Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Illustrated by Francesco Francavilla & Jack Morelli
Letters by Jack Morelli
Published by Archie Comics
Release Date: 05/06/2015
Chapter Three – A Ghost Story
The first thing I have to note is that I cannot believe that almost six months have passed between issues six and seven, and then again between issues seven and eight. That’s an extremely long time to wait for what many (including this site) are calling the best horror and overall comic out right now. Nobody seems to be complaining though, as the creative team continues to deliver a quality comic series that is redefining the Archie universe.
After the events of last issue, which saw Cheryl Blossom (allegedly) slaughter her twin brother (Jason) with a machete, assumingly because of years of sexual (incest) abuse, approximately one month has passed and the Riverdale survivors find themselves at the Bradbury Hotel in Vermont on Christmas Eve seeking shelter from a snowstorm.
This issue had so much going on, including the return of Archie’s best friend Jughead (not Jugdead), references to two cult classic horror thrillers in ‘I Spit on Your Grave’ and ‘Last House on the Left’, and our group assembling to play the role of judge and jury as they decide the fate of Cheryl Blossom (not exactly 12 Angry Men), but there are twelve votes that need to be casted.
A couple of the group elders reveal a dark secret in Riverdale history that involved an agreement with the witches of Greendale, a deal that perhaps might explain the evil that has cursed them all. As we continue, Archie reflects back on what others have told him as the words echo in his head, all to the sound of the others caroling to “Silent Night”, just haunting. This leads to a proposal of epic proportions and closes the issue fittingly.
The art from Francavilla remains the same, absolute pulp brilliance! The script from Aguirre-Sacasa has never been better, as this issue which contains no zombies and essentially no action manages to keep readers hooked with serious anticipation, displaying a rare gift for dramatic storytelling. I want this series to go on forever and if that means having to wait months in between issues, then so be it. Afterlife is the perfect example of a series that is all about quality and not so much quantity! If you’re going to read just one comic book this year, it has to be Afterlife With Archie!
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