Katy Keene Comes To Town In Archie #710

by James Ferguson

Katy Keene has come to Riverdale. Everyone is talking about this new Instagram-famous girl as she rolls into town, but who is she and what’s she looking to do here? More importantly, how will it affect Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the kids?

What is immediately apparent in Archie #710 (aka Archie and Katy Keene #1) is how the newcomer’s presence has affected everyone’s sense of fashion. These folks have really upped their game with some super stylish outfits across the board. Artist Laura Braga does a tremendous job creating a vast array of designs for multiple characters that keep changing throughout the issue.

Colorist Matt Herms creates a vibrant color palette that matches up to the variety of clothing designs. Riverdale is always a bright place, full of life and excitement and this issue is no different. I like how the colors match up to the personalities of the characters. For example, Sabrina is clad in dark reds and blacks while Betty is in whites and pinks.

As with most of Braga’s work, everyone is absolutely gorgeous. There are no ugly people in Riverdale and Katy Keene’s arrival kept that flawless record going. Although everyone is beautiful, that doesn’t mean they’re without doubts or fears. We get an idea of how each character is feeling by their facial expressions. They’re mostly excited about Katy, but there’s a weird sense of distrust or insecurity, like she’s suddenly coming in to show everyone else up.

That is definitely true for Archie after the two performed separately at The Fox and The Barrel. Everyone was so laser focused on Katy that they barely remembered Archie played. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

While Katy’s arrival is exciting, it does take away from a number of the open storylines currently running in Archie. I’m glad that Jughead could take time out from looking for his missing boss and that Betty and Veronica could put aside their differences about the forest to see a show, however it feels like these are all being pushed to the back burner in favor of a new character, aptly timed to her self-titled TV show premiering soon on The CW.

Jughead tries to keep his ominous tone with his narration, but it doesn’t quite stick. Even he’s distracted from his efforts. Letterer Jack Morelli peppers these thoughts in with the signature grey caption boxes going for that noir flair.

There’s some definite excitement at Katy Keene’s arrival in Riverdale. She seems earnest and should fit in, but how will she disrupt the status quo, especially with everything else going on? I’m sure writers Mariko Tamaki and Kevin Panetta have some fun teen drama in store for us.

Archie #710 from Archie Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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