Archie Meets: The Ramones #1
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Archie Meets: The Ramones #1

Writer: Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Gisele Lagace Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: October 5, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
7.8Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Hey! Ho! Let's go! America's favorite teens cross paths with the original NYC punks in this extra-sized one-shot spectacular that is not to be missed! When the Archies tank at the Riverdale High Battle of the Bands, a magical twist of fate sends them hurtling into the past-and face-to-face with none other than the Ramones! Can the legendary punks get the Archies to realize their own rock 'n' roll potential and find their way home? Probably not-but it'll be a blitzkrieg bop of a journey, as the two bands bounce from 53rd and 3rd to Rockaway Beach in this must-read crossover from the writers of the best-selling Archie Meets KISS and W with jaw-droppingly beautiful art from Gisele Lagace ("Occupy Riverdale")! more

  • 10
    Geek-O-Rama - Jeff Kocks Oct 14, 2016

    I have to admit, as a fan of 80s punk, I was really looking forward to reading this one. The story which takes The Archies bickering bandmates back in time to find themselves as a band was really enjoyable. I really enjoyed the artwork especially for the 1970s New York scenes, which really took me back to being a kid. Despite being a longer one-shot comic, it was a very quick read. Have Blitzkrieg Bop cued up on the iPod for this one! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Oct 5, 2016

    What else can I say about this book other than if you are a fan of Archie and the Ramones, what are you waiting for? It's the best of both worlds! A fan of just one or the other? You may just walk away a fan of both. As Archie Comics pushes further into their reboot, it was just the shot in the arm of classic Archie that I needed. I only hope we can see more classic style stories like this in the future. Until then, I'll grab by friends Jackie, Judy, and Sheena, catch a ride to Rockaway Beach, and enjoy this book again under the California Sun. Yes, I know Rockaway Beach is in New York. But it's cold here. A guy can dream. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 5, 2016

    And that's the goal here - to have fun with the meeting of opposites on the bandwidth of musical talents, as we see the contrast between one of the all-time great rock bands (though one that never enjoyed huge success on the charts) and a made-up band that somehow churned out one of the biggest hits of all time - despite the fact that they really didn't exist at all. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Mark Henely Oct 5, 2016

    Gisele Lagace does an incredible job on art in this book. The Ramones look like the Ramones and they look cool. She also has a lot of fun with drawing the Archies in different outfits (both punk and non-punk). There's also a seen at the end with Archie and Sabrina where she shows that Sabrina is flirting with him even though the dialogue never indicates it explicitly. It's great stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Slackjaw Punks - Regan Lorie Oct 5, 2016

    This is a fun read, despite a somewhat thin story driven almost solely by in-jokes"basically an excuse to send the Riverdale gang to all the places Joey Ramone sings about and place them in historic settings of punk-rock legend (Max's, the Chelsea Hotel). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Oct 5, 2016

    This is a great one-shot from Archie, so you don't need to have any prior knowledge of the ongoing series to understand the storyline. Any fans of the franchise are going to love this issue. It does utilize stereotypes about punk rock as a genre of music and a subculture, but only to clearly get the message across. This story is just a ton of nostalgia, what with the Ramones, Archie and his gang, and the inclusion of CBGB. I fully recommend this issue to anyone looking for a good, lighthearted read. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Oct 6, 2016

    "Archie Meets Ramones" is a very fun one-shot that's pretty much what you'd expect from an Archie comic in 2016. The good news is that what you can expect from Archie in 2016 is a clever irreverent romp that manages to balance the line between Archie and The Ramones without making either look out of place. It's not "Saga" or any other comic that's going to change the industry but it's a great read if you're a Ramones fan, if you're an Archie fan, or if you're a dad trying to relate to their children what music used to be like in the 70's but you can only communicate through Archie comics for some reason. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 6, 2016

    Writers Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg craft a fun, charming little tale as Archie and his bandmates are whisked back to 1976 to learn about the magic of punk rock from the "in their prime" Ramones. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Tai Freligh Oct 5, 2016

    While this comic was somewhat entertaining, I felt that the plot was too random and didn't really make sense to me. Now I'll admit I haven't read a ton of Archie comics and I certainly haven't cracked the cover on one in probably twenty years, so maybe this is exactly the kind of storytelling that happens in these comic books. If so, then an Archie fan might appreciate this more than I did, but I just couldn't get past the randomness of the story and the way that it wrapped up in the end. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Oct 5, 2016

    A weird quirky little comic that somehow satisfies. An oddity that proves that you never can tell what is going to work. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Doom Rocket - Brad Sun Oct 7, 2016

    On an even more basic level, the idea to portray The Ramones as rock royalty, especially before their first album is even released, is an unfortunate choice. In order for the Archies to be the scrappy underdogs of the narrative, The Ramones are forced into the role of the established mentors, not the weird grimy outcasts they ought to be. And while no one should realistically expect authentic punk ethos from an Archie comic, it's telling that, aside from a few cheeky references, The Ramones could be seamlessly replaced by just about any other successful rock band in this comic. What a missed opportunity. Read Full Review

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