Comics – Lord of the Games

Archie-Double-Digest-297.jpgWriter: Francis Bonnet
Pencils: Pat & Tim Kennedy
Inks: Jim Amash
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Jack Morelli
Original Publication: Archie Comics Double Digest, No. 297
On-Sale Date: March 13, 2019
Length: 5 pages

Veronica is over at Archie’s house, but she’s pissed that he’s playing a Fortnite knockoff with Jughead instead of giving her some loving. Jughead’s being a fucking slob, getting crackers all over the living room floor. Veronica finally screams so hard that Archie falls off the couch.

Veronica yells at Archie about how she’s barely seen him since he got the game. Archie and Jughead say the game’s fucking awesome. Archie’s lost track of time, not realizing it’s been a month since he’s taken Veronica out to dinner. Veronica doesn’t get the appeal of the violent game. Jughead says, as a non-gamer, she couldn’t possibly understand. Veronica decides to try the game and judge for herself. Archie claims he and Jughead are “master-level players” and would kick her ass, but Jughead reveals a ten-year-old kid kicked their asses yesterday. Veronica violently face-palms Archie in the fucking face (Archie’s dog, Vegas, seems to enjoy this) and goes off to show Archie up…somehow. She slams the door shut behind her. Jughead asks Archie if he’s going after her. Archie admits he’s frightened of her.

Veronica goes to a comics comix/gaming store, where a tournament is being held today (why aren’t the guys here?), and intends to buy the game, but she gets confused when the guy behind the counter starts talking about an expansion pack that just released today. Her sole experience with video games was playing a Candy Crush knockoff on her phone. The guy suggests testing the game before buying it and mentions one of the developers is here to help promote it. The developer is an old, white-haired man that looks like he got confused over that newfangled contraption called Pong back in the day. Regardless, Veronica thinks she’s lucky.

She goes over, introduces herself, violates all notions of personal space by randomly pulling on his shirt, and asks him to teach her the game. Taking a wireless controller in his hand, he agrees, which is the opposite of what I would have done. Veronica plays the game and really enjoys it, surprising herself. She wants to hire the developer as her personal coach. She mentions her name and offers a lot of money. The developer makes the connection to Lodge Industries and agrees.

Later, on the same day, Veronica returns to Archie’s house. He asks her if she’s still angry. She’s not and is ready to play. Jughead says they’ll go easy on her. She snatches his controller from him and reverses what he said. A few hours’ worth of practice is enough for Veronica to kick Archie’s ass, which makes Archie sweat. Jughead finds it embarrassing. Archie throws his controller on the floor in frustration (Veronica’s playing with Jughead’s controller, but there’s a hitherto-unseen third controller on the coffee table, so why’d she take Jughead’s?), gives up on the game, and declares his attention is now completely hers. She face-palms his face again, because he’s interrupting her. She says maybe they can talk later. Jughead makes a dumb joke. Archie, pissed, says maybe, in a month, Veronica will pay some attention to him again.

So that’s that. Perfectly mediocre story.

Author: markmooreauthor

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

3 thoughts on “Comics – Lord of the Games”

  1. Archie, Jughead and Veronica play fortnite, how modern! I bet Reggie is your typical internet tough guy when playing online games.

    I watched more of Weird Mysteries and I noticed Reggie is indeed equally interested in taking “both” Betty and Veronica from Archie. Both girls are depicted as disgusted with him, outside of short times where Archie is disgraced, cuing Archie to redeem his name, the girls dumping Reggie and restoring the status quo?

    There was even a gag in an episode where Reggie’s life was in danger and Veronica asked why are we rescue Reggie and that they should do a vote to just go home, leading Jughead to voting for the go home. Betty says to try to think about the good things about Reggie, leading her to come to a complete blank, admitting she can’t think of anything good about Reggie nor can anyone else. Eventually they all settle for that “our lives would be much too easy without Reggie around.”

    Was there ever a period when he was like that in the 90s or is only Weird Mysteries Reggie that much of a pariah.

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    1. Not really sure. I recall there being a “Reggie’s Revenge” miniseries in the ’90s. Also, Robot Chicken Jughead flat-out asked him, “Why do we hang out with you?!” So I think it’s generally acknowledged he’s an ass, and there’s really no reason why they hang out with him.


      1. I guess my impression/the Weird Mysteries version of Reggie isn’t that far off then from some of his portrayals.

        I remember being surprised when told Betty and Veronica frequently date him in the comics and in one you reviewed, Nancy dated him. In Weird Mysteries, the two thought the idea of kissing Reggie was gross and spit/washed their mouths after Reggie made them kiss him on the cheeks(long story..).

        Kinda reminds of several anime in how Reggie hangs around despite being their rival.

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