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Archie Comics’ Releases in December 2018

THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS VOL. 1

The mightiest team of superheroes are back! A throw down with a prehistoric terror in the heart of Washington D.C. sets the stage for the dramatic return of a wayward hero! Meanwhile, half a world away, a sinister plan begins to awaken an ancient evil! PLUS: The New Crusaders have no time to rest as a new threat attacks Impact City. Can the New Crusaders pull themselves together and avert catastrophe? Collects Issues 1-4 of Mighty Crusaders and the entirety of New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Kelsey Shannon, Alitha Martinez, Rick Bryant, Matt Herms, Stephen Downer, Jack Morelli
Cover: Kelsey Shannon
978-1-68255-857-7
$12.99 US/$14.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
120 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/2/19

VAMPIRONICA #5

Veronica must endure a series of brutal challenges in order to put a stop to the vampirism that’s taken over Riverdale once and for all. But what surprises await her back at the Lodge mansion?

Script: Greg and Meg Smallwood
Art: Greg Scott, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Vampironica #5 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
Vampironica #5 CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla
Vampironica #5 CVR C Var: Matthew Taylor
On Sale Date: 12/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE #701

Archie Andrews has a secret— and he’s not the only one! These days, it seems like everyone in Riverdale has something to hide— but when their perfect small town life is rocked by a mysterious surprise, the truth starts tumbling out. Part 2 of “How I wasted my summer vacation!”

Script: Nick Spencer
Art: Marguerite Sauvage, Thomas Pitilli, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE #701 CVR A Reg: Marguerite Sauvage
ARCHIE #701 CVR B Var: Jen Bartel
ARCHIE #701 CVR C Var: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 12/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66 #5

With the Gotham villains set to take over Riverdale, it’s up to Archie and his pals ‘n’ gals to work together with Batman to save their town! But will they be able to go toe-to-toe against their own parents and teachers?

Script: Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #5 CVR A Reg: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #5 CVR B Var: Laura Braga
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #5 CVR C Var: Bill Galvan
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #5 CVR D Var: Jamal Igle
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #5 CVR E Var: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Rosario “Tito” Peña
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #5 CVR F Var: Cory Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 12/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BETTY AND VERONICA #1 (of 5)

BRAND NEW SERIES! “Senior Year, Pt. 1: Summer” – Betty and Veronica go where they’ve never gone before—their senior year of high school! Only one school year stands between them and freedom, but when the two BFFs think they’ll be attending the same college in the fall find out that their plans have changed, their senior year—and their friendship—is put to the test!

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Sandra Lanz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
BETTY AND VERONICA #1 CVR A Reg: Sandra Lanz
BETTY AND VERONICA #1 CVR B Var: Laura Braga
BETTY AND VERONICA #1 CVR C Var: Francesco Francavilla
BETTY AND VERONICA #1 CVR D Var: Audrey Mok
BETTY AND VERONICA #1 CVR E Reg: Marguerite Sauvage
On Sale Date: 12/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #11

The monstrous conclusion of “Frankenmoose Meets the Wolf Jug”! Who will win the battle of Riverdale’s answer to Universal’s classic movie monsters? Find out in this issue—as well as who, or what, might be returning from the grave…

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Jughead the Hunger #11 CVR A Reg: Adam Gorham
Jughead the Hunger #11 CVR B Var: Sandy Jarrell
Jughead the Hunger #11 CVR C Var: Cory Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/2/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #13

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Buy or Bye-Bye!” When everyone participates in a Secret Santa that involves buying an inexpensive gift for someone, Archie’s faced with a dilemma: how do you buy something cheap for someone like Veronica Lodge?

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 12/5
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE’S BIG BOOK VOL. 5: ACTION ADVENTURE (TR)

Get ready for the most explosive adventures ever to hit Riverdale! When villains threaten the town, only one man can stop them. His name is Andrews… Archie Andrews! Dive right into this batch of tales filled with danger and excitement!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-68255-885-0
$19.99 US/$21.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10”
TR
304 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 12/19

ARCHIE’S CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR #1

Have a holly, jolly Christmas in this spectacular featuring some of Archie’s most merry stories!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bob White
On Sale Date: 12/12
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #269

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Catnapped!” When Betty’s beloved cat Caramel goes missing, it’s up to her and Veronica to find him—but Veronica takes the search a bit too far!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/2/19
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #266

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Sell Away!” Threatened with her credit cards being taken away, Veronica starts selling off her old stuff to make some money—which is fine until she starts selling her parents’ stuff too!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 12/19
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #84

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Wreath Wrath” When Mr. Weatherbee tells Archie that he’s too old to enjoy Christmas celebrations, Archie sets out to prove the principal wrong with an over-the-top display—but will it change the ‘Bee’s mind?

