“Archie Volume 1” by Mark Waid

Quick Statistics

  • “Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale” by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples (Illustrations), Annie Wu (Illustrations), Veronica Fish (Illustrations)
  • Young Adult Comic
  • Read as single issues on Comixology Unlimited.
  • 4/5 stars

Official Synopsis

America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.

Brought to you by some of the masters of the comic book genre, including writer Mark Waid and the all-star lineup of artists: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish, the first volume of ARCHIE presents readers with a new take on the beloved Archie Comics concepts while retaining the best elements from the company’s 75 years of history. ARCHIE VOL. 1 collects ARCHIE #1-6 and features bonus content including scripts, sketches, variant covers and the full first issue of the all new JUGHEAD series by acclaimed writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Erica Henderson

My Thoughts/Summary

I, like the rest of the world it seems, has fallen in love with the television show Riverdale. I never really expected to like the show, and I really had no knowledge of Archie being comics originally, or that Sabrina the Teenage Witch was somehow related. However, once I saw in the credits something like “Based off the Archie Comics” I was curious if they had done a revival due to the show.

Of course, they had. And Comixology Unlimited had the first volume available, so of course I decided to read it. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t a comic version of the show, in fact I feel like it nicely balances the darkness of the show with, from what my understanding is, the lightness of the original comics. We meet Archie who was with Betty and they broke up because of something that happened, and we watch as Veronica enters town for the first time.

This was a very quick, delightful read, and I would highly recommend for Riverdale fans! Chip Zdarsky and Fiona Staples are both extremely talented artists, and if you’re looking for a comic that would be a great palate cleanser. The story is fun and easy to follow, even if you aren’t into Riverdale, and doesn’t seem to take itself super seriously (in a very good way!)

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