Archie Meets The Ramones Review
Archie Comics sent us a preview yesterday of Archie Meets The Ramones. I was looking forward to reading it, as I’m a fan of both Matthew Rosenberg and Gisèle Lagacé. Archie Comics has become one of my favorite publishers as well, but I was initially apprehensive about how this special crossover would be in execution, as Archie crossovers always seem a little odd. I blame the Punisher and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nevertheless, the creative team looked awesome, and I’ve always been a big proponent of the concept that no idea is bad if it’s executed properly.
So, dispensing with the obvious Ramones reference, let’s go!
Script: Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Gisele Lagace, Ma. Victoria Robado, Digikore Studios
Cover: Gisele Lagace
Variant Covers: Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 10/5
48-page, full color comic
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 WE CAN NEVER GO HOME with jaw-droppingly beautiful art from Gisele Lagace (“Occupy Riverdale”)!
The solicitation is not exaggerating when it calls Lagacé’s art beautiful. She manages to replicate the classic house style Archie Comics is famous for yet make it look fresh and incorporate guest stars like the Ramones. I would like the world of the 1970s to be a little more cluttered, but we’re talking about Kansas City and not New York. However, enough is put in there where it’s necessary to add to atmosphere and not distract from the story. Lagacé also has a style that doesn’t copy the old Archie house style as much as honor it, and that is refreshing in it’s own right.
The story by Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg keeps the Archies as the underdogs and doesn’t venture too far into fantasy wish fulfillment. Without spoiling anything, Sabrina is incorporated in way that makes her the method to make the crossover happen, but not the deus ex machina that resolves the story. The Ramones are written more or less true to character. Again, it would be too easy to write this story as wish fulfillment, with the Archies becoming best friends with the Ramones. Somehow that is avoided without either group looking bad, and the characters learning something at the end and growing from the experience.
This is not a comic that will change the way you look at comics, but it may just change the way that you look at classic Archie Comics. It’s good and a case of getting great people together to make something that’s entertaining. If that’s not a good tribute to the legacy of the Ramones, then I don’t know what is.