10 Things You Need to Know About the Archie Comics Reboot
The ones that changed, and those that stayed the same
(SPOT.ph) If you’re like most '80s kids, you’ve read at least one Archie comic book in your lifetime. The love triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica, the endless burgers the woman-hating Jughead can consume, and Pop Tate’s Chocklitshop are somehow a part of everyone’s childhood. So when Archie Comics announced a reboot, “the first new Archie #1 in 75 years!!” according to the comic’s back blurb, fans around the world reacted. Everyone was curious about how they changed America’s Favorite Teenager. Well, here’s the lowdown.
No more cartoony Archie.
Even if some say he looks like Justin Beiber on the cover (on the main version anyway—yes, there are alternative covers!) looking less like a cartoon makes him more relatable, setting the stage for less laughs but more feels. Oh, and you know how you wondered why all the girls went gaga over Archie when he looked so goofy? Well, now it makes more sense.
The old gang is still around.
Dilton, the height-challenged resident genius. Reggie with his slicked back hair and smarmy 'tude. Moose, though we don't catch a glimpse of him yet. Even Mr. Weatherbee with his potbelly and the few hairs on his head. The only weird part is Archie calls him Principal Weatherbee, which might sound a bit strange to fans.
There are 21 variant covers by different artists.
What a way to get collectors uh, collecting!
The creative team behind the Archie reboot boasts Eisner award-winning comic book superstars.
Seasoned comic writer Mark Wald who wrote Kingdom Come and Daredevil is great at combining character with big ideas. Artist Fiona Staples is known for her sci-fi and fantasy art but most of all, her expressions are strong enough to tug at your heartstrings.
Betty is adorable.
She's cute, simple, knows more about cars than Archie (of course), and was his sweetheart since kindergarten. Till the Lipstick Incident. Setting the stage for a whole lot of high school drama. #cannotwait
Jughead is still the same. Well, slightly different.
His nose is still pointy, just not as Pinocchio-like anymore. He still has the crown on his head. He still wears that shirt with the mysterious S on it. And the most heartwarming of all, he still works behind the scenes to fix his best buddy's life. Some of the best old comic plots had Juggie doing just that.
Three meddling teens: annoying or familiar?
They definitely weren't part of old-school (get it?) Riverdale, but these three teens might just remind you of yourself as you take a less than healthy interest in the love life of one Archie Andrews.
That guitar scene.
Remember the Archies? The band was made up of Archie on lead guitar and vocals, Jughead on drums, Veronica on keyboards, Reggie on bass, and Betty on the tambourine. There’s a scene in the comic where Archie plays on stage for the first time ever and all it takes is a few panels to convey so much emotion. It’s pretty awesome.
Archie talks to you, dear reader.
And it’s fine. Until the end where he asks you what you think he should do to get over Betty and he gives you a hashtag and a username. Kinda jarring. But some fans will be all over it. You decide.
Archie is still lovable and clumsy, and he still has that tic-tac-toe etching on his red hair!
A lot of fans didn’t know how to react to the reboot. Some were outright upset by Archie’s new look, some were confused, not sure if they would like an Archie who looked and acted more real. But when you read the first issue, you’ll notice Archie is much like the one you know and love. He’s not as exaggeratedly idiotic or annoying maybe, but the creators kept all the good things about him. And in the end, that’s what matters.