LGBTQ Previews August 2018 Part 2

Here are upcoming comics, trades, and graphic novels made by and possibly of interest to LGBTQ nerds! Gail Simone, Marguerite Bennett and a number of other creators have come together for Femme Magnifique, a comic anthology tribute to 50 trailblazing women in all sorts of fields. Look for it from IDW.  Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze gets the full color treatment so if you passed on it because its art was originally B & W you no longer have that excuse. Christopher Sebela has two new series starting, one from Image and the other from IDW. Of course there’s more! Take a look!

Part one of the Previews list covering comics, trades, and graphic novels from publishers such as Boom, Archie, DE, small press, and indies is here!

People’s names listed in bold are either LGBT+ or supportive. Credit where credit is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and wrote many such lists and to Mike McDermott and Steven Leitman for their suggestions and input about several series that have been added to the list! Notice something missing that should be on the list? Please send a message!

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DARK HORSE

BTVS SEASON 12 #3 $3.99 Page 119
Joss Whedon, Christos N. Gage, and Georges Jeanty
The battle against future vampire and Slayer twin, Harth, and his legion of evil, has already begun in the present when Buffy, Fray, and the Scoobies return from the future ready to fight. The Reckoning is now, and if the future can be changed, it will take everything that Buffy has to save the Slayers and our world! JUN180379

CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS HC $14.99 Page 120
Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Sally Jane Thompson
Teen schoolgirl Anne unexpectedly inherits a mysterious locket and a crumbing English mansion estate from her long-lost aunt. She unearths the family secret that she’s part of a magical legacy that gives her fantastic abilities, and she isn’t the only girl whose family is involved. But not all the girls are so willing to use their new powers for good. JUN180382

EMPOWERED & SISTAH SPOOKYS HIGH SCHOOL HELL TP $19.99 Page 104
Adam Warren and Carla Speed McNeil
Hell is for heroines! Empowered and “frenemy” Sistah Spooky are trapped in high-school hell, with Spooky’s blonde ex-classmates plotting ritual murder to claim her magic for themselves! Beset by giant biology-class frogs, deadly emoji, and a monstrous junk-food elemental, Emp and Spooky fight for their lives against straight-fire blonde ambition! Collects the six-issue miniseries. JUN180343

FLUTTER COLLECTION TP $24.99 Page 106
Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey
The entire Flutter saga in a single volume for the first time! Fifteen year-old Lily shape-shifts into a boy to get the girl. Chaos ensues from pretending to be someone she’s not. While coming to terms with who she really is and what she’s done, Lily learns that life as a boy is just as difficult. JUN180345

STARCRAFT SCAVENGERS #2 $3.99 Page 108
Jody Houser and Gabriel Guzman
Terran space scavengers find several shocking surprises on the derelict protoss ship they’re hoping to pillage. Will Caleb, a newcomer to this group, discover their leader’s secret mission? Writer Jody Houser and artist Gabriel Guzman join forces for a new series that expands the universe of Blizzard’s hit game. JUN180349

WITCHER LIBRARY EDITION HC $49.99 Page 110
Paul Tobin, Joe Querio & Various
Featuring story art by Joe Querio, Piotr Kowalski, Max Bertolini, with a bonus sketchbook section and additional art by Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian, Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Duncan Fegredo, Simon Bisley, and a cover by Mike Mignola. Collects issues #1-#5 of the Witcher comic series House of Glass, Fox Children, Curse of Crows, and the Killing Monsters one-shot-and features annotations from the creators of the comics, as well as a sketchbook section. JUN180355

DC

BATGIRL #26 $3.99 Page 17
Mairghread Scott and Paul Pelletier
“Art of the Crime” part one. During a high-speed chase with murderous art thief Grotesque, the villain K.O.’s Batgirl with a souped-up stun gun that temporarily fries the device implanted in her spine. (That thing that helps her, you know, walk and be Batgirl?) Babs finds herself in for a whole new world of hurt now that old wounds have been opened up–and so does Grotesque. JUN180460

BATGIRL ANNUAL #2 $4.99 Page 18
Mairghread Scott and Elena Casagrande
Sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning in this one-shot story that tracks Batgirl’s hunt for a serial killer whose M.O. strikes a familiar chord. Namely, a disturbing similarity to her brother, current convict James Gordon Jr. Family bonds are restored during a visit to his maximum- security surroundings, but Babs’ doubts linger. Is James Jr. helping to solve this case… or pulling her strings in a diabolical power play? JUN180462

BATMAN THE COURT OF OWLS SAGA ESSENTIAL EDITION TP $24.99 Page 75
Scott Snyder,  James Tynion IV, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and Rafael Albuqerque
The DC Essential Edition series of graphic novels highlights the best standalone stories the medium has to offer, featuring comics’ greatest characters. Hidden for years, the mysterious Court of Owls surfaces in Gotham City–what must Batman do to defeat them, and what deadly connection do they have to his past? Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s masterpiece epic is collected in its entirety in trade paperback for the first time ever! Collects issues #1-11 of BATMAN as well as bonus material including sketches, scripts, design concepts and variant covers. JUN180569

