s only one problem: they’ve arrived just in time for Magpie to throw a huge party — and he’s invited every pirate in the fleet. Raven’s crew is going to need to find a way to sneak in and when they rescue a sinking boat full of beautiful dancers, they may have found just the cover they need. APR181188

PRINCELESS RAVEN PIRATE PRINCESS: GET LOST TOGETHER VOL 5 TP $14.99 Page 314
Jeremy Whitley and Christine Hipp
Six weeks have passed since the attack on the ship and the loss of Sunshine. Now everyone is trying to get back to normal, including Ximena, who has been putting off confessing her feelings for the love of her life. Now she’s finally ready to try and make it work, but is this relationship cursed? And what did happen to Sunshine? While the crew is sure she’s dead, she has found a new life on a mysterious island. While everything seems perfect, is there something terrifying lurking beneath the surface? APR181187

AFTERSHOCK

ALTERS VOL 2 TP $14.99 Page 326
Paul Jenkins and Leila Leiz
With her nemesis, Matter Man, finally under control, Chalice begins a new chapter of her life as spokeswoman and primary recruiter for the Gateway Army. Sensing that time is running out on the safety of the world’s newest Alter, Chalice expands her search. But as she closes in, new complications arise: Chalice finds herself juggling impossible responsibilities to her family, her Alters family, and an impoverished, now-homeless family she barely even knows. As past guilts intensify, she must stand fast against the pressure of her new responsibilities, or be consumed. From Paul Jenkins and Leila Leiz comes the groundbreaking series that had to be told at Aftershock. “The visuals are beautiful and deserve attention, while the story looks to be addressing something avoided in American society. Overall grade: A.” – Patrick Hayes of SciFi Pulse. APR181239

ANIMOSITY #15 $3.99 Page 324
Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latorre
With the hideous truth of the Walled City revealed, Sandor must use every ounce of cunning to rescue Jesse from her human captors-before the try to “save the world” from the risen Animals. From creator/writer Marguerite Bennett with artwork by Rafael De Latorre. “Animosity looks to be AfterShock’s first true classic, the book that’ll put them on the map.” – Tara Giovannini of IGN. APR181235

ANIMOSITY EVOLUTION #7 $3.99 Page 324
Marguerite Bennett and Eric Gapstur
With one crisis defeated, a new nemesis lurks deep beneath the city, poisoning that which no living thing can live without-water.
From the brilliant mind of creator/writer Marguerite Bennett with artwork Eric Gapstur-Animosity: Evolution is an exciting new series that expands upon this already amazing world! “AfterShock has earned their reputation for putting out some of the most diverse and entertaining comics in the industry. Animosity is a prime example of this.” – Steve Gustafson of 411Mania. APR181236

COLD WAR #5 $3.99 Page 325
Christopher Sebela and Hayden Sherman
Many of them are dead, the war they’re stuck in is still in full swing, but now the Cryonauts are face to face with the most dangerous situation of all: a 16 year old girl named Polly. As the stakes and body count rise, they’ll fight to stay alive and uncover just who has thrown them into this bloodbath and why.
From Chris Sebela, writer of Blue Beetle, Kiss/Vampirella and Evolution, and Hayden Sherman, artist of The Few and John Carter The End, comes the story that HAD to be told at AfterShock! “…there’s no denying the fact Cold War is a new series that flat-out demands your attention!” -Craig Neilson-Adams of BigComicPage. APR181237

INSEXTS YEAR ONE HC $44.99 Page 320
Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina
Collecting the complete Insextz series in one collection!
At the dusk of a century, a pair of vengeful Victorian vixens discover a horrifying power that transforms them into rich and strange new creatures. Armed with their dark, evolving forms, they descend into a world of the cultured and occult, with new senses and new sensuality, to forge a life for themselves and the child of their love. This new monthly series is the brainchild of writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Ariela Kristantina, a comic unlike any you’ve seen before! “This is a series that knows what it’s about and revels in it, and I just can’t resist!” – Marykate Jasper of Comic Book Resources. APR181228

ARCHIE

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #8 $6.99 Page 344
Dan Parent and Jim Schulz
Brand new lead story: “Romance 4Ever!” A movie is being filmed in Riverdale and it’s based on a popular romance novel by Olivia Smithington-James-don’t know who that is? You’ll be surprised to find out! APR181318

BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #7 $3.99 Page 342
Jamie L Rotante and Jen Vaughn
“Hunted” part two. The Vixens encounter a rival gang-but are these formidable foes or potential new members? Meanwhile, the girls struggle with trusting their new behind-the-scenes leader. APR181311

RIVERDALE #14 $3.99 Page 342
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and various
From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale, this ALL-NEW, ongoing comic series features stories set in between episodes of the new CW TV series Riverdale. APR181307

BLACK MASK

BREATHLESS #4 $3.99 Page 303
Patrick Shand and Renzo Rodriguez
The final issue of the healthcare horror epic is here! What if you could face the humans behind the companies that profit off of your suffering? Scout Turner has been on the run from Kenilworth Pharmaceuticals, knowing that the second she stops running… she dies. Now, at the end of the road, Scout takes the fight to them. APR181386

CALEXIT TP VOL 1 $14.99 Page 359
Matteo Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan
What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1…a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest airports, LAX and SFO, were blocked by protestors? What if California refused to be ruled? APR181387

OH S#!T ITS KIM & KIM #1 $3.99 Page
Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera
The Fighting Kims are back! Kim & Kim trade their denim vests and spiked chokers for tuxes and gowns as they infiltrate the glitzy space colony of Santa Palma to try and con a master thief. But, as usual, everything goes to hell… and it’s definitely Kim Q’s fault. Come on, Kim. Get your life together. A brand new ongoing series from writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Eva Cabrera, colorist Claudia Aguirre, letterer Zakk Saam, and editor Katy Rex, the original creative team behind the GLAAD & Eisner nominated Kim & Kim! APR181380

WE ARE DANGER #2 $3.99 Page 303
Fabian Lelay
The time has come for We Are The Danger’s first show. With a chance to qualify for Battle City and a record deal at stake, the jitters hit Julie hard. Will the band make the cut? Catch the second issue of We Are The Danger from Fabian Lelay (Jade Street Protection Services), Claudia Aguirre (Kim & Kim, Quantum Teens Are Go), Taylor Esposito and Stephanie Cooke. APR181383

THE WILDS #5 $3.99 Page 303
Vita Ayala and Emily Pearson
In the final issue, the Runners lead an all out assault on Medical Central, determined to free one of their own and end the reign of terror brought on by Dr. Knott and his scientists. APR181381

BOOM

BACKSTAGERS TP VOL 1 $14.99
James TynionIV and Rian Sygh
James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast. When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Hunter, Aziz, Sasha, and Beckett become his new best friends and introduce him to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain that the rest of the school doesn’t know about, filled with strange creatures, changing hallways, and a decades-old legend of a backstage crew that went missing and was never found. Collects the first four issues. APR181165 (OFFERED AGAIN. See fold out.)

BY NIGHT #1 $3.99 Page 280
John Allison and Christine Larsen
Eisner-Award winning author John Allison and artist Christine Larsen join forces for a story about coming home, discovering identity, and accidently smashing a hole to another dimension. Aspiring documentarian (and actual Chemistry major) Jane has recently reunited with her former best friend Heather, amateur urban explorer. When a trip into an abandoned industrial building leads them to another world, their plan begins to unfold.create a documentary about the world and become filthy, filthy rich. The other side of the portal is filled with monsters, magic and a chance for a whole new life. All they have to do is step throughX. APR181089

EUGENIC TP $14.99 Page 298
James TynionIV and Eryk Donovan
From the GLAAD Award-nominated team of James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan comes a new vision of humanity’s future in the vein of Black Mirror. When a plague ravages the world, one scientist discovers the cure and becomes the savior of mankind. Hope is restored, and the world rebuilds. But then people who took the cure begin having children who are unnatural, and the definition of “normal” is forever altered. APR181124

FENCE #7 $3.99 Page 301
C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Nicholas pushes himself to be recognised as Seiji’s rival, but Seiji is indifferent… or so it seems. APR181134

FENCE TP VOL 1 $14.99 Page 301
C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Novelist C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad team up for a new series perfect for fans of Check, Please! and Yuri!!! on Ice! Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place alongside fencing legends like the dad he never knew, but things get more complicated when he’s up against his golden-boy half-brother, as well as the sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama. Collects issues #1-4. APR181133

