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Archie’s Back on the Guitar in this Advance Preview of Archie #31!


Script: Mark Waid, Ian Flynn
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Ben Caldwell, Pete Woods
On Sale Date: 6/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Break-ups, hook-ups, Archie on the guitar again, and the Bee drops a huge announcement! Add to this the threat of the Blossom Twins’ real father, and peril is everywhere as this arc races towards its game-changing conclusion!

Preview: Captain America #702

Captain America #702

(W) Mark Waid (A) Leonardo Romero, Howard Chaykin, Rod Reis (CA) Michael Cho
Rated T+
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The quest to save his son leads Jack Rogers into the bowels of the Earth, far from the idyllic surface – and a meeting with the descendant of another notable Marvel hero!

Preview: Archie Vol. 5


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/2

The fallout from OVER THE EDGE is here! One life has been destroyed, another family has been torn apart—and only the kids of Riverdale High can save their town from imploding! ARCHIE VOL. 5 collects the HEART OF RIVERDALE storyline from issues #23 – #27 of the ongoing Archie series.

Preview: Captain America #701

Captain America #701

(W) Mark Waid (A) Leonardo Romero, J. G. Jones, Adam Hughes (CA) Michael Cho
Rated T+
In Shops: May 02, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The year is 2314, and the grandson of Steve Rogers lives in the utopian America of which his ancestor dreamed. The legacy of Captain America has been realized – but something sinister lies beneath the surface! Leonardo Romero (HAWKEYE) joins Mark Waid for this very special look into the tomorrow of Captain America, featuring guest contributions from notable artists past and present!

Review: Avengers #690

The battle is over, and those left standing in the rubble have to find a way to move forward. As an era of the Avengers comes to a close, what will rise to take its place?

I have loved “No Surrender.” As a weekly event it delivered in almost every issue and is one of the few recent events that feels like it lived up to the hype and paid off. It was an epic story that brought together multiple teams to fight what felt like insurmountable odds.

Writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub have weaved a story that had tons of action and lots of twists and turns. It felt like an Avengers epic.

Avengers #690 is the dust settling from all of that and while it asks “what will rise to take its place?,” that question is never fully answered. And in that way it’s a bit of a let down. We know the trinity of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor will come together to form a new team but none of that happens here.

Instead, the story goes over the destruction of Avengers Mansion as various members discuss rebuilding. What’s at the heart of the story though is Jarvis and Nadia. Together the two are adorable and you can’t help but feel like they’re the embodiment of the hopeful nature of the team and positive ideals it all lives up to. There’s moments of members walking off to do their thing. It’s that coda where the voiceover talks about friends leaving as they fade away. In that way it’s good. But, what’s next? This issue doesn’t answer that other than ads in the back.

In that way the issue fails. It falls into the bad habit Marvel has had where the concluding issue of events acts as a 22 page advertisement for new series. In this case we get two. The upcoming relaunch is one. The search for Quicksilver is the other. Beyond those ads though, there’s no moment to get you excited. The issue lacks someone saying “the world needs the Avengers.” There’s emotional moments but it lacks an emotional punch.

The art by Pepe Larraz, color by David Curiel, and lettering by Cory Petit do a fine job. There’s destruction, a lot of it. But even in the rubble, the artistic team make things recognizable. You can make out parts of the mansion. You can see sections that were there before and in your mind you rework what it all looks like. There’s a lot of characters too and each looks fantastic. The aforementioned Jarvis/Nadia moment was fantastic and there’s a certain positive energy about it.

The issue isn’t bad and as part of the event it’s a fine finale. It takes stock of what has become before but when it comes to what’s next, it lacks excitement.

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub Art: Pepe Larraz
Color: David Curiel Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Archie #30


Script: Mark Waid, Ian Flynn
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Adam Gorham, Sandy Jarrell with Kelly Fitzpatrick
On Sale Date: 4/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

It’s the run-up to the most important event in the gang’s lives—the spring dance! Who’s going with who? Who’s NOT going with whom? And how will Archie end up tanking the whole night?

Preview: Avengers #690

Avengers #690

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub
Art: Pepe Larraz
Color: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Variant Covers: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Marcio Menyz; In-Hyuk Lee
Graphic Design: Carlos Lao
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The battle is over, and those left standing in the rubble have to find a way to move forward. As an era of the Avengers comes to a close, what will rise to take its place?

Underrated: The Fox: Freak Magnet/Fox Hunt

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  The Fox.

freakmagnet.jpgOriginally appearing in MLJ Comics Blue Ribbon Comics #4, the Fox continued to feature in the title until it’s cancellation eighteen issues later with #22, although the character only had one cover appearance; issue #16’s ensemble featured every character featured within the comic.  MLJ Comics would eventually become Archie Comics, which brings us to 2014 and the release of the first issue of Freak Magnet.

