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Archie 1941 #1
By Hervé St-Louis
September 20, 2018 - 08:41

Archie Comics
Writer(s): Bryan Augustyn, Mark Waid
Artist(s): Peter Krause
Colourist(s): Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer(s): Jack Morelli
Cover Artist(s): Peter Krause, Rosario Peña; Sanya Anwar; Francesco Francavilla; Dave Johnson; Aaron Lopresti

Archie and his friends have graduated from Riverdale highschool and throughout the summer, the lad wanders aimlessly shout out from his friends and family trying to find a purpose to his life. Nothing, not even Betty’s love and shake him out of his funk. What will Archie do?

It’s is interesting that Archie has a new series released the same year he premiered in comics. 1941 was also an important year for the United States as it entered World War Two. The two events appear that they will play a role in this series and change Archie in some ways.

In the many revivals of Archie, this series has a potential to be important as instead of being about gags, it takes a similar take to the popular 2016 Archie series and universe by telling a compelling story set in reality. Archie, here is the same Archie we know. He is a goof and everyone’s best friend. He still has problems with adults and authorities and competing women chasing him.

The story is straightforward and simple. But it works and is evocative of the period. It is interesting to see Archie live in suburbia before suburbia was something. Peter Krause’s pulpy artwork helps evoke the 1940s. His art is dynamic, and the costumes appear right. This series starts slowly and give us an Archie that appears introspective but now that conflict has been presented, the next issues should feel more meaningful.

Rating: 8.5/10

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