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Archie Comics’ Releases in January 2018

ARCHIE HORROR

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SORCERY (TR)

Presented by Sabrina the Teenage Witch, this collection features some of the most horrifying classic stories to ever be published by Archie Comics, collected for the first time in graphic novel. Featuring an all-new cover by comic artist extraordinaire Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife With Archie)!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
978-1-62738-990-7
$19.99/$21.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
192 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/3

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DARK CIRCLE

MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2

NEW ONGOING SERIES! “New Blood” – While new member Wyatt (The Web) familiarizes himself with the rest of the Mighty Crusaders team, the villainous Dr. Iddh holds a ritual that threatens to awake an evil unlike the world has ever seen!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art:  Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Mighty Crusaders #2 CVR A Reg: Kelsey Shannon
Mighty Crusaders #2 CVR B Var: Wilfredo Torres, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Mighty Crusaders #2 CVR C Var: Jim Towe
On Sale Date: 1/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE

ARCHIE #27

“The Heart of Riverdale” reaches its epic conclusion—and nothing’s as it was! Friendships and romances have changed, loyalties have been tested, and Archie is at a crossroads.

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Archie #27 CVR A Reg: Audrey Mok
Archie #27 CVR B Var: Matthew Dow Smith
Archie #27 CVR C Var: Ty Templeton
On Sale Date: 1/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE ARCHIES #4

NEW ONGOING SERIES! GUEST STARRING THE MONKEES! Still soaring from last issue’s sage advice from CHVRCHES, Archie is eager to take his friends to the next level musically on their first-ever tour. But an unexpected turn of events finds them in the swingin’ sixties—face to face with rock/pop icons THE MONKEES!

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
The Archies #4 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
The Archies #4 CVR B Var: Michael Allred, Laura Martin
The Archies #4 CVR B Var: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 1/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BETTY AND VERONICA: VIXENS #3

NEW ONGOING SERIES! The Vixens are taking matters into their own hands and doing whatever they can to protect their hometown. But are they a match against the dangerous Southside Serpents?

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Eva Cabrera, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
B&V: Vixens #3 CVR A Reg: Eva Cabrera
B&V: Vixens #3 CVR B Var: Sandra Lanz
B&V: Vixens #3 CVR B Var: Jen Vaughn
On Sale Date: 1/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

COSMO #1

NEW ONGOING SERIES! “Space Aces” – Part One: Cosmo is a Martian with the skills of a warrior and a heart of gold. He’s the leader of his M.A.R.S. unit that explores the solar system. What was meant to be a routine scouting mission turns into a much larger adventure Cosmo and his friends stumble upon a panicked human and encounter some ferocious foes!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cosmo #1 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley
Cosmo #1 CVR B Var: Derek Charm
Cosmo #1 CVR C Var: Erin Hunting
Cosmo #1 CVR D Var: Ryan Jampole
Cosmo #1 CVR E Var: Vincent Lovallo
On Sale Date: 1/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS VOL. 2 (TR)

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS VOL. 2 sends the world’s biggest comic book band on action-packed adventures all around the world! Collects issues 6 – 9 of the Josie and the Pussycats series by writers Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics’ Bombshells) and Cameron DeOrdio and artist Audrey Mok (Archie).

Script: Cameron DeOrdio, Marguerite Bennett
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelsey Shannon, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
978-1-68255-917-8
$12.99/$14.99CAN
6 x 8 1/2”
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/31

JUGHEAD THE HUNGER # 3

NEW ONGOING SERIES! This is it—the confrontation you’ve been waiting for! Werewolf Jug vs Werewolf Hunter Betty Round 2! The last one ended in a draw—this one may end one of their lives!

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Jughead: The Hunger #3 CVR A Reg: Adam Gorham
Jughead: The Hunger #3 CVR B Var: T. Rex
On Sale Date: 1/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

RIVERDALE #10

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale, this ALL-NEW, ongoing comic series features stories set in between episodes of the new CW TV series Riverdale.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Various
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Riverdale #10 CVR A Reg: CW Photo Cover
Riverdale #10 CVR B Var:  CW Photo Cover
On Sale Date: 1/31
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

RIVERDALE DIGEST #6

See how everything led to the CW’s Riverdale TV show with this digest-sized collection featuring stories from our relaunched titles as well as classic Archie stories!

