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Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List! Each week, we'll look at the best new releases hitting comic shops, and point you at the books you should be reading.

This week, we have picks from IDW, Vertigo, Marvel, and more!

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Last month I talked to Tania Del Rio about her manga-style reinvention of the Archie character Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Those comics came out in the mid-2000s, but they have been so popular in Archie's digital service that they have brought them back in a new format—a black-and-white, manga-size digest.

Here's an exclusive look at the cover to volume 3, which is due out in September:

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Sonic the Hedgehog meets Mega Man in part 2 of Archie Comics' epic crossover and we've got your exclusive first look!

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The hungry dead: Jugdead

...and then, just as I'm getting ready to close up shop for the night, there comes this (it was either this or the Bluewater "Presidential Dogs" comic).

Yes, America's favorite teenager, Justin Bieber Archie Andrews is going to go Undead in the newly-announced ongoing series "Afterlife With Archie." Read More...

The Archie gang crosses over into the "Glee" universe in this new 4-part series in "Archie Comics"! Read More...

For the first time ever, in 2013, Sonic The Hedgehog is going to smack right into Mega Man, spilling rings everywhere. Archie Comics will be launching an epic, twelve part crossover running through Mega Man, Sonic, and Sonic Universe, written by Ian Flynn, and edited by Paul Kaminski that will include, well... Everybody. To find out more, we chatted with the duo about the upcoming event, what it takes to bring two universes together, and whether Dr. Wily and Dr. Eggman went to evil medical school together:

MTV Geek: Big question of course is, how do the Sonic Universe and Mega Man Universe come together?
 
IAN FLYNN: I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I will point out both Sonic and Mega Man have to deal with brilliant (if mad) scientists.  Dr. Eggman has a history of messing with stuff like ancient gods and Chaos Emeralds.  Dr. Wily has tampered with the time stream.  Between the two of them, they could cause some shenanigans.
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When does San Diego Comic-Con start again? Not until Wednesday? Well, you wouldn’t know it from this first announcement from Archie Comics, as the Riverdale-centric Publisher threw the gauntlet down early by announcing a brand new crossover: ARCHIE MEETS GLEE. The new series, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Dan Parent won’t launch until 2013, but we got the scoop on it from Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater for you right now. And hey, you didn’t even have to wait for Comic-Con:

MTV Geek: Most basic question, just to start off... How did this crossover come about?

Jon Goldwater: Over the last couple of years, I’ve become friendly with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is one of the writers on Glee. He’s the guy they brought in to fix Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, he rewrote that whole script. He’s a tremendous Archie fan... He just bleeds Archie orange. He’s such a fan that this past Halloween, he told me he went to his Halloween party dressed as Archie. Read More...

Archie Comics' Mega Man

In the past we've talked to Editor, Paul Kaminski, and Writer, Ian Flynn about both the on-going Mega Man and Sonic series that Archie Comics has been publishing, but we didn't dig deep into the art of the characters themselves. Enter Ben Bates, penciller for the Mega Man and Sonic comics, who gave us a look at his work on previous issues, as well as some insight into just what goes into drawing Capcom's blue bomber.
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Take an old idea – the Red Circle Comics – and add in a new wrinkle – digital distribution on a weekly basis. That’s Archie Comics’ approach to relaunching their superhero line with New Crusaders #1, by Ian Flynn and Ben Bates. The comic will also take a new/old approach, as it doesn’t jettison the old continuity of the Red Circle comics, instead using it a launch-pad for a new generation of heroes. To find out more, we chatted with Flynn about the book, how it will be using the digital form, and whether he likes blondes or brunettes better:

MTV Geek: The nice thing you’re doing for this newest iteration of the Red Circle books is taking some of the old ideas, and making it easily accessible for new readers. Can you talk about where the new comic kicks off?

Ian Flynn: The first issues starts off well into the "happily ever after" for the old heroes. This quickly goes to hell, necessitating the rise of the new heroes. It's quick, it's dirty, and it's fun that way.

Geek: Give us a rundown of some of the characters? Which ones have particularly popped for you?

