Monday, November 04, 2013

SWEET AS: The Best From Archie Comics' January 2014 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's "Sweet as". From Riverdale zombies to the Riverdale gang downunder, when I'm looking at the best and new releases from Archie Comics for January 2014, these comics here make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 COVER OF THE MONTH:  STEPHANIE BUSCEMA  ARCHIE #652 

It is really cool to see Archie opening up their infamously known look to more indie vibing artistic takes, like they have here, and with Fiona Staples etc over the past few months!

This issue: The Archies continue their world tour in the sunny downunder -- Australia! Everyone's enjoying the sand and surf, until Archie and Valerie get stranded at sea! Will they find their way to land in time for the big fashion expo headlined by none other than supermodel Katy Keene, and featuring Betty, Veronica and Amisha as supermodels? Will Bingo Wilkin steal The Archies' spotlight? Find out as the Archie's Rockin' Tour rolls on! (W) Dan Parent (A) Rich Koslowski

 JUMP ON POINT
Afterlife With Archie #4
(W) Roberto Aguirre Sacasa (A) Francesco Francavilla
Having just illustrated the latest issue of Guardians of The Galaxy for Marvel, comic fans are now more aware than ever of how brilliant series' artist Francesco Francavilla actually is!

With two more members of the gang infected, Archie's discovery at home sees the survivors decide between staying to fight, and running for their lives.

 ALL AGES ASSAULT 
Sonic The Hedgehog #257
You know, one of the biggest 'comic fan creators' I've ever witnessed were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics Archie put out in the 90's? Sure Sonic is a bit of a different beast, but this title looks set to carry on that same all-ages friendly animal hero tradition!

The shattered world is causing chaos, and Station Square is about to implode! Will Sonic and the Freedom Fighters save the day, or will the evil Dr. Eggman take that honour?

 What do you think?  For Archie Comics' full January 2014 solicitations, click the jump!

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