Script: Angelo DeCesare
Art: Bill Golliher, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 12/5
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Archie 1941 #1 (Archie Comics) – Archie hasn’t been one to dive into real world issues but this new series takes on the Riverdale kids as the US ramps up for World War II. A great concept that should be something new and interesting.

Cemetery Beach #1 (Image Comics) – Warren Ellis and Jason Howard team up again and the creative team alone has us interested in this series about a professional pathfinder.

Crowded #2 (Image Comics) – The series about a world driven by apps and jobs driven by them, including one that allows you to buy assassinations, is great so far. That ending of the first issue had us even more excited for what’s next.

Fantastic Four #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was amazing and a fantastic return for Marvel’s first family. We want to know more about where everyone’s been over these years.

House of Whispers #1 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – The Sandman universe is back and we’re intrigued to check out this second series to spin out of it.

Iceman #1 (Marvel) – The first volume was great and writer Sina Grace will hopefully recapture the magic of it.

Infinity Wars #3 (Marvel) – Folks don’t seem to like events but they keep buying them. This event has beaten our expectations and so much better than any of the lead up.

Journey Into Mystery: Birth of Krakoa #1 (Marvel) – We’re hoping for a throwback to the weird sci-fi comics of the past.

Low Road West #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A nuclear strike has left the East Coast uninhabitable and five teens are sent west away from the wreckage that was their home. They’re stuff in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and are fighting to survive. The concept sounds fantastic and we’re completely sold on it.

Marvel Rising Omega #1 (Marvel) – DC’s Superhero Girls has been a fantastic line and we’ll see if Marvel can pull off that magic with their own characters.

Mech Cadet Yu #12 (BOOM! Studios) – The series wraps up and has been amazing every step of the way. We want more!

MCMLXXV #1 (Image Comics) – Meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter who wields an enchanted tire iron. Well ok then!

Moth & Whisper #1 (Vault Comics) – The city’s best theives has disappeared and been replaced by their daughter?! The concept sounds very interesting and definitely unique!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The classic television comes to comics. Will it translate? We’ll find out!

The Nameless City Vol. 3 Divided Earth (First Second) – An excellent all-ages graphic novel series that mixes fantasy with martial arts.

Newbury & Hobbes #1 (Titan Comics) – The mystery novels come to comics.

Poser #1 (Waxwork Comics) – A horror slasher story with a music twist and it has an original soundtrack? Yeah, we’re sold on this one.

Ruinworld #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The first two issues of this all-ages fantasy series has been fantastic so we’re excited to read more of this webcomic turned physical comic.

Welcome to Wanderland #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new twist on fairytales and the coming of age story.

The Wrong Earth #1 (AHOY Comics) – The kick-off series to the new comic publisher, this sendup of superhero comics has us excited. AHOY has promised more to their comics and this is our first chance to see what that’s all about.

WWE NXT Takeover – Proving Ground #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Wresting fan? Then this is a must!

Preview: Archie 1941 #1 (of 5)

ARCHIE 1941 #1 (of 5)

Script: Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn
Art: Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Peter Krause
Variant Covers: Sanya Anwar, Francesco Francavilla, Dave Johnson, Aaron Lopresti
On Sale Date: 9/12
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

THE HISTORIC, GROUND-BREAKING MINI-SERIES STARTS HERE! Archie has been around for over 75 years and has been through many significant moments in time, but never before have we seen the characters take on real-world events as they unfold. WWII is looming and Archie and many young men from Riverdale are close to enlistment age. If you’re a Riverdale teen, how would you cope with a looming world-changing event? Join the writing team of MARK WAID and BRIAN AUGUSTYN along with artist PETER KRAUSE for the all-new mini-series that is sure to have everyone talking!

Catch Up on the Saga so Far in this Advance Preview of Archie #699!

ARCHIE #699

Script: Mark Waid, Ian Flynn
Art: Fiona Staples, Veronica Fish, Joe Eisma, Pete Woods, Annie Wu, Audrey Mok, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Marguerite Sauvage
On Sale Date: 10/3
32-page, full color comic
$1.00 U.S.

CATCH UP ON THE BEST-SELLING ARCHIE SAGA BEFORE ISSUE #700! As the Riverdale gang heads toward major changes in the pages of the monumental ARCHIE #700 next month, we follow Archie as he reflects back on past storylines including: the #LipstickIncident, the arrival of the Lodge family, the machinations of the Blossom Twins, the near-tragedy of “Over the Edge” and more! This special issue sets the stage for next month’s landmark 700th issue of ARCHIE by Nick Spencer and Marguerite Sauvage! Based on stories by Mark Waid and Ian Flynn and featuring art by an assortment of Archie talents, this recap issue is the perfect primer for new readers and returning fans to the Archie universe.

