The holidays are never complete for me without some Christmassy Archie comics. As luck would have it, I was able to read two new issues themed around just that this year!
Issue #661 was written by Angelo DeCesare and penciled by Dan Parent. Santa’s depressed that only children—not teenagers—believe in him and considers retiring. Since Archie is one of those rare teens who does believe in him, it becomes his mission to prove that others do, too. Of the two issues, I enjoyed this one the most. It was just pure fun, and I especially liked the cute twist at the end!
Issue #662 was also written by Angelo DeCesare, with the pencils by Pat & Tim Kennedy and the cover by Dan Parent. Archie is getting on Mr. Lodge’s nerves, as usual, so he decides to win him over with a great Christmas gift. Unfortunately, this gift causes Mr. Lodge to believe Archie and Veronica are marrying. Although fun overall, this issue did leave a bad taste in my mouth sometimes. I’ve been protective of Mr. Lodge since I was a kid, so stories where Archie drives him to an early grave, no matter how inadvertently, tend to come across mean-spirited to me.
Anyone else been reading something fun for the holidays, comics or not?