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NYCC 2019: Archie Meets the B-52s for a Rock Lobster in February 2020

In the grand tradition of cult classic crossovers such as Archie Meets Kiss and Archie Meets Ramones, the next surefire comic book crossover hit arrives in February 2020 with Archie Meets the B-52s!

From the fan-favorite Archie Comics creative team of co-writers Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg and artist Dan Parent, the Archie Meets the B-52s one-shot comic book will rock you with a new wave of fun, excitement, and humor like only Archie Comics and The B-52s can provide.

To find out more information about Archie Meets the B-52s, stay tuned for news coming out of the Archie Comics Forever: Celebrating 80 Years panel this Friday, October 4 at New York Comic Con.

Archie Meets the B-52s main cover by Dan Parent
ARCHIE MEETS THE B-52s promotional image by Dan Parent
Archie Meets the B-52s promotional image by Dan Parent

Preview: The Black Ghost #1

The Black Ghost #1

Writer: Alex Segura, Monica Gallagher
Artists: George Kambadais
Colorist: Ellie Wright
Lettering: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Greg Lockard
Cover: Greg Smallwood

Lara Dominguez is a journalist chasing that one, big story. After a stint in the Middle East, the alcoholic reporter moves from her hometown of Miami to Creighton – a mid-Atlantic city that’s seen better days. She needs a huge, viral scoop that’ll send her into the journalistic stratosphere. Her target? Uncovering the identity of The Black Ghost – a masked vigilante trying to take down the wealthy oligarchs carving up the fading metropolis. But as she searches for the breakthrough story she desperately needs, Lara will have to navigate the corruption of her adopted city, the uncertainties of virtue, and her own personal demons.

ComiXology Originals is Releasing One New Creator-Owned Comic Each Week this September

ComiXology is releasing four all-new creator-owned comiXology Originals titles this September. Each week will feature the debut of a new series starting with Breaklands written by Justin Jordan, with art by Tyassetta on September 4th, followed by Field Tripping co-written by James Asmus and Jim Festante, with art by José García on September 11thThe Black Ghost co-written by acclaimed novelist Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher—co-creators of the Lethal Lit Podcast—with art by George Kambadais on September 18th, and concluding with Quarter Killer co-written by Vita Ayala and Danny Lore, with art by Jamie Jones on September 26th.

Each new #1 will be available to read digitally upon release for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. The collected editions of these newly announced comiXology Originals series will be available in print via Amazon.com.

Breaklands

5-issue comic book series

Written by Justin Jordan, the co-creator and writer of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, with art by acclaimed artist Tyassetta, colors by Sarah Stern, and lettering by Rachel Deering.

Set 150 years in the future, Breaklands features a world where everyone has powers… except for one young woman, Kasa Fain, who is desperate to find her recently kidnapped brother.

Breaklands #1 will be available on September 4th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Breaklands

Field Tripping

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by James Asmus and Jim Festante, collaborators on media properties like, Rick & Morty presents Mr. MeeseeksThe End Times of Bram & Ben, and animation development for Stoopid Buddy and Flying Rock Entertainment, with art by José García and lettering by Ryan Ferrier.

A multiverse-spanning, all-ages story about a flighty teacher with an interdimensional traveling school bus and her students who become stranded – jumping between bizarre worlds but never able to go back to theirs.

Field Tripping #1will be available on September 11th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Field Tripping

The Black Ghost

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by acclaimed novelist Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher—Co-Creators of the Lethal Lit Podcast—with art by George Kambadais, colors by Ellie Wright, lettering by Taylor Esposito, featuring covers by Greg Smallwood on #1, Francesco Francavilla, Veronica Fish, and Bill Sienkiewicz—and edited by Gregory Lockard.

Lara Dominguez is a journalist chasing that one, big story. As she inches closer to uncovering the identity of the masked activist known as The Black Ghost, Lara will have to navigate the corruption of her adopted city and her own personal demons. Will she have the strength to be part of the solution—or will she become the problem?

Black Ghost #1 will be available on September 18th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Black Ghost

Quarter Killer

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by Vita Ayala (The WildsSubmergedLivewire) and Danny Lore (Ayala’s James Bond co-writer and the writer of the acclaimed Queen of Bad Dreams), with art by Jamie Jones and lettering by Ryan Ferrier.

This action packed, cyberpunk story of Quentin Kidd A.K.A. QK, an ex-corporate computer hacker who offers their services to those willing to pay them with old school currency, specifically quarters, because quarters are untraceable. QK only has two rules: they don’t work for criminals or police, and no killing.

Quarter Killer #1 will be available on September 25th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Quarter Killer

Each new series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content and will be available upon release for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, with collected editions in print via Amazon.com. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

Preview: The Archies Vol. 2

THE ARCHIES VOL. 2 (TR)

Script: Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
978-1-68255-875-1
$12.99 US/$14.99 CAN
6 x 9”
TR
128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/31

Still soaring from CHVRCHES’ sage advice, Archie is eager to take his friends to the next level musically on their first-ever tour. Watch as an unexpected turn of events finds them in the swingin’ sixties, face to face with rock/pop icons THE MONKEES! Then: Can indie pop sirens TEGAN AND SARA help the band through a crisis, or has the tour gone kaput? Plus – The Archies have the chance to record an album, and behind the control board is none other than music legends BLONDIE! Will these iconic groups help The Archies get through the wild world of the music industry? Stay tuned.

