Hey there comic fans, welcome to another new comic review with me. This time we are reviewing the all new Archie, with a whole new look, and a whole new style. The kids of Riverdale have never looked and felt this way, so let’s see what it is all about! Written by Mark Waid (The Flash, Kingdom Come, Etc) and art by the wonderful Fiona Staples (Saga, Enough said there about her ability) so it is bound to be a very well done look with older characters.
STORY – WARNING THERE WILL BE SPOILERS, SKIP TO NEXT SECTION IF YOU DO NOT WANT THEM!
We start off with our main man Archie, as he is arriving to school. He is talking directly to us, breaking the fourth wall, which is a bit unusual for an Archie Comic, but I can see that this is the style they will be going for in the future of this series.
Archie is giving us a monologue about how he and Betty Cooper are now splitsville, after being together as a couple since kindergarten. The whole school seems interested in the gossip, and so our heroes tale begins. This issue we see Trey, Raj, Dilton, Reggie, Betty, Archie, Jughead, and a lot of the side characters. We also see Archie’s first time playing guitar (hopefully introduction to The Archie’s) and also that the Lodge family is moving to Riverdale, so welcome back to the love triangle. Also, I am wondering if there was a lot of foreshadowing of Mr. Lodge being someone who may not be the nice, and tolerable person he used to be. So many questions and I am excited to see how things progress.
WRITING – A
The writing is exactly what I would want from an Archie comic. It was captivating, engrossing, and added a lot of new elements that haven’t really been used in previous Archie comics, which is the point of this reboot. The writing really gives life to the story, and while this is only issue one, I already have so many questions about what is going to happen and how. That makes me want to keep reading. I need to know if things work out.
ART – A+
Fiona is an amazing artist. Her work is absolutely stunning, and the changes she made to such an iconic character and series, were extremely well done. I was worried because I loved Archie, and knew the change would take some getting used too, but it was more than worth it in the end. Her clean art style, mixed with her emotional feeling characters gives us what we need for this type of a comic. I would buy this just for the art, but it is a massive bonus that the story and art really go together.
Overall, I was a big fan of this reboot. I will definitely be heading into The Comic Hunter to keep getting my issues, and I really hope you do as well. The guys at the store would be more than happy to help!
Tune in next week when I review Fight Club 2. This is the only time I can talk about it.
Also, we will be unveiling the new name of our reviews!