Archie Comics is evolving and coming on strong for 2015 as they diversify their offerings to appeal to new audiences. Along with an expected relaunch of an updated Archie book with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and a new live-action television show the legendary publisher already has an acclaimed best-selling horror series with Afterlife with Archie. Their Dark Circle imprint will feature a crime series, The Black Hood, and superhero title, The Fox. Look to Archie for the newest, freshest comics on the market.
BLACK HOOD #2
NEW SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “The Bullet’s Kiss, Part 2” The acclaimed crime series continues with another dose of deadly noir by two masters of the genre. When you steal from the underworld, the underworld will come looking for you—even if you’re a cop. Greg Hettinger has unwittingly crossed the city’s most fearsome drug lord—a man only known as “The Connection,” who sends two of his most fearsome lieutenants after Greg. It’s one thing to have trouble come knocking on your front door. But it’s another when it’s already inside your house…
Script: Duane Swierczynski Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick Cover: Francesco Francavilla Variant Covers: David Mack, Howard Chaykin On Sale Date: 3/25 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE FOX #1
NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! THE FOX is BACK! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO's Bored to Death) is once again united with Eisner award-winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) for FOX HUNT: Part One "The Situation": When a billionaire philanthropist prepares Paul Patton Jr's home town for demolition, our hero is sent on assignment to photograph the event. But what strange force lurks in the shadows, and why will it take Paul's alter-ego, THE FOX, to stop it? The answer is the beginning of a deadly FOX HUNT and you won't believe what happens next! Don't miss the debut issue from the critically-acclaimed team that brought you THE FOX: FREAK MAGNET, featuring FOUR all-new variant covers! With art from Dean Haspiel, David Mack, Thomas Pitilli, Ulises Farinas and Chris Samnee!
Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel Script: Mark Waid Art: Dean Haspiel, Jose Villarubia, and John Workman Cover: Dean Haspiel Variant Cover 1: Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson Variant Cover 2: David Mack Variant Cover 3: Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill Variant Cover 4: Thomas Pitilli On Sale Date: 4/8 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MAGAZINE #6
“The Nether-Realm”: The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they've been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches' purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she's now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. This magazine-sized version provides a perfect entry-point for new readers of the smash horror TEEN+ hit! Definitely NOT for all ages!
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art: Francesco Francavilla Cover: Francesco Francavilla On Sale Date: 3/18 48-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #260
Spring has arrived, the sun is shining, the weather’s getting warmer and Riverdale Lake is open for spring activities! And for Archie “spring activities” mean one thing: dating! Archie and Betty make a date to ride paddle boats at the lake—but Veronica wants in on the spring fling, too! When Archie actually *gasps* rejects Veronica in favor of Betty, could it be that our lovable player is changing—or will his day in the sun have him up a creek? Find out in “Unlucky Lake Date,” the fun lead story to this JUMBO Comics Digest!
Script: Tania del Rio Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 4/1 288-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
ARCHIE'S CAMPFIRE STORIES (TR)
Pack a bag, grab some friends and don’t forget the s’mores—it’s time to head into the wide-open wilderness! Join your favorite Riverdale residents for some good ol’ fashioned open-air adventures in this collection of favorite stories featuring Archie, Betty, Veronica and friends camping in the great outdoors! ARCHIE'S CAMPFIRE STORIES features tons of fun for one great low price!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Various 978-1-627389-42-6 $10.99/$11.99 CAN 5-1/4 x 8 TR 224 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/8
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #13
Archie and Veronica can’t seem to go a day without getting into some silly argument, so Archie comes up with a foolproof plan to prevent that from happening—he takes a vow of silence! If he can remain quiet for a whole 24 hours, there’s no possible way he could get into any squabbles with anyone… right? Is Archie’s plan infallible, or will he find himself wordlessly wandering into a war? Throw Reggie into the mix and anything’s possible! Find out Archie’s fate in “He’s Quiet a Guy!” the new lead story to this fun comics digest!
Script: Angelo DeCesare Art: Dan Parent Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 3/25 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #232
Betty & Veronica are both determined to show off their moves and become contestants on the hot new dancing TV series “SoDance Mania”! They’re ready to flaunt their dancing talents off to the world—and to out dance-number each other, too! The girls do whatever it takes to make sure their skills are top notch—but will they go too far? And will all of their hard work pay off? Find out in “Dippy Dancings,” the entertaining new lead story to this amusing comics digest!
