SOLICITATIONS: Archie Comics for April 2013

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Archie Comics sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in April 2013.


ARCHIE #643

ìArchie Meets GLEE Part 3î ñ The crossover event everyoneís talking about rolls on! Dilton Doiley invented a machine that opened a wormhole between Riverdale and an alternate, mirror-verse with kids exactly like the Archie gang. Now Dilton and his new BFF Artie are trying to rebuild the Portal-Porter before the delicate balance between universes is disrupted by a kiss between star-crossed teens. Even the possibility of a Betty-Puck romance would set off a chain-reaction of cataclysmic events ending with not one, but TWO worlds imploding. Donít miss the penultimate chapter of Archie Meets GLEE, where Americaís favorite teenager crosses paths with the hit FOX TV series!
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Tito Pena
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #239
Archie drops by Chuckís and discovers the artist at work on some portraits of the gang. Using Chuckís skills to his advantage, Archie stumbles upon the key to getting into any girlís good graces by presenting Chuckís work to them. And Chuck doesnít mind helping Archie get dates since drawing is easy, right? See what happens when Archieís greed pushes the freelance artist too far in ìThe Big Draw,î the first of many hilarious tales from Riverdale!
Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Stan Goldberg, Bob Smith
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, Tito Pena
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/1
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

ARCHIE AND FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #27
Abracadabra! Magician extraordinaire, the Illustrious Salustri, is coming to Riverdale to perform! The magic man makes things disappear for a living, but when his doves and props go missing for real, Archie and friends set out to catch the culprit. Can they solve the mystery before the illusionist is set to perform or will he have to pull a trick out of his sleeve before itís show time? Read ìThe Magic Is Gone,î the first story of this fun-filled digest!
Script: Paul Castiglia, Barbara Jarvie
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Andrew Pepoy, Tito Pena
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/8
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

BETTY AND VERONICA #265
Betty and the Beast”ó If Veronica canít have Archie, no one can! Prince Archie has been cursed into beast-form by Enchantress Veronica who saw no love in his heart for her. There is, however, a loophole to the spell: if another falls for Archie by his 21st birthday, the curse will be lifted! Otherwise, heíll remain a beast for eternity. Just when it seems all hope is lost, along comes a romantic contender named Betty. Could she be the one? Will the spell be broken at long last? Not if Enchantress Veronica has anything to say about it!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Renae De Liz
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/17
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

BETTY AND VERONICA DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #212
It’s DOUBLE-sized DOUBLE-trouble in the all-new DOUBLE DOUBLE digest series! Archieís really done it this time – The goofball accidentally asked both Betty and Veronica to prom! Betty is furious and cancels their date. Archie is on a mission to make things right but little does he know that heís got competition. Can he repair the damage before someone else swoops in and offers to take Betty? And how will Veronica take the news? Read ìProm Princessî and find out for yourself in this extra-sized Double Double Digest with a foil cover!
Script: George Gladir
Art: Stan Goldberg, John Lowe
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/24
320-page, full color comic
$5.99 US.

B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #233
Veronicaís birthday is fast approaching and she is ready to celebrate in typical Veronica fashionóbig and flamboyant! Best of all, her parents are flying her and all her friends to any destination she chooses for an unforgettable birthday bash! Where in the world will the gang party? It makes no difference to Betty, whose prior commitments mean she canít take off for the birthday event of the year. How will Ronnie be able to enjoy her special day without her BFF?
Discover the solution in ìWorld Party,î the first of many fun-filled adventures starring Archieís girls!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jon DíAgostino
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/17
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #192
The Lodges are throwing a swanky party and Jughead didnít make the guest list! Missing a chance to rub shoulders with Riverdaleís elite is no big deal, but Chef Gastonís appetizers are to die for. Luckily Jug has a man on the inside. Itís up to Archie to smuggle the goods to him during the soiree without getting caught, but little do they know thereís an even bigger heist going down that night and if theyíre not careful theyíll either take the fall or go down with them in ìSneaking & Snacking!î
Script: Craig Boldman
Art: Rex Lindsey, Rich Koslowski
Cover: Rex Lindsey, Tito Pena
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/8
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #29
“Archie Marries Veronica” ñ Kevin is rariní to go for his first political debate! While gun cnotrol laws had previously been the centerpiece of Kevin’s campaign, the issue of marriage equality has taken center stage in a showdown with his political opponent. Meanwhile, Archie struggles to gain control of Mirth Music, pushing quality artists over manufactured ear candy. Will his gut instincts pay off? Not to mention Bettyís got the reality TV blues as her fights with Reggie are escalating in order to keep the show alive! Can their relationship survive the fake melodrama?
“Archie Marries Betty” ñ An alternate reality finds Archie lonely for companionship as Bettyís crazy busy schedule makes it so heís practically single again. Can his parents reassure him itíll get better? Meanwhile, Jellybean earns more responsibility at her brother Jugheadís diner, but is her shifty boyfriend looking to take advantage? It wouldnít be Riverdale if love wasnít in the air as Cheryl may be on the verge of a budding relationship and even Mr. Weatherbee is on the dating scene!
Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Andrew Pepoy, Tito Pena
Variant Cover: Jon Gray, Gary Martin, Tito Pena
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/8
48-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

