I haven't made it too much of a secret that I have issues with Riverdale. Still, I do want to give it a chance. Certain aspects of the show may be disappointing and offensive, but the comic could still make some of the more confusing elements clearer. After all, the solicitations mentioned the backstory, right?
The first story is called "Sweetwater" and it focuses on Archie's construction job. Surprisingly, it's fairly funny and optimistic, countering the show's darkness. I really appreciated the scenes with Archie and his dad talking about the past. It helped to flesh them out. Unfortunately, it still has the abusive and disturbing student-teacher relationship with Miss Grundy, a plot point that I contend shouldn't be used anymore. Finally, some small panels of art seemed slightly off, but it could have been worse.
|I'm sorry, but Archie does not look sixteen years old in the panel.|
Fittingly, the following tale, "Fall From Grace" recounts the events that led up to Veronica coming to Riverdale. I think it might be my favorite. The art is great, with spectacular colors for the opulence of Veronica's house and dark lighting when her father is arrested. Really, you don't need to change too much of Veronica's "origin" to fit the show, and the comic shows it. She's just a formerly-rich teen, out of her depth in a small town.
|Excuse me, the proper term is "Arby's", and only Jon Stewart gets to say that.|
All in all, the comic was better than I expected. It definitely makes me want to read the eventual ongoing series. It does have moments of levity along with the teen drama and it just has a better tone than the show. I hope it continues to be satisfactory.
Riverdale #1 is written by Brian E. Paterson, Britta Lundin, James DeWille, and Will Ewing. The artists are Elliot Fernandez, Jim Towe, Thomas Pitilli, and Alitha Martinez. You can find it at your local comic book shop.
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