They say the Hangman is nothing more than an urban legend. A spook story told to scare criminals straight. But those who encounter him—like hitman "Mad Dog" Mike Minetta—know different. They know that when he comes for you… you're dead already. Join fan-favorite writer Frank Tieri (WOLVERINE, BATMAN) and artist extraordinaire Felix Ruiz (WOLVERINE MAX, HALO) for an ongoing tale of horror, the supernatural and violence... and learn why some men may never be redeemed.
Script: Frank Tieri Art: Felix Ruiz CVR A Reg: Felix Ruiz CVR B Variant: Timothy Bradstreet CVR C Variant: Francesco Francavilla CVR D Variant: Robert Hack On Sale Date: 11/4 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE BLACK HOOD #6
THE ACCLAIMED DARK CIRCLE SERIES RETURNS! “Flor de Muerto” After the soul-crushing events of “Bullet’s Kiss,” disfigured cop Greg Hettinger leaves Philly and checks into a Southern California rehab clinic. But a plane ride can’t separate Greg from his troubles. A fellow patient believes her former drug dealer (and lover) has sent someone to kill her, and it’s up to Greg to figure out which member of their circle is preparing to pull the trigger...
New to the dark, twisted world of The Black Hood? Then check yourself in for this thrilling one-shot from novelist Duane Swierczynski and superstar artist Howard Chaykin.
Script: Duane Swierczynski Art: Howard Chaykin, Jesus Aburto, Rachel Deering CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla CVR B Variant: Howard Chaykin CVR C Variant: David Mack CVR D Variant: Greg Smallwood On Sale Date: 10/28 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE BLACK HOOD VOLUME 1: THE BULLET'S KISS (TR)
COLLECTING THE BESTSELLING DEBUT ARC FROM THE ACCLAIMED TEAM OF SWIERCZYNSKI AND GAYDOS! A man driven to the brink, blacklisted and left brutally changed must crawl through the wreckage of his life to defeat a gang of deadly criminals hell-bent on setting the streets of Philadelphia aflame. Fueled by rage and empowered by years of experience upholding the law, the new Black Hood is a visceral, conflicted and flawed urban vigilante—but he's also the city's last hope. A modern crime noir tale introducing readers to the newest—and deadliest—hero in the Dark Circle Comics lineup.
Script: Duane Swierczynski Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick Cover: Michael Gaydos 978-1-61988-962-0 $14.99/$16.99 CAN 6 5/8 x 10 3/16” TR 144 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/7
ARCHIE COMICS 1000 PAGE COMICS GALA (TR)
In this edition of the ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS series, you’re invited to a GALA featuring hilarious stories from Archie & his pals ‘n’ gals! For over seven decades, Archie and his friends have been making everyone laugh, with their dating hijinx and misadventures at Riverdale High School! Everything’s Archie in the largest Archie collection series EVER—offered at an incredible value price!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Various 978-1-62738-999-0 $14.99/$15.99 CAN 4 7/8 x 6 9/16” TR 1000 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/4
ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: BLOCK PARTY (TR)
Get ready to PARTY with all of your favorite friendly neighbors of Riverdale! This collection is a celebration of the best parties and shindigs Archie and his friends have thrown over the years! This fun, pocket-sized collection features 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite music-themed stories, presented in high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover.
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Various 978-1-62738-800-9 $5.99/$6.99 CAN 4 7/8 x 6 9/16” TR 128 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/28
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #19
The holidays are here and Archie has already solved his usual Christmas crisis: what to get Betty & Veronica?!? He has settled on two very appropriate gifts for each of the girls—at least that’s what he thinks! When Betty starts feeling like she’s always getting the short end of the stick in terms of presents, her luck begins to change—is it because of a Christmas miracle? Or is it all thanks to a certain S-wearing Christmas elf? Find out in “The Christmas Elf,” the fun and festive new lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Tom DeFalco Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 10/28 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
BETTY & VERONICA #278
It’s the dawn of a new beginning for Betty and Veronica! Go to one final prom with Betty and Veronica before the Riverdale High School gym is torn down! The girls commemorate this momentous occasion with a magical trip down Memory Lane, where they reminisce about past dances—the romance, the tears, the laughter, all of Archie's awkward dance moves, all the times he made a date for the same night with both girls… wait a minute, maybe it wasn’t all that great! This time the girls turn it around on Archie for one “Last Dance” in this monumental issue of Betty and Veronica!
