Afterlife With Archie #7

Writer: Roberto Aguirre Sacasa Artist: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: December 10, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 11
9.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

"Betty, RIP," Part 1 (of 6). It's been weeks since Archie and his friends left Riverdale. Now, they are wandering the deserted highways of America, one step ahead of the ever-pursuing vicious zombie horde. When they decide to set down roots to observe their first post-apocalypse Thanksgiving, Mr. Lodge leads a team into the forests of Pennsylvania to find dinner, but the hunters soon become the hunted, and not all of the gang will make it out of the woods alive! For TEEN+ readers.

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Dec 18, 2014

    If you haven't read an Archie comic in years, this series may be the perfect gateway for your return. If you've never read one at all, this issue is an excellent jumping on point to give one a try. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took the clich and horror genre tropes of the first 6 issues and added a heavy dose of drama and madness to craft quite possibly the best single issue of a comic I've read this year. In doing so, he passed the limit of what I thought could ever be in an Archie comic. If a 5-month hiatus leads to the kind of creative explosion presented this issue, then I'm all for the wait. But don't make it too long, for fear that I'll suffer maddening withdrawal. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Den Of Geek! - Chris Cummins Dec 10, 2014

    After the huge theatrics of the last issue, this slower paced installment is exactly what was necessary and needed at this point in the series' run. This issue is all about reflection, be it the characters quiety recalling their pasts or the evoking of the poignant speech from the end of Thornton Wilder's Our Town that serves as a coda to a makeshift funeral in which the survivors symbolically bury their dead. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 10, 2014

    AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE continues to 'wow' us with the story and character development. This isn't just "Archie with zombies." There is much more to this series than that. It's a tale of survival along with the opportunity to get to know these characters for the first time in a different setting. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla have created a wonderful new comic world that manages to punch you in the gut with each emotional development. With this the beginning of a new story arc, new readers could jump in, but readers should truly track down the previous issues or trade to get the full story. It's absolutely worth it. Seeing the Archie gang in this comic is so wrong but it's also so good to read this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Dec 11, 2014

    If you're any kind of a zombie fan at all, and you haven't picked up AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, you're missing not just the best zombie title currently on the market, but one of the best horror comics being presently published. AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE is Archie Comics' "Vertigo Moment," and you want to be there for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Dec 11, 2014

    Like the first six, issue seven delivers the shock and awe we are becoming all too familiar with in Afterlife, which is without a doubt the best written, best illustrated horror comic out there right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis Dec 10, 2014

    If you're still on the fence about this one, don't make the same mistake I did. Do yourself a favor and start diving into one might be one of the best horror comics ever created. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Dec 10, 2014

    I never read Archie Comics growing up, and was only marginally familiar with the characters before diving into Afterlife, but Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla have done such a phenomenal job of creating a mature story within the framework of the Archie Universe that they've actually peaked my interest to go read the classic stories, regardless of the shift in tone. But the horror comic that everyone thought would be a gimmick when it first premiered is still the true achievement here. Francavilla's art and colors nearly pop off the page in their vibrancy, and he's able to capture so much emotional depth and cinematic tone without ever using an extraneous line. Aguirre-Sacasa knows this world inside and out, both that of Archie and of horror, and blends the two as though they had always been connected. Let's hope they always will be. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Dec 11, 2014

    Afterlife With Archie #7 is a great way for readers to jump into the series. It's a start of a new story arc along with digging deeper into the Archie universe then most readers are familiar with. There's also a little reprint story in the back which is a little bit goofy, but fits perfectly with the series none the less. With all the stuff happening in Afterlife With Archie #7, there's a lot to anticipate for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Dec 12, 2014

    "Afterlife With Archie" returns from a lengthy break and doesn't lose a step. Consistent and one of the year's biggest surprises. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Jamie Heron Dec 13, 2014

    In the end it has to be said, if you're not readingyou're missing out on what is perhaps the best book being published right now and if you're on the fence about it this week, have no fear, issue #7 is a great introduction that exemplifies the strong character driven story that is at play here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 16, 2014

    Afterlife with Archie keeps getting better. At first it may have seemed like a basic zombie story set in Riverdale, but it soon became so much more. This is a truly human book dealing with terrifying horror elements. As with many stories of this nature, the real monsters may not be the shuffling dead but the man or woman shivering in the cold next to you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Dec 11, 2014

    Not surprisingly, this issue continues the tradition from the first arc of demonstrating that Archie Comics has more depth in its range than its often given credit for beyond its well-known humor comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Bree Ogden Dec 10, 2014

    This issue, subtitled Betty: R.I.P. Chapter TwoDear Diary is told largely through Bettys diary entries. Its a slow-burn walk down memory lane. But an entertaining and insightful one, at that. We see the beginning of her friendship with Veronica Lodge, how she came to know Archie and even more importantly, how she came to compete with Veronica over Archie. We learn more about her mysterioussister, Polly (something tells me we will see a lot more of this bitchy sis in the issues to come), and we get a glimpse into the crazy-creepy early life of the too-cl Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Dec 12, 2014

    "Afterlife With Archie" #7 continues and even heightens what it started in issue #1, proving that it's no mere gimmick and is instead a superbly conceived and executed effort that only gets better. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book City Podcast - Jazmin Aguilera Dec 10, 2014

    Afterlife #7 while not as action-packed as previous issues still delivers the same amount of gasps, especially if you are familiar with Archie characters. Every insight we get disturbs us, and yet the promise of rescue or the fear of destruction keeps us turning pages, wide-eyed and searching for escape. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Dec 10, 2014

    Afterlife With Archie #7 may not be as quite as gripping as previous entries, but that isn't a complaint given how high the bar is at this point. It's an immersing interlude that deepens the reader's understanding of the players and pushes yet more conflict to the surface while never letting us forget what lurks in those dark woods. Read Full Review

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