FrankenMoose rises in this early preview of Jughead: The Hunger #9!

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #9

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Thomas Pitilli, Marguerite Sauvage
On Sale Date: 10/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Marmaduke “Moose” Mason is dead, having been executed by the Cooper clan after turning into a werewolf. Then who… or what… is FrankenMoose? Find out as Jughead the Hunger goes classic movie monster with “FrankenMoose Meets the Wolf Jug” Part 1!

Preview: Vampironica #3

VAMPIRONICA #3 

Script: Greg and Megan Smallwood
Art:  Greg Smallwood, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Francesco Francavilla, Audrey Mok
On Sale Date: 9/5
32-page, full color comic

NEW ONGOING SERIES! You can’t go home again… or can you? Veronica’s search for answers leads to a deadly confrontation at Lodge Mansion.

Pop’s is overrun by Gotham’s villains in this early preview of Archie Meets Batman ’66 #3!

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66 #3

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Art Baltazar, Howard Chaykin, Veronica Fish, Franco Aureliani, David Mack
On Sale Date: 9/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The historic crossover mini-series rolls on! Gotham’s villains have infiltrated Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe to enact their plans of mind control! But when one of Pop’s best customers sees the action taking place, will he be able to let the others know, or will the joke be on him?

The Vixens go global in this early preview of Betty & Veronica: Vixens #10!

BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS #10

Script: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art: Sanya Anwar, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
Cover: Sanya Anwar
Variant Covers: Laura Braga, Genevieve F.T.
On Sale Date: 9/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The Vixens—forced to flee Riverdale! But with their work done in their hometown the ladies are ready to expand their reach and help out women all over the globe. *FINAL ISSUE*

Archie Comics’ Releases in November 2018

THE BLACK HOOD VOL. 3

A ruthless assassin known as The Nobody considers the Black Hood a loose end, and he’s willing to slaughter dozens of innocent people to flush him out of hiding. How high must the body count rise before Philadelphia’s former vigilante Greg Hettinger steps forward to face an opponent he can’t possibly beat? THE BLACK HOOD VOL. 3 collects THE BLACK HOOD SEASON 2 #1-5.

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Greg Scott, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Greg Smallwood
978-1-68255-883-6
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/28

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #1 **REPRINT**

Relive the horror in this special reprinting of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #1, to celebrate the brand new NETFLIX series, at a new low price! Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. For TEEN+ readers.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Cover: Provided by Netflix
On Sale Date: 11/7
32-page, full color comic
$1.00 U.S.

ARCHIE #700

A brand new era of ARCHIE begins in this landmark 700th issue of our flagship series! Join the new creative team of writer Nick Spencer (The Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Marguerite Sauvage (DC’s Bombshells) as they take a trip to Riverdale and bring Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of the town along for a wild ride complete with new mysteries, new relationships, and much more!

Script: Nick Spencer
Art: Marguerite Sauvage, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE #700 CVR A Reg: Marguerite Sauvage
ARCHIE #700 CVR B Var: Mike Allred, Laura Allred
ARCHIE #700 CVR C Var: Matthew Dow Smith
ARCHIE #700 CVR D Var: Francesco Francavilla
ARCHIE #700 CVR E Var: Robert Hack
ARCHIE #700 CVR F Var: David Mack
ARCHIE #700 CVR G Var: Audrey Mok
ARCHIE #700 CVR H Var: Thomas Pitilli
ARCHIE #700 CVR I Var: Paul Renaud
ARCHIE #700 CVR J Var: Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 11/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE: 1941 #3 (of 5)

Basic training has begun and Archie’s surprised with a familiar face—Reggie Mantle! Meanwhile, the teens back in Riverdale that haven’t enlisted are dealing with different woes on the Homefront—from anxiety worrying about their friends and families, to feelings of inadequacy and racial tensions in a changing world.

Script: Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn
Art: Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE: 1941 #3 CVR A Reg: Peter Krause, Rosario “Tito” Peña
ARCHIE: 1941 #3 CVR B Var: Derek Charm
ARCHIE: 1941 #3 CVR C Var: Ray Anthony Height, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS VOL. 2 (TR)

The Vixens are being followed by a sinister former foe, but he claims to come in peace—can he be trusted? Meanwhile, a young woman’s mysterious disappearance has the Vixens’ questioning if their actions are having unintended consequences. BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS VOL. 2 collects BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS issues #6 – #10.

