Everyone’s beloved red-head is back and looks better than ever! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-read #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun — but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens — and the entire town?
The tone and attitude of Archie are captured perfectly in this first issue. As someone who has been an Archie fan for over a decade it was incredibly easy to jump into this first issue and get a feel for the characters. Everyone feels surprisingly fresh yet familiar. Jughead has instantly become my new favorite as his character is surprisingly self aware, not like he wasn’t to some degree before. This first issue also manages to set up the crazy Archie world in a real and understandable way. By the end of it Archie Andrews doesn’t seems like a hormone crazed teenager who is trying to date everything that moves, he seems like a normal guy.
Did I mention that the artwork in the title is gorgeous, because it is. Every aspect of Riverdale is vibrant and lively. Mark Waid and Fiona Staples do a spectacular job at bringing a place I have known for all of my adult years to life with even more energy than I remembered.
Overall, its been a great start to what is essentially a reboot to a property that is decades old. Archie is going to be on fire this year, and this reader can’t wait to see where this story goes.