Script: Various
Art:  Various
Cover: CW Photo Cover
On Sale Date: 1/17
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE CLASSIC

ARCHIE GIANT COMICS ROLL (TR)

Get ready for a rollercoaster of fun and laughs with this collection of 480 pages of iconic Archie tales in one amazing volume!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-68255-915-4
$7.99/$9.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
480 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/17

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #285

“Ready! Set! Go!” – Even a snowstorm can’t stop the kids in Riverdale from playing the popular phone app Cosmo Go! Will Archie get in on the craze or be left out in the cold?

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/3
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #4

“Red-Head Alert!” – Mr. Lodge is testing out a brand new, state-of-the-art burglar alarm. It can keep out any intruders… but it is a match for the menace that is Archie Andrews?

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/31
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

BETTY AND VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #260

“Bag it, Harper!” – Veronica convinces her crafty cousin Harper to start selling her handmade bags, but Harper might not be ready to give up her sense of individuality for the sake of profit!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Bill Golliher, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/31
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #258

“Geeks United!” – Veronica’s brainy cousin Marcy is in a new club at Riverdale High for likeminded teens to play games and discuss science. But when they get a new meeting space—the game room at Lodge Manor—EVERYONE wants to be a part of the club!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/24
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #75

“You’ve Been Cancelled!” – When Game of Crowns, Archie and his friends’ favorite TV show, is cancelled, they’ll do everything they can to get it back on air!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/10
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

Preview: Riverdale #7

RIVERDALE #7

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Aaron Allen, Will Ewing
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang
Cover: CW Photo Cover
Variant Cover: Francesco Francavilla
On Sale Date: 10/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Dilton Doiley has always been a little…borderline, but when his science teacher tells the class about an astronomical event they’ll be observing, Dilton’s worst fears are confirmed—the end of the world is nigh! As he takes drastic steps to prepare, Jughead is caught in a dilemma—should he humor Dilton or try to stop him? And what if Dilton’s right…?

Preview: Archie and Me Digest #1

ARCHIE AND ME DIGEST #1

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/18
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW DIGEST SERIES! In “Sick Day,” everyone’s caught the flu that’s been going around, except for Jughead. He decides to help out the Andrews family—but his unconventional methods don’t go over too well!

Review: Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1

Free college tuition for Riverdale residents?! Hiram Lodge is up to his old antics, looking to build a university and strip mall over Sweetwater Swamp. However, a certain botany-loving super-villain is ready to take a stand against the entrepreneur to preserve the wetlands. Poison Ivy enlists best friend, Harley Quinn, on a trip to the one and only Riverdale where they will encounter another iconic duo—Betty and Veronica.

Being a die hard fan of both Harley and Ivy and Betty and Veronica as separate entities, I was naturally hesitant to the idea of them coming together for a crossover in Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica. I wasn’t quite sure how these two worlds could possibly work together with both of them being so different. Within mere pages, Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko put my concerns at ease, with a hilariously creative story that far surpassed my limited expectations.

Despite loving the creative storyline, I was slightly put off by the hypersexualization of the beloved high school teens of Riverdale. While some might not protest, it felt disturbing as a long time fan to go from classic wholesome kids to sex kittens with ample cleavage and unnecessary ass shots. I can understand a promiscuous Harley, as she is a notorious flirt, but to attach such a heavy male gaze for seemingly no reason for the Riverdale characters seemed a bit much.

Luckily the storyline is so fun, it’s enough to carry the overall series, and I will definitely be picking up next issue.

Story: Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko Art: Laura Braga
Story: 10 Art: 5.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics/Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Early Preview: The Archies #2

The Archies #2

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Cover: Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 11/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW ONGOING SERIES! The Archies hit the road—but tour isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! Can they still make some great music? Or will they go broke and make a U-turn for home?

Preview: Marvel Comics Digest #3 Thor

MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #3 THOR

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Olivier Coipel
On Sale Date: 10/11
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Marvel Comics’ best-selling heroes are back in the ever-popular digest format! This third issue spotlights THOR, just in time for Thor: Ragnarok! This is a can’t-miss collector’s item that will only be printed once!

  • Thor (1966) #154
  • Thor (1966) #155
  • Thor (1966) #156
  • Thor (1966) #157
  • Thor Annual (1966) #6
  • Marvel Age Spider-Man Team-Up (2004) #4
  • Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2010) #6
  • Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (2010) #19
  • Marvel Universe Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2012) #9
  • Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble (2013) #4

Preview: Archie Halloween Spectacular #1

ARCHIE HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR #1

Script: Alex Simmons, Paul Kupperberg, Dexter Taylor
Art: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios, Dexter Taylor, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/11
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Get ready for a Halloween SCARETACULAR featuring some of Archie’s most frighteningly fun stories!

