24 OctMan From Riverdale 43/52

I’m not sure if the next counts as a book, but since I’ve been including graphic novels in my list – and because of how this is bound – I figured I would include this.

I’m a longtime fan of Archie comics, having read them since I was little. My brother had this huge collection, which eventually was passed to me and I managed to double. In the last ten years I’ve gotten rid of most of my Archies because I wasn’t reading them and lack of shelf space – poor Archie! That said, every now and then I pick up an Archie because they still hold a place in my heart.

Archie man from RIVERDALEArchie the Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E., written by Tom Defalco and illustrated by Fernando Ruiz, is somewhat of a departure from normal Archie comics. In this one, Mad Doctor Doom has arrived in Riverdale with another of his plots to take over the world by turning everyone into zombies who follow commands.

I admit, I was a little disappointed with the story. I know this is an Archie story and I shouldn’t be expecting literary genius, but it just falls flat. Heck, the story wasn’t even funny! I was thinking perhaps it’s because I’ve grown up that I found this story so boring, but compared to the modern titles like Archie Marries Veronica / Archie Marries Betty this story falls flat, almost as if there wasn’t much thought put into it.

And really, Sharry the Spy Girl? Her design is pretty cool, but the character is tacky. She doesn’t do much but change her outfit. She felt more like a waste of space.

What I did like is that there was enough thought to tie in elements from previous Archie stories. Since Mad Doctor Doom is from the Little Archie series, there is the odd element from those stories (ie: There’s a picture of Spotty on the Andrews’ mantle). There are also a lot of in-gags to various spy shows from the past, so keep an eye out for those (like James Bond using his Thunderball jetpack in P.O.P. headquarters!).

I also enjoyed the inclusion of the Andy Andrews comic “The Iron Curtain Caper”. This made the book for me. The story is a never released comic from the mid-1950s about Archie’s cousin Andy, who is a secret agent. It’s a great look back at the culture of the time. This story also has more of a plot than the Man from RIVERDALE story (go figure).

In the end I give this a one star rating. It was alright and kinda fun to read, but it’s not as enjoyable as some of the other Archie stories currently out there.

I now have the jones to rewatch one of my favourite movies from when I was growing up: Archie To Riverdale and Back Again.

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