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Preview: Archie Volume 3

ARCHIE VOLUME 3 (TR)

Script: Mark Waid with Lori Matsumoto
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Cameron Stewart
978-1-68255-993-2
$17.99/$19.99CAN
TR
176 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/26

Introducing… Cheryl Blossom! The fiery red-head takes center stage as Archie and Veronica’s worlds are torn apart as the two are living thousands of miles away from each other. What will happen to the rest of Archie’s friends in Riverdale? And just what kind of havoc will Cheryl Blossom wreak? All the answers and more in the third volume of the SMASH HIT Archie series! Collects Archie issues 13 – 17.

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Preview: Archie #19

ARCHIE #19

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Emanuela Lupacchino, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 4/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

With Veronica Lodge back in town, everyone’s vying for her hand–from Archie to Toni to Reggie Mantle! Romance runs deep in Riverdale this issue!

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 4/8

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

NTW_Cv18_open_order_varBatman #20 (DC) Well I Am Bane is finally over. That’s a good thing. The comic… meh. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Iron Fist #2 (Marvel) I was not a huge fan of the first issue, but I came back for #2 because I’m enjoying the Netflix show… and I’m kinda glad that I did. Definitely an upward curve from the first issue for me, although the comic is basically one long kung fu fight. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Nightwing #18 (DC) For as much as I hated Batman #20, I loved this issue. From the interplay between Dick and Damian, and the way the comic effortlessly brings back the vibe od their Batman and Robin run… Tim Seeley is writing the best biweekly Bat-book right now. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

X-Men Gold #1 (Marvel) Huh. Well, I’m surprised. This was in every way a throwback to the way I remembered the X-Men being – not that the same characters are in the book, but the themes are the same, and there’s some great down time… this is a helluva promising start. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

Little Archie #1 (Archie Comics) It’s super adorable to see Art Baltazar’s fun crayon art style take on the Archie gang in Little Archie #1. This is definitely a throwback to classic Archie comics with wacky hijinks, Jughead’s crown hat, and Archie’s “R” sweater all Riverdale #1_FernandezVarmaking appearance. Some of the gags are overlong, but Baltazar and Franco throw in some clever references to Afterlife with Archie, and the fact that adults are pretty much useless in Riverdale. This comic is definitely geared to a younger audience, but is worth a read if you’re missing old school Archie. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Riverdale #1 (Archie Comics) Joe Eisma’s stylish artwork breathes some life into a couple lightweight stories about “Hell Week” for Riverdale High’s cheerleading and football teams. Writers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Will Ewing, Michael Grassi roll every high school “prank” cliche into one comic book from near death experiences to streaking and of course, stealing an object from the rival school. Archie’s story centers around him helping out Moose, who I don’t think he’s spoken to the whole season while the Betty story is stronger because it focuses on her bond with Veronica. Seriously, Season 1 of Riverdale isn’t over, and they’re already coming up with an Expanded Universe in the comics. There really isn’t much of a sandbox to work with. Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

Jughead #14 (Archie Comics) Unfortunately, Ryan North’s time writing the coolest of teens is over. But he goes out it the comic book equivalent of the dankest of all memes skewering Internet culture in a joke dense way. And along the way, North and artist Derek Charm (Who is staying on the book) shore up the friendship between Betty and Jughead, roast Archie, and craft the most intimidating Veronica yet. This comic is worth picking up for the double page spread of Jughead becoming various overused Internet memes alone and its quirky self-aware take on the Archie mythos will definitely be missed as a new creative team takes over. (Hopefully, Veronica will still have a “hunk budget”.) Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

RockCandyMountain_01-1Batman #20 (DC)**  So that’s “I Am Bane,” huh? A fist-fight that Batman wins with a well-timed head-butt (whoops, spoilers). Issue after issue of buildup for — this? Tom King and David Finch have really bottomed out on this book; time for some new blood. Overall: 1 Recommendation: Pass.

