Confession: Until this week, in two decades of living in America, I had never so much as picked up an Archie comic.

I hadn’t really seen the need, to be honest. Glancing at their covers at supermarket checkouts over the years told me pretty much everything I needed to know — that Archie was caught in some sort of chaste high-school love triangle between girl-next-door Betty and snooty Veronica; that Jughead was his oddball best bud; that the style and format basically hadn’t changed since the 1950s.

So when Archie got a reboot in 2015 — and when my too-cool-for-school comics-reading friends started talking about the recent Archie reboot in glowing terms — I was surprised. I was even more surprised to find myself reacting skeptically. Read more…

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Graphic novel of the week: This ‘Archie’ kid is going places