Archie Comics Publications
Written by Tom DeFalco
Pencils by Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz, Tim Kennedy
Inks by Rich Koslowski
Coloured by Glenn Whitmore
How do you end one of the longest running titles in comics history? You showcase a retrospective of Archie Andrew’s life that’s how. The kid with a heart of gold and the luck of a fool it’s a perfect way to show us just what kind of impact Archie’s had over the years on everyone in Riverdale before starting the new series next month. What a nice tribute to the life and times of Archie as seen through the eyes of these creators.
From one mishap to another we see that if Archie didn’t have bad luck he’d have hardly any at all and much like another famous redhead hilarity often ensues. Though it did come as something of a surprise that he’s just gotten is 666th detention a new world record, considering how many days you’re in high school to begin with. But as the folks of Riverdale recount the fact that Archie may be expelled from school for this new record his friends, family, neighbors and teachers alike recall all his traits good and bad.
Tom adds some darn clever things into this as well what with a zombie apocalypse reference, taking a bullet for any of them, Kevin, and little tidbits here and there that remind you of just what kind of cultural impact Archie’s had over his long and distinguished run. Heck the only real thing missing was a Pussycat tribute in this issue I mean we even had Cheryl appear to blame Betty and Veronica for not keeping him in line better after all he needs a strong female to keep in check.
If there’s one book to read in the original Archie run before it’s revamped for a modern age and starts again with a new #1 than this is it. It really is a perfect representation of what he’s meant to the folks of Riverdale and to countless generations growing up. Also it really does sum up everything you’ll ever need to know about him and reading this is almost like losing an old friend. Sure I know a new Archie is coming but that this one has run it’s course seems almost unfathomable to me and yet while sad I’m still happy because I’ve had the pleasure of growing up with this gang and i’ll still grow old with their adventures.
With a fantastic look at the past i’m anxious to see what the future holds.