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Death of Archie is Coming in July

It won't be in the pages of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE either.

Archie Andrews is about to die. That might not be too shocking. The first thought might be we'll see his demise in the pages of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. It turns out, his upcoming death won't necessarily be in that series. Instead, the 70-year-old character will sacrifice himself heroically while saving the life of a friend in July's LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36.

The good news for Archie fans is LIFE WITH ARCHIE is the series that looks at Archie's life and adventures after high school and college.

“We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched LIFE WITH ARCHIE five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable. This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie. Fans will laugh, cry, jump off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history. It’s the biggest story we’ve ever done, and we’re supremely proud of it.”

The story will appear in different formats. There will be an extra-large magazine-size LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36, two comic-sized issues (issues #36 and 37), and a trade paperback collecting the entire story, written by Paul Kupperberg with art by Pat and Tim Kennedy and Fernando Ruiz.

While LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 shows readers Archie’s final moments, #37 leaps a year into the future, showcasing how the remaining members of the Riverdale gang—including Jughead, Betty & Veronica and Reggie—have honored the legacy of their dear friend. Both stories will be collected in the double-sized LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 magazine and upcoming trade paperback.

In addition to the acclaimed regular LIFE WITH ARCHIE creative team, the two comic book issues—sold exclusively at comic shops in July—will feature a pantheon of artistic luminaries contributing covers to the historic issue, including Francesco Francavilla, Fiona Staples, Ramon Perez, Walt Simonson, Jill Thompson, Mike Allred, Cliff Chiang, Adam Hughes, Tommy Lee Edwards and Alex Ross.

While this may be a "comic book death" and one set in a future series, this is the first time we'll see the ramifications of Archie's death among the other residents of Riverdale. That's what makes a comic book death story stand out, seeing how the others react and deal with it.

Update

The variant covers can be seen HERE.

12 Comments
Posted by iaconpoint

He'll be back in a reverse-cloned body after traveling through time in order to save the human race from an enraged Jughead.

Posted by fables87

Are they actually killing him off or is this like Afterlife were is an alternative timeline?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

He'll be back in a reverse-cloned body after traveling through time in order to save the human race from an enraged Jughead.

seems legit

Posted by 2cool4fun

@fables87: I believe it's like afterlife. And I hope it's as good as afterlife.

Posted by Nahuel

Is it gonna be canceled after issue 37? Because since I started reading Afterlife with Archie I've been thinking about trying more stuff from Archie Comics.

Mmmmmmmm....

Posted by kennybaese

@nahuel said:

Is it gonna be canceled after issue 37? Because since I started reading Afterlife with Archie I've been thinking about trying more stuff from Archie Comics.

Mmmmmmmm....

Looking on Amazon, the Life with Archie series is collected as "Archie: The Married Life." Four trades are out now, the fifth comes out in July and Amazon has the last one coming out in September.

Posted by InkInk

Seeing this made me embarrassed to be a comic fan for the first time in my life. What an idiotic idea this is, lets take a character who is supposed to stand for the ever disappearing childhood innocents of the comic industry and kill him so we can jump on the band wagon of cheap comic book stunt deaths and make ourselves look "mature". Every person knows they will die one day most get over the fact and if you are afraid of death have no fear boys and girls comics are here to shove the concept in your face.

Posted by mak13131313

They just talked about this on the CBS Evening News!

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Posted by NightFang

@inkink: Well, aren't you just a little ray of sunshine.

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@inkink:

Oh no how dare they try to do something serious or to tell a story. Stories shouldn't evolve or do stuff just the same old crap over and over for another 50 years right?