Anthony's picks for Archie Comics for July 2011

Kevin Keller #2Here’s what of interest is coming out for Archie for July 2011. As usual, dates are listed in order of comic shop/newsstand availability:

Comics I’m buying

  • Betty & Veronica Double Digest #193, on sale July 27/Aug. 2, $4
  • Kevin Keller #2 (Veronica #208), on sale Aug. 10/Aug. 16, $3
  • Life With Archie #12, on sale Aug. 10/Aug. 16, $4

Comics I’ll consider buying

  • Archie & Friends Double Digest #7, on sale July 20/July 26, $4
  • Archie #623, on sale July 27/Aug. 2, $3
  • Betty #193, on sale Aug. 3/Aug. 9, $3
  • World of Archie Double Digest #9, on sale Aug. 3/Aug. 9, $4

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Archie continues to bank on new gay character Kevin Keller this month, with his miniseries seeing a variant cover being offered, the one pictured with this post. The main cover depicts Kevin and his military-belonging father, which looks patriotic (but a month late for the Fourth of July).

Speaking of this variant cover, it looks like a bit of a superhero theme this month for Archie, including a digest revival of Archie’s superhero alter-ego, “Pureheart the Powerful” (aka “Captain Pureheart”), along with Betty, Reggie and Veronica’s heroic personas. Meanwhile, Betty’s own comic (which apparently hasn’t been canceled as feared) shows her being flown by Archie-as-Pureheart.

“Archie” sees appearances by “American Idol” and “The X-Factor” (or pastiches thereof, judging from the promotional text). Valerie and Archie on the cover makes me wonder if their storyline from last year will see a conclusion here.

“Betty & Veronica Double Digest” sees not only Sabrina reprints, but also Riverdale’s own comic convention. Meanwhile, “B&V Double Digest” looks like a reprinted/retouched Dan DeCarlo cover.

Speaking of Sabrina, the animated series version of her comic gets reprinted in a trade paperback this month.

“World of Archie” sees the gang, along with newer Indian character Raj Patel, caught up in Bollywood style film making. There’s also another “She’s Josie” reprint.

“Life With Archie” marks its one-year anniversary. However, I don’t see any mention of the Jinx backup; I assume it’s still continuing?

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