Posted by G-Man (39569 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

How many times have we seen the "death" of a comic book character? Despite all the hoopla over this issue, there is a feeling of sincerity. This may be part of the future Archie stories, but it's not a death that he'll come back from. Next issue's aftermath issue is the final of the series.

LIFE WITH ARCHIE has always explored the two possibilities of Archie marrying Betty or Veronica. Each issue would be split into two with stories focusing on the different timelines. This issue brings the two worlds together. This issue may contain the death of Archie, but it does a great job in recapping where Archie has been along with the importance of family and friends. Throughout its run, this series has not shied away from taking on deep topics.

In case you haven't been keeping up with the series, you do get a quick refresher of what has happened up until this point in both timelines. There has been a lot. The beauty of this book is how Paul Kupperberg balances and combines the two timelines. In this one single story, is he married to Betty or Veronica? The answer is is "yes." It's a story that fits in nicely with both. It's not a cheap death and Archie truly goes out in a heroic fashion.

Pat and Tim Kennedy's art gives us the Archie characters at a slightly older stage. Again, this is taking place in the possible distant future. For example, Archie has two kids in their teens. Seeing the different characters and having Archie reflect on many of them is a good way to build up the emotion and feeling of where this story is headed.

The Bad

For those not familiar with what has happened in the two timelines, there's a lot to take in on the two recap pages.

We do get a nice and lengthy story. It does provide insight into what's going on in Archie's head and world before the tragic event. A couple parts did feel like they dragged a little just to provide a longer story.

Of course with the way comics sometimes have to be marketed these days, it's always unfortunate when the meat of a story is spoiled before you get a chance to read it. Sure, we all knew this issue would contain the death of Archie. That's important so readers don't miss it and retailers know to order sufficient copies. But seeing the actual scene took away some of the impact when it comes up in the actual issue. It may be about raising more attention to casual readers but it didn't seem necessary to spoil it for those that would actually read the issue. The main cover shows enough to arouse curiosity.

The Verdict

The time for the death of Archie has arrived. It might be easy to dismiss this as a mere publicity stunt but given the nature of the LIFE WITH ARCHIE series and the fact that it is coming to an end, the story does feel sincere. Paul Kupperberg gives us a nice long reflection over Archie and those that mean a lot to him. The series has always been split into the possible futures of Archie having married Betty or Veronica. In a brilliant fashion, this issue easily fits into both future timelines. For those deeply invested into Archie, it might be difficult to accept or take in this tragedy. It is done in a tasteful way. The only downside is you might have already seen how he dies before actually reading the issue. Next issue's follow up shouldn't be missed either. This is a story many are talking about and you won't want to miss it.

#1 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8195 posts) - - Show Bio

This better be the prequel to a new AfterLife with Archie series dammit!!!!!!!

#2 Posted by HolySerpent (13351 posts) - - Show Bio

You review instead of harbinger #25

#3 Posted by ShadowHuntR (732 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't understand why they got him killed when you can see him in his future with either Veronica and Betty with children.

They even state in the first Archie Marries Veronica that the story takes place before the pregnancy.

Will they revive him at some point...?

#4 Posted by G-Man (39569 posts) - - Show Bio

@shadowhuntr: Not sure where you saw that. This is the end. His kids are grown, as I mentioned in the review. Next issue is the last issue of the series. This is the FUTURE story.

#5 Posted by SaintWildcard (15571 posts) - - Show Bio

Time for a trip to the Lazarus pit

#6 Posted by TommytheHitman (4222 posts) - - Show Bio
#7 Edited by ShadowHuntR (732 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_man: It was in Archie Marries Veronica #1 (Don't know about Betty, never read it).

Here is the issue in question :

The kids in Life with Archie #36 is him seeing himself 25 years in the future. When he died, he didn't have his kids yet. Reggie is barely starting his relationship with Betty (if you read Archie Marries Veronica).

So when he dies, Veronica isn't pregnant yet. So did Archie change the future? Or he'll eventualy be back which will bring us to this moment?

#8 Posted by iaconpoint (1382 posts) - - Show Bio

The situation in which he dies is laughable. I mean really...

#9 Posted by mogo1 (174 posts) - - Show Bio

This is the first Archie comic I ever fully read and it was pretty neat. His death would of been a hundred times better if he would of stopped the shooter. Yes he saved those people from the first shot but the shooter still had the gun and could of shot again if that agent wasn't there!

Overall it was a good story. Also, I TOTALLY guessed that guy was the shooter immediately. He had shifty eyes from the start

#10 Posted by MK5 (193 posts) - - Show Bio

Dang! I've only read Archie when he was in high school, but the cover of this issue still hits me. I didn't even know about the two timelines!

#11 Posted by ZeroOriginality (17 posts) - - Show Bio

It's about time! He should have died a long time ago.