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Archie #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Fiona Staples Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: July 8, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 42 User Reviews: 37
9.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Comic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples reimagine an icon! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can't-miss kick-off to Archie's new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you'd think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun-but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America's favorite teens - and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

  • 10
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jul 9, 2015

    I'd be lying if I said that I was worried about this reboot. I've been a fan of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples for quite some time now, and I knew that they had the right chops to make this work. If you're a lifelong Archie fan and are on the fence about this work, then hop off it and give this a try. Everything you loved about the classic stories is here in spades. And if you haven't tried Archie before, now is the perfect time to start. Professor Josh gives this an" Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jul 7, 2015

    With so much hoopla surrounding the All-New Marvel and DC YOU initiatives, it's amazing that this -- one of the most recognizable comic book titles in the history of the medium -- is being launched with far less fanfare. In the past year, Archie Comics has found ways to adapt their characters in fresh and exciting ways for a new generation of readers. With Waid and Staples -- two creators who continue to find new heights for their own creativity -- at the helm, the publisher has created their best book in years. "Archie" #1 is must-read comics for anyone looking for fun, engaging characters and beautifully drawn, on-trend style. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jul 7, 2015

    Anyway, Waid and Staples have exceeded expectations by bringing Archie into the 21st century with  style, humor, and tons of heart. They have honored the sweet innocence of the series with a mature approach that is still fun and inviting. In fact, they've opened a whole new world ready to embraced by old and new fans alike. Archie #1 is off to a spectacular start and one of the best debuts of the year.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Kelly Richards Jul 7, 2015

    I didnt expect to feel quite so enthused by Archie #1 but I really am. It has perfectly encapsulated that high school sitcom, slice of life, teen movie vibe that I, and so many other people love and maybe havent been getting too much of lately, or at least nothing that feels so genuine. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Sam Roche Jul 8, 2015

    It's great! This issue was truly the perfect way to start off an Archie series that promises to be thoughtful, dramatic and tons of fun. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Ashley Gibbs Mar 23, 2017

    Overall I really enjoyed reaching Archie #1.It was fun and I read it quicker than I expected to because I enjoying myself so much. It didn't take itself too seriously while at the same time staying grounded in realism. At the end of the story, readers are also treated to the first ever Archie comic which is very different from the book itself and even most versions of Archie I personally know. However, even then it's clear to see how these characters started and what makes them who they are today. It's been a long journey for this redhead and his friends and this series promises to take them on a brand new ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Jul 14, 2015

    Archie Comics has really done something special with this Waid/Staples led relaunch of its core Archie title. They have done much more than give it a superficial refurbishing with a highly acclaimed creative team, but instead handed it off to a pair that obviously care about the character, history, and legacy. It's fun, hip, humorous, and modernized, but retains the classic narrative and all the things that make Archie great. I think nostalgia and curiosity are a big part of what made people check out this first issue, but it will be the solid story and art, as well as the endearing and enduring Archie spirit, that will ensure people come back. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Den Of Geek! - Chris Cummins Jul 8, 2015

    The bottom line here? Riverdale is in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Harry C. Oct 7, 2015

    All in all, with this entire reboot, I feel that this is a book that could give me the buffer that is needed from world ending scenarios of the Never Ending Secret Crisis of the Impending Final Wars of the Multiverse. The story isnt hard to think about and very relatable. I have loved the humor all throughout the 3 issues that have hit the shelves and this comes highly recommended Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Jul 9, 2015

    Actually, not that I write it, that is the perfect way to describe this new ARCHIE. Waid and Fiona had a tricky balancing act to pull off here, and they both succeeded admirably. This comic could have been a train wreck in lesser hands, but instead, we got a very impressive new series here that I can't wait to read more of. New Archie has been on my radar from day one..and it definitely looks like it will be staying there. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Jul 11, 2015

    Waid has portrayed Archie in the most realistic view as possible, as he a teenager with normal adolescent problems and feelings. This is probably the most attractive part of this book, as I cannot remember his story being as effectual as what Waid has put in these pages. Staples definitely has done a great job here, as I am so used to her work on Saga,that I feel like I am cheating on Saga with her on this book but you can tell for her, it is a love for these characters that ring true in her illustrations. Overall, a solid reboot, and one to pick up next time you are at your local comic shop. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Florida Geek Scene - Raisa Jul 15, 2015

    Honestly, I just love it. By the time I'm done writing this review, I'll have read Archie #1 seven times. Waid hasgiven the characters so much heart. He's made them brand-new. These characters are going to bring in new readers and are going to renew the love of old ones. I have high, high hopes for the series. Any worries I had about the reboot are down the drain. If I could give this book an eleven out of ten, I would. I'm telling you right now: if you haven't picked up Archie #1, go to the store or get on Comixology or whatever you normally do, and freaking read it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 6, 2015

