Tuesday, March 14, 2017
RIVERDALE ONE-SHOT Comic Book Offers First Appearance of Hiram Lodge
There are four short stories in this comic book. One is the story of Archie -- how he began working at his father's construction firm, how he began romancing Ms. Grundy, how he began nursing his interest in music, and what they witnessed on the day that Jason Blossom disappeared. One is the story of Betty and her summer away from Riverdale living with her aunt in Sacramento and interning for some publishing firm, and (more importantly) getting away from the house while her parents whisk Polly away to the home for troubled girls. One is about Jughead -- how he gradually became more and more distant from Archie and why he became so invested about writing about Jason Blossom's disappearance.
And then there is "Fall From Grace," the short story that told about Hiram Lodge's arrest on charges of fraud and embezzlement -- on the same day that Jason Blossom disappeared over in Riverdale, no less! Obviously, this story is about Veronica -- how she went from having it all to having it all taken away from her. After her father's arrest, she and her mother had everything taken from them and all of their friends turned their backs on them. That's why they moved to Riverdale. To live in the one property still in their possession.
More importantly, this short story offered us our first look at the new Hiram Lodge. He's a much different man in the RIVERDALE ONE-SHOT than he ever was in the comic books.
I checked out the "Riverdale" page on the IMDb website and did not find any information about the actor chosen to play Hiram Lodge on the television. So I'm really curious how much the Hiram Lodge in the television series will look like the Hiram Lodge in the RIVERDALE ONE-SHOT.
"Veronica: Fall From Grace" featured words by James DeWille, art by Thomas Pitilli, colors by Andre Szymanowicz, and letters by John Workman.