It took a really long time, but I finally got my hands on a copy of LIFE WITH ARCHIE #33. This is the magazine-style Archie Comics comic book containing two ongoing story lines. The first half of the book shows what life would be like if an adult Archie Andrews married Veronica Lodge and the second half of each book shows what would happen if an adult Archie married Betty Cooper. I really love this book, but here are a couple things I wish we could see more of:
1. Can Midge give birth already??: It seems like Midge (in the Archie/Betty world) has been pregnant forever -- and not just pregnant forever, but on the verge of giving birth forever! Even Jughead (the baby daddy) seems dazed by how long everything is taking! Enough!
2. Can we see more action from our action detective??: One of the things that I love about the Archie/Veronica world is that Mr. Lodge has hired Sam Hill to help Ronnie out of a huge legal jam. Sam Hill was a 1950s private detective published by Archie Comics and there have been plans for about five or six years to revive the character. One of the things that I love about the guy is that he's no pencil pusher. He's a punch-first-ask-later-and-then-have-a-glass-of-milk kind of guy. Unfortunately, he's spent too much time telling us what he's been up to instead of showing us in LIFE WITH ARCHIE. Hopefully we'll see more action from our private dick very soon!
Don't get me wrong! There is plenty to love in this issue. Such as, guess who proposes in the Archie/Veronica world?:
You're kind of left hoping that he wasn't going to ask her to fill in on a few shifts at the diner, but I think Ethel's instincts were on the money!
And then there is poor Dr. Clay Walker (AKA Kevin Keller's husband)! This poor guy is probably ready to leave Riverdale for Greendale! First he gets snubbed by too many of his patients. Then he gets shot. Now he's being stalked by some weirdo -- who kind of looks like Jughead's new part-time employee! I think we're going to see more intrigue involving Clay, Kevin, and the mysterious Ruben Cruz/Wendell Simmons pretty soon!
Incidentally, someone needs to warn Clay that he shouldn't be sporting that guy hoodie too proudly or else someone might stand their ground against him again in the near future!
Speaking of creepy employees, the Chowhouse II just hired a new security guy over in the Archie/Betty world. He seems too shadowy. Wanna bet he's trouble??
Lastly, check out this courtroom spread! See if you can guess every character sitting in the aisles and share your guesses in the comments section and I'll share the true results (confirmed by Fernando Ruiz himself!) later on Christmas Day!