AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #6 PREVIEW
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
Lettering by Jack Morelli - Coming from Archie Comics on July 23rd.
Here’s finally a full preview at our AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #6, the issue that will make everyone aware that this is not simply a “zombie” book :)
This was easily one of the most FUN book I’ve drawn, and one I am the most proud of - can’t wait for you guys to dig in. It’s RObert and mine love letter to all things LOVECRAFT : you’ll see :)
Head over to CBR where this preview debuted for more preview pages from the creepy new series SABRINA (out in October, by Roberto and Robert Hack) and some commentary from Roberto himself about what’s coming next.
A comiXologist Recommends:
Jen Keith recommends Sabrina #1
Double double toil and trouble; fires burn and cauldrons bubble in the chilling new horror comic, Sabrina #1 from Archie Comics.
Inspired by the success of the zombie-ridden Afterlife With Archie, Sabrina is not a spinoff of her Lovecraftian plotline set up in Afterlife but a whole new terrible take on the young witch’s adventures taking place in the 1960s (when the character first appeared!). This first issue leads us on a dark journey through Sabrina’s birth, childhood, and her entrance into the greatest horror of them all: high school.
Sabrina isn’t the only one walking a darker path— the spine-tingling backstory of her parents and their involvement in the local coven give way to hints of Sabrina’s destiny as a half-breed of human and witch. Anyone familiar with the comics or the TV show from the 90s may recall Sabrina’s adoring aunts Hilde and Zelda. Though still loving, pity those who dare cross them for fear of hexes and murmured curses finding you from the depths of their home sweet funeral home. And of course we can’t have Sabrina without the bitingly sarcastic familiar Salem as he questions the terrible influences of her cousin Ambrose. Even then, Greendale isn’t the only something wicked this way coming; I look forward to more of Riverdale’s familiar faces showing up in future issues.
Readers of Afterlife with Archie will recognize writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s touch of poetry and subtle way of throwing in an underlying suspense to even the most casual of conversations. Robert Hack pairs terrifically with his scratchy inks and watercoloring giving every page the pulpy feel of old horror comics. A lot of ground is covered in this first issue, but the timeline is artfully done and keeps the story well-paced. The final treat in all the tricks is the first comic appearance of Sabrina from 1962 showing a great juxtaposition of Sabrina Spellman’s origin to the horror they’ve created today.
Out of the cauldron and into the fire, Sabrina's first issue is already a spellbinding addition to the Archie Universe.
Jen Keith is a Digital Editor at comiXology, comic artist, music addict, and still can’t decide what her Halloween costume should be this year.
comiXology Summer Reading List Day 15: Afterlife With Archie #1
If you have followed this tumblr for any length of time, you definitely know by now what a huge fan I am of francavillarts and Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa’s Afterlife With Archie. Now’s your chance to get started on it!
This is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie, Archie meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle) take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before-to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series — but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart!
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A comiXologist Recommends:
Harris Smith recommends Afterlife With Archie #5
Afterlife With Archie isn’t just good for what it is, a comic about the Riverdale gang facing off (and, at times, turning into) zombies, it’s one of the best comics out there right now. The brilliance (and I don’t think it’s hyperbole to call this series brilliant) of creators Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla (francavillarts) is that they take a high-concept idea, one that easily could have degenerated into an in-jokey zombie parody, and play it totally straight. Rather than play off the familiar, superficial traits of the well-established Archie pantheon (Jughead likes food, Moose is dumb, Reggie’s a jerk), Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla delve deep into the inner lives of Archie and the gang, not just placing these characters out of a comedy context and into the horror genre, but giving vivid, thoughtful depictions of their emotional responses to seeing their friends and loved ones turned into shambling ghouls.
Many of the characters here (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, for instance) have never been portrayed with such depth before (though the dramatic Life With Archie often comes close) and it is a credit to Aguirre-Sacasa as a writer that he manages to do so with great knowledge and affection for the established characteristics of Archie and company. There’s an air of gothic horror here, and also a touch of Stephen King in the rich characterizations and small-town ambiance (Augirre-Sacasa previously adapted King’s The Stand).
Francavilla’s (again, without hyperbole, I’m going to call him one of the best artists working in comics today) artwork perfectly compliments the moodiness of Aguirre-Saca’s writing. Making excellent use of shadow and color, his work recalls the eerieness of Bernie Wrightson’s Swamp Thing, with a touch of the atmosphere of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s noirish early 80s run on Daredevil.
Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. In addition to his role as a Senior Production Coordinator at comiXology, he edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Negative Pleasure on Newtown Radio.
GHOULISH GREETINGS FROM AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE
The zombie apocalypse has begun in Riverdale…and we’re just getting warmed up! After the smashing sold-out debut of Afterlife With Archie comes the next chapter of this white-hot ongoing series from dream team Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. Feast your eyes on this special preview of Afterlife With Archie #2 for an early peek at the insanity threatening Archie and friends.
Jughead was the first to fall and rise again as the undead, but he won’t be the last as his appetite for burgers has been replaced by human flesh-and no one is safe! Who will make it out of Riverdale alive and who will be the next victim of the zombie contagion? You don’t want to miss a second as the horrors continue to multiply in the hit ongoing series Afterlife With Archie.
Treat yourself to a First Look this Halloween before the issue hits comic shops exclusively on 11/20!
We can’t wait for Afterlife With Archie #2! If you haven’t checked out #1 today is your last chance to get it for 99¢ on comixology.com!
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