Vampironica #1
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Vampironica #1

Writer: Greg Smallwood, Megan Smallwood Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: Archie Comics Release Date: March 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 10
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

NEW ONGOING SERIES! When Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her blood lust?

  • 10
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Mar 14, 2018

    Read Vampironica. Oh my gosh, read it. It starts off fantastically and I cant wait to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Tom Guilfoyle Feb 27, 2018

    Vampironica is a great addition to the Archie horror line. Greg and Meg do an outstanding job bringing this concept to life and I look forward to where they take this adventure. Jack Morelli does wonders on lettering especially with the sound effects. Archie Horror continues with the home runs. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Patrick Cavanaugh Mar 14, 2018

    Whether you like Archie Comics or the horror genre, or just enjoy a charming story, Vampironica is going to be a title to watch. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Mar 19, 2018

    Writers Greg and Meg Smallwood have quickly established Vampironica as a unique, terrifying vampire tale. Archie Comics has another horror hit on their hands here. It is tonally and visually different than the other titles under the Archie Horror umbrella, yet with the same level of quality. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Outright Geekery - Tony Dillard Feb 16, 2018

    This first issue was a mach-1 thrill ride with twists, turns, and lots of blood and gore. Tasteful blood and gore. I loved it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jonathan O'Neal Mar 16, 2018

    "Vampironica" #1 is comic storytelling perfection: beautiful to look at, a joy to read, and more comforting than any vampire story has a right to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We Talk Podcasts - Mo Mar 9, 2018

    Considering it's a concept that's been done so many times and that they had to put so much in place, I think they did about as good a job as you can expect. So without reservation I can say I truly believe that as this series goes on it will become one of the highlights of my month. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 14, 2018

    Greg and Megan Smallwood hit the right tone with this in how the characters interact with each other and the artwork captures the modern tone very well but with plenty of little nods to the classics as well. It's a brisk issue but one worth taking a second and third read through to catch all the details and soak up more of the atmosphere. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 16, 2018

    Vamperonica #1 is another book out there doing vampires right. I felt a real chill from understanding just how we could end up with Vampreronica in Riverdale. This is obviously one of those stories where the sky is the limit in what the creative team is able to do, and that seems to be when Archie Comics strikes gold. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Mar 15, 2018

    We did not learn much about what is going on or about the Vampires yet, but I did get the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie type feel from the coverand the first few pages. That has me very excited for the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Mar 16, 2018

    Vampironica #1 is an undeniably good read. The art is excellent, the Smallwoods arent afraid of leaning into violence and the storytelling flows beautifully. Unfortunately, its stronger attributes are also what make its small imperfections so frustrating. There is a lot of potential here and its just the first issue. If the Smallwoods can work out the kinks, Vampironica could be great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Mar 14, 2018

    She’s beauty! She’s grace! She might literally eat your face! Despite this debut issue’s decompression, Vampironica #1 still feels like a worthwhile read, thanks to its commitment to its novel, darkly delightful premise. Meg and Greg Smallwood might not be showing us their full hand with this opening issue, but they show us just enough to hint that they have some aces up their sleeves for later on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Chris Pirri Mar 6, 2018

    This comic was an enjoyable read. It gave us just a little sampler of Veronica's origin into becoming Vampironica. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 19, 2018

    The Smallwoods'haveto be applauded for trying to bring new blood into a range of comics that have pretty much remained the same since its inception. Yet with the TV series and the other alternative storylines that have been seen recently, there is still life in the un-living and Rviverdale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Mar 6, 2018

    'Vampironica' is the Archie-fied vampire series we didn't know we needed. Greg and Meg Smallwood have created a slick fast-paced bloody adventure that is hard to resist. It's unabashedly Buffy-meets-Vampirella-meets-Riverdale and a great new starring role for Veronica to shine. Archie Horror hits another home run adding a stellar vampire story to its universe of zombies, witches,and werewolves. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Mar 14, 2018

