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New York Comic Con 2014: Dark Horse Comics and Archie Comics team up for a bloodbath in Riverdale! Archie Meets Predator!

America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter! Archie Comics and Dark Horse Comics are proud to bring you spring 2015’s hottest crossover: Archie Meets Predator.

With writer Alex de Campi at the helm, and artist Fernando Ruiz, things are going to get wild quickly.

Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for spring break, where party and beach games soon get replaced by the most dangerous game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?

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Preview: Archie #660


Script: Alex Segura
Art: Jeff Shultz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Classic Pin-Up Variant Cover: Dan Parent
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

“Be-Four and After”: Archie’s on top of the world—until he realizes he has four dates scheduled for the same night! But Reggie has a solution: He’ll sponsor Archie’s dates, as long as Archie pulls them off successfully in one night. Can Archie enlist Jughead to help and convince his four dates—including Valerie and Cheryl—that they’re getting his full attention? Featuring guest stars galore! A wacky, slapstick romp in the classic Archie style.


Here a Witch, There a Witch


From 2014’s World of Archie Digest #43

Archie Comics has traditionally struggled more than other comics at staying relevant, modern and current.  As opposed to other comics which can update their settings within their storylines, there are certain elements of Archie which remain tied to the past. For instance, hanging around at the corner diner or the jalopy which Archie is often seen to be driving. In recent years the publisher has tried to break from this past by incorporating in a lot of more current events, be that a meeting with Glee, Vampirella themed crossovers, or introducing a more diverse group of supporting characters than is common in most comic book series. In so doing the publisher has been successful at turning itself into something different from its previous incarnation. The older stories dealt with Archie getting into trouble, Jughead eating burger, Reggie flirting with Midge and the girls flirting with Archie, but newer issues have dealt with more relevant topics especially for their fanbase and targeted demographics such as interracial relationships, rights for disabled people and ethics in sports.


From World of Archie Double Digest #32

One key mechanic which has remained throughout all series is the topical subjects of the series and their covers, especially as it relates to the seasons. So the gang goes to the beach in summer issues and goes skiing or has snowball fights in winter issues. While there has been a topical focus throughout the course of the comics, one topic has generally been missing, and that is Halloween. Archie comics fluctuates between how many series it publishes focused on Riverdale, but it is usually between 6 and 8 regular series with other specials thrown in. From among the main series though since 2011, there has been a Halloween themed issue at least once a year.  Although Archie does rely on the past for some stereotypical inspiration at most times, the trend here is actually kind of weird. Over the course of these five covers, Betty and Veronica are dressed as either witches or as the Bride of Frankenstein in every case. Witches are even more preferred showing up in six out of nine of the character appearance (both Betty and Veronica don’t always appear). Although the cases are equally limited for the male characters they at least get to have some variety as zombies, firefighters, vampires, mummies, and Frankenstein.


From Betty and Veronica Double Digest #195

In looking at these covers though, it is not that there is one cover artist that really likes witches. Dan Parent is involved with a few of them, but it would seem that even aside from that there is a tendency to resort to the cliché in this specific case, even when the two main characters have been defined as much more modern and independent in recent years. Perhaps though it is just easiest for the publisher this way. Archie struggles for its market share as much as the other smaller companies, and though its demographic is different, it is likely worth not veering too far off of the stereotype when it comes to Halloween. After all, the girls dressed as a witch is an easy visual reference, but them dressed as something else might only confuse and lose the point of the Halloween theme anyway. Perhaps though maybe the artists will realize this odd trend and maybe break the girls into something else next year. A skeleton? A cat?  Alice in Wonderland? Or maybe even a firefighter?

Preview: 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”!


Preview: Archie #658


Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Dan Parent
Veronica Variant Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Betty Variant Cover: Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 8/6
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Summertime is quickly coming to an end and Archie realizes that he has not filled his quota of summer dating before the school year starts. This leads to a number of rushed dates (with all different girls) with hilarity ensuing at every turn … especially when the friends of Betty Cooper turn Archie’s plan against him. Guest-starring Ginger Snapp, Suzie, Linda Lake, Laurie Moore and Toni Topaz … and Archie’s dog Vegas!


