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DARK CIRCLE COMICS

TheShield#1 TheShield#1Hackvar TheShield#1Robvar TheShield#1varTheShield#1var2THE SHIELD #1
NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE!  “Daughter of the Revolution, Part 1” Since the dawn of the republic, whenever her country faces its blackest days, she returns: a spirit of the revolution sent to fight for what is right. But when she reappears for the first time in a generation with no memories—not even of her own identity—and encounters an evil force expecting her arrival, all the Shield can do is… run!

Script: Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig
Art: David Williams, Gary Martin, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: David Williams
Variant Cover: Wilfredo Torres
Variant Cover: Andrew Robinson
Variant Cover: Rafael Albuquerque
Dark Circle Movie Throwback Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 4/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BlackHood#3Chaykinvar BlackHood#3FFvar BlackHood#3Hackvar BlackHood#3MackvarTHE BLACK HOOD #3
NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “The Bullet’s Kiss, Part 3” The Black Hood is supposed to be dead. Shot, de-masked, autopsied, buried. So who’s running around town in a ratty black hood, declaring war on the underworld? The City of Philadelphia is electrified by the fleeting glimpses they see on social media—but both the cops and the drug gangs want him stopped at all costs. However, the new Black Hood may not have to be stopped. He’s coming unglued all on his own…

Script: Duane Swierczynski

Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: David Mack
Variant Cover: Howard Chaykin
Dark Circle Movie Throwback Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 4/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Fox#2Dino Fox#2var Fox#2var2THE FOX #2
NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE!  “Fox Hunt, Part 2 – The Other Shoe”: The fox-hunt has begun, and Impact City’s most dangerous criminals are out for BLOOD. When Paul Patton Jr. decides to take his son, Shinji, on a trip to the Museum of the Moving Image, he’s hoping to make an effort to finally be a present father and not the superhero freak magnet known as The Fox. But when a violent bank robbery derails their plans, and Paul is unwilling to don his superhero suit and save the day, a new kind of superhero will need to step in and save the day. So why is this new hero The Fox’s WORST NIGHTMARE? Emmy award-winning artist Dean Haspiel and Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid bring you the next chapter in Dark Circle’s most twisted tale yet! Featuring variant cover art from Howard Chaykin and Robert Hack!

Plot: Dean Haspiel
Art: Dean Haspiel, John Workman and Jose Villarubia
Script: Mark Waid
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Father and Son Variant Cover: Howard Chaykin
Dark Circle Movie Throwback Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 5/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE COMICS

ALWArchie#9 ALWArchie#9varAFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9
“BETTY: RIP” 4 (of 7) The Horror began in Riverdale when Reggie Mantle struck and killed Jughead’s beloved pooch Hot Dog. Since then, Reggie has been living with this secret knowledge—and terrible guilt. With no one to talk to about it, Reggie has started to crack under the strain. He is seeing visions of his dead friends—or are they literal ghosts? When an act of kindness prompts a confession from him, Reggie must decide for himself, once and for all—is there any good within him? Or is Reggie, as we’ve always suspected, beyond redemption? For TEEN+ Readers.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
JugDEAD Variant Cover: Dave Devries
On Sale Date: 4/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ALWAmag#7AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MAGAZINE #7
In this issue, we take a break from the Archie gang’s plight against the raging zombie hordes and shift gears to another horror title fresh from Archie Comics. AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE MAGAZINE presents: THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA! Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comic’s latest horror sensation starts here! Featuring extra special bonus content and classic tales in this magazine-sized version of the horror sensation. For TEEN+ readers.

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
On Sale Date: 4/22
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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It’s a BLOW-OUT of the funniest and most entertaining stories from Archie & Friends! We’ve got 1000 more pages of hijinx and hilarity for our adoring fans! For over seven decades, Archie and his friends have been making everyone laugh, with their dating hijinx and misadventures at Riverdale High School! Everything’s Archie in the largest Archie collection series EVER—offered at an incredible value price!

Script: Various 
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-62738-945-7
$14.99/$15.99CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
TR
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/6

FunhouseComDig#14ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #14
Archie finds out about a special contest being held in Riverdale: a scavenger hunt, the winner of which gets an all-expenses paid party with DJ and food for 20 friends! The first person to the radio station announcing the concert with all the listed items by 5:00 wins… and it’s 3:30 now!  Archie is determined to win!  Will he make it in time and hold the most ultimate party ever held in Riverdale? Or will too many obstacles get in his way? Find out in “The Hunt is On!” the fun lead story to this Comics Double Digest!

