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Archie Comics in July 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 faces 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
The Shield #2 CVR A Reg: David Williams
The Shield #2 CVR B Variant: Steve Rude
The Shield #2 CVR C Variant: Evan Shaner
The Shield #2 CVR D Variant: Wilfredo Torres
On Sale Date: 7/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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THE FOX #5

The FOX HUNT reaches its cataclysmic conclusion with the biggest brawl in Dark Circle history! “Fox Hunt, Part 5”: The Fox and She-Fox have invaded Mr. Smile’s evil headquarters and are on the attack against the final five deadly villains that stand between them and their son! As parents do battle for the fate of their son, blood, sweat tears and money are on the line—but the freak magnet and his super family are far from finished! This arc may be ending, but the Fox’s adventures continue on—if he can survive the final showdown with the dreaded IRON FOX! Featuring story, art and covers from the biggest names in comics, including variant art from Robert Hack, David Mack, Eli Powell and Bill Sienkiewicz!

Plot: Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, John Workman and Allen Passalaqua
Script: Mark Waid
The Fox #5 CVR A Reg: Dean Haspiel
The Fox #5 CVR B Variant: Robert Hack
The Fox #5 CVR C Variant: David Mack
The Fox #5 CVR D Variant: Eli Powell
The Fox #5 CVR E Variant: Bill Sienkiewicz
On Sale Date: 8/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE VS. SHARKNADO #1 (ONE SHOT)

It’s that time of year in Riverdale! The end of the school year.  Time for beaches, barbecues, fun in the sun and… SHARKNADOS!?!  That’s right, get ready as Archie and the gang brave the storm of a tornado full a sharks that riffs off the pop culture phenomenon known as Sharknado! The story unfolds as sharknados are spotted on the “Feast” Coast! Our heroines have to figure out how to get back to Riverdale, where the storm is about to hit next. Soon Archie and the gang go, go, go as they battle the Sharknado-ravaged Riverdale! Who will live? Who will die? Will this take a BITE out of the end-of-the-year prom? Uh….probably! The comic book action is also concurrent with the plot of SHARKNADO 3 and hits stands right before the film’s premiere in July on Syfy. Written by the SHARKNADO trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante with Dan Parent.

Script: Anthony C. Ferrante with Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR B Variant: Francesco Francavilla
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR C Variant: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 7/22
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #263

Get ready for even more pages of fun in this sun in this 192-page comics annual! Summer has arrived, the sun is shining, the weather’s getting warmer and Riverdale Lake is open for activities! And for Archie “summer activities” mean one thing: dating! Archie and Betty make a date to ride paddle boats at the lake—but Veronica wants in on the summer fun, too! When Archie actually *gasps* rejects Veronica in favor of Betty, could it be that our lovable player is changing—or will his day in the sun have him up a creek? Find out in “Unlucky Lake Date,” the fun lead story to this bonus-sized comics annual!

Script: Tania del Rio

Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 7/29
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #16

Archie’s best (non-human) pal Vegas is excited for a day at the dog park—except that Mr. Oswald T. Clump, a millionaire mogul who’s come to Riverdale, is threatening to tear down the dog park in favor of putting up his own Clump Plaza! This looks like a job for the pets of Riverdale! With a little bit of luck, will they be able to save their park, or will it be a ruff ride for our fearless furry friends? Find out in “Dog Walk, Don’t Run,” the fun lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Alex Simmons
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 7/22
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS 1000 PAGE COMICS JAM (TR)

This edition of the ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS series is JAM-PACKED with the best, funniest and most hilarious stories from Archie & his pals ‘n’ gals! We’ve got 1000 more pages of chaos and comedy for our doting fans! For over seven decades, Archie and his friends have been making everyone laugh, with their dating hijinx and misadventures at Riverdale High School! Everything’s Archie in the largest Archie collection series EVER—offered at an incredible value price! This book is a one-time only printing, so act now while supplies last!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-958-7
$14.99/$15.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/5

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ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: FRIENDS FOREVER (TR)

Grab your best friend and enjoy all of the fun in this special edition of Archie Comics Spectacular! There’s 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite friendship-themed stories about Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and friends presented in high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover! Don’t keep this one all to yourself—share it with a pal! This book is a one-time only printing, so act now while supplies last!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-956-3
$5.99/$6.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/22

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BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #235

After Betty finds old postcards her grandfather used to send to her grandmother before they were married, she convinces Archie to send her sweet postcards and letters, instead of texts and e-mails, from his summer vacation to the West Coast! Betty’s overjoyed by Archie’s love notes—but they guys aren’t too happy—how can they ever live up to Archie’s romantic gestures? And they’re not the only ones upset! Find out if old romance will win in “A Tail of Mail!”

