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Preview: The Black Hood Volume 1: The Bullet’s Kiss


Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Michael Gaydos
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 6/21

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. The Black Hood is a visceral, modern crime noir tale told by two masters of the genre. Featuring an introduction from legendary crime writer Lawrence Block (A Walk Among the Tombstones and many more)!


Preview: B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #254


Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 6/21
256-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

SUMMER FUN MONTH! In the new lead story “What A Break!” Veronica attempts to water ski, and breaks her leg in the process. When the girls get a look at the hot and hunky physical therapist that’s helping her, they all come up with maladies of their own!

Preview: Archie 1000 Page Comics Hoopla


Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 6/21

Get ready for the biggest collection EVER of the best and brightest stories Archie Comics has to offer! In this edition of the ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS series, get ready for a HOOPLA of fun and entertainment with Archie!

Preview: Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #254


Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 6/21
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

SUMMER FUN MONTH continues with “Vacation Vexation”! The Coopers are taking an RV across the country. Betty invites Veronica, but camping isn’t Veronica’s thing. But when Veronica gets so lonely without her BFF, she helicopters her way to their location!

Preview: Life with Kevin #4


Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale: 6/21
24-page, digital comic
$3.99 U.S.

Kevin garners some unexpected fame after his good deed goes viral, thanks to Veronica! Plus, Kevin bumps into someone unexpected from his past!

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Preview: Archie #21


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Matthew Dow Smith, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 6/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

A phone call leaves everyone in Riverdale in a state of shock and despair!

The Pussycats take Tokyo in Josie and the Pussycats #8!


Script: Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelsey Shannon, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Rian Gonzales, Brent Schoonover
On Sale Date: 7/12
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The Pussycats take Tokyo! As the band prepares for the biggest audience of its career, two men enter, one manager leaves in… BEYOND TOKYO DOME.

Preview: The Black Hood Season 2 #5


Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Greg Scott, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 6/14
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The Nobody makes his move on his ultimate target, while the Black Hood’s mission of vengeance comes to a shocking conclusion!

Preview: Betty & Veronica #3


Script: Adam Hughes
Art: Adam Hughes, José Villarubia, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Hughes
Variant Covers: Adam Hughes, Bengal, David Mack, Paolo Rivera
On Sale Date: 6/14
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

All Heck breaks loose in Riverdale as the final act of BETTY VERSUS VERONICA reaches its combustible conclusion! The streets of Riverdale run red under the rockets’ red glare and no one will ever be the same!

Review: Riverdale #3

This issue of Riverdale is great in that it dives more into Josie and the Pussycats, their team dynamics, and gives more representation to the underdogs (or cats if you will). The creative team explores the small period of time where Veronica joins the band. The premise for this section is to “haze” Veronica into the Pussycats. I put haze in quotes because it’s not as severe as the negative connotations that comes with the term. They do however, end up hanging out at the Whyte Worm bar and getting tattoos, which I found entirely unbelievable. This felt a off-kilter for the brand. I know I shouldn’t take everything literal, but I am still holding Archie Comics to its word, in that they said this is to help explain what happens in between the actual television show’s episodes. So if they are they showing this in the comics, are we expected to believe Veronica and the girls have tattoos now in the series? This is highly unlikely given the fact Veronica has been known to sport around cute sleeveless dresses. I don’t think the character herself would do this at all.

The second half focuses on the blossoming relationship and dynamics between Betty and Jughead. In the show, there relationship came out of nowhere, was incredibly rushed, and forced on viewers without a lot of build. Here we have at least on actual hint to a potential relationship between the two with minor flirting on the page.

Cheryl storms into The Blue and Gold and says she needs #Bughead’s help. It feels a bit much but feeds into their larger Twitter market. Cheryl suspects her father is cheating on her mother because he has been acting funny and requests their help to find answers. This story lined ventured off into a territory unexplored in the show. It wasn’t terribly surprising given Clifford Blossom’s shady character but was somewhat interesting. Although, I must say, I’m still hung up on the show tie-ins and logistics. I don’t think that’s something I can ever get past and will constantly try to see how the two go hand in hand.

As far as art goes, I wasn’t quite loving this issue. Cheryl’s face is quite terrifying when she is seeing Betty and Jughead off after delivering the news of her father. Cheryl is supposed to be gorgeous and glam, but here she just looks questionable at best. 

Kevin is nowhere to be seen, but it’s implied he will have his own section in the next issue, if the photo at the end of the comic is any indication. They’ve drawn him to look like he’s in his late 20s or 30s, which is unfortunate. I’m still very intrigued and excited to see a full on exploration of Kevin’s relationship with Joaquin. If I don’t get to see a first date and other cute shenanigans I may just give up on this one. Here’s to hoping!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, James DeWille, Will Ewing
Art: Joe Eisma, Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Covers: Marguerite Sauvage, Wilfredo Torres

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