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Betty & Veronica #1 - Why Can't We Be Friends?

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Get ready to see Betty and Veronica in a new light as Adam Hughes and Archie Comics launch a new series.

Betty and Veronica have been friends and enemies for decades. With the recent relaunch series from Archie Comics, we're getting to meet the gang from Riverdale for the first time all over again. With Adam Hughes writing and drawing Betty and Veronica, we're definitely getting a different look at Archie and friends.

The opening page shows the two titular characters going at it. Going back a little, we get to see the events leading up this epic skirmish. As in past stories, Betty and Veronica are not always at each other's throats. They actually get along at moments, and Hughes showcases the essence of who these characters are today. They all still feel like the classic versions you may or may not have read before, but they also have a modern tweak to them. There may be less action than you might expect or hope for, but Hughes beautifully captures the interactions between all the characters.

Speaking of beautiful, Hughes knocks it out of the park in the art department. You really couldn't expect any less from him. It might feel a little odd at first seeing the characters transformed this way. Still, with the current Archie and Jughead comics, we should all be used to see the updated and modern versions.

The choice of the narrator in the comic is a little weird. It does add a nice quirkiness to the book and should bring a smile to your face. The comic may have more of a realistic look than readers might be used to so this is a great way to keep the vibe in check.

My daughter is a longtime and hardcore Archie fan. It can be said she's been reading Archie comics pretty much her entire life. With the recent books, she was a little reluctant to the changes in design at first but has completely embraced them. With Betty and Veronica, she told me she really likes the issue and the characters look like teenagers. In her opinion, they still feel like the characters she's used to reading.

Betty and Veronica is a comic everyone can jump into. If you've never read an Archie book before and are here for Adam Hughes writing and art, you'll get a great sense of who they are. Hughes isn't just writing the book, he's writing the characters. We get to see a day in their life along with how they interact and get along with each other. Along with the gorgeous art, there's plenty of substance to show us what Riverdale is like for these kids. My daughter can be one of the toughest critics I know, and she completely approves of this book. If all that wasn't enough, there's even a classic story that should bring a smile to your face. Archie comics are continuing to evolve and this new relaunch series is another success for the publisher. 

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Posted By pikahyper

aww you didn't mention the covers, there are a lot of really good ones: Bilquis Evely (G/7), Rian Gonzales (K/11), Robert Hack (L/12), Tula Lotay (O/15), Moritat (R/18) and Ryan Sook (U/21) are all excellent.

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Posted By mantequilla

Im planning to start reading Archie, is this series a parallel story that reads on its own or does it takes place somewhere in between Archie's issues?

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Posted By DD208

I looked through this today and the art looked as if Hughes gave it his half best. My guess is the pay wasn't his usually amount so he agreed to do basic work and Archie figured the name recognition would help it sell. And $3 for Batman, $4 for Betty and Veronica just seems wrong.

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Edited By casper4690

@dd208: yeah I noticed that the cover looks excellent , yet the interior artwork looks a bit lackluster

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Posted By donmeca2020

still awaiting my J scott campbell variant.... they haven't sent it yet.

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Posted By spoon689

@casper4690:

Hughes has mentioned his struggle with deadlines in a few interviews. He's writing, penciling AND inking. That's my best guess as to why the interior art is a bit basic to what you'd usually expect from Mr. Hughes. Still, I thought it was an exceptional read (both art and narrative).

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Posted By D9000

It's nice to see Tony's daughter's impressions on the book. We often forget that kid read comics too.

Glad to see she approves of this one.

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Posted By NukeA6

@mantequilla: This along with Jughead all tie-in with the Archie reboot but they're all standalone enough. You can read one series and be fine. Same thing with the upcoming Josie and the Pussycats.

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Posted By Fabricolage

Might as well get started on reading Archie books then.

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Posted By TheExile285

Gotta make sure I pick this up at some point.

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Posted By castlemania

What the heck is up with this site? They used to review multiple comics a week now only one...?

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Posted By DD208

What the heck is up with this site? They used to review multiple comics a week now only one...?

It's Comicon week.

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Posted By castlemania

@dd208: yeah but they don't have great coverage of that either, but I'm talking about for about a year now, the reviews were more frequently and more thought out

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Posted By TheMantisShrimp

The writing was fairly tough to read, Hughes writing teenage dialogue was choppy at best. Nobody pronounces the "W" in WTF as "double you", it's over annunciated. Quite a few other things didn't read nearly as well as Waid's voice for teens. At least the art was good but I think I'll just stick with the main Archie series and maybe check back in if the writer changes.

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Posted By RevivalMH

@themantisshrimp: It could be a dialect thing, but here on the west coast I've heard it pronounced like that. Also, I think the writing was pretty solid. They may have not sounded exactly like teens today, but they sounded like exactly what Betty and Veronica should.

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Posted By TheMantisShrimp

@revivalmh: I've lived on the west coast my whole life and never heard that annunciation. To each there own I suppose, hopefully the book sells because I do like the new Archie books overall

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Posted By Saint_Sophie

I really need to start getting into my Archie stuff. But.. as much as I'm not a blonde type of person.. Go Betty!

xoxo, -Saint Sophie