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Preview: Betty & Veronica #277

BETTY & VERONICA #277

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent
Betty & Veronica #277 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Betty & Veronica #277 CVR B Variant: Brittney Williams
On Sale Date: 8/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

This is it, the final leg of Betty & Veronica’s trip around the world! The BFFs are happy to be back to their old selves in The City of Light—Paris! The girls are enjoying the fine foods and even finer looking gentlemen of France—but what they’d really like is to be back in their hometown! Meanwhile, back in Riverdale there’s a new love triangle brewing between foreign exchange student Banni, Dilton and… Jughead?!! Will Betty and Veronica return to their old routines and familiar faces once their trip is over, or will nothing ever be the same again? You won’t want to miss a minute of this exciting conclusion to “Farewell, Betty & Veronica”!

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Archie Comics in October 2015

THE HANGMAN #1

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE!

They say the Hangman is nothing more than an urban legend. A spook story told to scare criminals straight. But those who encounter him—like hitman “Mad Dog” Mike Minetta—know different. They know that when he comes for you… you’re dead already. Join fan-favorite writer Frank Tieri (WOLVERINE, BATMAN) and artist extraordinaire Felix Ruiz (WOLVERINE MAX, HALO) for an ongoing tale of horror, the supernatural and violence… and learn why some men may never be redeemed.

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Felix Ruiz
CVR A Reg: Felix Ruiz
CVR B Variant: Timothy Bradstreet
CVR C Variant: Francesco Francavilla
CVR D Variant: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 11/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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THE BLACK HOOD #6

THE ACCLAIMED DARK CIRCLE SERIES RETURNS! “Flor de Muerto” After the soul-crushing events of “Bullet’s Kiss,” disfigured cop Greg Hettinger leaves Philly and checks into a Southern California rehab clinic. But a plane ride can’t separate Greg from his troubles. A fellow patient believes her former drug dealer (and lover) has sent someone to kill her, and it’s up to Greg to figure out which member of their circle is preparing to pull the trigger…

New to the dark, twisted world of The Black Hood? Then check yourself in for this thrilling one-shot from novelist Duane Swierczynski and superstar artist Howard Chaykin.

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Howard Chaykin, Jesus Aburto, Rachel Deering
CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla
CVR B Variant: Howard Chaykin
CVR C Variant: David Mack
CVR D Variant: Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 10/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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THE BLACK HOOD VOLUME 1: THE BULLET’S KISS (TR)

COLLECTING THE BESTSELLING DEBUT ARC FROM THE ACCLAIMED TEAM OF SWIERCZYNSKI AND GAYDOS! A man driven to the brink, blacklisted and left brutally changed must crawl through the wreckage of his life to defeat a gang of deadly criminals hell-bent on setting the streets of Philadelphia aflame. Fueled by rage and empowered by years of experience upholding the law, the new Black Hood is a visceral, conflicted and flawed urban vigilante—but he’s also the city’s last hope. A modern crime noir tale introducing readers to the newest—and deadliest—hero in the Dark Circle Comics lineup.

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Michael Gaydos
978-1-61988-962-0
$14.99/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/7

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ARCHIE COMICS 1000 PAGE COMICS GALA (TR)

In this edition of the ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS series, you’re invited to a GALA featuring hilarious stories from Archie & his pals ‘n’ gals! 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!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-999-0
$14.99/$15.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/4

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ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: BLOCK PARTY (TR)

Get ready to PARTY with all of your favorite friendly neighbors of Riverdale! This collection is a celebration of the best parties and shindigs Archie and his friends have thrown over the years! This fun, pocket-sized collection features 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite music-themed stories, presented in high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover.

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-800-9
$5.99/$6.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/28

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ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #19

The holidays are here and Archie has already solved his usual Christmas crisis: what to get Betty & Veronica?!? He has settled on two very appropriate gifts for each of the girls—at least that’s what he thinks! When Betty starts feeling like she’s always getting the short end of the stick in terms of presents, her luck begins to change—is it because of a Christmas miracle? Or is it all thanks to a certain S-wearing Christmas elf? Find out in “The Christmas Elf,” the fun and festive new lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/28
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA #278

It’s the dawn of a new beginning for Betty and Veronica! Go to one final prom with Betty and Veronica before the Riverdale High School gym is torn down! The girls commemorate this momentous occasion with a magical trip down Memory Lane, where they reminisce about past dances—the romance, the tears, the laughter, all of Archie’s awkward dance moves, all the times he made a date for the same night with both girls… wait a minute, maybe it wasn’t all that great! This time the girls turn it around on Archie for one “Last Dance” in this monumental issue of Betty and Veronica!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
CVR B 90s Variant: Dan Parent
CVR C 80s Variant: Dan Parent
CVR D 70s Variant: Dan Parent
CVR E 60s Variant: Dan Parent
CVR F 50s Variant: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 10/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #238

“The Many Loves of Archie Andrews” part 2! Eight girls have entered Archie in the “Best Boyfriend of the Year” contest—but wait until you see who Archie has nominated! Let’s just say, she’s a seasonal love interest. And she’s not the only Christmas gal to spice things up! But just how long will Betty & Veronica stay merry before they start getting mad? Archie’s usual love triangle gets a festive twist in this fun, brand new ongoing lead story to this JUMBO comics digest!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/28
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #17

Christmas is coming to Riverdale! Archie and Jughead decide to score points with their principal, Mr. Weatherbee, by generously donating a Christmas tree to Riverdale High. They choose the best—and biggest—tree the Christmas tree farm has to offer. But when the boys run into some issues with transporting the gigantic fur, their generous idea may turn into more trouble than it’s worth! Find out if they can get on Mr. Weatherbee’s good side and spread some Christmas cheer—or if they’ll be spending their holidays in detention in “Trees are the Times,” the hilarious holiday brand new story that starts off this Comics Annual!

Script: Fernando Ruiz
Art: Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/11
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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MEGA MAN #54

MEGA MAN’s long lost brother RETURNS in “Red Shift”: Break Man answers the call of… a ghost?! How is it possible that Dr. Wily is STILL alive?! And what haunting secret will he use to keep Break Man under his control? It’s up to Blues to do some soul-searching! Will he remain broken, or will he finally become a hero like his brother? Featuring cover art by long-time Mega Man artist Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante and a Proto Man variant cover by comics superstar Brent McCarthy!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman & Matt Herms
Mega Man #54 CVR A Reg: Patrick Spaziante
Mega Man #54 CVR B Variant: Brent McCarthy
On Sale Date: 10/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC BOOM VOL. 2: BOOM SHAKA-LAKA (TR)

Brace yourself for the SONIC BOOM! The hit multimedia Sonic experience comes to you in the action-packed, laugh-a-minute comic book series! Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks find themselves caught up in more zany adventures! Dr. Eggman asks the question: “Where does a one ton, fearsome gorilla sit?” The answer: “Wherever he politely asks to!”—wait, what?! Dr. Eggman has a problem-how can he betray the trust of the villagers when they don’t trust him to begin with? The mad mechanic pulls out all the stops to woo the wary would-be victims, but he gets more than he counted for when Sonic and his pals decide to become his staff! Then it’s off to the races as Dr. Eggman goads Sonic into competing in a go-kart race! Sonic puts the pedal to the metal-because if he put his feet to the track, he’d win without question! But there’s no way Dr. Eggman will run a clean race! This volume collects SONIC BOOM #5-7 and #11.

