The Archies fun and lighthearted one-shot reviewed
Writer – Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg
Art – Joe Eisma
Colors – Matt Herms
Letters – Jack Morelli
Publisher – Archie Comics
Since the new revival series began, I’ve had a lot of questions about which direction it would go and what classic story lines it would bring to life. One of these that I wanted to see was about Archie’s band. Previously, the new series has touched on Archie’s music and even had an issue focused on him and his friends playing music but they never form a proper band. The Archies is a fun one-shot showing everyone come together, setting aside their differences and having fun with music. This book is a lighthearted read that doesn’t require readers to be up to date on the current Archie series to enjoy it.
In the current continuity, Veronica is a new transfer to Riverdale and Reggie is a bigger jerk than usual, I will say I was worried how all the pieces would fit together to form this band. Archie and Veronica are dating and Betty is slightly jealous of this. However, this story has little to no relationship drama to speak of and most of the conflict comes from Archie himself being a perfectionist. Even Reggie, who is a tool, comes around and decides to play with the gang. It almost felt like a classic Archie comic where despite everyone’s differences they still enjoy being friends. The story is very simple but well written and littered with musical references that I will admit to not getting but it’s clear the writers had fun with this and are also big fans of music as well. My only issue is that they didn’t sing “Sugar Sugar” on stage.
Joe Eisma does the artwork for this book, he previously did art for the main series and his run there was really good in my opinion. The characters look great and have some great expressions. One of my favorite moments is when Archie finds out his friends have joined Reggie’s band and he gets upset, his face his hilarious. A little cartoony but still fitting in with the tone of the book. Another moment I loved was when Betty and Veronica show up to join Archie’s band early on and he says “Betty & Veronica?” the lettering looks much like it does on the title of their own personal series. The colors are well done, bright and vibrant, overall great artwork on each page. My only nitpicks are background details are sometimes just not drawn in favor of just a plain colored background and sometimes the mouths on the characters look weird, especially when they’re open.
I found The Archies to be highly enjoyable, it’s certainly a breath of fresh air from the main series that sometimes has a lot of drama in it. The characters didn’t have any major problems and what ones did arise were solved quickly through communication and friendship. Sure, these kids are fictional but it really does provide goals of what we in the real world would want from our relationships. True companies that stick together even when there is a fight or the chips are down. I highly recommend this book to fans new and old, it really left a smile on my face and I think it will do the same for you.