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Vegan Jughead

Betty and Veronica #3
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:47:54 AM »
I just got around to reading the new issue of Betty and Veronica.  Despite the ridiculously long wait since issue 2, I think this one was worth it and definitely the best issue yet.  It kind of wraps up the story, so who knows if Adam Hughes is slated to do any more B&V? 


I thought this one had more humor than the previous 2.  I was a little lukewarm on those.  Hot Dog's interludes were better too. 

irishmoxie

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2017, 09:50:17 AM »
After nearly a year long wait, it was eh for me. He was trying to make it like a movie with the fire and all that. I really hope they relaunch the series with a new writer and artist. I would love to see it marketed to females this time.

BettyReggie

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 11:24:18 AM »
I only preorder the 2 main covers with just Betty & just Veronica. They are coming from Midtown Comics, I get a monthly shipment so I see them until the first Saturday in July. I preorder those 2 issues on July 22, 2016 that was 333 days ago.

steveinthecity

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 06:01:18 PM »
I just got around to reading the new issue of Betty and Veronica.  Despite the ridiculously long wait since issue 2, I think this one was worth it and definitely the best issue yet.  It kind of wraps up the story, so who knows if Adam Hughes is slated to do any more B&V? 


I thought this one had more humor than the previous 2.  I was a little lukewarm on those.  Hot Dog's interludes were better too.
I was certainly disappointed with the conclusion and the way it was handled.  Seemed like a cheap way to wrap up a storyline and I doubt this was how Hughes and/or the editor(s) planned this story to go.  Shades of the "Farewell" story arc from the previous B & V series.  I'll re-read the three issues in succession later to see if the story flows (reads) better.

As I've already posted, Hughes has stated he is off the book, so I wouldn't expect to see him again at ACP unless he's brought in to do a cover. 



After nearly a year long wait, it was eh for me. He was trying to make it like a movie with the fire and all that. I really hope they relaunch the series with a new writer and artist. I would love to see it marketed to females this time.
I think "eh" is apt.  I was expecting more, so I'm obviously going to be a bit bent over the conclusion and bringing in Hughes to begin with as many predicted this pairing of Mr. Hughes with these characters wouldn't work out.   :P

How was this book not marketed towards females?  I must have missed all the beer, fisticuffs, and gratuitous shots of the gal's nether regions that would otherwise market this book to me, a manly man of many manly interests.

I'd go back to chopping logs but I just had my nails buffed at Annabelle's Tips and Toes Salon, so I'll just read some Simon & Kirby romance comics until my Conan Masterworks arrives from Amazon.
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DeCarlo Rules

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2017, 03:47:23 AM »
It did feel as though the conclusion to Hughes' B&V arc was rewritten on the fly -- as if to specifically address criticisms of the earlier issues in the series. Specifically: Betty swearing, Veronica's "ultrabitch" attitude, even Hot Dog's unnecessary garrulous ramblings (severely curtailed in this final issue of the arc). Let's just say I'm a little disingenuous about the idea that this is what Adam Hughes had in mind from the very start. And we STILL have no explanation of how the two girls (rivals from the point of Veronica's introduction in ARCHIE, and his breakup with Betty as the ex-gf) became such solid friends. They just ARE in the New Riverdale universe, as if we're supposed to import that information as "given" from the classic Archie stories. The whole conclusion had a very stinky deus ex machina taint to it.

Also I'm not happy about the characterization of Hiram Lodge as a King Midas or Ebeneezer Scrooge-like heartless/moneygrubbing CEO (which may well be in continuity with how he's being portrayed in ARCHIE for all I know). Mr. Lodge is ultimately cast as the villain of this story, which doesn't sit right with me. In classic Archie stories, Mr. Lodge (despite whatever his personal feeling are towards Archie) always came off as a more worldly, enlightened/progressive, and mainly philanthropic businessman who actually cared about his community, and wasn't bound to class distinctions. In direct contrast to how he's portrayed in this story, in classic Archie stories, it's more often Mr. Lodge who has to teach Veronica a lesson about putting on airs or feeling superior to others because of her wealth, as for example, it's often given as the reason Mr. Lodge prefers Veronica to attend a public high school, rather than an exclusive private school.
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Vegan Jughead

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2017, 06:49:32 AM »
Oh well, sorry y'all were disappointed.  I was pleasantly surprised. 

