Afterlife With Archie #2

Afterlife With Archie #2

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Artist: Francesco Francavilla Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: November 20, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 11
9.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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The horror continues as a zombified Jughead goes on a relentless hunt for brains in this shocking new series by Harvey Award-winning comic/screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King's Carrie, Archie Meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle). When he performs a despicable and frightening act in front of everyone at the Halloween dance, tensions start to rise and fears begin to mount-who will be next to join Jughead in the Afterlife? And what about those who are already infected? Be warned, kiddies, this one's not for the faint of heart!

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Nov 20, 2013

    You really couldn't ask for a better crafted series, both the writer and artist complement each other's strengths while keeping a tight paced narrative. This is a zombie book that readers who may not like the horror genre will find enjoyment in; this is an Archie comic that could change the minds of people who easily dismissed Archie comics in the past. This comic is like a glimpse of the crossroads between new and old, heavy and light, good and bad, all meeting. As a reader you just want to stop and take it Afterlife with Archie and enjoy this rare type of genre morphing comic that surprisingly doesn't come around that often. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 20, 2013

    I am still completely sold on this concept. We've seen plenty of zombie stories. We've even seen zombie stories cross over with established characters in comics. This is a different pairing that was completely unexpected. The idea of the clean and wholesome Archie characters facing death and mutilation is bizarre. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa easily makes it work. The key to zombie survival stories is caring about the survivors. Because of their nature, you won't want to see any harm come to these characters. That's what makes it more compelling and gives you that slightly sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. Francesco Francavilla's art is a perfect fit for the dark and suspenseful tale. You haven't seen an Archie story like this and you won't want to miss it. Just be sure you're not too squeamish and be sure to keep it away from the kids. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Nov 19, 2013

    While destroying Archie's world, Sacasa pays tribute to concepts and iconography that define the world of Riverdale. Having Archie dressed as Captain Pureheart at the masquerade dance where everything goes to hell is pure inspiration. All the Archie characters are explored to the utmost perfection and the book dares you to care about them, because they can die at any moment. The violence in the book is not overt, so when something terrible does occur, the impact is jarring. Move over Walking Dead, comics has a new king of zombies, and it has arrived from the most unexpected place imaginable. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 27, 2013

    This continue to be one of my favorite books of this year. If you're not reading this book, do so! It's still only two issues in so you still have time to get on board. You'll be glad you did. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Nov 24, 2013

    Afterlife with Archie is a great story but clearly not for children. It also may not sit well with classic fans unaccustomed to a darker tone. However it is sure to pique the interest of readers who may have written off Archie Comics in the past as for kids or lacking depth. Roberty Aguirree-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla succeed in challenging the assumption that readers cant relate to the Archie universe. Theyve managed to craft a tale which crosses genres and puts a fresh coast of red paint on the entire property line. This comic is an excellent read which succeeds in frightening readers. Hopefully it represents a willingness on the part of the Archie Comics to push their flagship properties in bold new directions for the foreseeable future. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Nov 25, 2013

    Other than that, another marvellous offering from Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Nov 21, 2013

    Francesco Francavilla does superb work in this issue. Page after page, you'll be stunned by his beautiful work. One page, in particular, features a half-eaten apple and a pool of blood in stunning juxtaposition. The dark mood and tone of this series is works largely in part because of Francavilla, a and the classic horror sensibilities he brings to page. Afterlife with Archie is crazy good, no doubt, but it also looks absolutely amazing. The art alone is worth the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Nov 18, 2013

    The creative team-up of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla continues to bring in tons of great ideas as they mix scare and laughs in “Afterlife With Archie” #2. The end result is an unforgettable installment to the Archie franchise. An artistic triumph, the “Afterlife With Archie” series modernizes and melds teen dramas with the zombie genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Nov 21, 2013

    Issue #2 builds upon the promise of a rousing debut, and I suspect the creative team has only just begun to shock us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Nov 20, 2013

    "Afterlife With Archie" #2 succeeds not because it just pulls off such a disparate mash up, but because it's actually a brilliantly written and superbly drawn effort, with a too-cool-to-ignore idea that's impossible not to like. Both Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla know exactly how to tweak the franchise to make this work in such an enjoyable manner. Anyone who might have dismissed the idea based on a misconception needs to have another look. This could also be the comic for those who've always believed that Archie comics weren't for them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Dec 3, 2013

    Archie Comics has shown that Archie and the Riverdale Gang's stories can actually be cool, much to my surprise, and now they've proven they can be scary too. Afterlife With Archie is one of those rare zombie fictions that is worth checking out (beyond the now uber famous The Walking Dead). Afterlife With Archie might not end up being as good as The Walking Dead is, but so far it's at least as interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Nov 21, 2013

    Overall this is a must read for both Horror fans. Even to those who are not fans of Archie. This is one of those series you can't put down once you start reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 18, 2013

    Yet second chapters are always the toughest ones to pull off, and it's heartening to see that Afterlife with Archie didn't decompose too much between installments. The lunatic high concept of Archie being stalked by zombies is worth the price of admission alone, and if you can get over some of the occasionally tasteless beats, this combination of subversive writing and top-notch artwork make this book a book to both run toward and away. Read Full Review

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