Creators: Dan Parent (writer/cover artist); Jeff Shultz (artist)
Premise: Fairytale retellings! (“The Little Mermaid” in #267 and “Rumpelstiltskin” in #268.)
Cover Commentary: Dan Parent illustrated adorable covers for both these issues. I like how the mermaid tails form a heart in #267, and it’s fun to see Reggie featured in #268, since he often gets excluded from covers anymore. Gorgeous variants were made for these issues as well. (Click here to see the #267 variant by Fiona Staples, and here for the #268 variant by Stephanie Buscema!)
Overall Thoughts: The Betty and Veronica fairytale retellings continue to be a lot of fun, especially since these two are based on favorites of mine! Their take on “The Little Mermaid” in #267 has little to do with the Hans Christian Andersen tale, though, and is more of a Disney parody. This made #268 slightly more fun, since it was great to see how Archie Comics would skew that tale on their own, without any Disney influences.
One aspect I loved about these issues was how Veronica wasn’t reduced to a villain, and instead was a co-heroine with Betty. Cheryl Blossom was the villain for both (along with Reggie in #268), and I was ecstatic to see her featured, since she’s my favorite Archie-verse character. I also loved how both these issues concluded in regards to a certain love triangle. I won’t spoil how each issue ended, but if either were to become canon in the regular comics, I would feel very, very pleased.
Preview: Betty and Veronica #268