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New Series Artist Pete Woods Joins Archie With Issue #18! Check Out this Early Preview.

ARCHIE #18

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Elsa Charretier, Robert Hack with Kelly Fitzpatrick
On Sale Date: 3/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW STORY ARC! The Blossom Twins have found out their father has been lying to them about why they moved to Riverdale. It’s up to Detective Jughead to learn the dark truth behind the Blossom Family! Join us as we welcome new Archie series artist Pete Woods (Deadpool, Robin).

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Preview: Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #251

BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #251

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/15
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Join the world-famous Betty & Veronica for some fabulous fun and fantastic fashion in this comics double digest featuring an ALL NEW LEAD STORY! In “Give My Regards to Brigitte,” songstress Brigitte Reilly makes her Broadway debut—but a rude Veronica in the audience creates a scene that will be tough for Brigitte to overcome!

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Review: Archie #17

archie17coverWhile the TV show Riverdale is all about the dark, sexy side of the iconic Archie Comics character, Archie #17 goes the quirky route like the old school comics with a shinier visual presentation courtesy of artist Joe Eisma (Morning Gloriesand colorist Andre SzymanowiczMark Waid‘s script is silly in all the best ways with Cheryl Blossom trying to seduce Archie and get revenge on Veronica because Mr. Lodge bought her father’s company, and she had to move from an exclusive boarding school in Switzerland to plain ol’ Riverdale. She is truly a terrible person as evidenced by a scene where she and Jason push over a homeless person during a walk and talk.

Waid and Eisma’s take on Archie Andrews himself is much clumsier and definitely less sexy than KJ Apa’s portrayal in the Riverdale show or the previous artwork of Fiona Staples and Veronica Fish. He has a nice jawline, but the old crosshatching and freckles are back, and most of the issue is spent with him being a general idiot and somehow ending up rolling down the road in a barrel molasses. Archie #17 is at its finest when Waid goes for screwball comedy, and characters not named Archie sigh and snark about his ridiculousness. For example, Cheryl Blossom has been building our favorite redhead as some kind of hybrid of a male model, guitar god, archie17interiorand with overdramatic dialogue and ends up being very disappointed by the end of the issue.

The comedic tone of Archie #17 extends to a zippy B-plot featuring Veronica, who uses her father’s influence at her school to be able to leave town as soon as she does all her work/finals. It’s amusing to see Veronica’s single-minded focus applied to academic work, and Eisma lays on the speed lines with papers and books flying everywhere until she finally gets to leave town. Not even Mr. Collier, the man who was humiliated by her father in a mayoral election and his draconian final project, can get in the way of her skill with fashion. Like seriously, why would making a simple man’s suit be a challenge for Riverdale’s and maybe comics’ best dressed character? It’s also nice to have Veronica be back with Archie and the gang, and her feud with Cheryl Blossom will be even more fun on Veronica’s home turf.

Even though it occasionally hits on some real teen/young people concerns, like how long is too long to wait to text someone back if you’re romantically interested in them, Archie #17 is mostly stylized wackiness from Mark Waid, Joe Eisma, and Andre Szymanowicz, who uses some overpowering reds in Cheryl Blossom’s scenes. It’s pure comedic melodramatic fun.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Joe Eisma Colors: Andre Szymanowicz
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics  provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Marvel and Archie Team Up for “Big Box Retailer” and Newsstand Focused Marvel Comics Digest

Marvel Entertainment and Archie Comics have announced plans to create and distribute a new Marvel Comics Digest for “big box retailers,” newsstand, and comic shops, packaged and distributed by Archie. The digest format, long the specialty of Archie, will spotlight some of the best-loved Marvel Comics tales for new and young readers in a captivating way that will create new direct comic book market customers.

Archie Comics will publish six Marvel digests a year, with four hitting in 2017. The collections will feature various eras and stories including many of Marvel’s most recognizable heroes, with the Amazing Spider-Man and the Avengers hitting first. Marvel Comics Digest: Starring The Amazing Spider-Man, hits in June. Future Marvel Comics Digest will feature Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the X-Men!

