Illustrated by Tsukasa Abe
Frieren and her apprentice, Fern, set off to travel to the Demon King's castle in the northernmost part of the kingdom. Frieren’s dwarf friend from her first adventure tells her she should recruit his apprentice, a warrior named Stark who ran out on him in cowardice. Stark is waiting around in a village to the North where he stopped a dragon from destroying the village. Stark is a really strong warrior, but he is extremely afraid of fighting, and he lacks any sort of confidence in his skills. In another city on their journey, Frieren runs into a peace envoy of demons and tries to attack them, saying that demons only know human language in order to dupe them. She is put in prison for the attack, but the peace envoy soon breaks down. Frieren leaves Fern and Stark to take care of the demons in the city, while she goes after a much stronger aura: one of the Sages of Destruction, and an incredibly powerful demon ready to lay siege to the city.
Aristia, or Tia, grew up in a privileged position. She was mistaken as the girl from a prophecy that promised her as the companion of the crown prince. When a girl from another world lands, the country realizes she is the promised companion. Tia is relegated to imperial consort and is highly mistreated by the emperor, her former would-be husband. When Tia finally stands up for herself, she is sentenced to death, and she begs the gods for a do-over, to be born again to correct her mistakes. She wakes up to find herself in her ten-year-old body, and all her memories intact!
Illustrated by Alex Maleev, colored by Matt Wilson & Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Cory Petit
Marc Spector is settling into his new digs in LA, working on a TV show that’s basically his life and how he got his powers, and enjoying the buckets of money he's making off of it. But he didn't move to LA "alone". But, instead of his usual other personas like Steven Grant and Jake Lockley, Marc is accompanied by other Avengers - Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. He incorporates a few of their signature elements into his usual arsenal of weaponry, with the help of his new associate, a former SHIELD agent. Marc becomes aware of a criminal mastermind trying to set himself up as a kingpin in LA, so he begins investigating and subverting plans. Moon Knight crosses paths with another ex-Avenger, Echo, and the two of them form a shaky alliance to bring down a budding criminal network.
Illustrated by Claudia Balboni, Harry Saxon, and Lucas Gottoni
Alex and Max are Reformed Assassins for Hire who scuttled away from their employer after a job included killing children. Now, they take odd jobs doing dangerous things so they can get paid and eat tacos. They take a highly dangerous job from one of Alex’ old flames to sneak into a fascist country on the planet Antigone and rescue two kids who have been taken as political prisoners. But Bieti, their former employer and a very fluffy monkey, demands his ship back. He follows the two towards Antigone and causes them to crash land, giving up any sort of element of surprise they might have had. Now, they have to escape a high-security prison and break into an even higher-security prison to get the job done. That is, if Max can stop hitting on everything long enough to formulate an escape plan.
Jin makes a bold move to try and get the Boys shirts in a trendy store, but it fails miserably. This means the young entrepreneurs have to get part-time jobs to support their supply budgets. This is especially daunting for Ryo who is looking for a place to fit in within a very binary Japanese society, a society that wants him to wear girls’ uniforms to work or perform tasks around the workplace that girls are “better” suited for. After several hurtful job interviews, Ryo decides to go into the next one as a girl, but he finds a workplace where every employee dresses the same, and everyone is expected to do the same basic workload. His co-workers seem to accept him for who he really is, or they at least don’t ask questions or box him into the wrong gender. That is until they decide to go out together for a Welcome celebration, and one of the male workers hits on Ryo. While still recovering and figuring out who he’s attracted to, a popular YouTuber gets involved in the Boys line and wants to promote their brand online. With a new and improved website design, the stage is set, but the video may turn out to do more harm than good for Ryo.
Illustrated by Werther Dell'Edera, colored by Miguel Muerto
In volume one, Erica succeeded in killing one of the monsters in the woods that was eating children, but there are a lot of babies that were left behind, and they're hungry. Some of the surviving kids in town are now attracting the young monsters and putting them into a feeding frenzy. The town sets up a make-shift morgue at the high school and has families coming in to identify their loved ones, but one of the siblings waiting in line is attracting the monsters, and there are plenty of kids around with their families - families who already lost at least one kid. Another hunter arrive from the House of Slaughter headquarters. The Order is worried that the situation is getting too out of hand, and that Erica is not well equipped enough to handle everything.
Timiko’s mom continues her internal monologue, most likely addressing her husband, on ways she’s noticing Tomoko is probably gay but not ready to tell anyone yet. She and the younger son, Yuri, both have figured it out by now but try to support Tomoko so that one day he will be comfortable. Yuri is kinda grumpy and finds the most interesting ways to support his older brother. Mom tries to support Tomoko through his first crush, and often realizes too late that she may have said something to put Tomoko in an awkward position, but she quickly back-pedals and offers way for Tomoko to save face. She accidentally suggests Tomoko ask his crush to spend the night, but realizes and quickly corrects that the thought of being alone that long would make Tomoko uncomfortable. She briefly muses about the family and life that Tomoko could have if he were straight, but she comes to accept that the future she imagined for Tomoko probably won't look the way she thinks, and she hopes for happiness for her son.
Mogumo just wishes they could have some friends to truly understand them. When Tetsu seems this wish from his classmate, he invites Mogumo to work at his family’s cafe. The workers there are otokonoko - they are boys who dress as girls, maids on this instance. After some initial consternation about introducing themselves as an otokonoko, the staff conclude that everyone can identify how they wish, and Mogumo doesn't have to offer up any gender in their introduction. Tetsu and the rest of Mogumo's coworkers work towards understanding Mogumo's feelings about gender, and this prompts a few others to start exploring their own identities -- maybe it's not just as simple as dressing up in clothes of the opposite gender ... maybe there's a bit more to the feeling they get from wearing these outfits.
Illustrated by Robyn Smith
Nubia and her friends are hanging outside the local convenience store, sharing or bemoaning how they will spend their upcoming summer vacation. Oscar shows up, someone Nubia likes, and the other two make a quick retreat. Nubia psyches herself up to talk to her crush, but the store is held up by robbers at gunpoint. When Oscar is threatened by a gunman, Nubia does the only thing she can think of to save his life: throw an ATM at the perpetrators. But this breaks one of the cardinal rules of her moms: don’t use her superpowers, and definitely don’t do it in front of people and/or cameras. Amera and Danielle, Nubia’s moms, go into damage control to see if this is another situation where they need to up and move. Instead, they stick it out with the help from someone special from Prince Securities. This kicks off a series of decisions where Nubia acts against her moms’ rules, but usually only in order to protect someone she cares about. Nubia has to come to terms with her abilities and the responsibilities they bring, all while figuring out who she wants to be.
Jinwoo and a couple other survivors of the double dungeon take on a raid at dungeon, and they’re joined by three criminals and their handler. These criminals can take time off their sentence by helping to clear dungeons, but things go south with the handler, and Jinwoo is forced to show some of his overpowered skills in front of the healer and mage from the previous dungeon. Jinwoo is then noticed by a prestigious clan, who have figured out he’s a reawakened being. As Jinwoo’s level finally reaches 40, he is presented with a new quest: job change, where he must survive for an unspecified amount of time and be assessed to see what his classification will be.
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