Script: George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 7/22
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #14

Archie finally gets the courage to ask out DeDe Diaz, the daughter of the owner of the local comic shop, out on a date—which in turn reminds DeDe that she’s been meaning to ask Jughead out to see the same movie! Will it end up being a fun day out with friends, or will someone be an awkward third wheel? Find out in “Triple Date,” the hilarious new lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Tania del Rio
Art: Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 7/15
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #15

Jughead’s trying to help Archie find the perfect birthday gift for Veronica, and the two decide to go to Riverdale’s resident boy genius, Dilton, for help. Dilton’s whipped up a new app that can help them find the perfect gift for the girl who has everything by connecting to every auction house, online retailer and home shopping network in the entire world—it’s so powerful, though, that it also connects to Mars! Luckily for them, their main contact on the red planet is their old pal Cosmo, the Merry Martian! Can Cosmo help find the perfect gift for Veronica, or will he just cause intergalactic havoc? Find out in “From Mars With Love!”

Then, Jughead’s cousin Bingo Wilkin takes center stage! Bingo has decided to take up kayaking in order to take his girlfriend Samantha on a romantic date. Learning how to sail in a day should be more than enough time—right? What could possibly go wrong?! Will Bingo effectively woo Samantha on the not-so-high seas, or will he wind up all wet? Find out in “Kayak Crazy!” Two brand new stories just for you in this JUMBO comics digest!

Script: Fernando Ruiz, Tom DeFalco
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Pat and Tim Kennedy
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/12
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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MEGA MAN #51

IS ALL LOST?! The evil Sigma unleashes an unstoppable army in “Worlds Unite” Part Eight: Sonic, Mega Man and X lead the unified army against Sigma’s horde of resurrected Mavericks!  Sigma has now taken command of the Genesis Portals, threatening to fuse together even MORE worlds!  With our heroes’ time and strength running out, Sticks returns with reinforcements—and you’ll never believe who she recruited! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and variant cover art from Sonic rising star Diana Skelly and part 8 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Mega Man #51 CVR A Reg: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Mega Man #51 CVR B Variant: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant and Gabriel Cassata
Epic Poster Variant (pt 8 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 7/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1

ALL-NEW DIRECT MARKET-EXCLUSIVE special!  There are so many epic battles in the SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event that the biggest brawls of the bunch have exploded into their very own book! Twelve issues just isn’t enough to contain all the frantic action of “Worlds Unite!”  The action spills over into this second special stand-alone issue where an all-star cast of creators bring you an extraordinary all-action issue!  Watch as Sonic battles the Deadly Six, Knuckles throws down with Break Man, and Sticks… goes after Roll?! LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! Also featuring variant cover art from Roger and Idalia Robinson, and a special wrap-around sketch variant by Sonic and Mega Man superstars Evan Stanley & Jamal Peppers!

SCRIPT: Joel Enos, Ryan Jampole, Aleah Baker
ART: Tracy Yardley, Ryan Jampole, Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant, Terry Austin, Rachel Deering and Elaina Unger
SONIC: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1 CVR A Reg: Evan Stanley, Jamal Peppers, Phyllis Novin and Ben Hunzeker
SONIC: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1 CVR B Sketch Variant Cover: Evan Stanley and Jamal Peppers
SONIC: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1 CVR C Variant Cover: Roger and Idalia Robinson
On Sale Date: 7/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC UNIVERSE #78

