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Life With Archie: The Married Life

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1 Life With Archie: The Married Life on Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:33 pm

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I thought that I would put up a small review of Life With Archie: The Married Life #1. It's probably not to everyone's taste, but suck on it. I'm gonna review it. tongue

As you know, recently in the pages of the Archie main title, Michael Uslan explored two 'what-if' scenarios that answered fan questions about what would happen if Archie married Betty or Veronica. Both were succinct tales that explored the teens' futures without really telling us anything. That's where this new title comes in.

In magazine format, LWA:TML goes back to a point in each story that's shortly after the honeymoon. Here we get to see how Archie and his spouses deal with the hardships and reality of adult life. Amazingly, they manage to convey some truly mature themes without losing that Archie innocence. There are two stories in each issue, one with Veronica and one with Betty, and while the stories are remarkably different, they have enough similarity that you can sort of see how some things are sort of slated to happen no matter what the universe.

Speaking of which, there's a neat little sub-plot that's barely touched upon that covers both stories and involves Professor Dilton Doiley and his exploration of the Archie multiverse.

If you're an Archie fan, but think that the regular stories might be a little syrupy for you, I recommend checking out this title. The characterizations are dead-on, and some characters reveal a new side of their personality now that they're dealing with the Archie gang as adults and not uppity teenagers.

All in all, 4.5 malts out of 5. They'd have gotten a perfect score if they hadn't turned the 'who would you cast' portions of the magazine into what are essentially Tiger Beat articles. But, that's maybe four pages in total. I still heartily recommend it.

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2 Re: Life With Archie: The Married Life on Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:36 pm

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I have not read any of the Archie gets married stuff, but I was cuious and paged through many of them. I will defnilty page through this as well. Doug, since it looks like you are actully following this can you tell me if they also had him marry Val from the Pussycats as well, I thought I saw a promo for him and her.

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3 Re: Life With Archie: The Married Life on Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:10 pm

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No...the Archie/Valerie romance was a gimmick in the regular teen titles. I don't think it was serious enough for them to explore what would happen if they married.

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4 Re: Life With Archie: The Married Life on Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:52 pm

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wait archie got married?

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5 Re: Life With Archie: The Married Life on Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:58 pm

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Yeah. There was like a four issue story arc where the what-if scenario was explored with both girls. This magazine explores the spaces in between the panels in those stories.

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6 Re: Life With Archie: The Married Life on Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:20 am

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superdoug wrote:Yeah. There was like a four issue story arc where the what-if scenario was explored with both girls. This magazine explores the spaces in between the panels in those stories.

oh. I haven't read archie in forever. He just found out a while ago he actually choose between veronica and betty.

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7 Re: Life With Archie: The Married Life on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:24 am

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8 Re: Life With Archie: The Married Life on Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:30 am

I've been enjoying this book quite a bit.

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