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* Pedro and Me - Judd Winick (the friendship between "Real World" stars Winick and Pedro Zamora) [beyond genre][les/bi/gay]
_ Journeyman - Brandon McKinney (a nameless solitary hero roams an alien world) [sci-fi] [super]
+ JLA: The Nail - Alan Davis (What if little Kal-El hadn't been rescued by the Kents?) [super]
+ The Crimson Avenger - Roy & Dann Thomas, Greg Brooks (a 1938 adventure of the early costumed hero) [super]
+ You Are Here - Kyle Baker (an ex-hoodlum's rural girlfriend innocently follows him into the city) [humour]
+ Amy Unbounded - Rachel Hartman (an irrepressible pre-teen girl in a medieval setting) [fantasy][humour][all ages]
+ Star Crossed - Matt Howarth (an ill-fated romance between a space-adapted human and an asteroid) [sci-fi]
+ Young Hoods In Love - Ho Che Anderson (a voyeur's-eye-view of people's unusual lives) [beyond genre]
~ The Enchanters - Steven Gellman (a team of magical gay/lesbian superheroes) [fantasy][les/bi/gay][super]
+ Superman: Distant Fires - Gil Kane, Howard Chaykin (Supes survives nuclear holocaust without powers) [super]
~ Prisonopolis, Infochameleon - Ben Adams & co. (stories with something to say about our future) [sci-fi][super]
-+ Iron Man - Scott Lobdell & Jim Lee, Kurt Busiek (two recent relaunches of a classic hero) [super]
+ The Invisibles - Grant Morrison, Phil Jimenez (what if those occult conspiracies were all real?) [fantasy][super][sci-fi]
+ Gordon Yamamoto & the King of the Geeks - Gene Yang (a bully encounters a brain) [humour][all ages]
+ Atlantis Chronicles - Peter David, Esteban Maroto (the epic of Aquaman's kingdom and people) [super][fantasy][sci-fi]
+ Strips #1 - Chuck Austen (a fun but thoughtful story of love and sex in college) [smut][beyond genre]
+ Another Day - Mario E. Miranda (an ordinary young man discovers he can do extraordinary things) [beyond genre][super]
~ Crisis on Earth Prime - Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas (a mondo Multiverse multi-team crossover) [super][all ages]
+ DESTROY!! - Scott McCloud (32 pages of meaningless violence and mayhem, plus one naughty word) [super][humour]
~ Finger Filth - Bob Fingerman (a mixed selection of erotica by a talented alternative cartoonist) [smut][humour][beyond genre]
+ A Touch of Silver - Jim Valentino (a disarmingly realistic story of a boy escaping abuse through his comics) [etc.]
+ Superman Adventures #11,12 - McCloud, Burchett (Superman - and Lois - face a threat to his life) [super][all ages]
+ Anarky - Alan Grant, Norm Breyfogle (an anarchist anti-villain schemes to save the world) [super]
~ Cell - Derek Kirk (a very good, but unfinished mystery) [sci-fi][beyond genre]
+ Smith Brown Jones - Jon "Bean" Hastings (a dryly funny story of an alien accountant on Earth) [humour][sci-fi][all ages]
* Soulwind - C.Scott Morse (a tale of fantasy and adventure in another world) [beyond genre][sci-fi][all ages]
- Blood Pack - Charles Moore, Christopher Taylor (a hip made-for-TV superhero team) [super]
+ Keyhole, Billy Dogma - Josh Neufield, Dean Haspiel (off-beat, clever anthology; off-the-wall action hero) [beyond genre]
+ An Accidental Death - Ed Brubaker, Eric Shanower (two teenage boys deal with a deadly secret) [beyond genre]
~ Modern Grimm - Andrew Dabb (anthology of thoughtful illustrated stories) [beyond genre]
+ Bull's Balls - Ralf König (outside temptations spell trouble for a committed gay couple) [les/bi/gay][humour][smut]
~ Green Lantern/Green Arrow - O'Neil, Marz, Dixon (hard-traveling heroes: then and now) [super]
