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.

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