Rating: 5/5 – Hilariously Fighting Against ‘Food Injustice’!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall
Archie Comics were kind enough to provide an advance review of their latest relaunch, and I’m so happy they did! I got to experience this hilarious story 5 days in advance of the October 7th “in stores” date. Don’t miss out, fans of humor, call your local shop and make sure they reserve a copy of this comic for you next Wednesday!
8 pages into the story, Chip Zdarsky switches between Jughead in Riverdale and a dream-state fantasy “Game of Jones” medieval riff where he goes in search of the legendary “Dragon Burger”. Working the real world and fantasy elements into the issue scratch multiple comedic itches. We get to see Jughead interacting with the characters from the re-booted “Archie-verse” in the main story and then get to see some fun variants of them like Sir Reggie and King Lodge in the medieval story before coming back to Riverdale to close out the issue. People who have been following Erica Henderson’s run on Marvels “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” and like her art style should be happy here too. She’s got a flair for the comedic and her art, coupled with Zdarsky’s dialogue, brought me to laughter several times as I was reading this issue. One of my favorite side-jokes in the entire issue was Moose. I won’t spoil it for you here, but it was a hoot!
Closing out the issue is a reprint of a story from 1949’s Archie’s Pal Jughead #1. On one hand it illustrates how far Jughead has come while simultaneously showing how true to the core of the character he still is. The same can be said about everyone favorite jerk, Reggie, who also appears in the story. The intro to the story by Zdarsky is hilarious and made reading the classic story even more fun.
Chip Zdarsky was born to write Jughead, I have my fingers crossed that he will stay on this series for a long run. The formula of weaving a dream-state story into the normal Riverdale hi-jinks worked really well for me and I hope Zdarsky continues with the formula. I’d love to see super-heroes, super-spies, and lots of other classic Archie tropes shining in Zdarsky’s comedic spotlight. I’d call this series a “must buy”. If you haven’t picked up an Archie comic in ages (or ever) what are you waiting for? The 2015 re-laucnhes seem like the beginning of a new Archie golden age, get in on the ground floor!
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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