“The Lonely Crusade, Part 2” The Black Hood has tracked down the “Crusaders”—a mysterious group of vigilantes who have vowed to clean the “scum” off the streets of Philadelphia. But their first encounter leaves our man beaten, humbled... and hungry for payback. The Crusaders, however, have some payback of their own in mind. Especially when they stumble upon the Hood’s real identity...
Script: Duane Swierczynski Art: Michael Gaydos, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering The Black Hood #8 CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla The Black Hood #8 CVR B Variant: David Mack On Sale Date: 12/23 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE HANGMAN #3
“Damned, Part 3” From the very depths of Hell... a new Hangman arises! Can this newest incarnation of the urban legend do what it takes to save his soul—or will be walk the Earth forever unredeemed? He will if the demon Azmodeus has anything to say about it!
Script: Frank Tieri Art: Felix Ruiz The Hangman #3 CVR A Reg: Tim Bradstreet The Hangman #3 CVR B Variant: Peter G. Krause On Sale Date: 12/30 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE SHIELD #4
“Daughter of the Revolution, Part 4”
She has served her country well, fighting for US interests the world over. But when the Shield’s next mission ends in tragedy on American soil—a tragedy televised live to every home in the country—the true nature of Black Seven is revealed as the superhero the world has been waiting generations for becomes… Public Enemy Number 1!
Script: Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig Art: Drew Johnson, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick The Shield #4 CVR A Reg: Drew Johnson The Shield #4 CVR B Variant: Andrew Robinson On Sale Date: 12/16 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE: COLLECTOR'S EDITION
This direct market-only, 80-page special collects the first three issues of the landmark new Archieseries. Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways with a new school year, new changes, new questions and new storylines for the teens of Riverdale. Take another look at all of the gorgeous artwork by the incomparable Fiona Staples in this must-have collector special! And if you haven’t experienced the historical, groundbreaking new Riverdale yet, now is your chance to get in on the ground floor! This collector’s edition contains special features you won’t want to miss out on!
Script: Mark Waid Art: Fiona Staples, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli Cover: Fiona Staples On Sale Date: 12/16 80-page, full color comic $9.99 U.S.
The biggest comic series of the year presses on! Betty and Jughead have declared war on Veronica over the heart and soul of Archie Andrews! Who should you be rooting for? You might just be surprised by the answer! Rising star comics artist Veronica Fish (Pirates of Mars, the RIVERDALE CW promo image) joins the legendary Mark Waid on creative duties for this brand new issue!
Script: Mark Waid Art: Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli Archie #5 CVR A Reg Cover: Veronica Fish Archie #5 CVR B Variant: Thomas Pitilli Archie #5 CVR C Variant: David Williams On Sale Date: 1/6 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
Zdarsky and Henderson are back with another out-of-this-world issue of the all-new Jughead! Drones? Explosives? A firing range? Science class under the new regime of Principal Stanger has taken a turn for the dangerous. And who do you call when danger is about? I guess, uh, 9-1-1? But if THEY can’t help? You call Jones. Jughead Jones.
Script: Chip Zdarsky Art: Erica Henderson Jughead #3 CVR A Reg Cover: Erica Henderson Jughead #3 CVR B Variant: Khary Randolph Jughead #3 CVR C Variant: Ty Templeton On Sale Date: 12/30 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE WINTER ANNUAL #266
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and Archie and Reggie aren’t feeling the love! It’s been a non-stop fight between the two over Veronica’s affection! But Veronica’s got some plans of her own with a secret Valentine—and it looks like Archie and Reggie may need to team up to find out who their mutual competition is! See if they can win Veronica’s heart without losing their minds in “Love at First Fight,” the fun lead story to this special winter annual, featuring even more pages of frosty fun!
Script: Angelo DeCesare Art: Fernando Ruiz Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 12/30 192-page, full color comic $5.99 U.S.
ARCHIE GIANT COMICS JACKPOT
Archie fans old and new will hit the JACKPOT with this lot of awesome Archie Comics stories! This volume collects 480 more pages of iconic and amusing tales! Follow America's favorite red-head as he navigates the pressures of the American teenager in the awkward, charming and hilarious way you've come to know and love!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña 978-1-62738-802-3 $7.99/$8.99 CAN 4 7/8 x 6 9/16" TR 480 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 12/30
BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #239
In this installment of “the Many Loves of Archie Andrews,” The Archies and Josie & the Pussycats are teaming up once more for a special Valentine’s Day Concert! And we think Archie might already have a special someone in mind for his VAL-entine! But when Archie and Valerie go missing right before the big show, panic ensues as the bands figure out their show will go on! Will Archie and Valerie get there in time to make musical memories, or will the lovebirds be left out? Find out in “That’s Some VAL-entine!” the fun lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Dan Parent Art: Dan Parent Cover: Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 12/23 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE WINTER ANNUAL #18
Jughead has devised the perfect winter prank—and Archie can’t wait to team up with him and get as many people as they can! But with Veronica as their first victim, will they successfully pull off their winter tricks, or will itsnowball out of control and make the prankstersthe prankees? Find out in “Snow Struck,” the hilarious lead story to this comics double digest featuring even more pages of winter fun!
