Betty & Veronica #1
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Betty & Veronica #1

Writer: Adam Hughes Artist: Adam Hughes Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: July 20, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 7
7.2Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

It's Betty vs. Veronica! The most highly-anticipated debut in comics history is here! Betty and Veronica are America's sweethearts - until they turn on each other! Pops' Chocklit Shoppe is being taken over by a huge coffee company. When Betty and Veronica go head-to-head over the issue, all bets are off! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken. Betty and Veronica are back in this all-new #1 from comics legend Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan)!

  • 10
    Comic Plug - Tanya Ruiter Jul 19, 2016

    Betty and Veronica #1 is a perfect blend of the new and the nostalgic. Reminding us why this group has outlasted so many others, it is a joyful and fun return to Riverdale. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Jack Johnston Jul 21, 2016

    I know my reviews tend to be longer and the overviews a bit more poignant but B&V is amazing and you should get it! Get it now! Why don't you have it? Oh? I haven't mentioned the art? It's Adam-fudging-Hughes! Your eyes will bleed trying to comprehend how great it looks! If you come up to me in the street and ask I will buy you this comic! GET IT!GET IT!GET IT!GET IT!GET IT!GET IT! GET IT! GET IT! GET IT! GET IT! GET IT! GET IT! GET IT! GEEEEET IIIIIIT! Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Jul 20, 2016

    Mark Waid set the bar high with Archie, Chip Zdarsky nailed it with Jughead, and now, Adam Hughes has knocked it out of the park with his take with Betty and Veronica. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 20, 2016

    Betty and Veronica is a comic everyone can jump into. If you've never read an Archie book before and are here for Adam Hughes writing and art, you'll get a great sense of who they are. Hughes isn't just writing the book, he's writing the characters. We get to see a day in their life along with how they interact and get along with each other. Along with the gorgeous art, there's plenty of substance to show us what Riverdale is like for these kids. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 21, 2016

    I enjoyed this issue a lot - the art is terrific (natch), the humor is off the wall (wait'll you see who narrates the comic) and Hughes has a great grip on the personalities involved. I worry, though, that the series may have to be retitled - it's looking more like Betty vs. Veronica! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 19, 2016

    This is a great issue that brings the gang back together for another nearly impossible endeavor to save the town, more or less. It should be really interesting to see how Betty and Veronica deal with their clashing viewpoints. Hopefully, Pop’s can still benefit from their fighting. Archie and Jughead make really good supporting characters, and Betty takes the lead in this issue. I’m hoping we get to see more of Veronica next issue. For any Archie fan, this is a must-read! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Shannon Ledene Jul 23, 2016

    As with most if not all the Archie titles.. i'll be back for issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Gabe Peralta Jul 27, 2016

    Betty & Veronica issue 1 is the perfect blend of old-school teenage drama setup and modern-day self-aware storytelling. Its cast of characters is likeable from the get-go, and their back-and-forths are just the right amount of comically unreal while still a joy to read. With how meta writer Hughes is willing to take the story at times, I look forward to how he approaches the following issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AVN Today - Tamala Jul 21, 2016

    Penned and drawn by Adam Hughes, Betty and Veronica brings a more feminist twist to the classic female feud while staying true to the characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 19, 2016

    For many reasons, Betty & Veronica might be an acquired taste, given Hughes' admittedly shaky focus on his lead characters, not to mention his prolific but unorthodox scripting method. Yet there's just enough good qualities to his work - particularly his beautiful art - that makes this book's rough edges feel like a refreshing change of pace rather than a disappointment. While Hughes has a while to go before his writing is on par with his visuals, there's a unique voice at the heart of Betty & Veronica - one that I think will only get stronger as time goes on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jul 20, 2016

    That aside, Betty & Veronica #1 puts the series off to a mostly good start which is a worthy addition to modern Archie. As a bonus, the book includes some reprints of classic "house" B&V stories to remind us that the classics are still out there and still relevant. For the diehard Archie fan, this is worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 19, 2016

    If you ever wanted to read a comic that made you feel like you were a fly on the wall of a group of teenagers this is for you. The dialogue is natural, interesting, and most importantly great at revealing character. The art is fantastic too, nailing every emotion on these bright characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 20, 2016

    Adam Hughes has a bit of an uphill climb ahead, his debut overstuffed and undercooked in some key areas. His fun, expressive art is continually overrun by the book's non-stop consciousness, resulting in a cluttered read that's tough to get into. Nevertheless, there are enough solid character beats and entertaining exchanges to hope for better down the road, making Betty & Veronica a book to keep an eye on as the Archie machine continues to roll. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 23, 2016

    Clever writing and fun art, with one super-problematic chunk in the middle... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jul 21, 2016

    It's evident that Hughes wants 'Betty & Veronica' to be fun and quirky. There's a core of that here but reaches too far becoming too cute for its own good. With the conflict established between them at the end, issue two will be vital in determining whether 'Betty & Veronica' keeps Archie Comics winning streak alive or not. The first issue has put that in doubt. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 24, 2016

    There is potential in Betty & Veronica #1 thanks to Hughes' beautiful artwork and occasionally solid punchlines, but until he learns to reign in his own ham-fisted "cleverness," Betty & Veronica could be the first misstep of the Archie Comics line. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Doom Rocket - Stefania Rudd Jul 21, 2016

    My hope is that there will be some changes made to Adam Hughes' approach. In the meantime,Betty & Veronica is not the strongest debut for the new Archie line, which is unfortunate considering that with these characters, there remains the potential for something truly great. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jul 20, 2016

    This one is a real shame, and not because I wanted Betty & Veronica to be something its not. I was expecting conflict. I was expecting women who literally cannot get along to save their lives. But I expected it to be as well-thought-out and progressive as Archie Comics entire line has been since their revolutionary shift several years ago. And I expected Hughes to not disrespect his characters into the background, only to expose them as objects for a puerile gaze. Heck, I expected it to be about the characters named on the cover. This issue failed on all three accounts. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jul 21, 2016

    Aside from a couple of really great panels, this is a mess. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Jul 20, 2016

    Betty and Veronica #1 is a comic about young women that has absolutely no idea how they act, speak, think, or look. The titular characters are idealized versions of a girl next door bombshell designed for older men. They are defined by the gaze and ideas of someone outside of their world, and who appears to have no interest in understanding their experiences. At best it is a terrible misunderstanding of the subject matter. At worst it is an insult to anyone who might have found a rare form of kinship in a comic supposedly about young women. Read Full Review

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