Rock Candy Mountain #1 (Image)**  Kyle Starks is a superb cartoonist whose work has always reminded me more than a bit of the legendary James Sturm, and Sturm himself would, I think, be more than pleased to see his “spiritual successor” turn his keen artistic eye toward early-20th century “hobo culture.” Amazingly well-drawn and written with a real ear for dialogue authenticity, this is indie comics at their best, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Eleanor & The Egret #1 (Aftershock)**  John Layman is a natural to write this off-kilter historical art-heist “caper,” and Sam Kieth’s art is as sumptuous as ever. Top it off with lush colors from Ronda Pattison, and you’ve got a winner that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. My only gripe is that the story is a bit on the slight side, but on the whole this was a joy to both read and look at. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Flintstones #10 (DC)**  Mark Russell and Steve Pugh can do no wrong with this book in my opinion, and it looks as though we’re going to get the series’ first (and, sadly, only) multi-part story spread over the last few issues here. The Trump comparisons are getting more obvious than ever with Bedrock’s inept, stupid mayor, which is a ton of fun, but there’s some serious heartbreak in these pages too as a beloved member of the cast meets his end. Yes, this comic will make you laugh — it always does — but don’t be too surprised if you shed a tear this time around as well. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Shean

america2America #2 (Marvel) I will keep this one to a few words:funny, meta and nothing like it in the Marvel Universe. We catch up with America after she punches Hitler. Definitely a different voice at Marvel that not only is entertaining but woke. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #1 (Marvel) There’s something truly wondrous about when adaptations get the story right in the minds of its most rabid fans. This is exactly what happened when the minds at Marvel decided to tackle the first spinoff from the Star Wars universe, as this captures all the moments that the were spoken about in online fodder about the missing moments. What makes it even more authentic, is the blessing of the director and the screenwriter. The most pivotal scene to me that they cut out is the crisis of conscience that Gail Erso undergoes and what he entrusts Bodhi with, makes you understand why Bodhi was so committed to meeting Saw Gerrera. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Spider-Man /Deadpool #16 (Marvel) This book get funnier with every issue. This time we follow this crazy duo to Latvia to battle Shiklah. So they recruit Dracula into the fight but with some ribbing of him and his human slave. By issue’s end, a fight between both forces ensues. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 

 



Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Archie and Friends Face Mortal Danger in New, Game-Changing Event Kicking Off in May

Over the Edge” rocks Riverdale to its core in the pages of the ongoing Archie series from acclaimed team of writer Mark Waid and artist Pete Woods

The lives of Archie Comics’ most popular characters will be changed forever in this 3-part event which begins in May’s Archie #20, as Archie Andrews’ and Reggie Mantle’s ongoing feud pits the two against each other in a thrill ride on the dangerous Dead Man’s Curve. In June, a life-changing phone call will leave Riverdale’s citizens in shock and readers on their toes in Archie #21.

The heart-wrenching storyline concludes in July’s Archie #22 as the end comes for one of Riverdale’s most beloved residents – while setting the stage for years of new and undiscovered destinies for the entire cast.

Archie #20 is written by Mark Waid with art by Pete Woods and Jack Morelli, and covers by Woods, Elliot Fernandez with Joey Vazquez, and Greg Smallwood.

Archie #21 is written by Waid with art by Woods and Morelli, and covers by Woods, Matthew Dow Smith, and Smallwood.

Preview: Archie #18

ARCHIE #18

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Elsa Charretier, Robert Hack with Kelly Fitzpatrick
On Sale Date: 3/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW STORY ARC! The Blossom Twins have found out their father has been lying to them about why they moved to Riverdale. It’s up to Detective Jughead to learn the dark truth behind the Blossom Family! Join us as we welcome new Archie series artist Pete Woods (Deadpool, Robin).

New Series Artist Pete Woods Joins Archie With Issue #18! Check Out this Early Preview.

ARCHIE #18

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Elsa Charretier, Robert Hack with Kelly Fitzpatrick
On Sale Date: 3/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW STORY ARC! The Blossom Twins have found out their father has been lying to them about why they moved to Riverdale. It’s up to Detective Jughead to learn the dark truth behind the Blossom Family! Join us as we welcome new Archie series artist Pete Woods (Deadpool, Robin).

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Review: Archie #17

archie17coverWhile the TV show Riverdale is all about the dark, sexy side of the iconic Archie Comics character, Archie #17 goes the quirky route like the old school comics with a shinier visual presentation courtesy of artist Joe Eisma (Morning Gloriesand colorist Andre SzymanowiczMark Waid‘s script is silly in all the best ways with Cheryl Blossom trying to seduce Archie and get revenge on Veronica because Mr. Lodge bought her father’s company, and she had to move from an exclusive boarding school in Switzerland to plain ol’ Riverdale. She is truly a terrible person as evidenced by a scene where she and Jason push over a homeless person during a walk and talk.

Waid and Eisma’s take on Archie Andrews himself is much clumsier and definitely less sexy than KJ Apa’s portrayal in the Riverdale show or the previous artwork of Fiona Staples and Veronica Fish. He has a nice jawline, but the old crosshatching and freckles are back, and most of the issue is spent with him being a general idiot and somehow ending up rolling down the road in a barrel molasses. Archie #17 is at its finest when Waid goes for screwball comedy, and characters not named Archie sigh and snark about his ridiculousness. For example, Cheryl Blossom has been building our favorite redhead as some kind of hybrid of a male model, guitar god, archie17interiorand with overdramatic dialogue and ends up being very disappointed by the end of the issue.

