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Review: The Archies #7

Unfortunately, The Archies’ U.S. tour and status as an actual band comes to an end in The Archies #7 where writers Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura, artist Joe Eisma, and colorist Matt Herms have them participate in a difficult battle of the bands against the world famous Josie and the Pussycats at the Hollywood Bowl. Rosenberg and Segura’s writing crackles with self-awareness beginning with starting the comic with Reggie doing a fourth wall breaking monologue/recap instead of Archie. Reggie is more of a straight shooter than the optimistic, messiah complex sporting Mr. Andrews and realizes how many chances the band has squandered throughout the series. (i.e. all the band cameos from Blondie, CHVRCHES, Tegan and Sara, and even the Monkees.) However, The Archies do rock individually, but not as a unit, which is their fatal flaw and plays a big role in the conclusion of the series plot.

Even if The Archies get dunked on by Josie and the Pussycats, Eisma and Herms show that they have an enthusiasm and energy to match their power pop sound beginning with the title page. Betty’s hair is flipping everywhere, Archie is being super earnest, Veronica is being cool as hell on keyboards and backup vocals, and even Reggie looks like he cares about hitting his bass notes. When The Archies are actually playing music, they’re pretty fantastic, but the whole interacting after the gig part is not a strong suit for them as is made evident throughout the series and even how they “break up” and react to each other after the battle of the band results. And I like how Rosenberg, Segura, and Eisma play with the slice of life fantasy nature of most Archie comics during the judging stages with long pauses and nice comments to build a little suspense that the band will pull an alternate ending of Rocky and Rocky Balboa. But they don’t, and the story is better for it.

In context of the story of The Archies #7, it makes sense that Eisma draws Josie and the Pussycats like icons with big panels and stage patter plus a little of that salt of the Earth Riverdale humor to keep them relatable. Herms floods their panels with light to show that this is a band that plays stadiums and big arenas while The Archies can barely keep the local dive bar entertained. It reminded me a little bit of the way that David Mazzucchelli drew the Avengers in Daredevil: Born Again, all larger than life while Daredevil is barely able to protect his one neighborhood. And, of course, this unwinnable duel leads to the final bit of band drama, which has been the recurring theme of the series with Jughead and Veronica butting heads. Veronica even does a little bit of upward mobility and joins the Pussycats as a keyboard player in a nice nod to her appearances wearing the cat ears in Riverdale.

Even though their continued success (The fact that they got Blondie to produce their debut EP for one.) is something straight out of a cheesy feel good TV movie, Matthew Rosenberg, Alex Segura, and Joe Eisma spend The Archies #7 deconstructing underdog narratives while still have plenty of rock out splash pages. There are not nice results to The Archies’ in-fighting, and that’s solo careers even though Rosenberg, Segura, and Eisma do leave the door open for future creative teams to explore The Archies’ career as they mature a little bit. (Who am I kidding? The Archie gang will be in high school forever.)

With stunning visuals, actual consequences, and a bittersweet, yet earned ending, The Archies #7 is one heck of a curtain call for this sadly short lived series.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg and Alex Segura Art: Joe Eisma Colors: Matt Herms Letters: Jack Morelli
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Punisher #224

The Punisher #224

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Stefano Landini (CA) Clayton Crain
Parental Advisory
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• FRANK CASTLE brings the WAR MACHINE armor back to the good old USA!
• Better armed than ever before, nothing can stand in the way of the Punisher’s mission.
• Well, that is, unless CAPTAIN MARVEL and other heroes of the Marvel Universe have something to say about it!

Marvel Reveals New Punisher #1 Variant Cover by Mike Zeck!

This August, The Punisher will embark on a brand new adventure via some very capable hands, as Marvel exclusive writer Matthew Rosenberg continues Frank Castle’s story alongside acclaimed artist Riccardo Burchielli!

The Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he’s retained his newly acquired taste for big game…and he’s hungry for more. Check out a new remastered variant cover by Mike Zeck with colors by Richard Isanove, and don’t miss Punisher #1, in comic shops this August! The comic has a main cover by Greg Smallwood.

Preview: New Mutants: Dead Souls #3

New Mutants: Dead Souls #3

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Adam Gorham (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Flying is the worst, but just imagine flying as a New Mutant!
• The team has five minutes to save a plane from crashing into a mountain…
• …and it certainly doesn’t help that all the passengers are trying to stop them, too!

Review: Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey

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 return of Jean Grey!

Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey collects issues #1-5 by Matthew Rosenberg, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Joe Bennett, Lorenzo Ruggiero, Ramon Rosanas, Belardino Brabo, Rachelle Rosenberg, VC’s Travis Lanham, Sunny Gho, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Marte Gracia, Nolan Woodard, Christina Harrington, Chris Robinson, Darren Shan, and Mark Paniccia.

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

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Preview: Tales of Suspense #104

Tales of Suspense #104

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Travel Foreman (CA) Yasmine Putri
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• It ends here, one way or another. BUCKY and HAWKEYE are closing in on the new Red Room. But what happens when they finally find the BLACK WIDOW?
• Will she stand with them and turn on the people who made her? Or are some bonds too strong to break?
• The tragic tale of an Archer, an Assassin, a Widow and a woman caught between two worlds concludes here!

Matthew Rosenberg and Greg Land Take on Astonishing X-Men

 A change is coming to the Astonishing X-Men in the form of a new line-up – and an all-new creative team! Marvel exclusive writer Matthew Rosenberg and superstar artist Greg Land will take over the series starting with issue #13! And they’re taking Beast, Dazzler, Colossus, Havok, and Warpath on a new and exciting adventure in a brand-new X-Men story!