The third and final act of the EPIC SONIC/MEGA MAN CROSSOVER EVENT begins here! “Worlds Unite” Part Nine: Sigma has begun his conquest of ALL the worlds.  Now it’s up to Sonic, Mega Man and X to unify those worlds AGAINST Sigma!  It’s a “who’s who” of SEGA and Capcom heroes answering this important call to arms! But with Sigma still active on the unified world, he turns his gaze upon those left behind..! Featuring the worlds of STREET FIGHTER,  SKIES OF ARCADIA, NiGHTS INTO DREAMS, OKAMI, GHOSTS ‘N’ GOBLINS, ALEX KIDD and more! Plus cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and variant cover art from “Worlds Collide” penciling star Jamal Peppers and part 9 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
SONIC UNIVERSE #78 CVR A REG: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
SONIC UNIVERSE #78 CVR B Variant: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
Epic Poster Variant (pt9 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 7/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC BOOM #10

The SONIC/MEGA MAN Crossover event explodes beyond the worlds of just our two blue heroes! “Worlds Unite” Part Ten: Sonic, Mega Man, X and Sticks continue to rally heroes from across the wide expanse of the SEGA and Capcom universes!  Who will be brave and join the unified assaulted against Sigma?  PLUS with all of the heroes busy, who’s keeping an eye on the malicious Xander Payne and Evil BFFs Drs. Eggman and Wily?  The villains MUST be plotting something now—but what? Featuring the worlds of VIEWTIFUL JOE, GOLDEN AXE, BREATH OF FIRE, PANZER DRAGOON, BILLY HATCHER, MONSTER HUNTER and more! Plus cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and variant cover art from Reilly Brown and part 10 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
SONIC BOOM #10 CVR A REG: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
SONIC BOOM #10 CVR B Variant: Reilly Brown
Epic Poster Variant (pt10 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 7/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275

CELEBRATE 275 ISSUES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG with his good buddy Mega Man and the worlds of STREET FIGHTER, BILLY HATCHER, NiGHTS INTO DREAMS, MONSTER HUNTER and more in this DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE! “Worlds Unite” Part Eleven: It’s pan-dimensional pandemonium as the unified army begins their attack on Sigma!  Sonic, Mega Man and X lead an all-star roster of heroes from across the SEGA and Capcom universes in an all-out assault against the villainous robot from the future!  Will they be enough to save all their worlds, or has Sigma already become a god?  Featuring a wrap-around cover from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante! PLUS 5 variant covers from Edwin Huang, Lamar Wells, Tracy Yardley, Rafa Knight and part 11 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates! Don’t miss the penultimate chapter to the biggest crossover event in Archie Action history!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tyson Hesse, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR A REG: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR B Wrap-around Variant: Edwin Huang
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR C Wrap-around Variant: Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR D Wrap-around Variant: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin and Steve Downer
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 CVR E Wrap-around Variant: Rafa Knight
Epic Poster Variant (pt11 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 8/12
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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SONIC SAGA SERIES 8: HEDGEHOG HAVOC! (TR)

The hit SONIC SAGA graphic novel series returns! This volume collects Sonic’s struggle against the villainous dopplegangers from the twisted mirror world of Moebius! The Suppression Squad already conquered their world, and now they’re out to conquer Sonic’s! Leading them is Sonic’s evil double, Scourge! How can our heroes overcome—literally—themselves? It’s an uphill battle as the forces of darkness throw their lot in with the Eggman Empire. Dr. Eggman adds insult to injury when he creates a Metal Scourge to join Metal Sonic! And when Sonic and Amy take the fight to Moebius, everything goes wrong! All this plus bonus stories tying into the SEGA games! Collects select stories from Sonic the Hedgehog #s 190 – 193.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash
Cover:  Tracy Yardley and Jason Jensen
978-1-61988-969-9
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
112 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/29

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SONIC SUPER DIGEST #13

Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history as Sonic and his friends embark on daring adventures, face evil villains and save the day one chili dog at a time! Spin into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring awesome cover art from Sega and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!

Script:  Ian Flynn & Various
Art: Various
Cover art provided by Sega
On Sale Date: 8/5
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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Preview: The Archies: Assembled

THE ARCHIES: ASSEMBLED

(DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE)
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/24
100-page, full color comic
$4.99

Riverdale’s mightiest heroes gather in the most Spectacular fashion! Archie, Chuck, Betty and Veronica are powering up and getting ready to save the day! Can they use their Uncanny abilities to stop the forces of evil—or at least the forces of general teen inconveniences? Check out this Amazing digital-only collection of super stories and find out! Excelsior!