BATWOMAN #18 $3.99 Page 21
Marguerite Bennett and Fernando Blanco
It’s the series finale, and there’s a lot of drama to resolve for Kate Kane, both in and out of costume. As Batwoman, she teams with Renee Montoya to thwart Clock King’s latest time-bending enterprise: selling a drug that allows criminals to know if their crime will be successful–before it’s committed. But Batwoman’s facing a quandary to boot: Take this drug off the street, or use it herself to stop crime? The only fight tougher is the personal one: Should Kate and Renee give their relationship another chance? JUN180469

CATWOMAN TWEETY & SYLVESTER SPECIAL #1 $4.99 Page 11
Gail Simone and Inaki Miranda
In his relentless pursuit of Tweety, Sylvester suddenly finds himself with a new, human ally–Catwoman. Tweety then realizes that he’s going to need some help too, and recruits a super-hero of his own. It isn’t long before the scale of the conflict begins to get out of control and suddenly theres’s a full scale war between cats and birds that threatens to take over all of Gotham. JUN180444

CATWOMAN #2 $3.99 Page 22
Joelle Jones
Gotham’s a toxic litter box for Selina Kyle of late, so she hits the road looking to clear the air, change her look and clear her name, too–there’s a copycat burglar swiping her M.O. who needs sorting out. In her hometown, Catwoman runs afoul of a crime boss who’s also hunting this impostor. Can the two declare a truce to hunt a mutual enemy, or will Selina end up just more roadkill? [Selina is still bisexual, right?] JUN180471

DEATHSTROKE #34 $3.99 Page 27
Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, and Jason Paz
It’s part five of “Batman vs. Deathstroke,” and “The Stormy Present” finds our two marquee combatants locked in the Batcave, forced to resolve their differences–or die trying! The showdown only turns saltier when the feds seize Bruce Wayne’s assets, including Wayne Manor, after Slade drops a dime. And Deathstroke shows Batman he’s not the only detective in town, as Slade closes in on the mystery of his relationship with Robin. JUN180478

DETECTIVE #986 & 987 $2.99 Page 28
Bryan Hill and Philippe Briones
Black Lightning, the Signal and Cassandra Cain are working very well together…but now they’re up against a foe who can tap directly into their worst emotions and play them like music! When you’ve seen the kinds of horrors these poor souls have, there’s plenty of trauma to work with…and with that, you can turn these heroes into deadly weapons! Meanwhile Batman’s “side project” has been revealed–what are the Brainiac Files, and what, exactly, does Batman plan to do with them?JUN180480

The pulse-pounding “On the Outside” storyline hurtles toward its cataclysmic conclusion! Batman has tasked Katana, Black Lightning, the Signal and Orphan (a.k.a. Cassandra Cain) with stopping a rogue operator using alien technology that can crack into any mind on Earth! What does this case have to do with the Brainiac Files seen in Justice League: No Justice #1? And how does Amanda Waller factor in? Guess you’re “outside” of Batman’s circle of trust for now. JUN180482

DETECTIVE: BATMAN ETERNAL VOL 7 $16.99 Page 73
James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez, Javier Fernandez, Eddy Barrows, and various
Following her deadly actions in their last adventure, Batwoman faces scrutiny from Batman and Red Robin. Will Batman allow her to continue bearing his symbol after everything she has done? And will the fallout put these cousins–Bruce Wayne and Kate Kane–at irreconcilable odds with each other? Collects Detective Comics #975-981. JUN180566

FLASH #52 & 53 $3.99 Page 30
Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, and Scott Kolins
On your mark, get set and go for part one of “Grips of Strength”! Barry Allen races to the House of Heroes at the center of the Multiverse to meet with the Flashes of 52 worlds for info on the new forces he’s recently encountered. Meanwhile, back in Central City, Trickster’s turning informant against Warden Wolfe, but that brings about a sneak attack that Barry and the time-lost Commander Cold must team up to stop–if they can quit butting heads long enough to do so. [Captain Singh and Hartley Rathaway are a couple and make occasional appearances.] JUN180485

It’s a slippery slope for the Scarlet Speedster when he must team up with the frosty Commander Cold to stop a powered-up Trickster from trashing Central City. The Trickster’s first target is the maximum-security prison Iron Heights, which could mean a criminal breakout the city would never survive. JUN180487

GREEN LANTERNS #52 & 53 $2.99 Page 31
Dan Jurgens and Mike Perkins
The Green Lanterns find themselves outgunned, outmatched and in over their heads when the Corps rings begin to malfunction. As the Guardians of the Universe and Hal Jordan begin to search for answers, the Ravagers of Olys continue their relentless assault in “Evil’s Might” part three! [Previous writer Sam Humphries revealed one of the Green Lanterns in the book is lesbian.] JUN180491

