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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…?

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: 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…

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?

Preview: Your Pal Archie #3

ALL-NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE: YOUR PAL ARCHIE #3

Script: Ty Templeton
Art: Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover: Les McClaine
On Sale Date: 10/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Your pal Archie meets his new best pal, Reggie.  Find out why Riverdale’s most famous jerk is being so nice to everyone in town! Plus, get the third part of the connecting variant cover series!

Review: Archie #24

JUL171404._SX360_QL80_TTD_*Spoilers for the end of “Over the Edge”!*

Riverdale returns to the screen this week and Archie Comics wrapped up their summer drama arc just in time. Archie #24 rounds out the “Over the Edge” event that conveniently spanned the Riverdale hiatus and kept fans new and old on the edges of their seats. Much like a classic Life with Archie, “Over the Edge” dialed everything up to 11, from the stakes (life or death) to the relationships (the entire Andrews family banned from the Cooper household?) to the consequences (Reggie Mantle in HANDCUFFS?).

There were very few laughs to be found in “Over the Edge”, but this issue sets us up for a return to life as usual, or as usual as it gets in Riverdale, with a sigh of relief all the way around.

As it turns out, no one died in the drag race of the century which kicked off the “Over the Edge” storyline. However, it’s fair to say almost everyone involved lost the life they’d grown accustomed to. After driving the car that pushed Betty Cooper over a cliff, Reggie is arrested. Archie sells the Mustang that started it all to help the Coopers make the needed renovations to their home. Renovations made necessary by Betty’s new wheelchair-bound state.

Archie24_09_colLast issue, the gang split up Betty’s enormous responsibilities among the Riverdale community. Now they shift gears to bake sales, Go Fund Me campaigns, and car washes—all to benefit Betty and the causes she holds dear. While Betty is plenty grateful, she’s also not one to let other people get their hands dirty on her behalf. From her friends to her parents to her physical therapist, Betty turns down offers to help, always adding “but thank you”, because she wouldn’t be Betty if she didn’t.

While the cover of Archie #24 teases Reggie in handcuffs as the main event, it’s almost a side-plot that will hopefully hold more weight in future issues. The entire town of Riverdale, unimpressed with Reggie to begin with, has decided to drag his name through the mud. Even his own father capitalizes on the drama surrounding his son to make a catchier headline in his paper.

Archie and Betty

Some things never change…

The real drama, as usual, exists between ol’ Cooper and Andrews. Betty takes a step back from her relationship with Dilton only to head home and shed some tears of frustration over her seemingly irreparable relationship with Archie. Mr. Cooper is having none of it, and actively lies to Betty about why Archie hasn’t been around since she got home from the hospital. In true Archie fashion, however, he finds a way to break the rules and let Betty know he’s still in her corner.

Writer Mark Waid continues capturing the true essence of the Riverdale crew. Archie’s self-awareness, Jughead’s lack thereof, and Betty and Veronica’s undying devotion to one another come through over the course of “Over the Edge.” But the truly remarkable relationship here is the one between Betty and Archie; the relationship that has kept the drama high since long before the first issue of the Archie re-brand, and it seems will keep us on an emotional rollercoaster until the end of time.

Archie #24 is the first for new-to-the-team Audrey Mok, but his art fits the upbeat style of previous issues. Mok’s Betty is particularly impressive, and the sequence with the most power is Betty’s breakdown, which requires no dialogue at all. That sequence alone makes this issue one to keep on the shelf.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Audrey Mok Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick Letters: Jack Morelli
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Archies #1

The Archies #1 is an earnest as heck comic from writers Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura, artist Joe Eisma, and colorist Matt Herms that tells the story of the early days of The Archies. The band lineup is Archie on lead guitar and vocals, Jughead on drums, Reggie on bass, Betty on tambourine and backup vocals, and Veronica on keyboard, and they play open mic gigs to crowds in the single digits. However, the Archies (Especially Archie himself) have a lot of heart and passion for playing music together, and their fortunes could be on the rise in the future even though

Joe Eisma is the perfect artist for The Archies ongoing series because he understands the pulsating energy of playing a gig with a band, and the concert scenes are easily the highlight of the book. He can do humor too cutting away to reaction shots of Jughead or Archie when things get serious and also draws clothes that actual human young people wear. Matt Herms pumps up the colors for the concert scenes with cool Photoshop lighting effects and some fantastic purples in the Archies’ gig that opens up the issue before retreating lower in the mix for the post-gig hangout at Pop’s.

It’s the comedown after a huge shot of musical adrenaline and helps capture the mood of uncertainty that Archie and the gang have about the future of their band. Are they gonna go big? Are they going to break up? Does anyone even care? Eisma makes a clear distinction between the big epic moves and gestures that the Archies do on stage versus when they’re just shooting the breeze as friends. (Or frenemies in Reggie’s case.) Archie is confident on hell shredding on his guitar or moving back to back with Betty while doing vocal harmonies, but after that, he’s back to his goofy, yet still passionate self. Eisma hits that sweet spot between the “hot Archie” of Riverdale and Fiona Staples and humorous, “nu-house style” work of Dan Parent in Your Pal Archie in his art style that fits the tone of the book.

Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura’s plot forThe Archies #1 is a lot of dot connecting and setup for The Archies on tour antics that will be the main story of the ongoing series. Archie does a lot of fourth wall breaking exposition, but Rosenberg, Segura, and Eisma successfully sell his passion for music throughout the book and give him a fun two man dynamic with Jughead, who is there to not take things too seriously and make dry quips about food. But he cares in his own way, and it’s nice to see Jughead and Archie actually be friends and not bogged down by pointless drama. Archie definitely takes up most of the panel time, but Rosenberg and Segura give Veronica, Betty, and Reggie hints of personality along the way like Veronica’s bored look when Archie geeks out on and on about the band.

Even if The Archies #1 feels like a particularly scrumptious appetizer to a future main course (CHVRCHES is going to be in this comic, guys.), Matthew Rosenberg, Alex Segura, Joe Eisma, and Matt Herms create an intoxicating aura of energy and passion every time the band takes the stage. There is a scene late in the issue that made me realize that Eisma is definitely the best at drawing live music in comics. They’re not superstars yet, but each member of the Archies loves what they do in their own way. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans they get into as they go on tour.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura Art: Joe Eisma Colors: Matt Herms
Story: 7.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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