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Preview: Archie #17

ARCHIE #17

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Joe Eisma
Variant Cover: Aaron Lopresti, Tula Lotay
On Sale Date: 2/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Cheryl Blossom’s unleashed on Riverdale, creating chaos and tumult at her whim! Only Veronica can stop her—but how will she get back from her Swiss boarding school in time to save her friends?

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Archie Inks an Exclusive Production Deal with Warner Bros. Television. Plus Mark Waid Takes on More Archie.

jughead-15-cover-by-derek-charmArchie Comics was filled with news this morning. Archie Comic Publications and Warner Bros. Television have signed an exclusive deal to develop new original programming and content based on Archie’s vast catalog of characters and properties.

This deal comes after years of work by Archie to bring the characters into the present day with such series as Death of Archie, Afterlife with Archie, and the recently relaunched Archie. Recently the comic company launched into television with Riverdale based on the classic characters that airs on The CW.

Also announced today, writer Mark Waid who has been writing the relaunched Archie will be brought further into the fold and will work on an expanded number of titles as well as serve as a writing mentor for young and upcoming talent.

Waid’s first step in this new role will begin in May as he takes over the ongoing Jughead series alongside new co-writer Ian Flynn. Additional titles and co-writers will be revealed later this year.

Preview: World of Archie Winter Annual #66

WORLD OF ARCHIE WINTER ANNUAL #66

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 2/8
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

There’s a whole world of Archie comics out there, and you can find some of the best and most hilarious winter-themed stories right here! Check out OVER 190 pages of fun, with a BRAND NEW LEAD STORY! In “Me, Myself and I,” Reggie decides to write his memoir and enlists Betty to help him. When he realizes he doesn’t have much to write about, he gets creative…very creative…

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Review: Josie and the Pussycats #4

josie4coverJosie and the Pussycats #4 goes all Audrey Hepburn in an homage to Roman Holiday as a band that was playing random gazebos has truly hit the big time playing a gig at the Colosseum. Writers Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio continue to almost too clever for their own good with a script that is brimming with pop culture and literary references, awareness of the fourth wall, frenetic flirting, and so many puns. Josie is self-indulgent, and it knows it with artist Audrey Mok and colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick upping the “production values” of the backgrounds and clothes that the Pussycats wear starting with a music video shoot featuring luscious tiaras and Corinthian columns.

The conflict at the crux of Josie and the Pussycats #4 is one that many big time musicians and bands deal with once they hit a certain level of fame. Do they focus on image or just on the music? Who cares what costumes you wear on your live show, or if Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze or hot director flavor of the month directed your music video if the music itself sucks. Both Josie and her music manager/object of lust Alan agree that image is important because they have dreamed about making it big in the music industry. Except Alan just sees Josie as a potential pop goddess and not the wonderful young woman that she is to her friends.  Fitzpatrick turns up the pinks, and Mok adds rose petals and gorgeous architecture to craft a classic film worthy romantic moment as their witty banter turns into quieter activities. However, Josie’s real “happy ending” happens in a very different way as Bennett, DeOrdio, and Mok show that “nice guys” don’t usually live up to that adjective.

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Valerie is the most talented and wisest Pussycat/character in general even if Josie steals a lot of the spotlight because of her desire for fame and self-involvement that she is slowly becoming more self-aware about that. There’s a double page spread of Valerie and Josie just talking out their issues after Josie catches Alan kissing another girl at the same “special” spot that they smooched earlier. They talk about how adult relationships are complicated, and sometimes people want different things out of them. Valerie and Melody have a great dynamic when dealing with Josie’s heartbreak with Melody providing the berserker rage and cartoonish reaction shots where she wants to kill Alan and eat his skull. Then, Valerie provides the even keeled advice and compliments about Josie getting vulnerable and not hiding beneath her pop star veneer. And they’re all friends and get to show that off with an energetic headlining gig at the Colosseum while beating up diamond thieves on stage.

Josie and the Pussycats #4 has running gags centered around the emotions that different Rihanna songs bring to go with the usual plot structure jokes, like characters insisting that their life is like a Saturday night cartoon. Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio bring the candy covered clever in their script while still letting their characters have complicated feelings while Audrey Mok and Kelly Fitzpatrick bring out each Pussycat’s unique beauty and style and getting to do a little Sailor Moon homage along the way. They excel at both butt kicking and smooching.

