Review: Blossoms 666 #1
When it comes to teens and supernatural stories there’s few films that are much better than The Craft. The movie was more than ahead of its time in terms of characterization. The themes it dealt with and how it portrayed teens overall stands out. I was around the same age as the characters in the movie and was tired of seeing the tropes of the John Hughes era being recycled. So, when I when watched the film, I joined in the collective sigh of finally seeing something close to what the high school experience had been for most of us.
Fast forward to today. Some of those same lessons learned from the movie have been used in today’s portrayal of teens. Many echoes from the film can be seen in shows like Pretty Little Liars and the Archie Comics based Riverdale. Both shows, even though they did not employ any genre themes, have inklings bubbling underneath. In the debut issue of Blossoms 666, we find two classic Archie characters taking a horror turn.
We are reintroduced to Cheryl and Jason Blossom, a pair of wealthy kids living in Riverdale, the same town as Archie and Jughead, and who is throwing a party where everyone from school is invited. Although everything seems normal, these two harbor some duplicitous intentions. As the siblings force a game of truth or dare, one where they to get the gang to do evil deeds to each other. By issue’s end, Cheryl pushes Dilton to exact revenge on Reggie for all the evil that he does.
Overall, an excellent beginning to an alternate take on an already established world. The story by Cullen Bunn is captivating and smart. The art by Laura Braga is beautiful. Altogether, another stalwart book added to the stellar pantheon of horror comics that Archie Comics has set a new standard to.
Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Laura Braga
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy
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