“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 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 …
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:
The wacky world of Fox's Gotham has long embraced its brand of crazy. "Anything goes," seems to be the motto as the show has tried to fill in the blanks of a pre-Batman Gotham City. Besides making the future Commissioner Gordon an erratic hot-head, his future wife a sociopath, and brought back a villain from the dead, the latest stunt involves aging-up a teen Ivy Pepper magically into an adult to use her powers as a seductress. Executive producer Ken Woodruff explained this creepy premise to THR: We made the change for two reasons: The character Ivy in the comics, one of her greatest powers is the power of seduction. Everyone was much more comfortable with that with an older actress as opposed to a teenager. We want to explore that classic, canonical power of Ivy. And we didn't just make her older with that attack. When she's changed and transformed, there's a real character change as well. She'll still have some of the same traits, but she'll be much d…
Image Comics announces an all-new, original graphic novel Simon Says by Andre R. Frattino and Jesse Lee which will paint a post-World War II Europe in a scarlet shade of revenge this September.
Simon Says is a drama-filled, crime noir story that follows a former artist to the Führer who hunts down and seeks justice upon the Nazis he witnessed murder his friends and loved ones during the war. It is an original graphic novel inspired by true events and by a real-world Holocaust survivor, Simon Wiesenthal, an artist who lost his family and took justice into his own hands.
"Simon Says is about an innocent and gentleman, an artist, whose family and life are destroyed by a real-world event. Not something sci-fi or fanciful, but something that has happened and could happen again. In that way, it's the story of any of us, and how we would respond if who we were and what we had were lost,” said Frattino. "The real-life, famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, was quoted as once sayin…
Dead Beats is a 160-page full-color anthology of music-themed horror comics centered around the curiosities for sale at one peculiar record store by its enigmatic Shoppe Keeper.
..if you're looking for new or used vinyl, cassettes, CDs, gear, or merch, Dead Beats has the best selection in town. Of course, everything we sell has a story and our friendly Shoppe Keeper is happy to tell you all about it. All sales final
Edited by Joseph Corallo (Oh S#!t, It's Kim & Kim, Mine!) and Eric Palicki (This Nightmare Kills Fascists, All We Ever Wanted), Dead Beats features more than twenty comics stories and more than forty up-and-coming creators and industry veterans, as well as cover art and interstitial narrative illustrations by Lisa Sterle (Long Lost, Submerged).
From the Dead Beats introduction, illustrated by Lisa Sterle
From "Vanishing." Illustrations by Sally Cantirino from a script by Matthew Erman.
From "The Cursed Saxophone of Skasferatu." Illustrations by…