    Overall, I really like Vampironica #1, I just don't love it. There wasn't enough substance in this first issue to blow me away or to reel me in quickly. The artwork is great and the storyline is interesting, but for me to fall in love with this series, it's going to have to become much more unique. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Mar 16, 2018

    Vampironica #1 is a solid action-horror comic set in Riverdale. Its well paced, establishes the conceit quickly, and is a fun experience. Greg Smallwoods artwork fits well and looks great. If youre looking for some Archie-flavored vampire-slaying, then I can easily recommend this one. As for action-horror aficionados, its not original, but you wont hate yourself for reading it. I can recommend it for you too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 20, 2018

    There are several questions the comic has to answer, first and foremost is how is undead Veronica supposed to stay in school in the middle of the day? For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Mar 6, 2018

    Not every comic book project (or TV show, or movie series) hits the ground in overdrive, and all the elements needed to make Vampironica an equal to the post-Afterlife with Archie line are present. In interviews, the Smallwoods have given a clear, inspired vision of what they want to achieve in their series, a vision they have ample talent to realize. If the creative team can shift things into higher gear as the series continues, there's no reason this couldn't become a must-have for the readership reveling in the updated Archie mythos. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Mar 12, 2018

    Archie fans and some newcomers will find it agreeable, but expectations should be adjusted prior to reading the book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Feb 21, 2018

    At the end of the day, as a first issue it establishes the premise of the series well, but I'm definitely worried that Vampironica might not have enough here for the reader to sink their teeth into. Things could definitely pick up in the issues to come, but this does feels like it has the potential to be a bit of a missed opportunity for what is an undeniably cracking premise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cakefromhell Mar 14, 2018

    I was shocked by how much I liked this first issue of Vampironica, because I've been very lukewarm towards most of the "New Riverdale" comics, including the horror ones, but this one doesn't feel, like the others do, that it's trying to cram too much plot in, it just concentrates on Veronica's first encounter with a vampire, and the art is fantastic.

  • 9.0
    Spock's Brain Mar 26, 2018

    "Vampironica" #1 is a new entry in Archie's horror line, following in the footsteps of the incredibly awesome "Afterlife With Archie." Like that series, this has top notch talent to hook the reader--Greg Smallwood's art rules the show here, as this is a beautiful looking book. Check out the scene where Veronica discovers her parents. Super chilling. It is creepy and funny and creates suspense for the next issue. I'm in.

  • 7.5
    Nihilist Mar 14, 2018

    I honestly did not see this coming. I gotta say, I liked this debut - it may be using classic vampiric cliches and tropes we've seen million of times before, but at the same time, it works. I just does work, and I liked it.
    It may not be the greatest vampire story, not when you have to compete with Bram Stoker's Dracula or Stephen King's Salem's Lot, but overall, I will be picking the next issue when it comes out, just to read it, for fun.

  • 7.5
    SloboSOY Mar 15, 2018

    I just come for Smallwood (Miss him since he leave Moon Knight with Lemire). And that's funny that Francavilla do the cover I take (He was in Lemire's Moon Knight too). That said, I have to tell I didn't know the Archieverse well. I know some things but at very far distance.
    So it's a first for me. Festival I find this book nicely written. Maybe a little formulaic about the vampire parts & the transformation part.
    For Now Vampironica will have to do better than this under Buffy show for keeping me onboard.

    Cover - Francavilla rule 2/2
    Story - Nice but I would have loved some unexpected ! 2/3
    Arts - I really like smallwood, but sometime the color make thing awkward. 2.5/3
    Felling - I will give two other is more

  • 10
    MightyVin Mar 14, 2018

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    EGO Mar 16, 2018

  • 9.0
    tonpas1989 Dec 3, 2019

  • 8.0
    sovereignsfall18 Mar 15, 2018

  • 6.0
    KFuqua Mar 16, 2018

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