Tuesday, August 1, 2023



STORY: Ron Robbins; Bob Bolling; Rex Lindsey; George Gladir
PENCILS: Dan Parent; Howard Bender; Bob Bolling; Rex Lindsey; Pat Kennedy
INKS: Bob Smith; Henry Scarpelli; Bob Bolling; Ken Selig
COLORS: Glenn Whitmore; Digikore Studios
LETTERS: Jack Morelli; Bill Yoshida
EDITORS: Jamie Lee Rotante, Vincent Lavallo, and Stephen Oswald
EiC: Mike Pellerito
COVER: Dan Parent with Rosario “Tito” Peña
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (June 2023)

Rating: All-Ages

Betty and Veronica in “Sabrina is Be Glitched”

Eternal high school student and teenage boy, Archie Andrews, and his friends made their debut in M.L.J. Magazines' Pep Comics #22 (cover dated: December 1941), and before long, Archie was the publisher's headliner character.  In 1946, the company changed its named to Archie Comic Publications, also known as “Archie Comics.” Two of Archie Comics' main characters are Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, best friends and also rivals in their love for Archie Andrews.

Archie Comics frequently publishes themed one-shot comic books featuring Betty and Veronica.  The latest, apparently the twentieth in the series, is Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Game On #1 (#20).  It features one new story and three reprint stories.  Entitled “Sabrina is Be Glitched,” the new story is written by Ron Robbins; drawn by Dan Parent (pencils) and Bob Smith (inks); colored by Glenn Whitmore; and lettered by the great Jack Morelli.

Betty and Veronica in “Sabrina is Be Glitched”:
The story features appearances by Sabrina the Teenage Witch and by new Archie Comics characters, Amber Nightstone and Trick & Treat.  “Sabrina is Be Glitched” opens at “Riverdale Arcade.”  Inside, Archie is impressing his pals, Trevor and Sabrina, with his arcade game skills.

Using Trick & Treat and her own magic, Amber transports Archie and friends into a magical MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).  Now, Betty and Sabrina must launch a bid to save Archie from Amber's tricks.  Veronica, Cassie, Jughead, and Kevin join the virtual reality mayhem.  But is the solution to this trap really about who trusts whom?

THE LOWDOWN:  Archie Comics often sends me PDF copies of their titles for review.  I received Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Game On #1 about two weeks ago.  [This review has been delayed because thieves have stolen my car and have ransacked my home for my comic book and periodicals collection.]

“Sabrina is Be Glitched” is the brand new story that kicks off Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Game On #1, which is a collection of tales of video games, digital drama, and virtual reality madness.  “Sabrina is Be Glitched” is not a great story, but it is entertaining.  The story shows that Amber Nightstone can become quite a foil for the Archie Gang.  Also, even this story reveals her potential as a star.  We'll see.

As usual, I must warn you, dear readers.  I will always recommend classic-style Archie Comics titles.  Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Game On #1 is important because it features another early appearance of characters that can play a big role in the world of Riverdale.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of classic-style Archie Comics will want Betty & Veronica Friends Forever: Game On #1


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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