Archie, Vol 1
The New Riverdale
by : mark waid
illustrations by : fiona staples, annie wu, veronica fish
favorite character : archie
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.
This volume is literally so much fun. Graphic novels are never very long reads, but I felt like I absolutely flew through this one and immediately wanted more.
This take on Archie is my favorite. I instantly fell in love. It’s very family friendly, but wholesome and heartfelt, not corny. Archie is a complete sweetheart who is also a goofball. He’s constantly in near-death experiences–his friends are desperate to save him from himself–and never notices. I have no idea why it’s so endearing and hilarious to me. Even the rivalry here is fun–Veronica really starts to grow on you. Riverdale itself starts to grow on you. Who knew a town so dang cheery all the time would seem so great?
Particularly with the new show out, I feel like this series needs more attention. Much as I appreciate the TV show, Archie will always be about the comics for me. In a time period were making something ‘contemporary’ immediately means bringing in more violence, grit, and angst, this is such a refreshing burst of creativity. It doesn’t ignore current societal norms and issues, but doesn’t go the easy route of making everything ‘dark’ either. I never expected to love this so much, and now I can’t gush about it enough.