Archie Andrews always has been a comic book character that I greeted with complete indifference. Even in my youth, Archie comics never caught my attention, though an occasional issue would be bought if I was completely desperate for something to read and nothing else was available. Then in 2013, Archie was re-envisioned an ass-kicking zombie slayer in the absolutely brilliant, Afterlife With Archie. Since then, the town of Riverdale has been showing up sporadically on my radar, first with Archie Vs. Predator, and now the final issue of Archie (before it gets rebooted).
This historic issue opens with Archie running in the hallways and knocking over a ladder, which spilled paint all over the hallway and knocked out a window. Principal Weatherbee decides that Archie will be given his 666th detention on Saturday and if Archie cannot repair the damage, he will be expelled. In turn, Archie freaks out because this disrupts his weekend plans of taking Betty out to a picnic in the morning, followed by a date with Veronica at night. Of course.
This issue tries its best to wax nostalgic about Archie by focusing the majority of it on a series of flashbacks about Archie’s clumsy nature and the associated toll that it has taken on Riverdale. While some of these mishaps seemed a bit outdated and corny, I do not feel like it was a complete waste of time, though I am sure that they would be welcomed by Archie completists (if those people exist).
Even though I am not the biggest fan of the conventional Archie canon, this issue seems to do two things very well. First, it shows that when all the chips are down, even Archie’s rivals seem to have a deep-rooted affinity for him. Second, it highlights the fact that a reboot of this series would be a very welcomed change for Riverdale since the tropes are tired and the characters are still basic.
Even though I might be a bit harsh on this issue as a series finale, when the Archie reboot hits the shelves, I will be there to visit Riverdale and the old gang.