“Everyone likes Adele, you… you losers.”
That’s one of the many things we learn in issue 5 of Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s “Jughead.” Five months into Archie Comics’ reboot of the “needle nosed slacker” and his very own series is just as good, if not a notch better than Mark Waid’s always entertaining “Archie.”
Chip Zdarsky is one of the smartest writers today. Not only is “Jughead” fun to read, but it plays remarkably well as a bit of a satirical take on the whole buzz worthy, in the moment, relevancy of the genre of pop-culture. Either you get it or you don’t. Zdarksy never writes down to the reader nor does he ever waste time in explaining an in joke or jab. Upon first glance, “Jughead” may seem flighty and not as deep as Mark Waid’s “Archie”, but it is, in fact, one of the best comics you could possibly pick up and add to your pull list (if you have one of those.)
“Jughead” issue 5 continues Jug’s quest to prove that Principal Stanger is up to no good at Riverdale. Convinced that he’s covertly turning students into spies, he persuades his friends to help him investigate Stanger and learn the truth. It doesn’t work out as planned but they soon decide to make a trip out to Sunnyside High – the last place Principal Stanger principaled. Jughead, Archie, Kevin, and Betty go on a Saturday roadtrip to Sunnyside; the catch? They need someone who could drive. That person is Reggie Mantle III.
…and he listens to Adele. Reggie listens to Adele because, even according to the editor’s note, “everyone likes Adele.”
Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s “Jughead” issue 1 left me a little worried that a solo series would ruin the charismatic enigma and charm that is Jughead. Almost as if one of Robert Downey Jr.’s characters from an 80’s movie like Back to School or Weird Science were to have been given a spin off – it just might not work. And this is coming from the number one Robert Downey Jr fan and I love Jughead! But I was quickly proven wrong and “Jughead” issue 2 was a solid entry into a series that has easily become not only a monthly must but also a yearly best!
Oh, and keep an eye out for some pretty funny Green Lantern jokes and, my favorite, Iron Mantle! Now that deserves a spin-off.
“Jughead” issue 5 gets… five crowns!
Riverdale High was just the beginning as Principal Stanger’s despotic reach shuts down Pop’s Shoppe! Jughead and the gang need to stop him once and for all! Maybe with the help of the SuperTeens and… Iron Mantle??
Script: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Erica Henderson, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Jughead #5 CVR A Reg Cover: Erica Henderson
Jughead #5 CVR B Variant: Elliot Fernandez
Jughead #5 CVR C Variant: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 3/30
32-page, full color comic
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