“The Lonely Crusade, Part 3” An unlikely ally leads the Black Hood to the Crusaders’ secret lair—and what the Hood finds inside will shock you. If you thought the shotgun blast to the face in issue #1 was brutal, steel yourself for the savage hardboiled action of this one, folks. Nobody’s going to walk away clean…
Script: Duane Swierczynski Art: Michael Gaydos, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering The Black Hood #9 CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla The Black Hood #9 CVR B Variant: David Mack On Sale Date: 1/27 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: 2/3 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: 1/20 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
Riverdale High has been taken over by a nefarious outside force! Or has it? It’s up to Jughead and Dilton to get proof, but can the mysterious Captain Slackbeard show the way? It’s adventure on the high seas and in the classroom for the gang! Yar!
Script: Chip Zdarsky Art: Erica Henderson Jughead #4 CVR A Reg Cover: Erica Henderson Jughead #4 CVR B Variant: J Bone Jughead #4 CVR C Variant: David Mack On Sale Date: 2/10 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #266
Archie loves spending time with his best furry friend (and wingman!), Vegas. The two are an unstoppable duo: especially when it comes to collecting phone numbers from girls! But Archie’s not the only one getting the girl: this time, Vegas has landed himself a date! But when the two wander off together during an impending winter storm, it’s up to Archie, his friends and their pets to band together and track down Vegas and his lady. Can they save them before the storm hits? Find out in “Best Friends,” the heartwarming lead story to this JUMBO-sized comics digest!
Script: Tom DeFalco Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 2/10 256-page, full color comic $6.99 U.S.
ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS SHINDIG (TR)
Put on your dancing shoes and head on over to a SHINDIG of your favorite Archie comic stories! In this edition of the ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS series, get ready to laugh until your sides hurt and have as much fun as possible along with Archie & his pals ‘n’ gals! For 75 years, Archie and his friends have been making everyone laugh, with their dating hijinx and misadventures at Riverdale High School! Everything’s Archie in the largest Archie collection series EVER—offered at an incredible value price!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Dan DeCarlo 978-1-62738-805-4 $14.99/$15.99 CAN 4 7/8 x 6 9/16" TR 1000 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/3
ARCHIE'S FAVORITE COMICS: RETURN TO THE VAULT
Continuing the tradition of the TOP SELLING Best of Archie series, ARCHIE'S FAVORITE COMICS: RETURN TO THE VAULT takes readers into a world of laughter and discovery with full-color story gems that haven't been seen for years in any of our publications! This title reveals a special treasure trove of over 400 pages of classic hand-selected Archie Comics stories and is designed for both kids and adults to discover and enjoy together. This collection is a must-have for all ages!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Various 978-1-62738-863-4 $7.99/$8.99 CAN 4 7/8 x 6 9/16" TR 480 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/20
ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #18
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 “Pop’s Weekend Off!” 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.
BETTY & VERONICA COMICS ANNUAL #240
“The Many Loves of Archie Andrews” rolls on! This time, Betty and Veronica are excited to finally get some time alone (well, sort of) with Archie. That is, until, the firestorm that is Cheryl Blossom interferes! Cheryl has an emergency: she needs help being nice—or at least pretending to be nice in order to take over her grandmother’s charity foundation. Can Archie help Cheryl make a good impression? Or will Cheryl’s true personality get in the way? Find out in “Cheryl and Cheryl Alike,” the hilarious lead story to this comics annual, featuring even more pages of fun!
Script: Dan Parent Art: Dan Parent Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 1/20 192-page, full color comic $5.99 U.S.
SONIC COMIC SPECTACULAR: SPEED OF SOUND
Sonic the Hedgehog isn't just the fastest running hero around—he’s the longest running too! From killer robots to mad scientists to evil wizards—Sonic’s overcome them all! He's traveled the world at super-sonic speed! For every villain he's faced, there's a friend he's made! Sonic is simply the coolest hedgehog there is! SONIC COMICS SPECTACULAR: SPEED OF SOUND is a collection of some of Sonic's greatest adventures! You'll be racing right along with Sonic through over three hundred fifty pages of pure action, adventure and fun! Whether you're new to all of Sonic's awesome adventures, or a long-time fan reliving the magic, this is the end-all, be-all collection for you!
Script: Various Art: Various Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Matt Herms 978-1-62738-864-1 $8.99/$9.99 CAN 4 7/8 x 6 9/16" TR 352 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 2/3
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #281
SONIC is SPEEDING down the Dragon Road in "Wings of Fire" Part One: Sonic and the Freedom Fighters travel to city-state of Chun-nan in search of more Gaia Keys! Dulcy the dragon is bringing all her might to help, but is her fledging team ready for end-of-the-world stakes? Could anyone really be? Then in "Homesick," Bunnie and Tails come to the aid of a Key Guardian in a time of crisis! Featuring Cover art by the totally-terrific Tyson Hesse and a special Valentine’s Day "Love Struck" variant by the super-expressive Diana Skelly!
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata Sonic the Hedgehog #281 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse Sonic the Hedgehog #281 CVR B Variant: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms On Sale Date: 2/10 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
SONIC UNIVERSE #84
Eggman's got the MASTER PLAN in "Eggman's Dozen" Part Two: Dr. Eggman has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands (and claws!) of the malicious Naugus Twins! But everyone knows that you just can't keep a good villain down-so what's a demented doctor to do? Form a coalition of evil! When Dr. Eggman forms a strike team of his Egg Bosses around the world to strike back, will these misfit minions mesh into a fighting force? And what sinister secret is Dr. Eggman using to keep them in line? Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and an awesome "Boss Attack" variant by lightning Lamar Wells!
Script: Ian Flynn Art:Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms Sonic Universe #84 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms Sonic Universe #84 CVR B Variant: Lamar Wells, Jim Amash & Steve Downer On Sale Date: 1/27 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
WORLD OF ARCHIE WINTER COMICS ANNUAL #56
It's School Picture Day at Riverdale High and Jughead, thanks to his mom's relentless efforts, looks like a model student. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to stay that way! Mrs. Jones enlists Archie’s help to keep Jughead neat and clean for his picture. Archie takes on the challenge and promises to oversee Jughead the entire day until his picture is taken, but the mission proves to be far more difficult than Archie expected! Can Jughead "Keep It Clean"? Find out in the entertaining lead story to this Comics Annual!
Script: Fernando Ruiz Art: Fernando Ruiz Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña On Sale Date: 2/3 192-page, full color comic $5.99 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…