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Preview: World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #111

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #111

Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Dan Parent
Digital On Sale Date: 7/21
Newsstand On Sale Date: 7/27
Direct Market On Sale Date: 7/28
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: “Stuck on VR!” Jughead is amazed by Archie’s new VR headset… until he realizes it’s stuck on his head! Archie tries to help out his buddy who’s stuck in virtual reality, leading him all over Riverdale on skateboard!

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #111

Preview: Archie Showcase Digest #4: Jughead in the Family

ARCHIE SHOWCASE DIGEST #4: JUGHEAD IN THE FAMILY

Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Digikore Studios, Jack Morelli
Cover: Rex Lindsey, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 7/28
192-page, full-color comic
$7.99 U.S.

We’re continuing Archie Comics’ landmark 80th Anniversary celebration with another special showcase digest! This time, we revisit the hilarious never-before-reprinted “A Jughead in the Family” storyline: Jughead gets into a fight with his dad and moves out—but who’s willing to take him in? Join in on the hilarity as Jughead moves from place to place, living with the families of Archie, Ethel, Moose, Trula Twyst, and even Reggie!

ARCHIE SHOWCASE DIGEST #4: JUGHEAD IN THE FAMILY

Sabrina Returns in Two Series Later This Year

Archie Comics is celebrating 60 years of Sabrina Spellman with two comic book series, both written by Riverdale television series creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and featuring the fan-favorite teen witch. Arriving October 13, Aguirre-Sacasa will reunite with original series artist Robert Hack to continue the best-selling comic book series that started it all with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9. Returning to the series’ satanic horror roots, Aguirre-Sacasa continues the terrifying “Witch War” storyline, pitting Spellman against Spellman, the dead versus the living.

The series has Aguirre-Sacasa reunite with artists Robert Hack and Jack Morelli.

Aguirre-Sacasa will also open the doorway to hell with another new comic book series that picks up where the final episode of Netflix’s hugely popular television adaptation left off. Launching later this year, The Occult World of Sabrina features art by Audrey Mok and will include characters and storylines from the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” television series, on which Aguirre-Sacasa served as showrunner, writer, and executive producer. Fans of both the comics and the television series will be on the edge of their seats as they welcome back Sabrina, Nick, Harvey, and the rest of the Fright Club for the first story-arc, “A World Without Sabrina.”

Preview: World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #111

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #111

Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francis Bonnet, Dan Parent
Digital On Sale Date: 7/21
Newsstand On Sale Date: 7/27
Direct Market On Sale Date: 7/28
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: “Stuck on VR!” Jughead is amazed by Archie’s new VR headset… until he realizes it’s stuck on his head! Archie tries to help out his buddy who’s stuck in virtual reality, leading him all over Riverdale on skateboard!

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #111

Preview: Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #295

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #295

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Digital On-Sale Date: 7/14
Newsstand On-Sale Date: 7/20
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/21
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: “Water Songs” Riverdale is hosting their very own Mermaid Day and Betty & Veronica have landed roles as female pirates! Everyone is impressed with their impromptu sea shanty sing-a-longs, much to the ire of fellow performer Cheryl Blossom! But a siren-like voice comes from out of nowhere and threatens to blow them all out of the water!

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #295

The SHIELD by Rob Liefeld and David Gallaher has Sold Out at Diamond

The star-spangled action-packed Archie Comics one-shot starring The Mighty Crusaders: The SHIELD has officially sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors.

The SHIELD, originally introduced in 1941’s Pep Comics #1, months ahead of Captain America’s debut, is the first superhero to feature elements of the American flag in its costume design. Various iterations of the character have appeared over the years under the Red Circle Comics imprint and the character’s costume even made an appearance in The CW’s Riverdale TV series.

The Mighty Crusaders: The SHIELD One-Shot is a high-octane adventure filled with intrigue and mystery. The issue is by artist Rob Liefeld, writer David Gallaher, and letterer Jack Morelli. You can read our review.

Preview: Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #295

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #295

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Digital On-Sale Date: 7/14
Newsstand On-Sale Date: 7/20
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/21
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: “Water Songs” Riverdale is hosting their very own Mermaid Day and Betty & Veronica have landed roles as female pirates! Everyone is impressed with their impromptu sea shanty sing-a-longs, much to the ire of fellow performer Cheryl Blossom! But a siren-like voice comes from out of nowhere and threatens to blow them all out of the water!

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #295

Preview: Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #321

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #321

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 7/7
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: “Ruff Summer!” Archie’s got a new job as a lifeguard at the beach… but it’s Archie’s dog Vegas who’s having his moment in the sun when he helps save a swimmer! Vegas soon becomes the star of the beach—but will it last?

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #321

Review: The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield

The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield

Archie Comics latest attempt at making the Mighty Crusaders characters work has brought Rob Liefeld into the fold to try and launch this into something that sticks around. If The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield is any indication of how it’ll fare, I doubt Rob or this attempt will be on long.

The original Shield is lost in time. There are others who have carried the name. The Shield that is leading the Mighty Crusaders is telling the rest of the team of another. The latest is a man with little memory but enough to know he’s a near-invincible hard-ass who can eat bullets like they are nothing and just smash some random people who bust in his house for an unknown reason. And that’s it!

The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield seems to come off as a story drawn out first and then they had to add some story pages and that’s probably being generous. Sadly, I think the visuals are pretty bland. It has the feel of a book of pin-up shots with a story being secondary. Liefeld does some good work explaining all the different people who were The Shield and there’s enough mystery with this current person who has taken up the mantle. I do think the art is decent and the coloring and lettering work well but Rob’s writing isn’t helping this much.

I’m not looking to take shots on someone in the industry but I just don’t feel like The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield is a great comic or really good use of Liefeld’s art. I do think The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield ends up recycling a lot of his poses and typical artistic foibles. Archie Comics just doesn’t stick to anything that’s not the Archie digests and I would not be surprised if this newest launch just disappears. I guess you can just enjoy The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield while it lasts but I doubt this is going to last long at all.

Story: Rob Liefeld Script: David Gallaher Art: Rob Liefeld Letterer: Jack Morelli
Story: 4.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #6

WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #6

Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 6/30
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: “Getting Antsy!” Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang are having a picnic and everything is perfect… until they’re invaded by ants! The gang runs off to a new location to have their picnic. Again… ANTS! Everywhere they go they’re followed by the six-legged creatures. Will they ever be able to resume their picnic in peace?

WORLD OF BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #6
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