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Review: Archie #1

Archie2015_01-0I have a confession to make.

This was the first normal Archie story I have ever read, and the only other Archie story I have read was the After Life With Archie comic that was released free for Halloween ComicFest last year. This may come as a surprise to many of you who grew up with Archie comics, but they simply weren’t around when I was growing up in England. Only when I crossed the pond did I even hear about them, but they never caught my interest.

Until now, that is.

Archie #1 published by Archie Comics is a perfect introduction for new readers to characters that have been loved by so many for more than seven decades. Written by the fantastically talented Mark Waid (Irredeemable/Incorruptible, The Fox, Daredevil) the reimagined world of Archie #1 is rendered with a vibrant energy by the art team led by Fiona Staples.

Since I’ve never read an issue of Archie before, I have no idea if Archie talking directly to the reader is a hallmark of the comics or not, but in this issue Mark Waid utilizes the technique very well. Never quite seeming to break the fourth wall, it feels more as if you’re just another student at the school. There are also some fantastic touches when it comes to how the art team portray sound that I won’t elaborate on for fear of encroaching too close to spoiler territory.

We really get a feeling for the characters relationships in the comic, and while long time readers may already be aware of many of them, for newer readers like myself Mark Waid and the art team give you just enough to be able to discern what you need to know as the story is happening.

The all new Archie #1 does a fantastic job of bringing Archie and the gang into the 21st century without, I imagine, changing too much from the original comics. As a jumping on point for new readers it’s fantastic. I’m a big supporter of the idea that you should have fun when reading a comic, and I had a blast with Archie #1.  

Script: Mark Waid Art: Fiona Staples, Andre Szymanowicz with Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Also posted on Ramblings Of A Comics Fan

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