Archie #3 Review

Archie #3 Review

This week I am going to talk about Archie Comic’s latest issue,  Archie #3, by Mark Waid with art by Fiona Staples.
 
This is the third issue in a rebooted Riverdale, and while I don’t often read books like this, preferring darker stories or capes, I couldn’t turn down the chance to read a new book written by Mark Waid — who just finished a fantastic Princess Leia miniseries with Marvel, and who is about to start a Black Widow series — and that is drawn by Fiona Staples, hands down one of the best artists in comics today. (If you are not reading Image’s Saga by now… you should be). Not only is this a lighter comic then I normally read, it’s a reboot comic, which I also usually dislike, but again the creative team is great and they make it work. I didn’t think I would ever like an Archie comic again, having not read one since I was about 6, except of course Afterlife with Archie, which is dark as f@$#. I found myself pleasantly surprised.
 
This issue looks at the first day of school of Riverdale High’s newest student, Veronica Lodge. She was introduced last issue as a super-rich debutante and in this issue they expand on it. We find out that the school is talking about her and is excited for her to come because in this world she is basically Paris Hilton. She is a rich girl who had a reality TV show for no other reason than she was super rich… like said Hilton heiress or more currently any of the Kardashians. This idea I thought was great as it automatically makes everyone else feel inferior and makes her superior, which is well established in the old comics as a personality trait of hers.
 
This issue sees Archie tripping over himself to please and be seen with Veronica, especially since he kind of wrecked their house in the last issue. Jughead actually rather dislikes her for this and seeks the help of Archie’s ex, Betty Cooper. Betty refuses to help Jughead and actually tries to help Veronica out of an embarrassing situation, but is spurned, causing Betty to decide to help Jughead separate Veronica and Archie.
 
This book is surprisingly entertaining. Mark Waid has an amazing grasp on these characters and has managed to reboot this universe into one that I actually want to read. I feel like this is what happens when people are really into their jobs. I honestly think that Waid was a fan of Archie and was excited to try his hand at a reboot. He has made these characters his own without actually changing them too much. The core of all of these characters are the same they have always been, Archie is a lovable, pure-hearted (you’ll get the pun if you are a fan) klutz, Betty is the girl next door and Veronica is the gorgeous, self-centered rich girl. These characters are timeless and Mark Waid has made them interesting again.
 
The art is of course fantastic. Its Fiona Staples. You should just assume it’s top notch.
 
This issue gets a 4/5. It was a great read, especially considering this is a title I don’t buy. Really, it’s so great I may end up adding it to my pull list.

Andrew Dearborn
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Andrew Dearborn is a part-time reviewer, long-time reader, and occasional video gamer. He grew up in a small Southern Manitoba town and, as many from his area tend to do, migrated to the "big city" of Winnipeg, where he works full time as a bookseller and event facilitator for McNally Robinson as well as a substitute teacher. He is actively pursuing a career in teaching, having received his Bachelor of Education in high school History and English from the University of Manitoba in 2013. While attending the University of Manitoba he was lucky enough to have one of his many short stories, "Socrates' Last Drink", published in The Manitoban. Andrew is also a bilateral cleft palate, a Mennonite, and a nerd, having started his comic book collection at the tender age of seven with a small stack of hand me down Spider Man and Jack Kirby-drawn Eternals issues. In his spare time he reads, writes and talks... incessantly.
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