Archie Comics 2015
Written by Mark Waid
Illustrated by Fiona Staples
Coloured by Andre Szymanowicz & Jen Vaughn
When Archie joined the construction team working on the new Lodge Manor, he made a MAJOR mess of things! And Mr. Lodge’s beautiful daughter, Veronica, caught Archie in the act of accidentally destroying their mansion-in-progress. Now Archie’s got to right his wrongs if he wants to get in good with Veronica, who’s starting her first day at Riverdale High, and finally get over his breakup with Betty Cooper.
Alright while I never understood the reasoning to stop the old run and have a new one instead of them both it’s really not my place to try. Instead i’m just enjoying the hell out of what Mark and Fiona are bringing us. Gone are the Happy Day’s life of the Riverdale gang where things work themselves out in a half situation comedy. Instead we get more of an almost teen soap opera story complete with rivalries, jealousy and infatuations that more accurately reflect modern teenage life.
I have to say I like the whole Archie talking to audience breaking the fourth wall deal. Even when he’s talking to Jughead it feels like he’s talking to us and it’s kind of endearing really. HIs innocence shines through in those moments like he’s just a kid caught up in his emotions and with his bad luck and awe shucks personality relating to him is easy. So much so he doesn’t even notice her personality just that’s she’s beautiful and knows about the house.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about the issue is now that Veronica has been introduced is Jughead’s reaction to her. Okay it’s been established Jughead was once a rich kid whose family has lost it all and he copes, very well from the look of things and he’s concerned about his best friend so the way that Fiona demonstrates the animosity they have towards one another without even speaking a word.
Another is seeing the first meeting between Betty and Veronica. What should be a great moment of friendship turns out to be something else entirely and pushes Betty firmly into Jughead’s corner of making sure that Archie and Veronica are something that is to never happen! Whether this will resolve the #lipstickincident is another thing entirely but it’s still clear she likes Archie and trying to resist those feelings comes under thou dost protest too much.
It’s only issue three and already this new take on a classic has my full support and approval. It’s nothing like it was except for the likeness and names which I am finding more and more something I appreciate. This “modern” take on them has all kinds of potential and how things will play, who will be friends with whom and all that jazz is so up in the air it’s like starting a brand new series with brand new characters. Forget what you knew and join the Riverdale gang as things start fresh.
Having always been a fan of the Archie gang for as long as I can remember having this total overhaul made me weary. Fortunately these folks have the same love of the characters I do and that shows. So enjoy Ronnie’s first day at school i’m sure you’ll find it more fun than she did!