Anthony’s picks for Archie Comics for June 2011

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Here’s what I’m interested in for Archie for June 2011. As usual, the two dates are in order of comic shop and newsstand availability:

http://www.majorspoilers.com/solicitations-archie-comics-for-june-2011

Comics I’m buying

  • Archie & Friends #156, on sale June 15/June 21, $3
  • Betty & Veronica Double Digest #192, on sale July 6/July 12, $4
  • Kevin Keller #1 (Veronica #207), on sale June 8/June 14, $3

Comics I’m considering buying

  • Archie & Friends Double Digest #6, on sale June 15/June 21, $4
  • Betty & Veronica #254, on sale June 29/July 5, $3

Comments

This month sees the introduction of gay character Kevin Keller’s own miniseries, which (from the odd looking listing) seems to be under the “Veronica” numbering/banner. I guess they’re treating it similar to how Chuck’s miniseries from a few years ago was sold under the “Archie & Friends” title, or Salem’s own miniseries a few years ago was under the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” numbering. I assume newsstands probably don’t want to clear room for yet another comic title, much less a miniseries, thus Archie going this route. Either way, I’ll be buying it!

The retro vibe continues for the look of the Archie titles, as “Betty & Veronica” seems to have regained its old 70s/80s-era logo, sans the old/outdated “Archie’s Girls” prefix. Meanwhile, on the cover of the “Jughead” comic, Ethel looks more like her older, ungainly self. This seems to veer a bit from Archie’s recent effort to update no-longer-“Big” Ethel. Or maybe it’s just how cover artist Fernando Ruiz wanted to draw her…

Finally, Sabrina appears in reprints in “Betty & Veronica Double Digest,” and makes a new appearance, alongside comic-geek Chuck, in “Archie & Friends.” This issue sees Riverdale get its first huge C2E2/San Diego-like comic-con. Should be an interesting story just from the cover alone.

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