Archie Reboot Gives a Classic a Fresh Face

Archie Reboot Gives a Classic a Fresh Face

Archie Comics just ended recently with comic #666. It was known as one of the longest running series, which began in 1939. Since then, Archie Andrews has been through several different universes and spinoffs. There was Afterlife with Archie, where Archie fought zombies, got married with two different parallels, he died at one point, and there’s even a crossover of Archie and Sharknado. Archie #1 gives the classic comic a twist with a new art style, modern clothing, and realistic dialogue.

The reboot was launched July 8 with writer Mark Waid and artist Fiona Staples giving Archie a new feel. According to an interview with CBC, Staples said the project began when Archie Comics president Mike Pellerito called her up and said there was a secret project coming up and they chose Staples to be the artist to redesign Archie.

Staples said, “My only sort of the direction from the company was to make Archie cute… Make him good looking, make him look like someone that girls might actually fight over.”

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Aside from Andrews, the rest of the Riverdale characters look great too. Betty Cooper has more than one hairstyle, and while Jughead Jones still sports his iconic crown, he’s looking just as great as the other characters.

The story begins with Andrews having broken the fourth wall and addressing the audience, informing them on what’s recently happened. Andrews and Cooper, who have been friends since age five, have just recently broken up. Considered to be the power couple of Riverdale High, the split was a result of the mysterious “lipstick incident”.  Veronica hasn’t been featured yet, but there are mentions of the Lodge family coming to Riverdale.

Archie #1 is getting positive reviews. Many of the people reviewing it have never read any of Andrew’s adventures in the past. Between the new look, the well written dialogue, and the new storyline, readers are enjoying the first issue.

There’s also a lot of praise for the new Jughead. Many people are happy that he’s no longer a gluttonous sloth who is always the butt of the joke. In one scene, people are trying to bribe Jones into revealing what the lipstick incident is with home-made baked goods, but he refuses and tells them to get out of other people’s’ business.

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Some things will remain the same. In an interview with Hitfix, Waid said, “To be a real Archie story, Arch has to dig his own grave mighty deep–but be able to pull himself out of it because he’s a well-meaning kid with good and loyal friends.”

It’s nice to see Riverdale getting a makeover and becoming more relevant while still maintaining the basics of the Archie Comics and what it’s like to be a teenager. Hopefully there will be more of Kevin Keller, especially considering the LGBTQ community has had such a large step forward within the past couple of years. There hasn’t been a release date for the second installment yet, so there’s still a lot to come.

Comics Out Today 4/16/2014

Comics Out Today 4/16/2014

Hey everyone, we here at CG Magazine are going to be trying something a little different this week. We thought it would be fun to pick a couple of comics coming out today that we’re excited for and share them incase anyone else might be interested in picking them up. Hopefully it will help those of you who might be looking for something to pick up.

Batman #30
By: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

The second arc of Zero Year has ended, but it isn’t over yet.  Taking place a few months after Batman #29 sees the result of the shocking finale to The Riddler’s plan. As the Savage City arc starts it will provide a great jumping on point for new readers while moving forward to fans already onboard.


Superior Spider-Man #31
By: Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli

Ever since Otto Dr. Octopus Octavious “killed” Peter Parker and replaced his consciousness with  his own, he’s been trying to prove that he’s been the Superior Spider-Man and a better man than Peter Parker ever was. The Green Goblin has proved him wrong. Taking total control of New York and causing mass anarchy, he has brought down everything Otto has worked to achieve. After the shocking ending to Superior Spider-Man #30, see how the real Peter Parker will deal with Otto’s failure as Spider-Man, as well as Peter Parker. The series will return as The Amazing Spider-Man at the end of this month.

Hulk #1
By: Mark Waid, Mark Bagely, and Jerome Opena

Taking place after last month’s Indestructible Hulk finale, this title picks up with Bruce Banner nearly dead. Now the Hulk is on a rampage to find out who tried to assassinate Bruce. Will Dr. Banner survive? With Mark Waid writing the series, anything can happen.