Script: Alex Simmons Art: Dan Parent Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 3/25 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #11
When Archie starts starting to get worried about his gluttonous pal Jughead’s unhealthy eating habits, he tries to get him into exercising. It’s to no avail, however, since Jughead insists that any kind of strenuous activity gives him a rash. Archie thinks it’s all in Jughead’s jug-head, but how can he explain those bumps on Jughead’s skin after every sport? Find out if Jughead’s truly allergic to exercise in “Don’t Be So Rash,” the funny lead story to this comics digest!
Script: J. Torres Art: Bill Galvan Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 4/8 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
MEGA MAN #47
The penultimate chapter to the ultimate Mega Man epic is here! "The Ultimate Betrayal" Part Three: Mega Man must brave the many difficult challenges of Dr. Wily’s newest castle! Awaiting Mega Man in the trapped-filled halls of the ferocious fortress is the vicious and super-powerful Doc Robot! After seeing the pure destruction from this ferocious machine at Light Labs, does our hero even stand a chance? Or is the dreaded Doc Robot truly unstoppable?! The answers to these questions and more, plus cover art from the legendary Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante and a special new variant cover from fan-fav T.REX, all in this latest MEGA-issue!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Ryan Odagawa, Gary Martin, John Workman and Evan Stanley Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante “THE DOC IS IN” Variant cover by T.REX On Sale Date: 3/18 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC BOOM #6
What…What is that sound? No, really—what on earth is that noise? Waitaminute… is that the sound of go-karts??? IT… IT—IS! LET THE RACE BEGIN IN "EVERYBODY'S SUPER SONIC RACING" PART ONE! (IS THE CAPS LOCK STILL ON, OH WAITAMINUTE, there we go. Much better.) When Dr. Eggman sponsors a go-kart race around Sonic's Island home, you know that dude is up to no good. The rules are as follows: no special powers, no weapons, and everyone has to drive a kart to keep things fair. Since when does Eggy care about "fair"? What will happen to throw this race into a SPIN? How many rhetorical questions can we ask in one paragraph of solicit text?? Find out in this hyperbole-packed issue! Featuring cover art from Sonic comic extraordinaire Tracy Yardley, plus a new BOOM-Crew Sega art variant!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms Cover: Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms BOOM-CREW Variant cover art provided by Sega On Sale Date: 4/1 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #14
As Archie Action Comics races toward the WORLDS UNITE crossover event, prepare yourself with an all-new prequel tale: THE GENESIS PORTAL! When a strange energy signature appears on Sonic's shattered world, what could it mean for our heroes and their fight to save the planet? And what ominous implications will this have for the WORLDS UNITE event? Featuring new story and art from the superstar Archie Sonic team! The SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE gives you the world of Sonic the Hedgehog comics as you've never seen it before, with tons of comic stories, special features and exclusive articles on the latest and greatest in the world of everyone's favorite blue hedgehog-hero! This issue also features a special encore selection from the history-making "WORLDS COLLIDE" storyline, and much, much more! All this plus the extra features you love, an interview with Sonic newcomer Diana Skelly AND a super special shiny foil-enhanced cover featuring art by Sonic comic superstar Ben Bates!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms Cover: Ben Bates On Sale Date: 3/11 128-page, full color comic $9.99 U.S.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3: WAVES OF CHANGE (TR)
The new Sonic comic universe is here! Moving at the speed of sound, keeping the world free from robotic tyranny—it's SONIC THE HEDGEHOG! One of the oldest, most beloved video game icons speeds into brand new comic book stories with new friends, new foes and new adventures! In this volume of this new graphic novel series, Sonic is on the hunt for the seven Gaia Temples. Only their mysterious power can restore his world to normal! His quest takes him to places he's never been before—such as the bottom of the ocean! Join Sonic, Amy and Rotor as they encounter a whole new undersea world full of new friends, foes and monsters from the deep! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3: WAVES OF CHANGE collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #260-263.
