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.
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:
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…
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…