DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY (HC, Archie Comics, $13.99): This hardcover, done in the style of the popular "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, follows the thoughts of everyone's favorite overachieving blonde as she begins her sophomore year at Riverdale High. If you didn't love Betty Cooper before, you will after this charming look into her hopes and dreams.
GROO VS. CONAN #1 (of 4, Dark Horse, $3.99): As the solicitations notes, it's the most heroic barbarian in fantasy fiction versus the dumbest. This could be the funniest team-up in history, or the lamest. But with the talent lined up here -- Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragones, Tom Yeates, Tom Luth -- I'm betting it'll be the former.
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 (magazine, Archie Comics, $9.99): This magazine collects the last two issues of Life with Archie comic book -- the second of which also comes out this week -- with the now famous "Death of Archie" story. This is for those who are just interested in that aspect, or can't wait for the trade paperback that will collect the storyline from the beginning.
ORIGINAL SINS #4 (Marvel Comics, $3.99): More secrets from the broader Marvel Universe are revealed, including those of Dr. Doom and more of what happened on the day Captain America was discovered in that block of ice. The fourth part of the Young Avengers story is included as well.
STORM #1 (Marvel Comics, $3.99): One of the most famous and iconic female characters gets her own title, as Marvel EIC Axel Alonso says, it's about time. Now if they would just get rid of that dopey Mohawk!
SUPREME: BLUE ROSE #1 (Image Comics, $2.99): Supreme began as a thinly veiled Superman swipe, turned into a metatextual commentary of some kind by Alan Moore, and then faded away. Now it's being re-invented again by the always interesting Warren Ellis as ... well, we don't know yet, but chances are it's going to be a good ride.
TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE #1 (IDW Publishing, $3.99): Two of the most iconic brands of the '80s are combined in this ongoing series. This is a dream come true for any kid who made his Joes and Transformers fight in their backyard, or those who stayed inside and watched the cartoons. I think that covers just about everyone below the age or 40, right?
ZOMBIE TRAMP #1 (Action Lab, $3.99): The title suggests a lot of lame possibilities, and yes, it's a book about a tramp who turns into a zombie. But it's an odd duck that mixes laughs, horror, action, parody and sluttiness, as Zombie Tramp is about a sex worker turned zombie who can still think for herself and is out for revenge on those who done her wrong. And it appears to be working, as Zombie Tramp is Action Lab's best-selling book, and has graduated from a few miniseries to this new ongoing.
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ZOMBIE TRAMP #1
Covers: TMCHU, JERRY GAYLORD, JOSH HOWARD, JAMAL IGLE
32pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variants
She's sexy, she's powerful and she'll steal your heart..literally. Dan Mendoza's critically acclaimed horror series, Zombie Tramp, the story of a former call girl turned mystically empowered member of the undead returns to stores in July. Sporting a slew of variant covers from industry heavyweights like Jerry Gaylord and Josh Howard, Janey Bell makes her way to the Sin City as she tries to reclaim her former life.
Once one of Hollywood's most beautiful call girls, Janey was bitten, killed and then resurrected as a Zombie. Picking up from this years Free Comic book Day Preview, she's made her way to the Miracle in the Desert to start over. But what secrets are buried beneath the City of Entertainment. Danger abounds, nothing is what is seems and whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas ... forever.
The Action Lab: Danger Zone title is a hit, as preorders top 16,000 copies.
While a relatively new company about to celebrate it’s fifth anniversary in 2015, Action Lab Entertainment is growing quickly as a marquee publisher. With the successful relaunch of Zombie Tramp, Action Lab begins to take it’s place as a destination for top flight talent and innovative ideas. Zombie Tramp will have a limited edition Comicon variant for sale at the Action Lab booth during Comicon International: San Diego 2014 drawn by series creator Dan Mendoza.
The series relaunch will also sport variant covers by Josh Howard (Dead @17, Monster High), Jerry Gaylord (Fanboys vs. Zombies, Loki), and two covers by TMChu (retail and risque variant). To celebrate the new series Action Lab has created a retailer incentive cover drawn by Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Supergirl, The Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy) featuring their store's logo.
Are you bold enough to take a ride with Janey, the Zombie Tramp?!?
