Archie Andrews and zombies are a combination that shouldn’t work. Heck, it’s a combination that shouldn’t exist. But my word, if Afterlife with Archie isn’t one of the best comics on the market today. With stellar story and artwork, I strongly encourage everyone to check out this horror comic series.
Afterlife with Archie tells the story of the zombie apocalypse coming to Riverdale. The gang’s all here, including Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and (my favorite) Reggie. The teens are shocked as their friends turn to undead one by one, and form a desperate resistance to fight for their lives. With a lot of ingenuity, and tons of risks, our protagonists work together to overcome impossible odds. And, of course, in true Archie fashion, hijinks and love triangles are rampant.
The amazing team of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla, and Jack Morelli team up to make Afterlife shine. Aguirre-Sacasa provides amazing character work alongside intriguing and frightening situations. I hate to admit it, but issue #4 is the first comic book to ever make me tear up, which speaks volumes to Aguirre-Sacasa’s amazing work. Meanwhile, Francavilla’s creepy artwork, and unique coloring style, gives this book the dark air it requires. Finally, Morelli provides solid lettering, that adds the last layer this comic needs to truly succeed.
Afterlife with Archie is a series I didn’t expect to love, but it’s one of my favorites on the market. Archie Comics struck gold with this horror series, and I’ve loved every issue. With Halloween a few days away, I strongly encourage you to Give It a Shot!
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