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Preview: Your Pal Archie Vol. 1

YOUR PAL ARCHIE VOL. 1

Script: Ty Templeton
Art: Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
978-1-68255-921-5
$17.99/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/7

Classic-style Archie makes his return in this ALL-NEW, ALL-AGES collection from Ty Templeton and Dan Parent! Join Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and all your favorite characters from Riverdale as they embark on fun-filled adventures and high school hijinks!

Preview: Your Pal, Archie #5

ALL-NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE: YOUR PAL, ARCHIE! #5

Script: Ty Templeton
Art:  Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Jack Morelli, Andre Szymanowicz
Your Pal Archie #5 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Your Pal Archie #5 CVR B Var: Les McClaine
Ship Date: 12/6
On Sale Date: 12/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Everyone knows Betty Cooper is the sweetest, kindest, most helpful girl in town. At least she USED to be. How will Riverdale react to BAD GIRL BETTY? Plus, part 5 of the connecting variant cover image by Les McClaine!

Preview: Your Pal, Archie! #4

ALL-NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE: YOUR PAL, ARCHIE! #4

Script: Ty Templeton
Art:  Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Jack Morelli, Andre Szymanowicz
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Les McClaine
On Sale Date: 11/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

After Mr. Lodge permanently bans Archie from the mansion, what happens when he finds Archie behind the wheel of his limousine? Plus, part 4 of the connecting variant cover image!

Preview: Your Pal Archie #3

ALL-NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE: YOUR PAL ARCHIE #3

Script: Ty Templeton
Art: Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover: Les McClaine
On Sale Date: 10/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Your pal Archie meets his new best pal, Reggie.  Find out why Riverdale’s most famous jerk is being so nice to everyone in town! Plus, get the third part of the connecting variant cover series!

Preview: Your Pal, Archie #2

ALL-NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE: YOUR PAL, ARCHIE! #2

Script: Ty Templeton
Art: Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Les McClaine
On Sale Date: 8/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Classic-style Archie makes his return in this ALL-NEW, ALL-AGES comic! Now that Archie’s won the lottery, how will his life change? ALSO: Something’s wrong with Reggie. He’s being nice to EVERYBODY…

Advance Review: Your Pal Archie #2

YourPalArchie2.jpgYour Pal Archie #2 continues to tell retro style Archie stories that are equal parts weird, funny, and utterly mundane. In the first story, Ty Templeton, Dan Parent, and Andre Szymanowicz show what All-American ginger Archie Andrews does after winning 15 million dollars in the lottery while the second one focuses on Reggie Mantle, who is behaving a bit differently than his jerk-ish self. It’s a fun reading perfect for catching the last few rays of the summer by the pool or with a milkshake that will probably pale in comparison to one of Pop Tate’s.

Unlike his portrayal in Riverdale and to a lesser extent in the Archie reboot, Templeton writes Archie as morally exemplary in the lead story of Your Pal Archie #2. Unlike his supporting cast, including Principal Weatherbee and his parents, Archie doesn’t blow his big payday on a shiny new sports car or Les Paul, but buys everyone sodas at Pop’s and just wants to chill with his friends. He seems happier to sit at a booth with Jughead, Kevin, and Betty than to come into great wealth and definitely has his life priorities in order. However, Templeton and Parent give him just a bit of neurosis when it comes to his relationship with Veronica, which he is insecure about because he think she’s only dating The main story of Your Pal Archie #2 is mostly broad, wish fulfillment comedy, but it has some class consciousness to go with its slapstick, especially in Archie and Veronica’s interactions.

Ty Templeton and Dan Parent switch things up a little bit in the second story of Your Pal Archie #2 and have Reggie be the lead character of sorts as he bullies Dilton Doiley and makes everyone even the badass mohawk sporting Moose super angry at him.  I laughed out loud at Betty’s sass face when she tries to hit on him. Betty is super underutilized in the first two issues of Your Pal Archie, and I hope she has a showcase story down the road because Templeton writes her as both independent and having feelings for Archie.

Except for some hilarious events at the end of the story, Templeton’s plot seems truncated, but it’s just a part of Your Pal Archie‘s formula of a full length lead story and a shorter second story with a cliffhanger. It’s the ultimate win win situation because you get both a serialization and closure plus a throwback story to top things off. Plus Parent and Templeton’s art is cute as hell with super memorable faces.

