Monday, May 11, 2020

Review: Archie, Volume 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish

Title: Archie, Volume 1: The New Riverdale
Story by: Mark Waid
Art by: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, Veronica Fish
Coloring by: Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn
Lettering by: Jack Morelli
Published by; Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Synopsis: America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.
Brought to you by some of the masters of the comic book genre, including writer Mark Waid and the all-star lineup of artists: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish, the first volume of ARCHIE presents readers with a new take on the beloved Archie Comics concepts while retaining the best elements from the company’s 75 years of history. ARCHIE VOL. 1 collects ARCHIE #1-6 and features bonus content including scripts, sketches, variant covers and the full first issue of the all new JUGHEAD series by acclaimed writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Erica Henderson. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This wasn't what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it. I thought it was going to have the same flavor as the CW's Riverdale show, but that's not what it was. It really was just an updated version of the Archie Comics and it was great! It was a lot of fun.
I loved the art and color. The stories were really fun. I didn't necessarily get why Archie would talk to the audience, but whatever. I'm definitely going to read more of it.
One pet peeve was that I wish they had just kept the same artist throughout the whole Volume. All the art was good, but I never understand why they feel the need to change it halfway through. It can be jarring.


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