Archie Comics in December 2013

THE FOX #3

NEW RED CIRCLE SERIES! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) and Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) continue the saga of the legendary, pulp-style hero The Fox in FREAK MAGNET Part Three: “Hell’s Half Acre”! The Fox is stuck in a nightmarish, fantastical land rife with underground dungeons, medieval traps, and enslaved Red Circle heroes! When he finally reaches his ultimate destination, will he encounter heroes or villains—or both? Meanwhile, in “The Face of Hate pt2: The Enemy of my Enemy,” the Shield’s battle against arch-rivals Hachiman and Master Race continues in the icy tundra! But what monster from the depths has these hated rivals all shaking in their boots? And what connection does it have to the FOX and his misadventures in the Diamond Realm?? All will be revealed as the adventure continues! Featuring all-new variant cover art from acclaimed artists Mike Allred and Laura Allred (FF, iZOMBIE)

Fox Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel
Fox Script: Mark Waid
Fox Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, and John Workman
Shield Script: J.M. DeMatteis
Shield Art: Mike Cavallaro, Terry Austin, and Steve Downer
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Get-FREAKY Variant: Mike Allred and Laura Allred
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #4

NEW ONGOING SERIES! Escape from Riverdale, Part 4 [of 5]: With two more members of our beloved gang infected by the dreadful zombie-virus, Riverdale’s one sanctuary—Lodge Mansion—has been compromised. The kids are left to make a significant decision—do they stay and fight or flee the only town they’ve ever known? Meanwhile, Archie makes a horrific discovery in his own home, one that may cost him his life! It’s red-headed teen versus gruesomely undead canine in the latest chapter of this ground-breaking TEEN + series! Definitely NOT for all ages!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Jughead’s Beanie Variant Cover: Tim Seeley
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/8
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

ARCHIE #651

“Rockin’ the World, part 2—Love on the Road” The next leg of The Archies’ World Tour continues in China! Raj Patel gets more Oscar-worthy footage of the romance between Archie and Valerie, but some other footage of Archie and new gal pal Amisha is sure to stir up some drama! Meanwhile, the Pussycats get a few new members: Betty and Veronica! And when it looks like their concert may not go as planned, it’s going to take a special guest to save the day! Find out who in Part 2 of The Archies’ World Tour! Featuring a rockin’ new variant cover by Renae De Liz (New York Times Best Seller The Last Unicorn, Womanthology) and Ray Dillon (HBO’s Game of Thrones).

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Battle of the Bands Variant Cover: Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #247

That dreaded time of year is here: the day of Archie’s annual physical! Archie is less than thrilled to accompany his father to the doctor’s office, but maybe a cute nurse will change his attitude! Find out the diagnosis in “Doctor Dread,” the lead story to a hilarious double digest!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/1
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #1

BRAND NEW #1! When the gang takes a trip to the Lodge’s Lodge in the North Woods, they discover a nearby cozy cabin with a lot of personality—so much personality that it seems to even have a life of its own! When each trip to the cabin comes with a new historic surprise, Archie & his friends get a little uneasy. Is the cabin haunted, or is someone playing a clever trick? The answer may surprise you in “Fun House,” the crazy first story to this FUN NEW double digest series!

Script: John Workman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski, Vickie Williams, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Gisele, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/8
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

ARCHIE’S VALENTINE: A ROCK & ROLL ROMANCE (TPB)

It’s the greatest rock ‘n’ roll romance in history! Betty and Veronica have some competition when Valerie, the bassist for Josie & the Pussycats, moves to Riverdale! Take a stroll down Riverdale’s now-famous Memory Lane along with Valerie and see what life would be like if she married Archie! Their future is sure to be full of surprises, challenges, and musical interludes as they deal with rock band drama, reality TV and their respective careers. Will Archie and Valerie make beautiful music together? PLUS: Valerie’s not the only musician in her family! Meet Trev, her older brother who sings his way right into Betty’s heart! It all happens in the critically acclaimed Archie Marries Valerie storyline, available for the first time ever in graphic novel.

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-936975-33-4
$10.99/$12.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 1/1

BETTY & VERONICA #269

“Just Another Day” – This issue presents a first for an Archie Comic: An entire story happening in real time (well, comic book real time that is)! Find out what a typical day is like for Betty, Veronica and Archie! Do they go about their day like every other teenager? Of course not! Follow along with the infamous love triangle as we get a peek into the typical day of a Riverdale teen—with not so typical outcomes! Featuring story and art by fan favorite Archie artist Dan Parent and another installment of the classic art-inspired variant cover series by Jeff Shultz!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith
Rosie the Riveter Variant Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/18
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #219

When a rambunctious young boy threatens to ruin Betty & Veronica’s casual walks through town with his snowball attacks, the girls must find a way to deal with the snowy situation. Do they remind him of the err of his ways, give him the cold shoulder, or stoop down to his level and exact revenge? Find out in “The Snowball Effect”!

