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Preview: B&V Friends: Adventures in Babysitting

B&V FRIENDS: ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING

When Mom and Dad are out and away, Betty and Veronica come to play! The girls are coming over to babysit in this new 100-page digital exclusive. Taking care of kids isn’t so easy, though—can Betty and Veronica handle some of Riverdale’s unruliest kids? You’ll have so much fun reading this book, you won’t even notice your parents have left!

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Kevin Keller, Sensational Wonder Man

spider-woman-1-milo-manaraIt hasn’t yet been even a month since the release to the public of variant covers by Milo Manara for the upcoming Spider-Woman series by Marvel.  In the wake of the release, many criticized the medium for once again making a mockery of female characters. Others fought back and defended the move, but once again it threw gender into the spotlight for the mainstream side of the medium of comics. Some focused on it from afar as editorials from Time and Elle criticized the pose of the character in such a way. Others simply highlighted what were other fan reactions to the same topic through such artistic and critical ventures as the Hawkeye Initiative.

The Hawkeye Initiative is an interesting one. Although often looking very amateurish, its premise is simple. It takes male characters and puts them into female poses, and even sometimes into female costumes. The outcome is ridiculous as expected, but in a different sense, it also highlights the focus of the medium to the big two publishers. While the big two of Marvel and DC sometimes blunder their way through their own popularity, other publishers are taking some more progressive approaches to their own titles.

Surprisingly for me, one of these came this week from an unlikely source, Archie Comics. I am not much of an Archie fan, not generally speaking anyway, but my wife buys Betty and Veronica Double Digest every month, and I usually get around to reading some of it (if not all of it.) The stories are goofy and old fashioned as expected, but while there are some anachronistic throwbacks to other times, it is surprisingly progressive at times, addressing among other topics human rights, bullying and the environment. One of the more interesting developments of characters in recent years is Kevin Keller, the gang’s openly gay friend from high school, who has been given his own monthly series. I hadn’t been keeping up with the stories at all, but on a whim I decided to check out this issue as it involved Kevin becoming a superhero in Riverdale, an unusual enough development in Archie Comics.

wwcover01The story was kind of goofy, though I guess it was fun enough, but it was not the story which was of note. I might argue that the characterization of the character himself was a little off, as his reactions to his crush is a lot more along the lines of how females are presented in this series (hearts in place of eyes) which could be borderline offensive to the representation of homosexual people. The more interesting part than the story or the character was the cover, particularly in this case the variant cover, which as far as I knew had drawn very little interest, although by rights it maybe should have. I am far from an expert on the subject, but comics are known for creating homage covers, often for previous covers in the medium. Such iconic covers as Amazing Fantasy #15, Detective Comics #27, Action Comics #1 or even Crisis on Infinite Earths #7. One of the these covers which is most often copied is actually also copied here, that being the second variant cover for Kevin Keller which is a variant of Uncanny X-Men #141.  Although the homage here is a lot more humorous, it is really the first that is more noteworthy. Sensation Comics #1 which introduced Wonder Woman is a fairly iconic cover, but it is one which is rarely paid homage to. In fact, this might be the very first instance of an homage to this cover, and if it is not first then it is among a small handful. There was an homage in the first volume of Wonder Woman (issue #288) but this was a case of the same character and so this may in fact be the first time that another character shared this pose.

wwcover03What is most interesting about this is that it is a male character taking the place of a female character, something which happens so very rarely in comics that it can be considered to be almost unique. Female versions of male characters occur all the time, with the likes of Supergirl, Batgirl or even a female Robin, but a male version of most female characters would end up in a ridiculous visual much like the efforts of those behind the Hawkeye Initiative. In this case though it occurs, even when the male hero of Kevin Keller looks nothing like Wonder Woman. As one of the counter criticism of the medium goes, if one wants to find better representations of minorities, or women or non-straight people, they only need to look to the independents. For the comic fan though, it is important to remember when saying this that Archie Comics is often pretty close to being an independent as well, if not necessarily in terms of content then at least in terms of context.

Preview: Archie Comics Digest #254

ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #254

Script:  Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bill Yoshida, Frank Gagliardo
Cover:  Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/17
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Our favorite Riverdale guys, Archie, Jughead and Chuck, are beating the end-of-summer blues! Chuck makes a plan to fit in as much drawing as he can in his spare time – and you won’t believe what happens to him at the art supply store! Find out in “Class Timing,” the lead story in this back-to-school digest!

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Preview: Kevin Keller #15

KEVIN KELLER #15

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover:  Dan Parent
Sensation Variant:  Phil Jimenez, Matt Herms
Days of Future Past Variant:  Phil Jimenez
On Sale Date: 9/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Kevin became a semi-celebrity after coming to the aid of a robbery victim, and it got Veronica’s wheels turning: of course, Kevin would make the PERFECT superhero! With her unlimited resources and limited common sense, Veronica built a secret lair into her mansion, where they could monitor crime and send Kevin out to fight it as THE EQUALIZER! The only piece of the puzzle left is Kevin—he still has to decide if he wants anything to do with her crazy schemes! This super issue features not one, but TWO variant covers by superstar artist Phil Jimenez!

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Preview: Archie #659

ARCHIE #659

Script: Alex Segura
Art: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Zoo-Pendous Variant Cover: Mike Norton
On Sale Date: 9/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

A Riverdale Zoo field trip goes bonkers when Sabrina’s magical cat Salem mis-casts a magical spell, turning Archie and the gang into animals! Not only that, but they’re turning everyone they meet into animals as well. Can the gang escape the zoo and reverse the spell before they’re stuck in their animal bodies forever? Find out in “It’s Zoo To You”!

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Preview: Mega Man Vol. 7: Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon

MEGA MAN VOL. 7: BLACKOUT: THE CURSE OF RA MOON

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Mike Cavallaro, Gary Martin, Matt Herms, John Workman
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-936975-95-2
$11.99/$13.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp, Full Color

Fresh from the history-making crossover with Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man is back with an all-new adventure! The world has gone dark. Robots have collapsed in the streets. Mega Man awakes to a world without electricity—and a crumbling civilization! With the help of the brilliant Dr. Light, Mega Man and a handful of Robot Masters are sent to the Amazon to stop the source of the world’s power failure. But their mission is not an easy one. The malevolent Ra Moon has awoken, and it’s out to destroy the world. At its command is the unwitting Dr. Wily and his army of Wily-bots and Robot Masters. Can Mega Man and his friends overcome the odds and save the world? Or is this the end of an era? MEGA MAN VOL. 7 collects MEGA MAN #29-32 plus exclusive bonus features!

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Preview: Sabrina’s Magic School

SABRINA’S MAGIC SCHOOL

School is in session—but your school was never like this! Join Sabrina the Teenage Witch on a magical journey to witch school, where all magical secrets are kept. Brush up on your potions, get a taste of transmutations, and learn how to fly on your magic broom! This textbook-sized digital exclusive has over 150 pages of spells and stories for you to enjoy.

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Preview: Archie Giant Comics Digest

ARCHIE GIANT COMICS DIGEST

Script:  Frank Doyle
Art:  Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
978-1-61988-947-7
$7.99/$8.99 CAN
4 7/8  x 6 9/16” TR
480 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/10

Everyone loves Archie Comics! Now you’ve got EVEN MORE to love with this GIANT paperback comics collection! This fun-packed, laugh-a-minute volume collects 480 pages of the dating drama and classroom commotion that have made Archie comic stories popular for over 70 years!

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Preview: Betty & Veronica Comics Digest #226

BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DIGEST #226

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jon D’Agostino, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
On Sale: 9/10
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Veronica Lodge is an heiress, a fashionista–-and now a game show contestant! When Veronica competes on her favorite game show, she’s prepared for all sorts of puzzles, but she’s not prepared for the surprise challenges in store for her! Veronica has to face off against Jughead-–in a pie eating contest! Find out what happens to her in “Let the Games Begin,” the competitive lead story in this packed summer read!

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Preview: Sonic Super Special #12

SONIC SUPER SPECIAL #12

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Ben Bates, Tracy Yardley, Erik Ly, Jerry Gaylord, Brent McCarthy and more!
Cover: Ben Bates
On Sale:9/10
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

Celebrate 25 years of the SEGA GENESIS with this extra-special anniversary edition of SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE! Take a look back at the SEGA system that started a revolution with this anniversary issue featuring the origins of such hit games as Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Streets of Rage and more—alongside awesome new pin-up art from the Archie team! Also featured is a special look at the all-new SONIC BOOM games and TV show, with exclusive info you won’t find anywhere else! 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! Plus an interview with Sonic artist supreme Jon Gray and an all-new foil-enhanced cover from the incomparable BEN BATES! This issue is jam-packed with awesomeness!

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