Rating: 4 Stars
Archie and Betty, Archie and
Veronica. Those names ring a bell? Well, the classic Archie comics have been given a modern overhaul, and lets just say – it needed it. Its one of those things that you don’t even realize how much it was needed until it happened. With cell phones, Kardashian references, and a more multicultural cast of characters, it comes so much closer to real life than the ‘wonderbread’ world it used to be.
I didn’t really understand the pull towards Veronica in the initial series, but here, it sells her well. She’s been revamped into a sexy ex-reality TV star, and her sultry advances towards Archie just feel much more authentic. You still leave the comic on team Betty, as you’d expect, but the love triangle doesn’t feel as ridiculous as it did. The regular cast of characters still stands, and we’re even more convinced of Reggie’s slimey ways.
We see many of the same kinds of quirks raised, so I’m looking forward to seeing if we get a little more depth into these characters in the next book. All in all, a great introduction to a revamped series.
Although the book itself is safe for middle school, I’m going to stay on the lookout for the next book to see if the content becomes any more mature.
Recommendations: You don’t need to be a fan of the previous Archie comics to enjoy this, that’s for sure, so if you like a fun teen drama, it’s a great place to go. If you are a fan of the old comics, its hard to say if you’ll appreciate it, but I’d say for interest’s sake, its definitely work the look.
Themes: coming of age, friendship