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Preview: Riverdale #5


Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Tessa Leigh Williams, Brian E. Paterson
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: Matthew Dow Smith
On Sale Date: 8/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, this issue gives us a peek into what makes Riverdale High hot-shots Reggie Mantle and Josie McCoy tick. Reggie’s used to getting what he wants, and sets his romantic sights on the lead singer of the Pussycats. But when Josie turns him down, just how far will Reggie go to convince her he’s worth an audition?

Preview: Centipede #2

Centipede #2

writer: Max Bemis
artist: Eoin Marron
covers: Francesco Francavilla (A), Eoin Marron (B), Francesco Francavilla (RI-Virgin), Eoin Marron (RI-B/W)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen +

Dale is on a hero’s journey, but it is not one for glory. It is for revenge. He has survived this long on his own, but now he has decided the only thing left for him to do is kill the giant monster that took everything away from him!

Preview: Road to Riverdale Vol. 3


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
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/19

READ THE STORIES THAT INSPIRED THE NEW CW TV SERIES! Road to Riverdale Vol. 3 features stories from Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and Reggie & Me.

Review: Centipede #1

“I’m no action hero. Mostly I just like pasta.” -Dale Trell

Well, if those aren’t words to live by, I don’t know what are. In Centipede #1, our protagonist, Dale Trell, has been in hiding for roughly three weeks after an unidentified monster has come to his home planet and jump started an apocalypse that has killed everyone else on STY-REK. He’s finally mustered up the courage to leave his shelter and take revenge on the unidentified monster.

Dynamite Entertainment takes on the challenge of bringing former Atari game to life in a new venture featuring the legendary console game—Centipede. Writer Max Bemis and artist Eoin Marron have teamed up to bring the classic to fruition. If the name Max Bemis looks familiar to you, it’s because he is the frontman for band, Say Anything.

Bemis relies on humor and backstory for this first issue. The most imaginative and fun aspect of this story is how Trell grew up with an obsession about earth life, mirroring humans obsession with aliens, and I’m looking forward to learning more about how this helps him navigate conquering the centipede. I’m also looking forward to seeing him come into contact with other survivors. I don’t see the story remaining very interesting if that doesn’t happen.

If you’re like me and love a good post-apocalypse story, then you should definitely check out this new series, and join me in the journey to see where it goes!

Story: Max Bemis Art: Eoin Marron Cover: Francesco Francavilla, Eoin Marron, Dan Schkade
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Jughead: The Hunger Gets an Ongoing this October

At sunset, the screaming starts!

Fan-favorite writer Frank Tieri and artists Pat and Tim Kennedy deliver a new wave of madness in October with a brand new ongoing series spinning out of the bestselling Jughead: the Hunger One-Shot!

During the full moon, Riverdale falls under siege. After discovering his dark lineage, Jughead Jones struggles to put his past behind him as Reggie Mantle has fallen victim to Jughead’s monstrous ways, with Betty Cooper: Werewolf Hunter and Archie Andrews hot on his trail!

Artists Pat and Tim Kennedy, known for their work on the Life With Archie series and the headline-making event The Death of Archie, join Tieri in bringing the classic characters into a world twisted by supernatural elements. Colorist Matt Herms and letterer Jack Morelli will also add their talents to the series.

The new series debuts in comic shops and on digital platforms just in time for Halloween on October 25th, 2017 and features covers by Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack, and Michael Walsh.

Beware Jughead’s hunger – and watch out for the full moon!

Preview: Centipede #1

Centipede #1

writer: Max Bemis
artist: Eoin Marron
covers: Francesco Francavilla (a), Eoin Marron (b), Dan Schkade “Homage” (c), Classic Game Art Cover (d)
incentive covers: Francesco Francavilla (“virgin art”), Eoin Marron (B/W art), Dan Schkade (B/W art), Eoin Marron (“virgin art”)
Order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Based on the classic Atari game! When a terrifying creature from beyond the stars attacks his planet, Dale’s journey begins. But he is not out to save his world. It is already too late for that. As the lone survivor, the only thing he wants is revenge! Writer Max Bemis (Worst X-Man Ever, Foolkiller) and artist EoinMarron (Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original) bring you a tale of survival and vengeance like you’ve never seen before.

Preview: Riverdale #4


Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Michael Grassi
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Covers: Robert Hack, T. Rex
On Sale Date: 7/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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.

Meet Kevin Keller: an openly gay, well-liked member of Riverdale. Unfortunately, Kevin’s likability doesn’t always translate to romance, and finding a suitable partner in Riverdale is harder than you might think!

Eisner Award-Winning Artist Francesco Francavilla Designs Halloween ComicFest 2017 T-Shirt

Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed the artwork created by Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla for the sixth annual Halloween ComicFest (HCF) 2017 on Saturday, October 28. The T-Shirt is featured in the July issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog and is available for pre-order at comic shops throughout July.

Known for his pulp and retro-inspired style, Francavilla’s artwork is unmistakeable and dares readers to dive into a world gone by. Celebrating six years of Halloween ComicFest, his art for the 2017 HCF Commemorative T-Shirt brings to life the spookiest monsters in history as they ride off to give comics to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

The HCF 2017 T-Shirt will be available in black in adult sizes Small to XXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99), youth sizes Small to Large (MSRP: $11.99), and Women’s V-Neck in sizes Small to XL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99). The commemorative HCF T-Shirt, plus the complete listing of the HCF 2017 titles, will be available in the July issue of PREVIEWS in comic shops 6/28.

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

Preview: 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.

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