The comedic tone of Archie #17 extends to a zippy B-plot featuring Veronica, who uses her father’s influence at her school to be able to leave town as soon as she does all her work/finals. It’s amusing to see Veronica’s single-minded focus applied to academic work, and Eisma lays on the speed lines with papers and books flying everywhere until she finally gets to leave town. Not even Mr. Collier, the man who was humiliated by her father in a mayoral election and his draconian final project, can get in the way of her skill with fashion. Like seriously, why would making a simple man’s suit be a challenge for Riverdale’s and maybe comics’ best dressed character? It’s also nice to have Veronica be back with Archie and the gang, and her feud with Cheryl Blossom will be even more fun on Veronica’s home turf.

Even though it occasionally hits on some real teen/young people concerns, like how long is too long to wait to text someone back if you’re romantically interested in them, Archie #17 is mostly stylized wackiness from Mark Waid, Joe Eisma, and Andre Szymanowicz, who uses some overpowering reds in Cheryl Blossom’s scenes. It’s pure comedic melodramatic fun.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Joe Eisma Colors: Andre Szymanowicz
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics  provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Archie #17

ARCHIE #17

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Joe Eisma
Variant Cover: Aaron Lopresti, Tula Lotay
On Sale Date: 2/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Cheryl Blossom’s unleashed on Riverdale, creating chaos and tumult at her whim! Only Veronica can stop her—but how will she get back from her Swiss boarding school in time to save her friends?

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Review: Riverdale S1E1 “Chapter One: The River’s Edge”

riverdale I remember Archie and the gang from when I was younger; my uncle had a few Archie books on his shelves and I would go through them every time I was over there.  They were light and funny, showing a simpler time. Riverdale, a more modern take on Archie and the gang, is anything but light and funny.

The town of Riverdale has been shaken by the death of Jason Blossom, twin brother to Riverdale high’s queen bee Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), over the summer break. This casts a dark cloud over the return to school, but as we are introduced to the characters in this show, we soon find out that there is a lot more going on with the residents of Riverdale.

Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa) has had an awakening over the summer, and wants to pursue his new found passion in music, rather then work for his father (Luke Perry) in the family business.  Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) has come to the realization that her feelings for her best friend Archie have grown into more, and she is struggling to let him know. And new girl in town Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is trying to shake off the person she used to be and start a new life away from New York and the problems following her after her father was arrested for fraud.

We also get introduced to supporting players that will bring out the mysteries hidden in this sleepy town; Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) is Betty’s good friend, nudging her to Archie; Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) is the no-nonsense lead singer of the Pussycats, and isn’t going to let anyone take focus of her journey to stardom.  We also get quick nods to other known characters Reggie Mantle (Ross Butler) and Moose Mason (Cody Kearsley). Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel) has been radically changed from the original comics and plays an interesting role in the life of Archie Andrews. And the whole story is being laid out by Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), working on a novel of the events of over the summer. He is seen as being more of a loner, not really being part of any group, or the best friend of Archie as most know him to be in the books.

For a premiere episode, Riverdale does a good job of introducing us to the characters, but as mentioned, this is not the Archie many of us remember. This is a more dark and brooding rendering of these characters, dealing with more grown up issues. I haven’t read the revamped Archie comics that have been released, so to those who read them, this may be more true to the characters they know.  But to someone new to this ‘new’ Archie, it took a little getting used to.

About 15-20 minutes into it, part of me was thinking “oh yeah, just another teen drama”, but as the episode went on, and plot lines were established, I was like “ok this is going somewhere”.  I really enjoy the cast and their portrayal of their characters. It was hard to shake away what I thought of them originally, but I think that played into me getting more drawn into it. Archie having a secret romance?  Veronica and Betty kissed? A murder mystery in Riverdale? Not the Archie I remember…but one that I am looking forward to seeing again.

Overall Rating: 7.5

Preview: Archie #16

ARCHIE #16

Script: Mark Waid with Lori Matsumoto
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Joe Eisma
Variant Covers: Marguerite Sauvage, Dean Trippe
On Sale Date: 1/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Dilton Doiley, Riverdale’s smartest kid, is in the spotlight—but Reggie Mantle has a vested interest in taking him out! Meanwhile, Cheryl Blossom plans her ultimate revenge against Veronica!

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