“The Lonely Crusade, Part 4” When he donned the Black Hood, Greg Hettinger swore to keep the awful truth from those he cares about most—his partner Devon, his friend Jessie. But he’s going to have to break those promises if he’s going to survive the death trap that the Crusaders have prepared for him... and nothing will ever be the same.
Script: Duane Swierczynski Art: Michael Gaydos, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering The Black Hood #10 CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla The Black Hood #10 CVR B Variant: David Mack On Sale Date: 2/24 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE HANGMAN #5
“Damned, Part 5” This is it—a battle that's been brewing for eons! The Devil vs. Asmodeus! With the fate of the Hangman in the balance! Will the outcome cost Mike Minetta his family... and his soul? Find out as Damned hits its startling conclusion!
Script: Frank Tieri Art: Felix Ruiz The Hangman #5 CVR A Reg: Tim Bradstreet The Hangman #5 CVR B Variant: Felix Ruiz On Sale Date: 3/2 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
The biggest comic series of the year continues into 2016! Archie and Jughead are on the outs with each other, and now Archie has no one to help him against the fury that is Hiram Lodge! Not even Veronica wants to go up against her own father! Rising star comics artist Veronica Fish (Howard the Duck, theRIVERDALE CW promo image) joins the legendary Mark Waid for another brand new issue of the hit series!
Script: Mark Waid Art: Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli Archie #6 CVR A Reg Cover: Veronica Fish Archie #6 CVR B Variant: Derek Charm Archie #6 CVR C Variant: Marguerite Sauvage On Sale Date: 2/17 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE: VOLUME 1 (TR)
ARCHIE, one of the longest-running titles in comic book history, is rebooted here in this full-color collection that brings together two of the most talented creators in comics, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Together they create a surprising and definitive take on the origins of everyone's favorite redheaded teen and his friends while showcasing the beginnings of the historic love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica. The book captures the bite and hilarious edge of Archie's original tales in a modern, forward-looking manner, while still retaining the character's all-ages appeal. ARCHIE Vol. 1 collects ARCHIE #1-6 and features bonus content including scripts, sketches and variant covers.
Script: Mark Waid Art: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli Cover: Fiona Staples 978-1-62738-867-2 $19.99/$21.99 CAN 6 5/8 x 10 3/16” TR 160 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/9
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE COMICS ANNUAL #19
Veronica puts all thoughts of Archie aside when her parents reveal that one of her old friends from summer camp has blossomed into a Hollywood hunk and is coming to their house for a visit. But when Ron gets a glimpse at the tanned California girls this leading man seems to favor, will she go several steps too far to try and transform herself into his ideal love interest? Find out in “Orange You Lovely,” the brand new lead story to this comics annual, featuring even more pages of fun!
Script: James Gartler Art: Bill Galvan Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 3/9 192-page, full color comic $5.99 U.S.
ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: HIGH SCHOOL HIJINKS (TR)
Get ready for some classroom calamity with all of your favorite Riverdale High School students! This edition collects the best high school stories from Archie and his friends! This fun, pocket-sized collection features 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite school-centric stories, presented in high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover.
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Various 978-1-62738-866-5 $5.99/$6.99 CAN 4 7/8 x 6 9/16" TR 128 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/2
BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #241
This time in “the Many Loves of Archie Andrews,” Archie has decided to set his sights on Sabrina the Teenage Witch! And, after being dumped by her long-time boyfriend, Harvey, Sabrina’s ready to move on—and our red-headed Romeo is just the mortal to do the trick! There’s only one person who’s standing in the way of true romance—actually, make that two people—Sabrina’s aunts Hilda and Zelda! If you think Mr. Lodge and Archie have clashed before... wait until you see Archie vs. Zelda and Hilda in “Witch Way Out?” the brand new lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Dan Parent Art: Dan Parent Cover: Bill Galvan, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 2/17 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
B & V FRIENDS COMICS ANNUAL #247
Betty and Veronica just can’t agree who has the more difficult life. Betty says that her financial status means she has to work extra hard, while Ronnie says that her parents put a lot of pressure on her to measure up to the Lodge family name. There’s only one way to settle this argument: by trading places for a day! When the girls have to walk in each other’s shoes, what will they learn about their BFF—and themselves? Find out in “Room for Improvement,” the brand new lead story to this comics annual featuring even more pages of fun!
Script: Angelo DeCesare Art: Dan Parent Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 2/24 192-page, full color comic $5.99 U.S.
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #19
When Mr. Lodge needs some assistance fixing up Lodge Manor, Archie and Jughead offer to help make some repairs. Mr. Lodge isn’t sure he trusts them, but with the power of “how-to” videos on MyTube, Archie promises that they can fix anything—and for free! Will Archie and Jughead be regular fixer-uppers, or will Mr. Lodge end up getting exactly what he paid for? Find out in “Fixit Friends,” the hilarious lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Francis Bonnet Art: Fernando Ruiz Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 3/2 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
SONIC / MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE VOL. 2 "Broken Bonds"
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! Sigma—the brilliant villain from the future—has fused the worlds of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man together! Now he feeds on the super-planet's energy to become unstoppable! It's up to Sonic and Mega Man to raise an army to fight the time-hopping villain. Joining them are the Freedom Fighters, the Robot Masters, X and his Maverick Hunters, Sticks and her friends, and—Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily?! But it won't be easy, as Sigma uses his powers to reach across space and time to recruit an army of his own! It's a battle of epic proportions to save the Unified World! Featuring the introduction of the STREET FIGHTER cast, including Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile and Ken! This volume collects WORLDS UNITE parts 5-8, including SONIC UNIVERSE #77, SONIC BOOM #9, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #274, MEGA MAN #51 and selections from the MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES plus special features!
Script: Ian Flynn and various Art: Edwin Huang, Gary Martin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata and various Cover: Patrick Spaziante 978-1-62738-868-9 $14.99/$16.99 CAN 6 5/8 x 10 3/16” TR 136 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/9
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #282
SONIC fights FIRE with FURY in "Wings of Fire" Part Two: When Sonic was infected with the Dark Gaia energy, he nearly all lost control of his mutant Werehog form. So what happens when an ancient and powerful phoenix gets turned to the dark side?! It’s a three-way battle as Sonic and Dulcy’s teams battle for their lives against the Dark Gaia Phoenix and Egg Army! Then, in “Shards and Sparks,” Knuckles and Mighty reunite to take on Egg Boss Thunderbolt! Featuring cover art by the terrific Tyson Hesse and a spooky "Horror Movie" variant by the mega-talented T. Rex!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata Sonic the Hedgehog #282 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse Sonic the Hedgehog #282 CVR B Variant: T. Rex On Sale Date: 3/9 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC UNIVERSE #85
Dr. EGGMAN gets CRACKING in "Eggman’s Dozen" Part Three: Dr. Eggman has assembled his evil Egg Bosses to take back his Egg Refinery from the Naugus Twins! The plan seems straight forward enough, but what happens when the Eggman's minions can't work together? Can the mad doctor scramble to survive or will his shaky alliances leave him fried? Featuring egg-tastic cover art by dynamite Diana Skelly and a wonderfully "Wicked" variant cover by artist supreme Dan Schoening!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms Sonic Universe #85 CVR A Reg: Diana Skelly, Jim Amash & Matt Herms Sonic Universe #85 CVR B Variant: Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio Delgado On Sale Date: 2/24 32-page, full color comic $3.99 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…