Archie’s Dougle Digest #201
Archie’s Double Digest #201 (Archie Comics)
By Melanie J. Morgan, Norm Breyfogle, and others
Word begins to spread across Riverdale that Archie’s father has been transferred and the Andrews clan will soon be moving away. In this second part of the story, we see how Archie’s friends react to the news that he’ll be gone forever. In most cases, the reaction is just what you expect, although Morgan throws us a nice little curve ball with Reggie. Meanwhile, a subplot begins involving Archie, Betty and Jughead discovering that one of their childhood picnic spots has become a polluted dumping ground, prompting them to begin considering cleanup options. I’m not entirely sure where this subplot is headed — in a story of this nature, it pretty much has to link to the main plot, but I’m not really sure how that’s going to work. Norm Breyfogle‘s artwork is surprisingly well-suited to the Archie kids. They’re all recognizable without being beholden to the classic house style of the comics. The rest of the Double Digest is filled with a wealth of comics from the past several decades, including some nice Little Archie stories, a gender-swapped Tarzan riff, and a look at the Archie crew in the year 2085 (no doubt 100 years from the original publication of that story). Some of the stories, as always, are better than others. The main tale is pretty good, though.