Script: Ian Flynn, Bill Freiberger & Sam Sandak Freiberger
Art: Steven Butler, Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Diana Skelly, Rick
Bryant, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
978-1-62738-994-5
$12.99/$14.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/11

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SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE VOL. 1: DEADLY FUSION (TR)

The sequel to the record-shattering Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover is here! You saw what happened when “Worlds Collide,” now brace yourself for when WORLDS UNITE! Dark forces have come together in the far future! The vicious conqueror, Sigma, has cheated death again and escaped the justice of X and the Maverick Hunters. He’s crossed space and time to join forces with Zavok and the malicious Deadly Six of Lost Hex! Sonic and Mega Man could save us-but they’ve gone missing! Now the Freedom Fighters of Sonic’s world and the Robot Masters of Mega Man’s world must take up the fight to save their heroes and stop the coming tide of darkness! WORLDS UNITE features guest appearances by the cast of SONIC BOOM, MEGA MAN X and some of CAPCOM and SEGA’s biggest stars! This volume collects WORLDS UNITE parts 1-4 from Sonic Universe #76, Sonic Boom #8, Sonic the Hedgehog #273, Mega Man #50 and selections from Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1.

Script: Ian Flynn, Various
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin,
Jack Morelli, Rachel Deering, Luis Antonio Delgado & Elaina Unger
Cover:Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
978-1-62738-998-3
$14.99/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/4

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SONIC SAGA SERIES 9: THE EGGMAN WARS (TR)

The SONIC SAGA graphic novel series returns! This volume is all out WAR! Dr. Eggman’s forces have grown thin and his city is destroyed. It’s time to strike! Sonic leads the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix in a high-speed blitz to liberate the world! But Dr. Eggman’s army
won’t go down without a fight-or will they? Even as the dust settles, a new conflict threatens to blaze up out of the ashes! What is the Iron Dominion, and is their fearsome might too much for Sonic to handle? And what role does Dr. Eggman’s lackey, Snively, play in all this? It’s all action and intrigue in this latest installment of the SONIC SAGA SERIES! Collects select stories from Sonic the Hedgehog #s 199-202.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Renae Deliz, Jim Amash, Tery Austin, John Workman,
Teresa Davidson, Matt Herms, Jason Jensen & Josh Ray
Cover: Tracy Yardley
978-1-62738-996-9
$12.99/$14.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/18

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SONIC SUPER DIGEST #14

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 Tyson Hesse and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 11/4
128-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #278

SONIC’s planet-wide chase CONTINUES!”Face of the Enemy” Part One: Sonic, Antoine and Big head to Shamar to rescue another Gaia Key Guardian! They’re calling in the reinforcements and getting some help from the local Freedom Fighters-but will that really be enough to get past the fearsome Egg Army? Then, in “Hidden Costs” Part Two: Get ringside seats to Bunnie vs. Cassia. It’s the can’t-miss Cyborg fight of the century! Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and a “Maniacal” variant By CG artist Rafa Knight!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel
Cassata
CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Elaina Unger
CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight
On Sale Date: 11/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #81

SILVER FIGHTS for his FUTURE in “The Silver Age” Part 3: Silver is at the mercy of the heartless council, but their cold nature is nothing compared to the evil then unleash! Gold’s mysterious past is now revealed, as well as how it’s tied to the current calamity. Will it be up to Silver to save his future once again? Featuring cover art by long-time Sonic Comic artist, Tracy Yardley and a “To the Future” variant by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
CVR B Variant: Adam Bryce Thomas, Terry Austin & Steve
Downer
On Sale Date: 10/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #54

“Santa” is making his first-ever visit to the Riverdale Mall, and he’s not sure what to expect from the little kids of Riverdale. They all seem cute and innocent enough, but what they have on their gift lists might turn the big man in red’s hair even whiter! Find out if this mall Santa has what it takes to fulfill the wishes of Little Archie and his friends in “All I Want for Christmas is You!” the holly jolly new lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: J. Torres
Art: Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/21
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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Preview: Betty & Veronica #276

BETTY & VERONICA #276

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy, Ben Hunzeker
On Sale Date: 6/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Betty and Veronica are living life as one another on the next leg of their world tour: Seoul, South Korea! In this new country they discover their voices—literally—when they are approached with the musical offer of a lifetime! Meanwhile, trouble is brewing back at home in Riverdale, USA, as transfer student Violette is ready to call it quits and head back home to France! Will the girls at Riverdale High make their school more welcoming to these new transfers? And just how well will these new girls fit in with everyone in town? All these questions and more will be answered in this exciting, penultimate chapter of “Farewell, Betty & Veronica”!

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Archie Comics in August 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: Drew Johnson, 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: 8/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE #2

COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES CONTINUE THEIR REIMAGINING OF AN ICON! The new school year continues to bring with it daunting new challenges and interesting changes for the teens of Riverdale High. But there’s one thing that remains constant: Archie’s car is still a piece of garbage! With car problems comes money problems, which means that Archie’s on the hunt for a new job. Fortunately, a mysterious new building in Riverdale is offering some career opportunities for Archie and his friends. Who’s behind this new conglomerate and what are their intentions for Riverdale? Find out in the second issue of this all-new Archie series!

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Fiona Staples
Archie #2 CVR A Reg Cover: Fiona Staples
Archie #2 CVR B Variant: Howard Chaykin with Jesus Aburto
Archie #2 CVR C Variant: Erica Henderson
Archie #2 CVR D Variant: Paul Renaud
Archie #2 CVR E Variant: Paolo Rivera
Archie #2 CVR F Variant: Chrissie Zullo
On Sale Date: 8/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #264

Archie, along with his furry friend Vegas and brainy buddy Dilton, are visiting Denny—a young, shy boy who Dilton has worked with to create his own website. Meanwhile, Vegas helps some shy, young friends of his own when he encounters some abandoned puppies left under a garbage dumpster in a rain storm. Can he find safety for these pups? How can Denny help? Find out in “Happiness is a Wagging Tail!” the heart-warming lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Alex Simmons
Art: Rex Lindsey
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/2
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #17

Archie wants to do something special for Betty’s birthday, so he decides to bake her a cake—unfortunately, Archie’s never actually tried to bake a cake before! But how hard can it be? With his good pal Jughead by his side, he should be able to accomplish anything he sets his mind to. Providing, of course, that Jughead doesn’t eat everything before he even gets a chance to start baking! Will Archie give Betty the best birthday gift ever? Or is this plan a cake mistake? Find out in “Caketastrophe,” the fun lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/26
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE GIANT COMICS SPOTLIGHT (TR)

We’re shining a spotlight on some of the best and brightest stories Archie has to offer in this 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
978-1-62738-991-4
$7.99/$8.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
480 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/9

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BETTY & VERONICA #277

This is it, the final leg of Betty & Veronica’s trip around the world! The BFFs are happy to be back to their old selves in The City of Light—Paris! The girls are enjoying the fine foods and even finer looking gentlemen of France—but what they’d really like is to be back in their hometown! Meanwhile, back in Riverdale there’s a new love triangle brewing between foreign exchange student Banni, Dilton and… Jughead?!! Will Betty and Veronica return to their old routines and familiar faces once their trip is over, or will nothing ever be the same again? You won’t want to miss a minute of this exciting conclusion to “Farewell, Betty & Veronica”!

