ARCHIE MILESTONES (JUMBO COMICS) DIGEST #16
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS, INC.
STORY: Dan Parent; Angelo DeCesare; Kathleen Webb; Craig Boldman; Greg Cosby; Mike Pellowski; and others
PENCILS: Dan Parent; Dan DeCarlo, Stan Goldberg; Rex Lindsey; and others
INKS: Bob Smith; Henry Scarpelli; Rudy Lapick; Rich Koslowski; Jeff Shultz; Al Milgrom; and others
COLORS: Glenn Whitmore; Barry Grossman
LETTERS: Jack Morelli; Bill Yoshida; and others
COVER: Dan Parent with Rosario “Tito” Peña
EIC: Mike Pellerito
ISSN: 2641-5402; (October 2022)
192pp, Color, $8.99 U.S. (August 24, 2022 – direct market)
New story: “Movie Melée!”
Archie Milestones (Jumbo Comics) Digest is part of “The Archie Digest Library” series. Archie Milestones Digest celebrates over 80 years of Archie Comics' history, one decade at a time. Each issue of Archie Milestones Digest features Archie Comics stories published in a particular decade and also features a brand new “throwback story” written, drawn, and set in the featured decade.
Archie Milestones (Jumbo Comics) Digest #16, the latest edition, focuses on the 2000s. This issue's new throwback story is “Movie Melée!” It is written by Dan Parent; drawn by Parent (pencils) and Bob Smith (inks); colored by Glenn Whitmore; and lettered by the great Jack Morelli.
Archie in “Movie Melée!”:
Archie Andrews is sharing his uncle's cabin in the woods with old pals Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Jughead Jones and with newer pals, Chuck Clayton and Nancy Woods (two African-American characters). After some hiking, the friends decide to relax in the cabin and watch movies. Luckily, Archie gets DVDs in the mail via “Netfilms” (obviously a stand-in for “Netflix”), and Archie picks are the first seven installments of the “Blood Camp” horror film series. But as Archie is want to do, he doesn't pay attention to the details, and soon, he is being haunted by DVDs.
THE LOWDOWN: Archie Milestones Digest is not only an Archie Andrews title. It is also an Archie Comics title, so this edition includes stories focusing on Betty and Veronica (as a pair and as solo acts), Jughead, Dilton Doiley, and the pop group, The Archies. There is a story from the Archie & Friends comic book series and also some decades-old stories, including one, “The Case in Brief,” drawn by the co-creator and designer of many Archie Comics characters, Bob Montana (1920-75)
“Movie Melée!” is funny, and writer-artist Dan Parent offers a snarky tale of something the 2000s did bring about – the beginning of the rapid demise of the bricks-and-mortar video rental stores. The story manages to encapsulate the way things were early in the 2000s and what was coming late in the 2000s. “Movie Melée!” is a clever bit of fun and is what I would expect from one of the best modern Archie Comics creatives.
Aside from the fun of the throwback story, Archie Milestones Digest #16 offers a reprint of a milestone Archie Comics publication from the 2000s, the 500th issue of Archie. This digest reprints the main stories from Archie #500 (October 2000), “The Big Five-Oh-Oh!” and the three-part “Happy Anni-Worse-ary.”
As usual, I must warn you, dear readers. I will always recommend classic-style Archie Comics titles. And Archie Milestones Digest looks like the kind of digest series that I can't help but recommend.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of classic-style Archie Comics will want Archie Milestones (Jumbo Comics) Digest #16.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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