Script: Craig Boldman Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 1/6 192-page, full color comic $5.99 U.S.
SONIC SUPER DIGEST #15
Sonic Comic Origins continues this month with an ALL-NEW story featuring Razor the Shark! This never-before-seen tale showcases an EXCLUSIVE back-story to the underwater side of the new Sonic Comic universe with one of the most popular new characters to debut in the series! It's a real splash this month in Sonic Super Digest! Plus, 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! Race into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring super duper cover art from Tyson Hesse and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli, Matt Herms & Various Cover: Tyson Hesse On Sale Date: 1/13 128-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #280
SONIC'S WORLD TOUR CONTINUES in, "Keys to Victory": Sonic, Tails and Chip head to the Efrikan settlement of Mazuri to find the next set of Gaia Keys—but they’ll have to go through the tough and menacing Axel, the Egg Boss of the Efrika Egg Army, to find them! While deep in the heart of the Gaia Temple, Chip finds something incredible—but you’ll just have to wait and see what it is! Then, in “A Special Occasion,” Sally and Rotor are one girl’s only hope in a family emergency! Featuring awesome cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and an "Altered Beast" variant by the exquisite Erik Ly!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata Sonic the Hedgehog #280 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin & Ben Hunzeker Sonic the Hedgehog #280 CVR B Variant: Erik Ly On Sale Date: 1/13 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC UNIVERSE #83
EGGMAN'S BASE is UNDER ATTACK in, "Eggman’s Dozen" Part One: Dr. Eggman’s plans for controlling the shattered world were going perfectly—until now! The wizard warlords—the Naugus Twins—have taken over Eggman's base and Dr. Eggman’s source of Dark Gaia energy! No mere robots will do for this mission—the doctor’s going to need ALL his Egg Bosses! Featuring cover art by Mr. Sonic comics himself, Tracy Yardley, and an "Evil Genius" variant by CG artist supreme, Rafa Knight!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms Sonic Universe #83 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash & Matt Herms Sonic Universe #83 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight On Sale Date: 12/23 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #55
It's time for the Riverdale High School Winter Dance and Archie needs a date! Unfortunately for him, every girl in school has already been wooed by different guys’ over-the-top ways of asking their dates to the dance! Archie decides he's going to ask Betty to the dance and he's going to do it in the biggest, most elaborate way EVER—he’s going to build a giant cake that he can jump out of with his guitar and play Betty a song inviting her to the dance! Will Archie’s pastry plan work, or will his sophisticated scheme have him going stag to the biggest event of the season? Find out in “Take Your Cake and Beat It Too!” the hilarious lead story to this JUMBO-SIZED comics digest!
Script: Fernando Ruiz Art: Fernando Ruiz Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 12/16 256-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
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:
Kevin Tancharoen, the filmmaker that created the popular webseries, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, has returned to Machinima with his latest short film entitled The Gable 5 starring one of Joss Whedon's favorite action heroines, Eliza Dushku. The ties to the Whedon-verse are well intact as Tancharoen's brother-in-law is Jed Whedon, who co-produces along with wife Maurissa, the super spy drama Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. on ABC. Dushku once again shows off her killer moves in this dark and action-packed sci-fi short film.
Just in time for Father's Day, Screen Junkies in association with the online men's magazine, Made Men, are celebrating TV dads and they got R.J. Mitte who played Walt Jr. to Bryan Cranston's Walter White, the school teacher turned meth kingpin on AMC's Breaking Bad, to reminisce about what made Big Walt a great dad. Maybe he wasn't so bad after all.
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 …
This December, the Eisner Award-winning creative team of HELLBOY: KRAMPUSNACHT is reuniting for an all-new one-shot, HELLBOY &THE B.P.R.D.: THE SEVEN WIVES CLUB.
Written by legendary HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola and illustrated by acclaimed artist Adam Hughes, this ghostly yarn features Hellboy coming to the aid of a young girl whose ghost hunt in Savannah, GA goes terribly wrong. Things go from bad to worse, as they often do, when a visit to an abandoned medical school reveals sinister layers to a grisly long-ago murder.
“The Victorians used to read and tell ghost stories during the Christmas season,” said Mignola. “We might not be reading by candlelight these days, but I do like a good ghost story during the holiday season, especially when there are stolen cadavers, vengeful spirits, and art by Adam Hughes.”
“I’m dead thrilled to be collaborating with Mike again and flabbergasted as always that anyone wants to work with me twice,” said Adam Hughes. “This one’s so spooky, I’m onl…