Archie # 1 Review 

9 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Writing: 8/10
Style: 9/10

Wonderful job at reinventing the characters | Dialog and Narrative

13-issue-subscription-3Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Archie Comics
Price: 3.99
Release date: July 8, 2015

Archie has been doing well for himself as of late, with the series run of After Life with Archie drawing in readers as Archie takes on the horror genre, going head to head with the undead. But what about the good old regular Archie who finds himself worrying about high school and other normal teenage things? After a 75 year run, Archie is now heading into the the 21st century with a new modernization from Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.

With remakes and reboots being all the rage across entertainment, you usually have a lot of hits or misses and a lot of those remakes lacking originality. I think it’s safe to say however, that Issue 1 of Archie is lacking anything when it comes to being original, while still holding onto the past. When the comic first starts we are introduced to the new modernization of Archie, who is still recognizable even down to the small detail of keeping the crosshatching in his hair. Readers are then thrown into a “scandal” that soon rocks Riverdale High. Everyone’s favorite high school power couple, Archie and Betty, have broken up. This is the jumping off point as Archie and Betty’s friends try to figure out the reason behind the breakup which has been labeled the “lipstick incident”.

What makes this first issue of Archie so enjoyable is the writing. The dialog doesn’t feel forced, which seems to happen a lot when adults take on teenage characters. There is a flow here that seems natural and keeps you drawn in, wanting to know if you’re ever going to find out about this “lipstick incident” and what’s going to happen between Betty and Archie.

The art is also equally enjoyable and is filled with bright colors while still being easy on the eyes. Staples does a wonderful job at reinventing the iconic characters while still making them recognizable and keeping their personalities intact through their styles.

This is reboot that stays true (so far) to the style of Archie. It also gives the comic a change to bring in new readers and a generation to the series. Archie is a nice slice of life comic worth picking up.


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Alice is the owner and co-founder of Virtual Crunch. She's a long time gamer who started out on a mini Donkey kong arcade at three. She is also a horror movie aficionado. Have any questions? Contact her at