Here’s what strikes my interest for Archie for August 2011. As usual, dates are listed in order of comic shop/newsstand availability.
Comics I’ll be buying
- Archie #624, on sale Aug. 24/Aug. 30, $3
- Archie & Friends Double Digest #8, on sale Aug. 24/Aug. 23, $4
- Betty & Veronica Double Digest #194, on sale Sept. 14/Sept. 20, $4
- Life With Archie #13, on sale Sept. 14/Sept. 20, $4
- The Best of Archie Comics (softcover), on sale July 27, $10
Comics I might buy
- Archie & Friends #157, on sale Aug. 17/Aug. 23, $3
- Jughead #209, on sale Sept. 14/Sept. 20, $3
Most of this month’s issues seem to either be summer related or contain nostalgic elements related to 2011 being the 70th anniversary of Archie Comics. Hence “Archie & Friends” this month features a “Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.” story, while its digest version features Pureheart the Powerful.
“The Best of Archie” softcover is the comic I most look forward to buying. 400 pages of stories from over the decades for only $10 sounds like quite a bargain!
“Betty & Veronica Double Digest” sees Sabrina as its backup. Meanwhile, Chuck is the focus of a story in “Archie Double Digest.” “World of Archie Double Digest” continues the reprinting of “She’s Josie” stories, while the main feature continues a story about the gang in India shooting a movie. I’m guessing Archie’s readership in India (where, for whatever reason, Archie’s quite popular) will enjoy this storyline, which makes use of one of Archie’s newest characters, film enthusiast Raj Patel.
Finally, the most eyebrow-raising comic is the main “Archie” title itself: Dilton versus… Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame?! The story description sounds bizarre (even for a “The Social Network” parody): lawsuits; Dilton as an “old camp buddy” of Mark’s, despite Mark being 27 years old (as of 2011) and Dilton a (perpetual) 16-year-old; Cheryl Blossom *somehow* being involved in any of this; the fact that this Dilton-centered story would’ve been perfect for the “Archie & Friends” title (and its spy-parody story fitting in better *here* as a followup to last year’s “R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.” revival), etc. Still, I want to read this story anyway, even if I hate Facebook…