Rosenberg teased that this is a slightly different approach to this X-Men team and the reasons they’re together and their role is one that the X-Men haven’t played in a while.

Astonishing X-Men #13 arrives in comic shops this July 4th!

Preview: The New Mutants: Dead Souls #2

The New Mutants: Dead Souls #2

Story: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Adam Gorham
Color: Michael Garland
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Ryan Stegman, Michael Garland
Venom 30th Anniversary Cover: Bengal
Graphic Designers: Adam Del Re, Anthony Gambino
X-Men Group Editor: Mark Paniccia
Editor: Darren Shan
Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• THE NEW MUTANTS head to an arctic research base where everyone has died under mysterious circumstances.
• But while they hunt for answers, something is hunting them.
• Plus, a scared boy in the woods comes face-to-face with a familiar face from the NEW MUTANTS’ past. And it doesn’t go well.

Awesome Con & DC Comics bring comics celebration to Washington D.C. this Week

Top illustrators, writers, and celebrities in the comics world will unite at Mid-Atlantic pop culture convention Awesome Con presented by LeftField Media, taking over Washington, D.C.’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center from March 30-April 1, 2018. Comics powerhouse DC Entertainment and other renowned publishers will present special programming like industry insider and celebrity-driven panels, share exclusive announcements, debut designs, and more at the show. Awesome Con is proud to mark its sixth year by working with comic book artist Patrick Zircher on the official show poster and original art in the con’s program guide, distributed to all show attendees.

Show attendees can look forward to programming celebrating eight decades of Superman, marking the icon’s 80th anniversary since debuting in April 1938 from DC. Fans will be able to attend events and interact with special guests Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum, who played Clark Kent and Lex Luthor in beloved television series “Smallville,” during the weekend. Kids attending Awesome Con will also receive special keepsake badges featuring official Superman artwork from acclaimed artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee specially commemorating the weekend. Creators from renowned publishers like DC will meet-and-greet with fans throughout the weekend at booths on the Awesome Con show floor, making it easier than ever to meet the makers behind some of the most beloved characters in pop culture.

Comic fans will love events like Past, Present & Future: The 80th Anniversary of Superman, a panel bringing together DC artist Greg Capullo and writer Scott Snyder and comic book artist and writer Dan Jurgens, alongside Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum to retrace the iconic character’s history and discuss what’s next for the Man of Steel.

Attendees can also reserve tickets to special limited-access events during Awesome Con weekend to closely engage with the industry’s most celebrated creators. A DC Writer Panel and Meet & Greet on Friday, March 30 brings celebrated writers and artists Tom KingFrank TieriJoshua WilliamsonSam HumphriesMatthew Rosenberg, and James Tynion IV together for an intimate hour-long Q&A with attendees. Tickets for this special experience are available for $100, and include an autographed variant comic cover featuring each guest’s work, a photo opp with all the guests, and up to five autographs from each guest. Attendees must also have a Friday day pass or Weekend pass to Awesome Con.

The creative minds behind Batman comic miniseries “Dark Nights: Metal” come together at Awesome Con for a Batman Metal Q&A and Meet & Greet on Saturday, March 31. Artist Greg Capullo, writer Scott Snyder, and inker Jonathan Glapion host a private one-hour Q&A with attendees, who will each receive a color Greg Capullo Batman print, a black-and-white Greg Capullo Batman print, and an inked Batman variant comic book cover by Jonathan Glapion. The iconic trio of guests will sign the prints and comic cover along with up to five items per attendee. Tickets are available for $100; attendees must also have a Saturday day pass or Awesome Con Weekend pass.

Special Guests

Comic Guests

  • Scott Snyder (Superman Unchained, American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing, Voodoo Heart)
  • Greg Capullo (Dark Nights: Metal, Batman, Reborn, X-Force, Quasar, The Creech)
  • Sean Gordon Murphy (Batman: White Knight, Hellblazer: City of Demons, Punk Rock Jesus, Shaun of the Dead, Teen Titans, The Wake, Tokyo Ghost)
  • Tom King (A Once Crowded Sky, Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon, The Vision)
  • Clay Mann (Batman, Batman Eternal, Gambit, X-Men)
  • James Tynion IV ((DC’s Detective ComicsBatman, Teenage Mutant Turtles, The Backstagers, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Constantine: The Hellblazer)
  • Josh Williamson (Skybound, Flash Rebirth)
  • Frank Tieri (Wolverine, Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3)
  • Sam Humphries (Nightwing)
  • Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk Into a BarWe Can Never Go Home, The Archies)
  • Jonathan Glapion (Superman, Batman, Curse of the Spawn, Elektra: The Hand)

    Entertainment Guests

  • Stephen Amell (Arrow)
  • John Barrowman (Arrow)
  • Tom Welling (Smallville)
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville)
  • Cress Williams (Black Lightning)
  • Will Friedle (Batman Beyond)
  • Phill LaMarr (Justice League Unlimited)

Awesome Con runs from Friday, March 30 until Sunday, April 1 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. More information about Awesome Con and tickets are available at www.awesomecon.com.

Preview: Tales of Suspense #103

Tales of Suspense #103

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Travel Foreman (CA) Yasmine Putri
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The whole world was watching when Black Widow died. Hawkeye was there when her body was buried. There’s no chance in the world that Natasha Romanoff survived.

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