The new “verismo” era of Archie kicks off on July 8th with the first issue of Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. And to mark the occasion, Archie is making sure the numbers are up with 17 retailer exclusive variants. And it’s quite an array of styles from Dave Dorman’s Brad Pitt-esque version to Jae Lee’s typically surreal take.
While I’m eager to read the new #1, the more I see of the “real” Archie the more I wonder how such a abstracted cartoon of a character will adapt to a new treatment? I hope Scott McCloud and Bart Beatty are standing by.
What do y’all think?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.