Archie 1941 #1
Archie 1941 #1, Archie Comics 2018

We’re Traveling Back In Time In Archie 1941 #1

The war is forthcoming in this new mini-series by Archie Comics. Archie 1941 #1 is a series about WWII by (writers) Brian Augustyn, Mark Waid, (art) Kelly Fitzpatrick, (line art) Peter Krause, and (lettering) Jack Morelli.

Each of these creators adds incredible depth to this new upcoming mini-series. We get a breath of fresh air when it comes Archibald and the gang of misfits in Archie 1941 #1. We go back to 1941 when life wasn’t as it is now. If you want more Archie Comics, we at The Daily Fandom review Archie Comics almost every week.

The Story Behind Archie 1941 #1

History in comics is a rare form. At times, we go back but not too far back to WWII and the era of a war almost every other month that lasted years on end. Archie 1941 #1 is at a time where WWII is looming on every news channel – Archie and many young men of Riverdale are close to the enlistment age. If you were a Riverdale teen, how would you cope with a world-changing event? What would you do and how would you react?

Waid & Augustyn’s Writing Is Powerful

Throughout this issue, we have great dialogue and emotions coming forth. Not just from Archie, but from all of the characters around Archie. This mini-series is centered around Archie, for the most part, which we don’t mind. (It’s called Archie Comics for a reason, right?) Archie will always be the center of attention in some regard, plus Archie is a great character. 

Archie 1941 #1
Archie 1941 #1 Variant Cover by Anwar | Archie Comics 2018

In such a dated plot that we are giving the gang of Archie Comics, the writing has to follow suit; and, it does. In every regard, the reader gains insight in many different ways that this is going to be a dated comic. Between Archie just graduating, to the beach vibe, to the writing, to the commercials before films that were news. It all makes sense. It all connects.

Throughout Archie 1941 #1, things don’t change between the characters. We have Jughead obsessed with food, Archie being moody, Betty being in love with Archie, and Veronica being… well, Veronica. The gang, personality-wise is still the same. And, that is what is appreciated the most. Especially by the reader (i.e. us!)

Archie 1941 #1
Archie 1941 #1 | Archie Comics 2018

While this comic is going back in time, these personalities are exactly how they should be in the immediate moment. Which might not make sense to anyone reading this. But, think about it – the personality traits they have in Archie 1941 #1 are what made them who they are now. And, both Waid and Augustyn let readers know they were always this way.

The Fitzpatrick, Krause, & Morelli Art

Going into the art of Archie 1941 #1 is another topic in itself as well. We get into the mindset of how 1941 is supposed to look. Now, Archie has been around for decades, you can check out old and new comics respectively. But, this was another realm of the decade that had to be perfect and it was perfected. The writing lets the reader’s mind into the tone of 1941, but the art… the art places us there with the setting.

The art does just that. You are engulfed in this setting of 1941. Between the setting of pops, the clothing, the hair and hats they have; it is all 1941 style. The art will solidify what the tone and voice do in the writing aspect.

Should I Read Archie 1941 #1?

Archie 1941 #1 is a promising issue, while this is a mini-series the first issue shows what it is capable of. We get fantastic writing and art, above all else, we also get a great story. From what I can tell so far this series will be outstanding. If you are looking for a quality read this week, Archie 1941 #1 is it. Please check it out, and appreciate the first issue of this great series.

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