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Archie Comics Comes to Life at CW with 'Riverdale' Pilot Pick-Up

The Archie resurgence continues as the CW has officially picked up the pilot for the live-action adaptation entitled "Riverdale." Just in time for the 75th anniversary of the iconic and ageless teenager the pilot films this spring. The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. After successful efforts to diversify the 'Archie' brand through creative new titles including a relaunched and modernized flagship series, the kids of Riverdale are ready to crossover to live-action at a network that specializes in the angst-filled love lives…

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are Back in New "Justice League Action" Animated Series

There’s a new DC Animated Series on the way… and this one’s all about the action. Justice League Action is a brand new, quarter-hour series from Warner Bros. Animation that will be coming soon to Cartoon Network.

Featuring the return of Kevin Conroy as Batman, the Dark Knight will join with Superman and Wonder Woman and the rest of DC’s iconic team of heroes in a series that promises to put the action back in heroics. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling the bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes, are up to any challenge. Episodes will be eleven minutes in length, meaning that the action will be tightly-paced and exciting. And awesome!

Along with Conroy, Cartoon Network have announced that several other beloved DC Animated voice actors will be contributing to the series, including Mark Hamill as the Joker (!!!), James Woods as Lex Luthor, Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold and much more. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) will …

REVIEW: 'Faith' #1 by Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage, and Andrew Dalhouse

★★★★★ (5/5)
Let's get this out of the way now. Faith doesn't look like your stereotypical size zero superhero, she looks like an actual human being.She's a normal person with dreams and desires who happens to have extraordinary powers. It's just one of the refreshing things about Valiant's latest miniseries and with 'Faith' #1, Jody Houser and Francis Portela have launched an exciting and endearing new hero worthy of an on-going title. 
Having never followed her time with Unity, I was able to see Faith Herbert aka Zephyr with fresh eyes. Houser took the difficult task of establishing Faith as a transplant to Los Angeles while referencing her past with great balance and narrative execution. Like Faith, we're looking ahead and not dwelling on the past. A new city to explore, a new set of friends, a new life flying solo, figuratively and literally. Faith's positive outlook and heroism is empowering. 
This is a great jumping on point to enter the Valiant u…

Calculator Takes on Overwatch and Roy Harper Returns in New 'Arrow' Preview

The Calculator will wreak havoc in Star City despite the lame name. "This what happens when bad guys name themselves," Felicity says in the new trailer. She'll have to match wits with the newest baddie under her new codename Overwatch. Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) also returns but he's not in the 'Arrow' video promo unfortunately. 
"Arrow" airs on Wednesdays on the CW.


ROY HARPER RETURNS; NYSSA MAKES HER MOVE -- The team faces off against a formidable villain nicknamed The Calculator (guest star Tom Amandes). Meanwhile, Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) makes her move and Roy Harper (guest star Colton Haynes) returns to Star City. Kevin Fair directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Beth Schwartz (#412). Original airdate 2/3/2016.

REVIEW: 'Monstress' #3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

★★★★★ (5/5)
I can finish a comic in about fifteen minutes, thirty if it's dense with exposition. With 'Montress' #3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, I took a good hour reading it, admiring the intricate artwork, and re-reading certain sections. It is something to behold for all its complex world-building and elaborate illustrations. The manga influence is unmistakable but the baroque settings, ornate and delicate, take fantasy to whole new levels. 
I'd usually start the review discussing the writer's choices concerning the plot but there's no denying the integral artwork of Takeda. The delicate lines, the perfectly symmetrical shapes that make up the art-deco motif and inventive character designs indulge the eyes with extravagant precision. You have to admire to what lengths Takeda will go to convey Liu's vision. Every tentacle that emerges from Maika's stumpy arm is accounted for and each given the same amount of detail whether it's in the foreground…

NEW COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable Releases 1/27/16

Another incredible week of comics has arrived and there's so much to choose from. First, the new #1s. Old Man Logan #1, Faith #1, Strayer #1, AdventuresofSupergirl Digital First, and GhostbustersInternational #1 make up some can't miss debuts. Next, the trade paperbacks if you're looking for a longer read and maybe something to totally get wrapped up in. Jungle Girl: Season 3, Lazarus: PoisonVol. 4, Princeless Book One: Save Yourself, and Curb Stomp are very different for different tastes but all equally awesome. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Check out our notable new releases and the music-infused slideshow below. Happy reading!
NEW COMIC BOOK DAY 1/27/16 by Slidely Slideshow

Poli (the titular Interceptor herself) and Weep (badass rebel kid) find themselves at the mercy of Sherriff Arden Reeve and the blood-drunk Baroness of the North, Matilda. Trapped in a vampire prison, surrounded on all sides and dangerously pissed off, Poli and Weep fight for survival as th…

REVIEW: 'Strayer' #1 by Justin Jordan, Juan Gedeon, and Tamra Bonvillain

★★★½ (3.5/5)
Welcome to the colorful world of 'Strayer' from Justin Jordan, Juan Gedeon, and Tamra Bonvillain. Its larger than life hero for hire is the titular character who comes to town to save everyone from a ginormous Titan, a technologically advanced destroyer of mankind. This is a quirky dystopian tale unlike many others where man is complicit in its downfall sending humanity back to the dark ages and one woman thinks she can return it to "the time of dreams."
Jordan does a great job of setting up the mystery around Mala Tenboom who comes searching for help in the local pub. We meet her negotiating with a slimy mercenary when Strayer walks in. He's a giant of a man and not lacking for confidence. He's looking for the highest bidder of his services. There's a Titan headed their way and he's just the man for the job even if no one believes him. Mala may have found the help she needed. 
AfterShock Comics continues to unleash some top tier talent for …

