Who among us hasn’t, at one time or another, cracked open an Archie comic book or digest? Whether it’s at the cash register of a grocery store, in the comic shop, or at your local book shop, the juggernaut that is Archie Comics has been a flourishing publishing business for three quarters of a century. Fans have seen countless comic book series, several cartoons, a made for television movie, and now an extraordinarily popular television show, Riverdale.
2015 saw a major reboot of the traditional character and his friends. New storylines, a retooled origin story for all of the Riverdale gang, and more defined art in the comics all debuted to rave reviews. While the publishing house kept the traditional digests coming with new stories, the comic books shifted entirely to the new look.
2017 witnessed the premier of Riverdale, on The CW network. An amalgam of The OC and Broadchurch, the show follows the canonical characters as they navigate high school against the backdrop of an ongoing murder investigation in their small town. A series of comics was soon introduced to fill in the gaps left between the television episodes.
Whether you are a fan of crime shows, retro comics, or just quality, escapist graphic novels, Riverdale is for you!
Riverdale Vol. 1
A wonderfully penned graphic novel that presents new storylines following the action of the wildly popular show. Readers will learn why Archie and Jughead, perhaps the most well known best friends in comic history, fell out, how Veronica is adapting to life in Riverdale, and what Archie spent the summer doing. A must for every graphic novel shelf.
Riverdale Vol. 2
The next chapter in the series, readers will learn what life is like for Kevin Keller, why Reggie acts so insufferably, and the future of Josie and the Pussycats. This second volume doesn’t disappoint.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Part of the Archie Comics Horror imprint and soon to be a television show, the canonical Sabrina is rebooted and situated in 1960s Greendale. An interesting graphic novel selection for fans of H.P. Lovecraft, Poe, and retro horror comics.
Archie Vol. 1
Part of the previously mentioned reboot, the first few issues of the series are collected in this graphic novel. Archie is updated for the 21st century and brings his friends along. He’s still stuck in the decades old love triangle between Betty and Veronica and continues to go broke lending his best friend, Jughead, money for hamburgers. Great stories, great art!
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