Archie #7 Review
Writer – Mark Waid
Artist – Veronica Fish
Colors – Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn
Letters – Jack Morelli
Publisher – Archie Comics
One thing I enjoy about this new Archie series is that while every issue is a continuation of a much larger story, a reader can still pick up any issue at random, quickly catch up to the plot at hand and enjoy the comic. Though I do recommend reading past issues, Archie #7 is a good stand alone issue focusing mainly on Archie, Veronica and Reggie. Fans of the classic stories will get a kick out of this trio being reimagined for modern days but the difference is Veronica will have none of Reggie’s nonsense. While this issue has a lot of comedy, it does offer some character building which is always nice.
The story starts off at the Lodge home where Veronica and her father aren’t getting along due to their differing opinions on Archie Andrews. To make matters worse, Reggie Mantle has infiltrated the home and brown-noses to Mr. Lodge, while ogling his daughter. Archie decides that he needs to stop Reggie fast if he has any chance of staying with his girlfriend, but he can’t do it alone. One thing I liked about this issue was that Pops was featured and had quite a bit of dialogue other than just serving up burgers. As Archie works to find dirt on Reggie that would drive him away from the Lodge family, we’re also treated to some slapstick comedy courtesy of our main character’s clumsiness and bad luck. The writing is organic and fun and even though it’s almost a self-contained story, pieces are left for future issues to cover later down the road.
Veronica Fish continues her role as artist for this issue, and I’m as on the fence as ever. The artwork is good, it’s fun and colorful and quintessentially Archie but there are moments, like long distance shots, where the details get lost. Especially on the characters, though the backgrounds always take a hit. However, while a pet peeve of mine I overall do enjoy the artwork in the issue. When it’s good, it’s really good. The characters are lively and full of emotion to match the story around them. For a very simple story there are a lot of over the top expressions and gestures but none seem out-of-place at all and only enhance the reading experience. While I may have my qualms, like distance shots where the eyes on characters become small and hard to see, I still think the overall quality is pretty on point.
I really enjoyed Archie #7 the previous two issues also focused on Reggie and this one sort of brings his involvement in the story to a close, for now. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him and I hope it isn’t either since he acts as an excellent antagonist. If you want more Reggie, the last few pages continue a classic Archie comic from 1943, though it’s not really about Reggie being a jerk. The focus is more on Archie and how he creates a lot of the messes he gets himself into, it also shows us that he has been clumsy for quite some time. Number seven is a joy to read another excellent installment for this revival series.