Preview: The Archies Vol. 1

The Archies Vol. 1

Script: Alex Segura, Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
978-1-68255-893-5
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/30

The rockin’ debut featuring the battle of friendship vs. fame, with a few special guests along the way! Follow Archie’s quest to make his songwriting dreams a reality, and see how the rock ‘n’ roll dream effects the lives of the band! Features a special cameo from indie-pop trio CHVRCHES! Collects The Archies one-shot and issues #1 – #3 of the ongoing series.

Review: The Archies #7

Unfortunately, The Archies’ U.S. tour and status as an actual band comes to an end in The Archies #7 where writers Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura, artist Joe Eisma, and colorist Matt Herms have them participate in a difficult battle of the bands against the world famous Josie and the Pussycats at the Hollywood Bowl. Rosenberg and Segura’s writing crackles with self-awareness beginning with starting the comic with Reggie doing a fourth wall breaking monologue/recap instead of Archie. Reggie is more of a straight shooter than the optimistic, messiah complex sporting Mr. Andrews and realizes how many chances the band has squandered throughout the series. (i.e. all the band cameos from Blondie, CHVRCHES, Tegan and Sara, and even the Monkees.) However, The Archies do rock individually, but not as a unit, which is their fatal flaw and plays a big role in the conclusion of the series plot.

Even if The Archies get dunked on by Josie and the Pussycats, Eisma and Herms show that they have an enthusiasm and energy to match their power pop sound beginning with the title page. Betty’s hair is flipping everywhere, Archie is being super earnest, Veronica is being cool as hell on keyboards and backup vocals, and even Reggie looks like he cares about hitting his bass notes. When The Archies are actually playing music, they’re pretty fantastic, but the whole interacting after the gig part is not a strong suit for them as is made evident throughout the series and even how they “break up” and react to each other after the battle of the band results. And I like how Rosenberg, Segura, and Eisma play with the slice of life fantasy nature of most Archie comics during the judging stages with long pauses and nice comments to build a little suspense that the band will pull an alternate ending of Rocky and Rocky Balboa. But they don’t, and the story is better for it.

In context of the story of The Archies #7, it makes sense that Eisma draws Josie and the Pussycats like icons with big panels and stage patter plus a little of that salt of the Earth Riverdale humor to keep them relatable. Herms floods their panels with light to show that this is a band that plays stadiums and big arenas while The Archies can barely keep the local dive bar entertained. It reminded me a little bit of the way that David Mazzucchelli drew the Avengers in Daredevil: Born Again, all larger than life while Daredevil is barely able to protect his one neighborhood. And, of course, this unwinnable duel leads to the final bit of band drama, which has been the recurring theme of the series with Jughead and Veronica butting heads. Veronica even does a little bit of upward mobility and joins the Pussycats as a keyboard player in a nice nod to her appearances wearing the cat ears in Riverdale.

Even though their continued success (The fact that they got Blondie to produce their debut EP for one.) is something straight out of a cheesy feel good TV movie, Matthew Rosenberg, Alex Segura, and Joe Eisma spend The Archies #7 deconstructing underdog narratives while still have plenty of rock out splash pages. There are not nice results to The Archies’ in-fighting, and that’s solo careers even though Rosenberg, Segura, and Eisma do leave the door open for future creative teams to explore The Archies’ career as they mature a little bit. (Who am I kidding? The Archie gang will be in high school forever.)

With stunning visuals, actual consequences, and a bittersweet, yet earned ending, The Archies #7 is one heck of a curtain call for this sadly short lived series.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura Art: Joe Eisma Colors: Matt Herms Letters: Jack Morelli
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Archies #7

The Archies #7

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Cliff Chiang, Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 5/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

This is it! The band has reached the end of their tour. Are they ready to play the show Veronica booked for them way back in THE ARCHIES #1? Have they learned enough to open up for JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS? The hard rockin’ conclusion to the beloved rock ‘n’ roll comic is here! FINAL ISSUE

The Archies meet Speedy Ortiz in this advance preview of The Archies #7!

THE ARCHIES #7

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Cliff Chiang, Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 5/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

This is it! The band has reached the end of their tour. Are they ready to play the show Veronica booked for them way back in THE ARCHIES #1? Have they learned enough to open up for JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS? The hard rockin’ conclusion to the beloved rock ‘n’ roll comic is here! FINAL ISSUE

Preview: The Archies #6

THE ARCHIES #6

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
The Archies #6 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
The Archies #6 CVR B Var: Dan Parent
The Archies #6 CVR B Var: Matthew Taylor
On Sale Date: 4/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The Archies have the chance to record an album! And behind the control board is none other than music legends, BLONDIE! But will the iconic group help the Archies get through the wild world of the recording studio? Stay tuned.

The Archies meet Blondie in this advance preview of The Archies #6!

THE ARCHIES #6

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Dan Parent, Matthew Taylor
On Sale Date: 3/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The Archies have the chance to record an album! And behind the control board is none other than music legends, BLONDIE! But will the iconic group help the Archies get through the wild world of the recording studio? Stay tuned.

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