Preview: Betty & Veronica Halloween Annual #257

BETTY & VERONICA HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #257

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Galvan, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/11
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW HALLOWEEN STORY! In “A Bewitching Tale,” Betty and Veronica are in the elementary school’s Halloween play, and Veronica’s got a few tricks up her sleeve to get the part she wants…

Everything’s Riverdale: S2E1 A Kiss Before Dying

Fourteen years ago the legal department of Archie Comic Publications torpedoed Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa satirical play about a gay Archie Andrews. Four years ago, Aguirre-Sacasa and Jason Moore walked out of Perks of Being a Wallflower with the idea of filtering the Archie characters through something a bit like that. Earlier this year, season one of Riverdale aired.

What a winding route to the screen it took. Along the way there were versions where it was a movie with time travel and dinosaurs. Along the way there were drafts where Kevin was an agentic and autonomous individual. There were all manner of things, and following them all came season one; Camp, compromised, and with an insistent heart pumping pure molten television around its overheated veins, boiling your syrup and cracking your ice.

Now here’s season two to follow that. Season one got to be a response to seventy five years of a peculiar strain of American pop culture and to one peculiar writer’s efforts to understand how it relates to his life. Season two gets to be a response to all of that and also a response to Riverdale. Here’s where things get really interesting as its success and its strong foundation free it up to take bigger risks and ask bigger questions. Or maybe here’s where things get really boring as its birth cry hushes and it settles down to become a well-behaved CW show.  

I’m hoping it’s the former, as I’ll be writing these weekly recaps, Everything’s Riverdale. Welcome. Let’s see what we get. Let’s see what we do with it.

THE TOWN WITH A PAST

Teen drama series, as they go on, have to negotiate the problem of the parents becoming people. Watching early episodes of Pretty Little Liars and it feels inconceivable that the mothers or fathers could ever have storylines of their own in which they’re the viewpoint characters and the stakes are their personal wellbeing. Then by season two you’d die for Hannah’s mum. Early UK Skins had a neat trick for managing this, casting Eighties comedians we hadn’t heard from in a while as prominent parents, their recognisable faces a clear signal that their characters weren’t to be understood as ‘real’ in the same way the kids were, that they weren’t to be understood as something that mattered right now.

Riverdale went for a related strategy, looking to actors associated with shows in this show’s DNA. Luke Perry is here as Luke Perry from 90210. Mädchen Amick is here as Mädchen Amick from Twin Peaks. There to show us where this came from, not what this is. What seems to have disrupted this “Remember these Nineties guys? From the Nineties?” function of the casting is that most of them then turned in unignorably brilliant performances. So here we open season two with an episode where many of the set piece scenes are not only from Fred Andrews’ perspective but set inside his brain.

What parents are for isn’t the only question about how the past relates to the present that this episode has to wrestle with. Having treated itself to the fun of doing two big finales to season one, Riverdale now has to open its second season with an awful lot of aftermath. Amazingly little happens here, as characters mostly turn up to visit the hospital and fill each other in on the various different forms the apocalypse manifested to each of them.    

And as we look back, the town itself starts to acquire more history. What were these riots all about then, Pop Tate?  

 

YOUR PALS

Jughead is the character most in motion this week, finding himself with the power to hurt people and trying to work out if he can handle that. Being the central character interferes with his always shaky ability to function as an outsider narrator, and he delivers the opening voice over in the most extraordinary way, putting the stress on Archie not owning a driver’s license as if that were the most curious aspect of Fred’s shooting. When we talk about others we’re often talking about ourselves, I suppose, so I suspect what’s really on Juggy’s mind there is that he shares Betty’s concern with how he himself instantly learned to ride a motorbike.

Kevin, conversely, never talks about anything except other people. He stresses that everyone’s thoughts are all about Fred but that if they weren’t they’d all be about Betty. He is briefly invited to consider his own life but moves things swiftly on.  

Pureheart the Powerful is chosen by Jughead as Archie’s superhero name. Sounding unlike any superhero name in current popular culture, this only really makes sense if Jughead somehow knows that ‘Pureheart the Powerful’ is his superhero name in the comics. This isn’t like in Season One when Kevin plucked the name ‘Madam Satan’ out of thin air – that was obviously his unconscious mind trying to alert the gang to the proximity of Actual Madam Satan in the form of ‘Miss Grundy.’ This is something else. My theory is that Jughead has been secretly writing Pureheart the Powerful fic for some time.