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #6
Art: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
Cover: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Variant Cover: ANDREW PEPOY
32-page, full color comic, $2.99 U.S.
Offered Again: 2nd printing of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 and 2nd printing of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #2
“The Nether-Realm”: The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they've been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches' purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she's now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues! Definitely NOT for all ages!
Two months late. However, I'm less critical of this book's lateness since I discovered that Archie (without fanfare) changed its publishing scheduled from monthly to once every six weeks. When the solicitation dates catch up with that, it's tardiness will evaporate with the stroke of a pen.
Art: JEFF SHULTZ, HENRY SCARPELLI
Cover: PAT & TIM KENNEDY, BOB SMITH, TITO PENA
320-page, full color comic, $6.99 U.S.
Betty and Veronica are meeting for another great day at the Riverdale beach … but Betty is curiously reluctant to get in the water … What does she know that no one else does? Find out in “Marked Woman,” the beachy-keen lead story in this fun-in-the-sun Jumbo Comics Digest! (Formerly Betty & Veronica Double Double Digest)
Art: BILL GALVAN, BOB SMITH, JACK MORELLI
Cover: GISELE LAGACE
$13.99 U.S./$14.99 CAN
5 ½ x 8”, HC
224 pp, Black & White
We are very excited to present Archie Comics’ debut title in the cartoon diary genre!
Betty Cooper is embarking on her first year of high school. It’s sure to be filled with ups and downs, but with her trusty diary by her side, she’ll be able to get through it all. She’s a smart girl with a kind heart, so her freshman year should be easy-peasy, right? Well, throw in some major BFF drama with her longtime pal Veronica Lodge and things get off to a rocky start. Veronica’s rich, ruthless and snobby -- the total opposite of Betty. And in high school where social status means EVERYTHING, Betty and Veronica can’t be the same besties they once were. Everyone’s favorite girl-next-door is diving head first into her high school career and extracurricular activities -- from dog training to peer mediation to BMX competitions, Betty Cooper can do it all -- but can she get by WITHOUT a little help from her friend? Find out in this heartwarming tale of the scariness that is starting high school in Archie's first-ever venture into the hugely popular journal series, with DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY.
"We are very excited to present Archie Comics’ debut title in the cartoon diary genre!"
Art: REX LINDSEY, JIM AMASH, JACK MORELLI, BARRY GROSSMAN
Cover: DAN PARENT, BOB SMITH, TITO PENA
160-page, full color comic, $4.99 U.S.
The gang has created a masterpiece: the ULTIMATE sand sculpture to put all boring old sandcastles to shame! Unfortunately, what -- or WHO -- they discover buried underneath their sculpture threatens to ruin their chances of winning the grand prize in the sand sculpture contest. Find out if they can be the kings and queens of their sandcastle in “Sand Man,” the zany first story in this hilarious double digest!
Art: PAT & TIM KENNEDY, FERNANDO RUIZ, JIM AMASH, BOB SMITH, JACK MORELLI, GLENN WHITMORE
Cover: PAT & TIM KENNEDY
Unplaced Variant: JEFF SHULTZ
96-page, full color magazine
$9.99 U.S. , 8 x 10 3/4”
Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, announced the unthinkable today: Legendary comic book character Archie Andrews will die to conclude the hit LIFE WITH ARCHIE comic series.
The iconic comic book character, beloved by millions around the globe for over 70 years, will sacrifice himself heroically while saving the life of a friend in the pages of July’s LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36, the final issue in the flash-forward series, which spotlights Archie’s adventures after high school and college.
“We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched LIFE WITH ARCHIE five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us -- he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable. This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie. Fans will laugh, cry, jump off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history. It’s the biggest story we’ve ever done, and we’re supremely proud of it.”
The story will be available in multiple formats, including an extra-large magazine-size LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36, two comic-sized issues -- LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 and #37 -- and a trade paperback collecting the entire story, written by regular LIFE WITH ARCHIE writer Paul Kupperberg, with art by Pat & Tim Kennedy and Fernando Ruiz.
While LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 shows readers Archie’s final moments, #37 leaps a year into the future, showcasing how the remaining members of the Riverdale gang -- including Jughead, Betty & Veronica and Reggie -- have honored the legacy of their dear friend. Both stories will be collected in the double-sized LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 magazine and upcoming trade paperback.
In addition to the acclaimed regular LIFE WITH ARCHIE creative team, the two comic book issues -- sold exclusively at comic shops in July -- will feature a pantheon of artistic luminaries contributing covers to the historic issue, including Mike Allred, Cliff Chiang, Tommy Lee Edwards, Francesco Francavilla, Adam Hughes, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Ramon Perez, Alex Ross, Jeff Shultz, Walt Simonson, Fiona Staples and Jill Thompson.
Art: FERNANDO RUIZ, BOB SMITH, JACK MORELLI, GLENN WHITMORE
Variant Cover: ALEX ROSS
Variant Cover: WALT SIMONSON
Variant Cover: CLIFF CHIANG
Variant Cover: JILL THOMPSON
Variant Cover: TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
48-page, full color comic, $4.99 U.S.
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
It’s been one year since the death of Archie that took place in Life With Archie #36 shook Riverdale to its very core. The residents of the most welcoming town in America, where the chocolate malts are always delicious and the neighbors are always smiling, gather together one last time for the closing ceremony of this groundbreaking series and a celebration of a Life with Archie.
AXE COP: THE AMERICAN CHOPPERS #3 (of 3)
Art/Cover: ETHAN NICOLLE
Colors: DIRK ERIK SCHULZ
FC, 32 pages, $3.99
AXE COP AND GOD TEAM UP!
The adventures of Axe Cop and the American Choppers have culminated in a massive war between heaven and hell! Now the American Choppers are on the frontlines, helping God and the angels fight Satan and his demons!
Now a hit animated series on Fox’s Animation Domination HD!
“You can’t help but read this book all in one sitting.” -- IGN
Art/Variant: REBEKAH ISAACS
Colors: DAN JACKSON
Cover: STEVE MORRIS
FC, 32 pages, $3.50
When Buffy and crew try to wrest Xander from Dracula’s control, they begin a battle supreme with the terrifying demon that Dracula has become …
• Nicholas Brendon joins the writing team!
• The team from Angel & Faith takes over Buffy!
“Another fantastic addition to the series.” -- Newsarama
Art: EDUARDO FRANCISCO
Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH
Cover: FIONA STAPLES
FC, 32 pages, $3.50
FRED VAN LENTE’S CONAN RAMPS UP!
El Shebbeh is under attack, and it’s up to Conan as the city’s newest captain of the guard to defend against those who would seek to conquer it! A spy infiltrates the king’s inner circle, and Conan’s ally Agara is imprisoned after he learns a deadly truth!
• Conan faces off with magic and ghouls!
• Cover by Fiona Staples!
On sale July 23
FC/B&W, 200 pages, $39.99
HC, 9" x 12"
Dark Horse proudly presents the first English-language art book showcasing one of Japan's most sought-after painters and illustrators, Katsuya Terada! Dragon Girl and Monkey King collects Terada's art in every mood: sexy, brutal, bizarre, and humorous, including his distinctive Hellboy figurine work, commentary, and an exclusive interview with the artist!
Foreword by Guillermo del Toro!
Art/Colors/Cover: GREG SMALLWOOD
FC, 32 pages, $3.99
THE 2013 CRITICAL HIT RETURNS!
John Lincoln has to break two men out of two separate prisons ... simultaneously! While plotting elaborate revenge against his tormentor, Patricio Brown-Eagle, will he have any time to share with the father he never knew? Or will the ghosts get a hold of the Dream Thief first?
“This is an ambitious and beautifully produced fever dream. Don’t wake me up, I want to stay in.” -- Jonathan Hickman
Art/Cover: WENDY PINI
Colors: SONNY STRAIT
FC, 32 pages, $3.50
The end of the Wolfriders?!
Years ago, the human tyrant Grohmul Djun made an unholy alliance with the mad half-elf, half-troll tinkerer called Two-Edge. Now, the Djun’s ambitious heir, Angrif, holds the key to a power never before seen on the World of Two Moons -- a power that Chieftess Ember of the Wolfriders fears might destroy her world forever.
• Brand-new ElfQuest adventures!
• Collects ElfQuest extras from past and present!
