Monday, February 24, 2014

Comic Review: Betty and Veronica #269

Creators: Dan Parent (writer); Jeff Shultz (artist)

Premise: See what a typical day is like for Betty, Veronica, and even Archie!

Cover Commentary: Two covers were released for this issue. I chose Jeff Shultz’s variant, based on J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!” poster, since I felt that was a nicer portrayal of Betty and Veronica than Dan Parent’s angel/devil one. I never like it when those two are pigeonholed into such stereotypes. (Betty isn’t always angelic, after all, especially when she’s trying to murder Archie!)

Overall Thoughts: After a year of fairytale retellings, it was nice to read about Betty and Veronica being…well, Betty and Veronica! You get to see what a day is like for them from start-to-finish, making this great for both longtime fans and new ones. Archie’s side of the day was also seen, which gave me the most laughs while reading. This issue was just pure fun, and so classically Archie. Don’t miss it!

28 comments:

  1. Back to themselves. Sounds like a good place to be.

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  2. I love the Rosie the Riveter shout-out. Rosie always manages to catch my attention.

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    1. Jeff Shultz has been doing a lot of neat covers like that lately. They really stand out amongst the typical covers for Archie comics!

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    1. You should see some of the other variant covers Jeff Shultz has been doing lately for Archie comics. They're all amazing!

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  4. The cover is cute and it is good they are back to being themselves. I do have to confess I'm intrigued by the fairytale retellings though. I may have to go back and check that out. =-)

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    1. The fairytale retellings were a lot of fun last year. I definitely recommend them! You get to see the Archie-verse take on Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and Rumpelstiltskin. Archie comics have since released these issues together as a print collection, so it shouldn't be too hard to find!

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  5. I like Betty and Veronica being Betty and Veronica. I skipped the retellings.

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    1. I thought the retellings were a lot of fun, but yeah, it's great to see the Betty and Veronica we know and love again!

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  6. Haha I love their expression on the cover! Thanks for sharing, Heather.

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    1. No problem! I've slacked off on reviews like these, but now I'm doing my best to do at least a few again!

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  7. I must have had 500 Archie comics when I was a kid. There is a real addictive quality to the stories for sure. For some reason, I really enjoyed the digest versions better than the actual comic ones. I don't know why.

    And I hope Betty and Veronica has moved beyond the fighting for Archie's affections that used to dominate the stories. Even as a kid it got old for me to read.

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    1. I read more of the digests growing up, too. Part of it is because it was more easily found for me, but I think another part is because we could see so many classic stories and artists that way!

      And sadly, Betty and Veronica still fight over Archie. Even as a kid, I wanted those two to dump him, haha. There are still plenty of stories that don't revolve around that, though, if you look hard enough!

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  8. I remember loving these comics as a kid! :)

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    1. I loved them as a kid, too, and never stopped loving them! ;)

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  9. This brings back memories. I used to read these on our road trips in the summer when I was a kid. Why in the heck did I ever stop?

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    1. I have no idea, since they're too awesome to stop! ;)

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  10. I used to read those when I was a kid! I liked Veronica because she wasn't a blonde, lol (even though she wasn't very nice!)

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    1. Nice characters aren't as much fun to read about, anyway! ;) (Which is why I tend to prefer old-school, psychotic Betty versus the modern, goody-goody one, haha.)

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  11. That does sound like a great read. The only comics that were popular in my house growing up involved superheros. *shrugs* Ah the culture of 5 brothers...

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    1. I was the only comic-reader in my house, so it was pretty much all Archie, all the time for me as a kid, haha!

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  12. Ah, yes ...faithfully read Archie & friends as a kid. A big comic fan in general! "Rosie" cover is great.

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    1. It's so nice to meet someone else who has read Archie! I tend to feel pretty alone in the comic fandom for my intense love of these characters, haha...

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  13. That cover is indeed fantastic! :D

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    1. It really is! Jeff Shultz has come up with so many stellar variant covers lately...

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  14. I never heard of this comic, but it certainly looks interesting!

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    1. It is, just like most everything from Archie comics! ;)

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