GIANT DAYS #39 $3.99 Page 322 Page 304
John Allison, Max Sarin, and Liz Fleming
It’s the Sheffield University Graduate job fair! It’s definitely fun and not a terrifying reminder of Daisy, Susan and Esther’s encroaching future as Real Adults. APR181139

GIANT DAYS TP VOL 8 $14.99 Page 304
John Allison, Max Sarin, and Lissa Treiman
It’s the end of second year for best mates Susan, Daisy, and Esther, and cracks are appearing in the foundation of this unshakeable trio. Between (irritating) new loves, (secretive) old loves, (unlikely) new friendships and (terrible) old houses, they’ll be lucky to make it to third year alive! Collects issues #29-32. APR181140

LUCY DREAMING #4 $3.99 Page 295
Max Bemis and Michael Dialynas
Lucy and Welsey work together to tear a hole in the dream world into actual reality, despite the very real disasters it could cause! APR181112

LUMBERJANES #51 $4.99 Page 303
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Dozerdraws
Deep into their spelunking mission, April, Mal and Ripley are fighting to find their way topside, and back to the safety of the mess hall before anyone realizes they’re missing. Meanwhile, the others’ game of Panterra is getting a bit high stakes, particularly since they’re playing against an ultra-competitive goddess! APR181136

LUMBERJANES COLORING BOOK TP $16.99 Page 302
Various
Grab your favorite colored pencils, markers, glitter, and even the yellow ochre crayon you unearthed from that ancient cave so many years ago! Now you can join the Lumberjanes in earning your Friendship to the Craft badge. Featuring 96 gorgeous pages of original Lumberjanes art to color from series artists like Brooklyn Allen, Carey Pietsch, and Ayme Sotuyo, this book is an azure-dly good time for all. APR181135

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #28 $3.99 Page 290
Kyle Higgins and Daniele Di Nicuolo
The Mighty Morphin team splits into two strike forces–one with RPM and one with Time Force — to battle Drakkon across worlds… even as all hope seems lost!¬†APR181097

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL VOL 1 $7.99 Page 292
Joe Quinones and various
To celebrate 25 years of Saban’s Power Rangers, superstar creators Joe Quinones, Sina Grace, Marcus To (Red Robin), and more pay homage to the world-wide phenomenon with original standalone stories set throughout the Power Rangers universe. APR181103

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS LOST CHRONICLES TP VOL 1 $16.99 Page 293
Kyle Higgins and various
Morph into action with this collection of short stories from every corner of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers universe, from a trip to the carnival with Scorpina and Goldar, to the origins of Finster’s maniacal clay monsters, and a Black Ranger team-up like never before. These stories provide a depth and insight into the Power Rangers that is sure to excite every fan. With stories written by Kyle Higgins, Tom Taylor, Marguerite Bennett, and more. Illustrated by superstar talents including Terry Moore, Rob Guillory, Frazer Irving, and more. Collects the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annuals from 2016 and 2017! APR181106

STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #17 $3.99 Page 307
Grace Kraft and Rii Abrego
When Steven invites Peridot over to play his new video game Golf Quest Mini Rumble, he gets more than he bargained for when Peridot becomes more than attached to the game. APR181152

D.E.

DEJAH THORIS #5 $3.99 Page 261
Amy Chu and Pasquale Qualano
Water, water, everywhere… The Princess of Mars discovers the hard way what it means to be a Jeddak as she faces an unthinkable situation on the barren planet of Barsoom, death by drowning. APR180942

GREEN HORNET #4 $3.99 Page 265
Amy Chu and German Erramouspe
Kato orders the Hornet team to Hong Kong where they’ll need to break into the ultra-secure National Bank of China in order to find the answers they need. But will they be able to pull off this daring heist without attracting the attention of the public’s new favorite hero, the Oko? APR180957

JEEPERS CREEPERS #3 $3.99 Page 344
Marc Andrekyo and Kewber Baal
The Untold History of the Creeper continues! What REALLY happened to the lost colony of Roanoke? As Devon dives deeper into the past, he puts himself in danger today! APR180963

LEGENDERRY RED SONJA #5 $3.99 Page 267
Marc Andrekyo and Rodney Buscemi
Gath’s explosive plan to bring about hell on earth is well on its way to completion and Red Sonja is the only one with any chance of stopping it! It all leads up to this! And after the (possibly radioactive) dust settles, where will Sonja be? APR180972

