Archie #22 Capsule Review

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Title:  Archie #22

Publisher:  Archie Comics

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artist:  Pete Woods

Letterer:  Jack Morelli

Cover Artist:  Pete Woods;  Thomas Pitilli;  Greg Smallwood

Review:  ★★★★★

Taking a cue from last month, the issue doesn’t move the story forward very much until closer to the end.  However, where the last issue felt more like stalling before telling us anything, this issue strikes a much bigger emotional chord.  Instead of spending an issue showing people’s reaction around town hearing about the crash and Betty, we get to see how Betty touched those closest around her.  We see Veronica having one of her first good interactions in Riverdale thanks to Betty.  We see her parents adjusting to a sleepless night of having a newborn at home.  We see Archie and Betty meeting for the first time as children.  It’s all very touching and builds to a perfect crescendo as we finally find out Betty’s fate.   It tugged on our heart-strings more than any comic in recent memory.  We’ve been a fan of Mark Waid’s for as long as we can remember, but somehow he always manages to amaze us with being able to craft such perfect stories just like this issue.

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