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Find out what happens after the “I do”s! Delve deeper into all of the emotion and drama surrounding two different choices: Archie’s decision to marry sultry debutante Veronica Lodge versus his decision to marry sexy girl next door Betty Cooper. How do his choices affect not only Riverdale, but the world and everyone around him? Is it a match made in heaven? Will he find Find out what happens after the “I do”s! Delve deeper into all of the emotion and drama surrounding two different choices: Archie’s decision to marry sultry debutante Veronica Lodge versus his decision to marry sexy girl next door Betty Cooper. How do his choices affect not only Riverdale, but the world and everyone around him? Is it a match made in heaven? Will he find that he can’t put a price on love? Collects the first six chapters of both Archie Marries Veronica and Archie Marries Betty, the most critically acclaimed storyline Archie has ever published, as originally seen in the newsstand magazine Life with Archie.


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Find out what happens after the “I do”s! Delve deeper into all of the emotion and drama surrounding two different choices: Archie’s decision to marry sultry debutante Veronica Lodge versus his decision to marry sexy girl next door Betty Cooper. How do his choices affect not only Riverdale, but the world and everyone around him? Is it a match made in heaven? Will he find Find out what happens after the “I do”s! Delve deeper into all of the emotion and drama surrounding two different choices: Archie’s decision to marry sultry debutante Veronica Lodge versus his decision to marry sexy girl next door Betty Cooper. How do his choices affect not only Riverdale, but the world and everyone around him? Is it a match made in heaven? Will he find that he can’t put a price on love? Collects the first six chapters of both Archie Marries Veronica and Archie Marries Betty, the most critically acclaimed storyline Archie has ever published, as originally seen in the newsstand magazine Life with Archie.

30 review for Archie: The Married Life Book 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Riches

    Archie Is Married. Now The Real Story Begins. Twice. I have always been a Betty person. Every Archie story I have ever enjoyed has me cheering for them to finally get together and leave Veronica pouting. My long standing wish has been partially granted in the past few years with the newest incarnation of these beloved characters. And I am totally and completely hooked. The drama all started when the new CEO of Archie came into the 70 plus year old company and wanted to shake the universe up. This Archie Is Married. Now The Real Story Begins. Twice. I have always been a Betty person. Every Archie story I have ever enjoyed has me cheering for them to finally get together and leave Veronica pouting. My long standing wish has been partially granted in the past few years with the newest incarnation of these beloved characters. And I am totally and completely hooked. The drama all started when the new CEO of Archie came into the 70 plus year old company and wanted to shake the universe up. This desire led to a six part storyline wherein Archie took a walk one night down Memory Lane in Riverdale and saw visions of two different futures. In one, he wed Veronica, in the other, Betty. Fans lapped up this idea en masse, and Archie launched a new magazine to continue the saga. Life With Archie: The Married Life premiered just over a year ago and in the first half of each issue the Veronica storyline is told, while in the second half the Betty journey is explored. This new magazine take place between parts two and three of the original series, before the babies came along. To say this is a riveting reinvention and realization of the Archie mythos is an understatement. In each reality our favourite perpetual teenagers are now adults who have to find love, keep love, pay bills, get jobs, keep jobs, discover who they really are, and survive the wrath of Mr. Lodge. You will be shocked and surprised to discover the possible destinies of the Riverdale gang. Some of the ideas played with include couples breaking up, someone running for public office, another going on trial, a fortune being made, an old friend located, several weddings occur, and a death torments everyone. Whew! And that is only in the first year of this fascinating series. Mixed amidst all this excitement and turmoil is the constant thread of friendship Archie and his gang still treasure and cherish. Even if arguments happen, the true life long love they have for each other wins out. Throughout the series, get togethers and reunions are featured prominently, and talking their individual problems out with each other is the norm here. And I find this story element quite touching and natural. Propelling the dramatic thrust throughout all this is the evil (?), rich, and manipulate Mr. Lodge. But is his erratic driven behavior the result of some secret plan masterminded by the now mysterious Dilton Doiley? A scheme that harkens back to the original Memory Lane story that our hero Archie experienced? The tension is building with a conclusion promised soon to this development. Dilton's involvement highlights the destiny versus chance theme Archie The Married Life plays with quite effectively. Each reality has similarities, constants, which reinforce the notion of an idea being meant to happen. The recent Kevin Keller wedding story illustrates this perfectly, with the backstory of the meeting with his future husband being the same in each universe. It was meant to be this way. You will get a kick out of noticing fate converging in both timelines. I may need a scorecard soon to keep up. Is their an App for that? All this greatness is brought to us by veteran comics scribe Paul Kupperberg, whom, with the artist on the first year, Norm Breyfogle, make each issue flow and sing. Page by page, thought by thought, these two created an entirely new world for Archie and Riverdale, with the new artists continuing and enhancing this wonderful experience. This success allowed Archie Comics to re-imagine another classic character which I would be remiss for not mentioning. Li'l Jinx is now a teenager called, well, Jinx, and she is simply wonderful. Previews of Jinx was featured in three issues of Life With Archie and the new series is now only available digitally. My Luddite ways must stop so I can catch up with her adventures and misadventures. You can start dipping into the lives of Archie and his friends at your local comic shop (mine is Excalibur Comics, plug, plug) and you will not be disappointed. My anticipation of each new issue puts it on the top of my reading stack. Where it rightly belongs. Because, as the old saying goes: People will change. People will not change. And the Archie Universes will never be the same. And I am still a Betty person. Scoopriches

