Written by Juan Martinez

Kingdom Come, Daredevil. Mark Waid has some amazing comic book titles under his belt as a writer that brought him critical acclaim. For his newest story he tackled the incredibly deep life and struggle of…..Archie Andrews?

That’s right in one of the most surprising reboots to come out in recent years. “Archie” had managed to modernize the famous Riverdale crew into not only a enjoyable but also a very relatable experience.

If you thought you knew everything Archie you’ll be surprised as to what you don’t know this time out. For example the story behind with the break up. While not a incredibly far departure from the usual high school drama that occurred in the past series. It’s still a surprising way to start this one . It’s the talk of the school, hell even the talk of the ?”

That’s the exciting thing about how this series begins. It just thrusts right into the story. It assumes that you already know these characters so it doesn’t spend too much time introduce each one. T hat’s not to say that the story doesn’t explain some key plot elements that have been used in the older series.

Now as stated before. The first issue focuses on Archie’s recent split with his girlfriend due to a “lipstick incident” that everyone is gossiping about trying to find out what it is, we never actually find out what it is in the first issue so I’m really looking forward to see if it ever gets talked about. As the issue goes on there’s is a sudden problem with a band that’s playing during the prom at Riverdale high, causing Archie to jump on stage and play a few songs while others join him. This of course being a foreshadowing to the eventual band known as “The Archies”

Throughout all this going on there’s a talk about a rich family only known as “The Lodge Family” that could be moving to Riverdale soon. Which is a perfect setup for the next issue in terms of what happens with the cast itself.

The book itself is a very nice gift to fans of the series who’ve followed it for years. Besides the aforementioned Lodge family you have a lot of the old gang showing up. Jughead Jones for example received a very welcome change. While sill being the loveable food obsessed slacker we all know, he is a bit more serious this time out. For example when the rest of the school attempts to get Archie and his ex together at the prom. Jughead decides to take matters into his own hands and makes sure that everything doing go as horrible as it could.

While Jughead got a welcome change I can’t really say the same for Reggie Mantle. In the original series he was nothing more than a cocky guy who would hit on everything that moves. Suddenly in this series he’s a greaser and borderline bully. While it’s not really a game breaker it seems like they made him out to be more of a villain to Archie than a somewhat friendly rival like in the older series.

Other characters seem relatively unchanged as of now. Betty for example while not having a whole lot of scenes in the issue still seems like the sweet girl next door we all grew up knowing, while other characters likes Moose, Midge and Chuck don’t really show up at all.

I can’t talk about this series without talking about the art. Fiona Staples does a magnificent job bringing the world of Riverdale to life in this series. The scenery is just a pure joy to look at. Archie actually looks like someone you’d believe would have two girls fighting over him. Ms. Staples of course has done the art for the Saga series and I have to say the art style just fits so well in the Archie-verse it will be difficult to go back to the old series afterwards.

In conclusion Mark Waid’s run of Archie is a breath of fresh air. It’s a series that doesn’t have superheroes or over the top action. And that’s ok it doesn’t need to. By itself it’s a great read for all ages. For kids it’s harmless fun that is nice to look at. For adults it’s a sweet nostalgia trip seeing all the characters you grew up with being set in modern times. It easily became my favorite series of 2015 and I hope to see more of it as time goes by.