Riverdale #1 (One Shot)

Riverdale #1 (One Shot)

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Artist: Alitha Martinez Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: March 1, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 1
7.1Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Learn the secrets and hidden tales from the summer before the eternal love-triangle begins in this special issue, which features four short stories focusing on the major players and events in the Riverdale series. You dare not miss this special commemorative issue in advance of the upcoming ongoing Riverdale series, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and the writers of the CW's Riverdale series, with stunning art by Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: Worlds of Wakanda)!

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 1, 2017

    Riverdale #1 was for the most part as informative as it needed to be. Probably actually a book that they should have planned to release during the earlier episodes of Riverdale, but now is better than later when the gap in time isn't too great. Whatever follows this one-shot, this did set the foundation for them to get into the things that the show doesn't. That is what we appreciate about the comic medium and should take advantage of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Mar 6, 2017

    Even as someone who genuinely loves Riverdale, I am the first to admit to its divisive nature. But this Riverdale one-shot comes correct when it comes to the beloved characters and aims to be recognizable to both readers and recent fans drawn in by TV's scandalous new hit. It isn't often that you find an adaptation that draws strength from both its original material and new ideas, but Riverdale stands as just that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Erin Manzo Mar 8, 2017

    In an age where we have an odd (but enjoyable) amount of Archie incarnations, Riverdale offers us a Twin Peaks-esque twist on these classic characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Tai Freligh Mar 12, 2017

    There are also several variant covers and ads for other comics based on individual characters like Jughead and Betty & Veronica that look interesting, but for now…I'll keep to this new one. I wasn't sure how dark would play with such light-hearted source material, but I'm willing to give it a chance after seeing this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Mar 1, 2017

    Like a lot of media tie-ins, Riverdale #1 has its ups and downs. The Archie story is definitely a downer. However, the Veronica story is a little bit like an early Lana Del Rey song (Especially the pop art portrait of Marilyn Monroe in the Lodges' mansion.), and Alitha Martinez is a talented artist so this book is definitely worth flipping through if you're a fan of the show. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Ashley Gibbs Mar 16, 2017

    Reading these side stories aren't vital for enjoying the TV show, but it's nice to expand the world of Riverdale with them. We're talking about a comic book based on a TV show that's originally based on a comic book, kinda neat if you ask me. It's a short read, about twenty pages, and then the last few pages of the book give us very brief bios of the main characters as well showing us their real life actor counterparts compared to how they look in this comic book series. If you don't know anything about the characters before picking up this book, it's a nice refresher course. I do recommend watching the show and reading this series to satisfy all of your Riverdale needs. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Mar 1, 2017

    If you're nuts aboutRiverdale orArchie Comics in general: then sure, get this. Keep in mind that a free version of this comic will be released on Free Comic Book Day, albeit with only half the stories. If you want to save a few bucks and get the reduced version: sure, go for that one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Mar 6, 2017

    This book isn't really for fans of comic book Archie; this is a book for people looking to get into the CW series. And while there may be some crossover there, I think it is an important distinction to make. Ultimately, this comic is an execution of a very specific goal, to introduce comic book fans to the Riverdale T.V. show. It is a goal which I think they adequately pull off, but I cannot really recommend for anyone who isn't in this comic's very small target audience. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Multiversity Comics - Nicholas Palmieri Mar 3, 2017

    Viewers of the show have already seen everything here, and while some of the art is great, its not enough to save the insignificant stories. Read Full Review

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