Have you been reading Archie? I sure hope you have. Not because I’m about to review issue #7, but because this is a great book. Don’t mix this up with the ones you find in the supermarket. These are updated characters with a true, dramatic story that doesn’t disappear or get undone between issues. And yet, they have managed to keep the wholesome image and the true heart that made the Archie series timeless.
In this month’s installment, we continue getting deeper into this newer version. Pop, who’s first appearance was more drive by than character building, shows up for a more substantial role. We finally meet Reggie’s dad, who has been off screen up to this point, and rightly so as Reggie is one of those neglected, rich kids. Most importantly, this is the issue that cements the classic Archie relationship of Mr. Lodge hating Archie and Archie desperately trying to get Mr. Lodge’s approval.
Overall, I’d say this month’s story isn’t about big plot twists or big revelations. This issue is Mark Waid cleaning house and putting things in order for future issues. And if I’m reading the hints right, some (more) major drama is coming to the classic Archie love triangle.
Veronica Fish continues delivering consistently good art. However, I still keep hoping that the original artist, Fiona Staples (issues #1-3), comes back. There is just a level of detail that Staples managed to bring, which Fish lacks and I miss.
So take my advice and pick up this series and this issue. When you’re done, tweet to Archie. After all, at the end, he asks you and who can say no to him?
I give Archie #7 four destroyed Lodge mansions out of five.
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Covers: A Reg Cover: Veronica Fish; B Variant: Djibril Morissette-Phan; C Variant: Marguerite Sauvage