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Review: Afterlife With Archie #1

after life with archieThis is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla take Archie and the gang 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 brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series-but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart!

When I heard the announcement of this series, I expected the worst, a campy lighthearted story. Boy would I have been off. Instead you get Archie meets Shaun of the Dead, a serious zombie tale with some winks and nods concerning the source material. They warned us this series was for adults and holy shit were they right.

Mining some dark material, this adult version of Archie sees a dead dog lead to a spell going wrong and zombies being unleashed. The whole issue had my jaw dropped as to how far they were willing to go with the story, and what they’ve put together is an amazing zombie comic and an Archie story I WANT to read. Can we please get a “modern and updated” Archie series now?

On top of the great story is the amazing art of Francesco Francavilla, an artist who has proven time and time again why his work is some of the most wanted in the industry. His talents are obvious and his style is perfect for a series such as this. We’ve seen him do the art for numerous pulp comics, like his Dark Horse series The Black Beetle, and that style fits the zombie genre perfectly. We get a look that evokes some of the earliest, and creepiest, zombie and horror movies.It evokes the classic Eerie and Creepy, and it’s amazing. It’s perfect for the series and I can’t imagine anyone else doing it.

I went into this first issue with some series reservations and walked out with one of my favorite debut issues of the year and a series that’s on my monthly “read” list.

Story: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Archie Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review