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Review: Riverdale #1

Don’t worry. You’re not seeing things. Riverdale #1 came out over a month ago, and so did the original review, but that was for the one-shot (the prequel to the hit television show). This is the brand new Riverdale comic, with similar writers, only this series will be on-going. It features what happens in between the television series episodes, so the two go hand in hand, feeding into the obsession that is the newly crazed Riverdale frenzy. Archie Comics is smart to capitalize on this opportunity, taking its show’s success and bringing in their viewers back to its roots (the comics).

I was pleasantly pleased with the writing in this issue, that primarily features Archie and Betty’s storylines, and will be disappointed if future issues don’t feature other coveted characters like Kevin and Veronica (whose storylines seem to be lacking in the show). I feel like it’s too soon to say, but there is potential for many ways for this to go wrong, as the show is doing by excluding their diverse cast’s backgrounds and storylines. I’ll have to get back to you on whether or not the Archie Comics team is doing all they can do to maximize their storytelling mediums.

I’m not a big fan of the art, which I always feel bad saying because I know the hard work artists put into comics, but it just isn’t my style. I feel the faces are too vague and lack detail. I wanted more character and liveliness from it, as I felt the original comics have, and even some of the new reboots.

I will keep reading, and even recommend, but only if you’re a fan of the show.  Since the two are a pair, readers will have the maximum Riverdale experience by staying up-to-date with both, and hopefully a lot of the missing storylines will be revealed and questions will be answered in this comic.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Will Ewing, Michael Grassi
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman Cover: Alitha Martinez
Variant Covers: Elliott Fernandez, Francesco Francavilla, Peter Krause, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Ron Salas
Story: 8 Art: Eh Recommend: Buy Only if Watching Television Show

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man TP

Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man TP

writer: Van Jensen
artist | cover: Ron Salas
FC • 128+ pages • $19.99 • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5!

The year is 1979. Iran has seized American hostages. Columbian drug cartels run rampant. Amid this deeply troubled world, Steve Austin – the legendary Six Million Dollar Man – is America’s best hope in its fight against innumerable enemies. When Steve discovers disturbing secrets in OSI’s past, he uses his cybernetic upgrades to rebel against the agency… but he’ll face plenty of threats, like an enemy cyborg, lasers, and ninjas!

Preview: Riverdale #1

RIVERDALE #1

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Will Ewing, Michael Grassi
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Riverdale #1 CVR A Reg: Alitha Martinez
Riverdale #1 CVR B Var: Elliott Fernandez
Riverdale #1 CVR C Var: Francesco Francavilla
Riverdale #1 CVR D Var: Peter Krause
Riverdale #1 CVR E Var: Djibril Morissette-Phan
Riverdale #1 CVR F Var: Ron Salas
On Sale Date: 4/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale comes the first issue of the MUST-READ, brand new, ongoing comic series. Set in the universe of the TV series, the Riverdale comic offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Josie & the Pussycats and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Preview: Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #5

Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #5

writer: Van Jensen
artist: Ron Salas
cover: Ron Salas
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The dissection of Steve Austin commences now. The race is on between O.S.I. agents and mad scientists alike to be the first to carve him apart and unlock the secret to building a cyborg army. Against overwhelming odds, and with the future in jeopardy, Steve has to hope he has at least one ally left.

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Preview: Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #4

Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #4

writer: Van Jensen
artist: Ron Salas
cover: Ron Salas
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Is there love in the air? Is that even relevant with the questions facing Steve Austin?  Such as… Is Steve losing his humanity? Who can he trust? Are his enemies bringing the world closer to the end times or to the precipice of the singularity? Who exactly ARE those enemies? As the answers start to reveal themselves, the ultimate question remains: Who will survive and what bionic parts will be left of them?

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Preview: The Shield #3

THE SHIELD #3

Script: Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig
Art: Drew Johnson, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: David Williams
Variant Covers: Joe Eisma, Ron Salas, Wilfredo Torres
On Sale Date: 10/12
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

“Daughter of the Revolution, Part 3” Captured by Walter Chase, the Shield is made a surprising offer—an invitation to join his government organization, protecting the country as she was born to do. But as her new missions take her well beyond national borders, the truth slowly dawns and the Shield must face the ultimate question: does she serve the United States of America… or its people?

