Archie #699 ‘A Great Recap for New Readers’
Original Writer: Mark Waid
Recap Writer: Ian Flynn
Artists: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, Pete Woods, Joe Eisma, Marguerite Sauvage, Jack Morelli, Veronica Fish, Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, Audrey Mok, Jen Vaughn, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Andre Szymanowicz
Archie #699 is a primer-of-sorts that goes over the bigger parts of Mark Waid’s Archie run. For those who don’t know, Waid’s run at Archie Comics is a lot more like the CW’s Riverdale series, in that it’s a modern take on the classic characters.
For one who has read these books, either in single issue or in the digests, the story lines talked about in issue 699 are good stories. The older tales never were so serious, more of just jokes about Archie and Jughead trying to deal with 1950s life and gaining the affections of girls like Betty and Veronica but in a whimsical way. Modern Archie is far beyond that, where the drama is ramped-up. I do like that the characters are reminiscent of the classics. Ian Flynn did a great job recapping Waid’s run here. There are moments that take the reader through a real roller coaster of emotion over these characters.
While the stories are written well but I can’t say the same about all of the art. Now, there’s some issues that look great. This issue gives a good example of what one would expect with Waid’s run. That said, some of the stuff just does not look great. I thought Fiona Staples, Joe Eisma and Marguerite Sauvage were the top artists on this series.
So while this issue is a bit of a primer of a writer’s work, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Issue 700 sees writer Nick Spencer take over the writing chores on Archie, with art by Marguerite Sauvage, which should be enough talent to continue to have fans excited for what is in store for Archie. Archie #699 is totally worth the dollar cover price. And while I think that’s a reason enough to jump on, I do think this accomplishes the task of putting a new reader up-to-date on where Archie has been the last few years so that going into a big anniversary issue, you won’t be in the dark. With the world of Archie getting lots of love with the CW series and the upcoming Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina series that Netflix will be releasing, it’s as good a time as ever to jump into the updated world of Archie and this is a fantastic starting point.
It’s as good a time as ever to jump into the updated world of Archie and this is a fantastic starting point.