Riverdale #1

Riverdale #1

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Artist: Alitha Martinez Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: April 5, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
6.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale comes the first issue of the must-read, brand new, ongoing comic series! Set in the universe of the TV series, the Riverdale comic offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Josie & the Pussycats, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade. Features interior art by up-and-coming artist Alitha Martinez (Black Panther).

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Robert Anderegg Mar 15, 2017

    I wasn't blown away by any aspect of it, but I had nothing to be disappointed in. If you do not watch the show, this comic will give spoilers to that, but if you don't care they are still fun to read. If you do watch the show, this will only add to your appreciation of what Aguirre-Sacasa is doing for the brand. Also, I know this may be a bit of a tangent, but if Riverdale lasts a while, I'd LOVE to see them incorporate his Afterlife with Archie series somehow, blending in Sabrina and Josie's involvement. It would be epic, I promise you. Anyway, back to the comic. I may not read this every month, but because it is designed as plot filler for the shows, I'm confident that I could pick up an issue after missing one or two and not feel at a loss (granted I'm also watching the show). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Apr 6, 2017

    The stories are both told in first-person form, and with Eisma pulling the pencilling chores on both they tales retain a consistent feel to them. If you're a fan of the television show, you'll want to pick this up to get the complete feel for the characters you love as well as the ones you love to hate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - TalkNerdy2Me Apr 7, 2017

    That complaint aside, I’m really looking forward to more issues of this book, particularly as way to tide myself over until the second season after the first one ends. I’m hoping that there will be more focus on different characters as the book continues, because I found the lack of Kevin Keller in this issue to be particularly annoying. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Apr 5, 2017

    If youre going to have parallel running versions of your popular characters, its important to distinguish them from each other. Thats part of the magic of Afterlife with Archie, and while no one can expect Riverdale to move that far from the source material, its not unfair to ask it to mirror that which shares its name. Riverdale #1 is an okay Archie comic book, to be sure. But its not a great adaptation of what fans have come to love watching every Thursday night. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Mar 17, 2017

    An above average companion piece with engaging art that will work for fans of the show, even if it falls short of justifying its own existence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - belleburr Apr 11, 2017

    Overall this is a nice bit of in between to fill in some blanks of the show, not groundbreaking but the potential is there for a truly interesting comic Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 5, 2017

    Ultimately, Archie Comics has found new relevance in recent years thanks to subverting and manipulating its wholesome brand, both positively and negatively. Unfortunately, the comic tie-in for Riverdale only scratches the surface of what makes the controversial TV show so guiltily engaging - for a #1 issue based on a primetime series, this comic book feels too low-key to really goose reader interest. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    pigglywiggly Apr 5, 2017

    Jesu cristo this sucks. Joe Eisma is one of the worst Archie reboot artists, characterization of Chuck Clayton is effed up and the whole book is just an uncomfortably naked cash grab for a floundering company that has no standards left to lose before it goes belly up and gets sold off to a bigger company. I now look forward to that day, if this is the kind of mediocre junk that ACP wants to sell us.

  • 10
    Super17 May 17, 2017

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