A Modern Archie That Actually Works

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This week I am taking a brief break from discussing the WWE to talk about another one of my favorite things, comic books. In particular the re-launched Archie Comics.

Archie is a character that debuted in the early 1940’s and has been a mainstay in the world of comics ever since. I am a big fan of every genre of comic books you can imagine with a preference for horror and super heroes, but every few years as I check out of a nearby grocery store, I see the latest small digest collection of Archie Comics and buy myself a copy and enjoy the simple innocence of it all.

For the better part of more than 7 decades Archie has not changed except for some crazy recent crossovers with The Predator (yes, the one that went up against Schwarzenegger at first and the xenomorphs more recently) and some tweaks here and there. Well, the publisher decided to end the original long running version of Archie and the Gang and completely re-launch the comic with an all new Archie #1. It was a big risk and it paid off.

Part of me was concerned they might try to introduce the world to a glum Archie dealing with ‘modern issues’ and completely re-work his look along with the rest of the cast, but that was not the case. Issue #1 has a great look to it with top notch artwork from Fiona Staples (featured above) and a solid script from legendary writer Mark Waid. The story and artwork have a modern day feel yet did not get away from the ‘fun-loving’ aspects of the characters. Yes, the first story may seem like a little bit of a bummer (no spoilers), but it works and makes sense, plus leaves you waiting impatiently for the next issue to arrive.

For $3.99 you cannot go wrong with this book. It is well written, well drawn, true to the characters, and an exciting new chapter in the story of one of the longest lasting characters of all time.

FCBD 2014

Free Comic Book Day was last Saturday and it was a blast. We visited two local comic book stores and got quite more than a few freebies with my favorites being the following:

2000 AD Special                            Archie Digest #1                           CBLDF: Defend Comics

2000AD                    Archie                    STK634409_TN

There were many more great comic books, but these are the 3 that really stood out for me.

One of the things I enjoy the most about FCBD is getting to learn about local artists I may have not heard of and this year was no exception.

A gentleman by the name of Josh Kirby had a table set up in our first stop of the day, Gotham City Comics (https://www.facebook.com/gothamcitycomics). He was very polite and not pushy about buying his artwork (which are always two major plusses for me). He has a unique art style that I absolutely love. His very interesting take on well known characters is fun and crazy and I made sure to buy a print from him to add to my ever growing collection.

He has his own comic creation called Rebel Girl that he is currently working on and you can learn more about it at http://www.therebelscomic.com.

Definitely check this guy out because you will not be disappointed.

Another FCBD has come and gone and I cannot wait until the 2015 edition!