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Preview: James Bond Hammerhead #1

James Bond Hammerhead #1

writer: Andy Diggle
artist: Luca Casalanguida
covers: Francesco Francavilla (a), Robert Hack (b), Ron Salas (c)
incentive cover: Robert Hack (B/W art), Francesco Francavilla (“virgin art”), Robert Hack (“virgin art”)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Bond is assigned to hunt down and eliminate Kraken, a radical anti-capitalist who has targeted Britain’s newly-upgraded nuclear arsenal. But all is not as it seems. Hidden forces are plotting to rebuild the faded glory of the once-mighty British Empire, and retake by force what was lost. 007 is a cog in a deadly machine – but is he an agent of change, or an agent of the status quo? Loyalties will be broken, allegiances challenged. But in an ever-changing world, there’s one man you can rely on: Bond. James Bond.

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Preview: Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #3

Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #3

writer: Van Jensen
artist: Ron Salas
cover: Ron Salas
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

This issue’s so packed with action and insanity that we just had to break the mold! This issue reads like no comic you’ve seen before! Join Steve Austin on a scenic tour of Germany’s cities, countryside and mountains—at 100mph while battling agents of OSI!  WE know Steve’s no traitor, but they don’t, and the stakes are more than just life and death—Steve’s very humanity is hanging in the balance!

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Review: Northguard #1

Northguard #1 CoverLeaping from the pages of Captain Canuck comes Northguard, Canada’s newest super-hero! His first mission: Track down The Aurora Dawn, a mysterious cult hoping to bring about the end of the world! Chapterhouse Comics‘ Captain Canuck reboot has garnered praise and critical acclaim, now see our take on another classic Canadian superhero, Marc Shainblum and Gabriel Morrisette’s Northguard!

Written by Anthony Falcone with art by Ron Salas, Northguard #1 is exactly what I expected and hoped for, a nice fun throwback in a similar vein as Captain Canuck. The comic is full of action as we’re quickly introduced to the mysteruous Aurora Dawn and Agent Wise, aka Northguard.

While each comic features Canadians in super suits, the two comics have a very different feel to them, though share very similar qualities. This comic too has action and avoids dark and gritty, but it’s also a bit darker in the beginning, and dealing with an cult it has a bit more of a horror vibe to it in some ways (especially that opening page).

What’s also missing is the Canadian factor. One thing I find really interesting with Captain Canuck is the use of French throughout the comic without translation. Northguard has a few French words thrown in, but lacks entire speech bubbles or characters that are specifically Canadian. Agent Wise is a pretty generic guy overall, which isn’t a bad thing, and so far there’s not enough of a supporting cast to really make things stand out with a distinct Canadian voice. The first issue also has the main character flying solo and working for the CIA, so that may be a reason why.

The art by Ron Salas is solid and fun. It keeps a consistent style with Captain Canuck, which helps create a coherent look to the world. The action is good and scenes are set up nicely, though some have a lot of empty space. It’s not bad in any way, I’d just have visually set some of the fight differently as opposed to panned out shots. There’s nothing that detracts and the art fits the tone of the comic.

I’ve been looking forward to Northguard #1 and had high hopes going in. The comic didn’t disappoint me at all and continues the solid work began in Captain Canuck. Chapterhouse Comics looks to have another fun series on its hands.

Story: Anthony Falcone Art: Ron Salas
Story: 7.75 Art: 7 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Preview: Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #2

Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #2

writer: Van Jensen
artist: Ron Salas
cover: Ron Salas
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Billionaire technologist Mick Gentle has promised to restore Steve Austin’s humanity, but there’s a catch. To remove Austin’s bionic parts, Gentle needs a Soviet device held in a top-secret base in East Berlin. But the Berlin Wall is just the smallest hurdle, as Austin squares off against enemy agents, killer robots, and mutant creatures birthed of the maddest mad scientists.

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