Jughead #14 Review: Ryan North's Final Issue Has Great Character Moments, Awkward Slang

This issue concludes the "King For A Day" storyline, as well as Ryan North's run on the title. It features Jughead's attempts to win over his friends after accidentally making a stupid video go viral. Said video features The Reggies singing a song, but with Jughead's face crudely pasted over everyone. For some reason, it becomes an online sensation. Normally, I would question why, but A) It's necessary for the story and B) much dumber things have become incredibly popular.

For the most part, I did enjoy the issue. My one major qualm would be the awkwardly-written Internet portions of the story. Some of it is perfectly fine, but other portions just feel off. The scene involving Jughead trying to create a new video to help out his friends relies too heavily on modern slang, in a way that will definitely feel dated to readers in the future. This also applies to a few later segments in the story.

That might be the point of the scene, and this could just be my personal taste speaking, but it really bothered me. In a way, it almost feels like it's talking down to the reader. Teens read the story, so why not shove in as much teen slang as possible? That's an exaggeration and most likely not the case, but it's one of my pet peeves. Fortunately, the character moments that featured Jughead talking and making amends were much better. Also, we get a picture of Mr. Lodge delivering the world's creepiest smile.

I'll miss seeing Ryan North's work on Jughead, but I'm sure that Mark Waid and Ian Flynn will do a great job.

Jughead #14 is written by Ryan North, drawn by Derek Charm and lettered by Jack Morelli. You can find it at your local comic book shop.

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