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Preview: Riverdale Season 3 #1

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #1

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 3/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Take a deeper dive into some of the skeletons buried in and around Riverdale as well as hidden and unexpected connections to the Farm and the Game. Everyone is hiding something in this companion to the third season of the massive hit CW series Riverdale, by Scholastic writer Micol Ostow and Riverdale artists Thomas Pitilli and Joe Eisma.

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #1

New mysteries abound in this advance preview of Riverdale Season 3 #1!

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #1

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Matt Herms, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Cover: Joe Eisma
On Sale Date: 3/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Take a deeper dive into some of the skeletons buried in and around Riverdale as well as hidden and unexpected connections to the Farm and the Game. Everyone is hiding something in this companion to the third season of the massive hit CW series Riverdale, by Scholastic writer Micol Ostow and RIVERDALE artists Thomas Pitilli and Joe Eisma.

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #1

Riverdale hits Free Comic Book Day in this early preview of FCBD 2019 Riverdale!

FCBD 2019 RIVERDALE SEASON 3 SPECIAL

Script: Micol Ostow
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Available 5/4/19

See where it all begins in this all-new story based on the smash-hit CW series Riverdale! It’s picture day at Riverdale High, and the student council has opened the polls for class superlatives. As the gang preps for their closeups the ballot box goes missing . . . and everyone’s a suspect! Micol Ostow (Riverdale: The Day Before) and Thomas Pitilli (ARCHIE) bring fans into the world with a never-before-seen tale that presents all-new drama and intrigue! Plus, get a sneak peek at Scholastic’s original Riverdale novels coming soon to comic shops.

FCBD 2019 RIVERDALE SEASON 3 SPECIAL

Riverdale Gets an Original Comic Story for Free Comic Book Day 2019

As a prelude to a brand-new series of original comics based on The CW’s hit TV series, Riverdale, Archie Comics will be releasing a special one-shot comic book for Free Comic Book Day 2019. The event, falling on May 4, 2019, is an annual tradition at comic shops throughout North America where fans can pick up a wide array of comic books for free.

The special FCBD issue will feature a new comic by novelist Micol Ostow and longtime Riverdale artist Thomas Pitilli, along with a special preview of Ostow’s prequel novel, Riverdale: The Day Before, which goes on-sale this month.

In FCBD Riverdale Season 3, it’s picture day at Riverdale High, and the student council has opened the polls for class superlatives. As the gang preps for their closeups the ballot box goes missing . . . and everyone’s a suspect! 

Free Comic Book Day Riverdale Season 3

Preview: Riverdale Vol. 3

RIVERDALE VOL. 3 (TR)

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Murray, Aaron Allen
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Photo courtesy of CW
978-1-68255-861-4
$14.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/5

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the CW’s Riverdale comes the third collection of the comic book set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV series. RIVERDALE VOL. 3 collects issues 9-12 of the ongoing series.

Preview: The Fox Vol. 2: Fox Hunt (TP)

THE FOX VOL. 2: FOX HUNT (TP)

Script: Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, Rachel Deering, John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
978-1-68255-887-4
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/22

Paul Patton, Jr. is dealing with the reality that his son wants to be a superhero like his father; the very thing Paul no longer wishes to be himself. However, a psychopathic philanthropist won’t let Paul end his dual identity when he puts a million-dollar bounty on The Fox’s head! Collects FOX HUNT issues #1-5!

Review: DC’s Young Animal Milk Wars

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the collection of the non-event, Milk Wars!

Milk Wars is by Steve Orlando, Gerard Way, Jody Houser, Cecil Castellucci, Jon Rivera, Magdalene Visaggio, Aco, Ty Templeton, Mirka Andolfo, Langdon Foss, Dale Eaglesham, Nick Derington, Sonny Liew, Tamra Bonvillain, Marissa Louise, Keiren Smith, Nick Filardi, Clem Robins, John Workman, Saida Temofonte, Todd Klein, Frank Quitely, Rian Hughes, Clay Mann, and Marissa Louise.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Preview: Riverdale #12

Riverdale #12

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Aaron Allen
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Cover: Josie CW Photo Cover
Variant Cover: Betty & Jughead CW Photo Cover
On Sale Date: 5/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the popular CW series Riverdale comes the MUST-READ, ongoing comic series set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV show. Take a visit to the mean streets of the Southside, where the Serpents gang run the show—until Jughead Jones came to town. When he challenges something near and dear to the Serpents, will he be able to make it out alive? Written by Aaron Allen, writer of the CW Riverdale series, with stunning art by Thomas Pitilli!

Jughead runs into trouble on the Southside in this early preview of Riverdale #12!

RIVERDALE #12

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Aaron Allen
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Cover: Josie CW Photo Cover
Variant Cover: Betty & Jughead CW Photo Cover
On Sale Date: 5/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the popular CW series Riverdale comes the MUST-READ, ongoing comic series set in the universe of the SMASH HIT TV show. Take a visit to the mean streets of the Southside, where the Serpents gang run the show—until Jughead Jones came to town. When he challenges something near and dear to the Serpents, will he be able to make it out alive? Written by Aaron Allen, writer of the CW Riverdale series, with stunning art by Thomas Pitilli!

