The teens of Archie Comics are having a pretty weird week. In the past seven days, we've seen them deal with a sharknado that caused the vast majority of the cast to violently lose most of their limbs, and finish up an encounter with the Predator that saw pretty much everyone in the city of Riverdale dying in the most spectacularly violent way possible. Now, just in case that wasn't enough, things are about to get downright devilish.
Next week marks the release of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4, and poor Harvey Krinkle arrives at the Spellman family's latest dark ritual --- and is followed up by some familiar faces from the next town over. Check out a preview below, including a pretty awesome variant cover based on the poster for Carrie!
Welcome to the ninth installment of True Blue, our weekly recap of Archie Comics‘ crossover event between the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man series, “Worlds Unite.” Each installment, we’ll recap the notable moments of the latest chapter in “Worlds Unite” with Archie Action Editor Vincent Lovallo, and take a look at what lies ahead for the next chapter of the crossover event.
Previously in "Worlds Unite," while under siege from the Freedom Fighters and Robot Masters, Sigma kicked off his massive universe invasion plan. While Sigma's Mavericks were holding the attention of the heroes, a select group began taking Unity Engines through Genesis Portals. Sonic, Mega Man and the rest of the good guys finally manage to subdue the attacking forces above Lost Hex, but not without the aid of Sticks and Street Fighter's World Warriors. Finally able to regroup, and beneath Sigma's attention (for now), our true blue heroes craft a plan for an invasion of their own, and hope to put a stop to Sigma's machinations for good.
Boom Box's print version of Madeleine Flores' webcomic Help Us, Great Warrior sadly reaches its conclusion next week with issue #6. The series tells the charming tale of a brave (and great!) warrior who looks kinda like a jellybean, who protects a whole village full of people who look kinda like jellybeans from all sorts of terrible and wonderfully designed threats.
As the final issue opens, Great Warrior and the villagers have been dumped into the dark land of Demonside. The situation looks bleak for our bean-shaped pals, but Great Warrior has one last awesome power up in her pocket that may be enough to save the day. (It's a metaphorical pocket; I don't think she has any actual pockets.)
If you're a fan of Tom Scioli, then odds are pretty good that you're already a fan of his amazing American Barbarian. Originally released as a webcomic, the story of Meric, the star-sword wielding barbarian in a post-apocalyptic world stalked by a pharaoh with tanks for feet, is one of the best things that he's done, and for a lot of readers, myself included, it's what made us fans.
If, however, you're a new reader who's gotten into Scioli thanks to the work he's been doing recently on Transformers vs. GI Joe, then there's good news: A new edition of American Barbarian is coming back to print this month from IDW, including an introduction by the Rob himself, Rob Liefeld. Check out a massive preview below, and if this doesn't get you excited, then consider that it only gets wilder from here.
I'm not what you'd call a "morning person" and have very little trust for those who are, so at first glance, I thought that the main character of Susan Beneville and Brian Hess's Awake might be the most diabolical supervillain of all time. I mean, someone with the ability to "wake up" entire planets? C'mon, what if that planet was trying to ease into its day? What if it had a late night? Let it stay asleep a little while longer!
But then I read the preview pages provided by Action Lab and saw that it's more of a metaphorical thing, and that Regn doesn't just wake planets up, she also speaks to them and heals them --- and that it's a pretty interesting premise with some absolutely beautiful, downright Disneyesque art.
I imagine that there are a lot of really great things about being named "Rampage Jackson," but chief among them has to be that when the inevitable time comes to lend your image to a new superhero comic, you don't even have to change the name. That, at least, seems to be the idea behind Lion Forge's upcoming Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier anthology, which casts the MMA fighter and actor as a superhero who battles evil alongside his faithful dog, Andronicus.
It wasn't that long ago that we brought you the announcement of ABC Disgusting, a new alphabetical picture book from Action Comics writer Greg Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa that's currently being funded on Kickstarter. This week, the project met its goal, and in celebration of that fact, Pak sent us a set of preview pages featuring lettering by comics veteran Simon Bowland!
Check them out below --- along with the announcement of stretch goals for the project --- but be warned that there is so much farting. So much farting.
I'll be honest with you, folks: I have never seen any of the three (and counting) Sharknado films. This is not, I assure you, from lack of interest, as anything that can combine the destructive power of nature and the terrifying threat of sharks being whipped through the air is certainly something I want to see, but the point remains. I will tell you, though, that there's a pretty good chance that Archie vs. Sharknado is going to be the first comic I read this week.
Not only does it hit the sweet spot of being one of Archie's increasingly frequent and increasingly bizarre crossovers, something that's produced more hits than misses in recent years, but it also has sweet, kindhearted Betty Cooper expressing sympathy for the sharknado, and a rarely seen reference to Josie and the Pussycats, the greatest comic book movie of all time. Check out a preview below!
Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell's revival of Joe Simon and Jerry Grandenetti's Prez was probably the single most unexpected launch of the entire "DC You" initiative --- and so far, it's been one of the best. As it stands, Beth Ross is a teenager in a dystopian (but not entirely unfamiliar) near future where corporations have the right to vote and viral marketing can control a campaign, who got on the ballot as a joke and now stands a chance of becoming the first president elected by Twitter.
This week sees the release of the second issue, and as the House of Representatives is in deadlock, Beth's father's illness takes a turn for the worse --- and if that's not enough, we're introduced to the Sensational Character Find of 2015, Carl The End-Of-Life Bear. Check out a sharp and surprisingly heartwarming preview below!
Steve Niles has made something of a career in comics out of figuring out interesting new ways to let vampires just hang out all the time without being boxed in by those pesky fatal sunburns that come from daylight. His breakout hit was, after all, 30 Days of Night alongside Ben Templesmith, a book that was built entirely around that premise and resulted in a pretty fun read. But once you've gone there, you're left with a question of where to go that's even bigger. For Niles and Nat Jones, the answer is clear: You nuke the moon.
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