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent
Betty & Veronica #277 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Betty & Veronica #277 CVR B Variant: Brittney Williams
On Sale Date: 8/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA COMICS ANNUAL #236

The BFFs are back with even more pages of fun! Veronica’s upset—her father plans on buying a robot for their mansion. Wait—what’s so bad about that?! Veronica’s convinced this new robot will cause nothing but turmoil in her family’s home, but Betty disagrees. Will this robot be a help or a hindrance? Find out in “Nice Advice1” the fun ALL-NEW lead story to this comics annual!

Script: George Gladir
Art: Bill Galvan, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 8/26
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #245

It’s time for a double dose of fun with everyone’s favorite BFFs and their gal pals! The time has come for Ethel to have her moment in the spotlight—when she performs at a comedy club! Betty, Veronica and all of their friends have done all they could to support their friend Ethel—but will they still be laughing when they find out the target of her jokes? Find out in “Make ‘Em Laugh,” this hilarious BRAND NEW lead story to this JUMBO-sized comics digest!

Script: Alex Simmons, Dan Parent
Art: Bill Galvan, Dan Parent
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/9
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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MEGA MAN 10: LEGENDS OF THE BLUE BOMBER (TR)

Mega Man is back to make legendary new adventures in an all-new graphic novel! Before, you stood at the Blue Bomber’s side as he fought the impossible odds of Dr. Wily. This time, he’s bringing the fight to you! Join Dr. Wily’s latest team of Robot Masters and see through their eyes as they fight against Mega Man! Get a taste of what it’s like to be on the villains’ side, all while a sinister plot is brewing, leading up to one of the most climactic moments in Mega Man history! MEGA MAN VOL. 10 collects MEGA MAN #41-44.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Powree, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
978-1-62738-944-0
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/16

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MEGA MAN #52

The ALL-NEW Sonic/Mega Man Crossover sequel comes to a chaotic close with “Worlds Unite” Part Twelve: The grand finale to “Worlds Unite” sees our super-powered heroes Sonic and Mega Man face off against the evil Sigma in his final, most lethal form! If that wasn’t enough, the Genesis Portal-ravaged reality is falling apart and time is running out to fix it! You don’t want to miss the stunning conclusion to the biggest crossover event of the year! Featuring the worlds of STREET FIGHTER, SKIES OF ARCADIA, NiGHTS INTO DREAMS, OKAMI, GHOSTS ‘N’ GOBLINS, ALEX KIDD and more! Featuring cover art from the legendary T.Rex, a special “SUPER-POWERED” variant by Reilly Brown and the final part 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
Mega Man #52 CVR A Reg: T. Rex
Mega Man #52 CVR B Variant: Reilly Brown
Epic Poster Variant (pt 12 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 8/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC BOOM #11

Follow up after the “WORLDS UNITE” crossover with a BOOM in this EXPLOSIVE eleventh issue! “Eggman Gets a Gorilla”: When Dr. Eggman’s regular robotic enforcers just can’t cut the mustard, he hires some additional help! (Because, seriously, how hard is it to cut mustard?) Introducing the mighty, Kyle the Gorilla! Is he really the next APE wonder of the world?  Or will Sonic get yet another reason to point and laugh? You’ll be pointing and laughing too-but in a good way! Featuring cover art by rising star Diana Skelly plus a “BOOMTASTIC” variant with art provided by SEGA!

Script: Sam Sandak Freiberger
Art: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant, John Workman and Matt Herms
Sonic Boom #11 CVR A Reg: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
Sonic Boom #11 CVR B Variant: SEGA
On Sale Date: 9/2
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #276

The BLUE BLUR IS BACK from the events of “WORLDS UNITE” and ready to save the world! In “Cold Hearted,” Sonic embarks on a quest through the arctic to find and recover the all-important Gaia Keys! Collecting them all is essential for fixing the shattered world. It’s a pretty chill mission until Egg Boss Tundra steps in to put the freeze on Sonic’s plans! Meanwhile, Dr. Eggman is “Back in Business” as he braves the unknown to find his most treasured killing machine Metal Sonic! Featuring cover art by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas plus a “HERO” variant with art provided by SEGA!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas
Sonic the Hedgehog #276 CVR A Reg: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Matt Herms
Sonic the Hedgehog #276 CVR B Variant: SEGA
On Sale Date: 9/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #79

SILVER THE HEDGEHOG RETURNS in an ALL-NEW adventure! Enter:”The Silver

Age”: Part One – Silver the Hedgehog’s future may no longer be a terrible burning ruin, but it certainly is far from safe! Mystery and danger abounds as Silver is dragged into a dangerous conspiracy linked to the reality-warping menaces known as the Genesis Portals! Featuring cover art by Sonic comic extraordinaire Evan Stanley plus a “HERO” variant with art provided by SEGA!

Script: Evan Stanley
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #79 CVR A Reg: Evan Stanley
Sonic Universe #79 CVR B Variant: SEGA
On Sale Date: 8/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC UNIVERSE 10: SCRAMBLED (TR)

Move over, Sonic—it’s the villainous DR. EGGMAN’s time to shine! For years, Dr. Eggman’s runty underling, Snively, has been sneakily plotting to overthrow him. Now Snively enacts his grandest plan to take over the Eggman Empire—and this time, he might just succeed! It will take all of Dr. Eggman’s cruelty and cunning to maintain his position of power. Is he up to the task? Or will this be the mad scientist’s final defeat? All will be revealed in the egg-celent Sonic Universe vol. 10, collecting stories from Sonic Universe #37-40!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Steve Downer
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash and Steve Downer
978-1-62738-938-9
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/19

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WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #52

It’s the last weekend of summer and Archie has every intention of making the most out of his final day of freedom before school starts! There’s just one problem… The List! Archie’s dad gave him a list of chores at the beginning of the summer that he swore would be done before school started. Well, he’s out of summer and not a single chore has even been started, so Archie’s not going anywhere until he clears that list! Will he complete his chores in time to still have some fun, or will his last day of vacation be a real summer bummer? Find out in “The Endless List of Summer!” the fun lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/19
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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Archie Comics in June 2015

THE SHIELD #1

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “Daughter of the Revolution, Part 1” Since the dawn of the republic, whenever her country faces its blackest days, she returns: a spirit of the revolution sent to fight for what is right. But when she reappears for the first time in a generation with no memories—not even of her own identity—and encounters an evil force expecting her arrival, all the Shield can do is… run!

