Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica by Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko – Comic Book Review

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First, a thank you to Edelweiss and DC Comics for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Disclaimers

I have never read any of Archie Comics before, though I’m somewhat familiar with the characters through the TV adaptions Sabrina & Riverdale. I have also never read and Harley & Ivy stories prior to this one – perhaps not the best place to start but I’m not complaining.

It’s also worth mentioning that due to my limited previous reading in this genre if you think I’m being too harsh or too generous with my assessment of writing or art, it’s probably due to my limited frame of reference and there isn’t a lot I can do about that right now.


Review

I generally love crossovers across all media – having a preference for character-driven stories myself, the interactions between different characters, particularly when it’s their first meeting or they are from different worlds, really intrigue me. I think this story would have landed with me more if I were a huge fan of the Archie Comics – they’re on my TBR, I’m getting there – but being pretty new to that world, I was more interested in the Harley & Ivy part of this story.

That being said, I don’t feel like the collision of these two iconic duos was really that … iconic? I loved the little DC references and guest stars and their integration with the ‘Riverdale’ of it all – Catwoman coming all the way from Gotham to see her favourite band, Josie and the Pussycats, for example, and Zatanna teaming up with Sabrina Spellman for a show, Alfred & Smithers (now there is a comic I’d like to see!) direct line, all that good stuff – but the few times Harley & Ivy actually met Betty & Veronica felt less significant by comparison.

Worlds collide in this double Freaky Friday adventure with two of the most iconic all-female duos – Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy and Betty & Veronica! Check out my ARC review of this DC / Archie Crossover event here …

The main focal point of the book is really the relationships within the two pairs, as both Harley & Ivy and Betty & Veronica get a fair bit of development in their own core relationships, which was nice to see. In all fairness though, when it becomes apparent that two of the most notorious super-villainesses in Gotham have a healthier interpersonal relationship that you do, it probably signifies time for a change, don’t you think?

Harley & Ivy’s relationship is definitely my favourite of those portrayed, though the two characters are clearly very different, their team working is mutualistic and fun to read and even if Ivy generally leads, it’s clear she wouldn’t impose her will on Harley to get her own way.

Worlds collide in this double Freaky Friday adventure with two of the most iconic all-female duos – Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy and Betty & Veronica! Check out my ARC review of this DC / Archie Crossover event here …

The writing itself was pretty good, though I found the inclusion of the Reggie/Joker arc a bit superfluous. Personally, I don’t think Harley requires a version of the Joker in this story or any for that matter, and I didn’t see how it added anything or moved the plot along. The art was a different style from what I’ve seen before and fit the backdrop and story quite well. Whilst, it was an interesting filter to see Gotham through I think I prefer the cover art style personally – but that is just my preference.

Worlds collide in this double Freaky Friday adventure with two of the most iconic all-female duos – Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy and Betty & Veronica! Check out my ARC review of this DC / Archie Crossover event here …

Overall, this double Freaky Friday adventure with two of the most iconic all-female duos was a fun, colourful read, even if it was slightly uneventful and I didn’t actually find it all that hard to envelop Riverdale into the ranks of the DC Universe’s fictional, caricature cities. I’d recommend this to lovers of both Archie & Bombshells but if you’re not big on either, you can perhaps give it a miss.

Side note: I was pretty thrown by how different the Archie characters are to their Riverdale TV Show counterparts, in particular, Betty & Veronica’s rivalry since I thought they were friends? I’ll have to read the books I think.

Writing Quality – 6/10

Image/Illustration Quality – 7/10

Character Development – 6/10

Overall – 6/10


Creator’s Thoughts

Andreyko: It’s literally been writing itself. We’ve been having weekly dinners. The first dinner was just plotting the broad strokes of the mini, and we were both like, “What about this?! What about this!?” And it’s been totally spoiling me. I’ve been blessed that every project I’ve been working on has been more fun than the last. I just wrapped Batman ‘66 meets Wonder Woman ‘77 and I’m going into this — and it’s just so much fun. It feels like we’re in a sandbox playing with action figures.”

Marc Andreyko in an interview with CBR.com – read more here.

Worlds collide in this double Freaky Friday adventure with two of the most iconic all-female duos – Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy and Betty & Veronica! Check out my ARC review of this DC / Archie Crossover event here …
Worlds collide in this double Freaky Friday adventure with two of the most iconic all-female duos – Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy and Betty & Veronica! Check out my ARC review of this DC / Archie Crossover event here …
Worlds collide in this double Freaky Friday adventure with two of the most iconic all-female duos – Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy and Betty & Veronica! Check out my ARC review of this DC / Archie Crossover event here …
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9 thoughts on “Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica by Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko – Comic Book Review

  1. Not a combination that I would ever have envisioned. And having never seen a televised version of Archie, I’m only familiar with Betty and Veronica as rivals for the heart of the most boring guy in school. (Mind you, the comic has been around forever–I’m almost 50, and as a kid I was reading old comics books that my uncles had collected decades before. . .) Honestly, that rivalry shouldn’t even exist: the fact that Veronica’s money is enough to make Archie overlook her atrocious personality and prevent him from committing to such a complete sweetheart as Betty only shows that he’s just as shallow as he is boring. And that’s not a good catch for anyone. . .

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    • Interesting, to be fair Archie is super boring, I agree. In the Riverdale Netflix show Betty, Ronnie, Archie and Jughead form more of a Mystery Inc. sort of team and Betty is is dating Jughead (though it’s referenced that she and Archie have a history) and Archie is with Ronnie (though she isn’t as bad as the comics, she still isn’t great) – Jughead is a much cooler character in the TV show, he’s played by Cole Sprouse and has a aspiring writer/investigative journalism thing going on, he’s pretty much the best character in the whole show so reading this with him as basically ‘Shaggy’ was a bit disappointing.

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      • Wow, why’d they even bother? The show sounds so completely different from the comics (the old ones, at least), that they might as well have just created characters from scratch. Although, honestly, Jughead was pretty funny in the comics; if you remember Wimpy from the old Popeye cartoons–or even Higuchi from The Tatami Galaxy–that was Jughead! Always just vaguely irresponsible and cowardly, but completely philosophical about it and at ease with it. He was always my favorite of the group.

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        • I think they’ve released a new modern run of the Archie comics more in line with the TV show, it’s all to do with overturning corruption in Riverdale (AKA Hiram Lodge) and there’s a sort of gang war arc with the South Side Serpents (Jughead’s dad’s motorcycle gang) and the Riverdale high jocks – basically, West Side Story. It’s actually a really good show if you like your teen drama/mystery (which I do in small doses) but I get the idea they literally just used the aesthetic and character names from what I saw in this book of Riverdale. Oh and Cheryl Blossom is actually a pretty great (if sometimes strange and annoying) character in the show.

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          • Thanks for the heads-up! But that’s not at all my thing, so I don’t think I’ll bother watching. Or picking up any of the recent Archie comics. (Yay, more time for more anime!!!)

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