Author Archives: Brett Schenker

Valiant Entertainment Sends Ninjak #1 to London Super Comic Convention

This March, Valiant is crossing the Atlantic for the very first time to bring its award-winning publishing line to the London Super Comic Convention (LSCC) – the United Kingdom’s largest comic book convention – for a weekend packed with Valiant programming, special guests, and exclusive convention-only releases!

From Saturday, March 14th through Sunday, March 15th, Valiant’s first-ever UK convention presence begins at London’s Excel Centre where attendees will be greeted by the official LSCC program guide, featuring an all-new cover by fan favorite Kalman Andrasofszky! Featuring Bloodshot, Ninjak, London’s own Punk Mambo and more, look for this collectible program guide spotlighting Valiant’s greatest heroes in action!

Plus: don’t miss the Ninjak #1 LSCC Exclusive Variant, featuring a stunning cover by superstar artist Emanuela Lupacchino! Kicking off the highly anticipated ongoing series for Britain’s master super-spy by all-star creators Matt Kindt, Clay Mann, and Butch Guice, pick up the red-hot first issue of Ninjak’s debut solo series at LSCC’s merchandise booth – then get it signed in Artist’s Alley by LSCC attendees Clay Mann and Emanuela Lupacchino!

On Saturday, March 14th at 11 AM, join Valiant in Panel Room 2 for the Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here panel presentation, featuring, an in-depth introduction to heroes and creators that made Valiant one of the most acclaimed publishers in comics today. Get caught up on the origins and essential adventures of X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Bloodshot, Divinity, and more right here, as an all-star cast of Valiant staff and creators present a step-by-step examination of Valiant’s top heroes and villains. Each panel attendee will also receive a complimentary Valiant graphic novel.

Valiant is also offering one-on-one portfolio reviews for aspiring artists throughout LSCC. Visit the LSCC signing area on Saturday, March 14th at 12:45 PM and 4:30 PM, and Sunday, March 15th at 3:30 PM for personal feedback and creative insight from Hunter Gorinson, Valiant Entertainment’s Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media.

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Prison Horror comes to Comics in Manticore #1

MANTICORE

by Keith Miller and Ian Gabriel
Rosarium Publishing
RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2015

The Aryan race warrior.

A Colombian drug lord.

A Korean hit man.

A career stick-up man.

The wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The puke Cho-mo-kiddy-toucher.

And you!

This ain’t the Breakfast Club and these are ain’t your new friends.

Welcome to the Protective Housing Unit (PHU), home to some of world’s worst criminals—many of whom so reviled they must not only be shielded from the American public, but the general prison population. This is your new life.

Simon, a white-collar criminal, is a new transfer to Pensacola Federal Prison Camp. He’s having a hard time adjusting to prison culture, and his newfound “friends” aren’t all that interested in making his new life any easier. Everyone in the PHU has his own agenda; alliances are, at best, temporary; and even the notion of friendship is laughable. But all that is about to change. This brutal yet familiar life they’ve all grown accustomed to is about to come to an end as a mysterious stranger is transferred to their unit and these hardened inmates start to die… Horribly.

One at a time.

Manticore is a 5-part prison horror comic book series by the talented duo, Keith Miller and Ian Gabriel. Keith is the writer behindTriboro Tales, Insensitives, and the forthcoming Rat Ronin zombie tale, Infest. This is Ian’s first professional comic book title.

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Preview: Surface Tension #1 (of 5)

SURFACE TENSION #1 (OF 5)

WRITER/ARTIST: Jay Gunn
COVER BY: Jay Gunn
PAGE-COUNT: 40PP
PRICE: $3.99
ON SALE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

“We are all made of water”

Months after mysterious corals drew 99% of humanity into the sea, a band of survivors ekes out a hollow existence on a remote British island.

When two people are cast up on the beach, completely blue, but very much alive, the island is thrown into turmoil.

What caused the mass extinction event? How did these two return from the deep, when billions died? Most importantly, what is the coral, and what does it want with the Earth?

A timely ecological fable of a planet rebelling against its inhabitants – perfect for fans of The Walking Dead, The Day of the Triffids, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Surface Tension is a gorgeous adventure of unprecedented scope. The oceans have never seemed so threatening!

