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Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale Paperback – June 10, 2014
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"The story is taut with suspense, and each moment, whether quiet or gruesome, is illustrated in a masterly way." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES
"I freaking love Afterlife With Archie." --IGN
"The most exciting comic on the shelves right now." --CraveOnline
"One hell of an entertaining read." --Ain't It Cool News
"One of the most exciting books on store shelves and the highlight of each month." --Nerdist
"Heartbreaking and heroic and gorgeous and absolutely perfect." -- COMICOSITY
"Whenever someone wants to know what mainstream comics are capable of, I hand them Afterlife With Archie." -- COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
“The book transcends great zombie fare. Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla should be insanely proud of this masterpiece.” -- HORROR NOVEL REVIEWS
About the Author
ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer. In television, he was a writer on the HBO series BIG LOVE for three years, and is currently a writer/producer on GLEE. For Marvel Comics, he has written SPIDER-MAN, NIGHTCRAWLER, THE FANTASTIC FOUR (winning a Harvey Award for MK 4), and many others, and also adapted Stephen King's epic novel THE STAND into a best-selling 30-issue series. His accomplishments in the theater world include over fifteen plays produced around the world; on Broadway, he was part of the team brought on to revamp SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK. For film, he has written the new 2013 CARRIE, based on the Brian DePalma classic, and a remake of the cult classic THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, both for MGM. For Warner Brothers, he has written a new version of the horror musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and is writing the live-action adaptation of ARCHIE.
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The story takes the basic story from the main series and that's somewhat about where the similarities end - and I mean that in a good way. You have the love triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but it's approached in a more mature way. Neither of the two women are happy with sharing and their friendship is incredibly strained at times, made even worse by the fact that there are zombies. The zombification of Riverdale is also fun, as it's interesting to see who gets turned first (other than Jughead and his dog) and who survives.
The artwork is also well done, as the artists eschew the traditional Archie style, which helps make this series its own thing. If I'm not mistaken this was AC's attempt to market their comics to a different crowd and freshen up their image, which seems to have worked for the most part. I have no doubt that this first volume will be a novelty purchase for a lot of people since that's what this was for me, but it's good enough that I'm going to check out further volumes and the Sabrina series.
The story is perfect and gives some chills and shows a blood thirsty side to these seemingly sweet girls.
Afterlife with Archie has consumed me though. I can't wait for each new issue. The love and detail in every inch of every page of this TPB is overwhelming.
The raw human emotion and tension are something that does not come easy in comics. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla have brought that in spades.
This is a book that is very hard to find in comic shops for a reason. Under appreciated by the comic community as a whole but cherished by almost anyone who has had the pleasure to find and read it.