Review: Action Comics #1000

Celebrate 1000 issues of Action Comics with an all-star lineup of top talent as they pay tribute to the comic that started it all! From today’s explosive action to a previously unpublished tale illustrated by the legendary Curt Swan to the Man of Tomorrow’s future-this very special, oversized issue presents the best of the best in Superman stories!

Action Comics #1000 feels like an end, a beginning, and a celebration of a landmark moment, one thousand issues and almost 80 years of Superman. The issue is full of some top notch talent with numerous stories of varied style and quality. All of it though is entertaining in some way.

The issue opens up with writer Dan Jurgens‘ finale to his latest run with “From the City That Has Everything.” It’s clear from his latest run (and all his Superman material) that he loves the character and this story which features art by Jurgens, ink by Norm Rapmund, color from Hi-Fi and letters by Rob Leigh, is that recognition as Metropolis honors the Man of Steel. It’s a cheesy story but one that is so in a way that a speech from someone honoring someone else might be. Touching and a fine way for Jurgens to wrap up his run.

The second story is a really cool one that weaves a story out of what is essentially pin-ups. It’s a great way to include such a thing in a comic without it just being images. I hope we see more of this and the art is from a who’s who of creators. It involves Superman going through time and gives a way for artists to take advantage to take us readers through Superman’s history, some of his key moments, and different artistic styles we’ve seen. It’s an utterly brilliant story and presentation and a highlight of the celebration.

Marv Wolfman and Curt Swan team up for “An Enemy Within” which feels like a bit of a retro story in both pacing and art. While not bad it’s an interesting reminder of how much storytelling has changed over the years. I don’t want to give too much away but the story has some nice twists involving a hostage situation.

“The Game” sees Superman and Lex Luthor match wits in a game of chess. Paul Levitz and Neal Adams team up for the story and it’s interesting and one you can probably debate about the deeper meaning. It’d be nice to see this story in a longer form as there’s a lot to work but with just a few pages we don’t get a lot of depth, just fun twists that feel like they’re from the 80s and an homage to an Adams classic moment.

Geoff Johns, Richard Donner, and Olivier Coipel come together for “The Car” which has a criminal recounting how his car was destroyed by a mysterious flying man. The art is fantastic and I think some of my favorite work by Coipel who seems to be channeling Frank Quitely. It’s such a simple story but one that really digs into what makes Superman super.

“The Fifth Season” sees Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque come together as Superman and Lex Luthor come together in Smallvill. It’s an interesting story that again explores the relationship of the two characters. Particularly it focuses on Luthor being oblivious to the good that Superman does that he doesn’t acknowledge or is even aware of. It’s another story that can be debated as far as its deeper meaning and themes.

“Of Tomorrow” is Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, and John Workman having Superman revisit Earth one last time before it’s consumed by the sun. It’s a reminder of the loss of the character and a deeply touching entry.

Louise Simonson and Jerry Ordway come together for “Five Minutes” which reminds us that Superman has a few jobs, hero and reporter (as well as husband and father). It’s a fun story that plays on the speed of the character and that how he can some times mess up one job due to the other. A funny ending that gave me a chuckle.

“Actionland!” has Paul Dini and José Luis García-Lopez focus on our favorite imp who has it out for Superman. It’s the odd story of the bunch with the focus on the villain but is a reminder that like Superman, some of them have infinite power that they hold back due to… something.

Writer Brad Meltzer and artist John Cassaday honor Christopher Reeve with “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” that has Superman racing to prevent a gun going off and killing a woman. It’s a fantastic story and I had no idea how it’d resolve. Again though, it’s a reminder of some of the things that makes Superman great and boils the character down to his goodness and how he inspires and is inspired.

“The Truth” is Brian Michael Bendis‘ DC debut with art by Jim Lee and what is supposed to lead into the miniseries The Man of Steel which kicks off Bendis’ run. Out of all of the stories, this is the low point of the issue honestly. Maybe it’s the hype but there’s a new baddie who’s out to kill Kryptonians and while Metropolis is getting destroy two civilians are focused on Superman’s underwear? It’s very Bendis and while funny, especially with Lee on art, it doesn’t quite work and honestly lowered my excitement for what he has coming.

There’s a lot packed in here and something for everyone. No matter the era of your enjoyment there’s a story that fits it and this is really a comic that has an amazing amount of talent. It’s truly a celebration of such an iconic character and for the celebration alone it’s a purchase. At times, comics like this are a let down, but this is the exception with every story entertaining in some way and a few that shine. It’s the rare oversized celebration comic that lives up to the occasion.

Story: Dan Jurgens, Peter J. Tomasi, Marv Wolfman, Paul Levitz, Neal Adams, Geoff Johns, Richard Donner, Scott Snyder, Tom King, Louise Simonson, Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer, Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Gleason, Curt Swan, Neal Adams, Olivier Coipel, Rafael Albuquerque, Clay Mann, Jerry Ordway, José Luis García-Lopez, John Cassaday, Jim Lee
Ink: Norm Rapmund, Butch Guice, Kurt Schaffenberger, Kevin Nowlan, Scott Williams
Color: Hi-Fi, Alejandro Sanchez, Dave McGaig, Jordie Bellaire, Trish Mulvihill, Laura Martin, Alex Sinclair
Letters: Rob Leigh, Tom Napolitano, Dave Sharpe, Nick Napolitano, John Workman, Carlos M. Mangual, Josh Reed, Chris Euopoulos, Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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