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Archie Keeps it Dark This October With More Dark Circle Comics!


Archie Comics adult imprint “Dark Circle Comics” has done well since it’s (re)launch in 2015, with Black Hood (Duane Swierczynski, Michael Gaydos) The Fox (Dean Haspiel and Mark Wade) and Sabrina (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert Hack, Rachel Deering) giving a good showing. Well in October of 2015 they’re giving us a new title, and bring back another for a new arc.

First up Hangman!

CVR A Reg Felix Ruiz CVR B Variant Timothy Bradstreet CVR C Variant Francesco Francavilla


They say the Hangman is nothing more than an urban legend. A spook story told to scare criminals straight. But those who encounter him—like hitman “Mad Dog” Mike Minetta—know different. They know that when he comes for you… you’re dead already. Join fan-favorite writer Frank Tieri (WOLVERINE, BATMAN) and artist extraordinaire Felix Ruiz (WOLVERINE MAX, HALO) for an ongoing tale of horror, the supernatural and violence…  and learn why some men may never be redeemed.

CVR C Variant Francesco Francavilla

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Felix Ruiz
CVR A Reg: Felix Ruiz
CVR B Variant: Timothy Bradstreet
CVR C Variant: Francesco Francavilla
CVR D Variant: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 11/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.



This looks great, and considering the team on the book, Frank Tieri (Marvel, DC, Top Cow, Dynamite) writing and Felix Ruiz (Marvel) on art, it should rock!

And then… Black Hood Returns! Just when Greg thinks he’s left the Hood behind he winds up neck deep in another situation. The first arc blew away critics and fans alike, it’s a visceral gritty noir that you really should be reading.

CVR A Reg Francesco Francavilla CVR B Variant Howard Chaykin CVR C Variant David Mack

THE ACCLAIMED DARK CIRCLE SERIES RETURNS! “Flor de Muerto” After the soul-crushing events of “Bullet’s Kiss,” disfigured cop Greg Hettinger leaves Philly and checks into a Southern California rehab clinic. But a plane ride can’t separate Greg from his troubles. A fellow patient believes her former drug dealer (and lover) has sent someone to kill her, and it’s up to Greg to figure out which member of their circle is preparing to pull the trigger…

New to the dark, twisted world of The Black Hood? Then check yourself in for this thrilling one-shot from novelist Duane Swierczynski and superstar artist Howard Chaykin.

CVR D Variant Greg Smallwood


Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Howard Chaykin, Jesus Aburto, Rachel Deering
CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla
CVR B Variant: Howard Chaykin
CVR C Variant: David Mack
CVR D Variant: Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 10/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Haven’t read the first Black Hood arc? No worries the trade is on its way!

Archie Keeps it Dark This October With More Dark Circle Comics!

COLLECTING THE BESTSELLING DEBUT ARC FROM THE ACCLAIMED TEAM OF SWIERCZYNSKI AND GAYDOS! A man driven to the brink, blacklisted and left brutally changed must crawl through the wreckage of his life to defeat a gang of deadly criminals hell-bent on setting the streets of Philadelphia aflame. Fueled by rage and empowered by years of experience upholding the law, the new Black Hood is a visceral, conflicted and flawed urban vigilante—but he’s also the city’s last hope. A modern crime noir tale introducing readers to the newest—and deadliest—hero in the Dark Circle Comics lineup.

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Michael Gaydos
$14.99/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/7

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