Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Illustrated by Francesco Francavilla
Letters by Jack Morelli
Published by Archie Comics
Release Date: 12/10/2014
“BETTY: R.I.P.” – Chapter Two – Dear Diary….
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost five months since the release of the last issue, but finally this week brings us AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #7, just in time for the holidays.
While issue six centered in on the goings on of Sabrina, this time around the story is told from the past and present perspective of Betty Cooper, as she fills in gaps in her new diary with flashbacks and current happenings. Reimagined is Betty’s first meeting with Archie, a more conflicted and rebellious Polly Cooper (Betty’s older sister), and even the passing of one her classmates parents is thrown in.
The group continues to travel by foot, running and avoiding the Riverdale horde, while discovering new threats in surrounding cities and fully realizing the extent of the outbreak. Most of the survivors are also desperately holding on to anything that reminds them of life before zombies. Especially notable is a Thanksgiving remembrance that leads to a shocking cliffhanger, brilliantly closing out the issue.
What the creative team is accomplishing in this series is not entirely original. The zombie apocalypse tale has been told in many variations for quite some time, especially now. This series excels because of the characters and the historical impact they’ve had on comics and pop culture. Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla are breathing new life into this iconic cast that many of us have known for decades.
I am certain that this book would not be as highly regarded as it is without the artwork of Francesco Francavilla. He manages to bring his unique pulpy touch to the Archie universe while maintaining the semblance, honoring the historic traits of the Riverdale gang.
The writing is smart and edgy, as Aguirre-Sacasa is taking familiar story arcs and character dynamics and making them his own. He is displaying an incredible ability to creatively redevelop these characters in a manner that many did not expect could be or would be done, a diegisis transcendence if you will.
Like the first six, issue seven delivers the shock and awe we are becoming all too familiar with in Afterlife, which is without a doubt the best written, best illustrated horror comic out there right now.
REVIEW: AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #7
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)