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The Amazing Spider-Man Gets Black Cat Covers from Mike Wieringo, J.G. Jones, and J. Scott Campbell

Black Cat didn’t commit the crime…but Spider-Man will need to befriend his once-foe-once-friend-once-crime-boss Felicia Hardy if he wants to solve this case!

This October and November, join Peter and Felicia Hardy in Amazing Spider-Man’s Black Cat arc, featuring two new variant covers by J.G. Jones (with colors by Paul Mounts), Mike Wieringo (with inks by Tim Townsend and colors by Jason Keith) and a Hidden Gem variant by J. Scott Campbell (with colors by Nei Ruffino).

The excitement starts this October – don’t miss the start of the action in Amazing Spider-Man #8, on sale October 24th at your local comic shop!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art and Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Black Cat Variant Cover by J.G. JONES (AUG188288)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art and Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Black Cat Variant Cover by MIKE WIERINGO (AUG188290)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art and Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Black Cat Variant Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (AUG188289)

Preview: The Amazing Spider-Man #5

The Amazing Spider-Man #5

(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Things look bad for Peter Parker…
• …but GREAT for Spider-Man!
• The first arc of the epic new run on ASM comes to a climactic finish!

Preview: The Amazing Spider-Man #4

The Amazing Spider-Man #4

(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 22, 2018
SRP: $3.99

PETER PARKER VS. SPIDER-MAN?!
PETER PARKER & SPIDER-MAN IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME?!
• Things are crazy for Spider-Man. His personal life in turmoil, the giant TRI-SENTINEL returning to attack NYC…
• …and someone is out there impersonating Peter Parker!
• Is it the Chameleon? An LMD? Ultimate Peter Parker making his Marvel U debut? Think again, True Believer!

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #1

An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain!

Despite by disdain for writer Nick Spencer‘s recent Secret Empire, his writing on Superior Foes of Spider-Man (which if you haven’t read, it’s excellent) had me interesting in reading his debut on Spider-Man with The Amazing Spider-Man #1. After one issue, I already long for Dan Slott. Spencer excels when he focuses on humor but it seems that’s only the case when paired with artist Steve Lieber, his partner in crime on Superior and Spencer’s Image Comics series The Fix. Here, he works with artist Ryan Ottley coming off of his impressive work on Skybound’s Invincible.

Spencer’s first focus? Stripping everything that’s left of Peter Parker really setting him up for basics and to start from scratch. He’s already lost his company but what’s left to take? Spencer finds some things and in that sense the comic is interesting. The issue is that everything is delivered in such quick, rapid, bursts, it’s hard to stay focused. Again, this feels like Spencer’s previous comedic work, but this issue shows that Lieber was a key to bringing the quick hits together into a cohesive narrative.

Ottley’s work looks good. In fact, it looks like Ottley’s previous work in that Peter and MJ look a lot like the characters from Invincible. Ottley has a distinctive style and while characters vary, there’s a familiarity of them that makes them all seem a bit too recognizable. Ottley is joined by inker Cliff Rathburn, colorist Laura Martin, and letterer Joe Caramagna. The art combined with the story creates an ADD-like experience that can’t focus and delivers a lot in a scattershot way. It looks good though, and there’s a lot thrown in there for Ottley and crew to work with as so many heroes are depicted (and since when is Black Cat a good guy again?) doing battle.

The comic sets up a lot and features a return to the more humorous Spencer but something doesn’t click like his previous work. I can only conclude it’s the art which doesn’t gell. There’s some good ideas though, and potential fun. But, when a first issue has you longing for the previous creative team, that’s not a good sign. Spencer had a goal with this issue, strip everything that Peter still has and in that sense, it succeeds in setting up what’s to come with a new direction.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Ryan Ottley
Ink: Cliff Rathburn Color: Laura Martin Lettering: Joe Caramagna
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Archie Celebrates 700 Issues with a New Creative Team Plus Betty & Veronica #1 in December

Archie and the Riverdale gang have delighted generations of fans through comics and television series for over seventy-five years. This fall, the longest-running series in the Archie Comics lineup reaches a major milestone with November’s Archie #700, kicking off a bold new era in Riverdale history.

Written by Nick Spencer with art by fan-favorite Marguerite SauvageArchie #700 picks up several months after the climax of writer Mark Waid’s historic run on the reimagined Archie series, which reaches its conclusion this Wednesday in issue #32.

Launching in November, issue #700 sees Archie and his friends returning to school with new storylines, new mysteries unfolding, and a bombshell secret romance soon to be revealed.

Additionally, this October will see the release of Archie #699, a special recap issue that covers the key events from the ARCHIE series including the #LipStickIncident, Over the Edge, Heart of Riverdale and more. This issue will be available at comic book shops and digitally for a special promotional price of $1 and is geared towards new and returning readers.

Changes to the flagship Archie series aren’t the only shakeups in store. Best friends Betty and Veronica will once again headline their own series in December’s Betty & Veronica #1. Spearheaded by writer Jamie L. Rotante, fresh off her critically acclaimed alternate universe series Betty & Veronica: Vixens, the new mini-series sees B&V dealing with the life changes of senior year and the impending threat of splitting up as they each make plans for college and beyond.

The launch of Archie #700 and Betty & Veronica #1 this fall is just the start as more new stories and new perspectives by the comic industry’s top creators are in the works as Archie Comics heads into 2019.

Amazing Spider-Man #3: Peter Parker vs. Spider-Man?! What?!

Amazing Spider-Man is kicking off an all-new adventure this summer, when celebrated creative team Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley take the webslinger to new heights – featuring new villains, new challenges, new relationships, and more!

Peter Parker vs…Spider-Man? Find out in Amazing Spider-Man #3, out this August 8th featuring a cover by Ottley! Amazing Spider-Man #1 is out July 11th.

Preview: Doctor Strange: Damnation #4

Doctor Strange: Damnation #4

(W) Donny Cates, Nick Spencer (A/CA) Rod Reis
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $4.99

• It’s DAMNATION NATION! Mephisto’s on a hot streak that won’t stop! Every team that’s faced him has fallen, while more of the country falls under his influence.
• There’s just one card left to play: Wong versus Mephisto…ALONE!
• Who escapes alive, who escapes undead and who doesn’t escape at all? DAMNATION is going out in a blaze of glory, and you GOTTA see who gets burned!

Exclusive Preview: Doctor Strange: Damnation #3

Doctor Strange: Damnation #3

Story: Donny Cates, Nick Spencer Art: Szymon Kudranski
Color: Dan Brown Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover: Rod Reis
Variant Covers: Ron Lim, Rachelle Rosenberg; Greg Smallwood; Leinil Francis Yu, Morry Hollowell
Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Editor: Nick Lowe Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Wong’s makeshift Midnight Sons (Iron Fist! Blade! Moon Knight! The Scarlet Spider?!) stand against a whole platoon of Ghost Riders!

Preview: Doctor Strange: Damnation #2

Doctor Strange: Damnation #2

(W) Donny Cates, Nick Spencer (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Rod Reis
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Mephisto has taken up some major real estate in Las Vegas, but he’s not going to stop there. He’s got the rest of Earth on his “TO GET” list and only Doctor Strange can stop him.
• The only downside? Strange went into Mephisto’s Hotel Inferno to confront him and has not been seen since.
• Add the fact that the devilish villain has already corrupted several Avengers, and Wong and his rag-tag group of mystical heroes look like they’re in serious trouble.

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