Afterlife With Archie #4

Avatar image for gmanfromheck
Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

With each issue of AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, I let out a big sigh at before and after reading the issue. These are the beloved and innocent Archie characters stuck in a horrifying zombie apocalypse. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is pushing the envelope with the series by cramming in so much action, emotion, and despair. Despite what some may think, this isn't simply zombies in Riverdale. We get to see these characters in ways we haven't before. There is plenty of character development as we get glimpses into the past of some characters. This adds to the emotion when you see the death of characters occur.

That's another unexpected thing about the series. It's a given assumption that our main characters have to be safe, right? That's been proven false from the very beginning. You still get that slightly sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as you're not sure if things can get any better.

Francesco Francavilla expertly captures the full essence of the story in his art. The gloomy scenes are straight out of a nightmare. Walking through the darkened halls seen here is the last place you'd want to be. The reaction and emotion on the characters' faces when forced to make difficult decisions is amazingly depicted.

The Bad

The only bad thing about this comic is how bad you feel for the characters.

The Verdict

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla are making something unforgettable with AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE. This is far from a gimmick. It's not just another zombie story. It's not even just another Archie story either. The seemingly innocent characters we all know, whether you've ever read an Archie comic or not, are being transformed to another level. Aguirre-Sacasa is making careful effort to develop these characters in a way that will open your eyes. You can see where they're coming from and the horrible situation they now are in. Fracavilla's art is both beautiful and disturbing at the same time. There is such a sense of dread and trepidation that really puts this comic over the top.

Avatar image for fables87
#1 Posted by fables87 (1782 posts) - - Show Bio

I WANT THIS!

Avatar image for longbowhunter
#3 Edited by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

The stuff with Vegas was pretty heartfelt. Sacasa did a great job with the flashbacks to make sure there was genuine emotion there. Looks like the remaining Riverdale gang are in for trouble next issue. Looking forward to seeing how this goes down.

Avatar image for thewrathoflucille
#4 Edited by TheWrathofLucille (29 posts) - - Show Bio

@longbowhunter: I completely agree.. I have a dog and i thought of my dog when i read the part with Vegas... ]'=

Avatar image for combatspoon86
#5 Edited by CombatSpoon86 (963 posts) - - Show Bio

Vegas scene definitely got to me. It's a crime waiting another month to read the next issue.

Avatar image for thecheesestabber
#6 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8212 posts) - - Show Bio

Afterlife With Archie Needs a Crossover with Archie Meets Punisher :P

Avatar image for mak13131313
#7 Posted by mak13131313 (1601 posts) - - Show Bio

Very strong issue! I had to put the book down a couple of times while reading it. Such an emotional ride!

Avatar image for t_hench
#8 Edited by t_hench (417 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably my second favourite series from 2013-14, they hit the ball out of the park with this.

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.