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Review: Archie 1941 #2

IT’S WAR! As the United States makes its entrance into WWII, the teens and parents in Riverdale are faced with some difficult situations as they reflect on how this will dramatically change their lives as they know it.

Pearl Harbor has rocked the nation and the people of Riverdale are dealing with the ramifications. Writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn put together an eye-opening and honest story of the United States in the run up to the US’s entry into World War II.

What Waid and Augustyn do that’s really impressive is that they deliver a story that is a realistic take of what happened. This isn’t the over the top patriotism that we’re sold today. People had trepidation. They worried about children coming home in boxes. They thought the war would be over quickly. They also weren’t all too enthusiastic about it period.

There’s also an exploration of the parents who couldn’t serve in World War I dealt with their children in World War II. It’s an interesting exploration of guilt and the toxic masculinity of the time. It’s realistic. It also doesn’t go quite the way you’d expect.

The art by Peter Krause, with color by Kelly Fitzpatrick and lettering by Jack Morelli is fantastic capturing the aesthetics of the time. The designs are fantastic and it feels like Krause has used the fashion of the time and done a solid job of capturing the actual looks, buildings, cars, and more of the time.

The second issue continues the excellence of the debut and is a slow build up. There’s some emotional highs and lows and sincere feel to it all. It’s not an over the top patriotic spin. It’s a fantastic series so far that mixes real history with characters we love.

Story: Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn Art: Peter Krause
Color: Kelly Fitzpatrick Lettering: Jack Morelli
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Betty & Veronica Friends Forever Storybook tales #1

BETTY & VERONICA FRIENDS FOREVER: STORYBOOK TALES #1

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 10/17
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

Once upon a time, Betty & Veronica weren’t just your average teens living in Riverdale—they were princesses, empresses, and magical snow queens! You’ve never seen classic fairy tales presented quite like this!

Preview: Archie 1941 #2 (of 5)

ARCHIE 1941 #2 (OF 5)

Script: Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn
Art: Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Peter Krause, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Variant Covers: Audrey Mok, Marguerite Sauvage
On Sale Date: 10/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

IT’S WAR! As the United States makes its entrance into WWII, the teens and parents in Riverdale are faced with some difficult situations as they reflect on how this will dramatically change their lives as they know it.

Preview: Archie Vol. 6

ARCHIE VOL. 6 (TR)

Script: Mark Waid, Ian Flynn
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
978-1-68255-869-0
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 x 9”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/10

It all comes down to this! The Riverdale gang—held hostage by Cheryl Blossom’s father! Reggie—at last paying for his crimes! And when all is said and done, Riverdale is turned upside down once more! ARCHIE VOL. 6 collects issues #28 – 32 of the ongoing ARCHIE series!

Preview: Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #267

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #267

Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/10
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

Brand New Lead Story: “Nepotism Schism” When Betty gets a job at Lodge Industries, she takes to it immediately! But is she the best employee because of her hard work, or because she’s the BFF of the boss’s daughter?

Preview: Jughead the Hunger #9

JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #9

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Thomas Pitilli, Marguerite Sauvage
On Sale Date: 10/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Marmaduke “Moose” Mason is dead, having been executed by the Cooper clan after turning into a werewolf. Then who… or what… is FrankenMoose? Find out as Jughead the Hunger goes classic movie monster with “FrankenMoose Meets the Wolf Jug” Part 1!

It’s Jughead vs. Joker in this early preview of Archie Meets Batman ’66 #4!

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ’66 #4

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Rebekah Isaacs, Les McClaine, Joe Quinones, Billy Tucci w/ Paul Mounts, Chip Zdarsky
On Sale Date: 10/31
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

In Gotham, it’s Jughead vs. the Joker! Meanwhile, back in Riverdale, all the boys are under the spell of the mysterious new teacher. With the heroes in the throes of a death trap will Batman be able to save Riverdale before it’s too late?

Preview: Cosmo Vol. 1

COSMO VOL. 1 (TR)

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Evan Stanley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
978-1-68255-865-2
$12.99 US/$14.99 CAN
6 x 9”
TR
128 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 10/3

Get ready for out of this world fun in the ALL-NEW sci-fi adventure series COSMO! Join Cosmo and his Space-Ace Martian crew as they find adventure and dangers in the deepest corners of space! Their latest mission turns into a much larger adventure when they stumble upon their most unique specimen yet: A panicked human! Writer Ian Flynn (Archie) and artist Tracy Yardley (Hero Cats) bring the classic 1950s space alien into the present day in this graphic novel that collects the full 5-issue mini-series!

Preview: Archie and Me Comics Digest #11

ARCHIE AND ME COMICS DIGEST #11

Script: Francis Bonnett
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 10/3
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “The Haunted (Lodge) Mansion” Veronica’s mansion is haunted! She wants to rid her luxurious home of ghosts, so who’s she gonna call? Archie and Jughead?!

Preview: World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #82

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #82

Script: Francis Bonnett
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/26
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “The Wear Wolf” Archie’s so excited to wear his homemade werewolf mask for Halloween, he tries it on early—too bad he didn’t wait for the glue to finish drying! Will anyone in town be able to help him out? Or will he scare them all off?

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