Riverdale is based off of the hit TV series of the same name. It takes the classic Archie characters we know and love, and throws them into a mysteriously dark plotline filled with deceit, murder, and more. The comic series is no different.
This issue is split into two stories: “Wild Things” and “The Case of the Sorrel Roan.” In the former, Veronica goes on a pre-gig trip with Josie and the Pussycats. The girls go for a joyride, get in a bar fight, get matching tattoos, and more. In the end, Veronica and Josie talk in confidence about how scared Josie is to go to New York and try to make it as a musician. Veronica tells her to keep on truckin’, and the two share a pretty intimate moment as friends.
Dewille’s writing in this story is straightforward and simple. The dialogue is easy to understand, and flows naturally like how these characters would interact in the TV show. Eisma’s artwork is fitting for the story, and shows a lot of emotion. The line work is clean, keeping a somewhat angular art style. The pacing is comfortable, and we get to learn a lot about the Pussycats’ dynamic as a group, especially now since Veronica has joined.
In the second story, Cheryl Blossom asks Jughead and Betty to do some detective work for her. She thinks her father is having an affair, but wants proof. Jughead gets the proof, but Betty spares Cheryl’s feelings, thinking that she could use a break, considering everything that’s going on with her family and Jason’s death.
Ewing writes this story really close to the way that the TV show is narrated. We get caption boxes filled with narration from Jughead, much like he narrates the live-action show. The TV show also has a lot of detective work in it, and this story reflects that quite a bit. We get to see more of Jughead and Betty’s relationship, and it’s beautiful. They’re not star crossed lovers obsessed with each other, and they’re not just acquaintances. These two are comfortable around each other, and it shows a lot of talent on Ewing’s part to be able to depict such natural interaction. The script has a lot of fluidity to it, and it pays off. Pitilli’s artwork also reflects the TV show quite a bit, in the sense that the characters look like their live-action counterparts. The artwork shows a lot of movement from panel to panel as Jughead and Betty are following their respective leads on the case of Cheryl’s cheating dad. They don’t show all too much emotion, and some panels look a little stiff, but the story is told in a clear, concise, and effective manner.
This issue is definitely one for fans of Riverdale the TV show. It sticks close to the premise therein and builds off of the character development presented in the show, too. Both stories in this issue are worth the read, so make sure to pick up a copy of this bad boy for yourself!
Written by: James Dewille & Will Ewing
Illustrated by: Joe Eisma & Thomas Pitilli