REVIEW: Archie #21

WOW. That’s it. That’s the full review of this issue. I can’t improve upon that one word summary of my opinion on this comic. Just when you think that Mark Waid and company can not possible make this modern era of Archie any better—they find a way to take your breath away in a classic cliffhanger that leaves you demanding the next issue.

In the second part of the “Over the Edge” storyline we are teased with the outcome of a drag race between Archie and Reggie, the catch is that there was a terrible accident at the end of part one and we don’t know who has been hurt and how badly. Trust me, you will not see the end coming on this one. It is awesome.

Waid continues to make readers fall in love all over again with Archie and the Riverdale gang. We get snippets of all the major characters’ lives as they each get the message that an accident has happened. Jughead, Veronica, Moose and the rest are all going through their typical day-to-day when the call comes that has them all rushing to the hospital.

I refuse to spoil the ending here. This one I strongly urge to read for yourself; even if you only have a passing interest in Archie, this is just a great comic from start to finish. This might be the best single issue I have read this month and that’s saying something!

Pete Woods is the perfect match for Waid. I sincerely hope that this duo will be the creative engine behind the Archie title for a long time to come. (No offense to the previous contributors who have done art in the past)

Woods has been on my radar since his work with DC’s Superman. His characters and facial expressions are the perfect balance for a teen-drama series like this. I think that he is the ideal artist for this comic and Archie and the gang have rarely looked better.

This story is so good. Again, all I can say is WOW!

Final Score: 5 out 5 stars

Archie #21
Over The Edge: Part 2
Story: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods
Letters: Jack Morelli
Publisher: Archie Comics

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