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Preview: Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #233

BETTY AND VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #233

Script: Dan Parent, Frank Doyle, Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/22
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

A special collector’s edition featuring The Best of Archie starring Betty and Veronica! This jumbo issue is chock-full of the best stories ever told! All from the pages of the best-selling series THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS! This collection also includes story introductions by celebrity fans, top writers, awesome artists and other insights into some of the hilarious and most popular tales from Archie Comics’ 75-year history!

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Preview: Sonic Universe #75

SONIC UNIVERSE #75

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Variant Cover 1: Tracy Yardley
Variant Cover 2: Ben Bates
Variant Cover 3: Tyson Hesse
Variant Cover 4: EGA Studios
Variant Cover 5: Patrick Thomas Parnell
Variant Cover 6: Lamar Wells, Gary Martin and Gabriel Cassata
Variant Cover 7: Evan Stanley, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
Variant Cover 7.5: Jonathan H. Gray, Gary Martin and Matt Herms with Patrick Spaziante
On Sale Date: 4/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

Sonic Universe has reached 75 thrilling issues—and we’re celebrating in style! “Fury”: The race is on as Sonic chases down Metal Sonic for one of the sought–after Chaos Emeralds!  But when their chase takes them to a very unexpected place, Sonic’s worth as a hero may be put to the test!  Can Sonic win the day, secure the emerald and retain his sense of self by the end? As our journey to WORLDS UNITE crashes to a close, join us in celebrating the longest-running Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off comic in history with 7.5 variant covers from your favorite Sonic artists! Featuring cover art from Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Tyson Hesse, EGA Studios, Patrick Thomas Parnell, Lamar Wells, Evan Stanley and Jonathan H. Gray! To name a few!

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Preview: The Black Hood #3

THE BLACK HOOD #3

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: David Mack
Variant Cover: Howard Chaykin
Dark Circle Movie Throwback Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 4/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE!

“The Bullet’s Kiss, Part 3” The Black Hood is supposed to be dead. Shot, de-masked, autopsied, buried. So who’s running around town in a ratty black hood, declaring war on the underworld? The City of Philadelphia is electrified by the fleeting glimpses they see on social media—but both the cops and the drug gangs want him stopped at all costs. However, the new Black Hood may not have to be stopped. He’s coming unglued all on his own…

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It’s Archie vs. Sharknado in July

This summer, just in time for Syfy‘s Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, fans will see an unexpected, jaw-dropping twist to the Sharknado saga – in Riverdale USA!
 Just when Archie and the gang think they can kick back and enjoy a few months of beaches, naps and sun, they’re faced with a storm of sharknados – heading straight for their hometown of Riverdale. 

Archie and his friends have to battle the incoming pop culture storm as it creeps up the “Feast” coast to Riverdale – and then try to save what’s left of their hometown. Who lives? Who dies? Read the book!

Written by Sharknado trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante with art by Archie legend Dan Parent, the “shark-tacular” extra-sized 48-page issue serves as a nice appetizer to Sharknado 3, which debuts on Syfy the same day the book is released in comic shops and digitally: Wednesday, July 22.

ARCHIE VS. SHARKNADO #1 (ONE SHOT) 

It’s that time of year in Riverdale! The end of the school year.  Time for beaches, barbecues, fun in the sun and… SHARKNADOS!?!  That’s right, get ready as Archie and the gang brave the storm of a tornado full a sharks that riffs off the pop culture phenomenon known as Sharknado! The story unfolds as sharknados are spotted on the “Feast” Coast! Our heroines have to figure out how to get back to Riverdale, where the storm is about to hit next. Soon Archie and the gang go, go, go as they battle the Sharknado-ravaged Riverdale! Who will live? Who will die? Will this take a BITE out of the end-of-the-year prom? Uh….probably! The comic book action is also concurrent with the plot of SHARKNADO 3 and hits stands right before the film’s premiere in July on Syfy. Written by the SHARKNADO trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante with Dan Parent.

Script: Anthony C. Ferrante with Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR B Variant: Francesco Francavilla
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR C Variant: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 7/22
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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Preview: Betty vs. Veronica: Sabotage!

BETTY VS. VERONICA: SABOTAGE!

(DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE)
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/17
250-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Oh my gosh, it’s a barrage of the best battles of the BFFs! Betty and Veronica are squaring off once again in a mêlée for Archie’s heart! This time, though, the gloves are off and they’re doing anything it takes to win! Get a front row seat as we look at some of the girls’ finest attempts at sabotaging each other. Who will win the war and get the boy? Find out in this mega-sized digital exclusive!

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Preview: World of Archie Comics Double Digest #49

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #49

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/15
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Riverdale High School is holding out tryouts for the wrestling team—and Archie, Reggie and Jughead all hope to make it on the ropes! While the three use brute force and technique for their tryouts, Dilton is convinced that is instead a mathematical process. He argues that it’s all about leverage and angles and that, even someone at his size, could take down someone the size of Moose. The guys are skeptical and challenge him to prove his hypotheses. Will his equations be correct, or will Dilton be down for the count? Find out in “Counted Out,” the brand new lead story to this Comics Double Digest!

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Review: Archie vs. Predator #1

archie vs predator 1Archie and his crew have met many folks. The Punisher, the cast of Glee are just two examples, and in those two, no one died in the end. Archie vs. Predator #1 throws all of that out, taking the bloodier tone of Archie’s recent hit Afterlife with Archie, but showing it all in the cartoonish style we’re accustomed to. Teaming up with Dark Horse, Archie Comics has the Riverdale crew take on their toughest enemy yet, the Predator! Written by Alex de Campi, with art by Fernando Ruiz, the first issue is a bit strange, as it has much of the tension and build up we’re familiar with in Predator, but all with the classic Archie style.

The first issue sees Archie and his friends head out for vacation to a paradise island. The usual hijinks ensue, and it’s all entertaining. But really, the comic is all about the Predator, and like the movies the first issue is built up with the hunter stalking his prey. The ship lands, and throughout the issue we’re mostly limited to infrared views by the Predator, but even those get a bit of humor added to them.

As I said above, the big difference here is, Archie is allowing folks to get killed off. While the issue has the classic Archie style, there’s blood, and skulls, though the true violence is left off page.

The comic in a way reminds me a lot of the “Lil” comics Dark Horse produces, though a bit more adult with the blood and the killing. The disconnect between Archie comics’ look and a Predator running around killing folks is humorous to me, and just a fun comic to read as a fan of the Predator.

The first issue is good. It does a lot of build up, following the general formula of Predator films. It’s fun, not too serious, and well worth the read. I found myself chuckling at different points, but I’m really looking forward to future issues (especially when the Predator REALLY gets going). The first issue will probably be slow for some, but by doing so it keeps up a tradition.

Story: Alex de Campi Art: Fernando Ruiz
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Betty and Veronica #275

b&v275The most recent story arc has taken the girls from what is the most common denominator for all Archie characters – the fictional town of Riverdale.  Betty and Veronica have been sent to explore the world on exchange and exchange students have been sent to Riverdale in their place.  It is a simple enough concept, but surprisingly a pretty novel one for the residents of Riverdale who seem to live inside their own world without interacting with the outside (other than having some aspects of the outside coming in.)

While this seemed like a pretty fun idea to start with, the story arc is becoming overly convoluted in its storytelling.  Betty and Veronica have previously decided that the experiences which they are having are not as otherworldly as they had hoped, and so therefore decide to switch identities as they arrive to India.  This leads to a sequence of extraordinary occurrences for the two of them, or at least extraordinary in that they are living through each other’s eyes.  At the meantime b&v275aback in Riverdale, their absence is not felt as much as Veronica stand-in Violette (from France) and Betty stand-in Banni (from India) have the same same influence on the boys as the originals did.  Meanwhile Archie works odd jobs around the neighborhood in order to be able to afford a trip to India to bring the girls back (which is a bit unrealistic considering how many lawns he would have to mow for that much money.)

While the issue holds together pretty well, it also has a lot of missed opportunity.  Instead of all the plot twists, the creative team could have just focused on the travel aspect of the story, and made it compelling enough without having to keep Archie relevant in the title (this is after all the girls’ book.)  Equally the switching of identities is fun enough, but they are already in India, and there are enough stories to be told there anyway without having to replay the Prince and the Pauper.  It is more the missed potential which drags this story down a bit as it still reads well enough, but the creative team would have been better to follow the lead of their own characters, and to stay our of Riverdale for a while.

Story: Michael Uslan Art: Dan Parent
Story: 7.7 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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