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Dark Fantasy Manga Series Requiem of the Rose King Debuts in March from Viz

VIZ Media delivers an engrossing new series from one of the most exciting voices in contemporary manga with the launch of Requiem of the Rose King on March 10th.

Inspired by an early draft of William Shakespeare’s Richard III, one of literature’s most famous and polarizing political dramas, Requiem of the Rose King was created by Aya Kanno, widely known for her previous manga series Blank Slate and OtomenRequiem of the Rose King is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Future volumes of the continuing series are scheduled to be published domestically twice a year.

In the series, Richard, the ambitious third son of the House of York, is a tortured soul who believes he is damned from birth to eternal darkness. But is it truly fate that sets him on the path to personal destruction? Or his own tormented longings? Aya Kanno’s dark fantasy finds the man who could be king standing between worlds, between classes, between good and evil.

In the opening volume, set in medieval England during the age of the Wars of the Roses, a fierce battle rages between the House of York and the House of Lancaster. Young Richard of the House of York is determined that his family will ascend the throne…but he’s hiding a secret that could destroy everything he desires.

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David Tennant Added to Wizard World Raleigh Lineup

David TennantDavid Tennant, who starred as the “Tenth Doctor” on the long-running series Doctor Who will attend Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15 at the Raleigh Convention Cente. It marks the first Wizard World appearance for the veteran British actor.

He will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A panel. Fans who purchase VIP tickets, will be guaranteed autographs, photo ops and seating at the panel.

Since his early work on local Scottish television through roles in some of the most beloved fantasy and sci-fi franchises of all time, Tennant has been entertaining audiences with his unique brand of wit, warmth and humanity.

In 2005, Tennant lived out a childhood dream by being cast as the indomitable Doctor Who. Tennant’s run as the Tenth Doctor won massive praise from fans and critics alike, with the readers of Doctor Who magazine voting him “Best Doctor.” Tennant’s run as the Doctor lasted five years and made an indelible impact on the series and its appeal not only among longtime fans but converts as well. His final appearance as the Tenth Doctor was for the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor,” a landmark event in the series’ history that brought together the series’ past, present and future.

Tennant joins a strong lineup of stars at Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh which already includes Ian Somerhalder, William Shatner, Tyler Hoechlin, Liam McIntyre, WWE Diva Eva Marie, John Schneider and The Walking Dead stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Sarah Wayne Callies and Seth Gilliam.

Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh show hours are Friday, March 13, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Action Lab Entertainment in Mary 2015

AERO GIRL #1

Writer(s): DeWayne Feenstra
Artist Name(s): Axur Eneas
Cover Artist(s): Axur Eneas & Juan Paul Reibeling (reg); Joel Gomez & Beth Sotelo (var)

As Aero-Girl, Jacqueline Mackenzie is the protector of Foxbay. As the sidekick to Battle Jack, her father, her life couldn’t be any better; but tragedy is just around the corner! Will she be ready to defend her city against the evil of Dr. Chimera and his army of AniMen? Can Aero-Girl be the hero she (and her father) alway.

32 pgs./All Ages / FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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BEYOND THE WESTERN DEEP Vol.1

Writer(s): Alex Kain
Artist Name(s): Rachel Bennett
Cover Artist(s): Rachel Bennett

For over 100 years, the animal races of the Four Kingdoms have lived side-by-side in uneasy truce. But when conflict ignites in the north, old alliances threaten to send the world into chaos. Experience the beginnings of an epic all-ages fantasy in this first collected volume!

80 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $9.99

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GRONK: A MONSTER’S STORY VOLUME 4 TPB

Writer(s): Katie Cook
Artist Name(s): Katie Cook
Cover Artist(s): Katie Cook

The latest, full-color volume of Katie Cook’s popular webcomic, Gronk! This new installment has never been in print before and is coming to Action Lab as a brand-spankin’ NEW book! Follow Gronk and her friends’ adventures for another silly, fun, weird year. Like cats? This book has ‘em. Like dogs? We have those too. Like tiny green monsters? Look no further, you’ve found your new favorite book!