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    When I was young tween, the only real reading I did was Archie comics. We had them in our house all the time; my parents must have thought they were safe enough because no one ever gets any action. There has been news recently about Archie being shot to death in the graphic novel Death of Archie which is the last book in The Married Life series. This news got me curious so I had to pick up the first trade paperback which covers the first six issues of this series. I have always been on the side When I was young tween, the only real reading I did was Archie comics. We had them in our house all the time; my parents must have thought they were safe enough because no one ever gets any action. There has been news recently about Archie being shot to death in the graphic novel Death of Archie which is the last book in The Married Life series. This news got me curious so I had to pick up the first trade paperback which covers the first six issues of this series. I have always been on the side of Betty and never could understand why Archie would choose Veronica over her. Archie: The Married Life is split into two different timelines; almost like a Sliding Doors scenario, or, if you are a fan of Broadway, If/Then. This series follows the life of Archie married to Veronica and then Betty. There are some situations that are different in each timeline but mostly follow the same events. Unfortunately nothing much has changed since they were in high school. Archie: The Married Life does try to look at the normal day-to-day issue facing adults but it holds back too much. For example, Midge finally breaks up with Moose because she is scared of his violent outbursts. This story arch could have gone into some interesting themes of emotional and physical abuse but it treads lightly around the topic. Moose does try and work on his anger issues but there is just so much more they could have done. My favourite character was always Jughead and I enjoyed it when he hard a love life, luckily this is inserted into this series but not very well. He is getting married. I won’t tell you to who, but the only romance I saw between them was when they shared a milkshake at Pop’s Treat. This brings me to my next issue; why are they still hanging out at Pop’s Treat? I am sure it would be nice to have a place to hang but they could go to a bar or something different every now and then. They are working adults now, but they all still act like teenagers. I think my biggest problem is the fact that this series is a sugar coated interpretation of what adult and married life would be like. No one has sex; although there was some alluding to an affair between Veronica and Reggie, but nothing happened. The series is still marketed to young tweens and this disappoints me, I thought Archie: The Married Life would have been a more adult look at the Archie world, I was wrong. I don’t even know if I want to continue, I might just read Afterlife with Archie instead. This review originally appeared on my blog: http://literary-exploration.com/2014/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This series is crazy! If you want to read about Archie and the gang having real adult problems, this is your stop. Moose is in anger management, Archie and Veronica have marriage problems, Chuck is jealous of Nancy's comic book success, Reggie can't hold a job, and Midge is dating... Jughead? These are just some of the bizarre real life situations in either the Archie Marries Veronica OR the Archie Marries Betty alternate realities. This comic book took me much longer to read than I expected This series is crazy! If you want to read about Archie and the gang having real adult problems, this is your stop. Moose is in anger management, Archie and Veronica have marriage problems, Chuck is jealous of Nancy's comic book success, Reggie can't hold a job, and Midge is dating... Jughead? These are just some of the bizarre real life situations in either the Archie Marries Veronica OR the Archie Marries Betty alternate realities. This comic book took me much longer to read than I expected because it is an actual continuous graphic novel and not just Archie shorts, and I really enjoyed it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandolin

    I was disappointed with the Archie wedding series, which used a plot of alternate futures to depict the dual fates awaiting Archie Andrews that hinged on his choice between his life-long loves Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. The plot fell flat, the characters were one-dimensional and the entire premise was too simple to accept. In other words, it was just like all of the other modern Archie comics that I’ve read and just another example of why I spend my money on buying old Archie digests and I was disappointed with the Archie wedding series, which used a plot of alternate futures to depict the dual fates awaiting Archie Andrews that hinged on his choice between his life-long loves Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. The plot fell flat, the characters were one-dimensional and the entire premise was too simple to accept. In other words, it was just like all of the other modern Archie comics that I’ve read and just another example of why I spend my money on buying old Archie digests and magazines rather than subscribe to the new editions coming out today. Needless to say, I was reluctant to invest in this book, but when I got a sneak peak at the first chapter in another comic, I was so entranced that I had to buy it. This book takes the superficial and bland Wedding storyline and transforms it into something so much more. It reminded me of some of the best stories in the old comics that I’ve read: those with beautiful artwork that told stories peopled with believable characters caught in realistic and emotionally charged (for a comic, at least!) plots. As the alternate stories unfold, the book reads more like a novel than a comic book and focuses not only on the fate of the love triangle between Archie and his gals but on the future of the entire community of Riverdale as well. The reader gets a glimpse into the alternate futures of Jughead, Reggie, Moose and other favorite characters, each involved in their own dilemmas and uncertainties. The storylines are complex and differ widely enough to remain separate but retain similarities that keep them true to the characters and history behind the entire Archie universe. Many of the future events are surprising but completely believable based on the characters' long-standing attributes. I was drawn into their lives and felt, for the first time in a long while, that I had finally found Archie and his gang again, this time as mature adults dealing with many of the same issues as I do. My only complaint is the way in which Mr. Lodge is portrayed as the bad guy of both futures, plotting his way to take over Riverdale and transform it from a small town driven by local business to another Micky-D’s and Walmart infested supercity. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Mr. Lodge and I just can’t accept this horrible reincarnation. However, despite that fact, I still loved this book and the way it reveals how much of our lives depend on the simplest of choices. Its plot is emotionally charged, its characters are full-bodied and the storylines are absorbing. Add to that the beautiful artwork and I can honestly say that the money I spent on this book (and on pre-ordering its sequel) was money well spent!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I really wanted to hate this comic. It's Archie and he still hasn't made a decission on who to be with. He's with Betty in one universe and with Veronica in a different universe. I should so hate this comic if it wasn't the Fringe of comics. Yes, I'm waiting for Peter Bishop to show up and fringe events to start happening. Let's just start by saying this comic is nothing like Fringe the show other than the two universes. The one thing I really like about this comic is that Archie did choose. I really wanted to hate this comic. It's Archie and he still hasn't made a decission on who to be with. He's with Betty in one universe and with Veronica in a different universe. I should so hate this comic if it wasn't the Fringe of comics. Yes, I'm waiting for Peter Bishop to show up and fringe events to start happening. Let's just start by saying this comic is nothing like Fringe the show other than the two universes. The one thing I really like about this comic is that Archie did choose. Depending on the universe you are in Archie is completely devoted to one of his girls. The character are no longer teenagers either. I would asy they are even growing. Sometimes it hard to remember which universe a character has grown in though. Like Reggie is the perfect example. In the Veronica universe he's grown so much since he was a teenager. Yet in the Betty universe Reggie is just making his first steps to grow as a person by the end of the first trade, but he's growing. Another awesome aspect of the two is that they are happening at the same time. You read Veronica and then the next issue picks up right were you left off but in the Betty universe. No overlap. It really awesome seeing how the characters are growing but are so the same in both universes. There are little changes in both universes. There is even a villian in both universe, Mr. Lodge. He's is evil in both universes. He's like Walter-net, but no good Walter Bishop in him. To make this easy, this book is suprisingly good in my eyes. It's not the best comic ever, but well done. It's almost a sci-fi comic without telling anyone. I love the secret sci-fi elements that are never adressed and really don't need to. Everyone really needsd to show some love to this comic. It's so awesome that no one should really know it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Raina