Tuxedo Mark

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2017, 10:25:15 AM »
And we STILL have no explanation of how the two girls (rivals from the point of Veronica's introduction in ARCHIE, and his breakup with Betty as the ex-gf) became such solid friends. They just ARE in the New Riverdale universe, as if we're supposed to import that information as "given" from the classic Archie stories.

I haven't bought #3. I haven't even read my physical copy of #2 yet, because I was put off by Hot Dog's narration (why the hell is Hot Dog narrating a B&V comic?) - especially the "joke" about two pages of a $4 comic book having minimal artwork and just a text summary of the "missing" pages.

As for B&V being friends, I think we're supposed to disregard the "Archie" title (after all, Veronica hasn't been shipped off); each New Riverdale title seems to be its own continuity. It's basically like they went "Here are Betty and Veronica; you know who they are; LET'S GO!"

I'm not a fan of the approach, but I've seen it done elsewhere, mostly in comic adaptations of TV properties, such as back when Dreamwave had the Transformers license. They set it in a vague cartoon-like continuity but didn't adhere to specific details; they just didn't want to rebuild everything.

There's also "Superman Returns", which used the first two Christopher Reeve Superman films as a "vague history" (director's words).
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Bluto

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2017, 10:36:34 AM »
Oh well, sorry y'all were disappointed.  I was pleasantly surprised.
I, too, enjoyed all his issues, but then I really don't care about continuity between titles in the Archie universe. I just want to be entertained and I was.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2017, 01:31:47 PM »

As for B&V being friends, I think we're supposed to disregard the "Archie" title (after all, Veronica hasn't been shipped off); each New Riverdale title seems to be its own continuity. It's basically like they went "Here are Betty and Veronica; you know who they are; LET'S GO!"


But DO we know who they are? That seems to be the very thrust of the storyline, what it's playing on, that sort of rebootish uncertainty of "You only THINK you know B&V!" It seems they're playing on the "anything could happen" aspect of a reboot to set up the B VERSUS V situation, which wouldn't be the least bit believable (or fool anyone) in a classic Archie story -- not with the tone taken in this story -- but in the New Riverdale? Who knows?? So the 3rd issue revelation/reversal of "Fooled ya! They were/are/and will always be BFFs Forever!" comes across as a cheap theatrical trick.

Additional layers of confusion are merely added by the fact that all the New Riverdale titles seem to look like they belong to the same universe, and vague cross-references have appeared here and there, along with some commonalities. Yet there is nothing distinctly pointing to the titles NOT being in the same universe, either. It's only when the stories are closely examined that we can discover that things just don't line up between them, but it's subtle and non-obvious unless you dig deeper. Just because the stories don't take place at the same TIME as each other, doesn't necessarily imply that they don't share the same universe... (how could they even possibly, with ACP's infamous delays in scheduling?) Yet it's difficult to pin down exactly what is the distinction between the characters in one title, and another in the New Riverdale line.

Tuxedo Mark

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2017, 12:15:03 PM »
I just read #2, and I have a few questions:

It did feel as though the conclusion to Hughes' B&V arc was rewritten on the fly -- as if to specifically address criticisms of the earlier issues in the series. Specifically: Betty swearing

When, exactly, did Betty swear in either of the first two issues?

Veronica's "ultrabitch" attitude

Why would this even be criticized? Veronica has often been an "ultrabitch" through the decades.
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Tuxedo Mark

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2017, 12:31:17 PM »
Additional layers of confusion are merely added by the fact that all the New Riverdale titles seem to look like they belong to the same universe, and vague cross-references have appeared here and there, along with some commonalities. Yet there is nothing distinctly pointing to the titles NOT being in the same universe, either. It's only when the stories are closely examined that we can discover that things just don't line up between them, but it's subtle and non-obvious unless you dig deeper.