'Agents of SHIELD' Gets Rightfully Skewered in New 'Honest Trailer'

Considering I watch 'Agents of SHIED' for the sole purpose of criticizing it fairly and as often as possible will tell you how much I enjoyed the latest 'Honest Trailer' from Screen Junkies. Call me a hater but Marvel is really holding 'Law & Order: Super Victims Unit' back from being a great show. It's sandwiched between really popular movies and critically acclaimed Netflix shows leaving the super spy show twisting in the wind. Something this video does a great job of addressing. 
When you're getting mostly inconsequential cameos from B-list heroes and being "tied" to the continuity of the films in the most awkward and slightest ways, what is this show but a placeholder for more exciting movies. 
Fans of the show swear they enjoy it and it has gotten a lot better since their first season. Well, that's great if you think so. Like what you like and God bless you. I'll take the Netflix shows, Agent Carter, and some of the Marvel movie…

'The Flash' Adds Allison Paige as First Female Speedster 'Trajectory'

The first female speedster to appear on 'The Flash' has been cast and is ready to wreak havoc on Central City. 'Days of Our Lives' actress Allison Paige will play Eliza Harmon aka Trajectory who arrives in town to create mischief and a headache for Barry Allen. 
TVLine had the scoop of the casting and describes her appearance in episode 16 as "Trajectory’s antics are misinterpreted as having been perpetrated by the Flash himself. Barry thus must quickly! uncover the mystery of who is the girl under the mask — as well as what is driving her mad desire for speed and destruction."
The arrival of the "first female speedster" makes me wonder if we'll ever see Jessie Chambers (Violet Beane), the daughter of Earth-2's Harrison Wells who's being held hostage by Zoom, become her comic book alter ego as the speedster Jesse Quick. I suppose it could still be a possibility leading to two female speedsters on the show but Trajectory is the only labeled…

PREORDER: 'The Fix' is In as Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber Bring a New Crime Series to Image

The Eisner-award nominated team of bestselling writer Nick Spencer (MORNING GLORIES) and artist Steve Lieber (Detective Comics, Whiteout) are in cahoots again for an all-new, ongoing crime series, THE FIX, which will be launching from Image Comics this April. 
"After working with Steve on Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and having so much fun there—it's an absolute thrill getting to work together again here at Image on a book that's creator-owned, and being able to push the envelope of our humor to new, um, lows,” said Spencer. “The Fix is us at our most demented, and it's a blast.” 
THE FIX is a story of the crooked cops, scheming mobsters, and corrupt politicians that run Los Angeles—and the sex toy that can bring them all down. Oh, and the hero is a drug-sniffing beagle named Pretzels. Bad people do bad things to each other in this frenetic, outrageous, sometimes off-putting new caper that gives nod to classic crime comics like CRIMINAL and 100 Bullets
Lieber added: &q…

PREVIEW: 'Ghostbusters International' #1 by Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Luis Antonio Delgado

There’s something strange in the neighborhood... and whether that neighborhood is in New York City or Venice, Italy, the Ghostbusters will be there! After a bust at the United Nations, the boys in gray are engaged to investigate an Old World haunting, where they begin to unravel a mystery that sends them around the globe (while still trying to keep their contract with the City, County, and State of New York!). Join us for the next chapter in Ghostbusters history — because you demanded it: GHOSTBUSTERS INTERNATIONAL!
STORY BY Erik Burnham
ART BY Dan Schoening
COLORS BY Luis Antonio Delgado
LETTERS BY Neil Uyetake
COVER BY Dan Schoening, Corin Howell, Ester Salguero
PUBLISHER IDW
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE Jan 27th, 2016







PREVIEW: 'Archie's Funhouse Comics Double Digest' #18 by Bill Golliher and Fernando Ruiz

Poor Pop Tate is at wits’ end and could use a break—thankfully Archie & the gang have volunteered to run the Chocklit Shoppe for the weekend so he can get a well deserved vacation! Of course this turns out to be one of the busiest weekends ever for the Shoppe. But with the girls in charge, things should run smoothly, right? Get ready for some hamburger hijinx and milkshake madness in “Too Pooped Pop!” the fun lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Bill Golliher Art:  Fernando Ruiz Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 1/27 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S




PREVIEW: 'Jungle Girl Season 3' TPB by Frank Cho, Doug Murray and Jack Jadson

COLLECTS ISSUES 1-4!
The Lost World is doomed! When a tear in the dimensional fabric opens over the forbidden God Mountain, the brave and cunning Jana must rescue her friends Togg and Mike Mize from flaming debris, stampeding dinosaurs, and bloodthirsty tribesmen. Can the intrepid Jungle Girl overcome the chaos caused by the fearsome otherworldly deities known as The Old Ones? Her only salvation, a powerful artifact of alien origin, resides within the Temple of the Dirt People... a journey that will not only lead Jana to horrors undreamt, but also to a terrible revelation about the man she loves most: her father!
Acclaimed storyteller Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine, Liberty Meadows) returns to Jungle Girl for its epic third act, co-written by Doug Murray (The ‘Nam) and featuring artwork by Jack Jadson (The Savage Hawkman)!
Jungle Girl Season 3 Trade Paperback writer: Frank Cho, Doug Murray artist: Jack Jadson cover: Frank Cho FC • 112 pages • $15.99 • Teen+