Archie Comics started the week with the major news that the flagship “Archie” series will relaunch in the new year with the A-list creative team of writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples. But that’s not the only 2015 Archie Comics #1 that Waid will be involved in — he’s also re-teaming with writer/artist Dean Haspiel for a new volume of “The Fox,” as part of Archie’s rebranded superhero line, Dark Circle Comics. CBR has the exclusive first look at variant covers from the issue by Chris Samnee & Matt Wilson, David Mack, Ulises Farinas & Ryan Hill and Thomas Pitilli, plus the solicitation text of the April-debuting issue — and covers and solicitations for Dark Circle’s “Black Hood” #2, scheduled for release in March.
“Dark Circle was handed a great head start when Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid signed up for another round of high-flyin’ Fox mayhem and hijinks,” Dark Circle Comics line editor and Archie Comics SVP of Publicity and Marketing Alex Segura said in a statement to CBR. “It’s been a real honor to launch a new ‘Fox’ ongoing series in tandem with ‘The Black Hood’ and ‘The Shield.’ It’s really been amazing to see these A-list creators — under the watchful eye of editor Paul Kaminski, who is an essential part of the Dark Circle team — cut loose and really turn up the volume. This is a DIY superhero acid trip that knows no boundaries — a freight train of creative energy careening out of control. If you thought the first ‘Fox’series was masterful, just wait until the volume gets turned up to 20.”
THE FOX #1
NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! THE FOX is BACK! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO’s Bored to Death) is once again united with Eisner award-winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) for FOX HUNT: Part One “The Situation”: When a billionaire philanthropist prepares Paul Patton Jr’s home town for demolition, our hero is sent on assignment to photograph the event. But what strange force lurks in the shadows, and why will it take Paul’s alter-ego, THE FOX, to stop it? The answer is the beginning of a deadly FOX HUNT and you won’t believe what happens next! Don’t miss the debut issue from the critically-acclaimed team that brought you THE FOX: FREAK MAGNET, featuring FOUR all-new variant covers! With art from Dean Haspiel, David Mack, Thomas Pitilli, Ulises Farinas and Chris Samnee!
Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Dean Haspiel, Jose Villarubia, and John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Variant Cover 1: Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson
Variant Cover 2: David Mack
Variant Cover 3: Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill
Variant Cover 4: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 4/8
32-page, full color comic
BLACK HOOD #2
NEW SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “The Bullet’s Kiss, Part 2” The acclaimed crime series continues with another dose of deadly noir by two masters of the genre. When you steal from the underworld, the underworld will come looking for you-even if you’re a cop. Greg Hettinger has unwittingly crossed the city’s most fearsome drug lord-a man only known as “The Connection,” who sends two of his most fearsome lieutenants after Greg. It’s one thing to have trouble come knocking on your front door. But it’s another when it’s already inside your house…
Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Covers: David Mack, Howard Chaykin
On Sale Date: 3/25
32-page, full color comic
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