If Josie and the Pussycats #4 was a pop song, it would be one with an infectious melody, glossy production, and intelligent lyrics like the adopted love child of Marina Diamandis and Florence Welch with just a dollop of Beyonce. Josie herself is the comic book equivalent of Lana Del Rey with her sad eyes, well-coifed image, and deep reference pool.

Story: Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio Art: Audrey Mok Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

 Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Archie Comics in April 2017

THE BLACK HOOD SEASON 2, #4

Greg Hettinger has traveled thousands of miles to end up back in Philadelphia, where his nightmare began—and where his adversaries are waiting, as well as another man wearing a black hood, who claims that Greg stole his life…

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Greg Scott, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
The Black Hood Season 2, #4 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
The Black Hood Season 2, #4 CVR B Variant: Michael Walsh
Ship Date: 3/29
On Sale Date: 4/12
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE #19

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!

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Archie #19 CVR A Reg: Pete Woods
Archie #19 CVR B Var: Emanuela Lupacchino
Archie #19 CVR C Var: Greg Smallwood
Ship Date: 4/5
On Sale Date: 4/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE VOLUME 3 (TR)

Introducing… Cheryl Blossom! The fiery red-head takes center stage as Archie and Veronica’s worlds are torn apart as the two are living thousands of miles away from each other. What will happen to the rest of Archie’s friends in Riverdale? And just what kind of havoc will Cheryl Blossom wreak? All the answers and more in the third volume of the SMASH HIT Archie series! Collects Archie issues 13 – 17.

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover:  Joe Eisma
978-1-68255-993-2
$19.99/$21.99CAN
TR
176 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/19

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BETTY & VERONICA BY ADAM HUGHES #3 (RESOLICIT)

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!

Script: Adam Hughes
Art: Adam Hughes, Jose Villarubia, Jack Morelli
Betty & Veronica #3 CVR A Reg: Adam Hughes
Betty & Veronica #3 CVR B Var: Adam Hughes
Betty & Veronica #3 CVR C Var: Bengal
Betty & Veronica #3 CVR D Reg: David Mack
Betty & Veronica #3 CVR E Var: Paolo Rivera
Ship Date: 3/29
On Sale Date: 4/12
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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BIG MOOSE ONE-SHOT

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 Wilfredo Torres!

Script: Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady, Gorf
Art:  Thomas Pitilli, Cory Smith, Wilfredo Torres
Moose One-Shot CVR A Reg: Thomas Pitilli
Moose One-Shot CVR B Var:  Cory Smith
Moose One-Shot CVR C Var: Wilfredo Torres
Ship Date: 4/12
On Sale Date: 4/26
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #6

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.)

Script: Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Josie and the Pussycats #6 CVR A Reg: Audrey Mok
Josie and the Pussycats #6 CVR B Var: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Josie and the Pussycats #6 CVR C Var: Ben Caldwell
Ship Date: 4/5
On Sale Date: 4/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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JUGHEAD #14

When Juggie’s ruined everyone’s lives (BUT BY ACCIDENT, OBVIOUSLY) and also drawn the entire internet’s attention to Riverdale, can he fix it?  And how can a man who only wants to eat burgers in peace have caused such problems? All these questions and more are answered in this issue!

Script: Ryan North
Art: Derek Charm, Jack Morelli
Jughead #14 CVR A Reg: Derek Charm
Jughead #14 CVR B Var: Joe Quinones
Jughead #14 CVR C Var: Chip Zdarsky
Ship Date: 3/22
On Sale Date: 4/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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LITTLE SABRINA ONE-SHOT

Little Sabrina encounters very colorful doppelgangers of her little kitty Salem!  When she tries to use magic to whisk them back to wherever they came from she finds that their magic abilities are more than she bargained for!

