Advance Review: Jughead issue 1 ~ What'cha Reading?

Advance Review: Jughead issue 1

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Image courtesy of Archie Comics

He died for burgers and there is no greater death. – Jughead

Archie by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, three issues in, has remained a must read comic every month.  Since before the first issue we were aware that Archie’s pal Jughead would be getting his own series and that time is finally here.  This Wednesday, October 7th  sees the release of Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s take on the burger loving trickster.  We’ve gotten an advance copy of it and, just as we thought, comic book fans will soon be adding a new title to their pull list.

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Jughead issue 1 is very close in style to what Mark Waid and Fiona Staples have given readers with their reboot of Archie.  It’s modern, hip, and relatable.  While Chip Zdarsky reaches for a more cartoonish tone for Jughead, Mark Waid’s script is only peppered with Malcolm in the Middle and Scrubs like hilarity due to Fiona Staples nuanced art.  There’s a noticeable difference, but if you’ve enjoyed Archie and the characters, then there really isn’t any reason for you not to enjoy issue 1 of Jughead.

One of my concerns while reading the last issue of Archie issue 3 (check out our review here) was that due to the new format of the comic, it appeared as if certain characters would not be addressed right away such as Kevin Keller and Reggie Mantle III.  This is a worry that is soon put to rest with Chip Zdarsky’s first issue of Jughead.  The inaugural issue covers Jughead discovering the importance of protesting and a dream he has which serves as a tongue-in-cheek spoof of HBO’s Game of Thrones.  A supporting part for Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle III is welcome here as he’s still the self-centered and snobbish character he’s always been.

Jughead issue 1 works in expanding the rebooted Archie universe and raises hopes that fans might get to see a Betty and Veronica spin-off.  While the introduction of Veronica Lodge has been a slow burn as of now within the pages of Archie, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s Jughead covers a large amount of territory within Riverdale High.  While Zdarsky and Henderson’s take on Jughead Jones keeps in line with his 80’s Robert Downey Jr. movie character persona, they take him to a more cooly aloof and social misfit territory that will be interesting to follow as the series goes along.  However, Zdarsky and Henderson’s Jughead series needs to be careful as Waid and Staples’ version works in just the same facet that any great rogue character works – mystery, mystery, mystery!  I’m slightly concerned that too much of a look into his own solo adventures may prove detrimental to how he appears within the pages of Archie.

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Jughead issue 1 is in stores tomorrow, Wednesday October 7th.  What’cha Reading gives it four stars.

IN THE GRAND TRADITION OF COMIC BOOK REBOOTS LIKE ARCHIE #1, ARCHIE COMICS PROUDLY PRESENTS… JUGHEAD #1—FROM THE COMICS DREAM TEAM OF CHIP ZDARSKY (Howard the Duck) AND ERICA HENDERSON (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)!
Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, JUGHEAD JONES swears vengeance! Well, I mean, he doesn’t “swear.” This is still Archie Comics after all.

Script: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Erica Henderson, Jack Morelli
Cover: Erica Henderson
Variant Covers: Anton Emdin, Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack, Ramon K. Perez, Chip Zdarsky
Blank Sketch Cover Also Available
On Sale Date: 10/7
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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