- Writer: Mark Waid
- Artist: Fiona Staples
- Colourists: Andre Szymanowicz and Jen Vaughn
- Letters: Jack Morelli
- Cover: Fiona Staples
- Publisher: Archie Comics
- Release Date: 30th September 2015
Archie Comics went through a recent overhaul resetting it’s whole universe á la New 52 style and bringing a classic comic series firmly into the modern age. This third issue focuses mostly as a gate way to introduce Veronica to Riverdale High, establish her as a character, and set up her relationships with the other characters that are sure to stick for what will most likely be many future issues), and flesh out the already introduced iterations of the classic characters further.
Waid is facing the large task of reworking the classic Archie characters, which considering the characters are quite well loved, is a big task, but he seems to be taking it in stride. The writing for this issue is equal parts funny, corny (It’s Archie–it’s always going to be at least a bit corny), and dramatic with Archie’s friends. In the case of Betty, his ex is trying to figure out why Veronica seems to have a firm hold on Archie, to the point where he’s literally following her around all day. Waid manages to balance the cast of this reboot well with every character being incredibly fun and interesting despite the fact we’re only three issues into the reboot–you can’t help picking favourites already. Whether it’s the somewhat sappy rendition of Archie, the done with life edition of Jughead, the angry but caring Betty or the more than slightly snooty Veronica, Waid has really laid out a set of different characters who all manage to hold your attention in different ways, which bodes quite well for this reboot to series. We even get an idea of the first start between a friendship between Betty and Veronica with a rather compassionate moment, this is however rather quickly ruined by Veronica.
The art work of Staples works brilliantly in tandem with the writing of Waid. You can really sense a rapport between the two as all of Staples facial cues seem to match up really well with the dialogue of the issue. She particularly excels in those scenes of a slightly comical nature such as the one where Archie is literally running after Veronicas limo while Jughead and Betty look on both amused and incensed. Her rendition of Veronica is particularly excellent. Staples is clearly a master of rendering the withering-your-all-beneath me look/death stare as it’s one look that appears on Veronicas face more than any other in this issue and she manages to make it visibly distinct each time. Staples also oddly shines in those scenes of action, her art during dodgeball is great it really captures the sense of fear that goes along with playing a game of dodge ball when your not athletically inclined, which it is very clear Archie isn’t.
The reboot of Archie has been met with a surprising amount of enthusiasm most likely as it’s more down to earth than before. The issues of the characters in the comic actually feel like a mostly realistic idea of what it’s like to try and navigate your way through high school, the creative team works excellently together and will hopefully continue to hit this new version of the classic out of the park for a long time.
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