I know, I know, Archie Comics is bending head over heels now to assure everyone that this isn’t the new official art style for the company, but that doesn’t mean I’ve gotta like it. Another argument against those of us who were dismayed/annoyed at the shift in style was that the majority of those bitching probably had not bought an Archie title in years. Again, guilty as charged, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the characters any less, as my stacks of Digests and Double Digests that I plan on handing down to my daughter will attest.
Either way, whether you think I’m being a ridiculous, narrow-minded comic geek, or if you agree with my take on the situation, one thing seems pretty certain: this re-imagining lacks any actual imagination. A few of the actual pages from the first new appearance of Betty and Veronica have made it online, and while there’s nothing patently offensive or bad about them, there’s also nothing interesting either. The art is solid enough – Steven Butler’s never been a bad artist – but it all looks so generic. Rather than stand out on the shelves, any Archie book with this style looks more likely to sink back and blend in with it’s surroundings.