Written by Mark Waid (Irredeemable/Incorruptible, Daredevil) and Dean Haspiel, who also provides the art, the modern miniseries evokes a sense of chaotic fun that harkens back to the Golden Age of comics, while  remaining fresh and relevant for today’s audience. Officially published by Dark Circle Comics, which is an imprint of Archie ComicsThe Fox had two miniseries by the same creative team; Freak Magnet and Fox Hunt. You can read them in any order, and I say that because I read the sequel, Fox Hunt, prior to Freak Magnet and never once felt as though I was missing out on anything.

 A lot of that is down to the quality of the comics, because Fox Hunt was honestly one of the best story arcs I had the pleasure of reading back in 2015. Fox Hunt seeks to explores the difficulty facing a superhero who just wants to retire, with Paul Patten Jr. steadfastly trying to retire as The Fox. Unfortunately due to his innate freak magnet he’s having a bit of a hard time doing just that (although the million dollar bounty on his head isn’t helping things either). 

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Haspiel packs the issues with some fantastic art sequences to complement the story.

Although he is another legacy hero (think RobinFlashUnion Jack, or any character who has taken over for the original hero – the current Fox is the original‘s son), with the way Mark Waid is writing the comic at the moment, the history of the character really doesn’t weigh on the story at all, allowing youto enjoy the two individual miniseries. With Fox Hunt, however, it would be a good idea to read the issues in order – or to wait for the collected edition that will inevitably be released following the conclusion of the first story arc – because this is a linear story.

If it sounds that The Fox is a fun series, well that’s because it is. When it comes to enjoying the comics we read, very few of the comics I have read have been as entertaining as this five issue miniseries. The art work isn’t quite family friendly (there’s the odd scene of mostly off panel violence that Dean Haspiel will highlight by having the odd bit of gristle or unidentified flesh appear on panel), but it’s a far cry from the gritty feel of many modern day comics. Waid and Haspiel‘s story telling is simply a joy to experience, and the light hearted tone never seems to go over the top into the realm of comedy, but certainly elicits a couple of chuckles from me each issue.

A spoiler free summary will not, and cannot, do the comics any justice, and I urge you to take the plunge and go check out either  Freak Magnet or Fox Huntwhen you can. It will absolutely be worth every minute you spend in this world.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Avengers #689

Avengers #689

(W) Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Mark Waid (A) Pepe Larraz (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $4.99

One last battle against an impossible opponent. One last game with astronomical stakes. With the fate of the Earth on the line, a cry goes out across the Marvel Universe: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Review: Avengers #688

As the final battle for Earth begins, one Avenger will sacrifice everything to give his teammates a fighting chance.

Doing the impossible. That’s at the heart of Avengers #688 as our heroes rally to defeat the Challenger. It’s that inspirational moment where they come together and yell “Avengers Assemble” one last time before going on the offensive. It nails that in every sense and had me muttering “fuck yeah” as every moment is hit.

Writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub have knocked the issue out of the park giving us some humor, some heart, and that pep talk that makes you want to go into battle. The trio of writers deliver and while it’s pretty standard in what you’d expect, how they deliver it all, the pacing, the details, adds together for an emotional ride.

There’s Quicksilver attempting to stop the beacon which we know will free the heroes. It’s obvious. What will he sacrifice to do that? And how? There’s the Challenger and the Hulk who has a grudge about him. There’s the frozen heroes. There’s the heroes attempting the stop the Challenger and keep the Earth from crumbling. Everyone feels like they have a moment and that’s impressive considering the cast. The other thing is, there’s real sacrifice. You feel the emotion as decisions are made, both good and bad. There’s a connection somehow… it’s just impressive.

Some of that is the writing and a lot has to do with the art by Kim Jacinto and Stefano Caselli, color by David Curiel, and lettering by Cory Petit. The art just looks great but it’s the small details that really add up and create the emotional depth. A tear flowing down a cheek. The pain on a face as a character makes a decision they know is a bad one. It all comes together and adds to the emotional ride that the writers have set up. Then there’s the lettering which is important. It too adds that emotional punch. How big or small that lettering is, is key. And you can read into (no pun intended) a lot of that based on what’s decided as far as the lettering.

This might be my favorite issue so far and that’s from an even that has delivered with almost every issue. Yes, we knew this was coming but the details and how it’s all put together makes it shine. Events are dragging down comics? Here’s your exception and an example of what every one should strive to be.

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub Art: Aaron Kim Jacinto, Stefano Casselli Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Color: David Curiel Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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