Script: Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig
Art: David Williams, Gary Martin, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: David Williams
Variant Cover: Wilfredo Torres
Variant Cover: Andrew Robinson
Variant Cover: Rafael Albuquerque
Dark Circle Movie Throwback Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 6/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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THE BLACK HOOD #5

CONCLUDING THE FIRST, NOIR ARC OF THE FLAGSHIP DARK CIRCLE COMICS SERIES! “Bullet’s Kiss, Part 5”:The Black Hood finally corners the mysterious “Connection” on the abandoned seventh floor of City Hall. No cops, no witness—just the two of them, ready to throw down. But when the Connection finally reveals his identity, Greg realizes the game was rigged from the beginning. And it’s going to take all of the Black Hood’s strength to walk out of this building alive…

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Black Hood #5 CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla
Black Hood #5 CVR B Variant: David Mack
Black Hood #5 CVR C Variant: Howard Chaykin
Black Hood #5 CVR D Variant: Dennis Calero
Black Hood #5 CVR E Variant: Matthew Dow Smith
On Sale Date: 6/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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THE FOX #4

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “Fox Hunt, Part 4”: The FOX has been punched, thrown, stabbed, crushed, shot at and smothered by a virtual army of super villains—but nothing is stopping Paul Patton, Jr. from finding his son! But that was just for starters—get ready for intense action and psychedelic paranoia as The Fox straddles the line between reality and a world of NIGHTMARE! Who is behind all of this madness? Will Fox’s son, the Ghost Fox, make it out of the city alive? Find out as the hunt continues! Featuring cover art from Dean Haspiel, Irvin Rodriguez, Dirk Shearer and Jay Shaw!

Plot: Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, John Workman and Allen Passalaqua
Script: Mark Waid
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The Fox #4 CVR B Variant: Irvin Rodriguez
The Fox #4 CVR C Variant: Dirk Shearer
The Fox #4 CVR D Variant: Jay Shaw
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE #1

COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES REIMAGINE AN ICON! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Fiona Staples
Archie #1 CVR A Reg: Fiona Staples
Archie #1 CVR B Variant: J. Scott Campbell
Archie #1 CVR C Variant: Colleen Coover
Archie #1 CVR D Variant: Tania del Rio
Archie #1 CVR E Variant: Joe Eisma
Archie #1 CVR F Variant: Francesco Francavilla
Archie #1 CVR G Variant: Genevieve F.T.
Archie #1 CVR H Variant: Michael Gaydos
Archie #1 CVR I Variant: Sanford Greene
Archie #1 CVR J Variant: Robert Hack, Steve Downer
Archie #1 CVR K Variant: Dean Haspiel
Archie #1 CVR L Variant: David Mack
Archie #1 CVR M Variant: Moritat
Archie #1 CVR N Variant: Mike Norton
Archie #1 CVR O Variant: Jerry Ordway, Jose Villarubia
Archie #1 CVR P Variant: Ramon K. Perez
Archie #1 CVR Q Variant: Ron Salas
Archie #1 CVR R Variant: Greg Scott, Steve Downer
Archie #1 CVR S Variant: T. Rex, Andre Szymanowicz
Archie #1 CVR T Variant: Brittney Williams
Archie #1 CVR U Variant: Chip Zdarsky
Archie #1 CVR V Variant: Blank Sketch
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #262

Summer time is here and Archie and Veronica are ready to hit the hot sands of Riverdale Beach! Archie’s looking forward to a relaxing day laying out in the sun, but when Veronica gets too picky about where to set up shop on the beach, Archie’s day of rest turns into a “Beach of Burden”! Enjoy this brand new summer-fun lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Bob Bolling, Jack Morelli, Jim Amash
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 7/1
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #7

Something amazing is happening in Riverdale! The Archie Comic Super Special Magazine returns with this summer spectacular-themed edition! School is out and that means Archie and the Gang will be hanging out at the beach, laying pool side, spending time at Pop’s and having tons of fun in the sun! It’s classic summer fun and hi-jinks from the Archie vault. All this plus the latest Archie news, a brand new cover and much, much more in this jam-packed magazine!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 6/24
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE’S FAVORITE HIGH SCHOOL COMICS (TR)

Continuing the tradition of the TOP SELLING Best of Archie series, ARCHIE’S FAVORITE HIGH SCHOOL COMICS takes readers into a world of laughter and discovery with full-color story gems about Archie, Betty, Veronica and friends and their trials and tribulations at Riverdale High School! This title reveals a special treasure trove of over 400 pages of classic hand-selected Archie Comics stories and is designed for both kids and adults to discover and enjoy together. This collection is a must-have for all ages!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-953-2
$9.99/$10.99CAN
5 1/4 x 7 1/2”
TR
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/8

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BETTY & VERONICA #276

Betty and Veronica are living life as one another on the next leg of their world tour: Seoul, South Korea! In this new country they discover their voices—literally—when they are approached with the musical offer of a lifetime! Meanwhile, trouble is brewing back at home in Riverdale, USA, as transfer student Violette is ready to call it quits and head back home to France! Will the girls at Riverdale High make their school more welcoming to these new transfers? And just how well will these new girls fit in with everyone in town? All these questions and more will be answered in this exciting, penultimate chapter of “Farewell, Betty & Veronica”!

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy, Ben Hunzeker
On Sale Date: 6/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA: GIRLS RULE! (TR)

Anything boys can do, girls can do better! The gals are taking center stage and showing the boys who’s boss! Watch the girls as they challenge their male counterparts to a dance-off, show them what’s what on the sports field and even fight crime! It’s not just a battle of the sexes, but also a fun walk through history, highlighting important female figures throughout time standing up for what’s right! This collection spotlights the girls of Riverdale, including Betty, Veronica, Nancy, Cheryl, Ethel, Ginger, Trula Twyst and Brigitte, featuring a special introduction by comics legend Gail Simone! In this collection, the girls really do rule!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-952-5
$10.99/$11.99CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
TR
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/1

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BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #234

When Archie and Reggie get into a heated volleyball match with two rivals from Pembrooke High, Betty and Veronica are not happy waiting on the sidelines for their dates to finish up—and they’re especially not happy to watch them lose so miserably! When they offer some solid advice on how to win the game, they guys don’t want to listen—so it’s up to the girls to reclaim Riverdale’s title in “Volley Dollies,” the new lead story to this fun comics double digest!

Script: George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jack Morelli, Jim Amash
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 6/24
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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B&V FRIENDS COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #244

Josie and the Pussycats are back and take center stage in this brand new story! When the Pussycats are set to audition for “The Midvale Morning Show” summer concert series, infamous-meddler Alexandra Cabot does everything she can to ruin their chances and snag the spotlight all to herself! Will she succeed, or will she just make a monster out of herself? Find out in “Showstopper,” the hilarious lead story to this comics double digest!

