Saturday, June 22, 2013
BETTY & VERONICA #266: "Snow White & the Riverdale Dwarves"
I've written before that I'm not a huge fan of the "Fairy Tale Princess" thing. I don't remember it being a big thing when I was growing up, but Disney seems to have built up the concept over the past couple decades. All that's to say, I'm pretty sure that this type of story appeals strongly to a different type of Archie Comics readership than folks like me -- and that's a good thing to market to a diverse readership!
What I liked: I loved the dwarves. I wish we could've seen less of Archie and the Woodsman (portrayed by Reggie) and much, much more of the dwarves! Writer Dan Parent and artist Jeff Schultz did a great job of combining together the Riverdale Pals (sans Gals) with the Disney dwarves and allowing elements from each genre to shine through. I'd love to see a sequel featuring just the dwarves someday:
What I didn't like: This is more of a commentary of this entire "Fairy Tale Princess" theme. I'm kind of tired of stories where Betty is cast as the virtuous Fairy Tale Princess and Veronica is cast as the wicked rival -- or as the co-Fairy Tale Princess that we've never heard of before -- such as the time when she portrayed Rapunzel's twin sister in BETTY & VERONICA #264. It would be nice for Veronica to play the princess and Betty to play to bad girl at least once.
Why couldn't Veronica be the Princess who cannot sleep because Bad Betty snuck a pea underneath her mattress? Or maybe Veronica could find herself being chased by the Big Bad Wolf as Little Red Riding Hood? Betty usually gets portrayed as a goody-goody girl, but I've also seen her as a schemer. It'd be fun to see that Betty again for a change: