As we wait (not-so-patiently) for Archie #8, every idle moment of mine ponders the events that have taken place so far.
One thing I really liked was the introduction of Sayid Ali. Now Betty has something to distract her from Archie’s infatuation with Veronica. It is infatuation, to tell the truth. He does everything for her. Yeah, Archie is a really kind person, but let’s face it, no one’s that kind. (Remember how Archie tells Jughead that he’s helping Veronica just ’cause she’s new, yet Archie hasn’t done anything for the other new kid?) Anyway, they have yet to get the comfortable stage of their relationship where Archie licks ketchup off his fingers in front of her. Knowing Veronica, who likes to keep people on their toes, this may actually never happen.
Anyway, Sayid was an interesting character to introduce. His character design is amazing. The number of times I have gone back to gaze raptly at that panel exceed twelve. Their posture conveys far more than the speech bubbles do. Both their faces are so expressive. Sayid’s build and features are very different from that of Archie. It’s great that they’re so distinctive. Very similar to how people differ from each other in real life.
As a minor character, I think Sayid might be my favourite. He appears to be a really good person, and unlike Archie, he’s just getting to know Betty. This means that he, unlike Archie, won’t take her for granted.
I vastly prefer Veronica Fish’s Sayid (way up top) to the Sayid who appeared in previous Archie comics (above). Fish’s Sayid is definitely preferable to the old one. He’s more likable, and definitely has more personality, thanks to Waid’s writing. That’s definitely a first for me, although all the Archie characters are glossier and more glamourous in the new addition. Actually, I’m pretty sure that there has never been a better rendering/reboot of any of the characters in the Archieverse. Despite my original qualms about the reboot, I have come to love the new series even more.
Mark Waid’s writing is just so wonderful, it’s downright unbelievable. Archie comics sometimes have mediocre plots, but I never minded that much because I was there for the art. His writing is so captivating that I jump from panel to panel, without soaking it in like I usually do. Some things, however, didn’t escape my notice. In some panels, the art isn’t really all that well done, leaving the characters looking
mentally unstable a little strange. Overall though, the new comics are a collector’s masterpiece.