“Just read all of them and say hello to insomnia.” -- Comic Bastards
B&W, 216 pages, $13.99
TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/16”
“Gantz is unrelenting.” -- Manga Helpers
The devastating war against the alien invaders is over! A new day of peaceful coexistence is dawning! Olive branches for everyone! Of course, before tranquility can be attained, something must be done about the nasty Gantz “terrorists” monkey wrenching the works. Fighting monstrous extraterrestrials is tough enough, but how about taking on the entire human race?
• Gantz has sold over fifteen million copies in Japan!
• Popular anime series and live-action feature.
FC, 32 pages, $3.50
THE GOON RETURNS!
In Eric Powell’s biggest story since 2008, what’s left of the Zombie Priest’s race of witches comes after the Goon, forcing him to face his nightmares or lose his town!
• The Goon returns for a monthly run!
• Eisner Award winner Eric Powell!
“After all these years, The Goon still manages to be a title for the true comic lover that doesn’t mind a bit of the surreal and peculiar in their reading.” -- Complex
Art/Cover: SERGIO ARAGONES, THOMAS YEATES
Colors: TOM LUTH
FC, 32 pages, $3.50
Evanier! Aragonés! Yeates!
It had to happen: The most heroic warrior in history meets the stupidest as Robert E. Howard’s immortal Conan the Barbarian crosses swords with Sergio Aragonés’s Groo the Wanderer in Groo vs. Conan #1. This four-issue miniseries was concocted by Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés, aided by illustrator Thomas Yeates and colorist Tom Luth. Will Conan annihilate Groo? Will Groo turn out to be the man who can defeat Conan? We’ll see.
Comics’ greatest barbarians together at last!
Pencils: SERGIO ARINO
Inks: JUAN CASTRO
Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH
Cover: ANTHONY PALUMBO
FC, 32 pages, $3.99
New arc with Master Chief!
The Master Chief returns in “The Next 72 Hours: Part 1”! After defeating the Didact, John-117 joined the crew of Infinity ... but why did he leave? The mystery begins here. Halo® lead writer Brian Reed (Amazing Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel) reveals the secret events that immediately follow the end of Halo 4.
From Halo lead writer and comics veteran Brian Reed!
Art: TONY PARKER
Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH
Cover: BENJAMIN CARRE
FC, 32 pages, $3.99
FREEDOM OR DEATH!
The explosive finale! Can Rasa outwit all of Cerberus and escape to live a life of freedom? Or will the Illusive Man tighten the noose around her neck?
• Story by Mac Walters, lead writer of Mass Effect 2 and 3!
• Ties directly into the “Citadel” DLC for Mass Effect 3!
“The writing ... is fantastic and it works.” -- Unleash the Fanboy
B&W, 224 pages, $12.99
TP, 5 1/8’’ x 7 1/4’’
New York Times bestselling manga series!
“Dead Man’s Galaxy Days” skips back in time to events that take place before MPD-Psycho Volume 1. Yosuke Kobayashi seems like a smart, driven Tokyo police officer, but he’ll soon be transformed into a tragic “multiple personality detective.” The ongoing mystery of the Gakuso gang and their murderous “barcode clones” unravels further, and MPD-Psycho’s strange supporting cast is seen in a totally new light as a serial killer -- the Tokyo Mirror Man -- terrorizes the city with his chainsaw!
• The inspiration for Takashi Miike’s television series!
• MPD-Psycho crosses over with the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service universe!
Art: ARTHUR ADAMS, MICHAEL ALLRED, SERGIO ARAGONES, MICHAEL ATIYEH, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, HOWARD CHAYKIN, JOYCE CHIN, BRIAN CHING, RICHARD CORBEN, MARK CRILLEY, CARLOS D’ANDA, GEOF DARROW, EDGAR DELGADO, JAN DUURSEMA, GABE ELTAEB, DAVE GIBBONS, STEPHANIE GLADDEN, MICHAEL GOLDEN, ANDY GRENEN, MATT GROENING, PAUL GULACY, GABRIEL HARDMAN, ADAM HUGHES, MIKE KUNKEL, BATTON LASH, DAVID MACK, ALEX MALEEV, TOM MANDRAKE, OSCAR MARTIN, ALAIN MAURICET, MIKE MIGNOLA, BILL MORRISON, MICHAEL AVON OEMING, DAN PANOSIAN, ERIC POWELL, PAUL RENAUD, TOM RICHMOND, PAOLO RIVERA, TIM SALE, CHRIS SCALF, SCOTT SHAW, WALTER SIMONSON, ALLISON SOHN, JEFF SMITH, PAUL SMITH, WILLIAM STOUT, MATT WAGNER, DOUG WHEATLEY, PHIL YEH and many others!