Script: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art:  Art Baltazar
Little Sabrina One-Shot CVR A Reg: Art Baltazar
Little Sabrina One-Shot CVR B Var:  Jay Fosgitt
Little Sabrina One-Shot CVR C Var: Evan Stanley
Ship Date: 3/22
On Sale Date: 4/5
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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RIVERDALE #1 (RESOLICIT)

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale comes the first issue of the MUST-READ, brand new, ongoing comic series. Set in the universe of the TV series, the Riverdale comic offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Josie & the Pussycats and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Various
Art: Joe Eisma
Riverdale #1 CVR A Reg: Alitha Martinez
Riverdale #1 CVR B Var: Elliott Fernandez
Riverdale #1 CVR C Var: Francesco Francavilla
Riverdale #1 CVR D Var: Peter Krause
Riverdale #1 CVR E Var: Djibril Morissette-Phan
Riverdale #1 CVR F Var: Ron Salas
Ship Date: 3/22
On Sale Date: 4/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ROAD TO RIVERDALE VOL 2 (TR)

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.

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
978-1-68255-962-8
$14.99/$16.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/26

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ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #278

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!

Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 4/12
On Sale Date: 4/26
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE SPRING ANNUAL #26

In the NEW LEAD STORY “On the Road Again …and Against!,” the Archies go on tour in the Philippines, while at the same time a documentary is being filmed  about them.

Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 3/22
On Sale Date: 4/5
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA COMICS S DOUBLE DIGEST #253

In the NEW LEAD STORY “Oh, Canada!,” Betty and Veronica are excited to go to a charity event in Canada—but they’re even more excited to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!

Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 4/5
On Sale Date: 4/19
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE SPRING ANNUAL #26

In the NEW LEAD STORY “You’re Cooked!,” Jughead wins a food channel contest where you compete in a cook off…in Paris, France!

Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 3/29
On Sale Date: 4/12
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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RIVERDALE DIGEST #1

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

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
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Ship Date: 3/22
On Sale Date: 4/5
128-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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SABRINA 80-PAGE GIANT COMIC #1

This GIANT-SIZED collection features the best, classic stories filled with magic and mayhem, starring Sabrina the Teenage Witch! This is the perfect companion book to the BRAND new Sabrina the Teenage Witch One-Shot!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Sabrina 80-Page Giant Comic #1 CVR A Reg: Various
Ship Date: 3/22
On Sale Date: 4/5
80-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 5: CHAMPIONS (TR)

It’s a Sonic battle in a championship of fighters! Shady media mogul Breezie has gotten her hands on a Chaos Emerald Sonic needs to save the world.  The only way he can get it is to fight in her televised battle royale against friends and foes alike! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG VOL. 5: CHAMPIONS collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #268-271.

Script: Ian Flynn.
Art: Diana Skelly, Ryan Jampole, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata & John
Workman
Cover: Evan Stanley, Terry Austin & Ben Hunzeker
978-1-68255-892-4
$12.99/$14.99CAN
TR
120 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/5

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #294

“Memories”: Sonic reminisces with his buddies Mighty and Ray, but Sonic and Mighty disagree on how they met. Can their friendship survive their egos’ revisions?  Then in “Baking Bad,” Bunnie and Antoine put their competitive cooking skills to the test! Featuring cover art by Tyson Hesse and a “Kooky Kitchen variant” by Jennifer Hernandez!

Script: Ian Flynn and Aleah Baker
Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman
Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Sonic the Hedgehog #294 CVR B Variant: Jennifer Hernandez, Gary Martin &
Matt Herms
Ship Date: 4/12
On Sale Date: 4/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SONIC UNIVERSE #97

“Freedom Fighters” Part Three: Amy Rose and Cream join Sally Acorn as they seek the components needed to repair Nicole’s systems, but during their quest an old adversary reemerges! Featuring cover art by Jamal Peppers and a “Sonic and the Freedom Fighters variant” by Tyson Hesse!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Sonic Universe #97 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #97 CVR B Variant: Tyson Hesse
Ship Date: 3/29
On Sale Date: 4/12
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Preview: Archie’s Funhouse Comics Annual #24

ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE COMICS ANNUAL #24

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/18
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

Brand new story! When Reggie manages to get out of a school charity drive, a little white lie escalates.  Reggie tells the gang he’s on an elaborate trip in Rome, and now he has to fake it! When he gets spotted in Riverdale by one of the gang, how will Reggie get out of this mess he created? Find out in “When in Rome,” the hilarious lead story to this comics annual, featuring even more pages of fun!

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