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.
DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.
The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume.
For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …
After a raucous debut, 'Death and Glory' takes a weird turn. Like a really weird turn. Imagine David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino had a baby and out came out issue two of this new series from Rick Remender and Bengal. The question is is that a good or bad thing?
DEATH OR GLORY #2
Writer: Rick Remender
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: June 6, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
With a botched heist job, a bullet in her side, and all her money gone, Glory wrestles with what to do next. The cargo her ex-husband was trafficking wasn't drugs but people and after putting them all safely on a bus to Arizona, she's broke and being attended to by one of the Brazilians that stayed behind. Her scheme was pretty straight-forward - rob the money that the dirty sheriff was going to transport and use it for her dad's surgery. Easy peasy. Then it all went to hell as the sheriff recognized her, she dropped the money, and now no one is happy, not the sheri…
J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:
Image/Top Cow announce an all-new, sinister ongoing science-fiction series—INFINITE DARK—by Ryan Cady and Andrea Mutti with colorist K. Michael Russell that will hit stores this October.
In INFINITE DARK, the universe has ended, but humanity has survived. For years, the passengers and crew of the vessel Orpheus found the endless void between realities to be a surprisingly peaceful home.
Then they found a body—bloodied, brutalized, and surrounded by inscrutable runes. As Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the Orpheus' first murder, she'll come face to face with a horror from beyond the confines of time itself…
INFINITE DARK #1 will launch from Top Cow/Image Comics this October 2018.