Saturday, March 7, 2015
Ace Andrews: Road Racer Makes His Debut in ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #12!
It's one of the more action-oriented Archie Comics stories that I've seen in a while. Ace finds himself propelled from two moving vehicles and dodging bullets over the course of three pages.
They deliver the rescued package, which turns out to be a box of cookies from Mama B's Cookies, a new Riverdale business. That's when we learn that Ace and Wheels are comic book characters created by Chuck Clayton to attract young fans to this Riverdale cookie business.
I thought that the short story's final page was confusing, especially the final gag. But I enjoyed the action adventure and wouldn't mind seeing more adventures featuring Ace Andrews: Road Racer and Wheels. And it was nice to see Chuck actively involved with a new story.
Here was another thing that confused me. The artist made a spread of the main characters on the first page of this story, including Ace Andrews, Wheels, Betty, and the owner of Mama B's Cookies. But there's also this other girl with pink highlights and I have no clue who she is. She showed up two different times in the story and even had a line, but I have no clue who she is. I can't help wondering why they didn't use someone more recognizable -- especially if they weren't going to identify her within the story -- like Veronica or Nancy or Cheryl or even Two-Fisted Toni Topaz?
Can anyone educate me on her identity??
"Road Racer" was written by Alex Simmons, penciled by Tim & Pat Kennedy, inked by Jim Amash, lettered by Jack Morelli, and colored by Digikore Studios.