Anthony’s picks for Archie Comics for January 2012

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Kevin Keller #1Here’s what’s of interest for Archie for January 2012 (and a few for February). As usual, dates are listed in comic shop/newsstand availability order.

Comics I’ll be buying

  • Jinx TPB, on sale Jan. 25, $10
  • Kevin Keller #1, on sale Feb. 8/Feb. 14, $3

Comics I might buy

  • Betty and Veronica Double Digest #198, on sale Feb. 8/Feb. 14, $4
  • Jughead #211, on sale Jan. 18/Jan. 24, $3

Comments

As noted elsewhere online (and by me yesterday), February’s a big month for Archie—when Kevin Keller gets his first issue of his ongoing comic. The story of the first issue shows Kevin venturing on a date for the first time… something he’s apparently not good at. (Given he’s classmates with the likes of Archie and Reggie, Kevin’s got plenty of company!) This should also defuse the cracks about Kevin being “the only gay guy in Riverdale.” Hopefully, Kevin will also develop his own supporting cast; using some of the “new kids” shown moving to Riverdale in a storyline awhile ago might work well here.

Of just as much interest to me as Kevin is the release of a trade paperback of Jinx. Guess my question about what happened to her ongoing paper-then-digital comic is possibly answered here—it sounds like it’s been canceled. If that’s the case, too bad; I liked what I’d read of the teenaged Jinx.

Jughead’s “moving from house to house” storyline apparently ends here, with Reggie as his last resort.

Despite not being listed here, “Life With Archie” is being released this month (it was advertised with the December solicitations). “Life” this month is also centered around Kevin (the wedding story).

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