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Since their debut in 1979, the world has watched the Pattersons grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family. This new series is the definitive edition of For Better or For Worse, collecting each decade of the strip in three volumes. The cast expands and roles that will play a big part down the road are just starting to bud. New adventures await Elizabeth Since their debut in 1979, the world has watched the Pattersons grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family. This new series is the definitive edition of For Better or For Worse, collecting each decade of the strip in three volumes. The cast expands and roles that will play a big part down the road are just starting to bud. New adventures await Elizabeth as she enters kindergarten and has to spend some time in the hospital. Michael has to deal with a bully at school and takes a flight to Vancouver—all by himself! John has an unfortunate accident and is arrested for breaking and entering! And Elly finds a worthwhile cause in heading up a campaign to save the historic city hall which has been scheduled for demolition. Plus, Uncle Phil begins a new relationship and the Enjo family moves next door. Lynn Johnston's signature style becomes more defined and her storylines more complex as we carry on through the eighties. Volume Two collects the complete daily and Sunday comics from January 1983 through July 14, 1986, with all Sunday comics printed in color.


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Since their debut in 1979, the world has watched the Pattersons grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family. This new series is the definitive edition of For Better or For Worse, collecting each decade of the strip in three volumes. The cast expands and roles that will play a big part down the road are just starting to bud. New adventures await Elizabeth Since their debut in 1979, the world has watched the Pattersons grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family. This new series is the definitive edition of For Better or For Worse, collecting each decade of the strip in three volumes. The cast expands and roles that will play a big part down the road are just starting to bud. New adventures await Elizabeth as she enters kindergarten and has to spend some time in the hospital. Michael has to deal with a bully at school and takes a flight to Vancouver—all by himself! John has an unfortunate accident and is arrested for breaking and entering! And Elly finds a worthwhile cause in heading up a campaign to save the historic city hall which has been scheduled for demolition. Plus, Uncle Phil begins a new relationship and the Enjo family moves next door. Lynn Johnston's signature style becomes more defined and her storylines more complex as we carry on through the eighties. Volume Two collects the complete daily and Sunday comics from January 1983 through July 14, 1986, with all Sunday comics printed in color.

30 review for For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 2: 1983-1986

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Soothing comfort food in comic strip form. Nice Canadians are nice to each other, with the occasional soap opera relationship development to add just the tiniest bit of spice. Elly takes on some more part-time jobs to break out of her housewife rut, and hubby John remains a bit of a jerk. The kids are in turn cute and irritating. At the end of the volume there's a bit of a cliffhanger as a neighbor's child is born with a minor birth defect. Soothing comfort food in comic strip form. Nice Canadians are nice to each other, with the occasional soap opera relationship development to add just the tiniest bit of spice. Elly takes on some more part-time jobs to break out of her housewife rut, and hubby John remains a bit of a jerk. The kids are in turn cute and irritating. At the end of the volume there's a bit of a cliffhanger as a neighbor's child is born with a minor birth defect.

  2. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    It's like traveling back in time a bit reading this, as this series was started before I was born. Overall enjoyable, I remember reading the strips in the Sunday paper when I was a kid and it's nice to go further back than that and see how it started as I didn't start reading this in the paper till i think the late 90's? It's like traveling back in time a bit reading this, as this series was started before I was born. Overall enjoyable, I remember reading the strips in the Sunday paper when I was a kid and it's nice to go further back than that and see how it started as I didn't start reading this in the paper till i think the late 90's?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    The second volume in the Complete Library series for the For Better or For Worse series continues the early years of the comic strip. The Patterson family spends time on a family farm, Elizabeth starts school while Michael passes through to the fifth grade. Elly starts writing for a local newspaper and starts volunteering at the library. John continues to work as a dentist while dealing with his family and friends in varying ways. There is a lot of adventures to be had as the supporting cast cha The second volume in the Complete Library series for the For Better or For Worse series continues the early years of the comic strip. The Patterson family spends time on a family farm, Elizabeth starts school while Michael passes through to the fifth grade. Elly starts writing for a local newspaper and starts volunteering at the library. John continues to work as a dentist while dealing with his family and friends in varying ways. There is a lot of adventures to be had as the supporting cast changes. Friends move away, new cast members join the strip. Elly's brother Phil moves to town, starts teaching Michael the trumpet and finds his life changing with giving up smoking and starting a serious relationship. All along the way, there's a real sense of the family growing together while having their own separate adventures as well. Reading the notes from Lynn Johnston and the book's editor help flesh out some of the behind the scenes stuff for different panels. As a devoted fan of the series, getting to read these strips once more brings me back to when I was reading them the first time around in the daily newspaper. And that is a good thing in my book. What Lynn Johnston created with the For Better or For Worse comic strip was a family that readers felt a part of. They shared in the love, laughter, tears and even fears. The Pattersons were a story worth telling and now well worth reliving too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    CHAD W

    Rereading these comics is like slipping into a warm bath of nostalgia and remembering simpler times. The stories hold up well and I can see them being enjoyed by kids of today if they had access to the comics.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Loved this!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Pruitt

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ziggy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grant

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tony Masiello

  11. 4 out of 5

    Glen Farrelly

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rick

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jane

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alan Phelps

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sambrea

  19. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Hannon

  20. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Molloy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Priester

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samm

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Stewart

  25. 5 out of 5

    Auburn

  26. 4 out of 5

    J. Ketchem

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scott VanderPloeg

  29. 4 out of 5

    kc

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marcy

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