Archie Comics continues to reenergize their line with fresh new versions of classic characters. The latest title to get a makeover is 'Josie and the Pussycats.' They'll make their debut in September with Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deordio as co-writers and Audrey Mok on art. It follows Archie's other revamped titles like 'Archie,' 'Jughead,' and horror line of 'Afterlife with Archie' and 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.'There's also a new 'Betty & Veronica' on the way with Adam Hughes. Check out all of these September solicitations and make sure to pre-order your favorites so you don't miss a single issue.
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #1
GRAB THE LATEST, SUREFIRE TOP-OF-THE-CHARTS NEW RIVERDALE SERIES! Friends, countrymen, lend me your long tails and ears for hats—the Pussycats are back! In this series kick-off, Josie’s getting the band together to help achieve her dreams of musical stardom. But for the group to last, it needs a strong foundation of friendship and trust. Can the girls get going, or will Alexandra’s plotting put a stop to the whole thing? Don’t miss comics’ supreme songstresses’ return to the limelight in this exciting first issue!
Script: Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deordio Art: Audrey Mok Cover: Audrey Mok Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Colleen Coover, Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack with Steve Downer, Gisele Lagace with Shouri, Alitha Martinez with Kelly Fitzpatrick, Marguerite Sauvage, Blank Sketch On Sale Date: 9/28 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE END OF AN ERA FOR RIVERDALE’S POWER COUPLE! The romantic rivalries and not-so-friendly competitions in Riverdale will finally come to an end as newly-crowned queen of Riverdale Veronica Lodge is sent packing once and for all! What does this mean for Archie? You won’t want to miss this one!
Script: Mark Waid Art: Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli Cover: Veronica Fish Variant Cover: Bilquis Evely, Marguerite Sauvage On Sale Date: 9/21 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE BLACK HOOD #1: SEASON 2
The acclaimed crime comic returns with an all-new #1 issue—a perfect jumping-on point for new readers. “The Nobody Murders, Part 1”: The Black Hood is no more. Sure, there are rumors that the former cop known as Greg Hettinger is still out there, blending in with the homeless population—and emerging only to stop a violent attack before vanishing again. But the ruthless assassin known as The Nobody considers the Black Hood a loose end, and he’s willing to slaughter dozens to flush him out. How high must the body count rise before Greg steps forward to face an opponent he can’t possibly beat? Dive into the book UPROXX calls “Highly recommended” and THE MIAMI HERALD regards as “Noir fiction fans will surely dig,” as a new season of THE BLACK HOOD kicks off from the killer creative team of Swierczynski and Scott!
Script: Duane Swierczynski Art: Greg Scott Cover: Greg Smallwood Variant Cover: Michael Walsh On Sale Date: 9/21 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
THE SHIELD #3
“Daughter of the Revolution, Part 3” Captured by Walter Chase, the Shield is made a surprising offer—an invitation to join his government organization, protecting the country as she was born to do. But as her new missions take her well beyond national borders, the truth slowly dawns and the Shield must face the ultimate question: does she serve the United States of America… or its people?
Script: Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig Art: Drew Johnson, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick Cover: David Williams Variant Covers: Joe Eisma, Ron Salas, Wilfredo Torres On Sale Date: 10/12 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
“WITCH-WAR” Part One (of Six): “The Revenants”: Sabrina’s father, Edward Spellman, is back from the dead, inhabiting the body of the newly resurrected Harvey Kinkle! Sabrina, believing the love of her high school life is back, arranges for a romantic rendezvous—but neither Hilda nor Zelda want that reunion to take place and are willing to start a witch-war to keep them apart! Meanwhile, the diabolical Madam Satan reveals her true plans for the Spellman family… You dare not miss the last page of this masterpiece of the macabre!
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli Cover: Robert Hack Variant Cover: Moritat On Sale Date: 9/21 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #272
The spooky season is here again, and the gang is ready to throw an unforgettable Halloween kids charity event—and what better place to host a haunted house party than at the Lodge mansion? But once the kids’ party is over, it’s time for the real Halloween fun to begin! But what happens when the teens start experiencing some spooky occurrences that they don’t remember coordinating for the event? See who can brave this haunted house adventure in “Giving up the Ghost,” the frighteningly fun brand new lead story to this comics double digest!
