Review: Archie: The Married Life Book 1

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Title: Archie: The Married Life Book 1
Author: Michael E. Uslan, Paul Kupperberg, Norm Breyfogle
Genre: Comics, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Archie Comics
Source: Library
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Find out what happens after the “I do”s!

Delve deeper into all of the emotion and drama surrounding two different choices: Archie’s decision to marry sultry debutante Veronica Lodge versus his decision to marry sexy girl next door Betty Cooper. How do his choices affect not only Riverdale, but the world and everyone around him? Is it a match made in heaven? Will he find that he can’t put a price on love?

Collects the first six chapters of both Archie Marries Veronica and Archie Marries Betty, the most critically acclaimed storyline Archie has ever published, as originally seen in the newsstand magazine Life with Archie.

Review:

I loved Archie comics as a kid, and I still love them today.

This book about an adult Archie reminded me of the show, Riverdale, which I’m obsessed with. It had some of the same subplots, such as Mr. Lodge buying lots of property in Riverdale and an important mayoral race. There were mature themes explored in this story, such as marriage, death, and losing jobs. The comics I read as a kid were more optimistic and innocent. The worst thing that happened was that Cheryl Blossom would come to town and steal Archie from Betty and Veronica. This book shows more of what happens in real life, which was kind of depressing most of the time.

One thing that bothered me about this book was the way that it switched between Archie and Veronica’s married life and Archie and Betty’s married life. Both lives were similar but slightly different. For example in both stories, Jughead was trying to buy Pop’s diner but was struggling to find the money. However, only in one of them does Moose run for mayor. I kept getting confused between chapters because it would alternate between them both. One thing I liked was that there were some characters and events that appeared in both of Archie’s stories, so those things were meant to be. It would have been easier to read if the book was divided into two different sections, one about Betty and one about Veronica, rather than having alternating chapters.

Despite the confusion, I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

 

Review: I’m Not Your Sweet Babboo!

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Title: I’m Not Your Sweet Babboo!
Author: Charles M. Schulz
Genre: Comic
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Pick up a glass of milk, curl up with your security blanket, and enjoy the timeless brilliance of Peanuts in this new collection of comic strips!

Everyone’s favorite classic characters are back: Peppermint Patty enrolls in a private school to end her academic troubles—only to discover she’s just graduated from obedience school. Linus finds himself entangled in a love triangle (and stuck on top of a snow-covered roof). And Charlie Brown runs away from the law and becomes a vagrant baseball coach.

The Peanuts crew is lovable, popular, and charming, but please whatever you do, don’t call Linus “My Sweet Babboo!”

Review:

This is the first collection of Peanuts comics that I’ve read. I have seen some of the comics over the years, and I always watched the holiday specials when I was a kid.

These are cute little comics. Many of them are related, with storylines that take up multiple pages. These stories are still relatable years after they were first written.

Snoopy is one of my favourite characters! I love his commentary. I also love the dynamic between Peppermint Patty and Marcie. I kept laughing when Marcie called her “sir.”

This is a great collection for fans of Peanuts!

Kill Shakespeare – Past is Prologue: Juliet (Issue #1)

Title: Kill Shakespeare – Past is Prologue: Juliet
Author: Conor McCreery
Genre: Comic
Publisher: IDW
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

This new series is the prologue to the Kill Shakespeare comic series.

Juliet Capulet is still alive. She survived her cut from Romeo’s dagger. Now she is living with her mother and her mother’s new husband Shylock. Her mother wants Juliet to go live with her new husband and the new Lord Montague, Benvolio. Juliet feels that she is being passed from one supervisor to another. No one wants to leave her alone because she wants to kill herself to join her beloved Romeo. Juliet ends up escaping and running through Verona, only to be met by a mysterious joker character that talks her into staying alive.

The premise of the Kill Shakespeare comics is that Shakespeare’s characters band together to kill their creator, Shakespeare. I loved this series! When I saw this comic, I knew I had to start this series too!

This was a very good introduction. I liked that it blends characters from different Shakespeare plays, like Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure. It also had a cliffhanger at the end. I’m excited to read the next issue.