Did Simon Baz commit murder? As the clues and evidence stack up, Baz takes off to Earth mysteriously, leaving his partner Jessica Cruz and Hal Jordan to wonder if he’s gone rogue. “Evil’s Might” continues as what’s been affecting the Green Lantern rings begins to reveal itself. JUN180493

HARLEY QUINN #47 & 48 $3.99 Page 34
Sam Humphries and John Timms
It’s the grand finale of “Harley vs. Apokolips”! Harley’s trapped on Darkseid’s homeworld, having failed to become a Female Fury under Granny Goodness’ tutelage. Trapped in a “reeducation chamber” that threatens to destroy her free will, Harley must dig deep to throw off the alien shackles and get back to Earth. She just needs to escape a super-max alien prison, fight off a planet full of super-powered psychos, defeat a New God, then steal a spaceship and fly it home. No problem-o! JUN180497

Being stuck on an alien planet for months has really messed with Harley’s finances–she’s gotta become a working stiff again just to pay off all the bills she racked up while on Apokolips! And not only is the city threatening to demolish her Coney Island apartment building if she doesn’t pay up, she’s helping failed Fury Petite Tina to adjust to life on Earth, which ain’t cheap. Sounds like it’s time for the ramen diet! JUN180499

IMMORTAL MEN #4 $2.99 Page 36
James Tynion IV and Tyler Kirkham
Caden Park comes to grips with his immortal lineage, thus launching a bold new era for the Immortal Men! However, this new epoch is threatened right out of the gate, as the Immortal Men must battle an unstoppable army of their fellow immortals in a floating war-city miles above New York City. That’s one bite the Big Apple may not survive! Meanwhile, this war of immortals draws all kinds of unwanted attention, starting with black-ops badass Amanda Waller. Gulp! JUN180503

INJUSTICE 2 #31 & 32 $2.99 Page 37
Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, and Daniel Sampere
Then, the fate of the world hangs in the balance as Starro and the Red Lanterns head toward Earth bent on destruction. Beetle, Booster and the Titans are in hot pursuit. Following close behind is Lobo, armed with a weapon that may ultimately do more harm than good. JUN180504

Then, the fate of the world hangs in the balance as Starro and the Red Lanterns head toward Earth bent on destruction. Beetle, Booster and the Titans are in hot pursuit. Following close behind is Lobo, armed with a weapon that may ultimately do more harm than good. JUN180505

INJUSTICE VS HE MAN & MASTERS 0F THE UNIVERSE #2 $3.99 Page 38
Tim Seeley and Freddie Williams II
He-Man has come to his mother’s home-world to save it from a despotic ruler: Superman! As Batman plans an invasion of the Oracle to stop their suicide squads from terrorizing the populace, He-Man wanders an Earth city (in disguise) hoping to understand more of the difficulty they’ll face. Meanwhile, back on Eternia, Zatanna and Swamp Thing are horrified to discover that someone else from their universe has crossed over! JUN180506

JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 $3.99 Page 39
James Tynion IV, Doug Mahnke, and Jaime Mendoza
Lex Luthor’s back in the present just trying to live his best life after seeing what the future could have held for him. Luthor’s new mantra? ‘Embrace Your Doom!’ So now he’s rounding up a new Legion of Doom to go on a cosmic wilding and establish himself as the biggest baddie in the DCU. In full recruiting mode, Luthor approaches both Sinestro and Gorilla Grodd to join his new team, and he doesn’t exactly have to twist any arms. (They’ve got a matching 401K plan and great bennies,
JUN180507

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: DEADLY FABLE VOL 5 TP $19.99 Page 82
Steve Orlando, Neil Edwards, Miguel Mendoca, Minkyu Jung, Hugo Petrus, and others
The Might Beyond the Mirror, the great threat that Batman assembled the Justice League of America to stop, has arrived in the form of the Queen of Fables. With her reality-warping power, her intent is to take over the real world and the imaginary and rule over everything–and without Batman, does the Justice League stand a chance against her? Can their mysterious new member, Promethea, help them? Or will reality crumble at the Queen’s whim? Collects Justice League of America #22-29. JUN180581

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #2 $3.99 Page 40
James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno, and Raul Fernandez
Plagued by a rash of otherworldly resurrections, the new JLD team begins scouring the shadowy corners of the DCU looking for leads. Turns out, this latest mystery ties back to the Tree of Wonder, last seen laying down roots in Justice League: No Justice and it bears poisoned fruit to boot. The Tree serves as a doorway from the Realm of Magic to our world, and the Upside Down Man is just the first of many all-powerful mystic entities looking for a new haunt. It’s gonna take a major twist of fate for our heroes to get out of this one. JUN180511

