Life With Archie #36

Life With Archie #36

Writer: Paul Kupperberg Artist: Pat Kennedy Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: July 16, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16
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History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America's most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie's future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism.

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jul 15, 2014

    Life With Archie #36 is a perfect comic book about life and death. The next issue will act as a coda to all of this and that will deal more heavily with how everyone in Riverdale handles this death. What Life With Archie #36 does is paint the picture of a man on his last day of life doing what a normal man would do on any given day. It might even bring a tear to your eye and once for all shows that comics can be extremely emotional. Comics are more than super powers. At the end of the day, any one can be hero and that will be Archie's legacy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Jul 15, 2014

    I've never been a fan of Archie Andrews. When I first heard about the events of this issue (and who hasn't?), my first thought was, why not Life Without Archie then? He's not the most interesting of the Riverdale gang, and his place in the story, while central obviously, isn't what makes it the fascinating romp that it is. Well, Life with Archie #36 changed all that. I was totally, 100% wrong. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Den Of Geek! - Chris Cummins Jul 16, 2014

    The brilliance of these final pages is how they crescendo with tension and sadness, leaving readers with the bleak realization that something tragic and senseless has happened. Dealing with LGBT and gun control issues in a comic is a powder keg of controversy, one that this installment has no doubt ignited. But at no point in the book does Kupperberg feel the need to grandstand and shove his views on the issues down the throats of readers. They are a part of the story to be sure, but they aren't the story. The focus, as always with Archie is on the characters, and how their bonds can't be broken. Apparently even by death. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jul 16, 2014

    "Life With Archie" was one of the first attempts to expand the boundaries of the Archie franchise, and "Life With Archie" #36 is the latest to successfully do so with a story device that some might call a gimmick, but is actually a magnificent example of solid storytelling that pushes the limits of the franchise while still remaining faithful to it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Todd Frazier Jul 16, 2014

    Moments of reflection about both the past and futures that might have been offer a touching retrospect to the many issues and good times that the cast of Life With Archie has faced. Now the cast must take on a new challenge in next week's final issue with the passing of the nexus of the Archie Universe. Life With Archie #36 was a solid issue that brought new readers up to speed without shoehorning past plots or narratives. Even if readers are unfamiliar with the Archie cast, the reflection of a life through good and trying times is something all readers can relate to and enjoy, especially when the story is done as well as it is in this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 22, 2014

    With death and change (sometimes change just for the sake of change) all around the comic book market right now, the death of Archie in this issue doesn't seem forced, and it doesn't feel cheap. It's a satisfying conclusion to his journey within the pages of Life with Archie, and with just one more issue in the series, it's refreshing to see a character have a realistic end. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Lauren Michele Jul 16, 2014

    Some comic character deaths are hard to swallow. When Superman died in the 90's, it was a shock to fans everywhere. Since then we've witnessed the death of countless heroes"Captain America, Batman, Spider-Man, after a while you become numb to them and almost expect them. So when Archie Comics announced they would be killing off their title character, people actually listened and were genuinely shocked. To say my cellphone didn't blow up at the news would be an understatement. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    We The Nerdy - Adrienne Crean Jul 15, 2014

    Regular readers are aware that there had been a shooting in Riverdale against homosexuals, and to support the families of the ones lost in that shooting, a fundraiser was to take place. Kevin, the Senator to Riverdale, and a openly gay character feels it's his morale obligation to attend. Bringing in a nice political view on the sore topic at hand. This fundraiser set up the time and place for our beloved Archie to leave the comic world. How and exactly why? Readers will have to find out for themselves in this peaceful yet saddening finale. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 15, 2014

    For all intents and purposes this is a successful comic. If you're not keyed into the Archie universe you may lose interest when he recaps the importance of some of the lesser known co-stars, but the final pages and overall message is rock solid. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 16, 2014

    That said, the fact that I can mourn the death of Archie Andrews knowing full well the teenage version will live on says a lot about the execution of this comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Jul 17, 2014

    The integration of modern affairs into Life of Archie seems flawless. This issue leaves me feeling the same nostalgia that Archie feels, setting the mood for this issue and those to follow. The vague approach to which female Archie is married to alludes to the fact that in both universes, our long time Riverdale friend meets the same fate. An American icon heads to the grave. For anyone who has spent any time loving Archie comics, at any stage of its publication, this is a worthy read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 16, 2014

    The time for the death of Archie has arrived. It might be easy to dismiss this as a mere publicity stunt but given the nature of the LIFE WITH ARCHIE series and the fact that it is coming to an end, the story does feel sincere. Paul Kupperberg gives us a nice long reflection over Archie and those that mean a lot to him. The series has always been split into the possible futures of Archie having married Betty or Veronica. In a brilliant fashion, this issue easily fits into both future timelines. For those deeply invested into Archie, it might be difficult to accept or take in this tragedy. It is done in a tasteful way. The only downside is you might have already seen how he dies before actually reading the issue. Next issue's follow up shouldn't be missed either. This is a story many are talking about and you won't want to miss it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Jul 15, 2014

    Is this a buy? Perhaps. It's definitely a browse, and I think that it's worth buying digitally, if you can get it for $1.99 or less. The $4.99 price tag is hefty, but we're definitely approaching the age of the $5.00 comic, so we better stop balking at that price point. I think you should pick it up in the shop and look it over, just to see if it's the type of thing that you want to try to go back and read. Personally, I am intrigued with the idea of the adult Riverdale gang, and maybe, just maybe, the dual universe story won't be as jarring as the recap makes it seem. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Jul 21, 2014

    Though Archie will live forever as a teenager in other titles, there's something automatically poignant about knowing his mid-20s are the end of the line. Those of us who grew up on a steady diet of his adventures will mourn. I only wish Life With Archie #36 had done more to show us why. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 15, 2014

    For those who have grown up with Archie and followed him into the parallel universes of married life, Life with Archie #36 will be a sad chapter in the Riverdale saga. And if you've grown up with him, how could you not feel for him? How could you not savor in the life that he's put together, seeing the all-too-uncertain futures of Archie and the gang as they've all grown up? But I would argue that the death of a cultural icon like Archie isn't just about his friends " it's also about the people who never got a chance to meet him. It's about distilling everything that made Archie Andrews great, and giving him a sendoff that feels both jarring, fitting and earned. This bleak finale unfortunately has none of that. Life with Archie #36 may grab headlines, but it won't pluck your heartstrings. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jul 16, 2014

    Im most certainly not the target audience for Life With Archie #36. Reading an overall look at Archies past and understanding why Archies the purest character didnt interest me. The book is extremely new reader friendly but Id much rather have read stories like the ones in the recap. The ending isnt much of a shock and I have no desire to go and read any more Archie books. The art is exactly what I expected and aside from some subtleties, nothing great. Longtime Archie fans will most likely love this because of its focus on Archie and the gangs history. Those just picking it up to see Archie die, which is unfortunately probably the majority, will end up disappointed. Plus, Betty or Veronica? Choose Archie damn you, choose!! Read Full Review

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