Betty & Veronica’s Cheer Squad

Two, four, six, eight! Who makes cheers that are so great? BETTY AND VERONICA! Flip out with the Riverdale cheerleading squad in this digital-only collection. Cheerleading isn’t just for moral support — it’s a sport of its own! So grab your pom-poms and hop onto the human pyramid, because Betty and Veronica need your help to get the crowd going!! 

Writer:
Various
Penciler:
Various
Colours:
Various
Letterer:
Various
Publisher:
Archie Comic Publications, INC

You don’t quite know where you stand with Archie comics these days. Whilst the company publishing it has been known for exposing unrealistic ideas of the past for over 70 years and getting involved in very odd and gimmicky crossover events, in the past few years it’s also experimented heavily with the format. Publishing series like Life with Archie, that met with critical and commercial success and dealing with storylines that, quite frankly, put a lot of its peers to shame when it comes to inclusivity, its seems to in a constant state of ‘one step forwards for every two steps back’.

Betty and Veronica’s Cheer Squad is more in line with what people traditionally associate with Archie Comics and the very problematic issues it has…but it’s so darn charming I find my resistance to it melting away. From the very simple colour palette and line work that invokes comics of the sixties and the odd subversive message thrown in keeps my liking it just enough to stop wanting to tear down it’s very faux American values.

That charm mostly comes from how it approaches everything from a very enthusiastic and childlike matter – people actually use phrases like ‘Gee Whiz!’ and ‘Golly Gosh!’, so by default I know a lot of what is presented is tongue in cheek. Whilst it won’t exactly please people on certain ends of the political spectrum, the comic goes for a more realistic take on the sport of cheerleading, admitting it has problematic elements, but also showing why it is so appealing in the first place and the benefits.

It’s a very innocent take on it all and though you could argue it’s sugar that makes the most bitter pill go down with ease, I’m happy to suspend my normal objections. Does that make me shallow? Oh yes, but for £2.99 and in a anthology that is 102 pages, I don’t mind as much. Especially when it’s done this well.

Betty & Veronica’s Cheer Squad is available from Comixology

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.

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