If you only read one review today, make it Chris Sims’s appraisal of Life With Archie, the new magazine that carries dual storylines about Archie’s marriage to Veronica and to Betty, respectively. I really didn’t know what to expect from the magazine (I still haven’t seen a copy), and Sims says it’s an odd juxtaposition of Justin Beiber pix and adult melodrama:
I’ve joked before that a comic that was really about “Mature Themes” wouldn’t have swearing and sex and violence and other stuff teenagers like, it’d be about a guy who was really dissatisfied with his job and worried that he’d made the wrong choices and become a failure in his life while slowly growing more isolated from the people he once called friends. And that is exactly what this comic is about.
He puts it into context (like me, Sims is a huge, unashamed Archie fan) and teases out some of the subtleties of the stories, including the ways in which Michael Uslan and artist Norm Breyfogle seem to be bringing some of their superhero sensibility and story devices into the comic. Who knew Dilton Doiley could end up being the key to it all?
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