Anthony’s independent comics picks for July 2018

Here’s a look at what non-DC/Marvel comics are coming out in July 2018.

Archie

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Archie Meets Batman ’66 #1, on sale July 18, $4
  • Archie SuperTeens vs. Crusaders #2 (of 2), on sale July 25, $4

Boom! Studios

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Lumberjanes #52, $4

IDW

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Real Science Adventures: The Nicodemus Job #1, $4

Image

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Copperhead #21, $4

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Archie Meets Batman '66 #1
“Archie Meets Batman ’66” #1. Art by Ty Templeton.

This month kicks off the latest “Batman ’66” crossover, this time with Archie and the Riverdale gang. I’ll assume the gang resembles how they appeared in mid-to-late 60s comics, versus their modernized versions. Despite one of the variant covers, Archie was definitely still driving his 1920s Model T-esque jalopy in 1966.

If curious, Archie (the company) ditched the original jalopy in 1983’s “Life With Archie” #238, after it was clearly implausibly old even then as a car anyone (that isn’t an antique car collector) would own. It was replaced by an equally-clunky older Mustang (or Mustang-like vehicle). I’m not sure what Archie’s driving in the current reboot continuity.

Boom is releasing a hardcover collection of that Grant Morrison reboot of Santa Claus (“Klaus”) in September. More in time for Halloween, I suppose.

More “Real Science Adventures”

The Atomic Robo-related series “Real Science Adventures” starts a new storyline this month, “The Nicodemus Job.” This one, unlike the others, is set pretty far back in the Atomic Robo universe’s past (during the time of the Crusades), as its own solicitation proclaims:

On the eve of the first Crusade, the fate of the world rests in the hands of a disgraced soldier, an assassin, an orphan, a scribe, and a thief who have no idea they’re pawns in a clash of civilizations. Heretical texts, ancient star maps, sacred geometries, and one impossible heist. The deepest dive into the history of Atomic Robo’s world starts right here!

I have no idea how this will tie into the (usually) 20th and 21st-century-set Robo and his pals, but imagine it’ll be interesting.

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