Your Pal Archie #2

by Doug Warren on August 30, 2017

Story & Inks: Ty Templeton
Art: Dan Parent
Colors: Andre Szymanowicz
Lettering: Jack Morelli

I’ll be the first to say, I am digging the edgier, darker, teen-drama treatment that Archie is receiving on TV and in his main series, BUT, I am grateful for the Your Pal, Archie! series for taking us back to our Riverdale roots.

The stories are updated for modern times, the hairstyles a bit trendier, and the characters look a bit sleeker, but there is no doubt that this book is classic Archie, through and through. The comic follows the same format as the previous issue. The first story completes, the second one ends on a “to be continued,” and the third is a classic Archie story.

It’s no secret now that Archie, in what appears to be an accidental Dick Wolf style, ripped from the headlines storyline, won the lottery in the last issue, and now we get to see how that pays off for him. After his initial faux pas, much to his parents chagrin, of letting the secret that he won the big jackpot loose, in a surprising turn of events, Archie seems to be the most reasonable, down to earth person in the situation. Everybody, save Betty and Veronica, are after his money, feeling like they know what is best for it, and Archie is determined to continue living his normal life. But, Betty and Veronica do add stresses of their own to Archie, as both of them have ideas for how he should be now that he is rich. So, what does Archie do? Well, in classic Archie fashion . . . (just read it and find out).

The second story focuses on Reggie. Reggie is a jerk, and offends those around him (what’s new?), but after an unfortunate mishap, does he get what he deserves? Looks like things are going to be mighty different for him, but we have to tune in next month to see.

The classic Archie story was just as entertaining, but, I think it’s hard to call something classic Archie when the characters are taking selfies and posting them on Instagram like sites, but, as with the previous two stories, it was really nice to see all of the time-honored Archie traditions placed in a contemporary setting.

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