JUSTICE LEAGUE NO JUSTICE TP $16.99 Page 83
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Francis Manapul, Marcus To, and Riley Rossmo
Dark Nights: Metal left the DC Universe transformed in ways both terrifying and wondrous–and only the Justice League is strong enough to face the threats to come or are they? Four giant beings composed of the universe’s major energies are on their way to destroy the planet Colu. The only way to take down this unimaginable threat is for the super-teams of Earth to form new alliances. What secrets will Superman, Martian Manhunter and Team Mystery discover? Will Zatanna, Wonder Woman and Team Wonder awaken alien magic? What can Harley Quinn possibly have to teach Team Wisdom? And why is Beast Boy on Team Entropy? Find out in this collection of the four-issue weekly series that also includes the prelude story from DC Nation #0. JUN180583

NIGHTWING #47 $2.99 Page 46
Benjamin Percy and Christopher Mooneyham
Dick Grayson may want to consider a new career in cyber-security, because the major tech upgrades coming to Bludhaven mean deadly danger for everyone in the city. Nightwing battles the mysterious tech mogul Willem Cloke, who it turns out is just a front man for the real threat–the organization known only as the Dark Web! Time to change those passwords, Bludhaven! JUN180520

NIGHTWING ANNUAL #1 $4.99 Page 46
Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt
The smart city overhaul of Bludhaven was just the beginning–a single battle in a larger cyberwar that Nightwing is only starting to understand. But now the story of the Dark Web organization begins to expand as Grayson travels to Gotham City and partners up with Vicki Vale. We live in an era of fake news, alternative facts, disinformation. The gatekeepers of truth can’t be trusted anymore, and sometimes elections, businesses and even lives are at stake. Nightwing faces off against the first of three lieutenants in the army of the Dark Web: Vire, the psychic embodiment of malware who can unearth your darkest secrets. JUN180522

PLASTIC MAN #2 $3.99 Page 47
Gail Simone and Adriana Melo
Eel went looking for a kid, but he found a Man-Bat instead, who brought him not only to the kid but also to the lair of the secret society that needs Plastic Man to stop asking inconvenient questions. Yes, it counts as comically good fortune if you squint your eyes and look around the corner (which he can totally do without even breaking a sweat. Or, you know, his neck). JUN180523

SUPERGIRL #21 $3.99 Page 10
Marc Andreyko and Kevin Maguire
Mourning the loss of the Kryptonians wiped out by Rogol Zaar, Supergirl decides to play detective and sets off into deep space to learn more about the would-be usurper. Using whatever tech she can scrounge, Supergirl builds a star cruiser, and after intel from Green Lantern, she blasts off into the cosmos with Rogol Zaar’s deadly axe to solve the mystery–along with a traveling companion you won’t believe! JUN180441

TITANS #24 $3.99 Page 62
Dan Abnett and Brandon Peterson
As if the Source Wall incursions causing a metagene pandemic weren’t enough, team dysfunction threatens this latest iteration of the Titans before their new mission even gets off the ground! Night-wing and Miss Martian butt heads over the team’s M.O. as the fate of the latest metahuman hangs in the balance! They’d better get their act together, because one of the Titans won’t be coming home from this Source Wall mission and it’s not a vacation day! [Natasha Irons, shown in a relationship with a woman in Superwoman, joins the team.] JUN180544

UNEXPECTED #3 $2.99 Page 63
Steve Orlando and Cary Nord
Thanagarian demon Onimar Synn stands prepared to wipe out everyone on Earth to get his claws on the vibroactive Nth metal accidentally created by Neon the Unknown and the Unexpected. Is this new version of Nth metal the most powerful weapon in the galaxy? Or is it the fuel to bring about a new evolution and propel mankind into the future? Plus, get ready for a showdown of Jurassic proportions, as Synn locks horns with a rampaging Brontadon in Monster Valley! JUN180546

WILD STORM #16 $3.99 Page 64
Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt
What was Project Thunderbook? What did John Lynch do to the Thunderbook experimental subjects? Why did he shut it down and scatter them across America? Why isn’t Thunderbook subject Gloria Spaulding aging? Why do people act like she’s an alien? Well…alien is exactly what they made her at Thunderbook. JUN180547

WONDER WOMAN #52 & 53 $3.99 Page 56
Steve Orlando, ACO, and Laura Braga
At the behest of Aztek, Diana and Artemis join her for a trip to Mexico, but there’s no sightseeing on the agenda. Instead, they must rescue a long-lost Amazon who’s being held captive by rogue deity Tezcatlipoca, who’s trying to break into our world. Can our three heroes save the missing Amazon, stop a raging god and not kill one another in the process? JUN180550

At the behest of Aztek, Diana and Artemis join her for a trip to Mexico, but there’s no sightseeing on the agenda. Instead, they must rescue a long-lost Amazon who’s being held captive by rogue deity Tezcatlipoca, who’s trying to break into our world. Can our three heroes save the missing Amazon, stop a raging god and not kill one another in the process? JUN180552

YOUNG ANIMAL

ETERNITY GIRL #6 $3.99 Page 29
Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew
This issue: everyone will die. JUN180484

