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.
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…