Written by Alex de Campi
Art by Fernando Ruiz & Rich Koslowski
Colors by Jason Millet
Letters by John Workman
Published by Dark Horse/Archie Comics
Release Date: 04/15/2015
Back in October of last year, it was announced that Dark Horse and Archie Comics would be crossing over to bring us Archie Meets Predator, a four issue limited series from Alex de Campi and Fernando Ruiz. The first issue hit stands this week as Archie vs. Predator, and I was lucky enough to pick up that first issue as well as the Powell and Francavilla variant covers at my local comic book shop!
So what happens when America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter? “Stick around” and I’ll tell you. Jughead’s appetite for potato chips wins him and the gang a “luxury beach vacation” at Los Perdidos Resort (translation: The Lost Resort) during Spring Break in beautiful Costa Rica. The Riverdale gangs’ time in paradise is short after some bickering and predictable feuding between Betty and Veronica. They find themselves back home in Riverdale, unbeknownst to them that they have been marked and are being tracked by a Predator.
Unlike Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Tales of Sabrina, Archie vs. Predator stays true to the original classic Archie universe, meaning the characters here are not being reimagined and the script consist of a style that vintage Archie readers will be familiar with. Kudos to Alex de Campi for delivering a first issue that is both fun and full of suspense, as readers will surely be anticipating the arrival of the alien that we all know as “one ugly motherf@cK3r”!
The artwork from veteran Archie artist Fernando Ruiz (like de Campi’s writing) truly pays homage to these classic characters. His illustrations, most notably the Predator are more reminiscent of what we would see in an Archie comic and not a horror or sci-fi comic, yet he manages to capture that sci-fi/horror element. With Koslowski on inks and Millet on colors, this collaboration is strong and gratifying.
Other than a bloody-nosed Betty after some fisticuffs with Veronica, the gang manages to make it through this first issue unscathed. This should not be the case over the next few issues as the writer has promised plenty of blood, gore, and death throughout the series, a series that should not be missed!
REVIEW: ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)