MOTHER PANIC GOTHAM A D #6 $3.99 Page 44
Jody Houser and Ibrahim Moustafa
Mother Panic must face all her demons–spiritual and biological–in this issue as she learns the true fate of the Violet of this world. Sibling rivalries, archnemeses and more square off against Mother Panic in this, the ultimate issue of GOTHAM A.D.! JUN180518

IDW/ TOPSHELF

EUTHANAUTS #2 $3.99 Page 156
Tini Howard and Nick Robles
The dead speak. Grant them Mercy. We learn who is alive and who is dead (for now). And who is the boy who burns things so brightly? A look at the very first Euthanaut. Funeral home receptionist Thalia Rosewood’s life has just changed forever in this provocative new series. JUN180731

FEMME MAGNIFIQUE TP $29.99 Page 158
Gail Simone & various, Bill Sienkiewiczn & various
Fifty female trailblazers of yesterday and today get a four-color sequential tribute in Femme Magnifique. This collection features three-page short stories about women from the arenas of pop music, politics, art, and science. From astronauts and archaeologists to muckrakers and mathematicians, Femme Magnifique will stimulate and educate. Part mini biopic, part personal inspiration, this collection also features new material including a foreword by Cindy Whitehead, behind-the-scenes process pages, and more! Creators from South Africa, India, England, Denmark, the U.S. and other locales converge to share stories of personal heroines Kate Bush, Octavia Butler, Rumiko Takahashi, Ada Lovelace, Misty Copeland, Margaret Sanger, Michelle Obama, Sally Ride, Harriet Tubman, and more! Comic book luminaries Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Bill Sienkiewicz, Kieron Gillen, Sanford Greene, Jill Thompson, Gilbert Hernandez, Gerard Way, and Marguerite Bennett, to name a few, lend their talents to a celebration of kickass women who are truly magnifique. JUN180738

GHOSTBUSTERS CROSSING OVER #6 $3.99 Page 145
Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
The Ghostbusters need every missing ghost back to properly recalibrate their rapidly malfunctioning containment unit, and so far, they’ve recaptured them all! But this time, something stands in their way-and his name is Louis Tully! The Ghostbusters mega crossover event continues here JUN180688

HOUSE AMOK #1 $3.99 Page 157
Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus
Ten-year-old fraternal twin Dylan Sandifer and her family have fallen down a rabbit hole full of secret implants, conspiracy theories, Mandela effects, extradimensional invaders, and organ thieves. As the attacks against them intensify, the Sandifers light out on a cross-country search for answers and salvation, blazing a bloody path of torture, arson and murder. Can young Dylan save her family from these delusions… or is this ornate conspiracy actually true? “The Sandifers are experiencing a mental condition known as folie a deux, a shared madness that will drive them to kidnap and torture strangers, burn down secret safe houses, and do whatever it takes to stay alive.” -Christopher Sebela, Eisner-nominated writer It’s a summer vacation the Sandifers will never forget, evoking Natural Born Killers and The X-Files for fans of Paper Girls and Locke & Key. JUN180735

JUDGE DREDD UNDER SIEGE #4 $3.99 Page 143
Mark Russell and Max Dunbar
Trapped in Patrick Swayze Block with no outside contact, Dredd and Judge Beeny have been forced into an uneasy alliance with a local gang to stop a threat to Mega-City One that must be contained at all costs. [Last issue of the mini series. Trade wait?] JUN180671

ORPHAN BLACK CRAZY SCIENCE #3 $3.99 Page 143
Heli Kennedy and Fico Ossio
Cosima and Delphine’s LEDA-clone-curing, globe-hopping adventure now takes them to Vegas and Portland, where they encounter something extra terrifying… meeting the inlaws! But there’s much more sinister science afoot, and mysterious forces are conspiring against them. JUN180678

REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES NICODEMUS JOB #2 $3.99 Page 153
Brian Clevinger and Meredith McClaren
The Imperial Library of Constantinople, home of the world’s largest collection of knowledge, sits inside a maze locked in a fortress under constant guard. It’s up to our crew of thieves and con artists drawn from across the Byzantine Empire to get in, steal four incredibly valuable texts, and escape without being caught or killed. Don’t worry, it only sounds impossible. It’s the crime of the century-the eleventh century! JUN180719

STAR WARS ADVENTURES #13 $3.99 Page 147
Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet
Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala embark on an adventure filled with danger and romance in a story by fan-favorites Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet! JUN180698

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AGE OF BRONZE VOL 1 TP $19.99 Page 42
Eric Shanower
A brand-new look for multiple Eisner-winner Erick Shanower’s hard-hitting version of the Trojan War. The politics and passion get turned up to eleven when colorist John Dallaire injects his vibrant palette into the enduring epic. Helen runs off with Paris. Agamemnon declares war on Troy. Achilles hides among girls. Odysseus goes mad. And that’s only the beginning. Collects Age of Bronze #1-9. JUN180059