    I was completely addicted to Archies as a kid. When we went on road trips, a treat would be to get one of the Archie digests at the stores where we stopped. I have a somewhat impressive collection at home. Anyway, something inspired me to check out the first three volumes of the updated The Married Life series, which plays with multidimensional space travel and fates and destinies, and the choices we make as adults. Corporate espionage, romantic entanglement, big city vs. small town lifestyles, I was completely addicted to Archies as a kid. When we went on road trips, a treat would be to get one of the Archie digests at the stores where we stopped. I have a somewhat impressive collection at home. Anyway, something inspired me to check out the first three volumes of the updated The Married Life series, which plays with multidimensional space travel and fates and destinies, and the choices we make as adults. Corporate espionage, romantic entanglement, big city vs. small town lifestyles, marital strife, small business theory, and politics all come into play. Which makes me wonder how interesting this would be to a teen who didn't grow up reading about Archie and the gang. The plots are fairly complex (though the fact that you're alternating reading two different plotlines might have something to do with that), the art is familiar (to someone who read a lot of these), and the dialog is pretty terrible. One major weird thing to me was the fact that a lot of the plot revolves around keeping major chains out of Riverdale, in order to save Jughead's place. But then Jughead ends up pursuing making his place a chain. I mean, this ultimately goes away as an issue, but it doesn't make sense that anyone would consider it a reasonable idea in the first place. Honestly, I'm not sure why I powered through a thousand pages or so of this in a day, and I'm pretty sure I won't attempt anything past volume 3. But it was a fun trip down Memory Lane.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Although I think Archie and Betty make a more believable couple than do Archie and Veronica, I found the Veronica storyline to be of much better quality. The Archie Marries Betty storyline read like bad fan fiction to me (i.e. Mr. Lodge as a super villain out for absurd revenge, the pairing off of the key Riverdale High staff members, and the whole triple marriage...really?) I would've given 4 stars to the Archie Marries Veronica storyline and 2 stars to the Archie Marries Betty storyline, if I Although I think Archie and Betty make a more believable couple than do Archie and Veronica, I found the Veronica storyline to be of much better quality. The Archie Marries Betty storyline read like bad fan fiction to me (i.e. Mr. Lodge as a super villain out for absurd revenge, the pairing off of the key Riverdale High staff members, and the whole triple marriage...really?) I would've given 4 stars to the Archie Marries Veronica storyline and 2 stars to the Archie Marries Betty storyline, if I could. So 3 stars seems like an obvious choice.

  8. 4 out of 5

    LiteraryMarie

    After 68 years of dating both Betty and Veronica, Archie finally makes a choice. In issues #600-606, we see their futures if both roads are taken. It is basically multi-universe: Archie marries Betty in one universe, and Archie marries Veronica in the other. Readers see how Archie's choice affects the rest of the Riverdale Gang. I grew up reading Archie comics. It was different to read about Archie experiencing the real world. Real-life issues in this graphic novel include happiness, struggle, After 68 years of dating both Betty and Veronica, Archie finally makes a choice. In issues #600-606, we see their futures if both roads are taken. It is basically multi-universe: Archie marries Betty in one universe, and Archie marries Veronica in the other. Readers see how Archie's choice affects the rest of the Riverdale Gang. I grew up reading Archie comics. It was different to read about Archie experiencing the real world. Real-life issues in this graphic novel include happiness, struggle, unemployment, trust, business and unfortunately death. I'm a fan all over again. Literary Marie

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Archie marries Veronica and Betty. Chaos ensues. I had to go up a star since I was addicted enough to the drama to keep reading. Archie although it would seemingly be believed to be better suited for Betty, has a much more interesting story in his marriage to Veronica. Lots of drama going on. Makes me miss my soap opera.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zaccy Brock - The Marvel Dude

    IT WAS FUNNY AND AWESOME

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amber Gregg -Judging More Than Just the Cover

    Full Review: here Genre: Graphic Novel. Number of Pages: 320. Perspective: Third. Location: Riverdale. Archie Andrews has flip-flopped between Betty and Veronica for decades. And he still does not choose. This book shows two alternate realities: if he had married Veronica vs. Betty. I picked this comic up after being inspired by my new guilty-pleasure show, Riverdale. It’s just as cheesy as I imagined it would be. It is interesting seeing some potential futures for the characters. Some characters are Full Review: here Genre: Graphic Novel. Number of Pages: 320. Perspective: Third. Location: Riverdale. Archie Andrews has flip-flopped between Betty and Veronica for decades. And he still does not choose. This book shows two alternate realities: if he had married Veronica vs. Betty. I picked this comic up after being inspired by my new guilty-pleasure show, Riverdale. It’s just as cheesy as I imagined it would be. It is interesting seeing some potential futures for the characters. Some characters are very similar to their show counterparts and some are not even recognizable in appearance or personality. I chose this particular issue because it was the only Archie graphic novel currently available at my public library. I think the Afterlife of Archie comics will be more my style since they are darker and are written by the same author as the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which I enjoyed much more than this. I would also be interested in reading ARCHIE the reboot by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. It is modernized with a more diverse cast. From what I understand, that is closer to what Riverdale was modeled after. I grew bored with the back and forth between realities after halfway through. It felt repetitive and the dialogue was too fake to keep me engaged. It wasn’t dark, so I expected this version to be funny like the short Sunday funnies. Nope, this wasn’t really humorous at all. For huge Archie fans, I’m sure this will fair better due to nostalgia.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    I loved Archie comics as a kid, and I still love them today. This book about an adult Archie reminded me of the show, Riverdale, which I’m obsessed with. It had some of the same subplots, such as Mr. Lodge buying lots of property in Riverdale and an important mayoral race. There were mature themes explored in this story, such as marriage, death, and losing jobs. The comics I read as a kid were more optimistic and innocent. The worst thing that happened was that Cheryl Blossom would come to town I loved Archie comics as a kid, and I still love them today. This book about an adult Archie reminded me of the show, Riverdale, which I’m obsessed with. It had some of the same subplots, such as Mr. Lodge buying lots of property in Riverdale and an important mayoral race. There were mature themes explored in this story, such as marriage, death, and losing jobs. The comics I read as a kid were more optimistic and innocent. The worst thing that happened was that Cheryl Blossom would come to town and steal Archie from Betty and Veronica. This book shows more of what happens in real life, which was kind of depressing most of the time. One thing that bothered me about this book was the way that it switched between Archie and Veronica’s married life and Archie and Betty’s married life. Both lives were similar but slightly different. For example in both stories, Jughead was trying to buy Pop’s diner but was struggling to find the money. However, only in one of them does Moose run for mayor. I kept getting confused between chapters because it would alternate between them both. One thing I liked was that there were some characters and events that appeared in both of Archie’s stories, so those things were meant to be. It would have been easier to read if the book was divided into two different sections, one about Betty and one about Veronica, rather than having alternating chapters. Despite the confusion, I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Justin Decloux