64pgs./All Ages/ FC $9.99

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KIDS OF THE ROUND TABLE #1

Writer(s): Robert Tinnell
Artist Name(s): Brendon Fraim (p) Inker: Brian Fraim (i)
Cover Artist(s): Penciler: Brendon Fraim Inker (p): Brian Fraim (i)

Creator Robert Tinnell returns to the world of his popular film, KIDS OF THE ROUND TABLE. Kevin is a normal middle school kid who suddenly finds himself encountering the legendary wizard Merlin – and discovers he has a destiny that involves King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur, and grave danger in the form of the king’s greatest enemy!

32 pgs./All Ages / FC $3.99

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NUTMEG #3

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts 

Fall, Part 3: “What Girls Are Made Of.” Bobby Benson and friends devour Poppy and Cassia’s illicit brownies and find they have a completely different effect than any of them expected. Meanwhile, Poppy learns something sobering about the nutmeg they used. Will it be enough for her to quit the game?

32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $3.99

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PIRATE EYE: EXILED FROM EXILE TPB

Writer(s): Josiah Grahn
Artist Name(s): Carl Yonder
Cover Artist(s): Carl Yonder

Former pirate Smitty is finally adjusting to his new life as a detective for hire when an old enemy takes it all away. Now Smitty will be forced to find out just how far he will go to stay alive, to retrieve what he’s lost and to take revenge.
Collects the critically-acclaimed Pirate Eye: Exiled from Exile #1-4.

128 pgs./Teen/ FC $14.99

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PRINCELESS :THE PIRATE PRINCESS TPB

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt

The complete collected edition of Princeless: The Pirate Princess. Adrienne has been on the run and working to save her sisters, but when she finds another princess locked away in a tower, she decides to spring her! But Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the Pirate King, is more of a handful that Adrienne could have ever expected. Before she knows it, Adrienne is off on a whirlwind adventure to complete Raven’s quest for revenge!

128 pgs./Teen/ FC $14.99

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STRAY TPB

Writer(s): Vito Delsante
Artist Name(s): Sean Izaakse
Color Artist(s): Ross Campbell and Simon Gough
Cover Artist(s): Dean Haspiel
Collecting the hit mini-series, STRAY tells the story of Rodney Weller, the former sidekick known as “the Rottweiler.” When his mentor, the Doberman, is murdered, Rodney has to decide if he wants to come back to the world of capes and masks and, if he does, who he wants to be. Cover by Emmy Award winner, Dean Haspiel (The Fox)! Collects Stray #1-4.

128 pgs./Teen/ FC $14.99

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VAMPLETS: THE NIGHTMARE NURSERY #3 (of 6)

Writer(s): Gayle Middleton and Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Amada Coronado (p), David Dwonch (i) Bill Blankenship (c)
Cover Artist(s): Amanda Coronado (a), Bill Blankenship (c)

Teenager Destiny Harper continues her adventures in the world of Gloomvania, where dark creatures lurk the streets, and the world is being mysteriously overrun by baby vampyres called Vamplets! Can Destiny serve her term as Governess of “The Nightmare Nursery” and return home? Fairy tales get a modern update in this coming of age tales of monsters, mayhem, and magic! Variant cover by Gayle Middleton herself (limited to 2000 copies!).

32 pgs./All Ages / FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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PUPPET MASTER #3

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Michela Da Sacco (pencils, inks) and Yann Perrelet (colors)
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And then there were two.

Two friends still trapped at the Bodega Bay Inn. Two friends being hunted by Andre Toulon’s twisted Puppets. Or is only ONE of them truly in danger? The Offering has been made…will it be accepted? Features three variant covers depicting Leech Woman! Limited to 1500 copies each.

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #11

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): TMChu
Cover Artist(s): TMChu (regular, risqué variant), Dan Mendoza (limited variant), Winston Young (limited variant)
Risque variant cover (limited to 2500): TMChu
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Vampblade variant cover (limited to 2000): Winston Young

Zombie Tramp creates a flesh beast from cemetery inhabitants to do battle with the hulking meth monster that’s plagued her visit to Detroit; but will Motown’s supernatural defender Vampblade help Janey in her fight, or team-up against her? It’s a boneyard brawl of beasts and beauties, as Janey fights for her right to ease on down the road! Features a variant cover spotlighting guest starring character Vampblade, as well as a variant cover by Dan Mendoza (limited to 2000 copies) and a risqué variant cover (limited to 2500 copies).

