Archie vs. Predator #1

Writer: Alex De Campi Artist: Fernando Ruiz Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 15, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 42 User Reviews: 8
7.9Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter! Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for Spring Break, where party games and beach games are soon replaced by the Most Dangerous Game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 15, 2015

    Archie and the world of Predators. It's almost hard to believe this is real. One might expect a pure parody with the two combining but that is not the case. Alex De Campi, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski, and Jason Miller make it work completely. Capturing the essence of ARCHIE comics and giving some minor tweaks, the story is a natural meshing between the two franchises. The first issue shows us there will be blood but it also won't be an over the top slaughterfest. At least not yet. If you have any interest in the Archie characters or Predator, you'll want to check this out. This book is a brilliant execution (no pun intended). Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboys Inc - Mike Sains Apr 15, 2015

    This marks the third time in as many properties that I've thought to myself that Archie Comics has reinvented themselves and found a way to make something as ubiquitous as Archie and the teens of Riverdale feel so fresh and exciting. Archie vs. Predatoris not just a fun comic book, which it is. It's also a statement and that statement is "Archie took over and you didn't notice". Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Mar 19, 2015

    Should you buy this issue and series? Absolutely. Tell your friends, buy one for a random stranger. Give a copy to your kids and prepare for the questions. This issue was everything it should have been and everything I wanted. Will it beat any of Archie's other random ass meet ups? I don't know, but there's a strong possibility and even if it doesn't it's still incredible. Lastly we owe everyone involved a debt of graduated as this series gives new meaning to AVP. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Brad Bell Apr 14, 2015

    Whether you are reading the book for classic Predator action or the ever engaging Archie love triangle, this comiccaters to all of its expected audiences and then some. Expect comic readers and general audiences to gravitate more toward this book as positive word of mouth spreads. After all what better way to spend the warm spring and summer days than seeing Predator decapitate the Archie gang. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Mar 23, 2015

    Archie vs. Predator #1 is a book that no one will see coming. People going into this title expecting some sort of gory deconstruction of the Archie universe will instead be greeted by a fun, tried and true Archie story filled with jokes and vintage artwork. Alex di Campi clearly loves these characters and wants to do right by them, as well as the format, but that doesn't stop her from making Archie vs. Predator #1 fun; she does all of this and more without relying on the promise of bloodshed. The script is sharp, the artwork is the genuine Archie article, and it features one of sci-fi's favorite killing machines; I am hard-pressed to find a better way to sell it. Archie vs. Predator #1 has no place on grocery store shelves, but it has certainly earned a place in your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Mar 27, 2015

    In an ARCHIE comic, this could easily have been tacky; instead, it's pretty awesome. There is no 'funny alien' here. People actually die in this comic, and the PREDATOR actually does his hunter/trophy thing. The credit should go to the creative team, but also to whomever decided to keep this in the traditional ARCHIE style. This decision, given the debacle of "ARCHIE/PUNISHER" and the recent success of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE and SABRINA is highly counterintuitive, but it has paid off brilliantly. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Thereelbradbelll Mar 20, 2015

    Whether you are reading the book for classic Predator action or the ever engaging Archie love triangle, this comiccaters to all of its expected audiences and then some. Expect comic readers and general audiences to gravitate more toward this book as positive word of mouth spreads. After all what better way to spend the warm spring and summer days than seeing Predator decapitate the Archie gang. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 20, 2015

    This is oh-so wrong, yet oh-so right. It has to be read to be believed. Delicious teen nostalgia mixed with modern day aliens. Seriously, check this out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Mar 20, 2015

    Dont let this fool you, however, the Predator is also on good form here. Hes not toned down in the least, no matter how goofy he might appear. This is an Archie comic, but lets just say dont go in thinking everyone will get out alive. This issue hits the reader with it from the get-go and it swerves into a deliciously unnerving and frightening tangent by the end. A better balance than Afterlife, I believe.All in all, one of the better minis that should be coming out this year without a doubt. Archie is continuing in its upswing and this is something that will not break its streak. Kudos to Ruiz and De Campi for creating something that two wholly different fanbases can really enjoy. I cannot wait for the second issue and eventually the rest of the series as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Dec 3, 2015

