Family Comic Friday: Archie & Friends: Geeks and Games #1
Explore the world of technology through the eyes of Archie and the Gang in this week’s Family Comic Friday!
Archie & Friends: Geeks and Games #1
Written by: Francis Bonnet
Art by: Pat and Tim Kennedy
Published by Archie Comics
Need a Summer time pick-me-up? Check out Archie & Friends: Geeks and Games #1. In this hi-tech one-shot, the kids from Riverdale explore the impact technology has had on all out lives in a trio of tales.
First up, Archie and Jughead have developed a fever to the new video game Forknite! As a result, Archie has been ignoring Veronica. Out of spite or revenge (or both), Veronica decides to learn just what this new game is all about. Will Archie and Jughead have meet their match? Knowing the lengths Veronica will go to in order to be the best, the guys probably have.
Then Archie brings home his latest tech project: a robotic dog. But during the test run, things don’t go as smoothly as Archie thought it would. Turns out android dogs are as much of a hassle as the real McCoy.
Lastly, Archie has an important report due. But will miss Grundy believe him when the redhead’s real dog, Vegas, eats his flash drive homework?
This was a very fun but fast read. The artwork by Archie vets, Pat and Tim Kennedy was spot-on classic style Archie. It might have been a little too classic as I thought Veronica looked a lot like her 1940s counterpart, Veronica Lake. I almost thought I was reading a reprint from the Golden Age of Comics. Then I remembered that they didn’t have video games in the post-World War II era!
I really enjoyed the stories by Suburban Fairy Tales author, Francis Bonnet. All three stories were creative and helped me forget about how awful 2020 has been. With Archie being a 75 year old plus property, it’s easy for the stories to get repetitive. But all 3 tales felt really fresh. Even the homework story seemed new despite the telegraphed punchline ending.
The only real problem with this comic is the length. At only 24 pages, Geeks and Games is just way too darn short! But the $2.99 cover price is rather nice. It’s something the whole family will enjoy!
Archie & Friends: Geeks and Games #1 debuted in print and digital formats on Wednesday June 24th, 2020!
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A very fun but way too brief read!