Tai Freligh reviews Reggie And Me #1…
There is no one more loved, revered, admired and adored in Riverdale than… Reggie Mantle? Well, at least Reggie doesn’t think there’s anyone as loved and admired as himself. And his best friend can back that idea up—his best friend, of course, being his dog, Vader. The unstoppable duo is known around town for pulling the funniest pranks, getting the hottest dates and throwing the best parties. And if anyone even dares to compete with them, there is going to be hell to pay. Come take a look at the life of your hero, the handsome, hilarious Reggie Mantle.
“The town of Riverdale has been part of my life as long as I can remember, and there couldn’t be a more exciting time to visit,” says series artist Sandy Jarrell. “Reg is more than a little salty he had to wait this long for his solo relaunch, so we’ve to make this count. I, for one, have no intention of getting on Mantle’s list.”
The artwork and coloring is fantastic on this relaunch from Jarrell and writer Tom DeFalco. I still can’t get over how grown up Archie and his gang look in these updated versions of classic Archie Comics characters from the 40’s. While I’m not sure if these relaunches are trying to appeal to a new generation of comic book lovers or bring the nostalgia factor back to those of us who read the originals as kids, I do know that the crisp artwork and fun story-lines make this a quick read worth checking out.
The extras in Reggie and Me #1 include an introduction to classic Reggie by Tom DeFalco (first appearance was in 1942), a classic comic referenced in the introduction, some other titles in the Archie series, a tease of issue #2, a slew of variant covers, and an advertisement for Riverdale, a new live-action series debuting on The CW, based on characters from the Archie comic books.
Reggie And Me #1 is available December 7th, 2016.
Tai Freligh is a Los Angeles-based writer and can be found on Twitter.