Script: Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker Art: Jennifer Hernandez, Tracy Yardley, Ryan Jampole, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman, Matt Herms and Gabriel Cassata Cover: Ben Bates 978-1-62738-939-6 $12.99/$14.99CAN 6 5/8 x 10 3/16” TR 104 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/8
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #271
Grab a front row seat for the finale to the brawl-iest, punch-iest, contest-iest Sonic comic saga yet! "Champions" Part Four: It’s the battle you’ve all been waiting for (again!): Sonic versus Knuckles—for the title and the Chaos Emerald! The old rivalry blazes to life as the True Blue and Rad Red throw down for glory—and for the fate of the entire world! But with the vengeful Hooligans waiting in the shadows, and Metal Sonic en route, will they even get to finish their fight, or will their foes beat them to the punch? Featuring new cover art from Sonic art legend Tracy Yardley and a super-special new ARCADE VARIANT by the latest Sonic art superstar RAFA KNIGHT!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata Cover: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin and Ben Hunzeker Arcade Variant: RAFA KNIGHT On Sale Date: 4/8 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC UNIVERSE #74
The final showdown for the fate of the digital realm is HERE! "Spark of Life" Part Four: It’s pandemonium aplenty in this conclusion to the stunning “Spark of Life” story arc! Who, or what, is Phage? Introductions aren’t necessary—she’s creating havoc for our heroes anyway! Tails and Big—menaced by badniks and Dark Gaia Monsters alike! A Chaos Emerald—about to fall into enemy hands! Nicole—on the brink of deletion! Will Sally sacrifice it all to save her friends and the world? Only the dramatic conclusion to SPARK OF LIFE can tell! Featuring cover art from Sonic comic artist extraordinaire Tracy Yardley, and a special SEGA-art TAILS variant cover!
Script: Aleah Baker Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms Cover: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash and Ben Hunzeker TAILS Variant cover art provided by SEGA On Sale Date: 3/18 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #48
Archie keeps getting a special surprise gift every day: a “snackbox” filled with delicious treats and yummy goodies! The only problem is: he doesn’t know who is sending them, and they won’t stop coming! Will Archie find out the mystery snack supplier before he’s too full to move? Find out in “Snack Attack,” the hilarious lead story to this fun comics digest!
Script: Tania del Rio Art: Rex Lindsey Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 3/18 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
Cyber Force is back! A reimagining from Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill introduce a new beginning for the classic series.
CYBER FORCE #1
Writer: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill
Artist: Atilio Rojo
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: March 28, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
You don't have to be familiar with the original series to enjoy this new iteration. In fact, 'Cyber Force' #1 is your prototypical origin story where the players are introduced including a devastatingly lethal villain. It opens with said villain striking a huge terrorist strike brought vividly to life by Atilio Rojo. Humanity has become too dependent on technology and this act of terrorism is supposed to be the first wave of resistance, a preventive measure to keep humans from destroying themselves. In the aftermath of the attack of one of the world's biggest technology companies, one man survives, Morgan Stryker, maimed and severely wounded, unknowingly undergoes a transform…
Created, written, and drawn by Dan Panosian, 'Slots' #1 is his baby and he has a story to tell at his own damn pace. This beautifully illustrated story is centered squarely on former boxer Stanley Dance and his attempt to find redemption despite being someone without many redeeming qualities.
Writer: Dan Panosian
Artist: Dan Panosian
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: October 4, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
'Slots' is more of a character study than a rip-roaring crime caper but Panosian's protagonist is a charming cad, full of confidence, capable of swindling you out of a restaurant bill with a devilish grin on his face. He's headed back to Vegas to fulfill a favor he owes. He returns to his old haunts where everyone knows him and knows he must be playing some kind of angle. 'Slots' succeeds because Stanley is so magnetic even when he's a jerk he's interesting. So following him around town meeting up with old friends is…
Valiant announces ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, Incredible Hercules) and red-hot rising star CAFU (RAPTURE)! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!
Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the C…
John Wick's origin story continues! In the underworld of El Paso, Texas, a familiar face introduces an ex-con named John Wick to the local branch of the mysterious Continental Hotel, a neutral zone where professional killers spend their downtime. But can John adhere to the rules of the Continental? Or will his search for vengeance destroy his chances for a peaceful life? Also... does John Wick actually have...a cat?
John Wick #2
writer: Greg Pak
artist: Giovanni Valleta
cover: Giovanni Valleta (A)
Photo cover (C) In Stores 04/18/2018
Coming next week from Black Mask is BEAUTIFUL CANVAS, an elegant, gorgeously rendered, insanely twisted story that's kind of like The Professional if Leon was a queer hitwoman and Matilda was a boy with powers.
Written by Ryan K Lindsay (Eternal, Negative Space, DC Writers Program), illustrated by Sami Kivela (Abbott), and colored by Triona Farrell (Doctor Who), Beautiful Canvas was a breakout buzz book in 2017 that continues to garner increasing acclaim and attention. Synopsis:
Beautiful Canvas is 2017's smash hit warped crime miniseries about Lon Eisley discovering the similarities and differences between her job as a hitwoman and her new role as a mother-to-be when she finds out her girlfriend is pregnant.
Going from destroyer to creator/protector is a major swerve, but parents still have plenty of violent and brutal moments to contend with, especially when the world is full of pyrokinetic sleeper agents, animal/hybrid muscle-squads, and one hell of a nasty boss pulling your…