MEGA MAN #25
“When Worlds Collide” Part Four of Twelve: It’s Sonic versus Mega Man ñ Round Two! Celebrate 25 issues of Mega Man with the throwdown brawl to end all throwdown brawls! The Blue Bomber has the home field advantage this time ñ can Sonic keep up in this unfamiliar city? Meanwhile, Drs. Eggman and Wily make their boldest move yet in their master plan! This milestone issue marks the dramatic conclusion to the first act in the biggest crossover story of 2013! Featuring a stunning gatefold cover by Sonic/Mega Man art legend Patrick Spaziante, and a special “E.F.F. (aka Evil Friends Forever) variant” featuring Drs. Eggman and Wily on a (presumably evil) bicycle built for two!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Commemorative gatefold cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
E.F.F.* Variant cover: Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, Matt Herms, and Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
*evil friends forever
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/8
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

NEW CRUSADERS: DARK TOMORROW #1
“Second Strike”: The New Crusaders are back! Picking up directly where 2012’s “Rise of the Heroes” left off, “Dark Tomorrow” will follow the team of young legacy heroes as they struggle with the shocking death of their teammate, living as super hero celebrities, and returning to ñ HIGH SCHOOL?! The teens are at their lowest after the nightmare in the prison riot, but there’s no rest as a new threat attacks Impact City. With Shield away, can the New Crusaders pull themselves together and avert catastrophe? Featuring a stunning new cover and variant by comics legend Phil Jimenez!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Alitha Martinez, Rick Bryant, John Workman, and Steve Downer
Cover by Phil Jimenez and Steve Downer
50/50 Variant cover: Phil Jimenez and Steve Downer
Open-order Variant cover: Ben Bates
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: THE MAGIC WITHIN 2 (TPB)
The magic returns in this enchanting second volume of the SABRINA: THE MAGIC WITHIN graphic novel series! Sabrina Spellman is your average teenager by day, attending Greendale High where her crush Harvey plays for the school basketball team. But by night, Sabrina enters the Magical Realm, where she hones her witchcraft and attends charm school with the handsome and mysterious Shinji. Pick up where volume one left off as Sabrina deals with her two eccentric aunts and her conflicting lives in the Mortal and Magic Realms! Featuring the fan-favorite manga-style art and supernatural stories of the multi-talented Tania del Rio.
Script & Art: Tania del Rio
Cover: Tania del Rio
978-1-936975-54-9
$10.99/$11.99CAN
5 1/4 x 7 1/2î
Trade Paperback
240 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 5/15

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #248
“When Worlds Collide” Part Three of Twelve: It’s Sonic versus Mega Man ñ Round One! The fight that every fan of both the Blue Blur and Blue Bomber has been waiting for is here at last, and it looks like Sonic’s got the hometeam advantage! Can Mega Man cope with the Blue Blur in a land of loops? Meanwhile, Dr. Wily is concerned his old rival might cause problems, which sets Dr. Eggman’s sites on Dr. Light! Don’t miss a moment of this historic crossover event as the heroic fights and evil friendships rage on!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
Variant cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Thomas Mason and Ryan Jampole
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/1
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC UNIVERSE #51
“When Worlds Collide” Part Two of Twelve: The crossover event of 2013 continues HERE! There are strange things afoot as Mega Man’s world is menaced by a super-fast, blue attacker. Sonic’s world is being stalked by a blue-armored figure with a cannon for an arm. Could these mysterious villains be Sonic and Mega Man? Or are they some kind of sinister copies? Mistaken identities and explosions galore in this explosive second part to the historic Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash, John Workman, and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Variant cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Thomas Mason, and Ryan Jampole
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/17
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #7
Celebrate 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog Comics with this very special edition of the SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE! Join the party and grab yourself a front row seat to this collection of Sonic-comic firsts, greatest moments, and highlights from the longest-running video game-inspired comic book series in history! Over 100 pages of comics, news, and features, available for the first time in one place in this deluxe, magazine-sized, quarterly collection! Also featured is an exclusive interview with the longest-running artist still working on the Sonic comics today ó inker Jim Amash! Plus an all-new foil-enhanced birthday-style cover penciled by the newest edition to the Sonic comic family ñ Lamar Wells!
Script & Art: Various
All-New Foil-enhanced Cover: Lamar Wells, Gary Martin, and Matt Herms
Shipping Date: 4/17
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/1
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 US.

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #28
Archie is flat broke (what else is new?). Along with his penniless pals Betty and Jughead, Archie brainstorms a way to put their finances back on track: Go into business together as personal aides! But as the new business partners soon discover, assisting clients with their chores can be very time consuming. What good is money when youíve got no time to spend it? The gang have to decide whatís more valuable ñ time or money ñ in ìA Yelp For Help!î
Script: George Gladir
Art: Stan Goldberg, Bob Smith
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/17
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

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