Script: Mike Pellowski
Art: Jeff Shultz, Al Milgrom
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/31
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #237

We know a lot about Betty’s Diary, but what about Veronica’s? If all goes according to Veronica’s plan—we’ll never know! She keeps her cutting edge journal locked away for max secrecy, so when it somehow manages to end up in the hands of the worst person imaginable (Reggie Mantle!) how will Veronica rebound from her guffaw? And what will her friends think of her when they find out all of her secret thoughts about them? Find out in “Veronica’s Diary,” the uproarious lead story to a digest filled with double the fun, double the laughs, and double the page count, featuring an awesome 5th color cover!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Gisele, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/31
320-page, full color comic, 5th color cover
$5.99 US.

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #199

Ever wonder how a small town like Riverdale manages to stay local and keep big name chain stores away? Well, it’s a bit of an odd story—and Jughead has everything to do with it! Find out how Jughead shaped the financial model of the town in “Give Me a Sign”!

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, and Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/8
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

MEGA MAN 6: BREAKING POINT (TPB)

The 25th anniversary celebration of Mega Man continues with the exciting next chapter in the Mega Man mythology! And this latest graphic novel volume is a cause for celebration indeed—there are parties, love, and… revenge?! From a New Year’s terror attack by the vengeful Emerald Spears, to a devastating showdown with the mysterious Break Man, Mega Man just can’t catch a break! This volume also ties-into the biggest comic book crossover event of the year: SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE! See how Mega Man’s world was rocked by Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily’s evil schemes! Witness the startling aftermath of the crossover as the mysterious RA MOON begins its bid for world domination! It’s mega-madness, and with our heroic blue hero stretched so thin, there’s only so much evil a bot can take before he reaches his BREAKING POINT! Featuring art from Harvey Award-nominated penciller Ryan Jampole, MEGA MAN VOL. 6 collects MEGA MAN #21–23 and 28.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, and Matt Herms
978-1-936975-78-5
$11.99/$13.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
104 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 1/1

MEGA MAN #33

The critically acclaimed Mega Man series continues with the dramatic, action-packed epilogue to the “BLACKOUT: THE CURSE OF RA MOON” storyline in, “Unplugged”! The battle against the sinister alien being known as Ra Moon has ended, and Mega Man’s final fate remains in doubt! With major repairs looming, and Rock’s future as a super fighting robot in question, Dr. Light must work to restore our hero to his former glory. This may be a job that even Dr. Light can’t handle, but at least he’s got some help from his trusty pal Dr. Wily. WAIT A MINUTE—DR. WILY?! Why on earth is the evil scientist helping to save the Blue Bomber? And how far will Dr. Wily go to remain free? Featuring cover art from Brent McCarthy and a special “BOX ART MEGA MAN” variant cover from Mega Man artist supreme Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Brent McCarthy, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Brent McCarthy
“BOX ART MEGA MAN” Variant cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Shipping Date: 12/25
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/8
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #256

It’s the dramatic conclusion to the epic “Countdown to Chaos” SAGA! In Part Four, it’s a race against time as the countdown reaches its thrilling end! Metal Sonic is out to kill Sally and the Death Egg II has launched—things are not going well for our true blue hero! Can he and Tails get to the Aquatic Ruins Zone in time to save the day? And what horrifying discovery awaits Dr. Eggman? You definitely won’t want to miss this earth-shattering climax of the storyline that shook the Sonic comic books to the core! Featuring the final adjoining cover in the series from artist Ben Bates, and a special “end of the world” variant cover from Tracy Yardley!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jerry Gaylord, Terry Austin, John Workman, and Steve Downer
Cover: Ben Bates
End of the World Variant Cover: Tracy Yardley!, Phyllis Novin and Dustin Evans
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC UNIVERSE #59

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! Jump aboard the action as we begin the “Shadow Fall” saga! Team Dark is sent into the deep, dark depths of space to stop the approach of – the Black Comet?! It hasn’t even been fifty years! The Black Comet is home to an evil, violent race of aliens known as The Black Arms, but the Black Arms were defeated months ago—so who are these new alien invaders inhabiting the comet sent to consume the earth? And what sinister new villain awaits Shadow in its depths? You cannot miss this gritty, alien-blasting new storyline with art from Jamal Peppers, and cover art from Tracy Yardley! Plus a killer SHADOW variant cover from T. REX!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley! and Steve Downer
SHADOW Variant Cover: T.Rex
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/18
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #35

Is Archie a man or a mouse? He’ll let you know after he asks Veronica! Feeling annoyed at everyone’s assumption that he’s “henpecked” by his spoiled sweetheart, Archie’s determined to show that he can do things on his own. Can he prove himself an independent man? Or will he be walking on thin ice? Find out in “Deep Freeze”!

Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Harry Lucey
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/18
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.