Saturday, 21 June 2014

THE NEW ARCHIE BOOKS ARE REALLY, REALLY GREAT






It has been a week of comics.  On Wednesday we went to the launch of The Wicked + The Divine, the new outstanding series by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.  It's packed full of their usual wit, insane creativity and gorgeous art.  And it's such a good concept for a comic, I don't want to spoil it, but it's big fat juicy burger good.

Then on Thursday we checked out the Comics Unmasked exhibition at the British Library, which is well worth a visit.  It's incredible to see a copy of The Illustrated Police News from 1888 depicting the horrors of Jack The Ripper sat in the same room as a strip of Beryl The Peril.  There are some truly awe-inspiring pieces of art on display, and some chilling artifacts such as Bulldog, the National Front's illustrated magazine for young people (I just tried to Google the date that it stopped being published, and instead spent a lovely ten minutes reading about bulldogs on the website for Modern Dog magazine).

All this made me want to go home and read my new Archie books,  I'm a huge Archie fan and I love what they've done with the new additions to the iconic series.  I don't think it's too much of a spoiler, considering the cover images, to mention that the books feature gay marriage, alternate universes, and Archie yet again trying to be a musician.  Although his experiences in this storyline seem far more realistic than the dreamlike surreal adventures of 'The Archies'.  Betty and Veronica forever <3

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