Betty and Veronica #261
$2.99, color, 32 pgs.
Writer: Dan Parent
Artist: Dan ParentGrade: 4 Stars (Out of 4)
Everyone wants to live in Riverdale. It’s accepting, friendly, old fashioned, and fun. Not only that, it’s near the beach. Sunnydale, on the other hand, is a dark, scary place with a high death toll and more vampires than a Terence Fisher film. With Betty and Veronica #261, the two worlds collide.
The result is an extremely entertaining story set in the Archie universe, but with Buffy the Vampire Slayer overtones. The gang is enjoying a typically idyllic Riverdale scenario: a weenie roast on the beach. However, their revelry is interrupted by a quartet of mysterious night surfers, followed by a trio of creatures of the night.
As usual, Dan Parent, who is the face of Archie Comics these days, delivers the goods. Veronica is great as a Hammer-type femme fatale while Betty shines as the reluctant vampire slayer. The cover gives away the final page, but that’s okay: it’s a doozy of an ending that will slay fans of the old Warren magazines.