Review: Road to Riverdale TPB Vol 3: What Inspired the CW’s Riverdale

Road to Riverdale’s Trade Paperback Volume 3 is now available.

So, confession time. Archie comics has never been something that really appealed to me. Growing up I was not a big fan of the idealized world that the comic seemed to present. That probably has something to do with my own high school experience which I won’t get into.

As I got older though, I found myself more and more interested in high school related content. High school was interesting, whether in film, TV or online content I want to watch it, but for some reason I was not interested in the comic books.

However, when Archie comics became as a CW TV series called Riverdale, I decided to give it a chance. I was far from disappointed with the first season. The series is compelling, the acting is fantastic and the writing keeps you guessing.

When I joined CapelessCrusader, I decided to give the comics which inspired it a chance as well. Much like the TV series, the Road to Riverdale comics live up to the hype. Even with only the TV series as a reference point, I went into Volume 3 and immediately understood what was going on. The characters were clear and relatable, the art is stunning and detailed. Most of all, it’s really funny.

Road to Riverdale is a collection of the stories which inspired the CW series.

Archie Comics did a reboot of the long running comic series back in 2015 to update it to current times, complete with smartphone technology and the internet but in the setting of the original Riverdale. All the characters are there, Archie, Betty and Veronica, Jughead and the rest of the residents of Riverdale that long time fans will love.

Volume 3 of the Trade Paperback collects multiple stories including the main Archie comic. There is one focusing on Jughead, as well as Betty and Veronica have their own comic focusing on their friendship, one about Josie and the Pussycats, and another focused on Reggie Mantle. Volume 3 wraps up several stories set up in previous issues really well.

Archie is honest and simple, Betty and Veronica feel like real women with a great friendship. Jughead is funny and his adventures are imaginative and fun. Josie and the Pussycats adventures are outrageous and yet relatable. Reggie Mantle’s Reggie and Me comic gives you an interesting perspective on school bullies.

The artists varies based on the individual books including by Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Adam Hughes (also a writer on the books), and many more. Writing by Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky and Marguerite Bennett along with others.