    I can honestly say I am thoroughly impressed by this issue and am insanely excited for the rest of this series. If you read Archie as a kid, even read one issue, you need to take a look at the new series. It is better than I expected, and there’s so much more to come. Here’s to our old friend and our new one, who will hopefully last all 666 issues that the original Archie did, if not more. Cheers! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Jul 10, 2015

    If anyone is going to reboot a classic series or character, they need to take a look at Archie #1. It is a perfect example of how to make something fresh and exciting, but not losing the essence of why it is so iconic. Give me more is all I ask. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Pop Break - Christian Bischoff Jul 7, 2015

    The comic is, to put it simply, a masterwork. Waid's Archie is more than a character. He feels real, from his relationship with his friends to his modesty and candor. Archie greets you like a stranger, but by the end of the issue you feel like a member of the Riverdale community, a grateful participant in Archie's life, which he has graciously chosen to narrate. The entire issue is more than an continuation, it's an homage, a love letter to all the artists, writers, and editors who've worked on the book for the many years it's been in print. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Kayla Goulet Jul 6, 2015

    People have been eagerly anticipating this book forever, it seems, and when something is that hyped up it can easily go either way; it can be everything fans dreamed it would be or it can end up thoroughly disappointing. But Mark Waid and Fiona Staples definitely do not disappoint. The first issue was worth all the anticipation, and worth the wait. It's something any Archie fan is going to absolutely love, and probably even something that's going to create new Archie fans. Everything is just right; the art is fantastic, the story is Archie perfection, and it seems as though it's going to stay just as good. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Jeremy Farber Jul 9, 2015

    Archie Comics is using this book as another step towards a new Archie revolution. If they keep this quality up, it will be inevitable. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Jul 6, 2015

    All in all, ARCHIE #1 is a must read for those folks who are already fans and a should read for new fans. I know that I will be adding this to my pull list for the next few issues so they already gained a new fan in me. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jul 9, 2015

    Stapless art is great. She is the perfect artist for Archie. If she can stay with this series for a few years, she might one day challenge Dan DeCarlo as the ultimate Archie artist. Her rendition of the characters makes them more realistic, but its still a comic with enough comedic moments and funny gestures. She renders the reality television / comic jam well. Much of the comic would have worked fine without as much dialogue. Shes a great storyteller. I want to read more about this new Archie and I am glad that Archie Comics is continuing their push to make their comics relevant for kids today. It's part of what I call the nouveau comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jul 10, 2015

    The breakout character of the issue is Jughead. Even fans who are not familiar with Archie series know Jughead is usually portrayed as a comic relief who likes to eat A LOT. The gluttony character trait is still hinted in the issue, but he's no longer the comic relief. He is a good friend deep with thoughts, and understands what's best for his best friend. I like this version of Jughead better, and glad with the decision and changes. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jul 6, 2015

    Overall, Archie #1 is the perfect introduction to the world of Riverdale and something comic fans of all ages and backgrounds should enjoy. If, like me, youve never once read an Archiecomic Id highly encourage you to check this one out, it offers the perfect introduction and is one of the freshest comics on the stands. If youre a long time Archie fan though, Im sure youll find the same things you loved about the original series here. Archie has successful landed in the modern day while keeping all of his charm intact. Its harmless fun thats had a lot of love put into it, Archie #1 is quite simply one of the most pleasant and wholly enjoyable comic Ive ever read. A huge surprise and the sort of comic I wish we had more of. Make sure to check this out, youll be glad that you did. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 9, 2015

    Of course, if this experiment doesn't work, don't be surprised to see the traditional Dan DeCarlo style of art return - but for now, I think this just might succeed and bring the series (kicking and screaming) into the modern age of comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Jul 8, 2015

    Archie #1 does everything it needs to in order to impress long-time fans of the character and captivate new readers. Mark Waid and Fiona Staples both seem to have a good understanding of the people of Riverdale and do more than enough to make their work stand out. While there are a few hiccups, this is an exceptional and fun debut, and I can't wait to see what the creative team has in store for Riverdale. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Gabbie G. Jul 6, 2015

    And Archie #1 is solid, beautiful both to read and to look at, not only on a technical level but because even one issue in it's already, clearly, an Archie relaunch developed by Archie fans. Yes, it's diverse, and it's also fun, thoughtful, heartfelt, dramatic… it's exactly everything an Archie ongoing should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 9, 2015

    Archie #1 is just a fun read. Waid and Staples show a clear appreciation for the character and his history, his new look still maintaining a distinctly classic feel. Waid's great characterization and effortless dialogue makes for easy enjoyment, and Staples' emotive art is both affecting and warm. Whether you're a fan new or old, there's something for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Jul 7, 2015

    The verdict " Included at the end of this issue is the very first Archie story that appeared in Pep Comics #22 way back in 1941. Waid points out some of the differences but more importantly the similarities between that origin story and the one this collaborative team has reimagined. Kudos to this creative team for bringing and applying their unique brand of storytelling, while at the same time paying homage to that classic brand of Archie. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Jul 7, 2015