Script: Dan Parent Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli Cover: Dan Parent CVR A Reg: Dan Parent CVR B 90s Variant: Dan Parent CVR C 80s Variant: Dan Parent CVR D 70s Variant: Dan Parent CVR E 60s Variant: Dan Parent CVR F 50s Variant: Dan Parent On Sale Date: 10/21 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #238
“The Many Loves of Archie Andrews” part 2! Eight girls have entered Archie in the "Best Boyfriend of the Year" contest—but wait until you see who Archie has nominated! Let’s just say, she’s a seasonal love interest. And she’s not the only Christmas gal to spice things up! But just how long will Betty & Veronica stay merry before they start getting mad? Archie’s usual love triangle gets a festive twist in this fun, brand new ongoing lead story to this JUMBO comics digest!
Script: Dan Parent Art: Dan Parent Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 10/28 288-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #17
Christmas is coming to Riverdale! Archie and Jughead decide to score points with their principal, Mr. Weatherbee, by generously donating a Christmas tree to Riverdale High. They choose the best—and biggest—tree the Christmas tree farm has to offer. But when the boys run into some issues with transporting the gigantic fur, their generous idea may turn into more trouble than it’s worth! Find out if they can get on Mr. Weatherbee’s good side and spread some Christmas cheer—or if they’ll be spending their holidays in detention in “Trees are the Times,” the hilarious holiday brand new story that starts off this Comics Annual!
Script: Fernando Ruiz Art: Fernando Ruiz Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 11/11 192-page, full color comic $5.99 U.S.
MEGA MAN #54
MEGA MAN's long lost brother RETURNS in "Red Shift": Break Man answers the call of... a ghost?! How is it possible that Dr. Wily is STILL alive?! And what haunting secret will he use to keep Break Man under his control? It's up to Blues to do some soul-searching! Will he remain broken, or will he finally become a hero like his brother? Featuring cover art by long-time Mega Man artist Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante and a Proto Man variant cover by comics superstar Brent McCarthy!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, John Workman & Matt Herms Mega Man #54 CVR A Reg: Patrick Spaziante Mega Man #54 CVR B Variant: Brent McCarthy On Sale Date: 10/21 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S
SONIC BOOM VOL. 2: BOOM SHAKA-LAKA (TR)
Brace yourself for the SONIC BOOM! The hit multimedia Sonic experience comes to you in the action-packed, laugh-a-minute comic book series! Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks find themselves caught up in more zany adventures! Dr. Eggman asks the question: "Where does a one ton, fearsome gorilla sit?" The answer: "Wherever he politely asks to!"—wait, what?! Dr. Eggman has a problem-how can he betray the trust of the villagers when they don't trust him to begin with? The mad mechanic pulls out all the stops to woo the wary would-be victims, but he gets more than he counted for when Sonic and his pals decide to become his staff! Then it's off to the races as Dr. Eggman goads Sonic into competing in a go-kart race! Sonic puts the pedal to the metal-because if he put his feet to the track, he'd win without question! But there's no way Dr. Eggman will run a clean race! This volume collects SONIC BOOM #5-7 and #11.
Script: Ian Flynn, Bill Freiberger & Sam Sandak Freiberger Art: Steven Butler, Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms Cover: Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms 978-1-62738-994-5 $12.99/$14.99 CAN 6 5/8 x 10 3/16" TR 104 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/11
SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE VOL. 1: DEADLY FUSION (TR)
The sequel to the record-shattering Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover is here! You saw what happened when "Worlds Collide," now brace yourself for when WORLDS UNITE! Dark forces have come together in the far future! The vicious conqueror, Sigma, has cheated death again and escaped the justice of X and the Maverick Hunters. He's crossed space and time to join forces with Zavok and the malicious Deadly Six of Lost Hex! Sonic and Mega Man could save us-but they've gone missing! Now the Freedom Fighters of Sonic's world and the Robot Masters of Mega Man's world must take up the fight to save their heroes and stop the coming tide of darkness! WORLDS UNITE features guest appearances by the cast of SONIC BOOM, MEGA MAN X and some of CAPCOM and SEGA's biggest stars! This volume collects WORLDS UNITE parts 1-4 from Sonic Universe#76, Sonic Boom #8, Sonic the Hedgehog #273,Mega Man #50 and selections from Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1.
