Comic Vine Review

15 Comments

Archie Vs. Predator #1 - When You Wish Upon A Star

5

It's even better than you hoped it would be.

The Good

Archie and the gang are about to meet a Predator. It sounds pretty absurd but this issue makes it work completely. Taking a different route from AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, Fernando Ruiz's art style fits closer to the traditional Archie feel. Being no stranger to drawing ARCHIE comics, it makes perfect sense. The idea of the meeting of these two world might seem hard to grasp but Alex de Campi makes it work.

The set up is pretty simple. It's Spring Break and the gang gets the opportunity to spend some time vacationing in Costa Rica. With the arrival of a strange ship from the stars out in the jungle, you can imagine where the story is going to go.

As with AFTERLIFE, there is a strange feeling when reading. Aside from the potential bloodbath that may occur, there are other subtle additions to the dialogue to remind you this isn't the typical Archie comic. The characters behave just a tiny bit more...mature. But throughout it all, it has a strong Archie feeling that makes the meshing of these two franchises. Archie still has one thing (or is it two?) on his mind, Jughead is still hungry, and Reggie is still an ass. The inclusion of Cheryl Blossom and her brother gives the story another set of antagonists as the true threat begins to show itself.

Adding to Fernando Ruiz's art and Rich Koslowski's inks is Jason Millet's colors. If you've ever read or seen an Archie comic before, you will believe this is a regular issue.

The Bad

This does not impact the rating at all but hopefully the comic will be carefully shelved in comic shops away from the regular ARCHIE books. With AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, it's clear that it's a different type of book. Aside from, what should make it obvious, a Predator on the cover, it does look like a regular book with the logo and price display.

The Verdict

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).

15 Comments

Avatar image for deactivated-5d2b83d5a0d79
deactivated-5d2b83d5a0d79

12104

Forum Posts

19

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

Definitely getting this

Avatar image for omega_ray_jay
Omega Ray Jay

8421

Forum Posts

50508

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 18

User Lists: 5

Ha, I still can't believe this is a thing.

Avatar image for rag_man
Rag_man

1378

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

So strange... WTH is next? Veronica does porn?? (which I would have to purchase BTW) <_<

Avatar image for deactivated-5d2b83d5a0d79
deactivated-5d2b83d5a0d79

12104

Forum Posts

19

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

Too bad i'm too tired to go to the comic store (have to get on 2 buses -___-) and get this, those greedy muthafckas will take all the copies of this by the time I get there tomorrow.

Avatar image for d9000
D9000

1637

Forum Posts

300

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 1

Definitely want to pick up a paper copy of this. Does anyone know if it's the size of a regular comic or is it like the smaller ones?

Avatar image for batwatch
BatWatch

5487

Forum Posts

274

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 238

User Lists: 1

@rag_man said:

So strange... WTH is next? Veronica does porn?? (which I would have to purchase BTW) <_<

It almost seems like they are going that way. It would be interesting to find out what behind the scene discussions lead to their current direction. They went from squeaky clean to slightly questionable to bloodbath. It's very odd.

Avatar image for sirfizzwhizz
SirFizzWhizz

37749

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

They realize their main buyers are the mature kind now, and younger readers dont care about them.

Avatar image for gmanfromheck
gmanfromheck

42524

Forum Posts

259238

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 472

User Lists: 2

@d9000: It's regular comic size. Not digest size.

Avatar image for d9000
D9000

1637

Forum Posts

300

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 1

@g_man:

Ah, I was gonna say digest size. But I though "hmmm, digest doesn't sound right"....

True story.

Avatar image for nightfang3
NightFang3

12390

Forum Posts

345971

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 3

Edited By NightFang3

A differently most read!

Avatar image for roboshark
RoboShark

2637

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 2

This is so weird I feel like I'm gonna end up reading it.

Avatar image for superior_prime_maybe
superior_prime_maybe

1360

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

The gangs reaction to blood, was it because Archie comics never has blood?

Avatar image for deactivated-5d2b83d5a0d79
deactivated-5d2b83d5a0d79

12104

Forum Posts

19

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

The gangs reaction to blood, was it because Archie comics never has blood?

I feel like this was something of a dark comedy parody. And it was hilarious.

Avatar image for thecomedian_
TheComedian_

1730

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 3

Edited By TheComedian_

I was thinking about getting this, but I decided against it because I've never read an Archie comic in my life.

Avatar image for betaraybdw
BetaRaybdw

238

Forum Posts

1258

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 1

I can't Agree with G-Man's 5 star rating, it is more like a 4.0 tops because of a glaring plot hole: when the kids go out into the jungle and find Betty, how in the heck do they not notice Cheryl & Jason's blood dripping all over them? I mean, REALLY?

Other than that it was awesome. And I look forward to the Riverdale kids using more classic lines from the movie in the upcomng 3 issues. Most importantly: "I aint got time to bleed" , "If it bleeds we can kill it" and "get to the chopper"