Premise: A Thor parody, in which Archie is Thor and Reggie is Loki!
Cover Commentary: I adore this cover, and not just because it was illustrated by a favorite artist of mine. Reggie’s stunt is so classically Archie, despite the characters parodying gods from another franchise. A variant by Walter Simonson can be seen here.
Overall Thoughts: Not gonna lie…when I initially pre-ordered this, I thought Archie Comics was parodying Norse mythology. When I learned this was a parody of the Marvel franchise instead, I went, “FRICK.” I know nothing about that franchise. I’ve never even seen the movies, I’m that out of touch with pop-culture. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to appreciate this issue as a result.
Luckily, that wasn’t the case! There were probably some inside jokes I missed, but I can confidently say that this is an issue anyone can enjoy. Archie and Reggie’s rivalry heightened to godly proportions is pure comedic gold. Reggie especially shines in this issue, since he fills the role of a trickster god so perfectly. There are even a few shout-outs that longtime Archie fans will adore, including, but not limited to, Cosmo the Merry Martian. Anyone in the mood for fantasy and slapstick can’t go wrong with this issue!