Script: J. Torres
Art: Gisele Lagace, Jack Morelli
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 7/8
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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MEGA MAN #50

Celebrate 50 issues of Mega Man with the latest chapter in the globe-smashing SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event! “Worlds Unite” Part Four: Act One comes to its mind-blowing conclusion! Sigma’s plan reaches its first stage, and the worlds of Sonic and Mega Man have fused!  It’s definitely going to take more than one hero to stop the threat from the future—maybe even ten!  Sonic, Mega Man, X, Sticks, the Freedom Fighters, Robot Masters and Maverick Hunters—UNITE!  PLUS: Stick around for a special bonus anniversary story as Mega Man and X meet for the first time!  Featuring a wrap-around cover from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante! PLUS 5 variant covers from Edwin Huang, Irvin Rodriguez, Patrick Thomas Parnell, Roger & Idalia Robinson and part 4 of the epic 12-part connecting variant cover series by artist Ben Bates!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Schoening, POWREE, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Luis Delgado
Mega Man #50 Wrap-around CVR A Reg: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Mega Man #50 CVR B Variant: Roger and Idalia Robinson
Mega Man #50 CVR C Variant: Edwin Huang
Mega Man #50 CVR D Variant: Irvin Rodriguez
Mega Man #50 CVR E Variant: Patrick Thomas Parnell
Epic Poster Variant (pt 4 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 6/17
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S

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MEGA MAN: 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! This extra-special bonus issue features exciting duels spilling over from the pages of the much-talked about “Worlds Unite” event, and feature an all-star cast of creators! Watch Mega Man bring the ruckus to the Deadly Six, the Maverick Hunters ultimate showdown with Vile and Dr. Light’s Robot Masters tussle with the unstoppable power of hero-turned-uber-villain Sonic Man! LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! Also featuring variant art from Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, and a special wrap-around cover and sketch variant by Sonic and Mega Man superstars Evan Stanley & Jamal Peppers!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn, Howard Mackie, T. Rex
ART: Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Brent McCarthy, Rachel Deering and Elaina Unger
Cover: Evan Stanley, Jamal Peppers, Phyllis Novin and Ben Hunzeker
Sketch Variant Cover: Evan Stanley and Jamal Peppers
United Variant Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
On Sale Date: 6/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC UNIVERSE #77

The next exciting chapter in the SONIC/MEGA MAN “WORLDS UNITE” crossover event starts here! “Worlds Unite” Part Five: The worlds of Sonic and Mega Man have been joined together by Sigma, and it’s going to take a full-on army of unified heroes to make it right!  Actually—scratch that—it’s going to take some heroes AND some villains! When the mysterious and malicious Xander Payne inexplicably arrives with Drs. Eggman and Wily in tow, our heroes get new insight into Sigma’s plans! Featuring cover art from the legendary Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and variant cover art from CLAUS-Justin Harder (Thor: the Dark World, SNL) and part 5 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
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Super-group Variant Cover: CLAUS-Justin Harder
Epic Poster Variant (pt5 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 6/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC BOOM #9

The SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event GOES BOOM! “Worlds Unite” Part Six: The war against Sigma has been waged!  Sonic, Mega Man and X lead their unified friends against hordes of mechaniloids led by the armored, super-powered Deadly Six!  That sounds pretty scary and exciting, and now is definitely the time for everyone to work together and pay close attention. Especially Sticks. She tends to do some distracting stuff, like falling off the Sky Patrol and landing into a Genesis Portal or something—wait? Did she really? Well, where did she land?  No way!  Is that – -?! You won’t believe where Sticks lands, but what you BETTER believe is that this issue sports some awesome cover art by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and the return of the EVIL FRIENDS FOREVER (E.F.F.) variant by Brent McCarthy! Plus part 6 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
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Evil Friends Forever E.F.F. Variant Cover: Brent McCarthy
Epic Poster Variant (pt6 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 7/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #274

The heroes of the SONIC/MEGA MAN crossover event: AT WAR?! “Worlds Unite” Part Seven: The unified army is not so unified anymore!  What has driven Mega Man, X and their robot companions to attack Sonic and the Freedom Fighters?  Drs. Eggman and Wily may have the answer!  Or a weapon.  Could a weapon be the answer?  Or is it more trademark treachery?  Meanwhile, Sigma grows in power, preparing for the next phase of his master plan! And speaking of masters, this issue features cover art from master-artist Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, a CG-SLUGFEST Variant cover from Rafa Knight and part 7 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
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
CG-SLUGFEST Variant Cover: Rafa Knight
Epic Poster Variant (pt7 of 12): Ben Bates
On Sale Date: 7/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC ARCHIVES #25 (TR)

Treachery and mystery abound in the next exciting installment of the SONIC ARCHIVES graphic novel series! Sonic finds himself caught in the middle as heroes and villains alike plot and plan their own agendas—what’s a super-speedy hedgehog to do? Dr. Eggman draws his wayward people into a city-sized trap! The power of the kingdom is snuck out from under Princess Sally by a double-sleeper agent! Sonic faces down his super-powerful cyborg rival! SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 25 collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #92-95.

Script: Ken Penders, Karl Bollers
Art: Ken Penders, Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, James Fry, Ron Lim, Michael Higgins, Jim Amash
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-61988-964-4
$7.99/$8.99CAN
5 x 7 3/8”
TR
112 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/15

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WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #51

In this JUMBO-sized version of World of Archie, we’ve got not one, but TWO new stories for you! First, in “A Knight to Remember,” Archie gets Medieval during a nap on the beach, where he learns how history can help him shape his future! Then, in “Let’s Pretend,” everyone’s favorite little troublemaker Pat the Brat returns and takes a trip up the beanstalk—but he might have worse things to fear than the giant! Enjoy these fun trips into the imaginary world in this jumbo comics digest!

Script: George Gladir, J. Torres
Art: Jeff Shultz, Tim Levins, Jack Morelli
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 6/17
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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Archie Comics in April 2015

THE SHIELD #1

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “Daughter of the Revolution, Part 1” Since the dawn of the republic, whenever her country faces its blackest days, she returns: a spirit of the revolution sent to fight for what is right. But when she reappears for the first time in a generation with no memories—not even of her own identity—and encounters an evil force expecting her arrival, all the Shield can do is… run!

Script: Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig
Art: David Williams, Gary Martin, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: David Williams
Variant Cover: Wilfredo Torres
Variant Cover: Andrew Robinson
Variant Cover: Rafael Albuquerque
Dark Circle Movie Throwback Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 4/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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THE BLACK HOOD #3

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…

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.

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THE FOX #2

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “Fox Hunt, Part 2 – The Other Shoe”: The fox-hunt has begun, and Impact City’s most dangerous criminals are out for BLOOD. When Paul Patton Jr. decides to take his son, Shinji, on a trip to the Museum of the Moving Image, he’s hoping to make an effort to finally be a present father and not the superhero freak magnet known as The Fox. But when a violent bank robbery derails their plans, and Paul is unwilling to don his superhero suit and save the day, a new kind of superhero will need to step in and save the day. So why is this new hero The Fox’s WORST NIGHTMARE? 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 Howard Chaykin and Robert Hack!

Plot: Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, John Workman and Jose Villarubia
Script: Mark Waid
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Father and Son Variant Cover: Howard Chaykin
Dark Circle Movie Throwback Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 5/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9

“BETTY: RIP” 4 (of 7) The Horror began in Riverdale when Reggie Mantle struck and killed Jughead’s beloved pooch Hot Dog. Since then, Reggie has been living with this secret knowledge—and terrible guilt. With no one to talk to about it, Reggie has started to crack under the strain. He is seeing visions of his dead friends—or are they literal ghosts? When an act of kindness prompts a confession from him, Reggie must decide for himself, once and for all—is there any good within him? Or is Reggie, as we’ve always suspected, beyond redemption? For TEEN+ Readers.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
JugDEAD Variant Cover: Dave Devries
On Sale Date: 4/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MAGAZINE #7

In this issue, we take a break from the Archie gang’s plight against the raging zombie hordes and shift gears to another horror title fresh from Archie Comics. AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MAGAZINE presents: THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA! Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comic’s latest horror sensation starts here! Featuring extra special bonus content and classic tales in this magazine-sized version of the horror sensation. For TEEN+ readers.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
On Sale Date: 4/22
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS BLOW-OUT! (TR)

It’s a BLOW-OUT of the funniest and most entertaining stories from Archie & Friends! We’ve got 1000 more pages of hijinx and hilarity for our adoring 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!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-945-7
$14.99/$15.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/6

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ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #14

Archie finds out about a special contest being held in Riverdale: a scavenger hunt, the winner of which gets an all-expenses paid party with DJ and food for 20 friends! The first person to the radio station announcing the concert with all the listed items by 5:00 wins… and it’s 3:30 now! Archie is determined to win! Will he make it in time and hold the most ultimate party ever held in Riverdale? Or will too many obstacles get in his way? Find out in “The Hunt is On!” the fun lead story to this Comics Double Digest!