Preview: Archie #657


Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
“Little Archie & his Pals” Variant Cover: Art Baltazar & Franco
On Sale: 7/9
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Veronica’s falling in love – with windsurfing! Jealous Archie is determined to learn the sport as well, but given that he might possibly be the clumsiest person that ever walked the face of the planet, things don’t go very well. Desperate to learn, he takes lessons from the only expert in town: Cheryl Blossom! With variant cover art by Art Baltazar & Franco of Tiny Titans fame, this book will fly off the shelves!


Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! How is everyone spending it?

Around the Tubes

The Mary Sue – Oh, The Feels: 501st Legion Send Stormtrooper Suit To Another Bullied Girl – Bravo.

GamePolitics – Supreme Court Decision Questions the Validity of Some Computer and Software Patents – Interesting.

CNN – CNN Wonders Why Anime Child Porn Isn’t Banned in Japan – Sigh.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Amazing X-Men Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Archie #656

Comic Vine – Batwoman #32

Comic Vine – Elektra #3

Comic Vine – Green Lantern: New Guardians #32

CBR – MPH #2

Comic Vine – The New 52: Futures End #7

Comic Vine – Sex Criminals #6

Comic Vine – Silver Surfer #3

Kotaku – Snowpiercer

Comic Vine – The Wicked + The Divine #1

CBR – The Wicked + The Divine #1

Talking Comics – Winterworld #1

Talking Comics – Wonder Woman #32

Preview: Archie #656


Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
“Roses Are Red” Variant Cover: Ramon K. Perez
On Sale: 6/18
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

“Let’s Hear it for Harper”

Veronica’s cousin Harper is coming to Riverdale, where she’s considering attending Riverdale High. When she arrives, they see something they weren’t expecting: she is physically disabled.  However it doesn’t take long to see that her disabilities don’t hold her back, but instead add to her dynamic personality! Harper teaches the gang how something that you think can hold you back can make you that much stronger—all while being decked out in the most fashion forward wheelchair ever seen!


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wicked+Divine01_CoverAWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in. Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out.

Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine #1 (Image Comics) – Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. The first issue is over-sized and it is fantastic. An absolute must buy, and we’re sure it’ll sell out.

Alex + Ada #7 (Image Comics) – This series has been a fantastic look at relationships and more so gets into philosophical territory about what is life. Well worth the read.

Archie #656 (Archie Comics) – Archie diversifies their characters even more introducing Harper, a new disabled character!

Brain Boy: Men From Gestalt #2 (Dark Horse) – Pure action fun.

The Final Plague TPB (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Out of all the comics that have come out this past year, this series gave us the chills with each issue.

Harbinger #24 (Valiant) – The last issue featured the death of a character, and this one felt heartfelt and slight shocking. This is how you do death. Yes, I know that’s weird to say.

Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night #1 (IDW Publishing) – New Kill Shakespeare! Be entertained and learn about some of the classics too!

Sex Criminals #6 (Image Comics) – One of the top series out there. Nuff said.

Thomas Alsop #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new series that has a solid “Vertigo” feel about it, but out from the excellent BOOM!. The first issue is another solid debut from the company and its creators.

Velvet TPB Vol. 1: Before the Living End (Image Comics) – A kick-ass female lead from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. It’s awesome spy action.

Archie Comics Welcomes New Character to Riverdale & Gets More Progressive

Archie Comics has made a name for itself as a vibrant, innovative publisher that is focused on representing today’s world through its comics. Iconic characters like Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, and Reggie have stayed true to their history while residing in a modern world. That continues today. Following in the tradition of modern and engaging character debuts like Kevin Keller, Archie Comics is proud to give fans a first look at the latest addition to the Riverdale family: Harper.

Cousin to posh socialite Veronica Lodge, Harper arrives in Riverdale and introduces the Archie gang to something they’ve never dealt with: a friend who is disabled. But while Harper does have a disability, it does not define her, and Archie, his friends, and fans around the world will be treated to her dynamic personality. Harper teaches the Archies an important lesson: that something you think can hold you back can make you that much stronger.

The idea for Harper came out of a conversation between writer/artist Dan Parent and longtime Archie fan and author Jewel Kats, who is also disabled. From that initial idea Harper was born.

Harper’s debut, Archie #656, hits 6/18.

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