ARCHIE IS BACK! Ok, so he’s been back, or maybe he never really left, but let’s be honest, no one was reading Archie anymore, so much so that they killed off Archie of Life with Archie, so of course a reboot was in order. It’s the American way, and you’d be hard pressed to find something more American than Archie.
Archie #1 is the reboot, the revamping of the Archie franchise. It’s a process that’s been going on for quite some time now. Afterlife with Archie has been running the zombie genre, I challenge you to find a better zombie book, it even gives The Walking Dead a run for its money. Archie’s even taken on the Predator recently in Archie vs Predator, and rumor has it that Archie vs Sharknado is forecast to land in Riverdale later this year. So Archie, even after death has been plenty busy.
Here’s the thing about Archie #1, unlike Spider-Man and Hollywood’s constant regurgitation of his origin story, I’m actually interested in Archie’s early beginnings. Mark Waid has revamped Archie, following the intelligent styling of the newest Batgirl and Black Canary books. A book that connects with millennials without disowning it’s current fanbase.
Archie #1 is a brilliant book, a smile was across my face the entire book. It’s just so smart and obviously well scripted by Waid and drawn by Fiona Staples. I’m holding this book in very high regards, something I thought I would never say about any Archie book, ever, but I’m surprisingly saying it more and more. Archie is back…with 23 covers. No really, there’s a ton of covers.