Mark Waid knows how to write proverbial gold. His take on the Archie universe has been exceptional. In this issue we continue with Cheryl trying to take over Riverdale, while Veronica works her ass off to get back home to protect Archie (and well, all of her friends).
Cheryl is incredible. She’s manipulative, coy, clever, and kind of funny in her attempts to woo Archie. Her only drive for wanting him is to get revenge on Veronica, but watching her go through such feats is fun. My favorite one of Cheryl’s stunts is to save an unconscious man from a car…who’s her brother. Because they’re staging this. So she can impress Archie.
And wouldn’t you know it! It works! In Archie’s own words “I have to meet this girl”. Waid’s humor shines in these panels with Cheryl, it’s clear he seriously enjoys her as a character. Her twin brother Jason is also represented well here. He’s always been more level headed than Cheryl, but he’s still on the mean side. Plus unlike their Riverdale counterparts, he isn’t dead!
Overall this is a funny issue. When Archie is on his way to meet Cheryl, he’s in a molasses barrel that’s rolling down a hill. We get no context of how or why, but it’s there. And frankly it’s so absurd it works. I’m glad the character has fundamentally stayed the same since the reboot, it’s like coming back to your home after it’s been remodelled.
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