CROWDED #1 $3.99 Page 39
Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein,and Ted Brandt
Series premier! Ten minutes in the future, the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps, including Reapr: a crowdfunding platform to fund assassinations. Charlie Ellison leads a quiet, normal life until she’s suddenly targeted by a million-dollar Reapr campaign. Hunted by all of Los Angeles, Charlie hires Vita, the lowest-rated bodyguard on the Dfend app. As the campaign picks up speed, they’ll have to figure out who wants Charlie dead before the campaign’s 30 days-or their lives-are over. From Eisner-nominated writer Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Triona Farrell, and Cardinale Rae. JUN180046

CRUDE #5 $3.99 Page 52
Steve Orlando and Garry Brown
Blackstone is ready to explode! Piotr has beaten every thug, mercenary, and soldier Petropinnacle has sent to kill him. Now, the city’s true ruler steps up to show this tired KGB dog what true power is. JUN180122

EVOLUTION #9 $3.99 Page 58
James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, Joe Infurnari, and Jordan Boyd
Abe plays a game of cat and mouse with the authorities while Claire and Rochelle make contact with the cult that’s shadowed their every move since issue #1. JUN180161

FLAVOR #3 $3.99 Page 60
Joseph Keatinge and Wook Jin Clark
The dark secrets behind The Bowl simmer as Xoo gets into hot water. Everything’s rotten from the inside out and no one is safe. Plus: every issue includes exclusive bonus materials by the creative team and famed author of Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food, Ali Bouzari! JUN180165

MAGIC ORDER #3 $3.99 Page 67
Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel
With each wizard brutally murdered, Madame Albany comes another step closer to seizing the dark power of the Orichalcum as her own. The next kill on her list: Leonard Moonstone. Is her gruesome assassin powerful enough to destroy the leader of The Magic Order? JUN180199

PAPER GIRLS #23 $3.99 Page 70
Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chang
New friends are silver, but old friends may be the only ones who can help the Paper Girls survive the year 2171. JUN180208

SHANGHAI RED #3 $3.99 Page 77
Christopher Sebela and Josh Hixson
With two of the men who abducted her carved off her list, Red’s hands are bloody again as she looks to take out the rest of the names responsible. But when she’s detoured into the heart of Portland’s corruption and comes face to face with her sister, Red will face some ugly truths about how far from home she really is and how much longer her list needs to be., JUN180247

SNOTGIRL #11 $3.99 Page 78
Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
New story arc! Chapter 11: “My Second Date”. While her friends have some concerns, Lottie just wants to take her relationship with Caroline to the next level-which is why she’s keeping it a complete secret! JUN180249

STELLAR #3 $3.99 Page 79
Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins
Across innumerable years and countless galaxies, Zenith has pursued Stellar. He was always the worst of the ultimate weapons, and now he’s finally found her… but, boy, has she changed. JUN180256

TWISTED ROMANCE TP $16.99 Page 47
Alex De Campi & Various, Katie Skelly & Various
Four stories of love and lust from comics’ coolest artists and writer Alex de Campi! First, a demon prowls the 1978 New York disco scene in “Oold Flames,” drawn by Kati Skelly. Then, a curvy photographer’s assistant falls in love with someone way out of her league in “Twinkle & the Star,” with art from Alejandra Gutierrez. A spacefleet captain captures a most infuriating pirate in “Invincible Heart,” drawn by Carla Speed McNeil. And a princess runs away with a dragon in “Treasured,” featuring art by Trungles. Plus steamy prose romance stories from awesome folks like Magen Cubed and Vita Ayala, and more comics shorts about love from Meredith McClaren, Sarah Horrocks, Margaret Trauth, and Sarah Winifred Searle. Collects Twisted Romance #1-4 JUN180087

UNNATURAL #2 $3.99 Page 80
Mirka Andolfo
While Leslie’s life has just been turned upside down by THAT message, her best friend Trish goes on a hunt to discover what lies beneath her unnatural (and yet attractive) recurring dream. Oh, and who’s the mysterious hooded figure spying on her? JUN180266

WALKING DEAD #182 $3.99 Page 81
Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn
John, the savage new leader of the Saviors, has turned over a new leaf… just in time for an alliance with The Commonwealth? JUN180268

WICKED & DIVINE #39 $3.99 Page 82
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
End of story arc. Well, it’s the end of the arc, in just about every way you could define those particular words.JUN180275

MARVEL

Thanks to Mike McDermott for his advice with post Secret War Marvel books, including paraphrased info included here!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #22 $3.99 Page 44
Jody Houser and Scott Koblish
What’s worse than one Spider-Doppelganger? How about a whole army that’s been subjected to the mad science of Doctor Sinister? JUN180861

ASTONISHING X-MEN #13 $3.99 Page 73
Matthew Rosenberg and Greg Land
Welcome back to the X-Men stage, the incomparable, the amazing, the uncanny Dazzler! The Reavers are hunting random mutants, so Havok and Beast must save a former X-Man. But these Reavers aren’t completely as they seem! JUN180912