FC, 112 pages, $34.99
HC, 9”x 12”
Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo!
The most amazing artists in the world have come together to celebrate thirty years of Stan Sakai’s marvelous samurai rabbit saga, Usagi Yojimbo, in a new oversized hardcover benefit book: The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of “Usagi Yojimbo”!
“It has been an absolute pleasure publishing Stan’s work over the years, and recently collaborating with him directly on 47 Ronin,” said Dark Horse’s president and founder, Mike Richardson. “With the thirtieth anniversary of his most beloved creation, Usagi, and in a time of need for Stan and his family, we are honored to publish this tribute to Stan and his work. We are donating all of the proceeds to Stan and his wife, Sharon. We hope you will join us in honoring one of the comics industry’s shining lights.”
The participating artists bring their own interpretations and their own styles to the subject, making this book a one-of-a-kind treasure.
The Sakai Project is produced in association with the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS). All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai.
Art: BRIAN ALBET THIES
Colors: JORDAN BOYD
Cover: AGUSTIN ALESSIO
FC, 32 pages, $2.99
Rogue planet -- rogue Sith!
On a mission by order of the Empress, Ania Solo and a contingent of stormtroopers search for Jao Assam and Darth Wredd. Arriving once again on the rogue planet where her adventures began, Ania encounters something no one expected -- an army of Sith!
Sith! Stormtroopers! Solo!
“Anyone who reads Star Wars comic books must read Star Wars: Legacy.” -- Comic Book Bin
Art: MIKE MAYHEW
Colors: RAIN BEREDO
Cover: NICK RUNGE
6 5/8” x 10 3/16”
TPB, FC, 184 pages, $19.99
HC, FC, 216 pages, $39.99
GEORGE LUCAS’S ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY!
Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the official adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay for what would become Star Wars -- the film that changed motion pictures and the world. You’ll see familiar characters and places -- but not all is the same in this long-ago and faraway galaxy. Still, strap yourself in for high adventure and lazersword duels, Jedi Knights, Princess Leia, Han Solo and a battle to defeat the evil Empire!
• Trade paperback collects issues #1-8 of The Star Wars.
• Hardcover collects issues #1-8 and issue #0 of The Star Wars.
• The deluxe oversized boxed-set edition contains the entire saga -- plus extras -- in three deluxe, foil-stamped, hardcover volumes.
Pencils: NICOLAS DANIEL SELMA
Inks: JUAN GEDEON
Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH
Cover: DAN SCOTT
FC, 32 pages, $3.50
Lara’s journey leads her to a place she thought she would never return to -- the place of her nightmares -- Yamatai! Can Lara survive long enough to find out the truth of the danger that stalks her?
• The official continuation of Lara Croft’s story reaches its first arc conclusion!
• The Tomb Raider video game sold over 3.5 million copies in 2013!
“A must have for fans of the video game franchise.” -- Fortress of Solitude
And this being the75th Anniversary of the Batman, I'm hoping my FLCS will have the masks & cape promoting the event.
Is Harley getting another origin? What was wrong with the last 3?
Perhaps like the Joker she prefers them multiple choice.
Groo Vs Conan #1 - looks great!
All-Star Western #33
Batman #33 - Cap may not believe The Riddler being a billy bad-a$$, but I do. That being said I am ready for this arc to be over with.
The Flash #33
Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #1 - I will give this a try with Palmiotti writing that is for sure.
Wonder Woman #33
Harper Row - Man, I completely forgot about her. I can't say as I have an opinion on her one way or another.
Deadpool - Cap, I can't go to a convention, w/o hitting a Deadpool running around. Plus, I can't keep his comics in stock. I always sell out.
Howard Chaykin's Buck Rogers - Pretty average, you can wait on this.
Alan Moore's LoeG - Oh-Ver!-Ra-Ted!
How many people did they think would catch that?