Comic Books

#BookReview – “Afterlife with Archie, Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla

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Blurb

This is how the end of the world begins… Archie and the gang go where they’ve never been before — to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this spine-tingling ongoing series — but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart! For TEEN+ readers.

Collects Afterlife with Archie #1-5

Review

I’ve never been an Archie fan until I watched Riverdale, so I wanted to give the Archie Horror line a try. I love paranormal stuff, so this book was fun to jump into.
The plot, in a nutshell: after Jughead’s dog (wonderfully named Hot Dog) gets hit by a car, Sabrina brings him back to life. Chaos ensues. People die and become zombies, including our beloved Jughead, and Sabrina mysteriously “disappears.”
There are a lot of characters, but if you read closely, you don’t need to be familiar with the whole Archie-verse, which is like 70-plus years long. That’s a lot of reading! That said, I’m grateful I was already familiar with most of the characters thanks to Riverdale (Ginger and Nancy were the only ones I didn’t recognize). Every time Hiram Lodge made an appearance, though, I kept thinking he was Commissioner Gordon from Batman. LOL! They could be twins!
Anyway, I loved the writing and the art. The book has the creep-factor down pat, so if you love horror comics, this should hopefully be a fun read.

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