Script: Paul Kupperberg Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 9/21 160-page, full color comic $4.99 U.S.
ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS SPREE (TR)
Get ready for a MARATHON of the best and brightest stories Archie Comics has to offer! In this edition of the ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS series, get ready for hours of fun, laughter and entertainment with Archie & his pals ‘n’ gals! You’ll enjoy this SPREE of super entertaining stories! 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 978-1-68255-996-3 $14.99/$15.99CAN 4 7/8 x 6 9/16 ” TR 1000 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/5
THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS 1 DELUXE EDITION (HC)
Attention, Archie fans! Finally, it’s the book you’ve been waiting for—a full comic-book sized, hardcover, remastered, collector’s edition of Archie’s bestselling The Best of Archie Comics Vol. 1! Featuring over 50 iconic, hand-picked Archie stories from Archie’s 75-year history, this book is a sure thing for both die-hard Archie fans and those new to Riverdale!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: 978-1-61988-955-2 $19.99/$21.99 CAN 6 5/8 x 10 3/16 “ TR 416 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/5
BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #247
Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore! When Mr. Lodge inadvertently starts a coloring book craze in Riverdale, everyone is spending their time doing the relaxing hobby. But when Betty, Veronica and Archie are involved—can it really be that calm and relaxing? Find out in “The Coloring Craze,” the hilarious lead story to this JUMBO-SIZED comics digest!
Script: Dan Parent Art: Dan Parent, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli Cover: Dan Parent On Sale Date: 9/28 256-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
B&V FRIENDS HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #251
When Betty makes her own stunning costume for the Riverdale High Halloween dance, Veronica’s sure that her BFF is going to win the costume contest—and she’s not about to let that happen! Can Veronica get the best costume that money can buy and win the contest away from Betty, or will she just end up getting the shaft? Find out in “The Costume Calamity,” the fun lead story to this Halloween-themed comics annual!
Script: Dan Parent Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli Cover: Dan Parent On Sale Date: 10/5 192-page, full color comic $5.99 U.S.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #287
SONIC BATTLES at the CENTER of the PLANET in "Panic in the Sky" Part Four: This is it—the cataclysmic clash and ferocious finale to the Shattered World Saga! Super Sonic leads Chip into battle against the dreaded Dark Gaia with the Freedom Fighters at ground zero! With the fate of the world at stake, who will actually be able to make it home? Featuring the fourth of four EPIC connecting covers by mega-talent Dan Schoening and a “Super” variant by full-time editor, first-time cover artist Vincent Lovallo!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata Cover: Dan Schoening and Luis Delgado Variant Cover: Vincent Lovallo On Sale Date: 10/12 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC UNIVERSE #90
The fate of Angel Island is revealed in"Shattered" Part Four: Time is running out for Knuckles and Amy! The vile wizard Walter Naugus has made his big move, which means certain doom for our heroes! And as the Shattered World Crisis comes to an end, Angel Island begins to fall! Can Red and Rose snatch victory at the last second? Featuring cover artwork by the legendary Tracy Yardley and an "and Knuckles" variant by the exceptional Evan Stanley!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms Cover: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms Variant Cover: Evan Stanley, Gary Martin & Matt Herms On Sale Date: 9/28 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #63
Archie and Chuck are decorating Chuck’s house for Halloween with the cutest decorations in all of Riverdale… wait a minute, cutest?! Halloween is supposed to be about spooky decorations and thrills behind every corner! Archie and Chuck set to take back Halloween as the scariest holiday of them all—with a little help from a bewitching friend. Will Archie, Chuck and Sabrina be able to successfully mark the first feast of the witching year, or is Halloween doomed to be boring? Find out in “The Fright Side,” the fun new lead story, filled with double the tricks and treats, in this JUMBO comics digest!
Script: J. Torres Art: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 10/12 256-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
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 …
★★★★★ (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…
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 …