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Afterlife With Archie #3 - Escape From Riverdale Chapter Three Review

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Archie and the gang think they're safe from the zombie apocalypse. Of course that won't be the case.

The Good

Forget everything you know or think about Archie Comics. Well, not everything. If you know who the characters are, it adds to the enjoyment of the story. The idea of Archie characters trapped in a zombie apocalypse seemed almost absurd when it was first announced. It was an unimaginable crossover of ideas. Archie characters have always remained relatively safe in their many stories over the years. This changes everything.

The thing to keep in mind is, this is not a parody. It's possible to think of the characters as being purely two-dimensional in the safety of Riverdale but Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is showing there is much more to them. The zombie outbreak was introduced in a way that makes sense for the world of Archie and seeing how this all plays out is fascinating. We're seeing the characters fleshed out in new ways and we're getting a wider range of emotion compared to the light-hearted feel the books have been known for.

Francesco Francavilla's art makes sure you won't mistake this for a regular Archie story. His art and colors captures the dark and dreary mood of the story. Francavilla makes them all look and feel more mature. Lives are at stake and you'll easily leave behind any preconceived notions you might have had about this series.

The Bad

There's a moment when the story starts to feel like it's falling into a horror movie cliche. This isn't a really bad thing but makes the story feel like it drifts away a little.

We know how this outbreak started. The story has focused on the immediate circle of Archie characters but there's word of the outbreak possibly affecting a greater portion. Hopefully we'll get some glimpses into this because it feels like it's spread really fast on a large scale if it all started with Jughead.

The Verdict

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE has become a book I look forward to each month. It's hard to imagine this being an ongoing series but that makes it all the better. Archie Comics took a big risk with crossing over the beloved characters with such a dark and deadly tone. That risk is paying off in a big way. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla are doing a remarkable thing. The Archie characters have never felt so alive despite the fact that characters are actually getting killed. This isn't the Archie Comic you're used to. This isn't a cheap zombie gimmick. AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE has a great story with character development and superb art that will give you chills.

23 Comments
Posted by Al_capOWN

Great, another walking dead comic.

Posted by Le_Monstre

@al_capown: You didn't read this comic to say something like that. It's nothing like The Walking Dead. Great great comic

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Great, another walking dead comic.

well arent you a happy camper today, lol

Posted by Al_capOWN

Zombies, nuff said.

Edited by TheWrathofLucille

@al_capown: Got The walking dead 119 AND Afterlife with Archie!!!!! GREAT time to be a zombie fan [;

Posted by G-Man

So then I guess all superhero comics are just SUPERMAN stories. Green Lantern must just be like Star Wars since there's space and aliens.

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Posted by manwithoutshame

yeah cause zombies didn't exist before the walking dead, smh.

Posted by Nahuel

can't wait to read it... never heard of Archie 'til this series started and it's amazing.

Also, don't feed the Trolls!

Posted by longbowhunter

Didn't get my books today. Damn weather. Afterlife with Archie will have to wait till tomorrow.

Posted by mikep12

Don't know about Archie or this series but I do no there was a witch girl who messed up a spell. Is she a real witch or did she use science? Did she survive first second or this issue and will she continue to survive if so I see her casting a spell and resetting time or is Archie just going to be zombies for now on

Posted by danhimself

Zombies, nuff said.

you've apparently never read the Walking Dead either if that's the only complaint you can muster

Edited by danhimself

@mikep12 said:

Don't know about Archie or this series but I do no there was a witch girl who messed up a spell. Is she a real witch or did she use science? Did she survive first second or this issue and will she continue to survive if so I see her casting a spell and resetting time or is Archie just going to be zombies for now on

that was Sabrina the Teenage Witch who cast the spell and as far as we know she's still alive but her powers were taken away from her by her aunts for practicing dark magic so there's not going to be any resetting time and this is set in an alternate universe so this and the regular Archie books are completely separate

Posted by mikep12

@danhimself: oh kind of takes away from the feel then

Posted by Cavemold

loved it.

Posted by danhimself
Posted by mikep12

@danhimself: Because like Marvel Zombies they set us in a random universe and expect us to feel for these characters but we have know idea what they done or anything. I do like how they are doing the characters tho and fleshing them out but still. Like the Blackest Night I would have actually be concerned as these were characters we knew and loved actually being affected.

Posted by danhimself

@mikep12 said:

@danhimself: Because like Marvel Zombies they set us in a random universe and expect us to feel for these characters but we have know idea what they done or anything. I do like how they are doing the characters tho and fleshing them out but still. Like the Blackest Night I would have actually be concerned as these were characters we knew and loved actually being affected.

just consider it a off shoot then...like everything that's happened in Archie comics has happened in this book up until this point where the timeline diverts

I personally have never read any Archie comics before (other than TMNT Adventures) so I don't have that problem...at this point I really don't care what happens to the characters as long as a good story is told in the process of whatever happens to them and so far I have been really happy with this book...it's highly enjoyable

Posted by mikep12

@danhimself: Agreed still not a fan of marvel zombies tho

Posted by danhimself

@mikep12 said:

@danhimself: Agreed still not a fan of marvel zombies tho

the first volume was ok...after that I couldn't have cared less about them

Posted by mikep12