IF: I don't want to give away too much, since who these characters are and how they grow into their roles is a big part of the series. But for a quick rundown: Read More...

With the huge popularity of such gender-swapped characters as Adventure Time's Fionna and Prince Gumball, it was only a matter of time for the Archie gang to follow suit. August sees Riverdale turn into "Reversedale" as Archie, Betty, and Veronica gets to see how the other half lives thanks to Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Here's Archina, Ronnie, and Billy: 

Yes, that's the sound of thousands of fingers loading this image into Tumblr.

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MTV Geek is pleased to present you this exclusive preview of Kevin Keller #2 from Archie Comics:

In "May I Have This Dance?," newly appointed class president Kevin is in charge of selecting the theme for Riverdale High's prom. but that's easy compared to the decision of who Kevin will take to the dance! And if things weren't complicated enough, Kevin has a secret admirer hoping to be Kevin's date...

Story and art by Dan Parent

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There has been a lot of call lately in comic book circles --both by fans and creators -- for a move away from "grim n' gritty" and realism, and a return to a more "golden" time of real heroes. The idea goes something like this: comics should largely stop trying to "ape" the real world with all of its politics, sex, and violence, and once again be an all-ages accessible medium. You know, like the comics I read as a child. Back in 1980.

Personally, I love delving into the comics of my youth -- and spend quite a lot of money doing so. They comfort me, reminding me of an earlier time when things were "simpler" (if only according to the perception of an seven-year-old). But the current comic books that hold my attention the most are those that have some sort of commentary and/or relevance to the world around me now. And I'm not sure how we can fault many of today's comic book writers for wanting to do the same.

Mark Millar and Leinil Yu's "Supercrooks" #1, out now from Marvel's Icon imprint, questions the narrative of the "Golden Age" of clear-cut heroes and villains, with the super-powered "bad guys" being cast in a very sympathetic light. The Supercrooks are victims, to an extent, not only of the hyper-brutal and ethically-questionable brand of superhero -- but of a corrupt and unfair society that has essentially "pushed them into" their crimes. Yep, we've definitely seen variations of this story before, but that seems okay with writer Millar, who is clearly framing the narrative as more of an ultra-cool "caper" (of the "Tower Heist" variety, to cite the most current cinematic iteration of the theme) than as a political statement. Read More...

The conservative nonprofit American Family Association, through its “One Million Moms” website, has focused their outrage at Archie Comics over an issue of “Life With Archie” featuring same-sex marriage. Specifically, they have objected to the comic being sold at Toys R. Us, stating on their site, “Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand.” Read More...

Archie's Mega Man

Adapting video games to comics is no small task, just ask Archie's head writer on Sonic and Mega Man, Ian Flynn (or editor Paul Kaminski). Balancing someone else's creation with your own ideas, in order to create a book that fans will appreciate is daunting, to say the least. However, with Sonic in its 13th year, and an overwhelmingly positive response to the first arcs of Mega Man, it seems like Archie is doing something right. Read on to find out what Ian thinks of both series, as well as some of the hurdles that he has had to overcome while working on both books.

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Sonic

Sonic the Hedgehog is having a big week. On the video game side of things, Sega has released Sonic Generations, the latest multiplatform entry into the Sonic series. At the same time, Archie Comics has released Sonic the Hedgehog #230 and Sonic Super Special Magazine #1. All this Sonic isn't just a coincidence; everyone's favorite blue hedgehog is celebrating his 20th Anniversary this year.

Mega Man's not having such a bad year himself, at least when it comes to comics. With two highly anticipated games recently canceled, the Blue Bomber may seem like he's a little down and out, but anyone that's picked up his new comic over the last few months knows otherwise. Archie has given Mega Man some serious love, as the series is deep into its second arc, and already has a graphic novel under its belt.

In honor of such momentous occasions, MTV Geek will be running a pair of interviews with two of Archie's biggest names associated with both franchises. First up is Editor Paul Kaminski who can offer up some insight into both the Sonic and Mega Man books, as well how big of a fan he is of the original games.

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