    I don't read Archie and don't care to pick it up but I would read a lot more Archie stories like this. Stories so out of whack with its own universe that you can't help but be curious about the end product. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Apr 15, 2015

    Archie vs. Predator is a very fun comic.  If you've ever wanted to see these beloved characters get torn limb from limb, then look no further.  This is only just beginning.  Place your bets as to which member of the Riverdale folks will get eviscerated by the Predator.  Oh!  I almost forgot!  This comic contains the line "I'm a gosh-darn sexual Tyrannosaur", so shut up and give Dark Horse your money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Apr 15, 2015

    This first issue of Archie vs. Predator was a great set-up for the mini-series. Alex de Campi weaves a story that doesn't immediately turn into murder, mayhem, and carnage, but instead gradually introduces the Predator into her world of teenage drama, crisis, and heartbreak. I really enjoy de Campi's take on the Riverdale gang, which is a bit more angst-ridden and believable than their usual portrayal. That being said, I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Predator moving forward. I feel bad for Archie and cast because this can only end badly for them. Nevertheless, Archie Comics continues to push the envelope with this latest collaboration with Dark Horse Comics, which is ultimately good for the reader. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Mar 18, 2015

    It's difficult to not love a book this silly. There was a lot of press surrounding it when the concept was first announced and it's satisfying to see the actual product is as entertaining as one would hope. De Campi seems to take joy in slowly playing out the scenario and readers should love how self aware and fun the entire package winds up being. There's even a bonus one-page strip that has two other characters from the Archie and Dark Horse worlds meeting for the first time, which is gorgeous and -- hopefully -- recurs through the remainder of the series. "Archie Vs. Predator" #1 takes a huge risk and it pays off incredibly well, resulting in a satisfying teen comedy horror story. Fans and rubberneckers alike will find something to enjoy in these pages. Here's hoping that this only leads to more weird collaborations between these two publishers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Apr 14, 2015

    If you're still wondering whether the editors at Dark Horse and Archie Comics lost their minds teaming up for this series, stop. This is an idea that only seems crazy until you read the results. Archie Versus Predator #1 is a comic that only captures what makes these franchises great, b Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Apr 15, 2015

    Archie vs. Predator is hilarious, weird, and has a horror element that doesn't hesitate to go there. I love that, it's so odd but wonderfully odd. It's delightful really as to the direction Archie vs. Predator takes and the ending is beautiful to this issue. Yes Archie vs. Predator #1 is a strange comic at first, it's so Archie but that is what makes this comic as strong as it is. It's enjoyable and strange and that my friends makes Archie vs. Predator a lot of fun. A lot of horror-tastical messed up fun that I look forward to seeing what madness this creative team has in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Apr 16, 2015

    Funny and fresh with a dose of creepiness, this issue is a winning start to another intriguing Archie series. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 15, 2015

    Archie vs. Predator may seem like the most random pairing ever to share a page, but in the hands of Alex de Campi and Fernando Ruiz, it's a pairing we're glad to have. Predator's inclusion to the Riverdale world comes off without a hitch, the story as funny as it is biting. Whether you like Archie, Predator, or both, this one is worth checking out simply to see two worlds collide. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Mar 19, 2015

    If you are looking for another foray into horror featuring your favorite (and not so favorite) characters from Riverdale, Archie vs. Predator is a book you'll want to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Apr 16, 2015

    Other than a bloody-nosed Betty after some fisticuffs with Veronica, the gang manages to make it through this first issue unscathed. This should not be the case over the next few issues as the writer has promised plenty of blood, gore, and death throughout the series, a series that should not be missed! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 15, 2015

