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Review: Betty and Veronica Shopping Spree

band v shppp covSometimes I get the feeling from Archie Comics like there is some kind of great big inside joke, and that the people behind the comics are all kind of laughing at us.  Archie and his friends are after all an anachronism on numerous levels, both inside their stories and in popular culture.  They live inside of a world which is a mix of the modern with something from around the 1950s, and they are the last-romance-comic-standing from a time in comics when romance was big.  Despite all of that they find a way to be relevant and pertinent in a way that few of us would suspect.

This trade paperback featuring Betty and Veronica is an excellent example.  It is nothing more than a loosely tied together compendium of all the relevant stories from over the years about the two girls going to the mall (though focusing more on Veronica than on Betty, due to her in-story riches.)  While the volume might be labeled shopping spree, its name does not really relate to the stories inside.  Instead the stories deal with a variety of issues, some of them humorous, but others serious enough.  For instance, in one story Veronica sees a down-on-their-luck family that wants to buy a dress for their daughter’s birthday, but cannot due to the price.  After some surreptitious work with the clerk, Veronica manages to get the dress for the girl after.  Or in another, Betty uses saved-up babysitting money to go shopping, only to buy clothes for a down-on-her-luck friend, just as Veronica did.  So in a compendium where one might expect a series of goofball adventures fighting over deals and the last designer purse, instead we get a sequence of stories, half of them full of the morality of being generous and sharing, instead of being greedily interested in brand names.

The end result is a pretty fun experience.  Of course, those people that are irritated by the antics of the Riverdale gang are not going to enjoy this, but for those that look a little farther past the hijinks associated with this series, they will find a deeper message here.  And perhaps the inside joke of the Archie Comics comes out in the end in a different way after all, as a morality tale about shopping, highlighting friendship and generosity, comes out the same week as Black Friday, when we are told by corporations to act the opposite of what we see here.

Story: Dan Parent, Frank Doyle, George Gladir, Angelo DeCesare, Craig Boldman, Joe Edwards, Kathleen Webb, Mike Pellowski, Barbara Slate, Greg Cosby Art: Dan Parent, Dan DeCarlo, Tim Kennedy, Pat Kennedy, Jeff Shultz, Doug Crane   

Story: 8.6 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.6  Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: Jughead and Archie Comics Digest #7

JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #7

Script: George Gladir
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

The gang gifts Jughead with a very special holiday treat—a brand new hat! He doesn’t have much in terms of money to gift his friends with in return, so he makes a list of the ultimate presents he wants to create for each of his friends. See what he wishes to buy his closest pals in “Fantasy Time,” a fun new story kicking off this comics digest!

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Preview: Archie’s Favorite Christmas Comics

ARCHIE’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COMICS

Script: George Gladir, Frank Doyle, various
Art: Dan DeCarlo, Dan Parent, various
978-1-61988-952-1
$9.99/$10.99 CAN
5 ¼ x 7 ½” TR
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/15

It’s never too early to start checking off items on your Christmas list! For the first time, Archie is offering a Christmas book in the tradition of the smash hit Best of Archie Comics series. That’s right, it’s a 416-page fun, full-color collection of the all-time favorite, holliest, jolliest Christmas and holiday stories—lovingly hand-picked by Archie creators, editors, and historians. This is one stocking stuffer you won’t want to miss out on!

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Preview: Archie’s Funhouse Comics Digest #9

ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE COMICS DIGEST #9

Script: George Gladir
Art: Various
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/15
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Welcome to the year 2037, where Archie’s your tour guide of futuristic Riverdale, U.S.A! Meet “rob”—he’s not a new student at Riverdale High, “rob” is actually a kind of humanoid robot that has completely changed the world as we know it. “The Robot Millennium” is a BRAND NEW sci-fi story that kicks off this comics digest!

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Preview: Archie Comics Spectacular: Summer Daze

ARCHIE COMICS SPECTACULAR: SUMMER DAZE

Script: George Gladir, Frank Doyle
Art:  Dan Parent, Dan DeCarlo
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
978-1-619889-00-2
$5.99/$6.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
Trade Paperback
128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 6/25

School’s out for the summer in Riverdale, and the fun is just beginning! Join Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and friends as they go on vacation, go to the beach, work summer jobs . . . and avoid working entirely! This fun, pocket-sized collection features 128 pages of hand-picked, favorite fun in the sun stories, presented in high-quality, bright white paper with a cardstock cover. It’s the perfect book for any summer road trip!

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Preview: B&V Friends Comics Digest #239

B&V FRIENDS COMICS DIGEST #239

Script: George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Tito Pena
On Sale Date: 6/25
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

Girl’s best friend (when it isn’t another girl) is her pet, of course! But what kind of fun can be had when you can’t even bring your best friend to the beach? Betty and Veronica have a big job ahead of them: find out how they can get their pets onto the beach without breaking any rules! Find out if they can pull it off in “Pet’s Rule,” the awesome lead story to this fun-filled digest!

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Preview: Archie 1000 Page Comics Bonanza

ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS BONANZA

Script: George Gladir, Frank Doyle
Art: Dan Parent, Dan DeCarlo
Cover: Harry Lucey, Dan DeCarlo, Fernando Ruiz
978-1-619889-03-3
$14.99/$15.99 CAN
4 7/8 x 6 9/16”
Trade Paperback
192 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-sale: 5/14

Didn’t think we could manage 1000 MORE pages of classic fun from Archie & the gang? Guess again! From classroom calamities to dating disasters, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the rest of the pals ‘n’ gals of Riverdale know how to make everyone laugh—and they’ve been doing a spectacular job of it for over seven decades! Celebrate everything Archie with the largest Archie collection series EVER offered at an incredible value price!

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Preview: Betty & Veronica #270

BETTY & VERONICA #270

Script: Angelo DeCesare, George Gladir
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Digikore Studios
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Pena
Chibi Tea Party Variant Cover: Ryan Jampole, Gary Martin, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale: 4/23
32-page, full-color comic
$2.99 US.

Excited for a new Betty & Veronica story? How about FOUR new B&V tales? First, in “The Minds of Betty and Veronica,” we get an inside look at what the two BFFs REALLY think of each other—and their thoughts may surprise you! Then in “The Wish,” find out what happens when Betty FINALLY gets Archie all to herself! Next in “The Shopping Scene,” can Veronica turn her shopping haul into profit? This time her spending spree may just help Daddykins’ wallet! Finally, in “The Winning Float,” it’s girls vs. boys! Find out if the gals of Riverdale have what it takes to make the best float at the Homecoming game!

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Preview: World of Archie Comics Annual #38

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS ANNUAL #38

Script: George Gladir
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date: 3/19
192-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

It’s time for the student-faculty bowling night! It’s teachers vs. students and, while the teachers may be older and have plenty of years of bowling experience on their side, some changes to the game might lean in the kids’ favor!  Find out who gets the most strikes in “For Whom the Bowl Tolls”!

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Preview: Archie’s Funhouse Double Digest #3

ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #3

Script: George Gladir
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Al Nickerson, Jack Morelli, Barry Grossman
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date: 3/19
160-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

Meet Ultra-Teen: Chuck’s new superhero creation. He’s super fast, super strong, and he’s got x-ray vision! He only uses his powers for good—but can too much good be a bad thing? Find out if Ultra-Teen’s goody two shoes behavior can save the day—and save his friendships—in this super lead story!

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