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.
A comiXologist Recommends:
Leah Wishnia recommends The Walking Dead #126
Part twelve of the All out War story arc, the finish line after a series of war games filled with surprising strategies, deceitful trickery, and of course, death, asks us to do something seemingly more difficult than taking down an army of grenade-bearing men or escape from a herd of the undead…. it asks us to trust. To trust in Rick, to trust in the remaining Saviors, even those who could do great harm, and to trust in humankind and its potential to rebuild itself from the ground up. Could we, the human race, conquer our greed, our hate, our fear, if we were given a clean slate? Or is self-destruction our only fate?
It’s probing questions like these that elevate The Walking Dead from being a simple genre-comic about zombies to a philosophical exploration of What Could Be and If So, Could You?
We don’t know how the future will pan out for Rick and his crew, but after ten years of following their various journeys, some futile, some less so, we can’t help but eagerly continue down the road with them, and see where the next ten years will take us all.
The Walking Dead #126, which comes out today, is a rewarding journey for veteran and new fans alike.
Leah Wishnia is an artist and cartoonist who acts as a micro-press publisher when not fulfilling her roll as Digital Assets Lead at ComiXology.
My money is on Deadpool in any post-apocalyptic scenario.
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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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Day 11 - Afterlife With Archie #1
Listen up! This isn’t the Archie you remember. This isn’t the grab-it-as-your-mom-is-checking-out-at-a-grocery-store Archie. This is blood-drenched-brain-eatin Archie! Rife with a pop culture quips and a brand new visual imagining of the classic characters, Afterlife With Archie might very well be the best book of the Halloween season. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla really killed it with this one.
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