Archie’s Double Digest #200
Archie’s Double Digest #200 (Archie Comics)
By Melanie J. Morgan & Norm Breyfogle
The latest “New Look” story begins here with the four-part “Goodbye Forever.” Betty is invited over to the Andrews’ house for a special dinner, as Archie’s dad prepares to announce whether or not he got a big promotion at his job. When the promotion appears to come through, though, there’s a catch: to get the job of a lifetime, the Andrews will have to move away from Riverdale. The idea of Archie actually leaving, at least permanently, is about as believable as the idea that Bruce Wayne will never be back in the DC Universe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t tell an interesting story dealing with the emotions of Archie and his friends. Morgan does a good job of showing both Archie and Betty attempting to put on a brave face for the sake of Archie’s dad. It’ll be interesting, next issue, to see how the rest of the gang reacts to the news. Norm Breyfogle‘s art style works surprisingly well for this book. The characters maintain the basic feel of Archie and the rest of the gang while still fitting into a style that’s really quite similar to what Breyfogle used to bring to the table in Batman and Prime. The rest of this giant-sized book, as all the Archie digests, is filled with reprints from Archie’s extensive library. Some of them are good, some of them not so much. Only one is really worth mentioning — a “Little Archie” story featuring the child version of Archie and his father on a fishing trip when a storm tosses them around. The story isn’t credited, but the writer and artist managed to nail a surprisingly deep, emotional moment when Mr. Andrews thinks his son is lost at sea. The “New Look” story, though, is really what sets this book apart from any other Archie digest, and it’s a pretty good one.