    The fact that this works, and doesn't read like a goofy parody, is one hell of an impressive feat. It's a dosh garn honest look into the post-high school lives of the Riverdale gang as they realize they've peaked, struggle with muddy futures, and find out that real relationships are friggin hard. Everyone in their twenties will find something relatable even as it spirals into soap opera fun, without ever losing the core of its characters. And to add to the high wire act, the book has to juggle The fact that this works, and doesn't read like a goofy parody, is one hell of an impressive feat. It's a dosh garn honest look into the post-high school lives of the Riverdale gang as they realize they've peaked, struggle with muddy futures, and find out that real relationships are friggin hard. Everyone in their twenties will find something relatable even as it spirals into soap opera fun, without ever losing the core of its characters. And to add to the high wire act, the book has to juggle two different time lines, yet still feel like a coherent narrative and allow stories to organically grow in both universes, without stumbling onto any repetitive wheel spinning. I can only imagine the writers had giant charts to track it all. Plus, it still looks like that uniform Archie style, with a little bit more jazz.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Growing up my grandparents would always buy me Archie comics at the checkout of the grocery store and I vividly remember my grandpa reading them to me. With that being said, since then I have always been a huge Archie fan. After reading Archie Marries last month I couldn’t wait to read this to find out what else happens after the I do’s. Normally when I think of Archie I think of relatable situations with humor and happiness. This is not at all what this graphic novel entails. Instead, I found Growing up my grandparents would always buy me Archie comics at the checkout of the grocery store and I vividly remember my grandpa reading them to me. With that being said, since then I have always been a huge Archie fan. After reading Archie Marries last month I couldn’t wait to read this to find out what else happens after the I do’s. Normally when I think of Archie I think of relatable situations with humor and happiness. This is not at all what this graphic novel entails. Instead, I found both storylines to be unrelatable and almost dark. I also felt like both storylines took very sharp and unexpected turns that weren’t always good or enjoyable, for the characters and myself.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I loved and still love the Archie comic book series. Reading The Married Life Book 1 brought back so many memories! I rate it 5 stars because first of all, it was great! Second of all, so many questions were answered! Lastly, it's so perfect. Archie and Reggie have this adorable relationship! We get both sides: Betty and Veronica! We get to find out what happens to so many secondary characters! In my opinion it is a 5!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Alternating between issues set in a world where Archie marries Veronica and one in which he marries Betty, this book explores all the drama and humor to be found in both choices. Life doesn't stop when a love triangle ends. Nor are love triangles the only way to create conflict. I found this book extremely refreshing, and I highly recommend it for anyone who has ever enjoyed Archie comics.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Really enjoying this storyline(s) so far! Excited to see where it goes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    -Vincie-W-

    so much better than riverdale

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anuoluwapo Toba

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ot ws awesome

  20. 5 out of 5

    Xandy

    Ugh 2 stars just got nostalgia's sake

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I can't even lie, this one made me cry in the end.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I grew up with reading Archie, and it's nice to get back into these comics as an adult.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arlie

