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‘Afterlife with Archie’: Escape From Riverdale Vol 1 Review

Afterlife With Archie

afterlifewitharchie_bookone_001-600x941Title: Afterlife with Archie
Written by: Roberto Auirre-Sacasa
Art by: Francesco Francavilla
Published by: Archie Comics
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: $17.99

Summary: “All hell breaks loose when a fateful accident sets in motion a series of terrifying events that will threaten the town of Riverdale like never before! When the dead begin to rise, craving human flesh, it’s up to Archie, Betty and Veronica, and the Gang to fight for their lives against the zombie hordes led by their former pal, Jughead…”

I previously received a free black and white version of this comic at a festival and instantly fell in love with it!

I’m not usually one for gore or scary stories (To put that into perspective, I got very uncomfortable while watching Deadpool), but weirdly enough, this series wasn’t that terrifying to me.

The story of this comic series is really interesting. Reggie hits Jughead’s dog, Hot Dog, with his car, and Jughead goes to our good pal, Sabrina, to try to bring Hot Dog back to life. After ignoring her aunts’ warnings to not mess with necromancy, they bring Hot Dog to life again and he becomes a zombie. Sabrina is punished by being damned and having her mouth removed, and Hot Dog bites Jughead and turns him in to zombie. Slowly – but surely – Jughead starts turning others into zombies and it’s up to Archie and those who aren’t bit to save the day.

I love this storyline –  it’s very realistic and mature for an Archie comic. This is how Archie does modern day plotlines and pop culture right. There’s no memes or hashtags, it has a great story line, and the art is amazing, so why are we stuck with the stuff coming out now? Obviously this genre sells and does well (without this, we would have no Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!), so why doesn’t Archie do much more creepy horror genre stuff?

The art is amazing. It can be detailed where it needs to be (usually in bloody scenes) and it has amazing backgrounds and minimalist work. The only downside is that the comic is in color! The colors used reminded me a lot of a Halloween store: a lot of black, purple, and orange. I think these are nice color choices, but it gets old quickly. This comic would have looked really cool in black and white, making the novel visually different from the ones currently on the market.

If you want to get a start with Archie Comics, then this volume would be a perfect starting point! I would recommend it to almost everyone, the exception being kids, as there’s quite a bit of violence and sexual references throughout the series.

Check it out, GeekGirl World!

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