Eternal teenager Archie Andrews can’t hold off Father Time forever. The popular comics character is killed off in “Life With Archie” No. 36, on sale now.
The flash-forward series “Life With Archie” looks at Archie Andrews’ future in two timelines: in one, as the husband to Betty; in the other, he married Veronica.
“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,” Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in a news release.
Oklahoma comic-book writer and critic Rob Vollmar said Archie’s end fits in with what’s happened to other comic-book characters.
“Death of a main or major character has always been the great taboo of serial comics, and it’s kind of neat to see how the Archie mythos will go through this after decades of timelessness,” said Vollmar, of Chickasha.
“As Archie has been released from his decades-long limbo of not choosing between Betty or Veronica, of never leaving high school, of never facing adult problems in an adult world, it seems only fitting that people would be curious to see how he, and his friends, cope with mortality.”
Vollmar said this could be seen as an effort to goose sales, but he also thinks the storyline will be interesting to newbies and longtime fans.
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