+ DreamWalker - Jenni Gregory (a young woman learns to visit people's dreams) [beyond genre][all ages]
~ Coley Running Wild - John Blackburn (a seductive male model's adventures) [smut][les/bi/gay]
+ Reality Check - Rosearik Rikki, Tavisha Wolfgarth (a boy and his cat/VR-girlfriend) [humour][sci-fi][all ages]
+ Leave It To Chance - James Robinson, Paul Smith (an adolescent girl tries following dad's footsteps) [super][humour][all ages][fantasy]
+ Tempest - Phil Jimenez (the former Aqualad explores his past and makes a new name for himself) [super]
* Dancin' Nekkid with the Angels - Howard Cruse (underground comix by a veteran gay cartoonist) [les/bi/gay][beyond genre][humour][smut]
+ A History of Violence - John Wagner, Vince Locke (an ordinary guy is confronted by a secret past?) [beyond genre]
~ Birdland - Gilbert Hernandez (surreal, sexy stuff by the Love & Rockets creator) [smut][sci-fi][beyond genre]
+ Wandering Star - Terri Sue Wood (a woman recounts her pivotal experiences in an interstellar war) [sci-fi]
+ Roswell: Little Green Man - Bill Morrison (a hapless Zootian crashes near Roswell in 1947) [humour][sci-fi][all ages]
+ The Spectre - John Ostrander, Tom Mandrake (the wrath of God joined with a dead cop) [super][beyond genre][fantasy]
+ Galaxion - Tara Jenkins (the maiden voyage of an experimental hyperdrive vessel) [sci-fi][all ages]
~ Gemini Blood - Christopher Hinz, T.L.Edwards (mercenaries vs. creatures with 2 bodies but 1 mind) [sci-fi][super]
+ Time Breakers - Rachel Pollack, Chris Weston (What if time paradoxes were necessary for life to exist?) [sci-fi][super]
+ XXXenophile - Phil Foglio & co. (sexy, funny short stories in a universe of settings) [smut][humour][sci-fi]
~ Jet #1 - Jonathan Hong (manga-influenced masked kid urban adventurer) [super][humour][all ages]
+ Scare Tactics #1-5 - Kaminski, Williams, Lanning (horror meets humour meets human interest) [super][humour]
+ Our Cancer Year - Pekar, Brabner, Stack (a year in the life, and the struggle for life) [beyond genre]
- Spümco Comic Book #1 - John K & co. (immature comics from the creator of Ren & Stimpy) [humour][all ages]
+ StrangeHaven #1-5 - Gary Spencer Millidge (Twin Peaks in Southwest England) [beyond genre]
~ Vampirella Lives #1 - Warren Ellis, Amanda Conner (one of the original "bad girl" characters) [super]
~ Oktane - Gerard Jones, Gene Ha (a 10-foot oil-guzzling post-apocalyptic enigma) [sci-fi][beyond genre][super]
+ Handjobs - Julius (erotic fiction featuring "daddy" and "son" types, with lots of sex) [smut][les/bi/gay]
~ Turok #1 - Fabian Nicieza, Rafael Kayanan (an irresponsible stud[ent] becomes Turok the dinosaur hunter) [super][sci-fi]
+ Troublemakers #1 - Fabian Nicieza, Kenny Martinez, Anibal Rodriguez (adolescent superkids) [super]
+ Heroes - Matt Wayne, ChrisCross, Prentis Rollins (Milestone's first "public" superhero team) [super][les/bi/gay]
+ Chiaroscuro - McGreal, Rawson, Truog (speculative biography of da Vinci and his ward Salai) [beyond genre][les/bi/gay]
+ Buddha on the Road #1 - Colin Upton (a Canadian ex-punk, ex-soldier returns home) [beyond genre]
~ Green Arrow #0-109 - Dixon/Puckett, various artists (Ollie Queen's son follows in his father's footsteps) [super]
+ Nine Panel Grid #1-5 - James Pyman (slice-of-life/experimental English indie) [beyond genre]
~ Glitch #1 - Timothy Piotrowski (slice-of-life from a mainstream-alternative gay perspective) [beyond genre][les/bi/gay]
~ The Worst Thing I've Ever Done! - Ted Rall & 24 confessors (true stories of wrong-doing) [beyond genre]
~ Eradicator - Velez, Robinson, Lowe (the last "pure" Kryptonian looks for his humanity) [super][sci-fi]
