Archie Comics: Archie MARRIES Valerie! And HAS A KID!

Is there no end to the 21st century-ness of Archie Comics Publications? Don’t get me wrong–I love the fact that they are indulging in everything that happens in today’s world, and it’s nice to see them with the rest of society. Perhaps I’m having a bit of shock since I’m totally used to Archie Comics not doing things that I would like for them to do. I’ve always wondered what it would be like for Archie Comics to have an interracial kid, and now, we all will no the answer.

Moniqueblog reader Paul Jeromack pointed this Comics Alliance story out to me. I’d been following the Valerie/Archie thing off and on, and I had written a post about the upcoming issue where we see Valerie and Archie as an item again. But, Archie Comics is showing that they’re going to go about the Valerie/Archie relationship in a big way, and they’re going to do it in the same vein as they did the Archie Marries series. If they make it bleed over into Life with Archie remains to be seen.

Anyway, it would seem that there are going to be three books in the miniseries just like the last time. Here are the covers, which are pretty self-explanatory, along with the official synopses:

ARCHIE #631
“Another Love Song” – The Pussycats are in town and Valerie has big news for her on-and-off-again boyfriend Archie: Her family is moving to Riverdale! Not everyone is thrilled with the news, however, as Betty and Veronica don’t need the competition! The girls may have found the perfect boy to get their mind’s off Archie, though – Valerie’s brother!
Script: Dan Parent
Art & Cover: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: 3/14
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 3/28
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

ARCHIE #632
Archie Marries Valerie Part 2 – “With This Ring…” – The greatest love story in Archie history continues as Valerie (from Josie and the Pussycats) moves to Riverdale and shakes things up in a big way! In the style of the best-selling Life with Archie, Valerie takes a stroll down the famed Memory Lane, envisioning what her life would be like marrying Archie! Is a life of wedded bliss in the cards for the pair or will unexpected complications, not to mention past flames, keep them apart? Find out in the second part of the Archie Marries Valerie saga!
Script: Dan Parent
Art & Cover: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: 4/11
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/25
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.

No synopsis yet

The issues will be out in March, April and I’m presuming the last issue featuring the child will be in May. Paul told me about a comment at Comics Alliance that stated that because Archie gets accused of being conservative, they are using this guise in order to put out some very progressive stuff, while DC and Marvel, who are always labeled as being progressive, show a lot of conservative thinking in actuality. Paul also stated that the fact that Dan Parent is writing and illustrating this story arc for what could be thought of as a children’s story is probably even more progressive than people let on, because this means that the idea of sex is actually being addressed in a children’s comic book. Couple that with the recent addition of Kevin in Riverdale, and I dare say that Archie Comics is getting to be an even bigger player than DC and Marvel combined!

Perhaps DC is trying to show their relevance by putting out their Watchmen prequels. More on that later, but I think this could bite them in the butt.

In any case, I know now that I’m going to have to order the back issues of the Valerie and Archie saga in order to fully critique this new set of comics. I’ll be honest and say that Archie Andrews has never been my favorite (he always seemed like a misogynist to me), but perhaps he’ll be more likeable in this story. Perhaps Valerie has made him likeable.

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2 comments for “Archie Comics: Archie MARRIES Valerie! And HAS A KID!

  1. TulitaPepsi
    February 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    “The girls may have found the perfect boy to get their mind’s off Archie, though – Valerie’s brother!”
    Whooah! How’d I miss that?! That’s even MORE awesome. For “mainstream” white America, inter-racial dating is fairly OK when it’s white guy with an “other” (Asian, Black, Latina) girl. But an African-American guy double-dating two white girls is another story. Go on, Betty and Ronnie! :)

  2. Me again
    February 29, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Aww Betty boo, i know he met you first… u gonna make me cry too

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