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Review: Reggie and Me Trade TPB

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*Spoilers ahead for Reggie And Me and Archie #24*

Archie Comics’ mini-series featuring Riverdale’s bad boy Reggie Mantle is now available in trade paperback. Issues one through five of Reggie and Me put the spotlight on Reggie through the narration of his pet dog Vader. But without his canine companion, who keeps insisting Reggie is well-liked and kind-hearted, Reggie has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He spends all five issues trying to get someone else in trouble for the chaos he creates–usually Archie Andrews. Over the course of this series however, he also manages to stir up the ire of not only Riverdale’s rival football team, but also thick-headed Moose Mason, and sweet-as-apple-pie Betty Cooper.

Of all the classic characters, Reggie seems to have gone through the most changes from the old to new Archie universe, but it’s not really for the better. He primarily used to play the role of Archie’s romantic rival, though once he had Veronica or Betty on his arm, he left well enough alone. In Reggie And Me, he has it out for everyone in a more general role of chaotic evil.

Reggie is after Midge, who is happily dating Moose. When Reggie swipes Archie’s phone, he sees an opportunity to simultaneously get Moose away from Midge and Archie into a cast (or two. Reggie ain’t picky). Enter Betty Cooper who apparently spends her entire life discreetly following Reggie around, waiting for him to do something horrible. Throw in a little school rivalry, a quarterback trying to protect his familial honor, and a Principal with a keen ear, and Reggie’s plans fall quickly apart.

Reggie’s existence frustrates nearly everyone in the main gang–not even Jughead has patience for him. However, once Vader is injured, the entire town rallies to support him. Archie forgets the fact that Reggie tried to have him expelled. Midge forgets that Reggie ignored her rejections. And Moose (who, to be fair, has never been the sharpest crayon) forgets everything and even comes to Reggie’s aid.

Perhaps the Reggie and Me miniseries is meant to garner support for its title character as his fate changes in the main Archie series. You may recall that the end of “Over the Edge” saw Reggie in handcuffs, with his father taking advantage of the situation in order to push more papers. But if that is the case, there’s still a long way to go. Arguably, Reggie is a more sympathetic character in just a few panels of Archie #24 than all of Reggie and Me combined.

Vader turns out fine, and despite all Reggie’s efforts, the whole gang winds up on each other’s good sides. Betty even apologizes for potentially misjudging him in their youth. And we end up right where we began, with a devious smirk on Reggie’s face and an aparent storm brewing in his chaotic brain.

So the question remains: why did Reggie get the spotlight? He has been a bully since day one, and while the new Archies are filling him out with a sympathetic backstory, that’s not an excuse for his mistreatment of others. Vader continually defends his owner’s horrible behavior, but the “pranks” he pulls have the potential for very real consequences.

The preview of Your Pal Archie was a palate cleanser at the end of this off-color book.  Especially in today’s political and social climate, Reggie And Me feels tone deaf, almost asking readers to consider that bullies are people too, instead of admonishing bully behavior under any circumstances.  If Archie writers are trying to redeem the long-held Mantle (if you’ll excuse the pun) of Riverdale’s bad boy, Reggie and Me is not a good place to start.

Story: Tom Defalco Artist: Sandy Jarrell Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick Letters: Jack Morell
Story: 4.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Archie provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Reggie and Me #5

REGGIE AND ME #5

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Shawn McManus, Jim Towe
On Sale Date: 5/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Forced to face the consequences of his recent actions, Reggie also confronts his most painful crisis as we learn Vader’s fate. Plus: Big Moose lashes back! Midge makes a startling revelation! Betty makes a daring move and Archie gathers the gang for a climax you won’t want to miss!

Preview: Reggie and Me #4

REGGIE AND ME #4

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandy Jarrell with Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Aaron Lopresti, Andy Price
On Sale Date: 3/29
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

As Reggie kicks his master plan to pit Moose against Archie Andrews into high gear—a plan to get them both expelled from Riverdale High—Vader questions his master’s fascination with Midge Klump. What is Reggie so fascinated by her? What is it that makes her so special? Find out in the penultimate chapter of this 5-issue miniseries!

Preview: Reggie and Me #3

REGGIE AND ME #3

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Howard Chaykin, Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 3/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

In the third installment of this five-issue miniseries, everyone thinks they know Big Moose. They’re wrong. Determined to rid himself of both Moose and Archie, Reggie exploits his new “friendship” with the big guy to learn, “The Secret Life Of Moose Mason!” Reggie uncovers surprising truths about Moose’s family and his troubled past. He discovers the real reason why Midge is so devoted to Moose. He exposes the big guy’s hopes, dreams and fears. Teemed with his beloved dog Vader, Reggie begins to plant the seeds that will eventually lead to Moose and Archie’s expulsion from Riverdale High.

