Archie Comics put together an 128 page “digest” sized volume sampling a number of the recently relaunched Archie titles, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats and Reggie and Me. The sampling of titles brings readers into the updated world of the characters you’ll find in the CW TV show Riverdale, and makes a great entry point into the comics for viewers who might not have read Archie comics before.
Creators included in this volume include writers Mark Waid, Adam Hughes, Chip Zdarsky, Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio, and Tom DeFalco and, artists Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Adam Hughes, Audrey Mok, Sandy Jarrell, Andre Szymanowicz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, and Jack Morelli.
Released last week, the volume does a lot for readers for only $5.99, and I was impressed by the array of different story types and the way in which it gives you a whirlwind tour of the humor and drama to expect in these comics. I’ve always been a big fan of anthologies, particularly when there’s a theme to draw the volume together, and here we have a commonality of characters and locations that gives us a real sense of place.
These new series are the reason, really, that the Riverdale show came into existence, the origin point for the fresh and modern take that inspired the show. The comics are not the same as the show, as I’m sure readers are aware, since Archie’s comics are not a murder-mystery and not quite as dark as the tone of the show, but they are all about the lives of the characters, how they interact with their families and classmates, and about the hope they feel for accomplishing their dreams. These comics are also quite funny, too, in a trademark Archie way.
Check out a big swath of interior art from the Riverdale Digest, and see what I’m talking about:
Riverdale Digest is currently in comic shops. The Riverdale TV show airs on the CW on Thursday nights at 9/8c.