“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.
DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.
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 …
Image/Top Cow announce an all-new, sinister ongoing science-fiction series—INFINITE DARK—by Ryan Cady and Andrea Mutti with colorist K. Michael Russell that will hit stores this October.
In INFINITE DARK, the universe has ended, but humanity has survived. For years, the passengers and crew of the vessel Orpheus found the endless void between realities to be a surprisingly peaceful home.
Then they found a body—bloodied, brutalized, and surrounded by inscrutable runes. As Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the Orpheus' first murder, she'll come face to face with a horror from beyond the confines of time itself…
INFINITE DARK #1 will launch from Top Cow/Image Comics this October 2018.
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:
Barbarella is lost in a maze of Radically Unstable Space-Time, with Pulver Glain, his boys, and his smarter-than-smart gun Sally-Anne hot on her trail. But what’s at the heart of the maze is a threat - and a miracle - that none of them are ready for.
writer: Mike Carey | artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Butcher Billy (A), Hayden Sherman (B),
Daniel HDR (C), Giovanni Timpano (D),
Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
Butcher Billy (RI-B/W), Daniel HDR (RI-B/W)
Giovanni Timpano (RI-Virgin)