Book Review: Archie Volume 2 by Mark Waid

America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the second six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.

Volume 2 of the Archie series definitely picks up the drama, but for me I was mostly interested in the Betty and Veronica development in this issue.

Betty and Veronica are the classic best friends who are in a war for their sweetheart’s love.  Although, if you ask me they could both do a bit better than Archie in some ways. But, what are the Archie comics without that love triangle?

We finally get the two interacting, since in this version of Riverdale, Veronica is the new girl and immediately takes up with Archie, rather than connecting specifically with either Betty or Jughead (to be fair, V and Juggie never get along according to the original canon and still don’t in this.).

But FINALLY we get more canon Betty as an outstanding athlete, especially her talent at softball. This was something that made me identify with her from the very beginning back in the 90s (God, I’m old). Seeing her step up for her ex boyfriend/best friend and trying her hardest to help him get to the airport for Ronnie is stereotypical, amazing Betty. She is the outstanding character in this one, for me.

4 Bards.

Book Review: Archie Volume 1 by Mark Waid

America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.

As an Archie Comic purist, it was a big hard for me to accept that they were rebooting the entire series back in 2015 with “The New Riverdale.” I honestly admit that it took me reading and absolutely loving the Afterlife with Archie series and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina before I decided to finally give the new Archie a chance.

The art is definitely not the same that you’d expect if you have read the comics for over two decades, but honestly I really like the update that Veronica Fish and Annie Wu gave.  It makes the core four look more like real people from the 21st century rather than holding on to the old style that evolved over the 20th.  I never thought I’d say that!

The story starts with the break up of Betty Cooper and Archie Andrews. For some inexplicable reason Archie is breaking the fourth wall and narrating directly TO the reader rather than us simply stepping inside of his world as an outside viewer like we used to. I wasn’t a HUGE fan of this shift, because it felt very much like it slowed down the overall narrative for me and for fans who already know all of these characters. I do think it would be beneficial for new readers, but after the success of Riverdale I do think that most fans will just breeze past that.

In this first volume we learn about Jughead’s past as a former rich child, Betty’s love for mechanics and activism, Veronica’s limited musical ability, and Archie’s incredible ability to be as fickle as ever (he’s my least favorite character, if you didn’t know).  Also, Reggie is still Reggie.

I have to give the writers credit for really amping up the drama in this volume, and I’m sure it will just continue.

4 Bards.

Book Review: Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

 

The first thing that needs to be known about Wires and Nerves is, you MUST read the Lunar Chronicles.  You do not have to read Fairest or Stars Above but it does add to the story line. I loved the Lunar Chronicles so when I heard Marissa Meyer was coming out with a graphic novel extending the series I was thrilled.

MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD

Wires & Nerves follows Iko on her journey to hunt down the last of the mutant wolf man creatures.  In this story we get to see the entire gang and figure out why Iko took up this task to help her best friend. Iko also deals with stigma because she is an android.  The general populace does not believe she helped stop the war between Earth and Luna purely because she is an android.  They believe no android could have helped save the world.  It sends out a powerful message about racism and it shows her struggles with it and how she attempts to overcome the stigma against androids.

I loved this graphic novel, I enjoyed seeing things from Iko’s perspective because we did not see her narrative in the Lunar Chronicles. I also enjoyed we got to see more of the Earthen Union. In the Lunar Chronicles we only got to see France and New Beijing. Due to the fact that this is a graphic novel it is extremely easy to read.  This book is full of adventure and Iko being a strong independent woman and a great friend. I will warn you though it does end with a minor cliff hanger but it is not as bad as other books(I’m looking at you Rick Riordan). The ending makes you want eager for more of Iko’s adventure.

4 Bards!!

Wires and Nerve: Volume 1


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