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Review: Riverdale #3

This issue of Riverdale is great in that it dives more into Josie and the Pussycats, their team dynamics, and gives more representation to the underdogs (or cats if you will). The creative team explores the small period of time where Veronica joins the band. The premise for this section is to “haze” Veronica into the Pussycats. I put haze in quotes because it’s not as severe as the negative connotations that comes with the term. They do however, end up hanging out at the Whyte Worm bar and getting tattoos, which I found entirely unbelievable. This felt a off-kilter for the brand. I know I shouldn’t take everything literal, but I am still holding Archie Comics to its word, in that they said this is to help explain what happens in between the actual television show’s episodes. So if they are they showing this in the comics, are we expected to believe Veronica and the girls have tattoos now in the series? This is highly unlikely given the fact Veronica has been known to sport around cute sleeveless dresses. I don’t think the character herself would do this at all.

The second half focuses on the blossoming relationship and dynamics between Betty and Jughead. In the show, there relationship came out of nowhere, was incredibly rushed, and forced on viewers without a lot of build. Here we have at least on actual hint to a potential relationship between the two with minor flirting on the page.

Cheryl storms into The Blue and Gold and says she needs #Bughead’s help. It feels a bit much but feeds into their larger Twitter market. Cheryl suspects her father is cheating on her mother because he has been acting funny and requests their help to find answers. This story lined ventured off into a territory unexplored in the show. It wasn’t terribly surprising given Clifford Blossom’s shady character but was somewhat interesting. Although, I must say, I’m still hung up on the show tie-ins and logistics. I don’t think that’s something I can ever get past and will constantly try to see how the two go hand in hand.

As far as art goes, I wasn’t quite loving this issue. Cheryl’s face is quite terrifying when she is seeing Betty and Jughead off after delivering the news of her father. Cheryl is supposed to be gorgeous and glam, but here she just looks questionable at best. 

Kevin is nowhere to be seen, but it’s implied he will have his own section in the next issue, if the photo at the end of the comic is any indication. They’ve drawn him to look like he’s in his late 20s or 30s, which is unfortunate. I’m still very intrigued and excited to see a full on exploration of Kevin’s relationship with Joaquin. If I don’t get to see a first date and other cute shenanigans I may just give up on this one. Here’s to hoping!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, James DeWille, Will Ewing
Art: Joe Eisma, Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Covers: Marguerite Sauvage, Wilfredo Torres

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Preview: Riverdale #3

RIVERDALE #3

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, James DeWille, Will Ewing
Art: Joe Eisma, Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Covers: Marguerite Sauvage, Wilfredo Torres
On Sale Date: 6/7
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale comes the MUST-READ, brand new, ongoing comic set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV series. Heads will roll when Josie and the Pussycats introduce Riverdale High to their newly-appointed Pussycat. PLUS, a noir tale starring #Bughead, as the two try to unearth an uncomfortable truth about an adult they know.

Preview: Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemakers #3

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemakers #3

writer | artist | cover: Francesco Francavilla
incentive cover: Francesco Francavilla (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Danny Colt’s investigation leads him into a place of fears and horrors where he will learn that not all that is dead is dead. Don’t dare miss this third spine-tingling chapter of Francesco Francavilla’s tale of THE SPIRIT!

Preview: James Bond: Hammerhead HC

James Bond: Hammerhead HC

writer: Andy Diggle
artist: Luca Casalanguida
cover: Francesco Francavilla
FC • 142+ pages • $24.99 • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-6

Bond is assigned to hunt down and eliminate Kraken, a radical anti-capitalist who has targeted Britain’s newly-upgraded nuclear arsenal. But all is not as it seems. Hidden forces are plotting to rebuild the faded glory of the once-mighty British Empire, and retake by force what was consigned to history. 007 is a cog in their deadly machine – but is he an agent of change, or an agent of the status quo? Loyalties will be broken, allegiances challenged. But in an ever-changing world, there’s one man you can rely on: Bond. James Bond.

Check Out an Early Preview of Riverdale #3

RIVERDALE #3

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, James DeWille, Will Ewing
Art: Joe Eisma, Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Covers: Marguerite Sauvage, Wilfredo Torres
On Sale Date: 6/7
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale comes the MUST-READ, brand new, ongoing comic set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV series. Heads will roll when Josie and the Pussycats introduce Riverdale High to their newly-appointed Pussycat. PLUS, a noir tale starring #Bughead, as the two try to unearth an uncomfortable truth about an adult they know.

