Your Pal Archie #1

Story & Inks: Ty Templeton
Art: Dan Parent
Colors: Andre Szymanowicz
Lettering: Jack Morelli

Two new stories and a throwback story from the town of Riverdale. Archie Andrews has always been the the nice, reliable guy; hence the first story. Archie offers to help Jughead learn to drive, as with everyone in the gang leaving town Jughead would not have a ride to the town soda shop. After every driving school in town (and the whole state) throw him out, Jughead asks his friend Archie to help him out. Archie agrees, because he is a great guy, and takes Jughead in the middle of nowhere to help his driving. But Jughead may be a hopeless case.

In the second story, Archie has planned a romantic get together with Veronica, but she has tickets to the opera and Archie is not invited. Archie is upset and decides that to win Veronica back he has to write an opera about her. The rest think he needs money, and on a whim Jughead buys a lottery ticket and gives it to Archie. It looks like Archie may won’t need that opera after all.

Archie comics are really a breathe of fresh air, they are simple storylines with very little malice that exist between characters. Dan Parent and Jack Morelli have taken the helm of the new generation of Archie stories and they have pretty much stuck to what made Archie popular in the original series. Parent and Morelli have updated the look but the wholesome nature of Riverdale is still the same. These stories and the Betty and Veronica story that completes the comic all have the fun filled adventures that have cute stories and non confrontational eventualities.

The panels and coloring of this comic are simple and sweet. Archie is still portrayed as an All American red haired kid, Jughead the burger loving loafer, Betty the sweet fair haired good girl and Veronica the dark haired rich girl vixen. The gang’s all here; the fun colors used in the panel keep the story going.

I like this series, a bit simple but not dialogue or plot heavy. Although the characters are not very diverse (they should include Josie and the Pussycats a little more) I enjoy reading these as a little mind break.

I give this comic a solid 3.5 stars

You can find this and other Archie comics here: Archie Comics

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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