Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Archie' #12 by Mark Waid, Thomas Pitilli and Ryan Jampole


★★★★☆ (4/5)

It wouldn't be Riverdale without a little drama now and then. There's been no shortage lately as Hiram Lodge's mayoral campaign turned the town upside down, Betty's band battled Veronica's, and Archie's reconciliation with Betty didn't go unnoticed by their significant others. Things are about to get worse.

Mark Waid has done some of his best work writing 'Archie,' capturing the fun of the classic series with a modern emotional center that makes the Riverdale gang more grounded and relatable than ever. At times the behavior of the kids can be childish and selfish as teens sometimes do. They don't always react maturely and let their emotions carry them. Waid understands this and allows his characters to figure it out and end up doing the right thing. Betty, for example, does the mature thing and has a heart to heart with Veronica. 

Archie and Betty may be friends again, but they've put their significant others in difficult situations. Issue twelve examines those very consequences leading to more turmoil in Riverdale. Artists Ryan Jampole and Thomas Pitilli with colors from Andre Szymanowicz create a familiar bright landscape littered with familiar faces. Except the tone is tense, dour, and melancholy despite the usually sunny surroundings. This mood is expressed perfectly in the faces of the characters. There are some fun panels though, it's not all doom and gloom. Hiram Lodge's reaction to the election results and Betty's reckless driving allow the artists to cut loose a little. 

Waid continues to write with all the insight and tenderness of an awkward teenager proving there's virtually nothing he can't write. 'Archie' is a great comic with classic beloved characters and a modern twist. He keeps creating multi-dimensional characters out of long-established figures, finding new depths to their personalities. 'Archie' is more accessible and entertaining than ever.  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

PREVIEW: 'Red Sonja Vol. 4' #20 by Amy Chu, Erik Burnham, Carlos Gomez, and Vincenzo Federici

As the castle prepares for the Feast of the Deities, Sonja and her friends reluctantly take on the job of event security for the owner, the shifty Rusa Sandak, while Sonja attempts to solve the mystery of the missing Lord Skath... at the local tavern.


Red Sonja Vol. 4 #20
writers: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham  |  artist: Carlos Gomez, Vincenzo Federici covers: Babs Tarr (A), Tula Lotay (B), John Royle (C),               J. Bone (D), Cosplay Cover (E)               Babs Tarr (RI-B/W), Tula Lotay (RI-Virgin),               John Royle (RI-B/W)
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+ 










PREVIEW: 'Barbarella' #7 by Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar

Barbarella is lost in a maze of Radically Unstable Space-Time, with Pulver Glain, his boys, and his smarter-than-smart gun Sally-Anne hot on her trail. But what’s at the heart of the maze is a threat - and a miracle - that none of them are ready for.


Barbarella #7

writer: Mike Carey  |  artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Butcher Billy (A), Hayden Sherman (B),
              Daniel HDR (C), Giovanni Timpano (D),
              Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
              Butcher Billy (RI-B/W), Daniel HDR (RI-B/W)
              Giovanni Timpano (RI-Virgin)

In Stores 06/20/2018

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |  Mature








REVIEW: 'Border Town' #1 by Eric M Esquivel, Ramon Villalobos, and Tamra Bonvillain

Frank Dominguez is new to the border town of Devil's Fork, Arizona. As if fitting in wasn't hard enough, he'll have to navigate around neo-nazis, potential bullies, and some mythological monsters emerging from a tear between worlds. Eric M. Esquivel, Ramon Villalobos, and Tamra Bonvillain usher in a new era in Vertigo Comics with this provocative and entertaining debut.


BORDER TOWN #1 
Writer: Eric M Esquivel Artist: Ramon Villalobos, Tamra Bonvillain Letterer: Deron Bennett Editors: Andy Khouri, Maggie Howell Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: September 5, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score:  ★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
When it was announced that Vertigo Comics was being relaunched, fans were expectedly excited. It was, after all, the imprint that brought adult storytelling in horror, fantasy, crime, and action to a hungry audience looking for more edgy and sophisticated material. It also helped to elevate creators like Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Brian K. Vaughan, Jill Thompson, Nancy A. C…