Archie Comics and their Dark Circle Comics imprint continue to bring unique and fun books to fans. Here's a list of books availble in April including the relaunched 'Archie' with Mark Waid and new artist Veronica Fish, 'The Black Hood' by Duane Swierczynski and Rick Burchett, 'Jughead' by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson, and other popular offerings coming in a few months. Be sure to preorder to ensure you get your copy and make your retailer's life a lot easier in the process.
THE BLACK HOOD #11
Before the cataclysmic events of “Bullet’s Kiss” and “The Lonely Crusade,” there was another Black Hood—Kip Burland, a former police officer who vowed to fight the crimes that he couldn’t while wearing a badge. But what was he doing in Philadelphia the day he was accidentally shot and killed by Highway Patrolman Greg Hettinger? You’ll find out in this special flashback issue starring the Original Hood... and learn the shocking truth about what really happened that day. This is an essential one-shot you don’t want to miss, featuring art from classic Black Hood artist Rick Burchett!
Script: Duane Swierczynski Art: Rick Burchett, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering The Black Hood #11 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood The Black Hood #11 CVR B Variant: David Mack On Sale Date: 5/4 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: 4/27 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
Veronica's father (and Archie’s arch-nemesis!), Hiram Lodge, is running for Mayor of Riverdale! But will he save, and even improve the town—or will he destroy it? Find out in this next installment of the hottest comic of the year!
Script: Mark Waid Art: Veronica Fish, Jack Morelli, Andre Szymanowicz Archie #8 CVR A Reg Cover: Veronica Fish Archie #8 CVR B Variant: Anton Emdin Archie #8 CVR C Variant: Faith Erin Hicks On Sale Date: 5/11 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
The time has come. It’s JUGHEAD VS. PRINCIPAL STANGER: THE FINAL SHOWDOWN! With the whole gang at his side, Jughead puts it all on the line: Either Stanger goes, or Jughead does! You won’t want to miss this!
Script: Chip Zdarsky Art: Erica Henderson, Jack Morelli Jughead #6 CVR A Reg Cover: Erica Henderson Jughead #6 CVR B Variant: Cliff Chiang Jughead #6 CVR C Variant: Ramon K. Perez On Sale Date: 5/4 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #268
What was supposed to be a fun trip to a movie set ends up in a real-life crime caper! Will it be up to Archie, Jughead and Raj to save the day? Find out in “Go Figure,” the entertaining new lead story to this comics annual, featuring even more pages of fun!
Script: Alex Simmons Art: Fernando Ruiz Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowksi, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 4/27 192-page, full color comic $5.99 U.S.
It’s the biggest celebration of the year! Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica are throwing a BASH to honor Archie’s 75th anniversary! In this edition of the ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS series, get ready for hours of joy, laughter, amusement and crazy celebrations with Archie & his pals ‘n’ gals! For 75 years, Archie and his friends have been making everyone laugh and this collection will remind you of just what’s made Archie last for so long! Everything’s Archie in the largest Archie collection series EVER—offered at an incredible value price!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña 978-1-62738-872-6 $14.99/$15.99 CAN 4-7/8 x 6-9/16" TR 1000 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/27
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #20
A rollerblading double date threatens to embarrass Archie in front of both Betty and Veronica! Can he learn how to blade in just a few days time in order to keep the date going smoothly and maintain his cool image? Or will Reggie be determined to skate him out of the ring… and into the hospital? Find out in “Cheat Skate,” the fun new lead story to this JUMBO-sized comics digest.
Script: J. Torres Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 5/11 256-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #243
The Many Loves of Archie Andrews continues on in this next fun installment! Archie's date with Ginger goes awry when her beloved cat Cinnamon gets sick. Exhausted from taking care of her cat, Archie lets Ginger rest while he takes over. Unfortunately, Cinnamon’s not as a big of a fan of Archie as her owner is! See if the claws will come out in “Don’t Make Ginger Snap!” the fun new lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Dan Parent Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith Cover: Bill Galvan, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 5/4 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
MEGA MAN: MASTER EDITION VOL. 1 (TR)
Mega Man is the legendary Blue Bomber-the boy robot turned hero! One of video game's first icons, he's now one of comic books' greatest heroes! It all began when the nefarious Dr. Wily stole Dr. Light's eight Robot Masters and turned them against the world! Helper-bot Rock had himself turned into Mega Man—the super fighting robot-to save the day! Dr. Wily wouldn't go down without a fight, though, and built eight combat-specific Robot Masters just to destroy Mega Man—from without or within! Now Mega Man must fight to save the world and himself! MEGA MAN: MASTER EDITION vol.1 collects the first three epic storylines, covering Mega Man #1-12.
