Archie Comics 2019
Written by Sina Grace
Illustrated by Derek Charm
Coloured by Matt Herms
Lettered by Jack Morelli
The Story So Far . . .
Jughead Jones has travelled into the 29th century along with January McAndrews, official timekeeper of the Time Police. Jughead has learned that, in the future, he’s an icon—having single-handedly ended world hunger. But it’s not all about fun and celebration, Jughead has a job to do… and that’s helping January fix the time-stream. A job made even more difficult when a group of Time Thieves attempted to thwart their plans. Fortunately, they were able to elude them, buying more time to get down to business. But does January have ulterior motives, and who is this other Jughead that she’s working with?
This is a whole lot more fun than you'll ever expect it to be. I mean time travelling Jughead who is being used and manipulated by January, who I still feel is a descendent of Archie's, who's infatuated with an evil version of Jughead who looks like he stepped out of the 50's era. Yeah all of this is completely different vibe than I was expecting to see and I think that's a huge part of it's charm. I am completely and utterly impressed with the work that Sina is doing here and while I would never have pegged him as an Archie guy the man is slaying it when it comes to these characters.
The way that this is being told, how the story & plot development and the character development become so intertwined with each other and yet can still be separate entities shows this knowledge of storytelling that along with the skill and talent level is most impressive. Also the way that we see the pacing pick this up and carries it ever forward is really well done and it keeps from feeling it's too slow or fast. The way that we see information revealed and the revelations and twists that appear is something that will test Jughead's mettle and to be hones this is the kind of stuff that our new modern Jugs has in spades.
Naive, impressionable and sometimes gullible our Jughead is still smart enough that he applies himself to something he'll get it done though if there is food involved you can count on him getting it done even faster.
Derek always kills it when he does the Archie gang and after working on Jughead's main series he really is the perfect guy to do this. Oh and that Starfleet Academy he did means the work in the future and with a whole new set rules is right up his proverbial alley. The linework here is sensational and the way he's able to bring out the attention to detail through the varying weights is really extremely well done. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show off a stupendous eye for storytelling. That Derek knows he has to utilise the backgrounds to enhance the moments and bring us this sense of size and scope to the book is magnificent to see. The colour work is great to see as well. The colour blocking to show highlights and then how we see light sources utilised all bring the work we're seeing to life beautifully. Plus it looks and feels like evil Jughead has a different technique on him that is more representative to his era.
The way that this has been based on duplicitous behaviour is fantastic. After all from what I have seen evil Jughead is using January just as she's using our Jughead. It is a vicious circle of using, betrayal and that run for you life through time that we have been wanting. Make no mistake Jughead is like a one man Sliders show, how many remember that?, and for now it's perfectly done so that he's going to have use ever bit of ingenuity and cunning that he can muster if he's going to figure out how to stop the evil him from whatever he's planning.
You know you want this and you know your going to look for it now, so call your shop and have it reserved or ordered today.