Jughead #1

Jughead #1

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Erica Henderson Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: October 7, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 9
8.5Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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In the grand tradition of comic book reboots like Archie #1, Archie Comics proudly presents Jughead #1 from the comics dream team of Chip Zdarsky (Howard the Duck) and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)! Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, Jughead Jones swears vengeance! Well, we mean, he doesn't "swear." This is still Archie Comics after all.

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Oct 2, 2015

    Chip Zdarsky was born to write Jughead, I have my fingers crossed that he will stay on this series for a long run. The formula of weaving a dream-state story into the normal Riverdale hi-jinks worked really well for me and I hope Zdarsky continues with the formula. I'd love to see super-heroes, super-spies, and lots of other classic Archie tropes shining in Zdarsky's comedic spotlight. I'd call this series a “must buy”. If you haven't picked up an Archie comic in ages (or ever) what are you waiting for? The 2015 re-laucnhes seem like the beginning of a new Archie golden age, get in on the ground floor! Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Gabbie G. Oct 5, 2015

    Jughead #1 is worth your time, if you're new to the characters or creative team and weren't convinced already. "Accessible" is the keyword of this relaunch no matter how you layer it, and while I will always say that being an Archie fan helps in the sense that you might recognize something " a character or a reference made " you don't need to have even heard of Archie to pick up this book and enjoy it just as much. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Oct 6, 2015

    "Jughead" #1 is yet another great debut issue for the updated Archie Universe. The publisher is taking some stylistic chances and they have really paid off in issues like this. An entire line that was considered past its prime has revitalized itself with a new energy and an updated creative voice. These are the types of fun, stylish and relatable comics that open the medium up to first-time comic readers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Oct 7, 2015

    A refreshing debut. Chip and Erica manage to capture the essential Jughead spirit while also bringing a beloved old character into a new age of comics. Brilliant and entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Oct 11, 2015

    Reading Archie then reading Jughead, the Archie universe is really coming together. Mark Waid has used the main book as the serious side, and that's okay, because we have Zdarsky's book. Which makes every character silly and goofy. By reading both series together, they feel like one complete universe. This is a must buy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Gabbie G. Oct 5, 2015

    Jughead #1 is worth your time, if you're new to the characters or creative team and weren't convinced already. "Accessible" is the keyword of this relaunch no matter how you layer it, and while I will always say that being an Archie fan helps in the sense that you might recognize something " a character or a reference made " you don't need to have even heard of Archie to pick up this book and enjoy it just as much. Read Full Review

  • 10
    First Comics News - Giovanni Aria Oct 4, 2015

    This book is kind of the middle ground between the all new and the old. It has the look an feel of the All New Archie but it is more cartoony. The humor starts of light and funny like a sit com, them moves into the more Archie like humor was the story kicks into high gear. At the heart of the story something strange happens to Mr. Weatherbee. Also something strange happens to the school lunch and that's no laughing matter for Jughead. In the middle of the story we have a “Game of Jones” interlude and that's just pure fun and food. After that it a game of wits between Jughead and Mr. Strange and round one goes to Juggy but that is just the first battle in the war. It's the most fun I have had with Jugghead ever! An Outstanding start, I loved it! Plus there is a cool classic back-up story too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Mark Stack Oct 5, 2015

    Jughead #1 is about as good as a first issue gets. For existing and new readers, it tells you all you need to know and that is that Jughead Jones really likes hamburgers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Oct 5, 2015

    Erica Henderson is fantastic for JUGHEAD. Her bright, expressive pencils feel at home in the Archie universe. I loved her facial expressions for Jughead, getting a good laugh every time I read through the issue. This is going to sound weird, but she actually drew hamburgers really well. I actually got a little hungry after reading the issue. Her pencils feel more classic Archie than the ARCHIE series do, but it still fits well into this new universe. Henderson's colors are bright and welcoming, making Riverdale a place you want to visit. I could be wrong, but near the end of the issue it looks like Henderson added Squirrel-Girl in. Minus the teeth of course. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 6, 2015

    With Jughead, the new creative team have taken the one thing we probably all know about the character (that he is food's biggest fan) and made that an engaging plot point. Archie can have its love triangle between its title character and the two women who want him, but Jughead burns bright with perhaps an even more mesmerizing triptych: Jughead Jones, his food, and the forces that would keep him from it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 7, 2015

    Overall, "Jughead" #1 is a great debut and a perfect example of how a first issue should be handled. There's so much ground covered by Henderson and Zdarsky. Jughead Jones is the hero that we deserve. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Rainbow Hub - Emma Houxbois Oct 7, 2015

    What Archie, the company, have given Zdarsky and Henderson in Jughead isn't a job at a carwash, buffing a vintage car. This isn't a fenced in, calculated attempt at reviving a flagging property. It's the creation of a space to make a comic for people who love comics first, and a vehicle for people undergoing a completely surreal bout of total recall as their childhood memories of these characters come flooding back second. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Oct 7, 2015

    A super fun start to a character we've only started to reacquaint ourselves with, Jughead #1 has the potential to out-Archie Archie. And why wouldn't it? Archie may be the guy we all kind of wanted to be as kids, but as an adult, I look at Jughead and say to myself, "I wish I had been that cool in high school." That's the magic of this new brand of Archie Comics, and why Jughead may very well be at the center of that future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Aaron Sullivan Oct 7, 2015