Deadpool vs Carnage #2
By: Cullen Bunn and Salvador Espin

It’s part two of Marvel’s two craziest red suited, murdering, psychopaths battling each other. After Carnage was narrowly saved by a friend from Deadpool in the last issue, the two finally start to battle it out in one of the craziest Marvel titles out available.

Ms. Marvel #3
By C. Willow Willowson, Adrian Alphona, and Jamie McKelvie

The critically acclaimed new Ms. Marvel series continues onto it’s third issue. After saving a woman from drowning ,gaining superpowers and getting grounded in the last issue, Kamala Kahn’s life is getting stranger by the day. What gave her the power to shapeshift? How will she use her powers? What will she do if she can’t hangout with her friends?

Daredevil by Mark Waid Volume 3 Review

Daredevil by Mark Waid Volume 3 Review

Since Mark Waid took the reins of the rebooted Daerdevil title, the stories have felt much fresher than those that came directly before it, as the entire tone and sensibility of the book and the character have changed. It’s a pleasant change after years mired in a crime noir sensibility, which although immensely entertaining, felt like too much after a certain point in time. Mark Waid has managed to bring Daredevil back to his swashbuckling roots without forgetting where the character has been since then, and how to make it all make sense without ignoring continuity. It’s to Waid’s credit that this book is a fun read, which has fun with Matt Murdock and the way he carries himself.

If there’s anything bad about this collection, which reprints Daredevil #11-#15, Avenging Spider-Man #6 and Punisher #10, it’s that as a result of my picking up Punisher by Greg Rucka Volume 3 last month, three of the comics reprinted in this volume I already have elsewhere. On the one hand, it’s nice that there are multiple ways of getting this storyline, so that if you’re a Punisher fan you can just buy your Punisher trades, and if you’re a Daredevil fan you can buy this trade, but when you’re a fan of both you end up paying for the storyline twice. That being said, the opening storyline in this collection, The Omega Effect, is a fun one that teams up Spider-Man, Daredevil, Punisher and his partner Rachel Cole-Alves, as they are beset on all sides by foes of Daredevil looking to acquire the

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. The storyline ostensibly is more of a Daredevil one, at least on paper, as he’s the inciting incident behind everything occurring, but when you actually read the story, it’s more of a Punisher story, or rather the story of Rachel Cole-Alves. In that case, it fits a bit better in the Punisher collection, as the storyline means more for those characters. As it is, the storyline ends with Daredevil in the exact same situation as he was when the storyline started, which is a bit irksome, whereas Punisher and Rachel Cole-Alves have a different end point from where they were when they entered into the storyline. The storyline is illustrated by Marco Checchetto, one of the regular artists on Punisher, and it’s quite a solid outing. As the story itself is more straight forward and action-oriented than Daredevil has typically been, the artistic change felt appropriate, as despite my love of Samnee’s artwork, he would not have been the right choice for a storyline like Omega Effect.

 

The rest of the collection is delightful, with the highlight being issue #12, which has Matt Murdock going on a date with an Assistant DA who is convinced that he’s lying about being Daredevil. The issue is charming, and tells a nice story of Foggy and Matt’s early years. I like seeing stories that emphasize the history and friendship between the two, not to mention the teamwork, and this story had this in spades. The artwork by Samnee was quite inspired as well, as he maintains the same visual sensibility in this book that Rivera and Martin imbued within it when they launched the series with Mark Waid. In issues #13-#15, the Omega Drive plot element is tied up with an interesting fight sequence with an “only in comics” reveal, followed-up by Daredevil being whisked away to Latveria, where he must try to escape without the benefit of his enhanced senses.

This is a great new collection of Daredevil stories, and one that I wholeheartedly recommend. It’s a fun read, and it also sets up future storylines in the Daredevil title, such as what does Foggy Nelson find in Matt’s desk, and what’s up with Foggy’s health. The latter wasn’t something I really noticed or thought anything of when I first read the single issues, but now that I’ve read further down the line I’m impressed with how Mark Waid was seeding a plot point earlier than I realized. This book is a wonderful work all around, a great read.