Script: Ian Flynn, Various Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Jack Morelli, Rachel Deering, Luis Antonio Delgado & Elaina Unger Cover:Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante 978-1-62738-998-3 $14.99/$16.99 CAN 6 5/8 x 10 3/16" TR 136 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/4
SONIC SAGA SERIES 9: THE EGGMAN WARS (TR)
The SONIC SAGA graphic novel series returns! This volume is all out WAR! Dr. Eggman's forces have grown thin and his city is destroyed. It's time to strike! Sonic leads the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix in a high-speed blitz to liberate the world! But Dr. Eggman's army won't go down without a fight-or will they? Even as the dust settles, a new conflict threatens to blaze up out of the ashes! What is the Iron Dominion, and is their fearsome might too much for Sonic to handle? And what role does Dr. Eggman's lackey, Snively, play in all this? It's all action and intrigue in this latest installment of the SONIC SAGA SERIES! Collects select stories from Sonic the Hedgehog #s 199-202.
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Tracy Yardley, Renae Deliz, Jim Amash, Tery Austin, John Workman, Teresa Davidson, Matt Herms, Jason Jensen & Josh Ray Cover: Tracy Yardley 978-1-62738-996-9 $12.99/$14.99 CAN 6 5/8 x 10 3/16" TR 104 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/18
SONIC SUPER DIGEST #14
Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history as Sonic and his friends embark on daring adventures, face evil villains and save the day one chili dog at a time! Spin into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring awesome cover art from Tyson Hesse and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Tyson Hesse On Sale Date: 11/4 128-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #278
SONIC's planet-wide chase CONTINUES!"Face of the Enemy" Part One: Sonic, Antoine and Big head to Shamar to rescue another Gaia Key Guardian! They're calling in the reinforcements and getting some help from the local Freedom Fighters-but will that really be enough to get past the fearsome Egg Army? Then, in "Hidden Costs" Part Two: Get ringside seats to Bunnie vs. Cassia. It's the can't-miss Cyborg fight of the century! Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and a "Maniacal" variant By CG artist Rafa Knight!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Elaina Unger CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight On Sale Date: 11/11 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC UNIVERSE #81
SILVER FIGHTS for his FUTURE in "The Silver Age" Part 3: Silver is at the mercy of the heartless council, but their cold nature is nothing compared to the evil then unleash! Gold's mysterious past is now revealed, as well as how it's tied to the current calamity. Will it be up to Silver to save his future once again? Featuring cover art by long-time Sonic Comic artist, Tracy Yardley and a "To the Future" variant by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms CVR B Variant: Adam Bryce Thomas, Terry Austin & Steve Downer On Sale Date: 10/28 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S
It's that time of year again. What comics site is complete without an obligatory "Best of 2017" list? No doubt it's been a crazy year in so many ways and the comic book industry is no different. But instead of concentrating on the scandals and controversies all that matters is the fruit of so many talented peoples' labor who've produced some amazing stories. These are just some of the best independent comics of 2017.
DISCLAIMER: [Editor's Note] Spartantown relies on the generosity of independent comic book publishers to provide review copies in order to post reviews. Thanks to companies like Image Comics, Valiant Entertainment, Archie Comics, Dynamite Comics, Black Mask Studios, Action Lab, and occasionally others, I've had access to some wonderful stories that otherwise I would have missed. I don't get review copies from mainstream publishers like DC Comics and Marvel so this "Best of..." list is far from comprehensive but a good sample …
The hunt continues for a deadly rogue alien accused of killing a human. ESA agents Rice and McIntyre abide by different rules which make this pursuit a tense, precarious affair. A city on shut-down, a cop with a hair-trigger, and a showdown that could alter intergalactic diplomacy forever.
PORT OF EARTH #3
Writer: Zack Kaplan
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: January 10, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
'Port of Earth' continues to evolve from a savvy sci-fi premise to a thrilling cop drama to a thought-provoking commentary on American worker displacement and the otherness of aliens as an allegory for immigrants. It's not heavy-handed mind you but there are layers to Zack Kaplan's story. When you consider the seismic change an alien technology that helps turn water into an efficient and powerful energy source would have on the planet it's inevitable that it would set off a societal chain reaction. Especially for those displaced by…
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…
The Princess of Mars is set to return to her throne this January, as Dynamite Entertainment announces the relaunch of one of their most beloved characters, Dejah Thoris. Writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, KISS) will bring the strong, iconic character back to the comics in the debut issue Dejah Thoris #0, which will retail for 25 cents and allow fans to join the adventure at this introductory price.
This replicates the outstanding debut of Sheena #0, which broke 120,000 sales. Retailers can confidently stock their shelves with extra copies of this red-hot new series.
This exciting prequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs' beloved book, A Princess of Mars, will delve into the untold story of the classic Red Martian princess! After learning of the legendary Gardens of Mars from her grandfather, Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, sets off on a dangerous scientific expedition to save her dying planet. But things don't go the way she planned when she encounters a mysterious Green Martian…
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 …