All-New Classic Archie: Your Pal, Archie! #1

by Olivier Roth on July 26, 2017

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

“What is old is new again… with a twist!” could easily be the tagline for this new run of Archie comics and as someone who has been a long-time fan, I am more than ready to see what they have in store.

Written by Ty Templeton, of classic Batman and Robin Adventures, and long-time Archie artist Dan Parent, Your Pal, Archie returns to a more traditional style of storytelling that most are accustomed to when thinking about Archie Comics. Templeton and Parent bring us two new stories involving our ginger-haired hero getting into his typical Riverdale hijinks.

In the first feature, we are treated to a rare sight from the beginning: Jughead deciding, of his own volition, to work, yes work, towards getting his drivers license. With a lack of transportation during the summer break, Jughead works towards his license for no other reason than to partake in his favorite meal: Pop Tate’s delicious burgers. After a few missteps with local driving programs, it is up to Archie to teach Jughead to predictable results.

In the second feature, we are treated to another classic tale between Veronica and Archie: Archie, aiming to please Veronica with a lavish picnic only to be stymied by Veronica’s plans to go to the opera. In typical Archie fashion, instead of accepting this rebuke, he concocts a pretty convoluted plan to win her back. Unlike the first story, this second one receives a “To be continued…” after quite a surprising ending that may change Archie’s life forever. Next issue will tell.

On art, Dan Parent has given the reader a new twist on the classic Archie take. As has been done in the past, the characters have all been redesigned for this new era. Parent was clearly influenced by the success of Archie’s on-screen adaptation on Riverdale: Archie is a little buffer, Jughead is a little scruffier, and both Betty and Veronica have taken on some of the characteristics of the actresses that portray them on Riverdale. Though a little jarring at first, like all change, you get used to the new style that Parent uses as the issue progresses.

In all, this was a great, fun start to a new era of Archie comics and will be a good compliment to the current Archie comic written by Mark Waid. It gives old fans a taste of the classic Archie we all love and it is a good jumping-on point for new readers.

Oh, I would be remiss to forget that we are treated to a bonus classic Betty and Veronica story at the end that includes all the best parts found in Archie comics: a competition between the two girls, some magic, and a completely oblivious Archie.

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