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Archie Comics’ Jughead: Volumes 1, 2, & 3 (Review)

As some of you may know (due to my rambles on social media and my review for season 1), I am a very big fan of Jughead in the Archie Comics TV adaptation Riverdale. Riverdale’s Jughead has stolen my heart, and it should therefore come as no surprise that I requested the first 3 volumes of Jughead’s very own new comic series by Archie Comics! And here are some synopses and what I thought about each of them:

Title: Jughead: Volume 1
Creators: Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson
Type: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Archie Comics
Date published: July 26, 2016

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

In the grand tradition of comic book reboots like ARCHIE VOL. 1, Archie Comics proudly presents… JUGHEAD VOL. 1–from the comics dream team of Chip Zdarsky (HOWARD THE DUCK) and Erica Henderson (THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL)!

Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, JUGHEAD JONES swears vengeance! Well, I mean, he doesn’t “swear.” This is still Archie Comics after all.

Collects JUGHEAD issues #1-6, plus bonus features.

     

Title: Jughead: Volume 2
Creators: Chip Zdarsky,
Ryan North, and Derek Charm
Type: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Archie Comics
Date published: March 14, 2017

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

JUGHEAD VOL. 2 is the second collection of the historic JUGHEAD series relaunch, featuring the talents of comics superstars Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North and Derek Charm. This series is true to the spirit and characters that all Jughead and Archie fans know and love while reinvigorating its essence and humor through the talents of some of the most popular creators in the comic book industry. In the grand tradition of comic book reboots like ARCHIE VOL. 1, Archie Comics proudly presents… JUGHEAD VOL. 2–from the super team of Chip Zdarsky (HOWARD THE DUCK), Ryan North (THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL) and Derek Charm (REGULAR SHOW)! New story! New arc! New creative team! Let’s not compare them too harshly with the old creative team though–they were awesome. This new team is pretty good too though, lots of talent and they really do try their best.

Collects issues #7-11

     

Title: Jughead: Volume 3
Creators: Ryan North, Mark Waid,
Ian Flynn, and Derek Charm
Type: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Archie Comics
Date published: October 25, 2017

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

It’s magic, music, mayhem and ZOMBIES (oh yeah, and hamburgers — plenty of hamburgers!) in this third volume of the Eisner-nominated Jughead series, collecting issues #12-16.

     

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I’ve seen the Archie Comics in grocery stores since my family and I moved to Canada in 2000, and I might have picked one or two up here and there. I knew about Archie and Betty and Veronica and what they looked like. But I didn’t know much else. Then, earlier this year, my sister convinced me to start watching Riverdale on Netflix (you can read my review for season 1 here) and I became completely obsessed. So, some weeks ago, when I was all caught up on available episodes, I did a little blog hopping and came across these Jughead comics on a blogger friend’s (Jill Jemmet) page. Since Jughead is my favourite character in the Netflix adaptation of the comics, I absolutely had to request the first 3 Jughead volumes from Archie Comics (thank you, Archie Comics)! Volume 1 was an interesting experience for me! I was expecting the Jughead from Riverdale, since that’s the only Jughead that I’d had exposure to before picking up these comics.

The Jughead in these rebooted comics was definitely a little different though. I believe that he might be asexual (please let me know if I’m wrong about this!), and his parents are a middle-aged couple living in the suburbs rather than a broken family with the father being the leader of a biker gang. Volume 1 was a lot of fun, especially since Jughead did a lot of daydreaming and had a lot of adventures in his own mind. I did not click too well with the illustrations in Volume 1 though, so I was happy that the style changed for volumes 2 and 3! I was also happy to see Sabrina from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina make an appearance in Volume 2, and some zombies in Volume 3! Gasp! I wonder now if we’ll be betting zombies in Riverdale? Haha. Overall, these comics were a lot of fun, and I definitely recommend it to fans of the original Archie Comics and Riverdale alike (even though it’s decidedly lighter than the TV adaptation)!

THANK YOU FOR READING MY BOOK REVIEW! HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT DID YOU THINK? AND IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT YET, DO YOU WANT TO, OR NOT? HOW COME? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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