32 pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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ZOMBIE TRAMP VERSUS VAMPBLADE #1

Writer(s): Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): Winston Young
Connecting character variant covers (limited to 1500)
Connecting risque variant covers (limited to 2000)

In a story too big to contain in the pages of her regular monthly series, fan-favorite undead antiheroine Zombie Tramp breaks out into an all-new limited series that pits her against a new larger-than-life supernatural foe… Vampblade! Can Zombie Tramp hold her own against this new interdimensional weapon-wielding comic book bad girl brought to life, or has she met her sexy/crazy/cool match? Let the hair pulling and blood spilling begin! Features special variant covers featuring each character that connect to form one image, in both regular (limited to 1500 copies) and risqué designs (limited to 2000 copies).
32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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Preview: Part-Time Princess #3

Part-Time Princesses #3

Writer / Artist: Monica Gallagher

DIGITAL RELEASE – COMIXOLOGY (3/3/15)

Beautiful, popular, and adored by all, Courtney, Amber, Tiffany, and Michelle can’t wait to graduate and take their place among the world’s elite. But when all their future plans are ruined, the girls have only one back-up plan–working as costumed princesses at the local amusement park. Unfortunately, increased gang activity has driven away all but the most loyal of customers. With the park on the verge of closing, the girls resolve to fight back, bring back their adoring customers, save the amusement park they never wanted to work at, and maybe learn something about themselves along the way.

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Aspen Comics in May 2015

PSYCHO BONKERS #1

Vince Hernandez – Story / Adam Archer – Art / Colors – Federico Blee

Crack the speed barrier wide open in this thrilling new adventure that redefines what it means to go full throttle!

Join Shine, a young but unyielding teenage girl, as she races to find the true story behind the tragedy that wrecked her family, and shattered the sport of Bonk Racing to its core. Along with her trusted technician, Gabbo, and her sentient Bonk Racer, Shiza, she will discover that learning the truth about her future is as dangerous as the tragic past she is trying to forget!

Told in a series of five legs within the race of all races—the Super Bonk Rally, this five issue mini-series will span amazing landscapes and death-defying terrain, as these racers go Psycho Bonkers!

PSYCHO BONKERS #1 is in stores May 20th, 2015!

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THE FOUR POINTS #2

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Valentina Pinto – Colors

Something dark is coming…

Tensions rise as Gia attempts to enlist the most powerful potential recruit to the group’s cause, however early talks lead to a much more “physical” confrontation than they were hoping for. Meanwhile, a much more pressing matter threatens not only the group’s existence, but that of mankind as well.

Aspen welcomes back acclaimed writer Scott Lobdell to introduce to you this years most exciting new series, FOUR POINTS!

THE FOUR POINTS #2 is in stores May 13th, 2015!

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SHAHRAZAD #2

Kim Hutchison; Kari Castor – Story / Mike Krome – Art / Nei Ruffino – Colors

The first re-mastered debut from Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint continues!

The Sirens of legend have been mercilessly held against their will for centuries on end with no respite! However, will Shahrazad decide to rescue them in their time of need–or leave them to their own tragic fate?

SHAHRAZAD #2 is in stores May 6th, 2015!

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LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #3

Vince Hernandez – Story / Siya Oum – Art

Siya Oum’s apocalyptic Wasteland expands in this all new spinoff mini-series!

Thoughts of mutiny begin to spoil the group’s plans for any type of future as one, as Madeline finds that holding a band of people together is much more difficult than keeping them alive. Yet, her greatest challenge will come in the sacrifice she may need to make, in order to ensure her own survival at the hands of the mercenaries attempting to takeover the airstrip.

LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #3 is in stores May 27th, 2015!

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FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #4

Vince Hernandez – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art

The climactic finale to this volume’s epic storyline finds Kiani and Anika in a fight for their lives against the machinations of the U.S. Navy’s hellbent Admiral Hoover, and his catastrophic covert plot on American soil. Yet, the pair find out that stopping the world’s greatest military does not guarantee the end of the bloodshed.

FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #4 is in stores May 20th, 2015!

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Preview: X-O Manowar #34

X-O MANOWAR #34 (NEW ARC! “DEAD HAND” – PART 1)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A (Cover Overlay) by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151661)
Cover B (Wraparound) by JORGE MOLINA (JAN151662)
Variant Cover by DAS PASTORAS (JAN151663)
Character Design Variant by JORGE MOLINA (JAN151664)
Artist Variant by BUTCH GUICE (JAN151665)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 4

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! DEAD HAND is coming!

He survived ENTER: NINJAK. He waged war on PLANET DEATH. And now he must defend the Earth from an unholy reckoning…and the doomsday protocol codenamed: DEAD HAND!

This is it…X-O Manowar…face-to-face with a ROBOT ARMY HELLBENT ON THE DESTRUCTION OF EVERYTHING! Blast off with New York Times best-selling creator Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) as he begins the most shocking arc yet of his seminal run on Valiant’s flagship series!

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Archie Comics in May 2015

THE SHIELD #2

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “Daughter of the Revolution, Part 2” Running out of places to hide, the Shield discovers she is not without allies. Detective Nicole Simmons seems to know exactly who—and what—the Shield is, but with the enigmatic government agent Walter Chase closing the noose, the pair face two difficult questions: why is the Shield back now… and whose side is she really on?

Script: Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig
Art: David Williams, Gary Martin, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: David Williams
Variant Cover: Wilfredo Torres
Variant Cover: Evan Shaner
Variant Cover: Steve Rude
On Sale Date: 5/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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THE BLACK HOOD #4

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “Bullet’s Kiss, Part 4” The Connection’s lieutenants have discovered the identity of the new Black Hood. And now Greg Hettinger has only 24 hours to unmask their boss—the man who set Greg up!  As the badly-injured Black Hood struggles to piece together the puzzle, he’s forced to put his faith in a woman who could end up saving him… or sending him straight to the slammer!

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: David Mack
Variant Cover: Howard Chaykin
Variant Cover: Bill Sienkiewicz
On Sale Date: 5/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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THE FOX #3

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “Fox Hunt, Part 3—The Devil You Know”: Just as The Fox was through being a superhero, his son was putting the final touches on a gift for his dad—a sidekick. Enter: Kitsune—the Ghost Fox! But unbeknownst to father and son, a criminal mastermind has just put a million dollar bounty on the Fox’s head. Now our hero must make sure his son isn’t killed by an entire city filled with villains, including some familiar faces out for vengeance! Emmy award-winning artist Dean Haspiel and Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid bring you the next chapter in Dark Circle’s most twisted tale yet! Featuring variant cover art from Chris Samnee and Steve Rude!

Plot: Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, John Workman and Jose Villarubia
Script: Mark Waid
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Fox-Hunted Variant Cover: Steve Rude
Prowling Variant Cover: Chris Samnee
Hunter and Prey Variant Cover: T.Rex
On Sale Date: 6/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE #666

On the eve of the game-changing ARCHIE #1, an all-star cast of Riverdale’s finest creators join forces to celebrate one of the longest-running comic series ever in the much-loved Archie style! Take a look back at Archie’s wonderful life and the many lives he’s lived in a zany, heartfelt and hilarious adventure that will be a must-have for fans old and new—and a can’t-miss, one-of-a-kind collector’s item. A dazzling journey through the world of Archie with plenty of winks and nods to what’s come before, ARCHIE #666 caps off a legendary run of comic excellence while opening the door to the next thrilling chapter—featuring six covers celebrating Archie’s vibrant history.

