Sunday, March 10, 2013

What Lurks in the Longbox? #33 - Glee Meets Archie!

Archie #641 - Archie Meets Glee
Archie Comics
$2.99, color, 32 pgs.
Written by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artists: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski

So here's what you missed on Glee:

Brittany thinks she has an imaginary friend that only appears in her locker and looks just like Artie, but it's actually a genius named Dilton Doiley that lives in another dimension known as the "Archieverse," or as his friends call it: Riverdale.  Meanwhile, Santana is mad at Rachel for convincing Mr. Schue to increase the number of rehearsals for regionals.  While Dilton continues to observe a group of teenagers that can break out into song anywhere at a moment's notice, he notices the similarities between his friends in Riverdale and these students in Lima, Ohio.  But then in Riverdale a football flies through the window of Dilton's lab and smashes into his "Portal-Porter," causing an explosive rift in the space-time continuum.  Now Dilton, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie have been transported to McKinley High, while Rachel, Quinn, Brittany, Puck, Blaine and Mercedes find themselves stuck in Riverdale.  If that's not bad enough, Veronica gets a quick lesson from the football team on what happens to new members of the glee club, even though she's not really a member.

And that's what you missed on...GLEE! 

Archie #643 Variant Cover

I mentioned in my last blog posting that Archie Comics are currently publishing some of the most creative comics on the planet.  Once again, this "crossover event" is self-contained within one title and limited to a small number of issues, so it will not break the budget for any reader. 

The possibilities for this storyline are endless.  You can already see the claws coming out for an epic Veronica vs. Santana showdown, and it's questionable how long Jughead can survive living in a place where Pop's Chocklit Shoppe no longer exists. 

And that's just the start. 

Just think about the characters that haven't even appeared yet.  Will Ms. Grundy meet her match with Coach Sylvester?  How will Mr. Weatherbee's methods of running a high school clash with Principal Figgins' philosophies?

In addition, the story is in the capable hands of Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, which should make it even more fun, considering his combined experience with writing for both Marvel Comics and the Glee television series itself.  
No one knows how Dilton will fix this mess, and return all of the lost students back to their respective home dimensions.  One thing is for sure though: The journey will be an interesting one, and both dimensions' students stand to learn a lot from each other. 

The first chapter of the Archie/Glee crossover is on sale now!