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Sanya Anwar, Jen Vaughn, Eva Cabrera, Elaina Unger, Matt Herms, Rachel Deering
Cover: Sanya Anwar
978-1-68255-879-9
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
6 x 9”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/14

JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #10

Who—or what—is behind the creation of FrankenMoose? Whatever it is, it may pose the greatest threat to Jughead Jones yet– and considering this is a guy who’s fought bloodthirsty werewolves and armed to the teeth werewolf hunters, that’s saying something!

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Jughead the Hunger #10 CVR A Reg: Adam Gorham
Jughead the Hunger #10 CVR B Var: Matthew Dow Smith
Jughead the Hunger #10 CVR C Var: Tracy Yardley
On Sale Date: 11/14
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #12

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY:   “Santa Sleighed!” When Santa’s sleigh breaks down on Christmas Eve, the only place big enough to harbor Santa and all his reindeer is the Lodge mansion! How will this affect Christmas? And more importantly, will the gang get their gifts on time?

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/7
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

ARCHIE GIANT COMICS BASH (TR)

Archie and his pals ‘n’ gals are throwing GIANT-SIZED PARTY—and you’re invited to laugh along with the gang with some of Archie’s best and brightest stories!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-68255-877-5
$9.99 US/$10.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/7

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #294

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY:  “Holi-dazed!” With Betty and Veronica both busy on the night of the school’s Christmas ball, Archie accepts a date from Sugarplum the fairy—AND with Noelle, Santa’s daughter! Archie’s made this mistake before, but never with two of the North Pole’s most popular girls! He’ll need some Christmas magic to get out of this jam!

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/28
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #268

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Who’s Chicken Now?” When Veronica’s nervous about her new job at her father’s chicken fast food franchise, Betty offers to be her wing woman—but even with Betty’s help, can Veronica make it, or will she get fried?

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/14
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #265

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “If the Shoe Fits!” Betty’s new job at a fancy department store has been hard work—but it’s about to get harder when she encounters her toughest customer: Veronica Lodge!

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 11/21
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

EVERYTHING’S ARCHIE VOL. 1 (TR)

Back in the days of Saturday morning cartoons, The Archies ruled both TV and radio. While “Sugar, Sugar” was on the airwaves, you could also read the band’s adventures in this classic series—reprinted here again for fans young and old alike!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
978-1-68255-881-2
$10.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
TR
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/21

First Impressions Featuring: Spaceships, Pies and Bullets

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


Ninja-K #10  (Valiant)
Can a new reader start here? Yup.
Recap & review: A standalone issue featuring a cyborg ninja awaking after decades on ice, and guess who gets to try and stop him? Honestly, there’s a full review here, but you don’t need to know too much about previous event to enjoy this
Rating: 8.9

Archie Meets Batman ’66 #2  (Archie Comic/DC)
Can a new reader start here? Yup.
Recap & review: I have no idea what happened in the issue before, but it doesn’t really matter because this is a very easy t pick up comic that is dripping with 60’s camp and innocence. Not for everybody, but you should know what to expect based on the cover.
Rating: 7.2

Batman #53 (DC)
Can a new reader start here?
Eh… not really.
Recap & review: 
A great conclusion to a different type of Batman story, butt not the best place to start with the series. Grab #54 instead – you’ll probably do better there.
Rating: 
8.1

Star Wars Poe Dameron #30 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here?
I have never read a Star Wars comic or book before. So why not start with the fifth part of a story in a series that’s hitting its 30th issue? Because you have to start somewhere. And, oddly enough, you can start here.
Recap & review:
I enjoyed this; it was a well written comic that captured the essence of the moves and translated it to the four colour world. I wonder hy I’ve never read these before?
Rating: 
8.3

Extermination #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here?
Uh… yes.
Recap & review: 
The newest big X-Men event starts here, but can you read it without having read any of the recent  X-Men comics? For the most part yes. Obviously, you’ll have some things go over your head, but that’s par for the course whenever you start at an event story.
Rating: 
8.1

Terminator: Sector War #1 (Dark Horse)
Can a new reader start here?
Yes.
Recap & review: 
There’s the assumption here that you are at least passingly familiar with the plot of the first Terminator movie – if so you’ll enjoy this quite a bit. If not, then you need to be aware that n the not too distant future, humans ad machines fought a war, and machines are winning. To ensure victory, they send a machine back in time to kill the leader of the resistance before he is born. They also sent a machine back to kill the mother of another key figure, and that’s where this comic comes in; and it’s well worth reading if you’re a fan or curious about the franchise.
Rating: 7
.8

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