Holiday Gift Guide: <i>Archie: The Married Life</i>

It’s a sliding doors world for Archie Andrews in Archie: The Married Life (Archie Comics) where we look at two possible realities for the eternal teen as he moves into adulthood. In one thread he marries the rich and sultry Veronica Lodge. In the other, he ties the knot with perpetual girl next door, Betty Cooper.

In both possible realities, we see the well-loved characters respectfully and interestingly treated. Long-time fans of the Riverdale teens won’t feel alienated by either the stories or the artwork. The comic retains the wholesomeness that brought the series such a large fanbase throughout its 70 year history, while gently moving it — finally! — into another era of his life.

This is the first dozen issues of the Archie: The Married Life comics bound into a single paperback volume. The resulting graphic novel will please old and new fans alike. ◊

Lincoln Cho is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in the Chicago area, where he works in the high-tech industry. He is currently working on a his first novel, a science-fiction thriller set in the world of telecommunications.

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