Saturday, May 12, 2018

Reader's Diary #1821- Various writers and artists: Archie Crossover Collection

It would seem that the good folks at Archie Comics have a very different definition of crossover than I. All of the stories in this collection are really cameos from real life characters (namely the Ramones, Lady Gaga, Michael Strahan, George Takei, and Mark Zuckerberg). Missing are some of the actual crossovers that they've done throughout the years: Archie Meets the Punisher and Archie vs. Predator, for example.

And, unfortunately, none of these stories are great. I found the intros to the celebrities to be awkward plugs and most often the Archie gang seemed overly squeaky clean (yes, even by Archie standards). There was a notable lack of rivalry between Veronica and Betty and Reggie, who's usually portrayed straddling the villain line, winds up with bizarrely evil grins despite saying nice things.

In recent years Archie Comics have done a lot of wildly interesting and creative things. This however is more similar to the classic Double Digest kind of material. So, it's mildly entertaining but utterly disposable.

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