Should we add it to the list of comics the world never asked for.
Archie the Married Life – 10th Anniversary Issue #2
Written by Michael Uslan
Penciled by Dan Parent
Inked by J. Bone
Colored by Glenn Whitmore
Lettered by Jack Morelli
Published by Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Synopsis:(from the website)The story that follows Archie’s two possible futures—one where he’s married to Veronica and another where he’s married to Betty—continues! It’s nearly Archie and Veronica’s tenth anniversary—and they’re celebrating it by attending a Moose Mason for Congress rally! And while the action heats up on the political field, things turn dire in the Lodge household. Meanwhile, nearing Archie and Betty’s tenth anniversary, a mysterious call from Dilton Doiley alerts the couple to leave New York immediately and return to Riverdale!
The art is standard Archie with some airbrushed colors here and there.
Now, the story. Michael Uslan definitely has the feels in part one with Archie and Veronica married. It talks to life, parenting, and the odd contrived consequences we now impose on people. Machinations play a large role. While it is well written, Michael blows the cliffhanger with the most unbelievable line written. And, worse, I think this part of the story was the cliffhanger in a previous Archie book within the last year.
Part two is an alternate universe with Archie married to Betty. It suffers. It’s really a painful drag with a scrambled set of contrivances. This part of the story is like a soap opera and unrelatable to such a degree you can’t care about the characters.
Am I being too hard? Let me know in the comments!
With a second half story dragging it down, I give Archie the Married Life – 10th Anniversary Issue #2 a well-earned 2½ stars of 5.
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.