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/29
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA #275

The girls have arrived in Mumbai, India! They’re ready to move into their temporary homes… and their new identities as Veronica takes on the role as “Betty,” and Betty takes on the role as “Veronica”! Will anyone catch onto their little game? Meanwhile, back in Riverdale, the boys are enjoying the acquaintances of the new transfer students Violette and Banni! But can these two new transfers ever really take the place of their beloved Veronica and Betty? Plus, we’re commemorating this milestone 275th issue with a double-sized issue featuring plenty of bonus content and multiple collector covers!

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
275th Variant Covers: Ramona Fradon, Adam Hughes, Genevieve F.T., Brittney Williams
On Sale Date: 4/15
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #233

Betty and Veronica are on their way to a party held by Riverdale’s reigning fashion queen Sheila Wu—and Veronica’s determined to out-dress her at her own party. However, on their way to the gala, Betty encounters a young girl with some animal friends in need of assistance on the side of the road. The adventure begins as Betty, Veronica and their new acquaintance Alina try to wrangle up her stray pets. Will the pets be safely returned? Will Betty and Veronica make it to the party unscathed? Find out in “The Perils of Pet Sitting,” the exciting lead story to this JUMBO-sized Comics Double Digest!

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

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B&V FRIENDS COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #243

Spring Break is here and nothing is going to ruin Betty, Veronica and the rest of the Riverdale teens’ vacation plans… except for bad weather! When their fun holiday must be cancelled, Veronica steps in with a solution: a trip to the most exotic locale of them all—Lodge Mansion! Let’s just hope Veronica doesn’t forget any minor details while planning this staycation—like asking her father’s permission first! Thing are gonna get wild in “Spring Broken,” the new lead story to this fun-filled comics digest!

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Jeff Shultz
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/13
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #12

For many people, Wednesday is more than just hump day… it’s also the most exciting day of the week: New Comic Day! Jughead and Archie are excited to head to their favorite shop, Pep Comics, to pick up the newest issues of their favorite series. But Archie’s got his eye on more than just the newest issue of The Fox: Dede Diaz—shop owner Mimi’s daughter and new cashier! Unfortunately for Archie, Dede’s got her eyes on something too—Jughead! How will Archie break the news that Jughead’s not interested and make a move of his own? And will they ever just get their new comics? Find out in “Meet Dede” the fun new story to this Comics Double Digest!

Script: Tania Del Rio
Art: Various
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/6
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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MEGA MAN #48

The showdown to end ’em all is finally here! “The Ultimate Betrayal” Part Four: The cataclysmic conclusion!  Dr. Light built Gamma to be the definitive answer to all global disasters—unfortunately it looks like all of its power might just be turned against poor Mega Man!  As the battle rages, the entire castle stronghold begins to collapse. How will anyone get out of this one alive—and will they at all? Don’t miss the epic conclusion to this Mega Man 3 game adaptation storyline, featuring new cover art from fan-favorite Brent McCarthy and a special Capcom art variant!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Odagawa, Gary Martin, John Workman and Evan Stanley
Cover: Brent McCarthy
Variant Cover: Art provided by Capcom
On Sale Date: 4/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SABRINA #4

NEW ONGOING SERIES! Hell hath no fury… It’s Sabrina in the underworld as she and her companions risk everything—including their immortal souls—to rescue Harvey’s consciousness, trapped in the Dark Pit. Meanwhile, with Greendale’s most powerful witch missing in action, Madame Satan launches an attack on the Spellman household, but Hilda and Zelda are not helpless, and then of course there’s Cousin Ambrose to contend with… For TEEN+ readers.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack
Cover: Robert Hack
Carrie Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 5/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC BOOM #7

A multi-part story? In MY Sonic Boom comic?? You got that right! It’s wacky-racin’ adventure in “Everybody’s Super Sonic Racing” Part Two: Dr. Eggman’s fun and “friendly” go-kart challenge has turned deadly!  But, really, who didn’t see that “twist” coming?  Can Sonic salvage the race and prove to the bad doctor he can win fair and square?  More importantly—can Sonic survive long enough to return to the race course?! Discover the fate of life, limb and ego in this super-fast story with cover art from Sonic comic fav Jamal Peppers, and an all-new “insubordination” variant cover from painter Erik Ly! …And BOOM goes the dynamite!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
Insubordination Variant Cover: Erik Ly
On Sale Date: 4/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE THE COMPLETE EPIC (TR)

It’s the crossover of a lifetime! The team-up you’ve been dreaming of! Two of videogame history’s most iconic heroes come together for the greatest action story ever told! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGA MAN unite in WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE! It all begins with a meeting of the minds–EVIL minds! Dr. Wily makes contact with Dr. Eggman, and the two malicious mechanics conspire in a plan that will reshape entire worlds! Using the power of the Chaos Emeralds, they build themselves an unstoppable army of Robot Masters and Roboticized Masters–Sonic’s corrupted friends! It’s pan-dimensional panic as Sonic and Mega Man race to uncover the doctors’ diabolical plot, save Sonic’s friends, and brave the nightmarish landscape of the Skull Egg Zone! Along the way they gain new allies, Mega Man gains all new powers, and the stakes keep getting higher until two universe hang in the balance! You CANNOT miss this critically acclaimed crossover! Celebrated by old and new fans alike, beloved by critics and casual readers, this is one big love letter to all things SONIC and MEGA MAN! WORLDS COLLIDE collects the entire crossover event, containing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #247-251, SONIC UNIVERSE #51-54, MEGA MAN #23-27 and material from SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #252 and MEGA MAN #28.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Ryan Jampole, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, Gary Martin, Jim Amash, John Workman, Jack Morelli, Thomas Mason, Dustin Evans, Matt Herms and Steve Downer.
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
Previews-exclusive Variant Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
978-1-62738-951-8
$29.99/$34.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
336 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/6

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #272

Time is up—the WORLDS UNITE crossover event is almost upon us! “A Ray of Hope”: As Sonic and the Freedom Fighters continue their journey to save the shattered planet, Sonic and Chip journey to Apotos to uncover the secrets of the Gaia Gate! Meanwhile, Knuckles and the Freedom Fighters take on a TITANIC challenge of their own! Does Sonic have a hope in saving the world? Will battle tear the freedom fighters apart first? Find out the answers to these and more exciting questions as our heroes journey to the much-awaited crossover event of the year—WORLDS UNITE! Featuring new cover art from Edwin Huang (Uncanny Skullkickers) and a crazy-new Metal Sonic game art variant provided by Sega!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Edwin Huang and John Workman
Metal Sonic Game Art Variant Cover provided by SEGA
On Sale Date: 5/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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SONIC UNIVERSE #75

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!