Archie continues to be someone unable to name his traumas. It remains unclear if he’ll ever understand that he’s been sexually abused and it’s very clear here that he doesn’t have the foggiest idea why he feels so guilty about not having got himself shot. He’s also very cross with himself for enjoying dog walking and sex while his dad is at death’s door. This anger at having enjoyed sex he then takes out on Veronica. In the Pureheart the Powerful comics, Archie loses his powers when he thinks sexual thoughts. Not sure Pureheart the Powerful is an altogether healthy hero to be. 

Cheryl can name her traumas. She knows what was done to her and can say it out loud. Magnificent and terrifying in her always significant white, she resembles an Angel of Life and Death more than anything else in an episode replete with references to such. Moving from establishing her control over her mother to acting like her kiss can resurrect Fred Andrews she appears to genuinely believe that she can damn or save any of us. I’m not suggesting she can’t. She’s for reals, Baby Jane.   

Sheriff Keller continues to be entrusted by the state with the investigation of serious crime. This one, he suspects, may be jingle jangle related.

Doctor Master is an unusually large man in usually sized scrubs.

Alice has been kind of reset. She’s now a fussy but protective mother with a role as one of the show’s main anti-Serpent voices. Her redemption arc seems to have left her as funny-controlling rather than sinister-controlling. 

Hermione remains Schrodinger’s Mother. Owed either jail time or innumerable apologies.

The Virgin Mary looks suspicious, judgemental. Knows more than she’s saying.

The Pussycats appear at the hospital, looking as if they’re all set to support Fred with an immaculately choreographed dance routine.

Reggie appears at the hospital looking as if he’s all set to support Fred with the secrets of true immortality, timeless perpetual bodily regeneration.

Veronica is exploring two new roles. Having drawn a line between Old Veronica and New Veronica then she’s feeling her way to how New Veronica works as someone’s girlfriend. ‘Incredibly giving and supportive’ is her answer to that so far. Meanwhile, she’s also puzzling out how the well-established rules for domestic squabbles among the Lodge family apply when those squabbles might involve a body count. How do her tactics apply when the stakes have changed? For her the episode ends with a scene that looks like something out of The Godfather but is pretty much just her being told off for raiding the fridge.   

Betty is not blessed with such narrative complexity, as her entire episode is just about the learning to be a supportive girlfriend thing. Her arc this week ends with her announcing that she’ll back Jughead’s choices no matter what, before we cut to a scene that illustrates she was doing uncannily better back when she was questioning them.

Hiram appears.

Count Drago, Betty’s Vampire Uncle, has yet to appear.

 

WEIRD MYSTERIES

 

What is Jughead writing? Is this a sequel to his novel about Jason’s murder or a continuation? If it’s a sequel then what’s he doing with his completed Jason book? Will we see him seek publication over the course of the season? If it’s a continuation then what does he even see this book as being about? Just ‘all the stuff that happens to my friends’? Tighten your focus, Jughead, or you’ll never finish the thing.

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As Twin Peaks first season opens with “Who Killed Waterborne Teen?” and its second opens with “Who Shot Grown Man?” then so goes Riverdale. Hold on for a wild ride in season three.

Or maybe sooner. Greendale, you guys! Greendale! Home of actual teenager and actual witch, Sabrina the Teenage Witch! From Sabrina the Teenage Witch! And also from the forthcoming CW series based on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic.

Now look. Here’s the thing about that. Sabrina’s main antagonist in that comic is Madam Satan, a pre-Archie Archie character whose deal is that she’s a dead woman who goes around wrecking people’s lives with sex. Specific to the Chilling Adventures version being adapted as a Riverdale sister show is the fact that Madam Satan is also a substitute teacher.

Our first look at Greendale in this show also sees us witness to the death of Jennifer ‘Miss Grundy’ Gibson, an itinerant sexual predator working as a music teacher.

At this point I would tell you that ‘Miss Grundy’ is Madam Satan. But I think you’ve always known.   

Preview: World of Archie Comics Double Digest #72

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #72

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Golliher, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/11
160-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW HALLOWEEN STORY! In “Something Is Missing…” the gang takes Jellybean trick or treating. Unfortunately, when they get back to Jughead’s they realize they have the wrong kid! Where is Jellybean? Is this a trick?

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