If you've missed out on this year's Archie reboot, which saw Riverdale's favorite teenagers updated for a modern world of hashtags and selfies, then I'm going to assume you have your reasons. Sure, you've seen me talk about how much I like it here at ComicsAlliance, but maybe you have an overwhelming fear of change, or maybe Jughead's signature "crown" reminds you of your embarrassing history dabbling in monarchism in college. Or maybe, just maybe, you've been waiting for someone to collect the first three issues for your reading convenience.
I can't help you with the monarchist thing, but if it's that last one that's been holding you back, there's good news! Archie is collecting the first three smash-hit issues by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples in a "Collector's Edition" that will introduce new readers to the new versions of Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica, and the new status quo of Riverdale.
Since the first issue of the new Archie comic, one of the driving forces behind the plot was the recent breakup between Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper, paving the way for Veronica Lodge to wrap Archie around her finger like a freckled piece of string. The impetus behind the breakup was "the lipstick incident," which was describned specifically as Archie not cheating on Betty – leaving everyone to ask, "what exactly happened?"
Archie #4, by Mark Waid and Annie Wu, answers the question.
This week at Comixology, IDW has a sale on miniseries collections, and there's a lot of good stuff in there to check out. You can grab Walt Simonson's Star Slammers, for instance, or check out Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen's all-too-short Shockrockets and get bummed out about how it was only a miniseries all over again. If, however, you're looking for the best way to spend four bucks, then there's one story that you need to set your sights on: The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom.
Originally released in 2012 as part of IDW's first big push to return Cliff Secord to pulpy, high-flying adventures, Cargo of Doom comes courtesy of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee --- a team you've probably heard of --- and features the Rocketeer battling against an entire ship-load of dinosaurs, a premise that results in one of the single best comic book panels ever published.
Ever since Archie was rebooted with the status quo-shaking Andrews/Cooper breakup, there has been one question burning in the minds of readers: What tragedy could be so great, what transgression could be so dire, that it could cause Archie and Betty to break when even a 75-year love triangle couldn't do the job? The answer, of course, was "The Lipstick Incident."
The only problem is that we don't actually know what the Lipstick Incident was, as it has only ever been referred to in the vaguest possible terms... until now. When Archie #4 hits the stands on November 25, Mark Waid and Annie Wu are finally revealing all the heartbreaking details that we've been waiting for. But, if you can't wait, you can check out a preview of Wu's fantastic art --- along with covers that include a variant by Jaime Hernandez --- below!
Kamala Khan is an Avenger now, and that's pretty great. Miles Morales is also an Avenger now, and that's great too. And, of course, Jane Foster is Thor, and Sam Wilson is Captain America, and Vision is Vision, and Sam Alexander is Nova, and... well, Tony Stark is still Iron Man, I think. But I'd be happy if they replaced that guy too, because replacing those other heroes has honestly made this one of the most exciting and vibrant Avengers line-ups in years! Let's replace Tony Stark with America Chavez!
But even with boring ol' Tony sticking around, I am on board for this team, and hopefully you are too. But in case you need convincing, here's an unlettered preview of All-New All-Different Avengers #1 by Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar!
Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's run on Daredevil is rightly regarded as one of the best superhero comic runs of recent years, but creative teams that strong and synergistic don't just fade away, and a reunion always seemed certain. The good news is, we won't have long to wait for it; Marvel announced this morning that Waid and Samnee, and colorist Matthew Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna, are the new creative team on a Black Widow series launching early in 2016.
For a long time, the fact that Archie Comics didn't change a whole lot wasn't just a trademark of character, it was a major selling point. After all, stripping things down to those simple gags meant that there was a whole library of mostly timeless stories that could fill up those Double Digests at the grocery store, and when you're a kid who wants to read as many comics as you can for as little as you can, they end up being a pretty appealing purchase.
But with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples' reboot of Archie this past summer, they were given a unique opportunity to rebuild everything about comics' favorite teenagers. This week, with the release of the third issue, all of the major players are finally in place, so it's time to take a trip up to Riverdale to see how much has changed --- and how much has remained the same.
Last weekend at Baltimore Comic-Con, the 27th annual Harvey Awards were held, and in one of the least surprising developments in the history of the Harveys, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga took home a few more awards to add to a shelf that I'm sure is already collapsing under the weight of its many honors.
Named for MAD Magazine editor and cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman (who, interestingly enough, did not win the award he was nominated for this year), the Harveys are voted on by industry professionals, and this year's winners represent a pretty interesting crop of current comics, including CA favorites like Lumberjanes, Hellboy In Hell, and even Dick Tracy. Check out a full roster of winners and nominees below!
Getting Fiona Staples to be the artist on the new Archie series was quite a coup for the publisher, but there's a price that comes with hiring superstar artists: They don't hang around forever. Staples will be exiting the book after the third issue.
That's the bad news, according Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito. Here's the good news: The publisher already has the next two artists lined up, and they're both very exciting in their own right: First, Annie Wu (Hawkeye, Black Canary) will step up for issue #4, and after that, Veronica Fish, who is the artist behind the promo image for the upcoming CW series Riverdale, will take over through the sixth issue.
If you've been reading ComicsAlliance for long enough, then you already know that Jughead Jones rounds out our (my) illustrious list of the five greatest characters in comic book history, a list that is etched in stone and will never be changed. So as you might expect, with the relaunch of Archie, we've been on the edge of our seats wondering what the new take would be on Archie's perpetually sleepy best pal.
As it turns out, we didn't have to wait that long. In this week's second issue of Archie, from the team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, Jughead takes the spotlight for the origin story of his true name!
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