“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: Greg Scott, 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: 3/23 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE HANGMAN #4
"Damned, Part 4” Mike Minetta has not been the Hangman long but he already faces the hardest decision any Hangman has ever had to make—let his family die... or save them and defy the will of Heaven and Hell itself!
Script: Frank Tieri Art: Felix Ruiz The Hangman #4 CVR A Reg: Tim Bradstreet The Hangman #4 CVR B Variant: Greg Smallwood On Sale Date: 3/16 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: 3/30 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
Riverdale High was just the beginning as Principal Stanger’s despotic reach shuts down Pop’s Shoppe! Jughead and the gang need to stop him once and for all! Maybe with the help of the SuperTeens and… Iron Mantle??
Script: Chip Zdarsky Art: Erica Henderson, Jack Morelli Jughead #5 CVR A Reg Cover: Erica Henderson Jughead #5 CVR B Variant: Elliot Fernandez Jughead #5 CVR C Variant: Thomas Pitilli On Sale Date: 3/23 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
Hiram Lodge finally learns who his daughter, Veronica, is dating. And when he realizes that it’s the boy who destroyed their mansion-to-be, his resulting rage will upend the entire town of Riverdale in this next installment of the best-selling all-new ARCHIE series!
Script: Mark Waid Art: Veronica Fish Archie #7 CVR A Reg Cover: Veronica Fish Archie #7 CVR B Variant: Djibril Morissette-Phan Archie #7 CVR C Variant: Marguerite Sauvage On Sale Date: 3/30 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #267
When Mr. Weatherbee has had enough of the teens’ sloppy attire in the halls of his school, he decides to enforce a mandatory dress code for Riverdale High. Unfortunately, the new dress code is a bit too high class for some of the students. Can they afford to look presentable? Or will they end up making clowns of themselves? Find out in “Mess Code!” the fun, all-new lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Fernando Ruiz Art: Fernando Ruiz Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 3/30 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #242
In this next segment of "The Many Loves of Archie Andrews," we get the lowdown on Amisha Mehta, who recently moved to Riverdale with her family after her and Archie met in India when the Archies were on their world tour. Archie and Amisha are working on a Bollywood project for film class, but of course, Archie has ulterior motives—like winning her heart! But Amisha has her eye on Raj Patel! Yet another love triangle... Bollywood style! See how it all unfolds in “Hooray for Bollywood!” the lead story in this JUMBO comics digest!
Script: Dan Parent Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 3/23 256-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
JUGHEAD & ARCHIE SPRING ANNUAL #20
Archie and Vegas’s new trick has made a viral splash, and Archie’s collapsing under the pressure of his pup’s newfound popularity! Can Archie get everyone to quiet down, or will he and Vegas be doomed to never walk the streets of Riverdale in peace again? Find out in “Paws for Effect” the entertaining, new lead story to this special spring annual, featuring even more pages of fun!
Script: Adrian Ropp Art: Bill Galvan Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 4/13 192-page, full color comic $5.99 U.S.
SONIC SUPER DIGEST #16
Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Don’t miss all the excitement and action you love in stories from the Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and Sonic Boom™ comic series! 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 new cover art from CG artist supreme Rafa Knight and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Rafa Knight On Sale Date: 4/6 128-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #283
SONIC and the FREEDOM FIGHTERS are GO in "The Mission": Sonic and Sally put out the call to the world! They have the Chaos Emeralds, they have the Gaia Keys, and now they have a plan! And the central hero to it all is… Cream?! Then, in “Zero Hour,” Dr. Eggman finally tracks down Phage! And when Tails Doll gives the mad doctor some crucial info, will Sonic’s plans for saving the world fall apart? Featuring cover art by the delightful Diana Skelly and a “GUARDIANS” variant cover by the amazing Adam Bryce Thomas!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata Sonic the Hedgehog #283 CVR A Reg: Diana Skelly Sonic the Hedgehog #283 CVR B Variant: Adam Bryce Thomas, Gary Martin & Gabriel Cassata On Sale Date: 4/13 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC UNIVERSE #86
It’s the END for EGGMAN in "Eggman’s Dozen" Part Four: The final, frantic fracas is here! Dr. Eggman and his Egg Bosses square off against the Naugus Twins and the fearsome Crystal Sonic! Will everyone make it out of the battle alive? And who is the twelfth and final Egg Boss? All the action and answers are here! Featuring cover art by Mr. Sonic comics, Tracy Yardley and a “Baddie Bunch” variant by the radical Ryan Jampole!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms Sonic Universe #86 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Matt Herms Sonic Universe #86 CVR B Variant: Ryan Jampole On Sale Date: 3/23 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
TEAM BETTY VS. TEAM VERONICA (TR)
It's the ultimate battle for Archie's heart! Betty and Veronica, the best of frenemies, have been locked in a tug-of-war over Riverdale's favorite redhead for over 70 years. Will you root for Betty, the sweet and innocent girl-next-door, or for Veronica, the rich and sophisticated socialite? Will Archie finally be able to choose between them? Archie's girls go head-to-head in this excellent collection of winner-take-Arch stories featuring two books in one—each half features stories of one girl getting the better of the other, and readers can literally pick a side in the eternal battle of Betty vs. Veronica in this flipbook format graphic novel!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover(s): Harry Lucey 978-1-62738-870-2 $10.99/$11.99 CAN 5 ¼” x 8” TR 224 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/30
WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #57
When Archie’s emotional, bawling display at a romantic chick flick goes viral, Archie vows to prove his masculinity—no matter what that takes! Can he prove he’s not a crybaby? Or will he have to accept the fact that he’ll never be a macho man? Find out in “The Art of Chaos!” the hilarious new lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Pat and Tim Kennedy Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 3/16 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
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…
This is it! All your questions will be answered, all the mysteries revealed! What has obliterated humanity? What the hell happened to the moon? What is the true nature of the Hidden Jungle? Why do the heroes you know and love—Turok, Magnus and Doctor Spektor—seem like completely different people? And perhaps most importantly, how will the world be saved, and at what cost?
DOCTOR SPEKTOR PART 6: The story of the all-new master (and we use the term lightly) sorcerer continues... when Doc gets drunk & summons a demon – and good decision-making ensues! Sovereigns #5
writers: Ray Fawkes (main),
Aubrey Sitterson (Doctor Spektor)
artists: Johnny Desjardins (main),
Dylan Burnett (Doctor Spektor)
covers: Stephen Segovia (A)
Johnny Desjardins (B)
Fred Hembeck (C)
Kenan Yarar (D)
Stephen Segovia (RI-B/W)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen +
The next iteration of Witchblade has arrived and Top Cow has assembled another great creative team to bring the legendary wielder of the powerful artifact to life.
Writer: Caitlin Kittredge
Artist: Roberta Ingranata, Bryan Valenza
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: December 6, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Handed down from one worthy woman warrior to another for ions, the Witchblade gauntlet has chosen its next host in wartime journalist Alex Underwood. She suffers from PTSD and helps battered women find justice. The book opens with her bloodied and dying. The non-linear story jumps around from what led up to her situation, to helping an abused cop's wife, to having visions probably induced by the gauntlet. She rejects the growing power of the Witchblade it but that could kill her.
The trouble with origin stories like this is the predictability of passing the torch to another chosen one. We know that Alex will eventually take to the Witchblade and use…
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 …
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…