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Which Archie Character Faces Death?

*Warning Spoilers Ahead*

The final pages of Archie #20 change everything for the residents of Riverdale – and one of Archie Comics’ most popular characters will face death as the epic “Over the Edge” storyline heads towards June’s can’t-miss Archie #21.

As revealed in the closing moments of the first chapter of “Over the Edge” by Mark Waid and Pete Woods, the dangerous street race between Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle crashed into an unexpected bump in the road as Betty Cooper drove towards the two in an attempt to stop them. All three vehicles were sent careening over the edge as the issue leaving the fate of Riverdale’s favorite teenagers hanging in the balance.

Writer Mark Waid promises that “Over the Edge” will have lasting changes to the series in the months to come and that the effects of the storyline will change the dynamics between the cast.

While tragedy may strike Riverdale, the overall tone of the book will stay true to its core, merging the classic slapstick humor with modern teenage drama and romance.

The 3-part “Over the Edge” event launched in Archie #20. In June, a life-changing phone call will leave Riverdale’s citizens in shock and readers will discover the fate of their favorite characters in Archie #21. July’s Archie #22 will serve as a heartfelt and emotional coda to the event and set up the cast for the future of the series.


A phone call leaves everyone in Riverdale in a state of shock and despair!

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Matthew Dow Smith, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 6/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


The end has come for one of Riverdale’s most beloved residents. This is one you’re going to want to buy, keep, and re-read over the years, because we promise it will never leave you.

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Cover: Thomas Pitilli, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 7/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Review: Archie #20

Archie20-MainCover-666x1024Right on the tail of Riverdale‘s season finale, Archie Comics keeps up their momentum with a fresh storyline in their “All-New” Archie comics. The series rebooted in early 2016, so another reboot so soon would be largely pointless. “Over the Edge” continues the story that kicked off in issue #1, but raises the stakes from will-they-won’t-they to life-or-death.

It’s clear that at least some of Riverdale‘s appeal has rubbed off on artist Pete Woods, as Archie spends several pages gratuitously shirtless while he and Betty work on his classic jalopy. Much like every other element preserved from the original comics, the jalopy gets a backstory and becomes more important to our characters than ever before. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the vilification of Reggie Mantle, Riverdale’s ultimate bad guy.

Even in his own mini-series, the final words on Reggie declare him the “prince of darkness”, and this time he’s back with an attempt to steal Archie’s car (and possibly his girl.) *Spoiler – Highlight the text to read* However, all his plans are derailed when Betty speeds in to stop the plot, and they crash into each other mid-race. “Over the Edge” truly begins when Betty and Reggie go careening off the side of Serpent Hill. The story concludes with a line-up of the possible casualties of the storyline: Archie (already marked “safe” after this issue), Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and Reggie. *End Spoiler*

Writer Mark Waid has boosted the Riverdale gang to a new level of sophistication, without losing any of their timeless appeal. This continues in “Over the Edge”, as Veronica name-checks clothing designers, Betty remains fiercely protective of her friends, Jughead drops by with a bag of half-eaten burgers and Archie himself trips his way through life both literally and metaphorically. Waid remains easily one of the best things to happen to Archie since the whole universe rebooted in his “All-New Archie #1”, and the now infamous Lipstick Incident.

Archie Comics has raised the stakes before, most notably with their “Death to Archie” storyline, as well as their duel “Married Life with Archie” stories. “Over the Edge” seems more like a classic Life with Archie story, where life or death is teased for the sake of temporary drama, although the repercussions will only cause a small ripple in the universe as we know it. “Over the Edge” kicks off a little slow, but should slam into high gear by part 2 or 3.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Pete Woods
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0  Recommendation: Read

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Jughead #15


Script: Mark Waid and Ian Flynn
Art: Derek Charm, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Cover: Derek Charm
Variant Covers: Sandy Jarrell, Marguerite Sauvage
On Sale Date: 5/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch tries to do something nice for Jughead, but it ends up creating a comedy of errors in which Jughead becomes the most sought-after person in town! From new writing team Mark Waid (Archie) and Ian Flynn (Sonic the Hedgehog)!

Preview: Archie #20


Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Elliot Fernandez with Joey Vazquez, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 5/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

It’s the BIGGEST comic event in ARCHIE HISTORY! Archie and Reggie’s ongoing feud reaches a fever pitch that pits the two against each other in a thrill ride on the deadly Serpent’s Tail!

Preview: Insufferable: Home Field Advantage

Insufferable: Home Field Advantage

Mark Waid (w) • Peter Krause (a) Nolan Woodard (c)

With their city under siege by an army of supervillains, only Nocturnus and Galahad can save the lives of millions–and they have no resources, no weapons, nothing but one another to depend on! Collects the final arc of the Insufferable saga.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-878-6

Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: All-New Wolverine and Champions

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got two new volumes from Marvel featuring Wolverine and the Champions.

All-New Wolverine Vol. 3 Enemy of the State II collecting issues #13-18 by Tom Taylor, Nick Virella, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Scott Hanna, Michael Garland, and Jesus Aburtov.

Champions Vol. 1 Change the World collecting issues #1-5 by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, and Edgar Delgado.

Find out about the trade and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores May 3 and bookstores May 16.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

All-New Wolverine Vol. 3 Enemy of the State II
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Champions Vol. 1 Change the World
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW



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Preview: Champions #8

Champions #8

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T+
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The fallout from the team’s encounter with the Freelancers continues! The Champions realize they have to reframe their purpose – but does that mean undertaking even riskier missions?

Preview: Strange Fruit HC

Strange Fruit HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: J. G. Jones
Cover Artist: J. G. Jones
Price: $24.99

J.G. Jones (52, Wanted) and Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Superman: Birthright, Kingdom Come) weave a powerful, literary, fully-painted piece of historical fiction that examines the heroic myth while exploring themes of racism, cultural legacy, and human nature.

During the Great Flood of 1927 in Chatterlee, Mississippi, the River is rising as fast as the racial and social tensions in town. But when an otherworldly being falls from the sky and challenges everything these divided people know, it changes things . . . forever.

Includes a foreword by renowned film critic Elvis Mitchell.

Collects the complete limited series and never-before-seen process art by J.G. Jones.

Preview: Archie Volume 3


Script: Mark Waid with Lori Matsumoto
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Cameron Stewart
176 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/26

Introducing… Cheryl Blossom! The fiery red-head takes center stage as Archie and Veronica’s worlds are torn apart as the two are living thousands of miles away from each other. What will happen to the rest of Archie’s friends in Riverdale? And just what kind of havoc will Cheryl Blossom wreak? All the answers and more in the third volume of the SMASH HIT Archie series! Collects Archie issues 13 – 17.

Preview: Road to Riverdale Vol. 2


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: 4/26

READ THE STORIES THAT INSPIRED THE NEW CW TV SERIES! Road to Riverdale Vol. 2 presents to readers all of the second issues of each of our new series so far, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and Reggie & Me, timed to the release of the brand new CW series Riverdale.

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