By Molly Jane Kremer and Jarrod Jones. Happy New Comic Book Day! This is Casual Wednesdays With DoomRocket, where each week we discuss our feelings concerning the comics that mean the most to us, and the industry news that affects us all. This week MJ & Jarrod have refused to let Halloween go, so they share their favorite scary comics with ‘Wrapped Up’ and ‘Slice’ writer Dave Scheidt. Then they share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues of the Week, and assess ‘Archie’ #25, and ‘Batman’ #34.

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Casual Wednesdays Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues of the Week

MJ’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:

Batman #34 — DC Comics/$2.99

Captain America #695 — Marvel Comics/$3.99

The Gravediggers Union #1 — Image Comics/$3.99

No. 1 With a Bullet #1 — Image Comics/$3.99

Paper Girls #17 — Image Comics/$3.99

Casual Wednesdays Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues of the Week

Jarrod’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #6 — Marvel Comics/$3.99

Batman #34 — DC Comics/$2.99

Captain America #695 — Marvel Comics/$3.99

Archie #25 — Archie Comics/$3.99

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Omnibus TPB — BOOM! Studios/$39.99


Archie #25Archie #25

Archie Comics/$3.99

Written by Mark Waid.

Art by Audrey Mok.

Colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

Letters by Jack Morelli.

JJ: Mok’s characterizations are on point, evocative of Fiona Staples’ work during Archie‘s relaunch, and Fitzpatrick’s colors are, as always, gorgeous and vivid. Archie is as heartwarming, funny, and ebullient as ever. And while it’s true, some things have changed in the book, the relationships feel more real because of it. There’s plenty of tantalizing melodrama, and Waid plants three huge plot threads that should lure in lapsed and new readers alike like gangbusters. It certainly did with me.

10 out of 10

Batman #34Batman #34

DC Comics/$2.99

Written by Tom King.

Art by Joëlle Jones.

Colors by Jordie Bellaire.

Letters by Clayton Clowes.

MJ: “The Rules of Engagement” is a Bat-family arc for people who like Batman. For people who like Catwoman. For people who like a sweeping romance epic. (No, really. It’s totally got that feel.) Most of all, it’s an arc made for anyone who appreciates really great sequential art. Jones is a legend in the making right here. This is a story that was already destined for greatness before it hit the shelves. Don’t get left out in the cold.

9 out of 10

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Casual Wednesdays written and edited by J. Jones, produced by M.J. Kremer and J. Jones.

Opening/closing theme: “Feels Good 2 B” by Audionautix — YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution)

Intro music: “Good Vibes” by JBlanked — Free Music Archive (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)

Intro interview music: “Talk to Me” by Jahzzar — YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)

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