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Preview: Road to Riverdale Vol. 2


Script: Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Hughes, Marguerite Bennett & Cameron Deordio, Tom DeFalco
Art: Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Adam Hughes, Audrey Mok, Sandy Jarrell, Andre Szymanowicz, Jose Villarrubia, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/26

READ THE STORIES THAT INSPIRED THE NEW CW TV SERIES! Road to Riverdale Vol. 2 presents to readers all of the second issues of each of our new series so far, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and Reggie & Me, timed to the release of the brand new CW series Riverdale.


TV Review: Riverdale S1E11 Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

riverdaleAlice wants Betty to help with the Jason Blossom investigation; Jughead wonders if it’s the right time to give his father another chance; Fred and Mary attend the homecoming dance.

Riverdale is bright lights and music with the homecoming dance as the first season begins to wind down with just a few episodes left and that means we still need to find out who killed Jason.

This episode is focused on that with various characters doing their best Scooby Doo to try find out who killed Jason and maybe we’ve gotten an answer by the end of the episode? Or, is someone setting him up?

There’s lots of feints in this episode, especially for the ending, and we as viewers still wonder exactly what’s up. What’s interesting though is this episode emphasizes the history of everyone’s parents and that at one point they too were in the same positions as their sons and daughters and were friends and dating. We get more of that here and what I think is one of the strongest aspects of the series is that layering reminding us of the history of everyone.

The episode is a good one. It’s entertaining. There’s good acting. The plotting is solid in its pacing and how things play out. The episode hits all the beats and does what it needs to do which is throttle us towards the final few episodes of the series in the coming weeks. This is the set up before the series ending spike and in that sense and as a part of the whole, it’s a great addition to this series.

“To Riverdale and Back Again” is a fantastic episode in that it has an almost complete focus on the bigger murder mystery but throughout it reminds us that the parents of Riverdale are as much stars and vital parts of the story as their kids.

Overall Rating: 8.55

Review: Big Moose #1

Big Moose one-shot introduces three new short stories about the one and only Moose, each created by separate teams, giving various takes on the character.

“Moose vs. The Vending Machine” gives into the stereotypical airheaded Moose, who willingly trades Jughead a week of his lunches for a single dollar, just to get something from the vending machine. While Sean Ryan’s story felt predictable, it still had the familiar humor of Archie Comics past, and that’s okay with me.

“Have It All” follows a week in the life as Moose, his thought process narrates the story, and we are able to get a glimpse into the interiority that makes the man. It touches on the stereotypes about the character from previous Archie Comics variations, such as Moose’s temper and lack of intelligence. It’s essentially the “there’s more than meets the eye” story. Ryan Cady’s take on Moose is interesting because he’s given more depth than what most fans are used to. It’s well done given how much information we get in just a few pages.

In “The Big Difference” Moose is placed back into the jock stereotype immediately. While I love meeting new Archie Comics characters, I do not love an overly blatant moral message. This piece had the same classic comic feeling as the first, but for whatever reason, it didn’t quite do it for me. I hope to see more of this “Freshie” character though.

As charming as Big Moose as a series has potential to be, I don’t see it surviving as anything more than a one-shot, unless the writers decided to explore his sexuality more (which seems to be in question from the hit show Riverdale) or give him more depth in general. The jock-stereotype story is played out and I found myself wanting to read the Midge one-shot instead. #TeamMidge

Script: Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady, Gorf
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Cory Smith, Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Glenn Whitmore, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Covers: Cory Smith, Wilfredo Torres

The Sights, Sounds (and Selfies) of C2E2 2017

Four years after I first visited it as a 19 year old journalist, I returned to C2E2 in 2017 to a much more crowded show floor and a world where a monosyllabic tree and a talking raccoon, not Iron Man were the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Most of my C2E2 was spent wandering around Artist’s Alley, chatting with creators/fellow fans/Twitter friends, and trying to not get lost.

One reason I love C2E2 is that they bring in excellent comics guests to balance the celebrities and their overpriced autographs. ($100 for Stan Lee. Come on!) There’s everyone from the very friendly and passionate webcomic creator Ngozi Ukazu from Check Please! to veteran writers, like Greg Rucka and Kieron Gillen, and I found myself flipping from Archie to Black Mask and occasionally a side of the Big Two while walking around. The Artist’s Alley is the beating heart of the con even though C2E2 also has two quite large gaming areas for console gamers and tabletop fans, and the Weta Workshop truly spoke to the Lord of the Rings nerd in me.

Here is a gallery of pictures of my C2E2 2017 experience starting with the Captain Marvel cosplayer I met while waiting for the shuttle bus and ending with a moment where I felt like a comic book character. (Dionysus from The Wicked + the Divine #8 aka the rave issue to be specific.)




Preview: Archie Comics Annual #278


Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 4/26
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

This month, digests go global! In the NEW LEAD STORY “From India, with Love,” Archie’s friend Raj needs help with a movie he’s making, so Archie travels with him to India!

Preview: Big Moose One-Shot


Script: Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady, Gorf
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Cory Smith, Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Glenn Whitmore, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Covers: Cory Smith, Wilfredo Torres
On Sale Date: 4/26
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Riverdale’s resident jock gets the spotlight in this special one-shot where everything’s Moose! Stories by Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady and Gorf with art by Cory Smith, Thomas Pitilli and Ryan Jampole!

Archie Releases an Early Preview of Marvel Comics Digest #1


Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Mike Wieringo and Karl Kesel
On Sale Date: Comics Shops – 6/7, Newsstands – 6/13
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Excelsior! Marvel Comics’ best-selling heroes are now in the ever-popular digest format! Each digest is a mixture of over 200 pages of the most memorable classic and modern stories, spanning every decade of Marvel history and readership. This first issue spotlights the Amazing Spider-Man, featuring art and stories from comic greats including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Len Wein, Ross Andru and more. This is a can’t-miss collector’s item that will not be reprinted!


  • Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 38, 156-159;
  • Marvel Age Spider-Man 1, 6;
  • Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (2005) 2-3;
  • Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man 1;
  • Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors 8

Preview: Riverdale Digest #1


Script: Mark Waid, Adam Hughes, Chip Zdarsky, Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio, Tom DeFalco
Art: Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Adam Hughes, Audrey Mok, Sandy Jarrell, Andre Szymanowicz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
On Sale Date: 4/19
128-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

See how it all began with this digest-sized collection featuring stories from our recently relaunched Archie titles, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats and Reggie and Me!

Preview: Josie and the Pussycats #6


Script: Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Michael Allred with Laura Allred, Ben Caldwell
On Sale Date: 4/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

With the Pussycats arrested for plagiarism, Alexander Cabot is determined to put the band on trial! The girls are shipped to the Cabot family’s sovereign patch of Antarctica, where the Cabots’ word is law! How will the girls get out of this one? (Spoilers: Probably friendship.)

Preview: Archie #19


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Emanuela Lupacchino, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 4/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

With Veronica Lodge back in town, everyone’s vying for her hand–from Archie to Toni to Reggie Mantle! Romance runs deep in Riverdale this issue!

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