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I agree with the other reviewers
on September 6, 2012
I bought the 1st Best of Archie as well as the Barnes and Noble exclusive Archie's Super Digest and now I own Vol. 2 of the Best of Archie. I thoroughly enjoyed the first volume but I must agree with the other reviewers, this one just isn't as good.
Like the previous volume, it is separated by decade with descriptions of each story provided by employees of Archie Comics and famous fans of Archie.
Also it includes a couple of stories such as Wilbur, Ginger, Super Duck, and several different incarnations/interpretations of Sabrina.
Some of the stories are a bit longer compared to the fist volume, which makes sense.
Now, why am I giving this book only 4 stars? Well, the backseat characters with their own stories seem to have a bit more prominence in this volume compared to the last. This isn't so much a bad thing, but it means less Archie and the gang. Even worse, due to the longer stories we get even less when you combine that to all the Josie and Sabrina stories. In fact, the entire 1950s decade in the book is absent of an Archie story, the only stories covered are Wilbur, Ginger, Pat the Brat, Cosmo the Merry Martian and Katy Keene.
Considering this is a Best of Archie, there should be a bit more emphasis on Archie and the Gang. I think they should dedicate separate Best of books to Josie, Sabrina, Wilbur, Ginger and so on.
Overall though, I still think the book is worth getting if you are like me and don't want to invest in all the double digests. I'd also consider looking into Archie Super Comics Digest which is only $6.98 at B&N (for some reason its not sold on Amazon).
I hope we see more 400+ page volumes of Archie because its the best bang for your buck and gives casual fans such as myself a chance to get into Archie without all the money spent on digests and double digests.