Thursday, April 13, 2017

Archie Vol. 1: The New Riverdale

Archie (2015-) #1. Archie Comics (March 2016) Library
America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.

Brought to you by some of the masters of the comic book genre, including writer Mark Waid and the all-star lineup of artists: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish, the first volume of ARCHIE presents readers with a new take on the beloved Archie Comics concepts while retaining the best elements from the company’s 75 years of history.


The Archie comics have been around for about 75 years. Everyday since I was a child I would see Archie, Betty, Veronica, or Jughead on the cover of a small comic when in the line to pay for groceries. But, I've never been tempted to read this popular series until I saw that there was a new version coming out. It was like how Batgirl has her new look and story line which I was so into. So I wanted in, especially when it was revealed that the TV series was coming out.

Archie, as it turns out, is a klutz. He's either nearly avoiding carnage, making it, or being saved from it. His life feels like carnage right now. Betty and him are no more after the lipstick incident. Archie is clearly upset by what happened but Betty refuses to talk about it. Some interlopers are trying to get them back together as well as get Jughead to help them, but he refuses.

Betty is all fire and independence. Betty is amazing at fixing cars which lends true to her more independent, don't-put-me-or -any-other-girl-in-a-box mentality. She's sad about how everything went down with Archie. Archie is still her best friend. in her eyes but she's avoiding him.

Then in walks Veronica who instantly likes Archie because he ruined her father's construction site (he's really clumsy). Veronica can be summed up in one word - brat. She's this rich girl who thinks she's entitled to everything. When Archie falls for her, he falls hard, and he gets taken advantage by her. Jughead is not having it.

Speaking of Jughead, they discuss his origin story very briefly. It's really eye opening to his "be who you are" character. I love Jughead and his personality. He clearly would do anything for Archie. He didn't want anyone interfering with Archie and Veronica's situation because they just needed to get back together on their own - if they ever did get back together. But then he meets Veronica and everything changes. Veronica, or Ronnie, is literally instant enemies with him which I think maybe might lead to something later on? He now needs to get Archie to see the light - how Ronnie uses him.

In the background we have Reggie, another rich kid who's a joy to be around . He has some side plotting happening that might get some people in conflict with each other very soon.

I loved the characters and the plot. I couldn't believe how Veronica acted the whole time but despite her being a brat it seems like she does care for Archie. I wonder if Veronica and Betty can be friends after this? Jughead so far is my favorite because of his mentality and loyalty towards Archie. He is at odds with Ronnie right now so I worry that's going to affect his relationship with Archie. Archie isn't who I expected him to be - clumsy, lovesick, or oblivious. I enjoyed finally reading an Archie comic. Even though it's not like the TV show for those of you who want to read it because of that, it's still fun and a great read.

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I really do want to check it out.

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  2. I had such a fun time reading this Archie remake! I am glad you liked it. I heard the TV show is pretty different but I still may give it a try. :)

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