Script: Paul Kupperberg

Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/29
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

B&V#275 B&V#275AHvar B&V#275FTvar B&V#275var B&V#275WillvarBETTY & VERONICA #275
The girls have arrived in Mumbai, India! They’re ready to move into their temporary homes… and their new identities as Veronica takes on the role as “Betty,” and Betty takes on the role as “Veronica”! Will anyone catch onto their little game? Meanwhile, back in Riverdale, the boys are enjoying the acquaintances of the new transfer students Violette and Banni! But can these two new transfers ever really take the place of their beloved Veronica and Betty? Plus, we’re commemorating this milestone 275th issue with a double-sized issue featuring plenty of bonus content and multiple collector covers!

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
275th Variant Covers: Ramona Fradon, Adam Hughes, Genevieve F.T., Brittney Williams
On Sale Date: 4/15
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

B&VJumbo#233BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #233
Betty and Veronica are on their way to a party held by Riverdale’s reigning fashion queen Sheila Wu—and Veronica’s determined to out-dress her at her own party. However, on their way to the gala, Betty encounters a young girl with some animal friends in need of assistance on the side of the road. The adventure begins as Betty, Veronica and their new acquaintance Alina try to wrangle up her stray pets. Will the pets be safely returned? Will Betty and Veronica make it to the party unscathed? Find out in “The Perils of Pet Sitting,” the exciting lead story to this JUMBO-sized Comics Double Digest!

Script: Alex Simmons

Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/22
288-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

B&VFriendsComDig#243B&V FRIENDS COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #243

Spring Break is here and nothing is going to ruin Betty, Veronica and the rest of the Riverdale teens’ vacation plans… except for bad weather! When their fun holiday must be cancelled, Veronica steps in with a solution: a trip to the most exotic locale of them all—Lodge Mansion! Let’s just hope Veronica doesn’t forget any minor details while planning this staycation—like asking her father’s permission first! Thing are gonna get wild in “Spring Broken,” the new lead story to this fun-filled comics digest!
Script: Paul Kupperberg

Art: Jeff Shultz
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/13
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Jug&ArchieComDig#12JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #12
For many people, Wednesday is more than just hump day… it’s also the most exciting day of the week: New Comic Day! Jughead and Archie are excited to head to their favorite shop, Pep Comics, to pick up the newest issues of their favorite series. But Archie’s got his eye on more than just the newest issue of The Fox: Dede Diaz—shop owner Mimi’s daughter and new cashier! Unfortunately for Archie, Dede’s got her eyes on something too—Jughead! How will Archie break the news that Jughead’s not interested and make a move of his own? And will they ever just get their new comics? Find out in “Meet Dede” the fun new story to this Comics Double Digest!

Script: Tania Del Rio

Art: Various
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 5/6
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Megaman#48 Megaman#48varMEGA MAN #48
The showdown to end ’em all is finally here! “The Ultimate Betrayal” Part Four: The cataclysmic conclusion!  Dr. Light built Gamma to be the definitive answer to all global disasters—unfortunately it looks like all of its power might just be turned against poor Mega Man!  As the battle rages, the entire castle stronghold begins to collapse. How will anyone get out of this one alive—and will they at all? Don’t miss the epic conclusion to this Mega Man 3 game adaptation storyline, featuring new cover art from fan-favorite Brent McCarthy and a special Capcom art variant!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Odagawa, Gary Martin, John Workman and Evan Stanley

Cover: Brent McCarthy
Variant Cover: Art provided by Capcom
On Sale Date: 4/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

Sabrina#4 Sabrina#4varSABRINA #4

NEW ONGOING SERIES! Hell hath no fury… It’s Sabrina in the underworld as she and her companions risk everything—including their immortal souls—to rescue Harvey’s consciousness, trapped in the Dark Pit. Meanwhile, with Greendale’s most powerful witch missing in action, Madame Satan launches an attack on the Spellman household, but Hilda and Zelda are not helpless, and then of course there’s Cousin Ambrose to contend with… For TEEN+ readers.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack
Cover: Robert Hack
Carrie Variant Cover: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 5/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

SonicBoom#7 SonicBoom#7VarSONIC BOOM #7
A multi-part story? In MY Sonic Boom comic?? You got that right! It’s wacky-racin’ adventure in “Everybody’s Super Sonic Racing” Part Two: Dr. Eggman’s fun and “friendly” go-kart challenge has turned deadly!  But, really, who didn’t see that “twist” coming?  Can Sonic salvage the race and prove to the bad doctor he can win fair and square?  More importantly—can Sonic survive long enough to return to the race course?! Discover the fate of life, limb and ego in this super-fast story with cover art from Sonic comic fav Jamal Peppers, and an all-new “insubordination” variant cover from painter Erik Ly! …And BOOM goes the dynamite!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Jamal Peppers, Rick Bryant and Matt Herms
Insubordination Variant Cover: Erik Ly 
On Sale Date: 4/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