    Archie Vs. Predator is very light on Predator and even light on Archie, as much of the focus is on Betty and Veronica and then everyone else as a group. But that's standard fare in a lot of ways over the years and it works well to establish that these are the characters you've known for a very long time. The simplicity of it works well and there's plenty of little bits throughout it that establishes the characters and their base personalities well so that they're accessible even if you've never read an Archie book before. I suspect more of the payoff that fans are looking for will be in the next installment, but I'm really curious to see how they'll handle it. The tease of the Predator we get is solid and what he's up to as well. This is one of those perfect if unexpected pairings for titles out there and it works just on the curiosity factor alone. But it also looks to be a pretty fun ride with talent that definitely knows what makes an Archie book what it's supposed to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 16, 2015

    The first issue is good. It does a lot of build up, following the general formula of Predator films. It's fun, not too serious, and well worth the read. I found myself chuckling at different points, but I'm really looking forward to future issues (especially when the Predator REALLY gets going). The first issue will probably be slow for some, but by doing so it keeps up a tradition. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Mar 23, 2015

    Overall, the first issue of Archie vs. Predatortakes what would be an average issue of Archieand darkens it up a bit using the Predator. This isn't a straight up horror book like some of the other series' currently being published by Archie Comics. This isn't Riverdale dropped into a horror scenario. If anything, it's a horror scenario dropped into Riverdale, and the creative team seems to be playing off the stark contrast between the two properties to maximum effect. The end result is going to be something unsettling, and unlike anything currently being published, but we only get a glimpse at what that will be here. Now that the pieces are in place, there's no reason to think that the rest of the series isn't going to be absolutely insane, and that's a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Apr 16, 2015

    The first issue is good. It does a lot of build up, following the general formula of Predator films. It's fun, not too serious, and well worth the read. I found myself chuckling at different points, but I'm really looking forward to future issues (especially when the Predator REALLY gets going). The first issue will probably be slow for some, but by doing so it keeps up a tradition. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Mar 19, 2015

    While its perhaps a little too much Archie and not enough Predator so far for my tastes, this is still an extremely encouraging start to one of the most gloriously bonkers mash-ups that youre likely to see this year. While the real meat of the story is still to come (and I mean that literally as well as figuratively), the tone established so far by DeCampi all but guarantees that this is going to become something truly memorable. So whether Archie and Jughead end up smeared in mud battling their alien assailant to the death, or with their skulls and spinal columns hanging on a trophy room wall somewhere, you can most definitely count me in for the rest of this story which is a sentence I honestly never thought Id write in a comic review. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Erik Radvon Mar 19, 2015

    Archie vs. Predator #1 is a fun teenage scary movie captured in comics form. The pages conjure the feeling of being at a drive-in on an August night. With crisp and cartoony artwork and a fast-paced script that successfully merges the elements from the worlds of both Archie and Predator, this unlikely matching is worth checking out for casual fans of either franchise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Apr 20, 2015

    If anyone asks, "What should I be reading right now?" I'll be hard-pressed to find a better answer than Archie vs. Predator. Beyond anything else this book has to offer, it's incredibly fun. Seeing the Archie gang in full swing with a horrible monster waiting to kill them all " with two deaths already from this issue " this series has me hooked. The only question waiting to be answered is if this will be a slaughter, or will the Archie gang find a way to fight back? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Mar 24, 2015

    It'll be interesting to see just how far de Campi's script dials up the violence, how long the characters remain ignorant to the fact that the Predator is among them and how well these elements continue to be integrated in "Archie-style" by Ruiz but so far, so good. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Mar 25, 2015

    Ultimately, that seems to be the great strength of "Archie vs. Predator": subtlety. No, I can't believe those words came together to form that sentence either. Rather than aim for an action film starring Archie and Ms. Grundy's flayed corpse or an overtly cutesy Predator comic, De Camp and Ruiz have crafted a comic that balances the violence of Predator with the wholesomeness of Archie. And when the two are set against each other, the conflict makes for some really funny storytelling. That's why (as the blood-splattered credits page demonstrates) this comic isn't called "Archie Meets Predator." "Archie vs. Predator" is the essence of what makes Archie comics work in conflict with what makes Predator work. It's literally Archie versus Predator. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Torin Chambers Apr 15, 2015

