Warning: This review contains full spoilers for the issue.
In Reggie And Me #4, Reggie finally puts his diabolical plan into action. In the past issues, we've seen him scheme to take down Moose so he can date Midge. To make this happen, he has pretended to befriend Moose in order to find out what makes him tick. As the issue starts, he's palmed Archie's phone and is sending Midge messages and gifts. Naturally, Moose isn't happy about this. Reggie wants to manipulate Moose into beating up Archie under the bleachers.
|Reggie, seen here sowing the seeds of mistrust.|
|Hey, that bat was innocent! RIP, baseball bat, 2017-2017.|
Unfortunately, the grim specter of violence still looms over Riverdale. Reggie gets hurt by one of the bullies from another school. The issue also shows some more glimpses from his past. "Little" Ambrose is reintroduced into the New Riverdale universe, desperately wanting to tag along with his idol, "Little" Reggie. One simple act of kindness, and he follows Reggie around, almost like a puppy. An act of cruelty drives him away, in tears. History ends up repeating itself in a gut-wrenching cliffhanger. Twice, Reggie yells at Vader to leave him alone. The second time, poor Vader runs into the street and gets hit by a car.
Reggie And Me #4 is a fantastic issue, both subverting the expected plot and setting up a horrifying conclusion. I'm a dog lover and I winced as I read that last panel. We don't see what happens to Vader, but the next issue's solicitation promises that we will "learn his fate." Tom DeFalco continues to create an amazing character study of Reggie Mantle and how he affects the lives of those around him, especially the one being who loves him unconditionally.
Reggie And Me #4 is written by Tom DeFalco, drawn by Sandy Jarrell, lettered by Jack Morelli, and colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick. You can find it at your local comic book shop.
Zachary Krishef is an evil genius. Do not question his knowledge of Saturday Night Live trivia or Harry Potter books.