Comic Book Talk The Place to talk about Comics

So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Old 04-08-14, 03:12 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Sean O'Hara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Vichy America
Posts: 13,533
So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Really?

Really?


Riverdale's teen everyman Archie Andrews, the comic world's good-hearted small-town hero, will sacrifice his own life to save a friend at the conclusion of the series Life with Archie.

The shocking news about the iconic pop culture character was announced Tuesday by Archie Comics publisher Jon Goldwater.

Archie Andrews will die in Life with Archie #36, a forthcoming issue of the 'flash-forward' series exploring the character's life after high school and college. The issue will be released in July 2014. (Courtesy Archie Comics)

Archie will die in July's Life with Archie #36, a forthcoming issue of the "flash-forward" series exploring the character's life after high school and college.

"We've been building up to this moment since we launched Life with Archie five years ago and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie's life as an adult had to also show his final moment, Goldwater said in a statement.

"This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie. Fans will laugh, cry, jump off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history. It's the biggest story we've ever done, and we're supremely proud of it."

The subsequent issue (#37) will jump forward a year and look at how the rest of the Riverdale crew — including his love interests Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, best friend Jughead Jones and friend/nemesis Reggie Mantle — dealt with his death.

In recent years, Archie Comics has branched out into more contemporary story lines, including those involving its first gay characters, and nontraditional spinoff series.

For instance, the publisher teamed up with TV's high school music show Glee for a crossover project, called on controversial Girls creator Lena Dunham to pen a four-issue story and waded into the horror comic genre with the series Afterlife with Archie, which features the Riverdale gang encountering things like zombies, other undead creatures and magical incantations.
Sean O'Hara is offline  
Old 04-08-14, 03:23 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Legend
 
stingermck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: NC
Posts: 14,790
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Life of Archie, future what if series. Everyone relax.
stingermck is offline  
Old 04-08-14, 03:52 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Legend
 
bluetoast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,469
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

They should have done all these gimmicks back in the 90's where they belong.
bluetoast is offline  
Old 04-08-14, 04:36 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Hero
 
JasonF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 39,037
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

BTW, if you haven't checked out Afterlife with Archie, it's worth a look. The zombie apocalypse comes to Riverdale. Really well done.
JasonF is offline  
Old 04-08-14, 05:32 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Posts: 25,631
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Didn't they already due Archie marries Veronica and Archie marries Betty alternate futures as well? So which one did he marry in this alternate future?
fujishig is offline  
Old 04-08-14, 07:01 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Legend
 
The Valeyard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Building attractions one theme park at a time.
Posts: 10,415
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Both. Life with Archie runs two stories every issue. One future where he married Betty. The other where be married Veronica. The death of Archie will apparently take place in both futures.

Wolverine is also dying this Fall.
The Valeyard is offline  
Old 04-08-14, 07:14 PM
  #7  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 6,584
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

So Archie has a multiverse too?

Ultimate Archie
Archie 2099
Earth-2 Archie
taffer is offline  
Old 04-08-14, 07:38 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Crocker Jarmen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 6,659
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

It would be awesome if Archie sacrifices himself by jumping in front of The Punisher's gunfire.

Crocker Jarmen is offline  
Old 04-08-14, 08:27 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Posts: 25,631
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Originally Posted by The Valeyard View Post
Both. Life with Archie runs two stories every issue. One future where he married Betty. The other where be married Veronica. The death of Archie will apparently take place in both futures.

Wolverine is also dying this Fall.
Murdered by the one he doesn't pick? Or a secretly pining Kevin Keller? Now that would be a twist.

The big question is... are we getting a pieta cover?
fujishig is offline  
Old 04-08-14, 08:32 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
hanshotfirst1138's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Livonia MI
Posts: 9,678
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Originally Posted by The Valeyard View Post
Wolverine is also dying this Fall.


That's news to me. Though pretty much everyone in comics dies at some point, and no one stays that way.
hanshotfirst1138 is offline  
Old 04-09-14, 03:41 AM
  #11  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Paul_SD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: In the studio, mixing my metaphors
Posts: 5,890
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Originally Posted by JasonF View Post
BTW, if you haven't checked out Afterlife with Archie, it's worth a look. The zombie apocalypse comes to Riverdale. Really well done.
Yeah, I've heard this from several people now. Most recently from a friend who is a colorist at an indie publisher and still a huge regular weekly buyer of floppies.

While my favorite Archie stuff is still all Dan DeCarlo related, I've come to appreciate the property in general quite a bit. Would like to check it out once it gets collected as a trade or series of trades. I don't expect I'll ever buy another floppy as long as I live. The cost/value benefit just isn't there for me.
Paul_SD is offline  
Old 04-09-14, 11:48 AM
  #12  
DVD Talk Hero
 
davidh777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Home of 2013 NFL champion Seahawks
Posts: 40,555
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

I was underwhelmed by the original Archie Marries.... series (partly because of the sloppy art), but I really like the Life with Archie series, which I've been keeping up with via TPB.

I've heard good things about Afterlife as well and will give it a look on TPB.
davidh777 is offline  
Old 04-09-14, 12:00 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Posts: 25,631
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Originally Posted by hanshotfirst1138 View Post


That's news to me. Though pretty much everyone in comics dies at some point, and no one stays that way.
I think the surprise, to me, is that Wolvie is dying in an Archie comic. Seems like an odd crossover, but what do I know?
fujishig is offline  
Old 04-09-14, 02:43 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Spiderbite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 13,111
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

I shouldn't have been surprised but the KISS meets Archie set that came out a couple of years ago was horrendous. I should have know better but being a major KISS fan and a minor Archie fan, I bought it blind. Regret sucks.
Spiderbite is offline  
Old 04-09-14, 02:56 PM
  #15  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 6,584
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Originally Posted by fujishig View Post
I think the surprise, to me, is that Wolvie is dying in an Archie comic. Seems like an odd crossover, but what do I know?
Didn't the end of the Archie/Punisher crossover tease a Jughead/Wolverine crossover? Maybe Jughead kills Wolverine!
taffer is offline  
Old 04-09-14, 04:07 PM
  #16  
DVD Talk Legend
 
bluetoast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,469
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

Pretty funny that Micro was about to initiate a romance with Mrs. Grundy, and years later Punisher kills him. I'll have to get these Life With Archie TPBs.

Edit: And now that I'm looking at these covers, I'm going to have to pick up a few of #36 and #37 as well. I've been buying Archie comics since 1991, but I didn't get into the present day alternate universe stuff. Though I was a fine of Archie 3000 and Jughead's Diner (and that was pretty damn trippy). Just pre-ordered Afterlife With Archie.

Last edited by bluetoast; 04-09-14 at 08:20 PM.
bluetoast is offline  
Old 08-23-14, 10:56 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Hero
 
davidh777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Home of 2013 NFL champion Seahawks
Posts: 40,555
Re: So Long Archie, You Were a Good Man

FWIW, I read a couple issues of the Death of Archie arc. No spoilers, but I thought it was pretty good. Melodramatic, yeah, but the whole Life with Archie series has been melodramatic, and it works for the most part.

I finally caught up with this as well:



Afterlife with Archie is even more messed up than I expected, but it's also really good. It starts with the same characters and relationships we're familiar with, but the first six issues feel like it's a standalone universe where they don't care what the hell they do, which makes it really interesting to see what happens next. It kind of elevates the genre from a bunch of cookiecutter characters whom we don't like and don't care about because we know they're all goners, until we develop an attachment to the cute girl who we think has a chance to make it out.
davidh777 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.