Written by Mark Waid, Art by Fiona Staples
Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never really been into Archie. My exposure growing up was mostly limited to pop culture references and thumbing through the occasional issue in the supermarket checkout line. The boy-tries-to-get-girl storylines and goofy humor just never really managed to suck me in, but when I saw that there was a rebooted Archie title written by Mark Waid, Eisner-award winning veteran of some of the flagship DC and Marvel titles, with updated character redesigns and (dare I say attractive) art, I was intrigued.
Surprisingly, Archie #1 delivered. This first issue introduces us to a sad but still upbeat Archie trying to recover from a breakup with Betty, his girlfriend since kindergarten, along with an intriguingly diverse cast of other high school students, who are scheming to try and get Riverdale High’s “power couple” back together. While this new story still keeps the same theme and feel of the old comics (as it probably should), it’s a fun ride that had me snickering in spite of my skepticism, and kept me turning the pages to see what happened next. The fun character designs and bright, bold colors really fit with the larger-than-life teenage cast and story, and I have a feeling a lot of readers, especially new readers, will find this book a lot easier to look at than the old Archie they’re familiar with.
As a bonus, this first issue also includes a reprint of the very first Archie story ever published, from Pep Comics #2 in 1941! While I definitely like the new #1 better, it does still show that Waid has done the character justice, and that even though a lot of things have changed with this reboot, some things about Archie Andews are still very much the same.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.