+ End Of The Century Club - Ilya (London punks getting by in 1999) [beyond genre]
+ Steven's Comics #3 - David Kelly (the bittersweet life of a gay kid) [beyond genre][les/bi/gay]
+ Oh... - various artists (comics by women, about women who love women) [beyond genre][les/bi/gay]
* Gon #1 - Masashi Tanaka (a dwarf dinosaur's adventures in the modern world) [beyond genre][humour][all ages]
* The Tale of One Bad Rat - Bryan Talbot (a homeless girl, her rat, and Beatrix Potter) [beyond genre]
~ Prez - Joe Simon / Ed Brubaker ("the first teen president", in 1973 and 1995) [beyond genre]
+ What They Did to Princess Paragon - Robert Rodi (what if DC made Wonder Woman a lesbian?) [humour][super][les/bi/gay]
* Wonder Woman #1-46 - George Pérez, & co (an Amazon brings her message of equality and peace) [super]
+ CyberZone #1-7 - Jimmie Robinson (future adventures of a street-tough woman and her sentient Gunn) [super][sci-fi][les/bi/gay]
+ Hardthrob - John Blackburn (a seductive male model upsets the life of a young man and his sister) [smut][les/bi/gay]
~ Leatherboy - Craig Maynard (a gay sex-toy superhero fights a super-powered-sex menace) [smut][les/bi/gay][super]
- Manhunter #0 - Steve Grant, Vince Giarrano (some dude with kewl shoulder pads and a scowling attitude) [super]
+ Primal Force - Seagle, Hooper/Choles, Kaalberg (heroes from the fringes of the DC Universe) [super]
+ Starman #0-20 - J.Robinson, Harris, Von Grawbadger (the son of the first Starman reluctantly takes the job) [super]
- Fate #0,5 - J.Moore/Grant/Kaminsky, Williams, Lanning (Dr. Fate is replaced by a sword-wielding ruffian) [super]
~ Xenobrood - Moench, Coker/Hunter, Aiken/Lowe (a team of "genies released from a bottle") [super][sci-fi]
* Seven Miles A Second - Wojnarowicz, Romberger (autobiography of former child prostitute with AIDS) [beyond genre][les/bi/gay]
+ The DC Challenge! - the 1986 DC creative staff (round-robin mini-series featuring DC's superheroes) [super][sci-fi][all ages]
+ The Jam #1-11 - Bernie Mireault (a guy who wears a suit and fights crime... but isn't a superhero) [humour][super][beyond genre]
+ The Foot Soldiers vol.1 - Kreuger, Oeming (a group of kids become heroes in an oppressed future) [super][sci-fi]
~ Prime vol.1 - G.Jones/Strazewski, Breyfogle, etc. (flagship title of the original Malibu Ultraverse) [super]
+ Age of Reptiles: The Hunt #1,2 - Ricardo Delgado (wordless miniseries from Dark Horse) [beyond genre][sci-fi]
~ Powers That Be / Star Seed #1-4 - Jim Shooter & co (superhero series from Broadway Comics) [super][sci-fi]
+ Ragmop #1-3 - Rob Walton (comedy featuring dinosaurs, the pope, aliens, capitalists, etc.) [humour][beyond genre]
* V for Vendetta - Alan Moore, David Lloyd (a masked anarchist takes on fascist Britain) [beyond genre][super][sci-fi]
+ The Copybook Tales vol.1 - J.Torres, Tim Levins (growing up, pursuing dreams, and friendship) [humour][beyond genre]
~ The Narrative Corpse - various artists (surrealist collaboration of alternative comics creators) [beyond genre]
* Akiko on the Planet Smoo - Mark Crilley (a 4th-grade girl's adventures on another world) [humour][sci-fi][all ages]
* Stuck Rubber Baby - Howard Cruse (a gay white man coming of age in the racist South of the 60's) [beyond genre][les/bi/gay]
+ Solstice #1 - Steven Seagle, Justin Norman (a man and his obsessive father's search for the Fountain of Youth) [beyond genre]
~ Avant Guard #2 - Stephen Conley (old-style superheroes drawn using modern computer tools) [super][sci-fi]
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