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The Metafiction Goes Wild in Archie vs. Predator 2!

In "Reason to Get Excited," I spotlight things from modern comics that I think are worth getting excited about. I mean stuff more specific than "this comic is good," ya know? More like a specific bit from a writer or artist that impressed me.

Today, we spotlight the metafictional fun that Alex de Campi is having with the delightful Archie vs. Predator 2!

Robert Hack and Kelly Fitzpatrick are the art team on this series and they've been doing a beautiful job. Jack Morelli is the letterer.

If you recall, the previous volume ended with everyone but Betty and Veronica dead in Riverdale, and Archie and the Predator merged together into one being that looks like Archie but is really the Predator (who has been wooed to the side of good by Betty and Veroinca).

In this sequel, de Campi really turns up the metafictional humor and it is awesome.

For instance, this version of Betty and Veronica came from a more classical version of the Archie Universe. You know, the one where everyone looks like Dan DeCarlo drew them. So Veronica naturally tries to use Memory Lane to go back in time to fix everything, with a reference to the Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty storyline from 2009 that used that premise. However, they find that Memory Lane has been shut down by Waid Construction, a reference to the current Archie continuity created by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples in 2015...

So even though they think they're canceled, Veronica won't give up, though, and she cites all the absurd stuff that really happened in the old Archie Comics over the years...

Later, though, she muses over what it means to be canceled and if it means that no one will remember their names eventually...

At the end of the issue, though, they end up in the MODERN Archie continuity (well, a version of it, of course, since there will still be some death and mayhem coming).

The second issue has a brilliant Hack cover parodying Staples' cover for Archie #1 from 2015...

And de Campi parodies the way that Archie talked directly to the audience in that series...

Then there's some more fun with the updated universe, like making fun of how Archie is dating neither Betty nor Veronica in this universe (and Dilton is hot!)...

In the most recent issue, there is a classic bit where they remind us that this comic is not in continuity right before Betty and Veronica share a...private moment together...

This is just a delightfully fun series that truly embraces the wacky history of Archie Comics while just adding a touch more gore and Bettty/Veronica kissing (just a touch).

Okay, this feature is a bit less of a reader-interactive one, as I'm just spotlight stuff in modern comics that specifically impressed ME, but heck, if you'd like to send in some suggestions anyways, maybe you and I have the same taste! It's certainly not improbably that something you found cool would be something that I found cool, too, so feel free to send ideas to me at brianc@cbr.com!

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