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Archie Comics’ Releases in August 2018

MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #8

Marvel Comics’ best-selling heroes are back in the ever-popular digest format! This issue spotlights SPIDER-MAN and VENOM! This is a can’t-miss collector’s item that will only be printed once!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Provided by Marvel
On Sale Date: 8/15
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

VAMPIRONICA #4 *RESOLICIT*

NEW ONGOING SERIES! The vampire siege on Riverdale begins! Will Veronica lead the town towards salvation… or doom?

Script: Greg and Megan Smallwood
Art: Greg Smallwood, Jack Morelli
Vampironica #4 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
Vampironica #4 CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla
Vampironica #4 CVR C Var: Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 8/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE FOX: FOX HUNT (TR)

Paul Patton, Jr. is dealing with the reality that his son wants to be a superhero like his father; the very thing Paul no longer wishes to be himself. However, a psychopathic philanthropist won’t let Paul end his dual identity when he puts a million-dollar bounty on The Fox’s head!

Script: Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Dean Haspiel
978-1-68255-887-4
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/1

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ‘66 #2

The historic crossover mini-series continues! Batman’s received a panicked call from Riverdale and he sends Robin and Batgirl with one caveat—they must disguise themselves as high school transfer students!

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #2 CVR A Reg: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #2 CVR B Var: Rick Burchett, Rosario “Tito” Peña
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #2 CVR C Var: Matthew Dow Smith
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #2 CVR D Var: Robert Hack
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #2 CVR E Var: Wilfredo Torres, Kelly Fitzpatrick
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #2 CVR F Var: Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 8/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS #9

“Hunted,” Pt 4: This is it! It’s the take down of the century as the Vixens battle for the fate of all women in Riverdale—and everywhere! There’s just one problem: will the girl gang ever be allowed back in their hometown again

Script: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art: Sanya Anwar, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
B&V: Vixens #9 CVR A Reg: Sanya Anwar
B&V: Vixens #9 CVR B Var: Paulina Ganucheau
B&V: Vixens #9 CVR C Var: Devaki Neogi
On Sale Date: 8/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #8

Riverdale has been the focal point of the war between the werewolf Joneses and the werewolf hunter Coopers for centuries. Join us for this special issue as we examine how the conflict has affected not only these two warring families—but the very town of Riverdale itself.

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Jughead: the Hunger #8 CVR A Reg: Adam Gorham
Jughead: the Hunger #8 CVR B Var: Djibril Morrissette-Phan
Jughead: the Hunger #8 CVR C Var: Cary Nord
On Sale Date: 8/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #10

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Tutors By Night” – While Archie is being tutored by Dilton and Betty is tutoring a girl Dilton likes, they “arrange” a swap—but when Veronica finds out, she tries to break up the arrangement!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Galvan, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/29
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #291

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “That’s Just Beachy!” – It’s the 50th reunion of the classic “Beach Bash” films, and it’s being filmed on Riverdale Beach! The gang is excited when they’re cast as extras in the new film! But with the old stars bickering like crazy, how will they move this production forward? Archie and Betty have a plan!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 8/8
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

THE BEST OF ARCHIE AMERICANA: THE BRONZE AGE (TR)

The Awesome Eighties: Experience the punk movement as it shakes up Riverdale! Behold the rise of MTV! The Nifty Nineties: Rock out to the sensational sounds of boy bands, and hook up your satellite dish so you can enjoy teens from Beverly Hills and more! It’s all here and then some in this edition chock-full of comedy classics from the Bronze Age of Archie!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
978-1-68255-855-3
$9.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 7 1/2”
TR
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/15

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #265

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “The Red Shoes!” Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, Betty is gifted a pair of magical red shoes by her mother. But are they a present, or a punishment?

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 8/1
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR VOL. 1 (TR)

See how Betty & Veronica tackle the world of fashion, prep for the red carpets of Hollywood and still have time to finish their homework! BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR VOL. 1 is the first of a chronological collection featuring the magazine-format series spotlighting Riverdale’s iconic duo.

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-68255-905-5
$10.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
TR
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/1

LIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL. 1 (TR)

The original Life with Archie series was home to the wildest alternate reality takes on the Riverdale gang. From spies to superheroes, this comic showcased stories readers never dreamed of! Relive those far-out tales in the first volume of this collection.

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover:
978-1-68255-859-1
$10.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
TR
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/29

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #81

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY:  “Supply and Demand!” – It’s back to school time, and the gang is outraged to see the teachers having to spend their own money to supply their classrooms. The gang pools their resources to donate to the school. But when Veronica sees all of this, she decides she’ll kick it up a notch and help in her own way… Lodge style!

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: 8/22
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Preview: Cosmo #5 (of 5)

COSMO #5 (of 5)

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Evan Stanley, Mauro Fonseca, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Game Box Art, Retro Art
On Sale Date: 5/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Cosmo puts on his game face for an all-new adventure! When an unexpected detour lands Cosmo inside an arcade machine, the mighty Martian will need more than wits to level up and conquer the cabinet of digital demons!

The Vixens Encounter a Rival Gang in this Early Preview of Betty & Veronica: Vixens #7!

BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS #7

Script: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art: Jen Vaughn, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
Cover: Jen Vaughn
Variant Covers: Sanya Anwar, Audrey Mok
On Sale Date: 6/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW STORY ARC! “Hunted,” Pt 2: The Vixens encounter a rival gang—but are these formidable foes or potential new members? Meanwhile, the girls struggle with trusting their new behind-the-scenes leader.

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: Riverdale #12

Riverdale #12

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Aaron Allen
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Cover: Josie CW Photo Cover
Variant Cover: Betty & Jughead CW Photo Cover
On Sale Date: 5/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the popular CW series Riverdale comes the MUST-READ, ongoing comic series set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV show. Take a visit to the mean streets of the Southside, where the Serpents gang run the show—until Jughead Jones came to town. When he challenges something near and dear to the Serpents, will he be able to make it out alive? Written by Aaron Allen, writer of the CW Riverdale series, with stunning art by Thomas Pitilli!

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

Preview: Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #263

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #263

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/16
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Brand New Lead Story: “Now You ‘Sea’ Me!” Betty and Veronica hit the high seas for Spring Break. But it’s not all fun and play as the girls start performing alongside the cruise ship illusionist—will they be able to work some magic on his terrible act?

Preview: Archie and Me Comics Digest #7

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #7

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 5/16
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Brand New Lead Story: “Viva La Vinyl!” Collecting vinyl records has returned in popularity, and Archie is really getting into his parents’ vinyl record collection—but what will he do when he accidentally destroys his dad’s prized Elton Pretzley album?

Preview: Archie Giant Comics Suprise

ARCHIE GIANT COMICS SURPRISE (TR)

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Gisele Lagace, Rosario “Tito” Peña
978-1-68255-891-1
$7.99 US/$9.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
480 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/16

You’ll be SURPRISED at how much fun we can pack into these GIANT compendiums of our most entertaining stories! This collection features 480 pages of iconic Archie tales in one amazing volume!

Archie’s Back on the Guitar in this Advance Preview of Archie #31!

ARCHIE #31

Script: Mark Waid, Ian Flynn
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Ben Caldwell, Pete Woods
On Sale Date: 6/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Break-ups, hook-ups, Archie on the guitar again, and the Bee drops a huge announcement! Add to this the threat of the Blossom Twins’ real father, and peril is everywhere as this arc races towards its game-changing conclusion!

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