Publisher: Archie Comics
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla
Letters: Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Review by Scott Keys
Well, now that Jughead has been infected and shows up at the school dance, what could possible go wrong? Am I right? Seems perfectly normal and a very “Riverdale” thing to do. But you know by now that it “hits the fan” this issue!
Chapter 2 picks up with a prologue of Jason and Cheryl Blossom heading to the dance to “infiltrate” the dance and claim Archie for herself. Can I just say that I was getting a very creepy “Cruel Intentions” vibe from the brother and sister Blossoms? Weird that with the whole zombie thing going on that that would be the thing to creep me out, huh? Any way, Jughead then proceeds to eat Ethel Muggs while everyone watches, thinking it’s all a joke. Joke’s on them though, as Ethel is turned, as well as their chaperones! The zombie apocalypse has hit Riverdale in full force now! Archie was doing his best Rick Grimes impression and leads the group to the Lodge Mansion for protection, but the teaser at the end states that one of the group in the mansion is already infected! Oh the horror!
I have to say that the team of Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla are making a very cool title here! A great script that utilizes all of the Archie Comics characters, sets them in an apocalyptic situation, and pays homage to the great zombie tales that came before it coupled with an exceptional artist that sets the tone (literally and figuratively) with his perfectly executed art! I cannot rave enough about this book! Go pick up the first 2 issues of Afterlife with Archie if you haven’t already (and why wouldn’t you? It’s an legitimately cool title made by some very talented people!).
Art: 5 / 5
Story: 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
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