Afterlife with Archie 3 (February 2014)

There’s something off about this issue, like Aguirre-Sacasa didn’t have a big event planned for it so he went with three smaller ones. Or two smaller ones, it’s hard to determine whether Archie’s jaunt around apocalyptic Rivertown will be a subplot or the main plot. But the smaller events are a couple regular cast members turning into zombies and having a rather lackluster finish to their first attack and then a flashback to how the diner burned down and why. Instead, Aguirre-Sacasa focuses on some human interactions. There’s a lot with Veronica’s dad about his feelings of concern over the … Continue reading Afterlife with Archie 3 (February 2014)

Afterlife with Archie 2 (January 2014)

The craziest part of Afterlife with Archie isn’t the idea of “Archie with zombies” but how Aguirre-Sacasa’s writing makes me wonder if I shouldn’t be reading Archie on a regular basis. He does a fantastic job with the characters when they’re dealing with the non-zombie related scenes. Aguirre-Sacasa tells the issue in flashback–with a couple interludes (and what’s up with the weird brother and sister from college… are they in the regular comics); Veronica is telling her father the story of the dance. The recent past tense thing works for the story, particularly because Aguirre-Sacasa gets how to insert Veronica’s … Continue reading Afterlife with Archie 2 (January 2014)

Afterlife with Archie 1 (September 2013)

Afterlife with Archie is a lot better than it should be, a lot better. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa sets up the issue beautifully–or maybe he doesn’t. Maybe in Archie comics these days Sabrina the teenage witch is a lot different than I was expecting… and maybe Betty and Veronica do act like mean girls. But even if these instances are examples of the norm, Aguirre-Sacasa still comes up with an excellent script. He pays a lot of homage to horror classics and starts out to make one of his own. The way he plots the issue–Sabrina, Jughead, Archie–he’s really thought it through … Continue reading Afterlife with Archie 1 (September 2013)