Preview: Riverdale #2

RIVERDALE #2

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Murray, Daniel King
Art: Joe Eisma, Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Covers: Michael Dooney, Matthew Southworth
On Sale Date: 5/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, Riverdale continues to reveal untold stories of the world’s most famous teenagers.  When five students from different social cliques (Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Josie) end up in Saturday detention together—will they kill each other or come together against the forces of evil that brought them there?

Centipede is the Latest Atari Comic Book

Dynamite Entertainment continues its partnership with Atari to create a new comics line based on beloved Atari video game titles. The two entertainment juggernauts are pleased to announce that Centipede will join the recently released Swordquest as the latest title in the retrogaming series. Launching in July, Centipede #1 will bring a tale of survival and vengeance to comic book and gaming fans everywhere, courtesy of writer Max Bemis and artist Eoin Marron.

Sci-Fi, horror, and action collide in a comic for fans of Aliens, The Thing, and Predator. When a terrifying creature from beyond the stars attacks his planet, protagonist Dale’s journey begins, but he is not out to save his world; its already much too late for that. As the lone survivor, the only thing Dale wants is revenge.

The debut issue of Centipede features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Francesco Francavilla, interior artist Eoin Marron, and Dan Schkade. A special classic game art cover will also be available. Limited variant editions in “Black & White,” “Homage,” and “Virgin Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds. Fans will also be excited by the Classic Atari mini-comic incentive, a remastered reissue of the whimsical 32-page mini-comic (measuring 5″ x 7.75″) which was originally packaged with the Atari cartridge of its namesake.

Centipede #1 is slated for release in July.

AfterShock Comics Announces Unholy Grail from Cullen Bunn and Mirko Colak

Coming in July, AfterShock Comics has announced a new comic series from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Mirko Colak, Unholy Grail.

Arthur Pendragon was the king of all Britain. His story is legendary. Merlin. The Lady of the Lake. Excalibur. Camelot. The Knights of the Round Table. But these stories are bright lies painted over the truth. Here is presented the gospel of Arthur’s bloody rise to power and his unholy reign. The legend of King Arthur is not the stuff of legends, but the fuel of nightmares.

As Arthur descends into darkness, is there any lingering hope that he still might do something good?

The series features lettering from Simon Bowland and the first issue features covers by Colak and Francesco Francavilla.

Francesco Francavilla Returns to The Black Beetle

The Black Beetle is flying back for more adventures in The Black Beetle: Kara Böcek! The first issue of The Black Beetle was published in late 2012, and the title quickly became a critically acclaimed original series at Dark Horse. This new story from Francesco Francavilla’s superhero noir thriller was recently featured in Dark Horse Presents.

The Black Beetle: Kara Böcek follows the masked American hero as he ventures to the Middle East, traveling incognito (as Tom Sawyer) to fight Nazis in pursuit of a mysterious object of terrible power. This weapon of unknown origin is older than the pyramids and could fuel the Thousand-Year Reich of Hitler’s dreams. This five-part story originally appeared in Dark Horse Presents #28–#32.

The Black Beetle: Kara Böcek goes on sale September 6, 2017.

Review: Riverdale #1

Don’t worry. You’re not seeing things. Riverdale #1 came out over a month ago, and so did the original review, but that was for the one-shot (the prequel to the hit television show). This is the brand new Riverdale comic, with similar writers, only this series will be on-going. It features what happens in between the television series episodes, so the two go hand in hand, feeding into the obsession that is the newly crazed Riverdale frenzy. Archie Comics is smart to capitalize on this opportunity, taking its show’s success and bringing in their viewers back to its roots (the comics).

I was pleasantly pleased with the writing in this issue, that primarily features Archie and Betty’s storylines, and will be disappointed if future issues don’t feature other coveted characters like Kevin and Veronica (whose storylines seem to be lacking in the show). I feel like it’s too soon to say, but there is potential for many ways for this to go wrong, as the show is doing by excluding their diverse cast’s backgrounds and storylines. I’ll have to get back to you on whether or not the Archie Comics team is doing all they can do to maximize their storytelling mediums.

I’m not a big fan of the art, which I always feel bad saying because I know the hard work artists put into comics, but it just isn’t my style. I feel the faces are too vague and lack detail. I wanted more character and liveliness from it, as I felt the original comics have, and even some of the new reboots.

I will keep reading, and even recommend, but only if you’re a fan of the show.  Since the two are a pair, readers will have the maximum Riverdale experience by staying up-to-date with both, and hopefully a lot of the missing storylines will be revealed and questions will be answered in this comic.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Will Ewing, Michael Grassi
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman Cover: Alitha Martinez
Variant Covers: Elliott Fernandez, Francesco Francavilla, Peter Krause, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Ron Salas
Story: 8 Art: Eh Recommend: Buy Only if Watching Television Show

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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