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Archie Marries... by Michael E. Uslan
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Dec 11, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read in December, 2010

When I heard about this big event, I knew I had to read the story. I was an Archie fan as a kid. The hardcover edition is really nice and has a bunch of interviews in the back.

Don't worry about Archie finally aging after the better part of a century--this is a what-if scenario, so Archie and friends will in all likelihood remain perpetual teenagers in the main comics storyline. "Archie Marries..." is a frame story in which Archie travels up Memory Lane twice, going into his own future where he marries first Veronica, then Betty (in alternate realities, not one after the other, of course).

According to an interview in the back of the book, most readers were rooting for good-hearted Betty to finally win the battle for Archie's affections. I have always kind of rooted for Veronica, though I don't have any good reason for it. She's just fun. But I enjoyed reading both stories and seeing how things turned out both ways. Archie's marriage affects everyone around him in both stories, so that was interesting. There were a lot of similar moments with small differences, and sometimes similar moments with big differences. Archie's choice of a wife affects his career, friends, family, level of happiness, and general lifestyle. Longtime readers can probably guess who he's really best suited to be with, but that's something readers will want to see for themselves.

Definitely a cool comics event for anyone who has a fondness for these old-school characters. Surprisingly touching and really well plotted and drawn.
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