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Archie Vol. 1 Paperback – March 29, 2016

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Book 1 of 2 in the Archie (2015-) Series

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“It’s a perfect reboot that’s not just a great first Archie story, but a great first comic.“ -- BUSINESS INSIDER

“Brings Riverdale to the 21st Century.” -- NERDIST

“Truly fresh and exciting.” -- THE A.V. CLUB

“Mark Waid and Fiona Staples completely reinvent Archie comics, coming up with a take on the character that should appeal to a whole new and extremely wide audience.” -- COMIC BOOK RESOURCES 

“A successful injection of energy and relevancy into the most innocent universe in modern comics.” -- NEWSARAMA

About the Author

MARK WAID is an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer. He is well known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title THE FLASH, as well as his scripting of the limited series KINGDOM COME and SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT, and his work on Marvel Comics' CAPTAIN AMERICA. Waid also served as Editor-in-Chief, and later, Chief Creative Officer of BOOM! Studios, where he wrote titles such as IRREDEEMABLE, INCORRUPTIBLE and THE TRAVELER. He has received recent acclaim for his work on the DAREDEVIL and INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK series for Marvel in 2012-2013.

FIONA STAPLES is a Canadian comic book artist known for her work on books such as SAGA, NORTH 40, DV8: GODS AND MONSTERS, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS and the new ARCHIE relaunch. She has been cited as one of the best artists working in the industry.
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Product Details

  • Series: Archie
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Archie Comics (March 29, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627388672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627388672
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen Vincent Kempton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 20, 2016
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I have always skirted around being a true Archie Comics fan. First reading my sister's Archie Comics as a young boy, then subscribing to several titles when my daughters where in grade school and finally buying the occasional issue. The problem was that even though I loved the characters and appreciated what they did it was always too juvenile and too repetitive for me to continue to enjoy as an adult.

But Mark Waid and a trio of talented Female Artists have done the Impossible, making this a relevant and entertaining comic which can truly be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. And most importantly he has done it with love and respect for the characters and their history. Sometimes updating a classic makes the characters so different that they are utterly unrecognizable.

This handsome trade paperback collects the first six issues of the newly rebooted comic. The first three issues by the Saga artist Fiona Staples are as expected fantastic. Annie Wu did the art on issue #4 before Veronica Fish became the regular artist on #5 and # 6. We also get the entire Jughead #1 reboot from writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Erica Henderson.

Other extras include an introduction by Fiona Staples and an afterward by Mark Waid. The series has featured many diverse alternate covers and they are all included in the trade, unfortunately the are all only postage stamp size. They are all so fun, I had hoped we would get them all one to a page.

Waid's story really explains a lot of the dynamics and back story for the love triangle and makes it seem much more probable. Betty is the town boy and mechanic and life long friend of Archie. She is socially awkward and as the story starts they have just ended a long romance for a pretty silly reason.
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I never read much Archie back in the day. But I do love Fiona Staples' art, and Mark Waid's comedic touch.
It's a book geared at teenagers, or people who read young adult. That's for certain. Personally, even though I'm a married 29 year old man, I thought it was pretty fun and easy to read. My kid could read it when he's older, there's nothing offensive or risque in it.
It does leave a cliffhanger of sorts at the end of each chapter, which is fun to see who does what next, and what each character's are going to do. It's a Soap Opera, a very mild one at that. Who is friends with who, what is the new enemy gonna do now, what is this one person's real motive? Pretty cool stuff, actually.
It may not be for everyone, honestly.
But I'm gonna try out Volume two when it comes out.
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I am a huge Archie and Jughead fan. My dad introduced me to them through his collection probably when I was 5 or 6 years old and I loved the shenanigans they would get in together or on one of their solo ventures. I have my own huge collection of Jughead and Archie comics so when my dad told me they rebooted Archie with a modern look I wasn't immediately excited but I was definitely intrigued. It's hard to do a reboot of something that's already so universally adored and especially something that's been around for over half a century but Mark Waid and Fiona Staples did it. This series is wonderful and it brings a whole new depth to Archie and his friends. It puts them in real world problems for teens, nothing too dangerous or ridiculously corny like "Degrassi," but it's a believable drama that makes you care even more for these teenagers. Don't worry, the series isn't kneel bent all over drama, it's just enough sprinkled here and there to make a story move along. It doesn't sacrifice the original and lovable way the original cute and funny stories were written before. You will definitely see that Mark Waid really understands Archie and his friends and he knows how to write them. Another thing that is cool about this new "Archie," is that it's not a new story every issue that doesn't acknowledge what happens in the previous issue. It's kind of like watching a series of Archie's life because, so far, it's all part of one big story, "The Lip Stick Incident."
Fiona Staples really nailed the modern look of all these characters, her work is so beautifully done and it makes me wonder why I haven't read anything with her work before because she is definitely amazing.
I think anyone that loves the original "Archie" books will love this new series and anyone that's never read "Archie" will have a nice and clean way of being introduced to the world or Riverdale. 5/5 :)
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I love this comic book. My only complaints is They made Moose dumber than normal. In the old Archie Comics Moose had a bit more to say than just his name. Also Where was Midge ? She was Mooses everything. Where is Ethel ? She was the one who chased Jughead all the time. I liked the story though. Read it from cover to cover. Only thing I didn't like was the Jughead chapter at the end . The art and the story didn't flow for me. It wasn't in true Jughead style.
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I originally bought the volume mainly for the art (as I am a fan of Ms. Staples's style), but it didnt take very long until I found myself intrigued by the story line.

Great books, I would recommend it to my friends :)
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I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this in my local bookstore. I casually read bits and pieces of the original Archie comics and always had a thing for the story and characters. Naturally, I ended up ordering Archie Vol. 1 on Amazon!

This was a really satisfying read for me. The story is pretty damn good and those who aren't familiar with the original Archie comics can still get on board with this reboot! That is, if romance, a little mischief and lots of heart are your thing!

In Archie, the characters really make the story. The characters (mainly Archie, Betty, Jughead, even Veronica and Reggie at times) are so charming and lovable in their own unique way. I find so many things about Archie and the gang to be SO ENDEARING, my heart can hardly handle it.

I won't give away any details about what transpires in this volume, but I really felt for Betty! And I'm definitely rooting for her in the Archie volumes to come.

If you are a fan of the original Archie comics, this reboot will be lots of fun! Maybe even a bit nostalgic. Somehow the team behind this new Archie graphic novel managed to lend more complexity to the story, while maintaing that "light-hearted" feel of the original Archie comics.

As someone who prefers revamping of classic stories to be done with serious care, I can say that this reboot feels new, but not different!

Cannot wait for Vol. 2!
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