ASTONISHING X-MEN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 Page 72
Matthew Rosenberg and Travel Foreman
Jean Grey and the original X-Men reunite! Following her resurrection, Jean Grey can no longer make sense of her life since becoming an X-Man. Who better to relate to this than Hank McCoy, Warren Worthington III and Bobby Drake? But this reunion will prove bittersweet when they’re joined by an unexpected guest, the former Professor Charles Xavier, X! Why has X revealed himself to his former students? And what strange mission does he want to send them on? JUN180910

AVENGERS #6 $3.99 Page 35
Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness
The final battle against the Dark Celestials. A battle unlike any the Avengers have ever experienced. A battle a million years in the making. The new team of heavy hitters assembles at last. But will the young, inexperienced Ghost Rider prove to be the most important and powerful member of all? [Loki plays a part in this first story arc.] JUN180841

AVENGERS ARENA TP COMPLETE COLLECTION $39.99 Page 132
Dennis Hopeless, Christos Gage, Kev Walker, Alessandro Vitti, and others
Trapped on an isolated island, 16 superhuman teens including members of the Runaways and Avengers Academy are given a chilling ultimatum by their demented captor: Fight or die. And only one of them will make it out alive! Thus begins a primal battle that tests each combatant’s skills, stamina and morals. Welcome to Arcade’s Murderworld where secrets are plenty, alliances are fleeting and the key to victory might be rewriting the rules of the game! Cammi and Hazmat battle the mysterious Death Locket, and X-23 and Juston Seyfert’s Sentinel join the fray — but who is the killer stalking the heroes in their sleep? Who are the students of the Braddock Academy? And why does Darkhawk equal death? As emotions run high and the bloody final battle draws ever closer, who will find a way to survive? Collecting Avengers Arena #1-18. JUN180990

BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #22 $3.99 Page 44
Peter David and Will Sliney
It’s Ben and Kaine vs. a pack of ravenous hellhounds as madness descends on Las Vegas!
But can Kaine and Ben keep themselves from each other’s throats long enough to save the city?! JUN180860

BLACK PANTHER #3 $3.99 Page 57
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuna
The rebels make their move! On the verge of liberating the Nameless, T’Challa, M’Baku and Nakia hunt for mysterious artifact that promises to turn the tide. What is the M’Kraan Shard? And will T’Challa find its acquisition worth the cost? MAY180880

CHAMPIONS #23 $3.99 Page 40
Jim Zub and Kevin Libranda
While Ironheart and Amadeus Cho take major steps forward in their super hero journeys, Nova takes a step back. As the team faces a complicated and dangerous threat, Sam Alexander wonders: is there a future for him with the Champions? JUN180854

DOCTOR APHRA #23 $3.99 Page 96
Simon Spurrier and Kev Walker
Good news: the Imperials have abandoned Acckresker Jail. Bad news: first they shot at a rebel planet. For unscrupulous inmate Dr. Aphra, accompanied by former flame Sana Starros and current flame Inspector Tolvan NSPECTOR TOLVAN…chances to escape are dwindling fast. Good thing Aphra’s not distracted by an expensive relic, right? Oh, dear. JUN180950

DOMINO #5 $3.99 Page 74
Gail Simone and David Baldeon
Neena on the run escaping! Topaz and [REDACTED] have upended Domino’s life completely, dragging her ugly Project Armageddon origins out of the shadows for all to see. Now, having been torn down to her very foundation, Domino is confronted with the deepest cut of all: betrayal. There’s a rat in the henhouse. JUN180914

EXILES #6 $3.99 Page 88
Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez
Meet the Black Panther of the Wild West! The Exiles land in the Old West! A dusty town of innocents is under the thrall of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants — including their sharpshooting leader, Magneto! But this town ain’t big enough for all those mutants, and the Exiles aren’t about to let the Brotherhood get their way. Saddle up for a wild ride with guest artist Rod Reis! JUN180938

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #4 $3.99 Page 67
Mariko Tamaki and Butch Guice
Will time run out? The clock is ticking as Sabretooth, Daken and Deathstrike slice their way through the leagues of the undead in search of Logan.They won’t all make it out alive. JUN180900

MARVEL RISING SQUIRREL GIRL MS MARVEL $5.99 Page 59
Devin Grayson, Ryan North, G. Willow Wilson, Irene Strychalski and Ramon Bachs
The game is up in the penultimate chapter of Marvel Rising!
When Ember Quade traps Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl and their friends in a video-game reality, they’ll have to fight their way through the terrifying villain hordes of Ember’s imagination! But when they reach the final level, even Ember will be surprised at what they find. All the cards hit the table as award-winning writers Devin Grayson, G. Willow Wilson and Ryan North take Marvel Rising to its heights! JUN180888

MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: INFERNO #1 $3.99 Page 89
Jim McCann and Dario Bruzuela
Time for Spider-Man to face the fire! With his good buddy Inferno, of course! Dante Pertuz has the power to wield fire — and he’ll need it against Spider-Man’s biggest foe, Venom! But if Venom gets too close, it’ll be lights out for the two heroes. Can Spidey help Inferno conquer his fears and take down the villain before New York City goes black? JUN180940

