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Archie #600

August 22, 2009

Archie #600 (Archie Comics)
By Michael Uslan & Stan Goldberg

The big Archie #600, part one of “Archie Marries Veronica,” finally hits. Five years in the future, upon graduating from college, Archie and his friends begin discussing their different paths — where the world is taking each of them, how the group is separating apparently for good. And Archie, thinking things over, finally makes the decision that’s been weighing on his mind for nearly 70 years. It’s an interesting comic, but not quite a great one. Michael Uslan has crafted a pretty good story. He’s got a grasp on the characters personalities, and the way Archie makes his decision makes good sense. The scene with Archie and Mr. Lodge, in particular, is very good. But there are some problems as well. Sure, this story takes place “in the future,” but Uslan basically starts with an enormous “RESET” button ready to hit in part six. Some of the dialogue is funky too — Jughead talking about Archie “dissing” their friendship just sounds like it was written by someone trying way too hard to sound like a teenager. Then there’s Betty. The story is called “Archie Marries Veronica,” but the way Betty’s part of the story is shaped the ending of this whole thing seems kind of telegraphed. It could be wrong, of course, Uslan supposedly has some surprises up his sleeve, but I’ll be watching closely. If nothing else, I’m glad Archie Comics continues to take some real storytelling risks, and I’ll be anxious to see where this story goes.
Rating: 7/10

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