Here’s what’s of interest from Archie Comics for July 2012. Full solicitations may be found here. All dates below are for comic shop availability (newsstand availability is usually within a week or two later).
Comics I’ll be buying
- Archie #635, on sale July 25, $3
- The Best of Archie Comics 2 TPB, on sale Aug. 15, $10
- Kevin Keller #4, on sale Aug. 8, $3
Comics I might buy
- B&V Friends Double Digest #227, on sale July 25, $4
No “Life With Archie” this month, but we do get in “Archie” itself the promised “Occupy Riverdale” story. While the Occupy movement‘s cooled off media-attention-wise since this time last year, it’ll be interesting to see how Archie deals with it…or perhaps Reggie. Reggie’s usually been shown as better off than the rest of the gang (his father runs Riverdale’s newspaper), but not remotely at Veronica’s level of wealth.
A sequel to last year’s “Best of Archie Comics” is coming out, promising the same number of stories from across Archie Comics’ history in one cheap volume.
“Kevin Keller” has the prefix on the cover “Archie’s Pal,” in a play on the comic “Archie’s Pal Jughead.” Though I’d figure “Veronica’s Pal” would be more accurate. Anyway, this issue sees the Kellers go to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and Kevin runs into another guy possibly interested in him. Unfortunately for Kevin, Veronica’s tagged along… “mayhem” will ensue (as the solicit states). Guess no steady boyfriend for Archie’s leading gay youth yet.
Speaking of which, Kevin’s also on the cover of the trade paperback volume of “Clash of the New Kids” (despite not appearing in the story). This is a reprint of the storyline where Riverdale High gets dozens of new students from a neighboring closed high school. Said storyline also added some diversity to the secondary cast; some of the new kids are also seen on the cover of “Archie” this month, particularly Sayid (the kid with the small soul patch). Also appearing on “Clash of the New Kids” and one of the “Archie” variant covers is Nancy, but not her better half Chuck, unless that’s him holding the sign behind who might be Sabrina Spellman on the “Archie” cover.