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz, Pat and Tim Kennedy
Cover: Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 1 (Betty): Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 2 (Veronica): Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 3 (Jughead): Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 4 (Kevin): Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover Part 5 (Reggie): Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 6/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #261

Summer’s here and that means it’s time for some summer camp adventures! Archie and his friends are all counselors at Camp Witwicky—but Archie’s determined to be the BEST one this year! Of course, Archie can only be as good as his campers—and they’re not nearly as excited about summer camp as Archie is! Will Archie impress all his campers and be the best counselor Camp Witwicky has ever seen—or will his summer be a wash out? Find out in “All Camped Out!” the all-new, all-fun lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Gorf
Art: Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 6/3
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE GIANT COMICS COLLECTION (TR)

Expand your Archie collection with the newest installment of our Giant series! This fun-packed, laugh-a-minute volume collects 480 pages of the wild humor and teenage tomfoolery that have made Archie comic stories popular for over 70 years!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-949-5
$7.99/$8.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
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480 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 6/10

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ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: ROCK ON! (TR)

Are you ready to ROCK? Well party on down to the concert of the century with The Archies as they create musical memories and mayhem in this melodic collection! This fun, pocket-sized collection features 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite music-themed stories, presented on high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover.

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-947-1
$5.99/$6.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
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128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/20

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ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #15

It’s a perfect summer day: Archie and Betty are on a date at the amusement park while Jughead is prepping for a pie-eating contest. What could possibly ruin this fun day? Throw in a furious female, a fanatical funhouse and you’ve got the recipe for a fun-filled day turned upside down! Get ready for wacky adventures in “Funhouse Frolic!” the crazy new lead story to this JUMBO comics digest!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/27
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #13

At a garage sale, Jughead and Archie make an interesting purchase: a large statue of an elephant! But Archie hasn’t decided to give his room a circus-style revamping: he knows that Mr. Lodge has started collecting vintage carousel horses and Archie believes this elephant would be a perfect addition to that collection. The problem now is getting this heavy beast to the Lodge Estate. Will they get it there in one piece? And just what will Mr. Lodge think of this new addition to his collection? Find out in “The Crass Menagerie,” this hilarious new lead story to a fun-filled comics double digest!

Script: Fernando Ruiz
Art: Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 6/10
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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MEGA MAN 9: DAWN OF X (TR)

The complete MEGA MAN/MEGA MAN X Crossover is now available in graphic novel form! Set the stage for the upcoming WORLDS UNITE epic with the crossover that kicked things into gear for the blue bomber! Mega Man has dedicated his existence to helping humanity. One hundred years in the future, the super-advanced robot “X” has bridged the gap between man and machine. A weapon built by Dr. Wily, long thought lost, threatens to arise and cause mass chaos! It’s an adventure that spans a century as Mega Man and X struggle to stop the mechanical menace and save the day! Don’t miss the action and adventure in this historic crossover event! MEGA MAN VOL. 9 collects MEGA MAN #37-40.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-61988-965-1
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/27

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MEGA MAN #49

On the eve of SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE comes “Prisoners of War”: Dr. Wily built his Robot Masters as tools of war—but when war is over, what happens to these mechanical servants? Mega Man has hopes that they can become tools of peace!  Of course, not everyone agrees with Mega Man’s positive point of view. Will his optimism lead to his destruction?  Meanwhile, who is the mysterious Mr. X, and what connection does he have to the past, present and future of Mega Man?  This story leads into the next mega cross-title crossover “WORLDS UNITE!” so don’t miss a moment of the action! Featuring cover art from Mega Man rising star Edwin Huang and a “Renaissance Man” variant cover from Jason Piperberg!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman and Evan Stanley
Cover: Edwin Huang
Renaissance Man Variant Cover: Jason Piperberg
On Sale Date: 5/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC UNIVERSE #76

THE SONIC/MEGA MAN CROSSOVER EVENT BEGINS HERE! It’s the epic first chapter of the biggest story in Sonic/Mega Man comic book history with “Worlds Unite” Part One! Get ready for cross-world treachery as the wicked Sigma escapes the world of Mega Man X and arrives in Dr. Eggman’s secret Lost Hex base!  When Sigma promises new power to the Deadly Six, how long do you think they’ll stay loyal to Dr. Eggman? We’re not betting for long!  And just where exactly are our heroes during all this?  Looks like Sonic and Mega Man are right in the middle of an ambush!  The sense-shattering sequel to “Worlds Collide” starts right now! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Rafa Knight, and part 1 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
CROSSOVER KICK-OFF Variant Cover: Rafa Knight
Epic Poster Variant (pt1 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 5/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC BOOM #8