WC-COMPLETE-EPIC---diamond-exclusive_v2 WC-COMPLETE-EPICSONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS COLLIDE THE COMPLETE EPIC (TR)

It’s the crossover of a lifetime! The team-up you’ve been dreaming of! Two of videogame history’s most iconic heroes come together for the greatest action story ever told! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGA MAN unite in WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE! It all begins with a meeting of the minds–EVIL minds! Dr. Wily makes contact with Dr. Eggman, and the two malicious mechanics conspire in a plan that will reshape entire worlds! Using the power of the Chaos Emeralds, they build themselves an unstoppable army of Robot Masters and Roboticized Masters–Sonic’s corrupted friends! It’s pan-dimensional panic as Sonic and Mega Man race to uncover the doctors’ diabolical plot, save Sonic’s friends, and brave the nightmarish landscape of the Skull Egg Zone! Along the way they gain new allies, Mega Man gains all new powers, and the stakes keep getting higher until two universe hang in the balance! You CANNOT miss this critically acclaimed crossover! Celebrated by old and new fans alike, beloved by critics and casual readers, this is one big love letter to all things SONIC and MEGA MAN! WORLDS COLLIDE collects the entire crossover event, containing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #247-251, SONIC UNIVERSE #51-54, MEGA MAN #23-27 and material from SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #252 and MEGA MAN #28.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Ryan Jampole, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, Gary Martin, Jim Amash, John Workman, Jack Morelli, Thomas Mason, Dustin Evans, Matt Herms and Steve Downer.
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
Previews-exclusive Variant Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Matt Herms
978-1-62738-951-8
$29.99/$34.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
336 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/6

Sonic#272 Sonic#272varSONIC THE HEDGEHOG #272
Time is up—the WORLDS UNITE crossover event is almost upon us! “A Ray of Hope”: As Sonic and the Freedom Fighters continue their journey to save the shattered planet, Sonic and Chip journey to Apotos to uncover the secrets of the Gaia Gate! Meanwhile, Knuckles and the Freedom Fighters take on a TITANIC challenge of their own! Does Sonic have a hope in saving the world? Will battle tear the freedom fighters apart first? Find out the answers to these and more exciting questions as our heroes journey to the much-awaited crossover event of the year—WORLDS UNITE! Featuring new cover art from Edwin Huang (Uncanny Skullkickers) and a crazy-new Metal Sonic game art variant provided by Sega!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Diana Skelly, Terry Austin, John Workman and Gabriel Cassata
Cover: Edwin Huang and John Workman
Metal Sonic Game Art Variant Cover provided by SEGA
On Sale Date: 5/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

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Sonic Universe has reached 75 thrilling issues—and we’re celebrating in style! “Fury”: The race is on as Sonic chases down Metal Sonic for one of the sought–after Chaos Emeralds!  But when their chase takes them to a very unexpected place, Sonic’s worth as a hero may be put to the test!  Can Sonic win the day, secure the emerald and retain his sense of self by the end? As our journey to WORLDS UNITE crashes to a close, join us in celebrating the longest-running Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off comic in history with 7.5 variant covers from your favorite Sonic artists! Featuring cover art from Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Tyson Hesse, EGA Studios, Patrick Thomas Parnell, Lamar Wells, Evan Stanley and Jonathan H. Gray! To name a few!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms
Cover: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Variant Cover 1: Tracy Yardley
Variant Cover 2: Ben Bates
Variant Cover 3: Tyson Hesse
Variant Cover 4: EGA Studios
Variant Cover 5: Patrick Thomas Parnell
Variant Cover 6: Lamar Wells, Gary Martin and Gabriel Cassata
Variant Cover 7: Evan Stanley, Jim Amash and Matt Herms
Variant Cover 7.5: Jonathan H. Gray, Gary Martin and Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 4/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S

WOArchieComDig#49WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #49
Riverdale High School is holding out tryouts for the wrestling team—and Archie, Reggie and Jughead all hope to make it on the ropes! While the three use brute force and technique for their tryouts, Dilton is convinced that is instead a mathematical process. He argues that it’s all about leverage and angles and that, even someone at his size, could take down someone the size of Moose. The guys are skeptical and challenge him to prove his hypotheses. Will his equations be correct, or will Dilton be down for the count? Find out in “Counted Out,” the brand new lead story to this Comics Double Digest!

Script: Paul Kupperberg

Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 4/15
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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