Preview: Reggie and Me #2

REGGIE AND ME #2

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandy Jarrell with Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: David Mack, Chip Zdarsky
On Sale Date:  1/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

There are a set of unspoken rules when it comes to dealing with Reggie Mantle. Rules that, when broken, can easily get you on his bad side. Unfortunately for most of the people Reggie encounters, they don’t know these rules. In fact, there’s only one person that does—and it isn’t a person at all, it’s Reggie’s devoted Dachshund, Vader. With half of Riverdale High School having committed the mortal sin of ditching a Mantle house party, Archie and Betty’s attempts at interfering in Reggie’s life, Midge actually pitying Reggie and a friendship request from someone very unexpected, Reggie and Vader are going to have to get a lot smarter about their schemes!

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Preview: Reggie and Me #1

REGGIE AND ME #1

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Ben Caldwell, Derek Charm, Ron Frenz with Elaina Unger, Robert Hack with Steve Downer, Ryan Jampole, Thomas Pitilli, Wilfredo Torres with Elaina Unger, Michael Walsh
Blank Sketch Cover Also Available
On Sale Date: 12/7
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

There is no one more loved, revered, admired and adored in Riverdale than…  Reggie Mantle? Well, at least Reggie doesn’t think there’s anyone as loved and admired as himself. And his best friend can back that idea up—his best friend, of course, being his dog, Vader. The unstoppable duo is known around town for pulling the funniest pranks, getting the hottest dates and throwing the best parties. And if anyone even dares to compete with them, there is going to be hell to pay. Come take a look at the life of your hero, the handsome, hilarious Reggie Mantle.

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Early Preview: Reggie and Me #1

REGGIE AND ME #1

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Reggie and Me #1 CVR A Reg: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Reggie and Me #1 CVR B Reg: Ben Caldwell
Reggie and Me #1 CVR C Var: Derek Charm
Reggie and Me #1 CVR D Reg: Ron Frenz, Elaina Unger
Reggie and Me #1 CVR E Reg: Robert Hack, Steve Downer
Reggie and Me #1 CVR F Reg: Ryan Jampole
Reggie and Me #1 CVR G Reg: Thomas Pitilli
Reggie and Me #1 CVR H Reg: Wilfredo Torres, Elaina Unger
Reggie and Me #1 CVR I Reg: Michael Walsh
Reggie and Me #1 CVR J Reg: Blank Sketch
Final Order Cut-Off Date: 11/14
On Sale Date: 12/7
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

There is no one more loved, revered, admired and adored in Riverdale than…  Reggie Mantle? Well, at least Reggie doesn’t think there’s anyone as loved and admired as himself. And his best friend can back that idea up—his best friend, of course, being his dog, Vader. The unstoppable duo is known around town for pulling the funniest pranks, getting the hottest dates and throwing the best parties. And if anyone even dares to compete with them, there is going to be hell to pay. Come take a look at the life of your hero, the handsome, hilarious Reggie Mantle.

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Reggie and Me #1 Launches this December from DeFalco, Jarrell, Fitzpatrick, and Morelli

Archie Comics has been trying to warn you about Reggie Mantle for the last seven months on their Twitter account but it wasn’t enough. Now you’ll all see exactly the type of person Reggie really is when Reggie and Me #1 launches on December 7th!

The next hit New Riverdale series, Reggie and Me, arrives this Winter from the side-splitting creative team of Tom DeFalco, Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, and Jack Morelli.

The new series will arrive in comic book stores this December featuring an assortment of variant covers from fan favorite artists Ben Caldwell, Derek Charm, Ron Frenz with Elaina Unger, Robert Hack with Steve Downer, Ryan Jampole, Thomas Pitilli, Wilfredo Torres with Elaina Unger, and Michael Walsh.

There is no one more loved, revered, admired and adored in Riverdale than…  Reggie Mantle? Well, at least Reggie doesn’t think there’s anyone as loved and admired as himself. And his best friend can back that idea up—his best friend, of course, being his dog, Vader. The unstoppable duo is known around town for pulling the funniest pranks, getting the hottest dates and throwing the best parties. And if anyone even dares to compete with them, there is going to be hell to pay. Come take a look at the life of your hero, the handsome, hilarious Reggie Mantle.

Preview – Reggie and Me #1

Reggie and Me #1

“Rescue Me” Part One: Meet Runty – the newest addition to the Riverdale Gang and the cornerstone to Reggie’s latest plan! Always the schemer, Reg hopes to grab the attention of two dog owners by presenting a canine of his own. After Hot Dog fails to behave, it appears the only way to impress these girls is to adopt an animal companion. Runty the dachshund is Reggie’s best bet of winning the dog-lovers over! How long will this partnership last?