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Patrick Spaziante, Chad Thomas, Ben Bates, Rick Bryant, Gary Martin, John Workman, Matt Herms Cover: Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante 978-1-62738-873-3 $24.99/$27.99 CAN 5-1/2 x 7-1/2" TR 336 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/4
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #284
SONIC and friends get into some BIG TROUBLE in "Panic in the Sky" Part One: Sonic's Freedom Fighters are finally ready to restore the planet! Unless, of course, someone does even more damage! Cue: the evil Dr. Eggman (of course)! He has a plan of his own and strikes first! The mad doctor launches a multi-pronged assault that will leave you speechless-everything has been building up to this moment! The final chapter to the Shatter World Saga begins here! Featuring the first of four EPIC connecting covers by mega-talent Dan Schoening and an "Evil Win" variant by the wonderful Lamar Wells!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata Sonic the Hedgehog #284 CVR A Reg: Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio Delgado Sonic the Hedgehog #284 CVR B Variant: Lamar Wells, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms On Sale Date: 5/11 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC UNIVERSE #87
Knock knock, it's KNUCKLES in "Shattered" Part One: A brand new adventure starring Knuckles and Amy Rose begins here! It's a race against time to find the final Master Emerald shards before Sonic restores the shattered world! The final installment of Knuckles's search, filled with dangers and mysteries, starts with this issue! Featuring cover art by the terrific Tracy Yardley plus an "& Knuckles" variant by CG artist supreme Rafa Knight!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms Sonic Universe #87 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms Sonic Universe #87 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight On Sale Date: 4/27 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #58
When Betty and Veronica learn that Archie and his father have gone fishing and left poor Mary Andrews to deal with a mountain of chores, they decide she deserves a little vacation too! And the girls quickly discover that this overworked Mom has more moxie than they realized! The big question is whether Archie and Fred will be able to handle what awaits them when they return home! Find out in “Thrills and Chills,” the entertaining new lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: James Gartler Art: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 5/11 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
★★★★★ (5/5) It takes some courage and confidence to take one of the most beloved comic strips ever and reinvent it as a dark crime noir comic. Yet, David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr. find a way to honor Bill Watterson's seminal work while creating a pulpy murder mystery that stands on its own.
'Calvin and Hobbes' follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious, mischievous, and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. In that same vein, Spencer is a stuffed panther that Detective Locke carries with him, apparently unnoticed by others, and interacts with him as they investigate the murder of Locke's grade school love. Pepose walks a thin line between parody and drama but finds the perfect balance in tone and dialogue. The scenes with Spencer and Locke conversing are humorous but doesn't overstep the importance of the investigation. In fact, the story is dark and only lightened by Spencer's observations and the flashbacks but tho…
NEW COMIC BOOK DAY 4/5/17 by Slidely Slideshow Happy new comic book day. On tap this week is a lot of girl power - Goldie Vance, America, Faith, Hawkeye, Jyn Erso of Rogue One, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Eve Harper of Courier, Motor Girl, the ladies of Giant Days, Zelda of Black Cloud, Shade the Changing Girl, and Paper Girls. See, I wasn't kidding. Check out these and much more of our recommendations plus a slideshow featuring music from Beyonce! Happy reading!
(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Joe Quinones OKAY, LADIES, NOW LET'S GET IN FORMATION!! • America Chavez's first semester of college is off to an epic start. That's right...homework on the first day! The assignment? A field trip to the frontlines of World War II! • Most freshman would be intimidated - but most freshman aren't dimension-hoping heroes with Captain America as their wingman! • Meanwhile, unexpected fallout from an Ultimates' mission begins to wreak havoc on not only America's life but also the …
The Kickstarter campaign for the Inclusive Press graphic novella, Bingo Love, by Tee “Vixen” Franklin, Jenn St. Onge and Joy San was fully funded in 5 days, and now with just a week to go, is celebrating with new tiers and stretch goals. Backers of this warm-hearted romance about two Queer Black women rediscovering their love for each other after decades apart, can now receive two softcover copies of Bingo Love for a $44 pledge or donate copies to LGBTQ youth centers.
Bingo Love is currently over 210% funded and quickly approaching $45k. Once Bingo Love reaches $60k, digital and physical backers will receive a short story, set in the Bingo Love world, written by Gail Simone (Clean Room, Batgirl, Secret Six).
"It is not exaggeration to say this [Bingo Love] is absolutely going to be a smash," said Simone. "It's one of the best comics of the year. I ADORE IT TO PIECES."
During the third week of the Kickstarter, it was announced that Tee "Vixen" Franklin…
★★★1/2 (3.5/5) The monks of the Karma Grove Monastery try to ease spiritual suffering and promote peace, but when an evil that spans lifetimes challenges them, they’ll have to call upon their skills to liberate it from existence.
Karma Police is a unique story that positions monks as a sort of evil spirit-busters. The world is under siege and only a reincarnated Buddhist master and her elder can cleanse the world of them. A flashback sets the stage for what happens in the present. The duo is tasked with hunting down a major threat and it leads them to a strip club in Oregon, naturally. There is a certain sense of fun and quirkiness that shows Chris Lewis isn't taking it all too seriously.
The result is a colorful universe that includes a possessed toddler, luchador demons, and fiendish strippers. There's also an enchanted dagger from her previous incarnation’s bloody past. She’ll have to resist its power and concentrate on stopping the reckless spirits from any more violence.
NEW COMIC BOOK DAY 3/29/17 by Slidely Slideshow This week is loaded with so much comic book goodness we had to cut off the recommendations at 23. Let's start with the #1s. Vault Comics has come out strong with titles like Heathen and Fissure. Karma Police #1 byChris Lewis and Jasen Smith is the fledgling publisher's latest gem. Dynamite has Doc Savage: Ring of Fire #1, Marvel debuts X-Men Prime #1 and Inhumans Prime #1, and DC Comics has some crazy crossovers with Hanna Barbara icons like Green Lantern & Space Ghost #1. Check out this week's trade paperbacks like Henchgirl, The Hillbilly, Black Hammer, and more. Happy Reading!
(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Michael Lark "Cull," Part Five Vassalovka strikes. The Beast is unchained. Forever suffers a devastating loss.
(W) Marguerite Bennett (A/CA) Ariela Kristantina As the mystery of the Parisian Monstress lures Lady and Mariah deep into the catacombs beneath the city, our heroes discover that the Medusa is not the only evil …