    I'd recommend this to my friends. All of them. Even people who don't read comics. And the ones that know me? They'll probably give me a weird look but I just don't know what else to do. Somehow, I really like this title. It wasn't laugh out loud funny. It didn't redefine anything. It was just solid, and reminded me of watching Boy Meets World as a kid. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Oct 7, 2015

    Overall, an excellent reboot. Zdarsky is in top form here, showing and proving that he is a complete comic creator, as his illustrator skills have been on display on other projects but it is his writing which confirms his super talent status. Hendersons style serves this comics voice spring forward in simultaneously beautiful and funny way. In conclusion, an excellent comic that proves just transcendent this character is, as Jughead will always be a slacker we all can love. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Plug - Toben Racicot Oct 6, 2015

    While I am not a huge stickler for continuity, it was weird reading Archie interacting with Betty when the whole #lipstickincident has not been resolved in the main Archie title. However, Archie comics traditionally tell stories where there is no overlap. Obviously, Mr. Weatherbees still principal in Archie. So it goes both ways. Overall, the writing is amazing. Jugheads dialogue is spot on and the situation Zdarsky sets up is great to draw readers in. Do yourself a favor and pick up Jughead for glutinous adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Stefania Rudd Oct 7, 2015

    Overall the story is smart, funny, and lays a sturdy foundation for the shenanigans to come. It's easy to enjoy seeing these familiar characters in a new way with stronger personalities than in past versions, and that makes this book entertaining. The artwork by Staples is gorgeous and modern, and continues to complement the dialogue Waid has written. She is good at having the characters show emotion even when there is little to no dialogue in a panel and it seems to give the characters even more life. It's rather easy to admit; reading Archie is cool again. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Oct 8, 2015

    As the first of the non-Archie specific offshoots, Jughead #1 delivers. It's clever, funny, and brimming with energy, Zdarsky's sly humor a perfect complement to Henderson's quirky stylings. While some of the character choices and design work feels just off, the book's premise and creative team allow for a debut just as entertaining as the Archie title it spun from. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 6, 2015

    Jughead #1 isn't just another great Archie book; it's a great humor comic with no additional modifiers needed. Zdarsky and Henderson understand what makes this character function as the star of a series. Jughead isn't just another part of the Riverdale gang, he's larger than life launching into high school like Dangerfield busting into Bushwood Country Club. His exploits and daydreams alike feel like the stuff of legend, even if they're really just one helluva gas. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 13, 2015

    I'm not sure if longtime fans of the "classic" Archie titles will appreciate this comic, but it does give the series a much-needed fresh start. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Dec 3, 2015

    If you like the new Archie, then you'll enjoy the new Jughead. Although the humor and writing are different, the series starts off just as fun as the flagship title. If you haven't picked up Jughead yet, then give it a shot. Dr. Josh gives this a" Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Oct 8, 2015

    While “Jughead” #1 strays into some shallow territory with its “Game of Thrones” parody, the rest of the book promises to bring some depth to Riverdale's favorite sidekick, while fleshing out some more of the rebooted Riverdale. I don't think anyone expected a Zdarsky/Henderson book to not be a roaring good time and I'm happy to say they didn't dissapoint. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Oct 2, 2015

    I have, however, been waiting a long time for Jughead to get his own series. Jug is by far my favorite character from the entire Archie series—all 666 issues of it. I’m really glad he gets all the attention now. I only hope the characters can maintain their personalities the whole series. I mean, Moose definitely seems dumber. Archie isn’t as girl-obsessed. But hopefully Jughead will keep his old, hungry self alive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Oct 3, 2015

    Jughead #1 is a light, funny, and smart revival of one of comic's best pals. Zdarsky and Henderson work in unison to bring a modern take on classic characters while keeping the goofy charm, hysterical hijinks, and subversive smarts well intact. Jughead is a winner. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopOptiq - Meg Oct 7, 2015

    This kind of instructional jibe runs throughout Zdarskys work, appearing in his more adult books Kaptara and Sex Criminals. More and more frequently, comics seem to be doing an important job representing characters who speak up when they feel uncomfortable. Though its just one line, its one that can make the difference between static storytelling, and fresh, forward thinking content. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gary Moloney Oct 6, 2015

    If you are having a bad day this is the perfect series to cheer you up . Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book City Podcast - Jazmin Aguilera Oct 6, 2015

    Overall, Jughead is the same Jughead as he has always been. He's wittier and more modern, but still just a garbage disposal. This comic is goofy and not as dramatic as the Archie revamp, but if you're looking for the comic relief, this is your guy. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Oct 5, 2015

    At the end of the day, though, and despite some of its stylistic tics, I really enjoyed Jughead #1. It did exactly what it needed to do, which is: be fun. And with the promise of ridiculous misadventure (the most outlandish examples of which – i.e., teachers becoming superheroes and indeed Jughead's Time Police – were always my favorite part of old school Archie Comics), I'll be sticking around to join Zdarsky and Henderson as they guide everyone's favorite manic pixie hamburger guy forward; stumbling, bleary-eyed and hungry for more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    First Comics News - Richard Vasseur Oct 4, 2015

    The backup story is from Jughead # 1 (1949) with art by Samm Schwartz. “Experiment Perilous!” Jughead gets involved in a rare experiment. It does not have good results. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Den Of Geek! - Chris Cummins Oct 7, 2015

    With an issue-ending teaser promising the return of the Time Police,Jughead#1 is a textbook example of how to revive a classic character through the writing of someone who truly gets the source material and adds his own eccentric flourishes. You may be surprised by how much this comic makes you laugh, but longtime Jughead fans won't. They've been waiting for this day for awhile. Read Full Review

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