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Preview: Archie #21

ARCHIE #21

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.

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

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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

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Preview: Archie #20

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: Project Superpowers: Hero Killers #1

Project Superpowers: Hero Killers #1

writer: Ryan Browne
artist: Pete Woods
covers: Pete Woods (a), Ryan Browne (b), Goran Sudžuka (c)
incentive cover: Ryan Browne (B/W art), Goran Sudžuka (B/W art), Pete Woods (“virgin art”)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Welcome to Libertyville U.S.A.! Home of too damn many superheroes! Watch out, crime, here comes Captain Battle Jr.! And Sparky! And Tim! Yeah, you know…Tim! What? You’ve never heard of them? Huh. Well, it’s hard to be a sidekick when there is a city full of capes running around stopping every misdemeanor with a spandex wrapped flourish. Now watch as things get weird when three lad companions (totally not weird) try to get to the criminals before their bosses do! From the insanity-riddled minds of Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) and Pete Woods (Robin, Deadpool). Prepare to feel the wrath of Tim!

Preview: Archie #19

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!

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: Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #5

Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #5

writer: Karl Kesel
artist: Dan Schkade
covers: Alec Morgan (a), Pete Woods (b)
incentive cover: Alec Morgan (B/W art)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

THE CYLONS ATTACK— WITH A NEW TYPE OF CENTURION! As Galactica tries to get civilian miners on a nearby planetoid to safety, their only hope may be Baltar’s rebuilt Centurion, Tallos. But will Baltar’s monster defend Galactica against its own, or lead the Cylon forces? Everything comes to an explosive finish you won’t want to miss! SO SAY WE ALL!

Preview: Archie #18

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).

Review: Cryptocracy #6

cryptocracy-6The Mars family base is under attack, besieged by Hum and his army of deadly cryptids. To save his people in this epic battle, Grahame must step forward as a leader, putting everything he cares about on the line to salvage the broken remains of the cryptocracy.

Things hit a stalemate in Cryptocracy #6 as the epic battle ends, with casualties on both sides. Yet something tells me this is far from the end of this series overall and that writer Van Jensen has more to come. The ending is a clear indication that more is to come, as questions still remain unanswered. Hopefully, the wait won’t be long for more issues.

The art by Pete Woods brings the brutality of battle to the forefront. The issue brings a cornucopia of cryptids on both sides, as they wage war on each other. While the explosive firefights are well done, the ending scene is a curious sight. It manages to tell one main thing, more is to come.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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New Series Artist Pete Woods Joins Archie With Issue #18! Check Out this Early Preview.

ARCHIE #18

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Andre Szymanowicz, 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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