    Fun - more substance than I expected when I picked this up off the floor at my niece's house. Alas, the library doesn't have the second one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paul Riches

    Archie Is Married. Now The Real Story Begins. Twice. I have always been a Betty person. Every Archie story I have ever enjoyed has me cheering for them to finally get together and leave Veronica pouting. My long standing wish has been partially granted in the past few years with the newest incarnation of these beloved characters. And I am totally and completely hooked. The drama all started when the new CEO of Archie came into the 70 plus year old company and wanted to shake the universe up. This Archie Is Married. Now The Real Story Begins. Twice. I have always been a Betty person. Every Archie story I have ever enjoyed has me cheering for them to finally get together and leave Veronica pouting. My long standing wish has been partially granted in the past few years with the newest incarnation of these beloved characters. And I am totally and completely hooked. The drama all started when the new CEO of Archie came into the 70 plus year old company and wanted to shake the universe up. This desire led to a six part storyline wherein Archie took a walk one night down Memory Lane in Riverdale and saw visions of two different futures. In one, he wed Veronica, in the other, Betty. Fans lapped up this idea en masse, and Archie launched a new magazine to continue the saga. Life With Archie: The Married Life premiered just over a year ago and in the first half of each issue the Veronica storyline is told, while in the second half the Betty journey is explored. This new magazine take place between parts two and three of the original series, before the babies came along. To say this is a riveting reinvention and realization of the Archie mythos is an understatement. In each reality our favourite perpetual teenagers are now adults who have to find love, keep love, pay bills, get jobs, keep jobs, discover who they really are, and survive the wrath of Mr. Lodge. You will be shocked and surprised to discover the possible destinies of the Riverdale gang. Some of the ideas played with include couples breaking up, someone running for public office, another going on trial, a fortune being made, an old friend located, several weddings occur, and a death torments everyone. Whew! And that is only in the first year of this fascinating series. Mixed amidst all this excitement and turmoil is the constant thread of friendship Archie and his gang still treasure and cherish. Even if arguments happen, the true life long love they have for each other wins out. Throughout the series, get togethers and reunions are featured prominently, and talking their individual problems out with each other is the norm here. And I find this story element quite touching and natural. Propelling the dramatic thrust throughout all this is the evil (?), rich, and manipulate Mr. Lodge. But is his erratic driven behavior the result of some secret plan masterminded by the now mysterious Dilton Doiley? A scheme that harkens back to the original Memory Lane story that our hero Archie experienced? The tension is building with a conclusion promised soon to this development. Dilton's involvement highlights the destiny versus chance theme Archie The Married Life plays with quite effectively. Each reality has similarities, constants, which reinforce the notion of an idea being meant to happen. The recent Kevin Keller wedding story illustrates this perfectly, with the backstory of the meeting with his future husband being the same in each universe. It was meant to be this way. You will get a kick out of noticing fate converging in both timelines. I may need a scorecard soon to keep up. Is their an App for that? All this greatness is brought to us by veteran comics scribe Paul Kupperberg, whom, with the artist on the first year, Norm Breyfogle, make each issue flow and sing. Page by page, thought by thought, these two created an entirely new world for Archie and Riverdale, with the new artists continuing and enhancing this wonderful experience. This success allowed Archie Comics to re-imagine another classic character which I would be remiss for not mentioning. Li'l Jinx is now a teenager called, well, Jinx, and she is simply wonderful. Previews of Jinx was featured in three issues of Life With Archie and the new series is now only available digitally. My Luddite ways must stop so I can catch up with her adventures and misadventures. You can start dipping into the lives of Archie and his friends at your local comic shop (mine is Excalibur Comics, plug, plug) and you will not be disappointed. My anticipation of each new issue puts it on the top of my reading stack. Where it rightly belongs. Because, as the old saying goes: People will change. People will not change. And the Archie Universes will never be the same. And I am still a Betty person. Scoopriches

