Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Published by Archie Comics
Release Date: 07/23/2014
Out today from Archie Comics comes Afterlife with Archie #6 from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. Once one of the comic book industries best kept secrets, the word as long gotten out on the title that is not only the best horror comic out there right now, but arguably the best overall ongoing series as well. Yes I said it, best ongoing series! Afterlife has been on my top five list all year and has topped many other critics lists as well. Over the past few months, no other comic book brings me as much excitement and anticipation as this brilliantly scripted and beautifully illustrated graphic novel.
‘Witch in the Dream House’, chapter one of the new “Betty: R.I.P. arc begins in issue six and takes us away from Riverdale as we flash back to the events following issue one, learning what became of Sabrina (the Teenage Witch) after she resurrects Hot Dog. She finds herself institutionalized in what seems like a mental care facility for the supernatural. Confused by past events and recurring dreams that are sending her all kinds of warnings and indicators that something is amiss, Sabrina immediately begins to question the hospital staffs legitimacy. The doctors at the hospital assure her that her last name is Sawyer and not Spellman (like she believes it to be).
This issue is a Sabrina-centric story, focusing heavily on past and recent events surrounding the teenage witch. When I realized that we would not get any current updates on Riverdale, I was a little disappointed, but as I continued to read on, the story began to reveal happenings that relate to the first arc and overall narrative of the series. There are evident H.P. Lovecraft and Robert W. Chambers influences, as we see references to both ‘Cthulhu’ and ‘Carcosa’, giving the story an even darker and more cultivated style. The creative team of Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla show no signs of slowing down, as the series continues to maintain its high quality literary and artistic edge.
REVIEW: AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #6
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Best ongoing series out right now!
Missing Archie & friends.