There isn’t a lot to offer this week in terms of quantity, but boy howdy are there a few selections with lots of quality. The top selection this week goes to something outside the big two. Life with Archie #36 is the historic issue where Archie will take a bullet for his gay best friend Kevin Keller, which leads to the death of Riverdale’s most famous teenager. Archie Comics also has some notable characters with books this week as they also ship Mega Man #39 and Sonic the Hedgehog #262. DC’s biggest title is Robin Rises Omega #1 which continues the search for the next Robin, whether it is the return of Damian or a new choice. There’s also a new debut issue of the newest volume of Teen Titans, with writer Will Pfeifer and artist Kenneth Rocafort, plus Supergirl #33 and Infinite Crisis Fight for the Multiverse #1. Marvel has a typical amount this week, with two savage titles; Savage Wolverine #21 and Savage Hulk #2, a handful of X-titles, Black Widow #6, She-Hulk #6, plus more tales from “Original Sin”.
Life with Archie #36 (Archie)
It’s not often that something from Archie gets top-billing for the weekly picks, but this penultimate issue is so monumental it deserves first mention. After being the first openly gay character in the Archie universe, Kevin Keller is the target for assassination but is saved by his best friend Archie, though Archie isn’t so lucky. Issue 36 contains the death of Archie Andrews, Riverdale’s most famous teenager, and the story will continue in the next and final issue of Life with Archie.
Robin Rises Omega #1 (DC)
Batman fans have had zero time to relax and decompress for quite some time, between the death of Damian, “Zero Year”, Batman Eternal, and the stellar Detective Comics by Francis Manapul. DC has been tight-lipped as to who will be the next Robin, but after Ra’s al Ghul tried to resurrect his grandson, was stopped by Batman and Frankenstein, and was then interrupted by agents of Apokolips, clearly anything can happen. Robin Rises Omega is the first chapter which leads into Batman & Robin #33.
Uncanny X-Men #23 (Marvel)
Gone but not forgotten, Professor X was obliterated, what seems like a long time ago, in the pages of Avengers vs. X-Men. The Red Skull absorbed his powers, which will lead into the upcoming “AXIS” event, but for now in “Original Sin”, the X-Men uncover the last will and testament of Charles Xavier. What they uncover may shock them, it may shock us, and if it is in any similar spirit to the “Original Sin” event, it will be completely off the wall and crazy.
Original Sin #6 (Marvel)
In the typical Marvel NOW! Zeitgeist, the “Original Sin” event has been completely bonkers. Anchored around the death of the Watcher, which is the tamest portion of the plot, the story then spirals into endless rabbit holes of deceit and deception as Pandora’s box of secrets has been open. The genius part about this story is that anything can truly happen as a result of all of the secrets being uncovered, which can lead to limitless stories after this concludes, but the drawback is that it will only perpetuate the trend of mind-boggling and bizarre stories that are currently in the pages of Marvel books. And what’s not to love about Deodato’s art for this book, absolutely stunning.
Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International San Diego #1 (DC)
The Harley Quinn solo title has been a consistent top 20 book on the Diamond Comic Distributors sales figures. In a special issue commemorating the annual San Diego Comic Con, Harley takes on new antagonists of long lines and crazy crowds to try and get her own comic book published. This special issue is still written by same team as the on-going title (Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti), so if you want to get the meta-experience of SDCC and all the hijinks but without the lines, then check this out.
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