NANCY DREW #1 $3.99 Page 254
Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge
Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything…especially solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she’ll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her…and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge team up to present an all-new modern spin on a classic mystery icon! APR180901 (Tula Lotay cover)

PATHFINDER SPIRAL OF BONES #4 $4.99 Page 267
Crystal Fraiser, Rob McCreary, Tom Garcia, and Diego Galindo
Trapped in a three-sided struggle between his fellow Pathfinders, an ancient wizard, and the agents of death itself, Valeros struggles to understand what his life has become and retain control of his own living body! The Spire of Bones story continues in this tale written by Pathfinder developer Crystal Frasier with art by Tom Garcia. Contains an ongoing Starfinder bonus story, a Pathfinder RPG rules appendix, and a bonus pull-out poster map! APR180975

RED SONJA #18 $3.99 Page 268
Amy Chu, Erik Burnham, and Carlos Gomez
After discovering the provenance of her sword — and the fact that the original owner has promised a large reward for its return — Sonja travels to the realm of Lord Skath, only to discover a legendary warrior who can no longer live up to his reputation. (And because Sonja is who she is, she also discovers treachery and danger and a conflict she can’t help but be drawn into!) APR180984

RED SONJA / TARZAN #2 $3.99 Page 269
Gail Simone and Walter Geovani
The Lord of the Jungle and the She-Devil with a Sword find themselves up against an enemy who uses methods they cannot comprehend. In different times and places, our heroes must seek out the assistance they need to stop the evil Eson Duul before he destroys both of their worlds. APR180992

SHEENA #10 $3.99 Page 347
Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo
It’s a battle against mercenary and monster to reverse the rot and restore Mother Forest! Now, Sheena must escape the explosive ruins of Caldwell’s lab, navigate a literal minefield of danger, and return what is left of the temple of the First People, all while protecting her friends from man and beast determined to stop them-but the ghosts of Sheena’s long forgotten past have woken, bringing with them old enemies. APR181002

LION FORGE

CATALYST PRIME ASTONISHER #8 Vol 2 $3.99 Page 411
Alex De Campi and Pop Mhan
Things never seem to go the way Magnus wants them to, what with his former doctor turning out to be evil. Now is the time to be a real superhero and rescue the only person who’s ever stayed by his side from Dr. Saperstein, who’s trying his best to continue ruining Magnus’s life. The climax of Magnus’s story is drawing near, something he may or may not be ready to handle. APR181644

CATALYST PRIME SUMMIT #2 Vol 2 $3.99 Page 411
Amy Chu and Federico Dallochio
Settling into her life is harder than former astronaut Valentina “Val” Resnick?Baker thought it would be. With the public eye now on her, Val finds herself the topic of far too many conversations that she didn’t sign up to be a part of. Worse still, there’s someone out there testing Val’s enhanced abilities and putting innocent people in the cross fire. APR181645

SUBLIME

FINDER DELUXE EDITION GN VOL 7 $14.99 Page 481
Ayano Yamane
Akihito is freeloading at Asami’s apartment, polishing up not only his photography skills but also his skills as a househusband. His career is on the upswing, even though he still finds himself in perilous situations and has the occasional run-in with police. So imagine Akihito’s surprise when, while out chasing a scoop, he spots Asami with another man clinging to him…in tears! Are Akihito’s days as Asami’s live-in numbered? For mature audiences. APR181914

TITAN

SEA OF THIEVES #4 $3.99 Page 451
Jeremy Whitley and Rhoald Marcellius
Follow two competing crews of pirates in this epic story based on the shared-world adventure multiplayer game from Rare! APR181812

VAULT

HEATHEN TP VOL 2 $19.99 Page 464
Natasha Alterici
Aydis the banished Viking sets sail on the open sea to reach Heimdall, the magical entrance to the land of the gods. She’ll need the help of a crew of worldly pirate women and man-eating mermaids to survive the dangerous journey. Back on land, the cursed Valkyrie Brynhild and the goddess of love Freyja are chipping away at Odin’s power, testing the god-king’s patience and tempting his wrath. Collects issues #4-8. APR181874

VAGRANT QUEEN #2 $3.99 Page 464
Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith
Elida finds herself teaming up with an old frenemy to rescue her mother from political prison–but first, they have to stage the most daring break-in imaginable, past an impenetrable energy shield, in the middle of empty space, guarded by a battalion of the Republic’s best troops. APR181876

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