Comics – Double Date

World-of-Archie-Digest-88.jpgWriter: Angelo Decesare
Pencils: Jeff Shultz
Inks: Jim Amash
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Original Publication: World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest, No. 88
On-Sale Date: April 24, 2019
Length: 5

During soccer practice, Archie reminds Betty of their date tonight. Betty can’t forget about the opening of a new club and declares they’re gonna have their best date ever.

Soon, at the Andrews’ house, Archie rushes to the front door. Fred, walking by with a ladder, wants some help. Archie apologizes and says he’s gotta get ready for his “big date” with Betty.

At the Coopers’ house, in their (unusually large) shared bathroom, Alice informs Betty that she’s showering. Betty begs her to stop, because she has an “important date” with Archie.

As Archie showers, he hopes Betty appreciates this, because he’s “not really big on showers”. Is Jughead being a bad influence on him?

Betty is splashing water everywhere while taking a long soak in the tub, which will give her skin “that special glow, and maybe Archie will notice!”

Archie shaves, even though he doesn’t actually need it, because Betty likes him clean-shaven.

Betty puts on “make-up that looks like you’re not wearing any”, because Archie thinks she looks good without make-up. *rolls eyes* Just don’t put any on!

Archie punishes himself putting on aftershave lotion, because Betty says she likes it. Maybe it’d help if you didn’t slap it on, genius.

Betty goes with rainbow-colored nails, because Archie has a different favorite color every week.

Archie brushes his teeth while saying something incomprehensible about Betty.

Betty gargles gluggles, glurgles, and glargles while saying something incomprehensible about Archie.

Archie selects a shirt straight out of the ’70s from his closet. Since it was a birthday gift from Betty (which she no doubt got from a thrift store), Archie reasons it’ll make her happy, but then he guesses maybe the club will be dark.

Betty throws a bunch of shirts, including one with a blossom on it (just saying), on her bed and tries to pick an outfit that Archie hasn’t already seen.

Archie goes with that ’70s shirt and adds gold pants and shoes that will make him a little taller than Betty, claiming she’ll never notice. So is Betty supposed to be taller than Archie? Or are they the same height?

Anyway, Betty anticipates this and decides to wear shoes that will make her taller, claiming Archie will never notice.

Archie and Betty check themselves out in the mirror, each hoping the other will appreciate their efforts. Betty has gone for a completely red look: lingerie, shoes, tiny dress, and scrunchie.

As they each drive to the club separately, Archie calls Betty (via a hands-free device, it seems) and lets her know he’s on his way to the club. Archie’s driving a beat-up old red car with a roof. It’s not quite the Ford Mustang that I’m used to from the older comics and Archie’s Weird Mysteries, but I suppose it’s more realistic.

Betty, who may or may not be talking on her cell phone while driving, zooms down the road in her gold, two-door sports car (um, sure, why not?) toward the club. She’s driving so fast that her tires lose contact with the road. Despite this, the speed demon tells Archie that she’ll meet him at the club in twenty minutes. Is this club in another town, or is Riverdale just that big?

Archie and Betty meet outside Club Jiggly (they weren’t going for subtlety, I guess). Archie greets Betty with “S’up, Betts!” (Do teens still say “S’up”?) Betty’s “so excited for this date”.

They go inside. Archie spots Jughead and Reggie and goes over to them. Veronica calls Betty over.

As Archie dances with a random blonde girl, he hopes Betty is enjoying their date as much as he is.

At the other side of the room, Betty, dancing with Veronica (with a black guy that may or may not be Chuck between them), hopes Archie is enjoying their date as much as she is.

So…what a twist! Well, I’m sure the random blonde girl appreciates the effort that Archie put into his look, and ditto Veronica for Betty. Hmmm, the story’s could be seen to have a double meaning: two perspectives of getting ready for a date (Archie and Betty) and the date unexpectedly turning into a double date (Archie/girl and Betty/Veronica).

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Author: markmooreauthor

I love watching anime and superhero movies, and I love playing video games. I also write fan fiction and original fiction.

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