The Archies #5 – Review
I really don’t know why I’ve held off from reviewing an issue of the Archies for so long. I love the writing of Matt Rosenberg, and Alex Segura has never let me down, and I have no problem with the concept of the Archies as a band. Maybe with “the New Riverdale,” I was a little hesitant how it would work with the story working its way through the core title.It was a slow day for me and the Archie Comics previews arrived in my inbox, and liking Tegan and Sara since “Hell,” I wanted to give it a fighting chance.
THE ARCHIES #5
Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Joe Eisma, Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 2/21
32-page, full color comic
Featuring guest stars TEGAN AND SARA! After a wild, trippy ride to the 60s, the Archies find themselves back in the present day—and facing a major meltdown as one of the members quits. Can indie pop sirens TEGAN AND SARA help the band through the crisis, or has the tour gone kaput?
The story is very straight forward, with a perfectly succinct recap to bring new readers up to speed. Unfortunately, there’s a “previously…” first page that does the same thing. These type of pages have really became a staple of serialized comics, and this shows why they can be a hindrance. In this issue, I don’t blame the writers. Since the tone of “the new Riverdale” has been for Archie or another character to narrate and most often, bring the reader up to speed. Good writers like Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg can do this effectively. If more than two panels are needed to do a recap, then you’re doing it wrong.
As for the story itself, it keeps true to the characters, and works in the guest stars quite well. It does one more thing very successfully, and keeps the story almost a done in one, working in a beginning, middle and end while continuing the sequential narrative. I don’t know how Blondie is being worked into the next issue, but hop that it’s not another shoe to the head.
The art by Joe Eisma doesn’t get in the way and serves the story just fine. He can illustrate a musical performance very well. It’s always tricky with comics trying to illustrate another medium like music. Getting the general likeness of Tegan and Sara down makes them look convincingly like twins, which is another challenge for artists. He does a very good job on this comic, however there are very few moments that I find myself astounded by. That’s not a bad thing. It goes back to something that I’ve said a few times is so good about this current period in comics. The quality of the average comic is so high, to stand apart, a comic has to be exceptional. It takes nothing away from a good comic.
Before closing out, I need to mention the inclusion of a Spotify playlist. This is brilliant, and I’m glad that it’s included. Kudos on having this feature.
Final Rating: 7.0 (out of 10)