LIFE WITH ARCHIE COMIC #36 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS (W) Paul Kupperberg (A) Pat Kennedy & Various (CA) Ramon K. Perez History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America's most beloved character … see full wiki
I picked up this one because I had read in the newspaper that Archie was going to die in it. Archie comics has produced a series of comics called Life With Archie in which there are two parallel stories. In one he marries Betty and the other Veronica. This is all explained on the first page of the book which has a whole synapsis of the series to date. (not sure if this is regularly included or if is because of the special issue.
It was a little difficult to choose which version of the comic I wanted as the store I went to had four covers to choose from. I selected the one with the gang seated at a diner table on the cover (I am assuming it is Pop's Diner) as it looked very nostalgic.
One thing I noticed is that this issue is devoid of the humor that I grew up with and came to associate with Archie comics. Throughout the story Archie is thinking. First he is remember the first time he met up with the gang as small children. Later he is thinking about 20 years into the future where he is married and has a troubled teenage daughter. Throughout the tale Archie maintains his love for one of his two favorite girls however, it is never specified which one (Betty or Veronica).
All this leads to a party where his death will occur - Spoiler -
They make his death very valient and drawn out and extremely bloody. His last words are first is everybody safe and he expresses that he will always love his girl (we still don't know which one). Issue #37 is mentioned and all it says is that it takes place one year later.
This issue cost $4.99 and there is a lot to read for the money, with very minimal advertisements. A big change from the funny Archie I always knew but a good buy for comic enjoyment.
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