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Harper Lodge Returns This March in Archie #665

Following in the tradition of groundbreaking new characters like Kevin Keller, Archie Comics introduced Harper Lodge, Veronica’s cousin, in last June’s Archie #656 to a huge response from fans.

Archie Comics is proud to announce that the fan-favorite character, who happens to have a disability, will be returning in a brand new story by writer/artist Dan Parent!

Harper’s latest venture: writing a romance book about the boys in Riverdale, has everybody trying to figure out the big question: Who is Harper writing about? Will the gang be able to solve the mystery? Find out why people are raving about Harper and how she fits in perfectly with the rest of the gang in Riverdale!

Harper returns in Archie #665, on sale 3/4

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Preview: Archie #661

ARCHIE #661

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Holly Jolly Variant Cover: Ramon K. Perez
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

He knows if you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good… but he doesn’t know what it’s like to be a teen, for goodness sake! When the jolly fat man in red starts feeling like he has lost touch with the modern teenager, he’s not sure what he should do! Enter: everyone’s favorite holiday pest, Jingles! The tiny elf with the big attitude suggests that Santa spend a week with the hippest teen of them all: Archie Andrews. But with St. Nick living with him and his family, how can a klutz like Archie keep the presence of both Santa AND Rudolph a secret? And will he manage to stay off the naughty list??

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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

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.

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Here a Witch, There a Witch

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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.

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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.

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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

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: Archie #658

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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!

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Preview: Archie #657

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!

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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

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!

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