    Should you pick it up? Yes, It's a great slice-of-life comic that is appropriate for almost all ages, although very young readers might have trouble with the tone, as it's written for an older reader, around the same age or slightly younger than the characters. However, adult readers can still enjoy it as it's notwritten down to accommodate children, showing more respect for readers than most comics on the stands today. There's also a look back at Archie's first appearance in Pep Comics #22 for those that enjoy seeing how far the character has come. Personally, I would have preferred another few pages of story, but at least the extra bit fits. A slice-of-life comic may not be for everyone, but that shouldn't stop you from giving it a shot and deciding for yourself. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jul 7, 2015

    Waid and Staples' respectful reboot must come a relief for longtime fans of Riverdale's most optimistic teenager. The modern art-style combined with this faithful take on Riverdale gives Archie #1 an air of timelessness. It should have been so easy to redesign the entire cast into unrecognizability and make smartphones integral to the plot, but Staples and Waid thankfully ignore this temptation. While there are a few telltale signs of a learning curve " perhaps both for creator and reader alike - at its core, Archie #1 is a successful injection of energy and relevancy into the most innocent universe in modern comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jul 14, 2015

    Even though Staples will be on the title for only 3 issues (she does have a commitment to a little-known Image series), she has laid the groundwork that can attract readers for the long haul. If the quality of the title remains this high, that shouldn't be a problem. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Jul 9, 2015

    Mark Waid has assembled a large cast of enjoyable characters, and it's this diversity of personalities that makes Archie an outstanding read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jul 6, 2015

    ARCHIE #1 is a strong start to the reboot. It's easy to jump in while paying homage to the past decades of Archie Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jul 9, 2015

    "Archie" #1 is a fantastic start to a new era for these characters. It's a worthy re-imagining that should hopefully entice a lot more younger readers to comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Steven Merced Jul 8, 2015

    All in all I think that Archie #1 was a solid good fresh start for the series. I feel that for the first issue Waid choose to play it safe which is OK because im sure the risk will come down the road. The real stand out to me in the issue was the art and every single amazing cover that was put out. Staples has made Archie feel modern without taking away each characters essence and what made them who they are. It's a modern take on a story that we haven't seen in a long time, the true teen romantic comedy TV series. I mention the characters up above from Boy Meets World, Saved by the Bell and The Wonder Years because to me reading this felt like a mix of all of those three shows set in Riverdale. That is nota compliment by any stretch of the imagination, it actually might be high praise depending on how you feel about those shows. And although the first issue is not perfect that last page and the potential for the book have me excited to keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    ComicBuzz - ChrisG Jul 10, 2015

    A teen comedy drama with a cast that is almost automatically endearing, Archie issue one is off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Skye 'L'il G-Girl' Guerrero Jul 8, 2015

    In conclusion, I think this comic is something that people of almost any age can enjoy. I am very excited for this and can't wait to read the next issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Jul 9, 2015

    Archie #1 also features Mark Waid's last thoughts and even the original Archie story originally featured in Pep Comics #22 (1941)! You see, naysayers and whiners around, Archie "evolves", "changes", "morphs", "transforms" and "recreates" from time-to-time, depending on the circumstances and relevance of the readers' tastes, and the demands the character(s) and its company owners must confront. And, it has the complete Archie #1 cover arts in its cover gallery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Jul 8, 2015

    Comic fans are a fickle bunch. When there are changes afoot, the internet practically breaks with knee jerk reactions. Look at Mecha-Bat for example. Still given a fair chance, new ideas on old books can help re-invigorate interest. This is definitely the case with the All New Archie, who if this quality is maintained, will no doubt turn out to be a number of people's all new guilty pleasure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Jul 8, 2015

    Visually, this book is miles away from the traditional Archie house-style, but in terms of content, it's not too far from the high school hijinks (minus some of the slapstick) the publisher has been cranking out for decades. In Archie #1, the Riverdale crew has simply been refined and recalibrated, and made more realistic (and appealing) for modern teen readers. And as far as those "R" words go, these three are music to my ears. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Jul 29, 2015

    Archie #1 is sure to please old fans of the series while acting as a great starting point for the uninitiated. And with other upcoming series such as the new Jughead, it's exciting to see this new world of Archie unfold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Jul 8, 2015

    The all newArchie #1does a fantastic job of bringing Archie and the gang into the 21st century without, I imagine, changing too much from the original comics. As a jumping on point for new readers it's fantastic. I'm a big supporter of the idea thatyou should have fun when reading a comic, and I had a blast with Archie #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gary Moloney Jul 8, 2015

    This comic is proof, that a storywith a familiar premise can still survive and appeal to readers when it is well put together. Waid and Staples have created something special here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jul 8, 2015

    Overall, I'll recommend this book with the caution that it's lost something while not having lost anything at all. It's the same Archie, but definitely one aimed at a different audience than it was a month ago. Read Full Review

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