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Jughead’s Date With Sabrina Is Going Very Well With Absolutely No Problems At All In ‘Jughead’ #10 [Preview]

Jughead #10, Archie Comics

In Ryan North and Derek Charm's Jughead #10, our hero has found himself not just on a date, and not just on a date with a girl that he thought was some kind of gigantic humanoid hamburger, but on a date with a girl that he thought was a gigantic humanoid hamburger who just so happens to be Sabrina, the for-real magical Teenage Witch.

But hey, at least the date itself is going well with absolutely no problems that could --- no, wait, it's a complete disaster. Check out a preview!

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Pro Wrestler Hiroshi Tanahashi Joins The Cast Of The Next ‘Kamen Rider’ Movie, Which Also Stars Pac-Man


The annual Kamen Rider team-up movie, where the current Rider has an adventure alongside the previous year's model, has become something of a tradition in Japan. The thing is, it's been going for so long that it has to be a pretty tough task to top what happened in the last one. There have been climactic wars between all the Riders, the return of the original "Legendary 7" from the foundation of the franchise, and even invasions from alternate dimensions where the bad guys won and turned all the good guys evil. Once you've done all that, you have to wonder where you can possibly go next.

Clearly, there's only one thing to do: Get New Japan Pro Wrestling star Hiroshi Tanahashi to play one of the villains in a movie that also stars five different Riders and Pac-Man. No, seriously. That's what's happening in the next one.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Beware The Dragon God! (Oh Don’t Worry, It’s An Octopus) (1981) [Fantasy Week]

The Brave and the Bold #180, DC Comics

Every October, I like to scour my own archives for the spookiest back issues available, but this year, one found me. It's like something out of a scary movie --- I went to my barber for a haircut and, mixed in with the regular magazines in the waiting area, they had an issue of The Brave and the Bold. It was one that I'd never read before, a terrifying team-up between Batman and the Spectre where they confront a mad sorcerer who wields the eldritch power of the Dragon God.

And when I looked up from reading it, I discovered that the barber shop had closed down... ten years ago this very night!

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Go As Rogue As Possible With ‘Bloodshot USA’ #1 [Preview]

Bloodshot USA #1

There's a lot to love about Bloodshot USA. There's the fact that Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite are following up Bloodshot Island, a story where the hook was that there were five Bloodshots, with a story where the hook is that there are millions of Bloodshots that have taken over the entire island of Manhattan and are not trying to kill everyone. Also, Ninjak's in it.

But I think the best thing might be the page that gets new readers up to speed, where Bloodshot's former bosses at Project Rising Spirit talk about how he went rogue... and then went even more rogue. I always figured you could only go rogue once. Check it out, along with some of the other action, in a preview below!

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Ask Chris #312: Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Superman

Ask Chris #312, background art by Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke

Q: Are superheroes inextricably tied to their alter-ego day jobs? For example, does Clark Kent have to be a journalist, or Hal Jordan a pilot? — @Chan_180

A:For all the questions about whether the Secret Identity is a concept that can still provide drama within the superhero genre or something that just sticks around as an outdated trope from the Golden Age that was handed down to comics by Emma Orczy and the Scarlet Pimpernel, the idea of getting rid of the day job is something that's rarely discussed, probably because it hasn't actually happened all that often. Let's face it: If you're a superhero, you're a whole lot more likely to literally come back from the dead than you are to start a new career once you're in your thirties.

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Pikachu Is A Mario, Mario Is A Pikachu, And There May Be Hope For This World Yet

Mario Pikachu and Luigi Pikachu, Nintendo

There are few things in this world that I love more than when Pikachu dresses up as someone or something else in officially licensed merchandise. Now it has been taken to the next level. At the end of this month, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company are releasing a line of merchandise based around an idea so simple that I'm amazed it's taken this long to happen: Pikachu dressed as Mario. And I need all of it to live.

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Charles Soule, Ryan Browne, And Jordan Boyd Bring Dirtbag Magic To Earth In ‘Curse Words’

Curse Words, Image Comics

If you've ever read God Hates Astronauts --- and you should, because it's fantastic --- then you already know that Ryan Browne is very, very good at telling stories about genuinely terrible people with fantastic super-powers. And if you've read anything by Charles Soule, well, you probably also know that he's good at high concept stories that add a little bit of weirdness to the normal world. And with that being the case, Curse Words seems like two great tastes that taste great together.

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Get Ready For Frankenstein Jr. In ‘Future Quest’ #6 [Exclusive Preview]

Future Quest #6, DC Comics

Future Quest is a comic that gets things done. In the five months that it's been a part of DC's monumentally fascinating Hanna-Barbera relaunch, it's offered a plot that unites virtually all of H-B's classic adventure cartoons in a single story, the debut of a new version of Mightor, a fourth member of the Impossibles, and, perhaps most importantly, Birdman shouting "Birrrrrrrrrdmaaaaaan!" Now, though, we're finally getting something that I've been waiting for since this whole series started.

No, not the dramatic return of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, but something almost as good. When Future Quest #6 hits shelves next week, Jeff Parker and "Doc" Shaner are finally bringing us... Frankenstein Jr. Check out an exclusive preview!

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‘Night Of The Monster Men’ And The Re-Re-Re-Reinvention Of Hugo Strange

Batman: Night of the Monster Men, DC Comics

The Batman books tend to be at their best when they're working with self-contained storylines that focus on a different aspect of the character. That's been especially true with the Rebirth era, where Batman was relaunched with grand, over-the-top superhero action and Detective Comics put the spotlight on the Batman Family operating as a team under Batwoman, and where Nightwing was specifically about distancing Dick Grayson from his mentor --- at least for a while.

With that in mind, it was pretty easy to worry that "Night of the Monster Men," a six-part crossover that ran through all three books, would derail that focus. Instead, it shored everything up, tying those ideas together in a way that strengthened all of it, and managed to pull off one of the best revitalizations for a villain that I've seen in a long time.

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