This story is appropriately entitled, “The Breakfast Club.” In it, the Riverdale gang is in detention for a food fight. While trying to get the story straight so they can tell Mr. Weatherbee and leave early, the truth comes out. After the kids leave, they head to Pop’s for some food. Unbeknownst to them, Cheryl Blossom is watching from afar, plotting their destruction.
Greg Murray and Daniel King share writing duties on this issue. While it’s risky to put two writers on one issue for fear of conflicting writing styles, Murray and King work really well together to create one fluid and seamless script.
One thing that really jumped out at me is the usage of pop culture references. It’s appropriate for kids their age to mention them, and the age group’s mentality is depicted really accurately because of it. We get references to Ghost World, Bride of Chucky, Fifty Shades of Grey, Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, Farenheit 451, The Breakfast Club, and more. The dialogue is really natural and believable, which adds a lot to the realism of the story, which is already based off of the new hit TV series of the same name. This naturalness gives the issue a really solid, quick, and steady pacing.
Joe Eisma and Thomas Pitilli both contribute artwork to the issue, which is, in my opinion, even riskier than multiple writers. However, the angular art style stays consistent throughout the entire issue. There is an element of realism, but it isn’t all too strong. The realistic colors help with the believability of the story, too. Some shading is inconsistent with conflicting light sources, but overall, the issue looks really good.
Archie fans—and Riverdale fans especially—are going to love this issue. It’s a great way to tell an entertaining story while still bringing attention to the TV show. At the back of the book, we get reacquainted with the cast of the live action series, which is a nice way to share mediums. If you haven’t already, head to your local comic shop and give this series a read.
Written by: Greg Murray & Daniel King
Illustrated by: Joe Eisma & Thomas Pitilli