  25. 4 out of 5

    E

    When I was nine years old I used to hole up in this small library that had a huge collection of Archie comics. I was allowed to read them once I finished my homework. Archie was this vivid, but completely safe world, where any setback would soon be righted, any good deed duly rewarded. It was a safe place to hide from the world. That was nearly twenty years ago. Just this past year I almost bought Archie comics in the supermarket check-out line, but didn't (I've been feeling waves of childhood When I was nine years old I used to hole up in this small library that had a huge collection of Archie comics. I was allowed to read them once I finished my homework. Archie was this vivid, but completely safe world, where any setback would soon be righted, any good deed duly rewarded. It was a safe place to hide from the world. That was nearly twenty years ago. Just this past year I almost bought Archie comics in the supermarket check-out line, but didn't (I've been feeling waves of childhood nostalgia ever since my father died). But when I heard about this Married Life series – the Archie gang, all grown up, with Real Life Choices and genuine disappointments – I had to read it. And, for the most part, it's everything I hoped it would be. The gang's all there, and life is tough, but it's Riverdale tough – that is, the reader feels secure that everything will come right in the end. I was surprised by how familiar the characters were, how seamlessly I slipped back into that world. Of course there's the weird, anachronistic feel of Archie world – at once point Midge refers to a "mohawk haircut" (who says that?!) – but that's part of Archie's charm. This is also a world where cheerfulness and friendship wash away the harsh realities (class and race and gender and the general confusions of being alive). But that's also one of the perks of reading Archie: for a few minutes or a few hours, you get to enter this world where everything works for the characters set down in it, where everyone fits, where everything functions. It's such a pleasure to watch these characters grow up and gain a little depth (Reggie in particular, though Ronnie's pretty great these days, too). My only gripe is that Jughead, who was always my favourite character, has such a minor (and boring) storyline. Does no one else remember that Jughead can do pretty much anything he wants (he levitated once, didn't he?!). Jughead is like some demigod who's too amused by being human to bother with most things (except the most basic pleasures). He's also the most purely imaginative of the gang. So to see him sidelined in this kind of unimaginative role, the brilliant kid from high school who fizzles out into... a normal. (Also, I'm not too convinced by the Midge romance. Midge is so bland! And Jughead's gay, right? Right?!) From you above you can probably tell that I maintain strong feelings about Archie et al. I've been missing Riverdale. It's pretty good fun to be able to come full circle with this new series. I'm looking forward to Book 2.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lina

    I have been reading Archie comics since I was around seven years old, I own a Betty glass, as well as a Josie and the Pussycat glass (going to buy a Veronica glass soon), and I have watched the immortal love triangle play out. So when I heard that Archie was going to marry Veronica I was shocked and really curious to see how it would end up. Then, when I heard that they were going to be doing stories that showed what would happen with whichever girl Archie picked I was excited. I have always been I have been reading Archie comics since I was around seven years old, I own a Betty glass, as well as a Josie and the Pussycat glass (going to buy a Veronica glass soon), and I have watched the immortal love triangle play out. So when I heard that Archie was going to marry Veronica I was shocked and really curious to see how it would end up. Then, when I heard that they were going to be doing stories that showed what would happen with whichever girl Archie picked I was excited. I have always been a Betty fan. I also love Veronica, mind you, but I always felt bad that Betty allowed herself to be so distraught over a boob like Archie. However, between Archie Marries Veronica and Archie Marries Betty: Veronica's book is overall the superior storyline. The character dynamics are much more interesting and Archie himself is probably the most interesting he's ever been. He and Veronica are stuck in a difficult position when Mr. Lodge's business goals endanger the livelihood of his friends. Archie is forced to choose between is new family and his old one. It also has good secondary relationships with Midge and Jughead, Moose and a new female character and what looks to be a little Betty and Reggie. While, Archie and Betty's storyline isn't horrible, it just doesn't have the same interesting character beats as the former. The only thing that really makes it stand out is the storyline with Ms. Grundy, which is just an amazing piece of writing from beginning to end. I also wan't a fan of having a moopy Veronica. While I do think she's always loved Archie, she's also admitted that part of the appeal was the competition for him with Betty. I feel she would have moved on because in the end Veronica has always loved Archie and Betty enough to make personal sacrifices for them. All in all this series is mapping out to be really amazing and I am excited for the next volume.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dan Wilson

    Archie: The Married Life: Book 1 (2011), written by Michael Uslan and Paul Kupperberg and illustrated by Norm Breyfogle, is great. It follows two storylines, one in which Veronica and Archie marry, and one in which Betty and Archie marry. The framework for this was set up in The Archie Wedding: Archie in "Will You Marry Me?" (2010), but here the story is given more room to breathe, without need for massive time-jumps. This collection inhabits an interesting space in that it is appropriate for Archie: The Married Life: Book 1 (2011), written by Michael Uslan and Paul Kupperberg and illustrated by Norm Breyfogle, is great. It follows two storylines, one in which Veronica and Archie marry, and one in which Betty and Archie marry. The framework for this was set up in The Archie Wedding: Archie in "Will You Marry Me?" (2010), but here the story is given more room to breathe, without need for massive time-jumps. This collection inhabits an interesting space in that it is appropriate for all ages (you won't even see a drop of alcohol, though characters can be seen drowning their sorrows in chocolate malts!), but much of the subject matter is very adult. In each storyline, many of the characters are dealing with serious issues--making ends meet, layoff, dead-end jobs, death and dying, red tape, the boss from hell. If, like me, you know these characters from decades back, it is great to see them finally start to grow up and face some of the difficult situations and choices of life in the working world. Uslan and Kupperberg have allowed the characters to grow emotionally and experientially, not just physically and situationally. Breyfogle's art strikes the right balance between the traditional Archie look and a modern clear-line graphic novel style, and serves the story admirably. This first volume puts this series on a strong footing, and I'm looking forward to continuing with it. (Note: Review copy loaned free of charge by the Queens Library)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rosa

