Anthony’s independent comics picks for October 2017

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Here’s my look at what non-Marvel/DC comics are coming out for October 2017.

Archie

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Marvel Comics Digest #3, on sale Oct. 11, $7
  • Jughead, vol. 3 TPB, on sale Oct. 25, $18

Boom! Studios

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Misfit City, vol. 1 TPB, $15
  • Lumberjanes, vol. 7 TPB, $15
  • Lumberjanes #43, $4
  • Brave Chef Brianna TPB, on sale December 2017, $15

IDW

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Star Wars Adventures #3, $4
  • Star Wars Adventures, vol. 1 TPB, $10
  • The Powerpuff Girls: The Time Tie TPB, on sale December 2017, $13
  • Back to the Future: Hard Time TPB, on sale November 2017, $16
  • Back to the Future #25, $5 (final issue)
  • Time & Vine #4, $5
  • Atomic Robo & the Spectre of Tomorrow #1, $4

Image

A full list of solicitations is available here.

  • Copperhead #15, $4

Other

  • Underdog Classics, vol. 1, on sale Oct. 10, $20

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Copperhead #15
“Copperhead” #15 (October 2017). Art by Ron Riley.

Archie’s bringing back yet another old title, “Archie and Me,” as a classic-style digest. The original title mainly featured Archie’s misadventures with Mr. Weatherbee, Riverdale High’s principal.

I assume they’re getting out a trade of “Star Wars Adventures” in time for the holidays, plus the release of the next movie this December.

“Underdog Classics” is a reprint of old comic stories featuring 60s comedic superhero Underdog.

“Back to the Future” comes to an end this month, though the solicitation suggests a new series might be coming. (Insert “see you in the future” pun here.)

A new Atomic Robo storyline starts this month. It’s set in 2017, which the solicitation points out:

“Remember those carefree days when the world was only imperiled by things like giant mutants from the sea or the occasional mad scientist dinosaur? Now it’s 2017 and everything’s horrible all the time!”

The “mad scientist dinosaur,” of course, is none other than Dr. Dinosaur, who’s hilarious.

Finally, news has come in that after nearly 25 years, Archie’s stopped publishing the “Sonic the Hedgehog” comic; the new publisher will be IDW. These days, IDW’s the modern equivalent of the old Dell/Gold Key comics—a publisher whose main business is in publishing licensed property-based books. Therefore, getting the rights to Sonic makes sense, as he’ll fit in fine alongside IDW’s books about “Ghostbusters,” “Transformers,” “Jem,” and others.

So far, there’s no word whether the new Sonic the Hedgehog book (set to debut in 2018) will continue the storylines or numbering from the Archie era. I also notice that (at least for now), the Sonic books (and also-ended Mega Man books) are still available for sale on Archie’s website, including issue #290, the final issue.


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