It slices! It dices! It joins line-wide crossover events: it’s SONIC BOOM! “Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Unite” Part Two: It was just another day at the races—y’know, the ones with the giant spider-mechs?  Things start to get weird, even for the lovable, paranoid Sticks, when X and the Maverick Hunters arrived!  Meanwhile, the epic bromance of the century is rekindled as the captured Drs. Eggman and Wily are forced to turn their life-long nemeses—Sonic and Mega Man—into minions for the terrifying Sigma! After the history-making “WORLDS COLLIDE” crossover event, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man unite once more—and this time Sonic Boom and Mega Man X are joining the fray! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, a special “happy fun time crossover” variant by Ryan Jampole and part 2 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
“Happy fun-time crossover” Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin and Steve Downer
Epic Poster Variant (pt2 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 6/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #273

The ALL-NEW Sonic/Mega Man Crossover sequel explodes onto the shelves with “Worlds Unite” Part Three: It’s a cascade of cross-dimensional chaos!  On Sonic’s World, the Freedom Fighters are battling with the terrifying arsenal of M’egga Man!  On Mega Man’s World, the Robot Masters can’t keep up with the super speedy Sonic Man!  Who can possibly save our heroes?  The answer is sure to surprise you! After the history-making “WORLDS COLLIDE” crossover event, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man unite once more—and this time Sonic Boom and Mega Man X are joining the fray! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, villain variant by T.Rex and part 3 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Villain Variant Cover: T.Rex
Epic Poster Variant (pt3 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 6/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC BOOM VOL. 1: THE BIG BOOM (TR)

Here comes the BOOM! Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends are back and ready to do battle with the evil DR. EGGMAN and his mechanical minions and diabolical death-machines! This ground-breaking new chapter in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise puts a different “spin” on all your favorite heroes and villains—plus brand new faces and hilarious stories chock-full of action. Written by bestselling Sonic comic scribe Ian Flynn, the comic series will reside in the same story universe as the TV series and games, featuring a different take on the Sonic the Hedgehog universe, with a new look and feel. Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and new member Sticks, must come together as a team to explore a new world full of comedy and adventure. SONIC BOOM Vol. 1 collects Sonic Boom #1-4.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Evan Stanley, Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-62738-983-9
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
112 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 6/3

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SONIC SUPER DIGEST #12

Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! As the Sonic/Mega Man WORLDS UNITE crossover reaches a fever pitch, see how it all began with a look back at Worlds Collide, the story that started it all, in a special Sonic/Mega Man spotlight feature! Also in this issue is an ALL-NEW edition of SONIC COMIC ORIGINS spotlighting the insidious G.U.N scientist (and villain?!) SNIVELY! This new story fills in some crucial and never-before-revealed gaps in the new Sonic comic universe, and you can ONLY scope this exclusive new story in Sonic super Digest! But that’s not all! Don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history! Plus new cover art from Sonic comic super-star Jamal Peppers!

Script: Ian Flynn & Various
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms & Various
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 6/10
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #15

Sonic Comic Origins continues this month with an ALL-NEW story featuring Razor the Shark! This special tie-in to the Sonic the Hedgehog vol3 graphic novel showcases EXCLUSIVE back-story to the underwater side of the new Sonic Comic universe with one of the most popular new characters to debut in the series! The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE gives you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you’ve never seen it before, with tons of comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog-hero! Along with the all-new Sonic Comic Origins mini-feature, this issue also features a special look back at the history-making Sonic/Mega Man crossover “WORLDS COLLIDE” storyline, as the sequel, WORLDS UNITE, heats up across the Archie Action Comics line! All this plus the extra features you love, an interview with Sonic/Mega Man Worlds Unite penciller Edwin Huang AND a super special cover featuring art by Sonic comic superstar Tyson Hesse!

Script: Ian Flynn & Various
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 5/27
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

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WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #50

The Global Teen Pageant has come to Riverdale and no one is more excited about it than… Archie and Reggie? With junior supermodels from all over the globe traversing around Riverdale, the guys take the opportunity to get as many dates as they can—but will these girls give them the time of day? Or will they both be runners-up? Find out in “The World of Archie,” the fun lead story to this comics annual!

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Various
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/20
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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