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Preview: Riverdale Digest #1


Script: Mark Waid, Adam Hughes, Chip Zdarsky, Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio, Tom DeFalco
Art: Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Adam Hughes, Audrey Mok, Sandy Jarrell, Andre Szymanowicz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
On Sale Date: 4/19
128-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

See how it all began with this digest-sized collection featuring stories from our recently relaunched Archie titles, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats and Reggie and Me!


Preview: Archie #19


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Emanuela Lupacchino, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 4/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

With Veronica Lodge back in town, everyone’s vying for her hand–from Archie to Toni to Reggie Mantle! Romance runs deep in Riverdale this issue!

Preview: Champions #7

Champions #7

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99


Preview: Avengers #6

Avengers #6

(W) Mark Waid (A) Mike Del Mundo (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Kang War VI” concludes!

The rules of time are fluid – and when reality re-forms around the Avengers, not everything (or everyone) will necessarily be in the same place it was left!

Review: Champions #7


Well, we finally get the showdown that was promised in issue #6, but the Champions aren’t ready for what they’re about to find out and I think it hurts them a lot more than any punch could.

The Champions have to deal with the events from the last issue, and Mark Waid brings us a story that really deals a bad blow to the team and really shakes them up. This is especially felt through Ms. Marvel and Waid does a fantastic job of showing the gravity of the situation through this character. From the get go of this title, she was easily the strongest, most positive voice of the team. Her optimism and determination has definitely been a huge influence to her teammates, and it’s really hard to watch as all of that slowly starts to crumble after the events of this issue. I also enjoyed how this issue showed her naivety after discovering what the Freelancers had been a party to. It’s great to want to go out there and give people something positive to believe in, but this issue shows how easily it can be distorted to work against you. And through Ms. Marvel we see how devastating this can be; how the fear of losing it can really take a hold of you, and I think these events are going to stay with her for some time.

And as I have mentioned in my other reviews for Champions, I absolutely love Humberto Ramos‘ art on this book.  His style really gives this book the fresh, youthful feel it deserves for these characters, and his action scenes are big and bold, which is also due to the great coloring provided by Edgar Delgado. I will never get tired of seeing their work and I really hope they never leave this title. I really think this title would lose something important if the art was to change.

Overall, I really enjoyed this issue and if it wasn’t too obvious, I am a huge fan of this team. This entry really dealt them a blow, and I am very interested in seeing how or if they can overcome and rise above it. The writing is solid, the art is fantastic and this book continues to deal with subjects and issues that are relevant and have an impact on us today. If you aren’t reading this book, what the heck are you waiting for? And if you are, I really hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Humberto Ramos Colors: Edgar Delgado
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE issue for review

Preview: Black Widow #12

Black Widow #12

(W) Chris Samnee, Mark Waid (A/CA) Chris Samnee
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99


All the secrets… All the lies… All the vengeance… It all ends here.

Preview: Avengers #5.1

Avengers #5.1

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Barry Kitson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99


Avenger X isn’t who she’s been pretending to be! Will the rest of the Avengers learn the truth about her in time to prevent disaster? Don’t count on it.

Review: Black Widow #12

BlackWidow12CoverChris Samnee, Mark Waid, and Matthew Wilson‘s thrilling, yet deeply personal run on Black Widow wraps after issue 12. In this final issue, all the layers of espionage, side switching, and of course, ghosts from the past have been pared down to a simple conflict: nature vs. nurture. Recluse, who was Natasha’s fellow student at the Red Room, and has continued its legacy with the Black Room wants six young Russian girls to use their assassin training to end SHIELD forever. On the other hand, Natasha wants to give them a chance at a normal life that doesn’t involve killing.

