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Archie Meets Glee

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Archie Meets Glee

At first glance, ARCHIE MEETS GLEE might sound like a bit of a stretch, but the good news is that it really works.

ARCHIE MEETS GLEE is pretty wonky and weird, but it’s wonky and weird in a good way.

 
Riverdale brainiac Dilton creates a device he dubs a “portal-porter” that allows him into other dimensions. Instead of making vast discoveries or talking to intellectuals in other universes, he’s able to communicate to Brittany Pierce through her locker. Gleeks know that Brittany isn’t exactly the brightest bulb, but Dilton still gets a crush on her. He also starts making notes about how some of the characters from Glee (the people in the Gleeverse) are similar to characters in Archie. Some of the comparisons, like Veronica and Rachel, are pretty cute. Dilton decides he wants to cross over to the Glee universe, but in the midst of this someone throws a football into his portal-porter. As a result, some of the kids from Riverdale suddenly wind up in Lima, Ohio, and some of the Glee kids wind up in Riverdale.
 
It’s then a matter of getting everyone to their right dimension, but in the meantime, some musical things have to happen, of course. The Archies are getting ready to have a battle of the bands against Josie and the Pussycats, and some of these Glee singing sensations might give them the one-up they need. The manager of Josie and the Pussycats, meanwhile, wants to get Mercedes to join his band. But, like the butterfly affect, no one can do too much or else they might mess up their dimensions. Like, if someone from one dimension were to kiss someone from the other…could it really bring the apocalypse?
 
ARCHIE MEETS GLEE is pretty wonky and weird, but it’s wonky and weird in a good way. The humor is fun and the characters all have good chemistry. The only major downside to Archie Meets Glee (and this of course is something no one could have helped) is reading it and knowing that Cory Monteith, who played Finn, recently passed away. All of this was written before that, but it’s sad to see these pages and know what happened. In a way, Archie Meets Glee is a look back at the better times, and it revels in its own fun and innocence.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on October 1, 2013

Archie Meets Glee
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Dan Parent

  • Publication Date: August 6, 2013
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Archie Comics
  • ISBN-10: 1936975459
  • ISBN-13: 9781936975457