Sunday, December 14, 2014

Betty Learns Self-Defense & Purse-Snatchers Menace Riverdale in ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #11!

I just finished reading through ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #11. It's the first digest from Archie Comics that doesn't have a Christmas theme -- though it does feature a brand new lead story featuring beautiful artwork by Fernando Ruiz. I don't think that he gets enough credit for his crisp, unique style. In fact, several of the stories within this digest feature his artwork. That alone makes this a must-buy digest.

This intro story mainly features Betty and Archie. It seems that Riverdale is in the midst of a crime wave. A pair of hoodlums have been snatching purses from the local women -- and this has Betty all shaken up.

Never one for worrying about a problem without developing a suitable action plan, Betty decided to take a mixed martial arts class. And she's gotten pretty good with her self-defense moves. The problem is that she goes into automatic attack-mode whenever she gets startled -- and unfortunately, Archie finds himself the target of these attacks! Check this out:


Archie takes it upon himself to help Betty learn how to control her fighting moves. Unfortunately, his teaching methods are so good that Betty manages to become the victim of the local purse-snatchers without even knowing it!


Emboldened, the purse-snatchers set their sights on bigger fish: namely Veronica Lodge! Will their thieving ambitions finally go too far??

This is a really great story -- it's about double the size of other recent digest short stories and it features some great moments for Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Reggie. Which is great, since Reggie hasn't had many great moments in recent years! It's great to see him being used more often.

"Don't Cross Betty Cooper" is a great storyline with wonderful artwork. It's written by Craig Boldman, penciled by Fernando Ruiz, inked by Bob Smith, lettered by Jack Morelli, and colored by Digikore Studios.

1 comment:

spazaru said...

My wife doesn't like Archie so she loved seeing Betty kicking the crap out of him!