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
On Sale Date: 4/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #49

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!

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

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Preview: Betty & Veronica #272

BETTY & VERONICA #272

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Vintage Pin Up Variant Cover: Stephanie Buscema
On Sale: 9/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Farewell … Betty & Veronica?!  The time has come for Riverdale to say goodbye to two of America’s most beloved teens! How will their friends, family, and especially Archie cope?  How will Betty & Veronica handle life when they’re separated from everyone and everything they’ve ever known? Find out what happens in the groundbreaking and tear-jerking “The Beginning of the End…” part 1!

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Preview: Betty & Veronica #271

BETTY & VERONICA #271

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Marilyns Variant Cover: Jeff Shultz and Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 7/2
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Betty and Veronica jet off to fabulous New York City for a runway event hosted by an old friend of Mrs. Lodge’s. It promises to be the hottest fashion affair of the season… until a mysterious ailment befalls all of the models and threatens to doom the entire production! Betty and Veronica may end up as more than just purveyors of the show if it’s to go on! Featuring special guest appearances from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Katy Keene, Ginger Snapp, and more classic characters!

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Archie Comics in August 2014

ARCHIE #659

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”!

Script:  Alex Segura
Art:  Pat & Tim Kennedy, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover:  Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Zoo-Pendous Variant Cover: Mike Norton
Ship Date: 8/20
On Sale Date: 9/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #254

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!  (Formerly Archie Double Digest.)

Script:  Mike Pellowski
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bill Yoshida, Frank Gagliardo
Cover:  Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/20
On Sale Date: 9/3
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE‘S FUNHOUSE COMICS DIGEST #8

Archie Andrews is a self-proclaimed  expert in body language, and he’s ready to teach everyone how to read the signs and signals that he’s so great at interpreting! With the track record Archie has for getting into difficult situations and misunderstandings, how could any of this possibly go wrong? Find out as hijinks ensue in “Archie’s Guide to Body Language,” the lead story in this laugh-packed digest! (Formerly Archie’s Funhouse Double Digest.)

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/27
On Sale Date: 9/10
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE GIANT COMICS DIGEST (TR)

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!

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

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ARCHIE COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #6

Sizzle up for summer in Riverdale! Archie Comic Super Special Magazine hits the stand in this summer spectacular-themed edition! With no school to worry about, Archie & Friends will be hitting the beach, hanging out at Pops, and having all kinds of fun, all while Jughead soaks up the sun in his favorite hammock! It’s classic summer fun and escapades from the Archie vault!

Script & Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale: 8/20
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 US.

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THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS 1 DELUXE EDITION (HC)

Attention Archie fans! Finally, it’s the book you’ve been waiting for your whole life — a full comic-book sized, hardcover, remastered, collector’s edition of Archie’s bestselling ‘The Best of Archie Comics’! Featuring over 50 iconic, hand-picked Archie stories from Archie’s 70 year history, this book is a sure thing with both die-hard Archie fans and those new to Riverdale!

Script: Frank Doyle, Various
Art:  Dan DeCarlo, Harry Lucey, Bob Montana, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Harry Lucey
978-1-61988-955-2
$29.99/$34.99CAN
6 5/8  x 10 3/16”
HC
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/8

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BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS VOL 4

The BEST-SELLING Best of Archie graphic novel series is back! This fun, full-color compilation that collects more all-time favorite Archie and friends stories, lovingly hand-selected and introduced by Archie creators, editors, and historians from 200,000 pages of material. It is a must-have for any Archie fan–for that matter, it’s a must-have for any fan of comic books!

Script: Frank Doyle, Various
Art:  Bob Montana, Harry Lucey, Dan DeCarlo, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Cover: Bob Montana
978-1-61988-942-2
$9.99/$10.99CAN
5 1/4  x 7 1/2”
TR
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/20

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BETTY & VERONICA #272

Farewell … Betty & Veronica?!  The time has come for Riverdale to say goodbye to two of America’s most beloved teens! How will their friends, family, and especially Archie cope?  How will Betty & Veronica handle life when they’re separated from everyone and everything they’ve ever known? Find out what happens in the groundbreaking and tear-jerking “The Beginning of the End…” part 1!

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Vintage Pin Up Variant Cover: Stephanie Buscema
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #240

When Veronica receives a highly coveted society invite to a celebrity party, she’s delighted – and busy! She has an outfit to arrange, paparazzi to prepare for, and Betty to gloat in front of. Little does she know, she’s not the only Riverdale resident on the list – and won’t she be in for a surprise when she finds out how Jughead Jones got an invite to one of the most exclusive parties of the year!  Find out what she does in “The List!”, the lead story in this celebratory Comics Digest! (Formerly B&V Friends Double Digest.)

Script:  Barbara Slate
Art:  Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DIGEST #226

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! (Formerly Betty & Veronica Double Digest.)
Script:  Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Jon D’Agostino, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/13
On Sale Date: 8/27
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 6 (TR)

It’s the comic book event of the century—the death of Archie Andrews! Read the story the entire world is discussing in this heart-wrenching finale to the MARRIED LIFE graphic novel series, as Archie Andrews–-America’s most beloved character-–sacrifices his life heroically while saving the life of a close friend. Bringing to a close the acclaimed storyline that revealed the future of Archie and his friends, THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 6 is an essential addition to the library of any graphic novel fan, and features what is sure to be one of the most-discussed finales in the history of comics and entertainment.

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art:  Fernando Ruiz, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
978-1-61988-945-3
$19.99/$23.99CAN
6 5/8  x 10 3/16”
TR
336 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/10

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OFFERED AGAIN

THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 1-5

THE DEATH OF ARCHIE (Graphic Novel)

MEGA MAN #40

The PULSE-POUNDING CONCLUSION to the latest crossover MEGA-event from Archie comics is here! “DAWN OF X” Part Four: The time-traveling adventure reaches its explosive finale as the mystery of Mega Man’s confrontation with the rogue Wily robot is revealed!  X and the Maverick Hunters have their final showdown with the mechanical monsters!  And Xander Payne’s fate comes to a startling conclusion!  Don’t miss this crossover between iconic eras, with a SHOCKER-ENDING that will blow your mind! Featuring all-new cover art from Mega-artist supreme PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and a time-spanning variant cover by Colin Lawler!

Script:  Ian Flynn
Art:  Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
“Lost in Time” Variant Cover: Colin Lawler
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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MEGA MAN 8: REDEMPTION (TR)

The FUTURE IS NOW in the next chapter in the Mega Man graphic novel saga! Mega Man took up his Mega Buster to stop the evil ambitions of Dr. Wily. That means Dr. Wily is his greatest enemy–-right? Not according to the Doctor! He says he was being used by the terrifying Ra Moon, and to prove it, he saves Mega Man’s life! What is the truth behind Dr. Wily? Is he plotting something sinister yet again, or has he really been the victim all along? Mega Man embarks on a mission that will test his courage as much as his skill to find out the truth! Featuring the first-ever look at the world of MEGA MAN X in comic book form, as drawn by Sonic legend PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art:  Tyson Hesse, Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Powree, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
978-1-61988-944-6
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6  5/8 x 10 3/16”
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104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/3

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SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #12

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 inker supreme Terry Austin and an all-new foil-enhanced cover from the incomparable BEN BATES! This issue is jam-packed with awesomeness!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, Ben Bates, Tracy Yardley, Erik Ly, Jerry Gaylord, Brent McCarthy and more!
Cover: Ben Bates
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #264

A-WOOOOOOOOO! THE WAIT IS OVER! Prepare yourself for the terrifying debut of SONIC THE WEREHOG! “Control” Part One: Sonic, Amy and Sally venture deep into the rainforest in search of a Chaos Emerald.  What they find are Mighty, Ray – and serious trouble!  Will Egg Boss Thunderbolt push Sonic to the breaking point?  Then, in “A Nice Day to Start Again,” Bunnie and Antoine experience the effects of the Shattered World Crisis in a very personal way! Featuring new cover art from PATRICK “SPAZ” SPAZIANTE and an “UNLEASHED” SEGA variant!

Script:  Ian Flynn, Joey Esposito and Benjamin Bailey
Art:   Tyson Hesse, James Fry, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata
Cover:  Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
Unleashed Variant Cover:  SEGA
Ship Date: 8/27
On Sale Date: 9/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #67

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! The events of “Shadow Fall” and “Chaos Caper” have clashed to collision in the epic new tale — “Total Eclipse” Part One! The third chapter in the DARK TRILOGY begins here as Team Dark comes to Angel Island on the hunt for Eclipse.  But Knuckles isn’t known for his hospitality!  Sparks begin to fly as he and Shadow clash over how to protect the world!  Meanwhile, the sinister Eclipse hunts our heroes! It’s the first-ever SU TRILOGY and you’ll be in on the ground floor with this titanic new issue, featuring cover art from TRACY YARDLEY and a special “PIXEL CUTSCENE” variant from Ryan Jampole!
Script:  Ian Flynn
Art:  Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley and Ben Hunzeker
Pixel Cut Scene Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole
Ship Date: 8/13
On Sale Date: 8/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #42

Pack your bags with Veronica, she’s tagging along on her father’s business trip to Paris! When a family friend introduces her to a handsome young French filmmaker who just so happens to share a name with Veronica’s favorite redhead back home, Veronica finds herself falling for him! When the Archie back in Riverdale hears what happened, he’s ready to take drastic action! Take an international ride with a new love triangle in “Archie or Archie?!”, the lead story in this exciting Comics Digest! (Formerly World of Archie Double Digest.)

Script:  Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, Barry Grossman
Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Peña
Ship Date: 8/6
On Sale Date: 8/20
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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Interview: Women of BOOM! – Kathleen Webb

Kathleen WebbIt’s Thursday which brings us a new interview and our 26th “Women of BOOM!” feature, spotlighting the many kick-ass women that work at BOOM!, Archaia and KaBOOM! We’re focusing on everyone, editors, designers, writers, artists, you name it! We’re making sure to include the hard-working folks whose contributions are often overlooked in the process.

BOOM! (and KaBOOM! and Archaia) has given us unprecedented access and the chance to ask questions to their staff, and creative teams, to find out why the publisher is so successful in hiring women and their experiences in the comic industry as women.

Kathleen Webb is a writer and artist who has worked on Peanuts for BOOM! Studios imprint KaBOOM! as well as numerous books for Archie Comics!

Graphic Policy: How did you get involved in the comic book industry?  

Kathleen Webb: I wrote a fan letter to Dan DeCarlo that I drew like a comic book (as if I was talking to him), and he called me in May of 1985 and said he wanted to help get me on at Archie because he felt I had potential as both a writer and an artist. I did some pencilling work on Betty & Veronica fashion pages, then in September he suggested I submit a script. I sent one in, had it rejected, sent in another, it sold, and the rest was history. I worked for Archie primarily as a writer for almost twenty-five years.

GP: Did you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?

KW: Oh yeah.  As a small child, I read the comic strips in the newspapers–my favorites were Peanuts, Dick Tracy (I loved Moon Maid!), Brenda Starr, The Phantom and Blondie and Dagwood. My goal was to become a comic strip artist “just like Charles Schulz”–I wanted that as early as age 8. When I got older (around ten) I started reading more Archie titles, and other “teen” humor comics, like Millie the Model, Date With Debbie, Scooter, etc. In my high school years I got into superhero stuff–used to read Sub-Mariner, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.  Later on I got into manga, by watching Sailor Moon on television.  I still read manga–mostly girl’s titles, like Fruits Basket.

GP: How did you come to work with BOOM!/Archaia?

KW: My friend, Jeff Schulz, who used to work with me at Archie, suggested I try out for KaBOOM! on their Peanuts title.

GP: How would you describe your job for people?

KW:  I used to put the words in Betty and Veronica’s mouths!

GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them?

KW: Make sure you have a day job!  It’s not easy in this industry to make a living.

GP: Did you have a mentor to help you break into the industry?

KW: Dan DeCarlo of Archie Comics was my mentor. He and I would have long conversations on the phone (he was on the east coast, I’m on the west) about cartooning, drawing, etc. He was a big encouragement in my early years at Archie.

GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry, if so why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?

KW: Hmm. I think it’s more difficult for a woman to make it in the comic industry if she wants to write what a friend of mine referred to as “talky girl comics.” Nowadays one would just refer to Japanese girl’s manga to make the point. The stories are more emotionally driven, and have less action and more character development. The American comic industry is geared more to male readers, if you’re referring to the stuff you find in the stores. As far as web comics go, there are more girl’s comics to be found, but they are more difficult to find in print. Now, with the advent of Kindle and the like, that may be a moot point. The other thing I’ve personally felt a lack of, is what I consider “all ages” material. Stuff that can appeal across the board, without be offensive. I’d like to see more of that, particularly from female writers/artists. As far as overcoming the obstacles to getting that kind of material out, I have no clue what can be done.

GP: We’ve heard horror stories concerning women in the industry, have you ever seen or been discriminated/harassed and if so, how did you handle it?

KW: I personally have never had any kind of discrimination or harassment. Archie Comics treated me fairly (they were pleased just to have a woman on board as a writer!) and never acted like I was anything other than just a good writer that they wanted to make use of. I guess I never let my gender get in my way–it never occurred to me that a woman couldn’t be a writer or artist, since I was aware of females already in the industry (Dale Messick, Ramona Fradon and Marie Severin come to mind). And the few conventions I’ve been to, I’ve never been harassed at. Maybe I just don’t travel in those circles?

GP: What advice do you have for women looking to break into the comic book industry?

KW: If you want to do it, keep at it. If you can’t get into the “big leagues,” put your work online, either on a blog or sites like Deviantart or create your own web site. Learn all you can about your craft–how to use your tools, how to make the best use of computer tools. Read other people’s work and think about what you like about it–learn from others. If you go to conventions, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the artists/writers there. Do what you love, not what you think will “sell.” And learn from the past! Go to the library and check out the comic strip compilations of stuff like Steve Canyon, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Prince Valient, Little Nemo, etc. Read Asterix. Find out why these strips were so popular and enduring. And don’t give up!

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