MOON KNIGHT #198 $3.99 Page 50
Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows
Moon Knight runs the Trials of a society of sadists!
The mad master of the society has set traps specifically designed for Spector! What pieces of himself might Marc need to sacrifice to survive? [Longtime Moon Knight (gay) cast member Frenchie Du Champ has been making appearances.] JUN180874

MS MARVEL #33 $3.99 Page 61
G Willow Wilson and Nico Leon
Super hero sized problems! Kamala and Bruno’s experiments have gone a bit awry! But Ms Marvel needs to pull it together if she’s going to save the day! And don’t miss the shocking battle between Ms Marvel and a classic Marvel villain! [Wilson wrote a coming out story for cast member Zoe Zimmer.] JUN180893

MULTIPLE MAN #3 $3.99 Page 82
Matthew Rosenberg and Andy MacDonald
The war for the future is now! Because we’re in the future! Jamie Madrox — the X-Man you tell people is your favorite to seem cool — is trapped and his allies are dropping like flies! With the enemy closing in, Jamie has time to make one last desperate move… But he’ll need Forge’s help to evade a familiar new villain that threatens the future, the present and the past of the Marvel Universe! [Will Rosenberg use Jaime’s gay dupe in his story?] JUN180927

NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #6 $3.99 Page 82
Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Gorham
The shocking conclusion is here! Magik and the New Mutants have been wondering what their true mission is, and what they discover will shake them to their core!Secrets will be revealed…questions will be answered…and it will be the worst thing that’s ever happened to them. JUN180926

STAR WARS TP THRAWN $17.99 Page 124
Jody Houser and Luke Ross
He’s one of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of Star Wars! Now, discover how Grand Admiral Thrawn became one of the most feared military tacticians in a galaxy far, far away. Jody Houser and Luke Ross adapt Timothy Zahn’s New York Times best-selling novel about Thrawn’s rise through the Imperial ranks! Meet young Lieutenant Thrawn, who graduated the Imperial Academy with the highest marks possible. He’s been assigned his own personal assistant, Ensign Eli Vanto, and is ascending quickly — but that doesn’t mean everyone in the Imperial Navy wants him to succeed. And Thrawn isn’t the Empire’s only rising star — so is Arihnda Pryce. The two rivals’ paths will cross, and tensions will run high, when they discover a dark secret within the Empire. Collecting Star Wars: Thrawn 1 – 6.
JUN180981

RUNAWAYS #12 $3.99 Page 60
Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka
Nico takes a big step forward. Gert takes a bigger step backward. Karolina has to face the paparazzi. And Victor decides it’s time to come clean. JUN180891

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #35 Page 58
Ryan North and Derek Charm
Squirrel Girl may have avoided going to jail, but now Kraven’s a fugitive on the run! It’s been a difficult day! Can Squirrel Girl stop Kraven and Spider-Man from fighting before it’s too late? Can a squirrel named “Haskell” be a major part of a super hero epic? Can Brain Drain use some well-applied existentialist philosophy to save the day? The answer to all these questions is, “I dunno, maybe?” And you’ll have to read the comic to find out anything more specific! JUN180887

WAKANDA FOREVER AVENGERS #1 $4.99 Page 28
Nnedi Okorafor and Oleg Okunev
From Hugo Award-winning Writer Nnedi Okorafor! The hunt for Malice reaches its climax! The Black Panther joins the fight against Nakia, A.K.A. the villainous and crazed Malice! Finally, the man of her dreams is within Nakia’s grasp. But he’s brought a few friends with him, and they’re not happy about the world-ending weapon she just unleashed. The seemingly all-powerful Mimic-27 has already laid out Storm and the X-Men, and the Dora Milaje are at a loss. If they’re going to save Wakanda and the world, Okoye, Ayo and Aneka will have to delve deep into the mysteries of the Doras. Best-selling author Nnedi Okorafor reveals secrets of the Dora Milaje in the final installment of Wakanda Forever! JUN180820

WEST COAST AVENGERS #1 $4.99 Page 24
Kelly Thompson and Stefano Caselli
A new era dawns! Avengers Assemble! Hawkeye (Kate). Hawkeye (Clint). A guy named Fuse. Never have they ever been called “the big three” of anything. And now here they are, reunited for, okay, well, it’s only the second time ever. Thank god they also brought America Chavez, Gwenpool and Kid Omega Wait. What? That’s right, it’s the new West Coast Avengers, son. And you better hope they can figure out how to save the world because BIG things are headed for the West Coast. JUN180804

X-23 #3 $3.99 Page 75
Mariko Tamaki and Juan Cabal
Laura has faced plenty of threats in her day… And when those threats take aim at Gabby, all bets are off. But the stakes are even higher — and the consequences more dire — when Laura comes up against a psychic superthreat: the Cuckoos! JUN180915

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