In Your Pal Archie #2, Ty Templeton and Dan Parent go full wacky with plots centered around millions of dollars, gourmet dining with Veronica, and a strange football injury while grounding them in a redhead who just wants to hang out with his friends and eat hot dogs with ballpark mustard. And that’s why I love Archie and the company that bears his name.

Story: Ty Templeton Art: Dan Parent
Inks: Ty Templeton Colors: Andre Szymanowicz
Story: 7.7 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

 Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Archie wins the lottery in Your Pal Archie #2! An Early Preview.

ALL-NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE: YOUR PAL, ARCHIE #2

Script: Ty Templeton
Art: Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Les McClaine
On Sale Date: 8/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Classic-style Archie makes his return in this ALL-NEW, ALL-AGES comic! Now that Archie’s won the lottery, how will his life change? ALSO: Something’s wrong with Reggie. He’s being nice to EVERYBODY…

Preview: Your Pal, Archie #1

ALL-NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE: YOUR PAL, ARCHIE! #1

Script: Ty Templeton
Art:  Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover: Les McClaine
On Sale Date: 7/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Classic-style Archie makes his return in this ALL-NEW, ALL-AGES comic from Ty Templeton and Dan Parent! Issue 1 features one of five connecting variant covers by Les McClaine. Collect them all to create one giant image of Pop’s Chock’lit Shop!

Advance Review: Your Pal Archie #1

YourPalArch1Your Pal Archie #1 is a cute, funny twist on classic Archie stories from writer/inker Ty Templeton, artist Dan Parent, and colorist Andre Szymanowicz. There are two stories plus a classic Betty and Veronica yarn in this fantastic comic. The first is a one-off where Jughead finally decides to learn how to drive, and video game inspired hijinks ensue. The second story is the beginning of a multi-part saga featuring Archie trying to up his cultural literacy to impress Veronica, who has blown him off for a night at the opera with some rich fop.

The new/old art style that Parent and Templeton have created for Your Pal Archie #1 is something to clink your milkshake glass too. They have successfully given Jughead a goatee without making it tacky and made Archie a little muscular and “hot” while bringing back the freckles and crosshatchings on the side of his red hair. But their real accomplishment is reviving slapstick car based humor in the lead story about Jughead learning how to drive with panels that tilt and move with each pratfall that Jughead and Archie get into. The pink colors from Syzmanowicz create a soothing feel for the rural setting, then Jughead gets behind the wheel, and the rest is history. The car is also kind of a symbol for the all give, no get friendship between Jughead and Archie that extends to the second story where he spends their bus fare on soda and scratch offs.

Parent and Templeton’s art in Your Pal Archie #1 is simple, but can instantly establish a character through a change in expression like Veronica lifting her eyelashes when she talks about her opera tickets, or Reggie sneering at Archie’s grovel-y attempts to get back in her good graces. I look forward to more installments of Your Pal Archie that will give her more opportunities to throw shade on Archie’s oblivious behavior.  Then, there’s Jughead in general, who looks like the god of all trolls, the Loki of the Riverdale set and takes over every scene he’s in. He goes from comic relief to comedy central, the idyllic town of Riverdale and its surrounding rural areas are his stage, and Pop’s is the “bar” he goes to cool down between sets.

Your Pal Archie #1 has all the melodrama and slapstick of an old school, supermarket Archie digest with relevant 21st century jokes and a hint of suspense from Ty Templeton and wacky layouts and visual comedy from Dan Parent. It’s a (crazy) summer vacation in comic book form.

Story: Ty Templeton Art: Dan Parent
Inks: Ty Templeton Colors: Andre Szymanowicz
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Your Pal Archie #1 Gets a Flame Con Variant

Your Pal Archie #1, the debut issue of Archie Comics’ all-new classic series, will feature a variant cover that will debut exclusively at this year’s Flame Con convention, the world’s largest LGBTQ Comic Con. The con returns to NYC August 19th & 20th with a larger slate of geeky programming and an expanded roster of celebrity guests, artists and performances.

The exclusive variant cover, by series artist Dan Parent, also the writer/artist of Archie’s digital-first series Life With Archie, will be available to the first 1,000 attendees visiting Flame Con on Sunday, the show’s queer youth day — everyone under the age of 20 gets free admission.

This year’s Flame Con will be held at the New York Marriott at The Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams St).

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