Archie Vs Sharknado #1
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Archie Vs Sharknado #1

Writer: Anthony C. Ferrante, Dan Parent Artist: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: July 22, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 3
7.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

It's that time of year in Riverdale! The end of the school year. Time for beaches, barbecues, fun in the sun and... sharknados!?! That's right, get ready as Archie and the gang brave the storm of a tornado full a sharks that riffs off the pop culture phenomenon known as Sharknado! The story unfolds as sharknados are spotted on the "Feast" Coast! Our heroines have to figure out how to get back to Riverdale, where the storm is about to hit next. Soon Archie and the gang go, go, go as they battle the Sharknado-ravaged Riverdale! Who will live? Who will die? Will this take a bite out of the end-of-the-year prom? Uh... probably! The comic book act more

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 22, 2015

    If this is wrong, I don't want to feel right. Unbelievably fun with outstanding visuals. Ian Ziering, watch your back, 'cause Archie Andrews is in your wheelhouse. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Gabbie G. Jul 21, 2015

    Best of all, this issue makes great use of characters that aren't Archie to help bring it to conclusion; I've mentioned before how much it means to me when Betty and Veronica are used appropriately to save the day, but it's not just them, either. Kevin Keller (!), Dilton Doiley, and other beloved " and more minor, in some cases " Archie characters step forward to lend a hand, including Josie and the Pussycats. Especially with all the recent pushes in Archie Horror (which I love, by the way, don't think I'm knockin' it!) it's always nice to have the reminder amidst all the grim and dark media we get in other places that Archie is not a company that views drama and absurdity as things that should never overlap. So it is fun, exciting, and yes, a little silly, but I don't think that's at all a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Keith Callbeck Jul 24, 2015

    And all of the Sharknado elements are touched as well. Chainsaws revving, sharks flying, and cameos galore! Along with a hilarious meta-joke 14 years in the making, Archie vs Sharknado is the most fun you can have outside of the Riverdale Wild Summer Nights Dance! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Austin Lanari Jul 24, 2015

    I cannot insist that you go out and buy this comic, but there really were a lot of impressive little nuggets in what seems like a ridiculous pairing. I can at the very least promise that you won't regret taking a chance on it if you even sort of think it's your kind of book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jul 22, 2015

    There has been no shortage of Archie crossovers in recent years to help pump up that franchise and, while this one easily could have been the one to ironically jump the shark, it instead embraces the campiness of the idea and is actually well-suited for it. "Archie vs. Sharknado" does a terrific job of taking the ingredients of a bad story and making it into something entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jul 22, 2015

    If youre looking for a Sharknado story that isnt terrible, this is the comic for you. The concept is still ridiculous, but its nothing that clever writing and Archie cant fix. You owe it to yourself to pick this up and have a few laughs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 23, 2015

    I was, in all honesty, expecting this book to be kind of stupid, because it's mixing old (Archie) with [fairly] new (Sharknado). Ferrante and Parent, though, are able to make it work just enough to be entertaining. I found myself gape-mouthed and scrunch-faced at some of the images. If a book can get me to do that, it's a good one to me. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 22, 2015

    Archie vs. Sharknado is a loopy smoothie of wholesome goodness and unnatural destruction, a blend that somehow goes down smooth. It's not the best of stories, but it doesn't aim to be, Anthony C. Ferrante and Dan Parent working hard to ensure that the "R" on Archie's Letterman jacket stands for "ridiculous." Those not gaga for the cultural juggernaut that is Sharknado may leave wanting, but there are enough fun set pieces and shark vs. teen shenanigans to leave even the most hardened grump with a grudging smile. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jul 22, 2015

    ARCHIE VS SHARKNADO #1 is a fun enough one-shot. It's zany, even though it's a bit rough around the edges. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 25, 2015

    Archie versus Sharknado is a very good one-shot comic book. Archie fans will probably enjoy the read as the book weaves the various characters into the plot. Sharknado fans probably are getting what they would expect, but may have been hoping for more of the movie characters instead of just the Archie ones. The comic has nice artwork and tells a gory, but all-ages-like visual story. At forty pages for five dollars you will definitely get your entertainment value. I recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jul 28, 2015

    Archie vs. Sharknado is the kind of comic where you know exactly what you're getting into when you pick it up. If you've even heard of the Sharknado franchise, you'll have an idea of what to expect. It's weird and silly and not to be taken seriously at all, but ultimately it comes across as lackluster. Having this title come out so soon after the recently wrapped Archie vs. Predator series probably hurt it too, as we've just seen a similar but far more interesting gorefest over in that book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Fox Force Five News - Keven Skinner Jul 28, 2015

    Archie Vs Sharknado was almost TOO goofy for its own good and that's saying something. However, I will admit that I still had fun reading it (it didn't even need to be 48 pages, I could have settled for a shorter story). I haven't seen any of the Sharknado films and I never plan to, so I'll settle for this being my one-time experience for now. If I had issues reading a short and silly comic book with that theme, I can't imagine sitting through an entire feature length film, let alone three of them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Jul 27, 2015

    Read it if like me you are an older reader of Archie Comics who just doesn't much care for the high-school tales of the regular comics but just wants to have a little fun " plus this doesn't have the overall darker tone of the Afterlife With Archie series and that along with this being a one-off make it worth it just for kicks. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jul 23, 2015

    With Archie vs. Sharknado #1 you get what you pay for and what you get is over the top camp and not much else. Read Full Review

  • 3.4
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jul 23, 2015

    If I seem irrationally upset at the events of “Archie vs. Sharknado” it's because I feel betrayed. Other Archie crossovers like “Afterlife With Archie” have proven to be quite good. Heck, I'd unironically recommend the first Sharknado movie too. And I'd probably recommend “Archie vs. Sharknado” if there was any thought or effort put into it beyond the premise. That might sound harsh, but I can't take any prisoners in a week where “Archie vs. Predator” was the best comic to be published. There comes a time when you have to get off your dead horse and find another one to beat to death. Read Full Review

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