Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'The Archies' One-Shot by Alex Segura, Matt Rosenberg, Joe Eisma, and Matt Herms

There's never a dull moment at Archie Comics. When the powers at be aren't rebooting classic titles with today's best and brightest talent, they're pitting the Riverdale gang against zombies and witches. In another fun twist, Archie has gathered  Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, and Joe Eisma to take you behind the music of the greatest rock band led by Archie Andrews, The Archies.


THE ARCHIES ONE-SHOT
Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jaime Hernandez
Variant Covers: David Mack, Audrey Mok

On Sale Date: 5/24
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

★★★★☆ (4/5)

Many a teenage garage band began with just a bunch of buddies hanging out, messing around with instruments tying to craft a song or two, not sure if it'll lead to anything. Fans of Archie Comics already know it does lead to something but how did it all come together? Segura and Rosenberg lay out this funny and sweet origin story with that very premise. The writers know their musical history and in turn, so do the characters. With references to The White Stripes, The Violent Femmes, Suicide, and The Vaselines, it's nice to know that the Riverdale kids know their aesthetic.

The perfect opportunity arises when Jughead's Uncle's club is looking for new bands to perform. Archie has no excuses and plenty of time to put a band together. Of course, the exhaustive search for musicians leads right back to some familiar faces. Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Archie form the eventual band 'The Archies' but of course, nothing goes as planned and we see their rise, fall, and rise again in the most Archie way.

Joe Eisma has proven to be one of the cleanest artists in the business with sharp lines and plenty of detail. It serves the world of Archie well as few people are as emotional and expressive as teenagers and Eisma captures all the drama from the slightest smirk to full-blown histrionics. Eisma's versatility shows throughout but the montage of musicians trying out for the band is especially clever as it eschews layout conventions and the scenes just flow into each other. There's also a number of easter eggs for music fans if they keep a sharp eye.

This double-sized one-shot of The Archies is as good as any 'Behind The Music' special from VH-1. Albeit, without any of the drugs and sex we've grown accustomed to from other bands. This is a good time made for Archie fans that won't disappoint. Like a lot of bands that just start out, there's always a clash of egos and misunderstandings. Archie and the gang have endured in all their iterations because at their core they want to do the right thing and eventually find a way. It's this optimism that keeps Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead as popular as ever.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

ADVANCE REVIEW: 'Winnebago Graveyard' #1 by Steve Niles, Alison Sampson, and Stéphane Paitreau

Steve Niles and Alison Sampson have arrived to disrupt your bedtime. What happens when an American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret? The answer is a whole lot of creepy.


WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #1 (OF 4) Story: Steve Niles Art / Cover: Aditya Bidikar, Alison Sampson, Jordie Bellaire, Stéphane Paitreau Variant Cover: Mingjue Helen Chen Published: June 14, 2017 Diamond ID: APR170724 Digital : $3.99 Print: $3.99
★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
Niles wastes no time in setting the tone of  this limited horror series 'Winnebago Graveyard.' A couple is abducted by people in hooded robes and are sacrificed during some kind of satanic ceremony that gives birth to something I can't explain here. You'll have to see it for yourselves. Then we're introduced to our protagonists, the dysfunctional family traveling via the titular Winnebago. They make the same mistake every person in a horror does, they stay at the creepiest locations instead …

REVIEW: 'Samaritan: Veritas' #1 by Matt Hawkins, Atilio Rojo, and Troy Peteri

Born out of The Tithe, 'Samaritan: Veritas,' takes on a whole new target as hacker Samantha Copeland is on the run and looking for revenge. It's a thrilling new chapter from Top Cow's Edenverse written by Matt Hawkins with art from Atilio Rojo.


SAMARITAN #1 Story: Matt Hawkins Art / Lettering / Cover: Atilio Rojo Letterer: Troy Peteri Published: May 24, 2017 Diamond ID: MAR170694 Digital : $3.99 Print: $3.99
★★★★☆ (4/5)
The Tithe found Samaritan taking on nefarious mega-churches and this time the only things more corrupt are the U.S. government and military contractors. The President is in Samantha's crosshairs but she's also a hunted woman using all her hacking skills and the resources of the dark web to counter her pursuers. It's this complex cat-and-mouse game that Hawkins unfolds while also providing Samantha's background for new readers. Hawkins does a delicate balancing act adding exposition with flashbacks while moving the story forward in the prese…

REVIEW: 'Magnus' #1 by Kyle Higgins, Jorge Fornes, and Chris O'Halloran

Dynamite keeps reinventing classic Gold Key Comics characters and their latest iteration of Magnus, Robot Fighter, is neither a man nor a robot fighter. What 'Magnus' #1 is, it's a fascinating piece of speculative fiction from Kyle Higgins and Jorge Fornes that is smart, immersive, and thought-provoking.


Magnus #1 writer: Kyle Higgins (main story), Chuck Wendig (Turok bonus story) artist: Jorge Fornés (main story), Chris O'Halloran (main story),  Álvaro Sarraseca (Turok bonus story) letters: Taylor Esposito covers:  Giuseppe Camuncoli (a), Jorge Fornés (b),  Aaron Conley (c), Daniel Warren Johnson(d) incentive covers: Jorge Fornés (B/W art), Aaron Conley (B/W art),  Giuseppe Camuncoli (B/W art), Jorge Fornés (“virgin art”), Aaron Conley (“virgin art”) Order the cover of your choice! FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ 
★★★★★ (5/5)
Thanks to shows like Westworld and Black Mirror, science fiction is sexy again and it's not just aliens and space travel either. Instead, the th…

REVIEW: 'Romulus' #4 by Bryan Hill, Nelson Blake II, and Kevin Lennertz

Ashlar finds herself in the belly of the beast. She's got to go through Achilles to try and rescue Nicholas from the clutches of the leader of The Order of Romulus. Will the end of this story arc be the end of Ashlar?


ROMULUS #4 Story: Bryan Hill Art: Nelson Blake II, Kevin Lennertz Letterer: Deron Bennett Published: May 31, 2017 Diamond ID: NOV160639 Digital : $3.99 Print: $3.99
★★★★☆ (4/5)
After an unexpected break between issues, Bryan Hill and Nelson Blake II are back with the conclusion of the series first arc. Ashlar's thirst for revenge hasn't lessened, she's still determined as ever to kill the people responsible for her mother's death. Hill has kept her consistent, single-minded in her approach with a few annoyances along the way. Yet, she feels responsible for saving Nicholas from The Order as well. Her journey comes to this final showdown and it doesn't disappoint.
Without giving away the exciting conclusion, Hill delivers a tense confrontation that fl…