I just read #2 and was surprised to see Cheryl there. I guess, if it's supposed to take place in the same universe as the "Archie" title, it occurs only after Veronica's return to Riverdale. It occurs in autumn of 2016, so I guess it's supposed to be the following school year, placing those Veronica-in-Switzerland issues in the 2015-2016 school year.

But Cheryl is working for Veronica (washing cars) and calling her "coach". I can't imagine the Cheryl of the "Archie" title (or any version of Cheryl, actually) doing that.
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DeCarlo Rules

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2017, 01:00:24 PM »
I just read #2, and I have a few questions:

It did feel as though the conclusion to Hughes' B&V arc was rewritten on the fly -- as if to specifically address criticisms of the earlier issues in the series. Specifically: Betty swearing

When, exactly, did Betty swear in either of the first two issues?

Comic book swearing. Where it's indicated by a bunch of unintelligible symbols, not spelled out. Betty feels embarrassed about it in issue #3 when the truth  about the big "feud" comes out.

Veronica's "ultrabitch" attitude

Why would this even be criticized? Veronica has often been an "ultrabitch" through the decades.

Not this bad since at least the mid-'80s, and it's never been sustained over so many pages for a single story. It's just beyond the pale.

Which is why Hughes feels compelled to pointedly reveal that both Betty's swearing and Veronica's over-the-top bitchiness are, in fact, part of an elaborately-staged, long-sustained role-playing scheme. Spoiler for those who haven't read it. Sorry.

Which explains why it's easy to fool the readers, because we don't know if we really know THIS B&V. It's the very first story of a rebooted continuity for the characters, and we have no idea which way the writer's going with these parallel-universe counterparts to the B&V we're familiar with. If it's not the way they'd normally act though, why didn't any of their closest friends have the slightest clue?

DeCarlo Rules

Re: Betty and Veronica #3
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2017, 01:33:47 PM »
Additional layers of confusion are merely added by the fact that all the New Riverdale titles seem to look like they belong to the same universe, and vague cross-references have appeared here and there, along with some commonalities. Yet there is nothing distinctly pointing to the titles NOT being in the same universe, either. It's only when the stories are closely examined that we can discover that things just don't line up between them, but it's subtle and non-obvious unless you dig deeper.

I just read #2 and was surprised to see Cheryl there. I guess, if it's supposed to take place in the same universe as the "Archie" title, it occurs only after Veronica's return to Riverdale. It occurs in autumn of 2016, so I guess it's supposed to be the following school year, placing those Veronica-in-Switzerland issues in the 2015-2016 school year.

That's exactly what I mean. They're sort of the same, yet they're not, either. You can only discover the latter by dissecting the stories and trying to figure out if they can possibly inhabit the same universe, but at the same time, there's nothing obviously signalling the reader that they're NOT part of the same universe, until you examine all the little details.

But Cheryl is working for Veronica (washing cars) and calling her "coach". I can't imagine the Cheryl of the "Archie" title (or any version of Cheryl, actually) doing that.

Fair enough. And _I_ can't imagine any version of Betty I'm familiar with that's like the social justice warrior (what a drag!) portrayed in JUGHEAD.

So now it's like a murky question of which is it:

A) "Well, we just decided to go a different way here with the New Riverdale comics. OUR version of Jughead is self-identifying as asexual."

B) No, it's just plain BAD charaterization. The writers don't really know the classic versions of the characters beyond a superficial familiarity, so they're making up new characterizations for them as they go along.

C) "Hey, whatever works for the story. Let's not get hung up on details." Refer back to B.

D) "Well, obviously... DUH. Because it's a different universe. Oh, excuse me, I meant to say they're ALL different universes. Every single title. But we're not exactly going to come right out and say THAT, just in case some people might not like the idea."

I'm okay with it either way, as long as they don't start doing stories that cross over from one title to another. What I'm NOT okay with is having to guess at their intentions. I could live with some changes in art and storytelling style (presuming I LIKE those in the first place) if the characterizations stayed the same, but they seem to want to have that leeway for "interpretation" as well.

 


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