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Author Topic: What comics have you been reading?  (Read 360815 times)

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irishmoxie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1335 on: January 13, 2018, 03:14:27 am »
I think I'm going to quit reading the Archie digests (not the B&V digests, just the Archie ones). There's this real feeling of blandness about them right now, like they're just in a holding pattern, waiting for their time to inevitably run out. That's probably true, to a lesser extent, of the B&V digests as well, but it's less apparent to me because those digest stories seem to have a greater aggregation of my favorite artists in each issue.

They seem to be done with any pretense of growth or evolution (while maintaining faithfulness to the core style), even in the new stories -- there's a real feeling of "just keep it average and homogenized, according to what sold in the past", so there's no real "trying" on the part of the digest editors -- they've basically given up, and aren't going to bother making ANY effort. There's a real contrast there to the period between the late '90s Archie Comics (both floppies and digests) up to 2015, when they were introducing new characters, trying new things, new kinds of stories (out of that came cousin Marcy, New Kids, Kevin Keller, Harper Lodge, and a lot of fun 'what if' variant stories, and even LIFE WITH ARCHIE). All that seems to be over now, and 'classic Archie style' just seems to be in a short period of maintenance until the final shutdown.

 :'(


Do you mean the new stories at the beginning or that they just keep reprinting the same stories over and over?

The new stories are fine, but 5 pages per issue just isn't compelling enough for me to want to buy them solely for that. Maybe if there were some annual compilation of all the new 5-page lead stories from a year or two earlier, it would make it worth the price of a typical digest. Even having said that, the 5-page shorts feel lacking compared to some of the longer stories by Dan Parent (or some of the recently-returned classic artists) from just 5 or 10 years ago. You can only develop a plot and characters so much in the space of a mere 5 pages.

My main complaint with the 3 Archie digests is the lack of variety of the reprints -- both in terms of spanning six or seven decades of available stories, and in terms of the lack of non-Archie stories. Yes, clearly most of the stories reprinted in those titles HAVE to be Archie stories, but not ALL of them.


They have annual compilations of the new stories but they are digital only.

 


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