Samnee’s panel layouts are poetic per usual and drive the story from the small panels showing Natasha’s split second decision making to choose to possibly drown herself instead of killing one of the Black Room students to more fluid ones to ebb and flow like the water that floods the SHIELD base. But the content in the panels is just as powerful as he depicts Natasha’s pain and desperation through gritted teeth, lines on her face, and the physical bruises she gets from fighting the deadly assassin, Recluse. On many pages, Samnee and Waid go quiet and show her arduous journey through water, stairs, and ladders back to the light instead of telling about it with unnecessary exposition narrative captions or dialogue.

Wilson’s palette is mostly greys and blacks for water, the secret base, and the clothes worn by Black Widow, Recluse, and the Black Room girls. Like he has since issue one, Wilson uses reds for when the conflict goes up a notch, or Natasha is in physical danger. For example, her Widow’s Sting gauntlet erupts into sparks of red and orange when she deflects a killing blow from Recluse. Black Widow #12 isn’t all darkness and gloom thankfully, and Wilson places a bit of almost angelic light in the dank pits of a SHIELD base as the Dark Room recruits silently lift Natasha up back to the main level. The simple “Thank you” that Natasha gives them is probably the most appreciative anyone has been towards them ever and is a great way to break up the silence of the previous pages.


Finally, in Black Widow #12, Natasha realizes that the Black Room girls don’t need to be neutralized. They need a parent. So, the comic plays out as an extended custody battle between her and Recluse. (Their final fate is as charming as Matthew Wilson’s Malibu beach color palette even if it doesn’t involve Natasha getting a minivan and moving to a bigger place in the suburbs.) Recluse seems to have the upper hand with Natasha admitting in a wry line from Waid that Recluse is a better assassin than her. But she treats them as pawns in a desperate grab for control of SHIELD while Natasha treats them as human beings with free will and a need to be loved and touched. And the final few pages of the comic reveal that Natasha has this need too, especially after going deep undercover, being a fugitive from SHIELD, confronting her past, and all the other crazy things that Waid and Samnee have made her experience in their Black Widow run.

In Black Widow #12, Chris Samnee demonstrates that he’s just as good at drawing hugs as hand to hand combats, top secret bases, and Natasha Romanov being put through the general wringer. This run on Black Widow is a highlight in the career of one of comics’ great storytellers. Samnee, Mark Waid, and Matthew Wilson fill this comic with the themes of finding a family and redemption even if Natasha and the Red Room girls were trained otherwise.

The waterfall that Natasha scales during the climactic chase scene definitely ended up being a metaphor for my reaction to Black Widow #12.

Story: Chris Samnee and Mark Waid Art: Chris Samnee Colors: Matthew Wilson
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall:9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Archie and Friends Face Mortal Danger in New, Game-Changing Event Kicking Off in May

Over the Edge” rocks Riverdale to its core in the pages of the ongoing Archie series from acclaimed team of writer Mark Waid and artist Pete Woods

The lives of Archie Comics’ most popular characters will be changed forever in this 3-part event which begins in May’s Archie #20, as Archie Andrews’ and Reggie Mantle’s ongoing feud pits the two against each other in a thrill ride on the dangerous Dead Man’s Curve. In June, a life-changing phone call will leave Riverdale’s citizens in shock and readers on their toes in Archie #21.

The heart-wrenching storyline concludes in July’s Archie #22 as the end comes for one of Riverdale’s most beloved residents – while setting the stage for years of new and undiscovered destinies for the entire cast.

Archie #20 is written by Mark Waid with art by Pete Woods and Jack Morelli, and covers by Woods, Elliot Fernandez with Joey Vazquez, and Greg Smallwood.

Archie #21 is written by Waid with art by Woods and Morelli, and covers by Woods, Matthew Dow Smith, and Smallwood.

Preview: Archie #18


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Elsa Charretier, Robert Hack with Kelly Fitzpatrick
On Sale Date: 3/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW STORY ARC! The Blossom Twins have found out their father has been lying to them about why they moved to Riverdale. It’s up to Detective Jughead to learn the dark truth behind the Blossom Family! Join us as we welcome new Archie series artist Pete Woods (Deadpool, Robin).

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