Title: Afterlife with Archie : Escape From Riverdale
Author: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Publisher: Archie Comics
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Book Source: Library
When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his furry best friend—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same… and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the gang to try to escape from Riverdale!
I am writing this review the same Thursday that Riverdale on the CW is premiering. It was actually because of my excitement to watch the new show that I found out about Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Review here) and Afterlife with Archie. I love when my curiosity finds even more interesting things to read or watch.
Anywho, I read the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina first, because I enjoy most anything with witches, and to be honest, I never really got on the zombie bandwagon. But I have to say that this horror comic was excellent!
I didn’t read many Archie comics when I was younger. One of my friends always got the latest copy, so when I was over at her house I would pick one up to read every so often. I remember Veronica being mean to Betty in them, but in this version, Veronica was a straight up bitch. And all that Betty had to put up with in regards to Veronica made her seem like a saint. But when it comes to Archie, Betty does not let Roni get in her way.
So besides their ongoing feud, all the regular characters are also present, including a brief cameo by Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Included are flashbacks and daydreams which help to move the story along nicely. And you also get incest and a lesbian relationship with some of the characters. Something that may have been hinted at in the original comics, but are in full force with this one.
This horror comic is a dark version of the Archie universe, and it is done very well. Besides the great story, the artwork works perfectly with a zombie comic. Some of the sparser panels only helps to enhance the reader’s imagination. If you enjoy horror, zombies, or want to see a darker side of Riverdale, I highly recommend Afterlife with Archie.