Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Lettering by Jack Morelli
Published by Archie Comics
Release Date: 5/25/2016
You know it’s a good week when we get two Aguirre-Sacasa titles seven days apart! Last week’s chilling Sabrina story (okay two weeks now since I am posting this a little late) is followed up this week (last week) by perhaps the best horror comic over the last two years with Afterlife With Archie #9. The downside to the high quality writing and artwork is (like Sabrina) readers must wait countless months in between issues. While Sabrina readers waited about ten months, with Afterlife it’s been over one year since our last issue.
To begin, we get that much-needed recap which saves readers from having to reread the previous issues, although revisiting the back chapters is not necessarily a bad thing. This issue is very Reggie-centric, and just when it looks like we might start feeling a little sympathetic toward our favorite Archie villain, the reveal at the end should quickly change your mind.
Francavilla with his classic pulp style continues to shine, bringing us page after page of both horrifying and beautiful illustrations. When the work an artist delivers on a particular title makes readers want to seek out their previous works, then you know you have something special.
Despite its horror fantasy element and all the fantastic drama/adventure we get from the zombie storyline, the genius of Afterlife is with its characters and subplots. Thanks to Aguirre-Sacasa, Afterlife is more compelling and forthright than most comics out today! The characters are flawed, their problems are real, and their relationships imperfect. More good news, the scheduled release for the next issue is August 17, so stay tuned.
REVIEW: AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #9
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)