    Archie Vs. Predator is an Archie book first and Predator book second. The majority of this first issue deals with generic Archie escapades with only the slightest touch of Predator. Hopefully this is just to set the tone and future issues will dive head first into carnage. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Overmental - Andrew Tran Apr 13, 2015

    So are you, in all honesty, going to pick up issue #2?Are you kidding? I think I can find it in my wallet to spend four bucks finding out how Riverdale's finest stack up against an invisible, intergalactic trophy-hunter with a crab for a face. Yeah, I think I can stretch my personal economy enough to hear some good Jughead one-liners when the inevitable Predator un-masking scene finally happens. Granted, I've loved thePredator franchise since I was just a wee lad with a fetish for grotesque scifi beasties, but the bottom line remains–Archie crossovers can do a helluvalot worse than this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio May 22, 2015

    Okay, Archie vs. Predator will not be for all tastes. But I'm more than willing to stick around for the entire run, cuz, like mentioned already its bloody good fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Mar 20, 2015

    Archie vs. Predator isn't going to be for everyone, and if you're not a fan of Archie, then it's definitely not a comic for you. That however doesn't stop it from appealing to this fanboy, as though I'm far from captivated, it proves to be a weirdly entertaining crossover, that I look forward to reading more of. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 18, 2015

    Archie versus Predator is a mild comic to start the mini-series. It explores Archie and his friends and their personality dynamics. While the Predator shows up a little bit, there isn't much to go on. While a couple of characters do meet their doom, it occurs off-panel and without the core cast finding their bodies. This comic book is something to check out, but set your expectations low if you think there is a big showdown or confrontation within this issue. I recommend giving this comic a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Den Of Geek! - Chris Cummins Mar 19, 2015

    Ultimately, Archie vs. Predator is a fun read, but it is one with some untapped potential and some easily fixable problems. With the Predator in Riverdale by story's end, things are almost certain to pick up from here. Let's hope so, because with a little work this one could be a classic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - Martin Baier Mar 23, 2015

    So while the writing of Alex de Campi didn't exactly blow my socks off here, I was impressed by the art of Fernando Ruiz. He nails the typical Archie style. It's very cartoony and looks so lively. Then, when he needs to crank up the gore he delivers as well and it is a stark contrast to the rest of the issue. This one moment worked very well, but it also reminds you of the untapped potential this AvP has. That's basically the feeling I had after finishing this issue, I wish there was more of this. So if anything I kinda still want to see issue #2 in the hopes of them tapping into that. They can very easily make this great, let's see if they will. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Mar 19, 2015

    A vacation with friends sounds like a great time! But something about that shooting star doesn't feel right… Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jimmy Cupp Apr 21, 2015

    While Im not super excited about the next issue, I am still intrigued to see where this goes. Give me gore! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Apr 16, 2015

    Sadly, this debut is a bit of a tease, as there's no real hunter-killer action to be had. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 16, 2015

    Definitely not for young readers - and I'm not so sure older readers should waste their time, either. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Apr 21, 2015

    Overall, Archie vs. Predator #1 isnt quite the bonkers, over the top clash that we thought it might be. Its light-hearted and wholesome Archie, but the Predator element is lacking. Its still early days, though, so lets see what #2 holds. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Apr 17, 2015

    So read it for a few laughs and some curiosity, but unless it gets notably better in the next issue where they are back in Riverdale with the Predator on their hells, this series might be a step back compared to the strides this publisher has been making. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Apr 20, 2015

    My imagination is capable of so much, and my suspension of disbelief has hung from the highest of precipices. And even though we all know that this little "skirmish" would end in four seconds let alone four whole issues, there's a buck to be turned, and a laugh or two to be had. So who the hell am I to boo-hoo it? I just hope for Archie's sake that he fares better than Batman ever did. Read Full Review

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