    I haven't read Archie comics in years, but the other day I remembered the marriage storyline and decided to look into it. This volume covers the first 6 issues of that storyline. Archie takes a walk down memory lane and we get to see what his life would be like if he married both Betty and Veronica. I know not everyone is thrilled with the idea but the Betty/Veronica debate has gone on for years and it's a neat way to make everyone happy. The alternate story lines are both pretty interesting and I haven't read Archie comics in years, but the other day I remembered the marriage storyline and decided to look into it. This volume covers the first 6 issues of that storyline. Archie takes a walk down memory lane and we get to see what his life would be like if he married both Betty and Veronica. I know not everyone is thrilled with the idea but the Betty/Veronica debate has gone on for years and it's a neat way to make everyone happy. The alternate story lines are both pretty interesting and I like seeing what's going to happen in both scenarios. I will admit that since other factors differ, such as when other characters get married and what characters are doing with their lives. Sometimes, this gets a little bit confusing b/c you have a moment where you go "wait a minute...." but then you get yourself re-situated and keep going. I did feel like they may have made Veronica's dad a little bit too much the villain. Now as I said I haven't read in years but I don't remember him being so evil feeling when I was a kid. He's making it impossible for people to survive in what is already a very difficult environment. I definitely want to keep reading this, particularly since I want to see what turns out the same in both environments and what ends up different.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Rating: 5/5 – Archie All Grown Up. My sole experience with Archie prior to this last year was picking up copies of Archie’s Double Digest at the grocery store as a child. I long ago moved on to what I thought were more “serious” superhero comics and never looked back. Then along came Afterlife with Archie, which not only threw zombies into the mix, but replaced slapstick humor with mature themes and situations. Spurred by this and news of Archie’s impending death, I decided to give Life with Rating: 5/5 – Archie All Grown Up. My sole experience with Archie prior to this last year was picking up copies of Archie’s Double Digest at the grocery store as a child. I long ago moved on to what I thought were more “serious” superhero comics and never looked back. Then along came Afterlife with Archie, which not only threw zombies into the mix, but replaced slapstick humor with mature themes and situations. Spurred by this and news of Archie’s impending death, I decided to give Life with Archie a try, a series that for the last few years has focused on two possible futures (one in which Archie married Betty, the other Veronica). Archie: The Married Life Book #1 collects the first six issues of this series, each issue featuring one story each from the two possible futures. In other words, this collection is jammed packed with a lot of fantastic material that has definitively cemented me as an Archie fan for life! Read more: https://comicspectrumtpb.wordpress.co...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maan

    Book #42 for 2013: I admit, I am and forever will be Team Veronica. I've always been a fan Archie Comics. Borrowed this book from an officemate. Good thing I did not spend a cent on this book because I had a hard time reading it. It was sooooo obvious that the book is Pro-Betty. Case in point: there were 12 "chapters" (or parts? I don't know. Whatever you call it). Veronica and Betty had 6 chapters/parts each. For every chapter, there's a cover page. Betty got 2 "happy" (or maybe positive is the Book #42 for 2013: I admit, I am and forever will be Team Veronica. I've always been a fan Archie Comics. Borrowed this book from an officemate. Good thing I did not spend a cent on this book because I had a hard time reading it. It was sooooo obvious that the book is Pro-Betty. Case in point: there were 12 "chapters" (or parts? I don't know. Whatever you call it). Veronica and Betty had 6 chapters/parts each. For every chapter, there's a cover page. Betty got 2 "happy" (or maybe positive is the right term? I don't know) covers while Veronica only got one happy cover. Betty got only 4 unhappy covers while Veronica had five. Also, the death of Miss Grundy happened in one of the Archie Marries Betty stories. Why can't they give Veronica a bit of happiness and significant story line? And why did they make Mr. Lodge so evil? So there. Sorry if I sound so affected. I do not mean to offend the Betty fans. Just my 2 cents.

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